View Full Version : True Temper Vintage Reel

12-28-2009, 05:05 PM
Picked up a nice little vintage reel by "True Temper" off of ebay today:


I doubt it has any value, but just wondering if anybody knew anything about them?



12-28-2009, 05:20 PM
Looks very similar to the Ocean City reels. I think they were mass produced under many different names. You can usually pick them up on ebay from between $10-$20. They make decent line holders with a vintage look if they turn smoothly. The ones I have and have seen have a rather loud click with an on off "switch" that allows them to free spool.

12-28-2009, 06:20 PM
Thanks for the info. Beats buying a new Peerless;)

12-28-2009, 09:46 PM
Very cool! I like the vintage look of the reel. Does it have a mfg date?

12-28-2009, 10:39 PM
BP, don't know, but I would guess it goes back at least 20 years or so, could be a lot more. Hopefully it works well. I would love to have this for my 4wt. I really like the retro look. If it needs a little work, that's ok, I just hope I can find parts that will work with it. I think the worst case scenario is a bad drag because the seller said it works well. We will see.

12-29-2009, 10:58 AM
I found this on www.antiquefishingreels.info (http://www.antiquefishingreels.info):

Ocean City specialized in making salt-water reels in Philadelphia, Pa., from 1923 to 1968. During its history, the company absorbed, in 1935, Montague City Rod & Reel Co., Montague City, Mass., and, in 1939, the Edward vom Hofe Co., New York City, which made some of the finest reels on the planet for many years. During its later years, Ocean City produced many baitcasting reels, but none has significant value. The company was bought by the makers of True Temper tackle.

12-29-2009, 11:38 AM
Hmmm...hard to tell the age. I had a guy on another board say that he had one like it in the 70's. I think I have a new hobbie. :eek:

12-29-2009, 02:42 PM
If you really want to know, go over to http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/ and ask away. They will know for sure. They mostly talk about the high end reels of the past like the Hardy's but they tend to know about the production reels like yours. I got into the vintage reel thing over the summer for a couple of small rods that I built and picked up a Phlueger from the teens and a Meisselback that is dated between 1906 and 1908. It is about as addicting as rod building, fly tying, fishing, etc. Once you get the bug, you can easily get hooked. The great thing about reels is there are plenty of inexpensive vintage reels that will give you the feel for it and are still serviceable reels. When you want to step up, you can sell them and combine your money for a nicer/more expensive vintage reel. There is a whole other world out there when it comes to vintage fly tackle. Consider yourself warned. :biggrin:

12-29-2009, 05:37 PM
Thanks for the link! I think it's from the 60's, but I will ask. Yeah, I can see how this is going to be a new addiction (ahem...clears throat) "hobby." :biggrin: :eek: