C. Gayle, Geo. W. Gayle & Son Reel
Clarence Gayle, Frankfort, KY
Clarence Gayle took over the Gayle company after George’s death in
1896 and continued to make reels up until the 1940’s. Clarence started
marking his reels “HAND MADE” in about 1930. The last reels were marked “HAND
MADE” and the maker’s name “CGayle” in script. Clarence did make some reels
using B.C. Milam & Sons parts he had acquired when that company dissolved in
1928. The latest ad I've seen is from a 1937 issue of
Field & Stream magazine. Gayle also made an inexpensive
fly reel named the "Simplicity" that was mass produced.
Clarence died in 1948.
Early Gayle History - George W. Gayle and his son Clarence Gayle began making reels around 1883.
George Gayle was a silversmith and learned reel making while he worked for J.F.&
B.F. Meek. Clarence Gayle, however, was the main person involved in making the
Gayle reels. His reels can be found made of solid German silver and of aluminum.
The "Standard" Gayle reel has a flanged headplate that looks like a man's top
hat. The "Kentucky" style Gayle's are the most ornate and heavily knurled reels
and are of the highest quality. Gayle also made a reels for the famous tackle
companies VL&A, Chicago and William Mills & Son, NY. The William Mills & Son
models were named "Intrinsic". "Intrinsic" reels came in the "Standard" and
"Kentucky" styles and had extra fancy knurling. The Gayle fly reel is made of
aluminum and is also sought after by collectors.
A Pair of Reels by Clarence Gayle, circa 1937
1937 Field & Stream Magazine Ad
(Notice the similarity to the
Clarence Gayle Reel above made with B. C. Milam parts)
Clarence Gayle Reels
Large Clarence Gayle Reel
Narrow-Spool Tournament Casting Clarence Gayle Reel
The GAYLE SIMPLICITY No. 6 Reel
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