For Reel: Antique Fly Fishing Gear

Antique Tackle Observer ( is a new blog dedicated to the history of fishing tackle, and it contains a trove of information on antique fly fishing reels. I spent a solid half hour perusing the photos and descriptions of a variety of reels from the Edward Vom Hofe “Celebrated” Trout and Black Bass Fly Reels with Adjustable Automatic Silent Tension Drag to the 1928 Ed Zern Hardy Tobique River Reel to the new Baby Bougle reels Hardy is having made in Japan. Even if you have little interest in collectibles, it is fun to compare the inner workings of famous old reels with their modern counterparts.

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