Charles C.F. Orvis Fishing Reels

Charles C.F. Orvis Fly Fishing Reels

C. F. Orvis - Manchester, VT

Charles Orvis patented his fly reel on May 12, 1874. The first model had the head-plate and tail-plate riveted to the pillars. It also had the Orvis name and patent date engraved on the bottom of the foot. The first models came with a nice form fitting, hinged walnut wood box. He continually improved upon the reel and later models were screwed together. Reels made after the early 1900's had their end plates fastened to the pillars with screws. The reels are usually found made of nickel plated brass. The reel was also made of solid nickel silver (German silver). These models and are considered scarce. The Charles F. Orvis company is still in business today making a wide range of quality tackle.

The Second Model ORVIS Fly Reel and Wood Box, circa 1890

The Third Model ORVIS Fly Reel, circa 1910

The Fourth Model ORVIS Fly Reel, circa 1910

Photos of Mike Nogay's Fourth Model Taken by John Elder

ORVIS Reels in 1910 Abercrombie & Fitch Catalog

ORVIS 1875 "Forest and Stream" Magazine Ad

ORVIS 1884 "American Angler" Magazine Ad

ORVIS 1888 Magazine Ad

ORVIS April, 1910 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad

ORVIS July, 1919 Forest and Stream Magazine Ad

ORVIS May, 1915 Forest and Stream Magazine Article

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