Monday, August 26, 2013

The Spin Joy Fishing Reel , an Antique

I ran across this reel over the weekend. Google didn't come up with much , other than a vague suggestion that it was possibly made by True Temper in the 1950's via Yahoo Answers. I'm a little disappointed , mainly because it's a neat little design. The reel handle looks like the handle off of a trolling/baitcasting reel and has a weird weld/solder mark , so it may not be original. The reel I found at an antique shop was missing it's bail , and had a catch somewhere in the gears that made it rough to crank. The handle was a little awkward due to the catch in the gears or maybe just the overall design , but I like it. It was priced at $10.00 , and since it was close to home I may go back later to get it. I had originally decided not to get it because I like for all of my old reels to be complete and in working order , but this one seems somewhat rare. Enjoy the pictures!

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7 comments:

  1. I'd go get it for 10 bucks. May be able to fix it

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    1. I might go get it yet. It was buried behind a bunch of other junk , and I put it back in it's place , so I doubt it's going anywhere.

      I'm afraid it won't be fixable. The bail is completely gone - even the threaded part for screws was mangled on both sides in what I can only describe as a traumatic fishing incident of unknown origin. Plus the gear issues. As much as I'd like to buff it up and have it like new , I fear this would be just another fancy paperweight to add to my collection of "for parts" reels :)

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  2. I was cleaning out the back storage room of our Lakeside, OH cottage, when I came across one of these Spin Joy reels on something called a Stream Mite tempered hollow glass 60" rod. It all was in pretty good shape, except for some monofilament from the Eisenhower era. I re-lined it, shot some WD-40 into the gears, and it works pretty well. I have no idea how long it hung on a nail back there, and no idea which long deceased relative it belonged to.

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    1. I'm still surprised that I have never heard of these reels, but then again I haven't seen everything no matter how old I feel.

      You should look into the fiberglass rod. I know the old glass fly rods have an almost cult like following.

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  3. Josh,
    Is there any waywe can get together and discuss these Spin-Joy reels?
    I picked one up last year and it has a few things about it that might help us date these reels Mine is made in Japan and looks as though it came from the 1940s

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    1. I'll email you later today.

      I'm sure it's possible that these were manufactured in post war Japan. I know they turned their industrial war machine into a manufacturing powerhouse pretty fast after WW2. When I have a chance I'll look into TruTemper and see if they outsourced to Japanese manufacturers. It really wouldn't surprise me, since the market for fishing equipment took off in a big way following the war.

      I look forward to talking with you!

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