Sunday, 17 Jan 2021

solid From the past: Early C. F. Orvis Fly Reel

picture: Steve Woit

This C.F. Orvis fly reel, first patented in may also 1874, is a fine illustration of one of the earliest gotten smaller spool fly reels made in the united states, with perforated aspect plates to enable the fly line to dry.

This reel become additionally one of the most first to be established upright on the rod, unlike prior facet-set up fly reels. The reel handle with a hard rubber knob is removable and stored within the black walnut case with the reel.

The long island Brass and Manufacturing company in long island city manufactured the reel for Orvis between 1974 and 1915. there have been three leading models, including two trout fashions of nickel silver then nickel-silver plated brass, as smartly a bass version with a much broader spool.

in response to the common patent bureaucracy, the original prototype for the reel became fabricated from tough rubber, youngsters none of these has ever been found.

additionally, there’s a really infrequent aluminum mannequin and a good rarer gold-plated mannequin made “for prizes”. The heavy gold-plated instance offered lately in the Langs auction for over $3,000.

Steve Woit is the writer of “Fly Fishing Treasures: the area of Fly Fishers and accumulating”, a ebook that includes profiles of 30 experts and collectors and over 800 pictures of rare and collectible fly rods, reels, flies, books, and ephemera.