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By Doug Bucha

Antique Saltwater ReelsThe saltwater reels in this photograph are an Ocean City 609 (left) and a Pflueger 1419 ¾ Templar.

Both reels were manufactured in the early 1930’s. The side plates were made of Bakelite, which was a common type of plastic used to manufacture reels during that era.

Most large reels like these are usually worth $15 to $25, which is true for 80% of all reels, large or small, since both companies made several thousand in many models.

However, these reels are exceptions to this rule; they would be worth $100 to $200 each, if in perfect condition. One of the reels has a missing part which cuts its value in half.


Did you come across some old fishing gear while preparing for this season’s garage sale?

It’s possible that tackle is more valuable than what you’ll get for it in a flea market. You can find out by attending the next gathering for antique tackle collectors at the Heddon Museum April 14th.

The group meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. at the former Heddon factory, 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich. The Museum is located two blocks north and two blocks west of the Mc Donald's.

The informal meeting of antique fishing lure collectors is mostly a show-and-tell with some selling, trading, and buying of old tackle taking place.

It’s open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised. For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.


The next gathering for antique tackle collectors will be held at Heddon Museum Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the former Heddon factory at 414 West St. in Dowagiac, Mich. The Museum is located two blocks north and two blocks west of the Mc Donald's.

The informal meeting of antique fishing lure collectors is mostly a show-and-tell with some selling, trading, and buying of old tackle taking place.

It’s open to anyone interested in old antique fishing tackle or who has old gear that he or she would like to be appraised. For more information, email Doug Bucha at ndBucha@yahoo.com.