My friend Steve owns an original fly reel by Julius Vom Hofe (brothers Edward and Julius both made reels). This is the style of reel that I have adopted, but with modern materials. His reel is in very good condition, as the hard rubber side plates are not cracked. I believe that this reel is about 100 years old. On the click end plate the engraving is partly obscured, but I can stiil read “Julius…Pat…Oct…Brooklyn”.
The crank securing screw is missing, so I am trying to make a suitable replacement. My bronze prototype is seen in the first photo. When he and I agree on form, I will make another of nickel silver. This reel is 3.0 inch diameter and 1.9 inch width across the rings. Weight is 8.5 ounces. Because I have substituted aluminum for nickel silver, my reel is 5.5 ounces.
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