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- Dick Braun,that-zebco-guy
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It would probably be a fairly time consuming preparation process, & somewhat dependent on examples you have or can obtain, but I always thought a presentation starting with Illingworth's 1905 No.1 threadline, and on to the UK & Western European evolution of fixed spool spinning reels, to Bache Brown's introduction of them to the US market, how WW II stalled production and expansion, how far behind the curve the US was in design, manufacturing and use, how the return of Servicemen from WW II brought a new wave of fishing reels & techniques to the US and how post war manufacturing has brought spinning reels to the forefront of the industry. Basically an in depth history of the evolution of the spinning reel, open & closed face. I've always found it interesting, while US reel makers made quality conventional style casting type reels, how far behind we were in adopting the spin fishing idea.
A look at Capano and Pons and how they made design improvements for multiple French reel makers and later incorporated many of them into the CAP & Mitchell line could be an interesting presentation.
The various Italian reel makers and their histories would be an interesting discussion, as would the many German and Swiss manufactures. Any one of them could be a presentation all its own.
Examples of importers of the European, and maybe even Japanese, made reels, and the rebranding of some of them.
Discussions of later day big name makers like Shakespeare, Penn, Langley/Zebco, ABU, etc. would be fine but I think the earlier history that has brought us to where we are today is very important.
Tom DeLong, NE
ORCA Member - 2027
Somebody else , step up to the plate now kind readers, should bring say Penns, Mitchell, etc.
always listening for your ideas.
we'll have a nice chat. Did I hear that there is an open bar for happy hour?