Reel Talk with Jim Schottenham

In January 2023, AMFF curator Jim Schottenham began holding seminars highlighting selections of fly reels from the museum’s collection. As past president of the Old Reel Collectors Association and former reel expert for Lang’s Tackle Auction, Jim has spent decades collecting, studying, and writing about antique reels for numerous publications. Join him as he shares his wealth of knowledge in this popular series.

A reel

Episode 1

Reel Selections

  • Edward Vom Hofe Peerless size 3
  • C.F. Orvis 1874 patent reel
  • Ed Follett fly reel
  • John Kopf, NY size 4
  • Martin Novelty Works engraved for Fly Rod Crosby
  • Malloch Patent
  • Sellers Bas-kit Fly Reel
  • Wyers/Paris
  • New York Ball Handle Reel
  • Francis Loomis Auto
  • Hardy Perfect

Episode 2

Reel Selections

  • Thomas Barker
  • William Billinghurst
  • Treman, King, & Co. (Clinton)
  • William Slote
  • Edward Hewitt
  • Willard Bradley
  • J. F. & B. F. Meek
  • Ernest Holzmann

Episode 3

Reel Selections

  • Peter A. Altmaeir reel
  • James Ross Patent Reel
  • Francis Philbrook Patent Reel
  • Alonzo Fowler Fly Reel
  • James Ratcliffe Fly Reel
  • Bob McChristian Seamaster Fly Reel
  • Fin-Nor Wedding Cake Fly Reel

Episode 4

Reel Selections

  • Edwin Haenelt Reel
  • Meisselbach Rainbow Fly Reel
  • Hardy Uniqua Fly Reel
  • Spike Foot Reel
  • Clamp Foot Reel
  • Early NY Side-mount Fly Reel
  • Michael Hackney 3-D Fly Reel