Geo. W. Gayle & Son Reel
Geo. W. Gayle, Frankfort, KY
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. George died in 1896.
Later Gayle History - Clarence continued to make reels after his father's death
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. Clarence died in 1948. The latest ad I've seen is from a 1937 issue of
Field & Stream magazine.
The GAYLE NO. 1 Reel, circa 1900
The GAYLE NO. 3 German Silver and Hard Rubber Reel, circa 1900
The GAYLE NO. 3 German Silver Reel, circa 1900
The GAYLE NO. 3 Reel, circa 1900
The GAYLE NO. 3 Reel, circa 1910
The GAYLE Multiplying Aluminum Fly Reel, circa 1910
The GAYLE INTRINSIC Standard Reel, circa 1915
The GAYLE INTRINSIC Kentucky Reel, circa 1915
The GAYLE Fly Reel, circa 1915
The GAYLE No. 4 Reel, circa 1915
Marked "Made for VL&A, Chicago, by Geo. Gayle & Son, Frankfort, KY", circa
1900 Ad for the VL&A Gayle Reel
The GAYLE Reel Showing Surface Copper Oxide Patina From the Nickel Silver
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