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SelbyLowndes

Antique Wooden Fly Reel

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SelbyLowndes

Retirement can become challenging when deer season's in but its 86 degrees outside and the wind is wrong.  To relieve the boredom of sitting home I bid on an estate auction and picked up an interesting old piece of fishing equipment.  It is supposed to be an antique English wooden fly reel.  The wood looks like walnut and the handles horn, with brass fittings.  No name on it anywhere I can find.  It seems to work just fine.  I paid $15 for it.  Anyone have any information on this thing?  ..SelbyLowndes 

 

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 I can't seem to get the pics any bigger. I'll take a few myself in a more see-able size and edit.

 

Try these:

 

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MUSTANGER7

I've fly fished my whole life and don't think I've ever heard of one??? Would love to see bigger pictures

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SelbyLowndes

Better pics added to OP...SelbyLowndes

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MUSTANGER7

Thanks, very nice its interesting how the reel seat is only mounted to one side. Imagine the time it took to make a reel like this!

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walt lister

Cool!

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Salmo

I have one just like that.  It belonged to my (English) grandfather and IIRC, is called a Nottingham reel.  They were sold by many different retailers and were used primarily for so called “coarse fishing”  for non-game fish such as roach, tench, barbel etc.  They could also be used for fly fishing.  They were popular right up to the late ‘40’s as they were much more affordable than the various metal reels so beloved by collectors these days. Mine does have a simple check mechanism. 

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Chukarman
On 11/12/2018 at 8:02 AM, Salmo said:

I have one just like that.  It belonged to my (English) grandfather and IIRC, is called a Nottingham reel.  They were sold by many different retailers and were used primarily for so called “coarse fishing”  for non-game fish such as roach, tench, barbel etc.  They could also be used for fly fishing.  They were popular right up to the late ‘40’s as they were much more affordable than the various metal reels so beloved by collectors these days. Mine does have a simple check mechanism. 

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Salmo - both the reel and the flies and flybox are straight out of my 1936 Hardy Bros. catalogue. I used to shop at Hardy's when in London... lots of fun looking at their 'used' tackle.

 

Nice find, Selby. In good condition, too.

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