LEONARD, H.L. – Bangor, Me.
Hiram L. Leonard grew up hunting in the woods of Bangor Maine and learned his machining skills as a gunsmith and later as a maker of fine fishing rods. Leonard's six strip bamboo fishing rods revolutionized the fishing rod industry.
Around 1877 Leonard purchased the rights to Frank Philbrook's raised pillar fly reel design and Philbrook quickly agreed to produce the reels for him. Today, the orange and black marbleized Leonard fly reels are among the most coveted reels by collectors.
Although Leonard is famous for their fine fly fishing rods they also made some wonderful casting and boat rods as well as a small hand full of large, super high-quality big game fishing rods.
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