Farlow’s New Patent Tarpon reel 1908

Sadly at the time of writing this, I can’t find the pictures of the reel I used to own, but they may turn up yet.

As you’re probably aware we are very, very keen on Farlow tackle. Not only because our CEO Richard is the past Chairman of Farlow’s, but because of their ingenious solutions to tackle problems, some of which never existed to begin with!

This Tarpon linear or integrated rod and reel system is rare, very rare. Patented in 1908 and upgraded in 1909, few of these ever turn up.

I owned one such assembly some 30 years ago and probably swapped it for a Slater, an Aerial or brass reel knowing my obsession with all of the above.

As worldwide travel developed, opportunities for anglers opened up fishing in the USA and India. In particular demand for new tackle for Tarpon and Mahseer was strong.

Most of the bigger makers including Hardy, Farlow, and Allcock’s dedicated tackle ranges and catalogues specific to these mighty fish.

This reel claimed to reduce the strain on the scoop (foot) and less strain on the rod as the line comes off the reel at a less acute angle.

Perhaps the most appealing feature is when the fish runs and pulls off line, the handle plate doesn’t move, reducing finger damage from a high-speed revolving handle.

The brass hinged backplate can be quickly opened for servicing and repair. The brake assembly is very effective and no matter how tightly the brake is adjusted winding in remains free.

Made in Farlow’s London factory solely for themselves it was never sold onto other makers/retailers as many items were at the time.

Its features resemble those of the USA makers including Ocean City or Coxe reel shown here. It’s more than possible the idea came from these early cradle reels. 

Value? A lot $$$, haven’t seen once since my own so a bit of a conundrum there!