Edward vom Hofe Fishing Reels

Edward vom Hofe - New York, NY

Edward vom Hofe is known for his high quality fly, bait casting and salt water reels. The company was established in 1867. His first reel patent was Sept. 2, 1879 for a spring device to apply pressure to the spool like a drag. In January 23, 1883 he also got a patent for a click device with an arrow shaped pawl and two curved springs. The July 14, 1896 patent for an automatic drag is best known by fly reel collectors and is seen stamped on the oil caps on the Restigouche model. The best known patent that is marked on the reel bearing oil caps is the May 20, 1902 patent and is for the star drag. This patent date is seen on the Universal Star reels. Around 1940, the vom Hofe factory was moved from New York to Philadelphia. The company continued making reels up until World War II. Afterwards, the business was sold to Otto Zwarg. His reels are considered highly collectable and are sought after by collectors. Other vom Hofe's associated with reel making are his brother Julius and his father Fredrick.

Dating the year of manufacture of marked Edward vom Hofe reels is easy. The first year the reels were serialized was in 1908. That year, the serial number began with the prefix letter A. Each year the prefix letter was incremented to the next letter up until 1933 which used the prefix letter Z with the serial number. Reels made in 1934 started the prefix sequence over again beginning with the letter A. Reels made before 1908 have just the reel size stamped into the bottom of the reel's foot.



The EDWARD Vom HOFE Reels


A Pair of EDWARD Vom HOFE PEERLESS Fly Reels, pre-1908


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Model 423 RESTIGOUCHE Salmon Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE CASCAPEDIA Salmon Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE REGAL Casting Reel, circa 1920


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 621 UNIVERSAL STAR Surf Reel, circa 1930


The EDWARD Vom HOFE No. 650 ISLAMORADA Surf Reel, circa 1940


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Philadelphia RESTIGOUCHE Salmon Reel, circa 1941


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Early Salmon Reel, circa 1890


The EDWARD Vom HOFE PERFECTION Size 2 Fly Reel, circa 1900


The EDWARD Vom HOFE PEERLESS Size 4 Fly Reel, circa 1910


The EDWARD Vom HOFE PEERLESS Size 2 Fly Reel, circa 1900


The EDWARD Vom HOFE UNIVERSAL Model 491 Reel, circa 1930



1941 EDWARD Vom HOFE Catalog Pages


The EDWARD Vom HOFE "COMMANDER ROSS" 12/0 Reel, circa 1940


The EDWARD Vom HOFE Model 423 RESTIGOUCHE 1/0 Salmon Reel


The EDWARD Vom HOFE 1/0 Model 550 Reel


To see high quality digitized versions of two early Edward vom Hofe Catalogs on Google Books website, click on the links below.

Link to 1889 Edward vom Hofe Catalog - Part A - Rods

Link to 1889 Edward vom Hofe Catalog - Part B - Reels and Lures

Link to 1896 Edward vom Hofe Catalog



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