Collector William Hinkebein’s interest in antique tackle began when he discovered an old tackle box (1940s) in a Kentucky barn in 1990. He quickly discovered the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club and the Old Reel Collectors Association and began searching for Kentucky Reels in earnest. He appreciates all that Kentucky Reels represent; the history of the then American frontier, the settlement of Kentucky; and the craftsmanship, ingenuity, entrepreneurship, fishing, conservation, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. William appreciates all who share interest in antique tackle and loves all the people he has met in the pursuit of such. He resides in Kentucky and Florida and loves the pursuit of that next Kentucky Reel discovery.
A Brief History of Baitcasting, Bass Fishing, and the Kentucky Reel
The Kentucky Reel is truly one of the great contributions of the Bluegrass State to the wider world. The first widely popular multiplying fishing reels were hand made in Kentucky in the nineteenth century, and their popularity changed fishing forever by ushering in the modern age of baitcasting. For the first time, the authors offer a concise and easy to read history of not only the origins and development of the Kentucky Reel, but also the early history of baitcasting and bass fishing in Kentucky. Lavishly illustrated and featuring examples of some of the rarest Kentucky Reels, this book is a welcome introduction to an important yet overlooked piece of angling and Kentucky history. Includes biographies and professional photos of reels by: George W. Snyder and sons; J.F. & B.F. Meek; Meek & Milam; B.C. Milam; B.C. Milam & Son; J.W. Hardman; J.L. Sage; T. Dalton; B.F. Meek; B.F. Meek & Sons; B.F. Meek & Sons and Blue Grass Reels; Sylvanus Meek; J. Deally; G.E. Medley; Frank Fullilove; and Geo. W. Gayle & Son. Published by Whitefish Press. The Whitefish Press is dedicated to publishing a wide variety of works on fishing history and fishing tackle. It was founded in 2006 by Dr. Todd E.A. Larson, who along with his partners Marc T. Hanger (Acquisitions Editor) and Chad S. Beckett (Legal), have worked to slowly grow the business to the point where it will be a unique voice in the publishing world for those interested in preserving our outdoor heritage. The Whitefish Press is an imprint of Micropress America, L.L.C.