Boaden, J R V, Marr, Crosskay, Yamba, Nottingham, Centre pin Blackfish reels, updated information by Bernie Ladd March, 2016.
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Boaden, JRV, Marr, Crosskay, Yamba, Hamilton, Alvey and Workshop, Nottingham Centre Pin, Ball bearing Blackfish- Luderick fishing reels. Information, History reference presented to you by Bernard (Bernie) Ladd, 2009.
The Boaden “Nigger“ Blackfish reel depicted below enjoyed only a brief period of exposure on the Australian market. Soon after the reel’s appearance (we believe in 1955) some members of general public protested against the racist connotation of the name “Nigger”. As a result of this unprecedented reaction Reg Boaden stopped production and recalled all “Nigger” reels from wholesalers. Only a very small number of “Nigger” reels survived, thus making them extremely rare!
Sometime later in 1956 Reg Boaden produced a new name for his Blackfish reel being “Sportsmaster”, stamped in relief (i.e. embossed) on a brass enamelled disc. Ladd B. 2009.
R. BOADEN cast Aluminium First model NIGGER Blackfish reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW. centre pin, drum removal latch (slater) mechanism c. 1955. Extremely rare.
R. BOADEN later second model SPORTSMASTER Blackfish reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW.centre pin, drum removal latch (slater) mechanism.-c 1956. Very rare.
J R V Aluminium Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel. Maker Jack Harvey, NSW -c.1960. Phosphor bronze bearing; cast aluminium back; aluminium ventilated drum (spool); centre pin, drum removal latch (slater) mechanism; Teflon check button. Exstreamely hard to find in genuine Mint condition.
MARR 4 1/2'' stainless steel, Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW. Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; Teflon handles; diameter 4 1/2''; drum (spool) width 1'' -c 1980. Very rare.
MARR 5'' stainless steel, Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW. Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; Teflon handles; diameter 5''; drum (spool) width 1'' -c 1980. Very rare.
MARR 4 1/2'' stainless steel, Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW. Spindle supported dual ball bearings; spring loaded tension brake; Teflon handles; diameter 4 1/2''; Perforated drum (spool) width 1'' -c 1980. Very rare.
CROSSKAY 4 1/2 inch Aluminium alloy, Blackfish - Luderick centre pin, release latch reel -c.1960. Erinoid handles; aluminium perforated drum (spool). Modeled on the Classic Avon Royal design. Maker Ron Crosskay, NSW. centre pin, drum removal latch (slater) mechanism. very rare.
YAMBA (FTA 1) Cast alloy and Laminex Blackfish - Luderick centre pin, release latch reel. -c.1980, made by A F T Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. centre pin, drum removal latch (slater) mechanism. Very hard to find in near mint condition.
YAMBA (FTA) advertisement
ALVEY Wooden and metal side cast blackfish reel, Model 500 / A3 . Maker Charles Alvey & Son, St Lucia QLD. Rolled stainless steel backplate diameter 5 3/16''; cedar rosewood stain finish drum (spool) width 1 1/4''; bakelite handles; Ferguson pivot turntable; optional check; Alvey logo decal on back plate. Made in Australia 500 / A3 stamped on pivot leaf spring -c 1960.
ALVEY Wooden and metal side cast blackfish reel, Model 500 / A3E / 6. Maker Charles Alvey & Son, St Lucia QLD. Rolled stainless steel backplate diameter 5 3/16''; cedar rosewood stain finish drum (spool) width 1 1/4''; bakelite handles; Ferguson pivot turntable; optional check; Alvey logo decal on back plate. Made in Australia 500/ A3/ 6 stamped on pivot leaf spring -c 1966.
ALVEY Bakelite and metal ball bearing blackfish reel, Model ALVEY No 455 A. Maker Charles Alvey & Son, St Lucia QLD. Rolled stainless steel backplate; bakelite spool (drum) ; stainless steel foot (saddle); optional check; Alvey logo decal on back plate; Ball Bearing Reel decal on back plate; Off - On decal on backplate. Bakelite spool front embossed Made in Australia - Model ALVEY No 455 A -c 1970. Rare in Mint order.
HAMILTON Fishing Reels.
This segment below features Blackfish fishing reel models which were meticulously hand crafted by John Hamilton who was employed as a Toolmaker for Corio Air Engineering Pty Ltd, located in Geelong Victoria. John made various reels when he spent numerous extra hours at the Corio Air Engineering factory. In December 2011, I had the pleasure of interviewing John. He spoke among other things about the only Crouch type reel he made. He said: “I used the Crouch No 1 stamped spool for my reel, back in the year of the Olympics, in 1956“.
John Hamilton further advised that after he retired from BHP Steels Newcastle in 2002, he started a new venture which he referred to as “Hand Crafted Reels”, which included his own designed Blackfish and Fly Reels, produced for the angling market. His products are hand machined from aluminium alloy stock bar in his workshop located at Yarravelle, NSW. John proudly told me that he is 82, and still loves his craft of making high quality Blackfish-Luderick fishing reels. Bernie Ladd, 2011.
HAMILTON - H1. Aluminium alloy Blackfish-Luderick reel, centre pin drum removal latch (slater) mechanism.. Machined aluminium ventilated backplate diameter 4 1/4''; machined aluminium ventilated drum (spool) width 3/4''; ebonite handles. stainless steel T foot -c 1950. Maker John Hamilton, NSW. Very rare.
