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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this old reel at an estate sale. I have others that are similar, but this is is by far the heaviest and most unique.It is filled with breaded copper or brass line and is made from aluminum. The reel was made in Detroit, and Has the words "Balanced" Trolling Reel 12139 Woodbine Detroit 23 Mich. I am trying to find more info on the reel. The address is still occupied , but I don't think by the manufacturer of the reel. I will be checking out the old fisherman in the area to see if I can find out more info.

Mystery Solved


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    I love it as a design object - wonderful!
  2. ERMELIN, 5 years ago
    I look thru hundreds of vintage reels a week and there are many mfgs. but I have yet to see one even close to yours. Looking over your reel I believe it was originally paired with a very unique rod, judging by that clamping screw. Good luck and great reel.
  3. buster58, 2 years ago
    Mystery solved. My grand father made these. Claude Kinsey. More info to come soon.
  4. buster58, 2 years ago
    How do you post a picture on a comment reply. I have one still and a news paper article about it from 1953
  5. Ben Ben, 2 years ago
    Hi buster58:
    Unfortunately you can't post a picture on a comment reply, but you can post a link to a picture. For example, you could post a photo as a new Show & Tell, and then leave a link to it in a comment.
  6. buster58, 2 years ago
    This link is for more information on the reel.
  7. buster58, 2 years ago
    Thanks Ben
  8. ERMELIN, 2 years ago
    Turns out no rod was used at all. It mounted to the transom on a special cleat like a Down Rigger without the small pole and roller. It was used with braided copper wire,50lb.test and a small anchor for a weight 16 - 24oz. It caught over 200 Lake Trout in 3 days on Lake Superior ,this was way back in the day.I hope I got the facts correct.
  9. hbfarmer, 2 years ago
    Thanks guys. Buster your Grandfather built a very heavy duty real. I am glad you still have one of his masterpieces, if you didn't I would offer you mine. I always look for different types of reels and fishing equipment. It is nice to finally know more about this reels origin and it couldn't have come from a greater source. I had pretty much given up on finding information on the reel, it has been three years since the original post. I am grateful.

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