Fly Fishing Reels

Lesta Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 295) Aluminium alloy construction, Lesta stamped on the back. Maker unknown.

Kiewa Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 298) An ad for these reels appeared in the 1935-36 Alcock & Pierce catalogue:

‘The Kiewa. A very well finished trout reel suitable for fly and bait fishing. Contracted drum for quick recovery. Size 3½’’ 25/. Ditto with hardened steel Line Guard 30/- ’

The maker for these reels is unknown. Bill Southam made a fly rod called the Kiewa.

Labertauche Fly Fishing Reels- These reels were made by Charles William Labertauche of Campbells Cove in Shed No. 20. He made in excess of 40 reels for his friends and associates.

The Snowy Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 299) Maker Unknown.

Trout Master Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 311) Maker Unknown. Trout Master Reel, Made in Australia stamped on the back.

Goodwin Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 347) Norm Goodwin produced about 70 of these reels during the 1930’s. He worked with Thomas Chubb, a sporting goods retailer in Albury, NSW. His reels were sold exclusively through Chubb’s Sports Store.

Rod Kraft Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 355)Rod Kraft came in two sizes, senior and junior. The only advertisement known for this reel appeared in the Melbourne Sports Depot Catalogue No. 33. C.1935

Ace Fly Fishing Reel- (Photo 557) Aluminium construct. Ace Fly Reel stamped on the back. Possibly made in Melbourne around the 1950’s.

Gillies Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 357) ‘Melbourne tackle maker and fly dresser Malcom Gillies listed three fly reels in his 1935-1936 catalogue. At least one of these, the silver king, appears to have been introduced in that year. It featured an unusually positioned drum release latch which was stated to be a Gillies design. Its location opposite the handle – therefor providing a counter-balancing function- was claimed to ensure ‘extremely even running’ . In later models the latch was replace by the more conventional Slater-type latch. Also listed in the 1935-36 catalogue were the JMG, a wide drum reel with perforated spool and adjustable check, and the standard, a contracted drum ‘no frills’ reel. From information supplied by Mrs Gillies it appears that by the 1950’s all three reels were being made to the Gillies specification by J.W Young and Sons Ltd or Redditch, England. The earlier reels were made somewhere in Melbourne.’ – Bob Dunn 1994 Australian Fishing Reels

Pilot Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 359) Maker Unknown

Pipgras Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 362) Eric Pipgras started working for Hartley’s in 1931, later became manager of the Swanston Street shop. He was a very keen fly fisherman. Eric Pipgras worked and went fishing with Reg Lyne who he lived just up the street from. This reel came from his estate.

Sinclair Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 856) This reel was made by Arthur Sinclair of Hawthorne, Victoria. He patented a reel in 1948. Although this new reel is not identical to the reel in the patent, the patent number is inscribed on the back of the spool. This was a fairly common practice to use a patent number on other reels made.

Walton Fly Fishing Reels – (Photo 848) A pamphlet with the reel describes it as:

This reel is made from the finest light-weight alloy. The workmanship is of the highest. Guarantee and some interesting features. Ratchet wheel is of chrome steel while pawl is made from hard brass. This is done precisely in order that pawl may take the wear rather than steel which is fairly costly to replace, whereas a new pawl can simply be slipped into place. A spare is enclosed in this box and should you ever require another your stockist has instructions supply free of cost. This applies also to the tempered spring. A line guard is standard on all ‘Walton’ reels and should it wear or be lost it will be replaced without charge. The ‘Noirite’ finish is non-cracking and almost impossible to remove- in fact, with ordinary care and handling, it improves in appearance/ Drum is contracted for quick line recovery while the carrying capacity is ample.


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