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Bogdan reel 2001.042.019 3 3/4" by 1 1/4" by 2 3/8" wt 13oz. Aluminum frame, champagne colored. Adjustable drag. Model No. 2 salmon reel. c. 1980. Stanley Bogdan, born on December 16, 1918, was renowned for his intricate, custom-built salmon, saltwater, and trout reels. According to biographer Graydon Hilyard, he created a handmade brake design so complex, it would never require patent protection.

Edward Ringwood Hewitt (1866-1957) is one of the great figures of 20th century angling. He wrote voluminously on trout and salmon fishing, was an early exponent of dry fly fishing for salmon, and was also one of the first to help promote catch-and-release fishing. It is currently believed that Hewitt built 22 fly reels; at present, only seven Hewitt reels are known to exist, including this one once owned by Maxine Atherton, wife of artist and author John Atherton.

William Billinghurst Reel. Accession No. 1985.29.1. Diameter 3 inches, depth 3/4 inches, weight 3 1/4 ounces. William Billinghurst (1807-1880) was a well known gunsmith whose patent for a side-mount reel built of wire and castings is now considered to be the first American fly reel. The unique appearance of these reels has prompted some to refer to them as birdcage reels.


A Split-Cane Fly Rod and Traditional Fly-Fishing Equipment Beside a Trout Lake in North Wales, UK