Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thursday Review: ORCA's Reel News (Nov. 2010)

Thursday Review: ORCA's Reel News (Nov. 2010)

The mailbox brought a welcome site, the latest Reel News, the bi-monthly magazine of the Old Reel Collector's Association (ORCA).

Bob Miller gives us a wonderful Pflueger Pfacts column entitled "Waste Not, Want Not" in which he opines on the interchangeable parts for Pflueger reels. Another magnificent epistle from the dean of Pflueger reels.

Stu Lawson offers up a welcome column entitled "Scams and Other Fun Stuff" where he tells some tales of woe from his selling days, as well as gives us a great update on his health. We're all thinking of you, Stu!

Charlie Tanner gives us a wonderful article, "The Men Behind Wright & McGill" which is both a history of W&M and their various reels. Nifty job, Charlie!

Ben Wright, the resident spinning reel guru, gives us an article on the Cargem 33 Mignon Ultra-Lite spinning reel. Like all of Ben's work, it is accurate, concise, and easily understandable.

My own contributions this issue included a discourse on one of the rarest Chicago trade reels: Foss Brothers. It tells the fascinating story of a pair of brothers from a wealthy Chicago family who ended up starting a high-end sporting shop that sold some incredible high-end reels.

I also sent in a short little piece on a tour of the French spinning reel factory Centaure from a 1950s Fishing Tackle Trade News. It's a nifty little piece.

Jim Schottenham gives us the eagerly awaited "Auction Report" which just underscores how little I get to see on eBay every month.

Finally, there are three pages devoted to a letter from British tackle writer Graham Turner, who takes great umbrage at British reel historian John Drewett's recent commentary about Graham's latest book.

Another fine issue. If you are not an ORCA member--and why aren't you?--you can join us by Clicking Here. The Reel News is capably edited by Richard K. Lodge.

-- Dr. Todd

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