Otto Zwarg Reel
Otto Zwarg, St. Petersburg, FL
World War II brought about the end to a lot of the great fishing tackle
companies including Edward vom Hofe. Otto Zwarg was the head reel maker at the
vom Hofe company. After it went out of business, he acquired the rights to the
designs. He set up production for one year in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He then
moved the business to St. Petersburg, FL in 1947. The reels were made up until
1960, which was 3 years after Otto Zwarg's death. The reels came in three basic
models - Model 300 Saguenay Fly/Salmon Reel, Model 400 Laurentian Multiplying
Fly/Salmon Reel and the Model 600 Maximo Salt Water Reel. The Maximo was named
after Maximo Point in St. Petersburg, FL. This was a famed fishing spot since
the first local settler Antinio Maximo established a "fish ranch" on the point
in 1843. The Saguenay was named in honor of the celebrated salmon river.
Dating the year of manufacture of Zwarg reels is easy. The first year of
production was 1946 and the serial number begins with the Prefix letter A.
The first reels made in St. Petersburg was 1948 and the serial number prefix
is C. This sequence continues up until the last year of production in 1960
and have the prefix letter O. All
Zwarg reels are collectable and the ones marked Brooklyn are the most scarce.
Otto Zwarg Reels and Catalog
Otto Zwarg Fly Reels and Salmon Reels
The Model 600 Maximo Reel - St. Petersburg, FL, circa 1950
The Model 400 Laurentian Reel - Brooklyn, NY, circa 1946
The 1-0 Model 400 Laurentian Reel - St. Petersburg, FL, circa 1946
Otto Zwarg Catalog Page
For any questions about antique fishing reels, lures or tackle, please feel
free to Email or Call me. I always like to talk about old tackle.
P.O. Box 420703
Kissimmee, FL 34742-0703
RETURN TO HOMEPAGE