REEL ID?

Gyrfalcon21

Active Member
Bought this reel about 40-45 years ago as a kid in Moses Lake at some type of gas station/bait shop on drive across the state. Didn't take long for me to lose the screw to hold the white plastic spool in (and I seem to have lost the spool now as well).

The reel itself was lost on and off for the past 40 years until today. I am not even sure it is a fly reel? Thought it was when I bought it. Lost a gear and has a broken handle. No inscriptions.

Size comparison next to my old CFO 1 reel.

Any ideas?

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flybill

A collector never stops collecting!
WFF Supporter
Looks like a center pin reel. No idea on what brand it is, could be stamped somewhere on it, although I assume you would have mentioned, if it did.
 

Gyrfalcon21

Active Member
I believe it was built by Herb Butler Engineering in Spokane. It was built in the 70's
Thanks so much! Will point research in that direction and add back!

Update:
You are perfectly on-thank you, mystery is solved

Looks like I need to get some parts fabricated and look for the spool.

1979 Introducing The FISH Fly Reel Design by Herb Butler Spokane WA​

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