Photo courtesy of Jim Schottenham / www.sidemountreels.com
This page contains examples of some of the many types of Antique Fishing Reels that I like to collect. Over the years there have been many designs and different degrees of quality in the manufacturing of these old gems. Clear back into the 1800's jewlers and watchsmiths were hand crafting intricate silver plated masterpieces known as Kentucky Style Reels. Another very interesting reel that has special interest to me is known as an Indiana Reel. Some of these reels are unique and hand made by machinist/craftsmen, and some were factory produced. They vary in size and shape and often times look like a snowflake with a tined/spoked design. Other styles such as New York Ball Handled Reels, Sidemount Reels, and very early Fly Reels are also of interest to me. Although my search is mainly for the older reels manufactured prior to 1930, I would gladly consider anything including Swedish made Ambassadeur or Record reels , as there are particular reels manufactured after that date that do spark my interest. As with all antique lures, the same holds true with old fishing reels. Boxes, Paperwork, and Accessories are very important.
I am always looking for old fishing reels or boxes to add to these collections.