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Unusual vintage fishing reel

You never see one, then ten come along together! That’s the story of these weird reels we started writing about a few weeks ago.

This particular reel I believe is engineer or scratch built. A very clever and imaginative person has devised this one, the twisting foot assembly I’m sure was born from an old nursery rhyme:

“You press the brass finger that pushes the rod, which operates the lock that releases the foot and allowing the reel to turn”, ta da! Should be to music really!

Unusual vintage fishing reel

The casing is machine turned, fretted at the rear so you see the internal gubbins, has a central crank winding arm to a clever polished wood effect Tufnal drum. It even has an over-engineered brake tensioner in brass and alloy.

I love it, not seen another of course. It fits in the palm of your hand  and is very tactile but most of all, it works!



Thomas Turner Fishing AntiquesDo you have any vintage or classic modern fishing tackle to sell?

We are always interested in purchasing high quality vintage or modern tackle items. If you have a collection or an individual item to sell please get in touch. You can use our contact form, or email me at Please include some good clear images, watch our helpful video for some advice on that. We will get right back to you by phone or email.


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