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, Nottingham Centre Pin, Ball bearing Blackfish- Luderick fishing reels, reference and information by Bernard Ladd, 2009.
The Boaden “Nigger“ Blackfish reel 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 relase latch centre pin reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW -c. 1955. Extremely rare.
R. BOADEN later second model Sports master Blackfish release latch centre pin reel. Designed and made by Reg Boaden, Westmead NSW -c 1956. Very rare.
J R V Aluminium Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel.Maker Jack Harvey, NSW -c.1960. Phosphor bronze bearings; cast aluminium back; marine grade aluminium spool-drum. Hard to find.
HAMILTON - H6 Aluminium alloy Blackfish-Luderick centre pin release latch reel. Dia 4 1/4''; spool-drum width 3/4''; ebonite handle knobs. S/S T foot -c 1956. Maker John Hamilton, NSW. Very rare.
MARR 5'' S/S; Black fish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW. Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; teflon handle-knobs -c 1980. Very rare.
MARR 4 1/2'' S/S, Blackfish - Luderick fishing reel maker John Marr, Gosford NSW. Adjustable bronze bearings; spring loaded tension brake; teflon handle knobs -c 1980. Very rare.
CROSSKAY 4 1/2 inch Aluminium alloy, Blackfish - Luderick centre pin reel -c.1960. Erinoid handle-knobs. Avon Royal similar design. Maker Ron Crosskay, NSW. Very rare.
YAMBA (FTA1) Cast alloy and Laminex Blackfish - Luderick centre pin release latch reel. -c.1980, made by A F T Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. Hard to find.
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 spool (drum) width 1 1/4''; Ferguson pivot turntable; optional check; Alvey logo decal on back plate; stamped Made in Australia 500 / A3 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 spool (drum) width 1 1/4''; Ferguson pivot turntable; optional check; Alvey logo decal on back plate; stamped Made in Australia 500/ A3/ 6 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.
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 centre pin release latch reel. Machined aluminum perforated backplate diameter 4 1/4''; machined aluminium spool-drum width 3/4''; ebonite handle knobs. stainless steel T foot -c 1950. Maker John Hamilton, NSW. Very rare.
HAMILTON - H2. Linen bakelite Blackfish-Luderick centre pin release latch reel. Linen bakelite perforated backplate diameter 6 1/4''; Linen bakelite aluminium edged, perforated spool (drum) width 1 1/4''; plastic handle knobs. 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''; spool-drum width 1 ''; Spool (drum) supported by ball bearing races; adjustable spool (drum) brake; wooden handle knobs. Unique stainless steel removable turntable pivot foot (saddle) strap back; aluminium alloy backplate and perforated 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 handle knobs; 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.
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 ''; spool (drum) supported by bronze bearing; optional check; wooden single handle knob; removable foot (saddle) ; aluminium alloy backplate and spool, powder coated baked black enamel; other metal components of 316 grade stainless steel. -c 2002.
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 model, 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 knob. Aluminium T foot, inscribed John Hamilton 1956. Maker John Hamilton, NSW. Only 1 made!
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