Blue Grass Reel Works Kentucky Fishing Reels

Blue Grass Reel Works

Blue Grass Reel Works - Louisville, KY

The Blue Grass Reel Works company was located in Louisville, KY and affiliated with B.F. Meek & Sons. The company was listed in the 1899 to 1903 Louisville, KY City Directories and had the same address as B.F. Meek & Sons at 515 - 4th St. The same Officers were listed for both companies. The reels came in four different models. They were the No. 3, the No. 4 and two variations of the No. 33. One of the No. 33 models was made of German silver or aluminum and resembled a George Gayle "top hat" head plate model. The other was a nickel plated brass take-apart style reel that resembled a Meisselbach reel. The No. 3 and No. 4 reels were made of German silver and had the option to include jeweled spool shaft bearings.

The Blue Grass reels that are later seen with the name B.F. Meek & Sons marking have their origin at the Blue Grass Reel Works. In 1904 The Company name no longer existed and the Blue Grass line of reels was incorporated into the B.F. Meek & Sons line of Meek reels. These reels, with the exception of the Take-Apart reel, were high quality. They were made of German silver or aluminum, but became a second line when they were incorporated into the B.F. Meek & Sons line of reels.



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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS No. 33 Reel, circa 1900



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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS No. 3 Reels with and without Jeweled Bearings, circa 1900


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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS No. 4 Reel, circa 1900


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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS No. 33 Reel, circa 1900


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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS 1899 Outers Magazine Ad


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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS June, 1900 American Field Magazine Ad


The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS Catalog, circa 1900

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The BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS Catalog, circa 1900


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1902 BLUE GRASS REEL WORKS Ad


To see magazine articles written about the history of the Kentucky Reel, click on the links below.

Outing Magazine, "Evolution of the Kentucky Reel", by Dr. James A. Henshall, Dec. 1900

Forest and Stream Magazine, "History of the Kentucky Reel", Interview with J. L. Sage, Jan. 1915

Forest and Stream Magazine, "More About The Kentucky Reel", Dr. James A. Henshall, Feb. 1915

Field & Stream, "The Kentucky Reel", by Robert Lincoln Page, March, 1930

Field & Stream, "My Old Kentucky Reel", by A.J. McClane, January, 1953



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