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.

Museum curator Austin Hogan and registrar David Ledlie examine some reels in this Museum photo ca. 1976.

Classic leader wallet

Birmingham Fly Reel, Maker Unknown. Accession No. 1986.028.261. Diameter 2 1/2 inches, pillar length 1 inch, weight 6 ounces. This attractive reel, featuring bas relief angling scenes on the plates, was commercially produced in at least two sizes, both as a crank handle reel and as a revolving plate reel. It appears to be a Victorian era British product. The design was reproduced in Germany during the 1970s and it is now difficult to differentiate the original reels from the reproductions...

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.

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.

"Art and Angling, and Complete System of Fly Making, and Dying of Colours," William Blacker (1842)

Fin-Nor’s Wedding Cake reel, designed by Gar Wood, was one of the first fly reels specifically created to handle the rigors of catching large saltwater fish. It was also one of the earliest to feature truly effective drag and excellent corrosion resistance.

This Jock Scott was tied c. 1920 and is part of a collection from the New England Aquarium donated to the Museum in 1976. While hooks with metal eyes were readily available at the time this fly was created, silkworm gut eyes, such as the one sported by this fly, remained a popular option for professionally dressed salmon flies well into the 1900s.

Side-mount Fly Reel, Maker Unknown. Accession No. 1973.070.007. Diameter 3 3/4 inches, depth 1/2 inch, weight 8 1/8 ounces. The popularity of the Billinghurst reel resulted in the manufacture of other side-mount styles. This 3 ¾” cast brass side-mount was rugged and functional, and is the product of an as yet unidentified maker believed to have made reels in Northern New York during Billinghurst’s time.

The patent drawing for William Billinghurst's sidemount reel. From the collection of the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

This weather vane was crafted by Warren Gilker (1922-1998), and commemorates the second-largest Atlantic salmon ever legally caught in Canada, a 55-pounder brought in by Victor Albert Stanley. Gilker, a third-generation blacksmith, began making weather vanes in 1980. Formerly a camp manager and head warden on Canada's Grand Cascapedia river, Gilker crafted his first weather vane in 1980 at the request of Jane Engelhard, who wanted to commemorate her late husband's largest salmon catch.

Early season brown trout

I made a bunch of nets for myself a few years ago, all sized and shaped to suite my needs. the opening on this one is twenty inches long. i don't always carry it but today something made me bring it along. always follow your gut - Dawnpatrolflyfishing.com

Brown Trout love the Sierra Net

lovely brace of salt water sea trout - thefeatherbender.com

Barbour Catalog, 1998 Source: heavytweedjacket

“Trout Fishing, Mill Brook, Lunenburg County”Source: Nova Scotia Information Service

Spring Creek, PA

Big Trouble in Little Mountain; wild cutthroat fishing - Louis Cahill