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ABBEY & IMBRIE – New York, N.Y.

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Abbey & Imbrie was a retailer/wholesaler who, over the years, sold reels produced by several different makers.  A&I did not make any of their own reels and many of the reels that they sold are only marked with their brand and not that of the actual maker.  Julius vom Hofe made many of the reels…

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S. ALLCOCK & CO. LTD. – England

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Samuel Allcock started working for his father, Polycarp, in the mid-1800s making hooks.  Over the years Allcock transformed the business into the largest fishing tackle manufacturer in the world.  During their run in business S. Allcock’s & Co. Ltd. sold 140 different models of reels, however, it is their “Ariel” line of center pin style…

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A.P.I. – Saddle River, N.J.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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APPLETON & LITCHFIELD – Boston, Ma.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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J. BERNARD – London, England

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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BILLINGHURST – Rochester, N.Y.

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William Billinghurst, a gunsmith from Rochester New York, received the first American patent for a fly reel on August 9, 1859.  This reel’s “bird-cage” design, as it has been nicknamed, allowed it to be mounted sideways on the fishing rod.  In the patent, Billinghurst states that the design allowed the line to be wound on…

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S. E. BOGDAN – Nashua, N.H.

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Stan Bogdan of Nashua New Hampshire produced some of the finest salmon and trout reels during the latter half of the twentieth century.  Bogdan’s reels had a wonderful reputation for quality, durability and a drag that was second to none.  His reels sold well and within a few years, there was quite a substantial waiting line…

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HERB BUTLER ENGINEERING – Spokane, Wa.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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H.T. CHITTUM – Islamorada, Fl.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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JOHN EMERY – Islamorada, Fl.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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FARLOW, – London, England

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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FIN-NOR – Miami, Fl.

Charles Dunn purchased Fin-Nor from founder Fred Grieten in 1957 and decided to expand the line of reel beyond the line-up of high quality trolling reels that made the Fin-Nor famous worldwide.  Dunn, an early South Florida salt water fly fisherman, derived little pleasure from watching his Pflueger Medalist reels explode the under the pressure…

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HARDY BROS. – Alnwick, England

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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ARI ‘T HART – Netherlands

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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JANCIURAS – Rochester N.Y.

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Joe Janciuras, originally from Lithuania, was happily retired in Rochester, New York when he got his first look at a very scarce antique, all aluminum Edward vom Hofe “Perfection” model fly reel that belonged to antique reel collector Fred Balling.  Janciuras’s contacted Balling and asked if he could borrow the reel so he could make one like…

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KINEYA – Kyoto, Japan

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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KOSMIC – New York, N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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H.L. LEONARD – Bangor, Me.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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MALLESON, FREDERIC – Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Frederic Malleson got si start as a reel maker working with John Conroy who started making reels around 1830.  Malleson began working with Conroy sometime in the mid 1870s.  By then Conroy had not only taken on Malleson as a partner but also a fellow named Thomas Bissett.  The reels made during the mid-1870s until…

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MALLOCH’S – Perth, Scotland

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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B.F. MEEK & SONS- Louisville, Ky

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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WILLIAM MILLS & SON – N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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MONTAGUE – Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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ORVIS – Manchester, Vt.

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Charles F. Orvis started his tackle manufacturing business in 1857 in Manchester Vermont building ash and lancewood fishing rods.  In 1874 Orvis designed and built what is considered by many to be the first modern fly reel.  The first Orvis reels had a ventilated spool and were made of nickel plated brass, later Orvis offered…

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PHILBROOK & PAINE – Bangor, Me

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Francis Philbrook was a gunsmith from Bangor Maine who invented a raised pillar fly reel whose rights he sold to the famous rod maker Hiram Leonard around 1877.  Although Philbrook sold the rights to his raised pillar beauty, he managed to secure an agreement with Leonard to manufacture all future reels of this design made…

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SEAMASTER – Miami, Fl.

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Made in Miami Florida by Bob McChristian (Capt. Mack) Seamaster fly reels are considered to be some of the finest salt water fly reels ever produced.  McChristian ran “Capt. Mack’s Tackle Shack”, a well-stocked tackle shop in Miami Florida in the 1950’s.  A talented machinist, McChristian started making high quality spinning reels in the 1960’s. …

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A.B. SHIPLEY – Philadelphia, Pa.

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A. B. Shipley was a retailer who, over their years in business, sold reels produced by several different makers.  A. B. Shipley, and later A. B. Shipley & Son did not make any of their own reels but many reels are marked only with their brand including reels made by Edward vom Hofe. Click Here…

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W.H. TALBOT – Nevada, Mo.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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EDWARD VOM HOFE – New York, N.Y.

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Edward vom Hofe grew up in Brooklyn New York and was the son of reel maker Friedrich vom Hofe and brother of reel maker Julius vom Hofe.  Edward started building reels as an apprentice to his father in the mid-1860s and established his own reel making company in 1867. Edward went on to produce some…

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F. VOM HOFE – Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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JULIUS VOM HOFE – Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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A.L. WALKER – New York, N.Y.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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OTTO ZWARG – St. Petersburg, Fl.

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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UNKNOWN FLY REELS

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Angling Products Inc. was a division of Triangle Manufacturing Company Inc. located in Saddle River New Jersey.  The A.P.I. reels were designed By Oscar Kovalovsky, son of the famous big game reel maker Arthur Kovalovsky. A.P.I. produced the “Spring Creek” and the “Sea Run” model fly reels.  Oscar Kovalovsky also designed a Dual Mode fly…

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