HAMILTON - H2. Linen bakelite Blackfish-Luderick reel, centre pin drum removal latch (slater) mechanism. Linen bakelite ventilated backplate diameter 6 1/4''; Linen bakelite aluminium edged, ventilated drum) (spool) width 1 1/4''; erinoid handles. stainless steel T foot strap back. Maker John Hamilton, NSW. -c 1981. Very rare.
HAMILTON - H3 Blackfish-Luderick side cast reel. Maker John Hamilton, Yarravelle NSW. Diameter 6 3/16''; ventilated drum (spool) width 1 ''; drum supported by 2 ball bearing races; adjustable drum (spool) brake; wooden handles. Unique stainless steel removable turntable pivot foot (saddle) strap back; aluminium alloy backplate and ventilated drum (spool), green enamel finish; other metal components of 316 grade stainless steel.-c 1975. Very rare.
HAMILTON - H4. Hand Crafted Blackfish-Luderick reel. Maker John Hamilton, Yarravelle NSW. Diameter 4 3/8''; spool-drum width 1 ''; Spool (drum) supported by double sealed stainless steel ball races; adjustable spool (drum) brake; wooden handles; removable foot (saddle), cotton storage bag; spool retaining nut removal tool; acid etched aluminium alloy backplate and spool (drum); other metal components of 316 grade stainless steel.-c 2002. Rare to find in un-fished (Mint) condition with cotton storage slip, paper work and drum removal tool.
HAMILTON - H5. Competition Light Weight Hand Crafted Fly Fishing / Blackfish-Luderick reel. Maker John Hamilton, Yarravelle NSW. Diameter 4 3/8''; spool-drum width 1 ''; drum supported by bronze bearing; optional check; wooden single handle knob; removable foot (saddle) ; aluminium alloy ventialated backplate and drum (spool), powder coated baked black enamel; other metal components of 316 grade stainless steel. -c 2002. Rare to find in un-fished condition (Mint)
John Hamilton advertisment 2002.
"We are Australia's leading manufacturer of Hand Crafted Fly Fishing and Luderick Reels.
We manufacture our reels from the highest quality marine grade aluminium and stainless steel. We consider our reels to be made to a standard not approached by other manufacturers. The spool has been fabricated from marine grade aluminium and fitted with double sealed stainless steel ball races.
The back plates are made from structured grade (high tensile), aluminium for maximum strength, stability and durability. The reels have two types of finishes. One is acid etched, chrome plated and powder coated baked enamel for maximum corrosion resistance. The second finish is a hard anodising finish carried out in an electro plating process. Both finishes enhance the reel's appearance.
We also supply a unique range of handmade floats and fishing rod sacks."
HAMILTON Crouch style multiplying aluminium alloy reel. John Hamilton stated he only made one of this particular reel modelled on the Classic Crouch Multiplier, which he used for Blackfish - Luderick fishing. Machined aluminum backplate diameter 3 1/2''; Crouch No 1 aluminium spool-drum width 7/8''; finger spool lever brake. Crank handle drag configuration; free spool lever; Knurled aluminium front ahd rear grease cup; adjustable permanent check. Plastic torpedo handle. Aluminium saddle (foot), inscribed John Hamilton 1956.
An interesting era of fishing items made at Government run and privately operated engineering maintenance workshops. Engineers, Toolmakers and highly skilled Fitter & Turners, who in some circumstances were on emergency stand-by maintenance duties at Government run maintenance Workshops . Some of these skilled employees engaged during their spare time in hobby craft by producing their own much loved models of fishing equipment. Blackfish reels, Crouch type reels, Fly reels, Game reels, Seamartin type reels and fishing Lures were often popular items created by these enthusiasts during the maintenance and production down-times. During those down-times a floor supervisor would approach an employee and say: “Work on your foreigner”. This was done to create an impression in the eyes of senior production managers that workers were busily engaged in company work projects.Thus these workshop-made reels, or any other items made during these 'down-times' were known or referred to as “Foreigners”.
It is also pertinent to state that especially during the war periods (i.e. WWI and WWII), due to war effort production, there were shortages of fishing items on the retail market. Hence these workshop practices were especially common during those turbulent times. Ladd B. 2007.
Depicted below are examples of Blackfish - Luderick reels made at various Workshops in Australia.
Workshop made Blackfish reels.
CARDIFF Railway Workshop made wood and metal ball bearing Blackfish reel. Cast gunmetal 'Tear Drop' cross back and saddle; brass optional check mechanism; Teak wood back diameter 6''; Teak drum (spool) width 1 3/4'', mounted on spindle supported dual ball bearings; Ebonite (hard rubber) handles mounted on brass collets, fixed with brass screws. Made at Cardiff railway workshops -c late 1920. Very rare.
( CARDIFF Railway Workshops, Newcastle, N.S.W. Australia, was established in 1928 ).
Latrobe Valley Vic, S E C Workshop made metal Blackfish-Luderick reel. Nickle plated cast brass cross back and saddle; brass optional check mechanism; nickle plated brass sliding line guide. Alumiium alloy back diameter 5''; aluminium drum (spool) width 1 1/4''; erinoid handles screw fitted on drum face -c 1940s. Very rare
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