Vintage Flyfishing Creels & Cases



 




LARGE UNMARKED PORTLAND STYLE CREEL                                    $320


This creel was apparently made in one of the Portland, Oregon, leather lofts before WW II, but there is no maker's name.  Has the characteristic half leather top, a large pocket, and embossing.  The use of two diagonal latch straps and the twist-lock fasteners is quite distinctive.  Condition is generally good with some repairs and a replaced hanging strap.  Comes with a leather harness.





GEORGE LAWRENCE HAZEL DELL CREEL                                     $235

This is a pre-WWII George Lawrence creel in the seldom-seen Hazel Dell model. See The Art of the Creel, p.58. The Hazel Dell creels did not have the leather hinge, the leather elbows, the hanging strap, or the half leather top. They were marked for size with a number followed by a D; this is a 5D size. They were the economy model of the Lawrence line. This one shows age and use, but it displays well. The latch strap has been replaced, and there are some losses on the edge of the fish hole. Comes with harness.




HARD LEATHER FLY REEL SPOOL CASE                                $75

Custom-made trunk style case for two fly reel spools.  This case will not fit reels, just spools.  Handles two spools up to 3 1/4" in diameter, might stretch to 3 1/2" but check with me.  Nice leather work in very good condition.  Dimensions are 3 1/2" diameter, 3 3/4" wide.  No maker's marks on the leather.        



 




EDDIE BAUER HARD LEATHER FLY REEL CASE BY HOLLAND  LEATHER       $80
 
Hand made hard leather clamshell style case for a reel with a diameter up to 4” and a total height of 2 ¼”.  Fleece lined. Eddie Bauer was a legendary Seattle sporting goods dealer.  The Holland Leather company of San Francisco made leather products for field sports under the several names.  This design is a durable, serviceable reel case that Holland made for years.
 






GEORGE LAWRENCE CREEL                                        $500
 
This George Lawrence number 4 creel is in excellent condition.  The hanging strap, latch strap, and buckle are all fine.  The leather remains supple and retains a good amount of the original brown color. The split willow basket work is very good, with two small imperfections.  The Lawrence company cartouche is on the back.  Comes with a harness.
 





 

 

TURTLE BASKET WITHOUT LEATHERING                            $270
 
Unused Turtle-style basket imported by Ilhan New of Boulder, CO, in the 1920s.  These baskets were made in Korea and usually sold with leathering by the Turtle company.  Quality of the basket-work is exceptional, based on a complex weave of split bamboo reinforced on the bottom.

 



 




PORTLAND STYLE CREEL LEATHERED IN JAPAN                                  $300
 
This creel has the Portland style half leather top, leather binding, and leather “elbows”, which were likely applied in Japan.  Tidy appearance and generally good condition with replacement front closure strap and hanging strap.  Comes with period harness.