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Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:48 pm 
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My favorite UK reel is the Billiken Tournament Casting Reel that was made by C. Farlow & Co., London. The innovative design feature it contained was a fan blade attached to the spool shaft on the back of the reel. The fan acted as a damper, or drag, during the cast. The reel is put in free spool mode by pulling the handle out. Turning the handle reengages the spool. Pretty cool, huh.

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Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:18 pm 
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Great reel love it.


Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:24 pm 
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Those are really cool, Ron! Thanks for posting them.


Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:24 am 
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Nice reel! Similar anti-backlash design to that patented by Otto Henze of Penn in '38 for the Squidder spool here.


Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:00 am 
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"Gee, I wish I'd thought of that!"

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Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:15 am 
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Neat reel, Ron! I wonder how many of those were made? Sure haven't seen others offered up for sale!


Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:48 am 
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Here's some pages out of a 1930 Farlow catalog. Looks like they wanted to get into the Tournament bait casting market. According to the second page, they won some Tournaments. Graham Turner's book says the reel was patented in 1911 and 1913. Besides the two reels shown, I have only seen one other offered and it was in one of Mullock's auctions a few years back.



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Great reels and great information Ron. Thank you for sharing. Colby


Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:16 am 
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Ron,

Is there no back plate/cover on the later version ?

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Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:03 pm 
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Hey Dean, no protective plate like that shown in the catalog. The earlier version has 3 locking screws to hold the plate. The later one doesn't.


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