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Teaser – September 2015 Reel News – ORCA Online


We apologize for this tardy preview but better late than never! If you don’t already have your copy of the September issue of the Reel News, it should be making it’s way to your door. ORCA Reel News Editor, Richard Lodge, has put together another fine 40 page club magazine. Here’s what’s coming up! Reels of

Like Us on Facebook!


The ORCA Facebook page is up and running again with lots of activity. Vice president Dick Braun, President Betty Barr, and Reel News Editor Richard Lodge have been instrumental in reviving the page and getting ORCA back into the 21st Century! Visit us at Facebook to “Like” and “Share” our page with your friends and family. Don’t

Teaser – July 2015 Reel News – ORCA Online


Coming very soon to your mailbox, the July 2015 Reel News, a 48-page issue packed with articles, essays, auction reports and coverage – in words and photos – of the ORCA National in Dania Beach, Fla. Todd Larson penned the definitive piece on A. G. Spalding reels, profiling the man who had a huge impact

ORCA’s 25th Anniversary – That’s a Lot of Reels!


Waxing nostalgic, ORCA Founder, Mike Nogay, and several charter members recalled some of the early days of this great organization and its formation on November 1, 1990. From Ed Pritchard: “I still remember the “on the spot founding” of ORCA at the tackle meet on East Broad St. and Hamilton Rd. in Columbus Ohio. Some

Teaser – May 2015 Reel News – ORCA Online


Editor Richard Lodge has done another wonderful job of putting together the Reel News for ORCA members. If you have not yet received a copy, it should be on its way. Thank you to everyone that contributed, including: Jim Madden – A Breakthrough on the South Bend #1131A, Mystery reel of 1913; Wayne Benson –

Teaser – March 2015 Reel News – ORCA Online


Just a glimpse of the cover, showing a photo of Ernest Hemingway and a monster tuna that he caught with a reel made by Elwin Knowles. An article about Knowles and his rare reels is in this issue, along with a piece on the Schoenfeld-Gutter Co. reels; Ocean City’s early days; the Clark Brothers and

New Honorary Member – Vernon H. Kirby, Jr.


Please help ORCA welcome our newest Honorary Member, Vernon H. Kirby, Jr.! Mr. Kirby joins a distinguished list of ORCA members and non-members deemed to have made a major contribution in the field of fishing reel collecting or the history pertaining thereto. Congratulations! Vernon H. Kirby, Jr. Vern is a polymath of fishing history and tackle.

Teaser – January 2015 Reel News – ORCA Online


Once you thumb through the January 2015 issue of the Reel News, you’ll agree with Mike N. that this is one of the most outstanding issues of our club news magazine: “Having published the very first issue of the Reel News some 25 years ago, I feel safe in saying that the January 2015 issue

Teaser – November 2014 Reel News


Editor Richard Lodge has done another great job and the November Reel News should have arrived in the mail (or should soon). There are some interesting and rare reels featured. What’s in it? Well, Steve Vernon and Mike Murphy have identified a new Kentucky reelmaker and Warren Platt tells the story of meeting a very