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Three Shakespeare fly fishing reels, left to right Model 1824 EK, Model 1827 EA and Model 1837 GB. All in very nice condition. RECORD/Mark Greenig

Mark Greenig: Shakespeare fly fishing reels — so many choices

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We have talked before about this company. William Shakespeare founded the organization in 1897. He was the inventor of the first level wind reel. It’s interesting to note he received the patent for his reel in 1896. Shakespeare’s first patent on lures wasn’t received until 1901. His level wide reel concept is alive and well today and used by many companies. However, this discussion will focus on the Shakespeare fly fishing reel.


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