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steely34 02-15-2009 04:40 AM

C. Farlow Fly Reel - Need some help.
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First off I guess I should introduce myself as a new member to the forum. Just joined today and being a flyfisher for some 35 years now and being as I actively search the 'net for new ideas and such, I can't believe I never came across this site. Looks like a good one and a place I'll be referring to quite often.
Anyway - I was wondering if anyone can help me identify a fly reel I pruchased yesterday at a public sale. I paid $12 for it and it was part of a box lot that came with some old bait boxes and such. When I saw the reel I knew it was a old one. I had never heard of C. Farlow reels and when I came home and began my search on the internet, I saw pictures of a few Farlow's but none like the one I have. I understand that Farlow was a competitor to Hardy in the early 1900's. There is no box with it and the line on the reel - well I took it off since it was a Scientific Anglers line and did not look good on it. Here are some pictures of it and if anyone has any info on Farlow reels please let me know. Better yet - if you have any resources (web sites) that you know of that I can find out more info on Farlow's let me know. I'd really appreciate your time. Thanks so much!

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Flyfisher for men 02-15-2009 11:57 AM

Re: C. Farlow Fly Reel - Need some help.
I can't help you with the reel, but welcome to the board!

mcnerney 02-15-2009 01:45 PM

Re: C. Farlow Fly Reel - Need some help.
Steely: Welcome to the forum and it looks like you got a great looking old time reel, I don't know anything about them though. Maybe someone will pop in that has some knowledge of the C. Farlow reels.


steely34 02-15-2009 04:43 PM

Re: C. Farlow Fly Reel - Need some help.
To those who may be interested - I got some information on the above reel I have posted from another antique reel forum. Apparently the frame was cut off to allow for "palming" with the finger. This was done often since back in the early 1900's some of the reels did not have adjustable drags on the click and pawl drag systems. For sure it does decrease the value of the reel. C.Farlow was a manufacturer that competed with Hardy in London. The drag on this particular Farlow is a unique click and pawl system though. Anyway - after giving it some thought I decided to keep it and use it time to time on the stream. It balances quite nicely on my Winston and I'm sure that it has seen it's share of time on the water. At my age I would rather enjoy the sound of the reel singing it's tune to a fish hooked than looking at it on the mantle from time to time. The cut frame does add to the unique character of the reel and I have fell in love with this item.

Rip Tide 02-15-2009 05:18 PM

Re: C. Farlow Fly Reel - Need some help.
The only thing I know about the Farlow reels is that Lee Wulff used one (click/pawl) along with a $13 glass 9wt to catch the first fly rod marlin.

It's funny the things you remember

Ard 02-15-2009 07:32 PM

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The rod was blue and they were in a little skiff, I'll never forget the picture of that myself. Thanks for reminding me of it.

About the reel, I was going to say that it had a broken cage but you've already tabled that matter, hope you can get some use from it.


Rip Tide 02-16-2009 10:12 AM

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I have a pair of Medalists with a home 'customized' drag.
Instantly and infinitely adjustable and it works as well as any mechanical drag

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