Fin-Nor Fishing Reels

Fin-Nor Big Game and Fly Fishing Reels

Fin-Nor - Miami, FL

Fredrick Martin Grieten was the owner and chief machinist at the Finely Norwood Machine Shop in Miami, FL. He specialized in boat and engine repair. His relationship with the fishing captains in the Miami area made him aware of the problems they were having in landing big fish. Grieten came up with his own reel design and received a patent on October 19, 1937. In this year the company name was changed to Fin-Nor. Grieten received his second patent on April 11, 1939 for improvements to his first patent. The Fin-Nor company was sold to Southern Tackle in 1957.

Starting with the Southern Tackle company, Fin-Nor reels were no longer limited to big game reels. Their designer and machinist, Gar Wood, Jr., came up with designs for spinning reels and lower cost salt water fishing reels. Wood's best know designs were  those called "Wedding Cake" fly reels because of their layered appearance. These reels were sold up through the 1960's.

The FIN-NOR 12/0 Big Game Reel, Circa 1940

The F.M. Grieten's October 19, 1937 FIN-NOR Reel Patent

The F.M. Grieten's October 19, 1937 FIN-NOR Reel Patent

The F.M. Grieten's April 11, 1939 FIN-NOR Reel Patent

The F.M. Grieten's April 11,1939 FIN-NOR Reel Patent

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