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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

first vom hofe i've ever layed my eyes on.
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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

I absolutely adore the Vom Hofes and Zwarg reels. My father in law has a VERY extensive collection of them, and more old pfluegers than I care to count. The one I posted was a wedding gift. I have more...subsequent gifts.... but none that like that one. I will take some more picks and post them.
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I'll be watching, admittedly I've got a thing for reels.
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Only thing my ex father-in-law gave me was his daughter. I gave her back!
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Default Re: Reel Love, the fly reel thread

I love reels too. These are "collectors", not "users" in my book, but I know that one reel I sold on ebay went to Finland, and was going on a spey rod there. All i could think about was the fishermen taking aspill on some rocks and....to ugly to think about.... So, here are two that I kept for one reason or another. The first is a Otto Zwarg Model 300 in 2/0 size:

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The second is an Edward Vom Hofe Model 348 in a 6/0 size....A really big reel!

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What would a reel like the Zwarg sell for, if you know........

I'm editing this in as a 'Still in service' photo of my Featherweight last Sunday. Along with the reel is the rod I bought for it in 1979, we're like a well oiled team and like any good friend I take their picture now and then.

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Love those Hardys! I had posted the following as an answer to a question on another forum asking what was your favorite reel company; Short answer: HARDY Long answer is kind of a life story but I'll shorten it. I fished atlantics with my father in the late 70's/early 80's mostly from a river boat on the Saint John river below the Mactaquac dam (Burpee bar pool). At first he wouldn't let me cast for his own safety and I caught my first and second atlantic the same day just dangling my line from the boat(4lb and 15 lb). I was hooked at 11 yrs old
I've never forgotten the sound of Dad's reel. It was a deep throaty intoxicating sound that made my Japanese Major Medallion (cheap reel) sound sick.
Life happened and fishing didn't for the next 26 years. A trip to the Miramichi with a bunch of guys and a good run of fish and I was "re-hooked" at 43. The Major Medallion wasn't cutting it to say the least so I began the search for a reel like Dad's. Not knowing the make or model, I had to go on the memory of the sound and look of the reel. After a month of research I decided it might have been a Hardy Saint John. This was surprising to me because Dad usually used "cheap" gear. Then I discovered an old reel in some camping gear; a Weber Kalahatch made in the U.S.A. in the 20's and I guessed this must have been Dad's reel. I even bought one for $35 on-line for sentimental reasons but I was disappointed I had been wrong about Dad owning a Hardy.
On our trip last summer, I was unloading gear for my brother-in-law and noticed he had one of my father's old $20 glass rods. When I looked to see what brand of cheap reel might be paired with it I could hardly believe my eyes; A battered old Hardy Saint John! Not being a fly fisherman, my brother-in-law imediately insisted I take it and that my father had loaned it to him some years before for a trip telling him to "keep it and I'll know where it is."
These reels are true classics that have stood the test of time.


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A battered old Hardy Saint John! Not being a fly fisherman, my brother-in-law imediately insisted I take it and that my father had loaned it to him some years before for a trip telling him to "keep it and I'll know where it is."
These reels are true classics that have stood the test of time.
Great story! It's nice to know that reel ended up in the right hands!
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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Real honest wear on that, the rims rubbed from a fellow handling it for many years, the right amount of 'boat rash', but clean as a whistle inside. I know you were happy to take that home with you. I use one or another type of Hardy every time I fish and the sound of the check when a fish peels line from the spool is a big part of my life story.

Congratulations on getting the family heirloom, and thanks for posting that reel!

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What would a reel like the Zwarg sell for, if you know........

I'm editing this in as a 'Still in service' photo of my Featherweight last Sunday. Along with the reel is the rod I bought for it in 1979, we're like a well oiled team and like any good friend I take their picture now and then.

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Well, of course the market determines the price.....but, I would estimate the Zwarg would bring $1500 to $1800 at an auction like Lang's. I have sold a few on Ebay for that price range. The Vom Hofes bring much higher prices, usually double to three times the Zwarg prices. The number one that I posted earlier in this thread brought $5200, if it had a lower serial number it would have been more.

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[QUOTE=wannafish;324291]Love those Hardys! I had posted the following as an answer to a question on another forum asking what was your favorite reel company; Short answer: HARDY Long answer is kind of a life story but I'll shorten it. I fished atlantics with my father in the late 70's/early 80's mostly from a river boat on the Saint John river below the Mactaquac dam (Burpee bar pool). At first he wouldn't let me cast for his own safety and I caught my first and second atlantic the same day just dangling my line from the boat(4lb and 15 lb). I was hooked at 11 yrs old
I've never forgotten the sound of Dad's reel. It was a deep throaty intoxicating sound that made my Japanese Major Medallion (cheap reel) sound sick.
Life happened and fishing didn't for the next 26 years. A trip to the Miramichi with a bunch of guys and a good run of fish and I was "re-hooked" at 43. The Major Medallion wasn't cutting it to say the least so I began the search for a reel like Dad's. Not knowing the make or model, I had to go on the memory of the sound and look of the reel. After a month of research I decided it might have been a Hardy Saint John. This was surprising to me because Dad usually used "cheap" gear. Then I discovered an old reel in some camping gear; a Weber Kalahatch made in the U.S.A. in the 20's and I guessed this must have been Dad's reel. I even bought one for $35 on-line for sentimental reasons but I was disappointed I had been wrong about Dad owning a Hardy.
On our trip last summer, I was unloading gear for my brother-in-law and noticed he had one of my father's old $20 glass rods. When I looked to see what brand of cheap reel might be paired with it I could hardly believe my eyes; A battered old Hardy Saint John! Not being a fly fisherman, my brother-in-law imediately insisted I take it and that my father had loaned it to him some years before for a trip telling him to "keep it and I'll know where it is."
These reels are true classics that have stood the test of time.

Ther is nothing on this Earth more important to me than family. That reel is a true prize, worth more than all the Zwargs and Vom Hofes combined. No amount of money can buy the memories attached to it. Congrats on finding it!
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