The industrial revolution
was nearing its end when immigrants were flooding into the Northwest. Machines capable of making intricate parts were available,
and men were training as machinists. All the fishing opportunities in the Northwest created a market for local entrepreneurs
to invent and manufacture fishing tackle.
From the late 1800s until today, the list of Northwest tackle manufacturers includes
larger companies like: Les Davis, Pop Geer, Gibbs, Peetz, Danielson, Luhr Jensen, Worden, Martin, Shoff, Glen L Evans, Fenwick,
Lamiglas, and Sage. While some of these did make fishing reels, most Northwest reel makers are little known.
book was written to document fishing reel inventors, designers and makers in the Northwest, and examples of their reels. Many
hours of research has gone into this book, but it is likely a few reels have been missed, which is what keeps us collectors