Australian Vintage Fly Fishing Reel, Dawson, Silver King Reference Information by Bernard (Bernie) Ladd, 2011.

DAWSON Fly Fishing Reel, Back image RARE model
DAWSON Fly Fishing Reel, RARE model


Wayne Fulton,


Dawson fly reel. First model - Era1930's. Only sighted example, first time displayed. Extremely rare. Branded L.H Dawson Korumburra. Diameter 3 3/8''; Spool 3/4''; material Aluminium alloy. Direct drive Brass crank, permanent check. Brass saddle [foot]; horn knob.

DAWSON Fly Fishing Reel side view RARE model


Wayne Fulton,


The Silver King Fly Fishing Reel Maker Jack Crouch, Melbourne, Australia -c.1935. By Bernie Ladd, 2/8/2014.

During November 2013, an ARCA member personally communicated to the Museum at Dunolly Victoria, the need to identify a specific CROUCH stamped reel,which he had found among those that the Museum held. The damaged reel had been recovered from discarded items by J T Crouch & Sons Pty Ltd factory, subsequent to its closure in1968. ARCA subsequently sought advice from me in identifying the reel. After research and examination of the available historical data my immediate impression was confirmed that indeed among the reels displayed at the Dunolly Museum, is an extremely rare Crouch Reel designed and manufactured, possibly as a proto-type that became the production model branded ''The Silver King Reel". On behalf of ARCA my conclusions were further validated by Jack Crouch Jr himself, who has firmly ascertained the reel's origin by announcing decisively that: "My father (Jack Crouch Senior) made these reels." Research shows that The Silver King Reel was exclusively made for J. M. Gillies Pty Ltd, College Cres, Carlton,Victoria, and is now confirmed by Jack Crouch Jr. We at ARCA are proud to maintain the efficacy of our appraisal of the authenticity of collectable reels, in order to preserve their historical context in which they were manufactured and utilised.

CROUCH proto-type vintage Fly Fishing reel
CROUCH proto-type vintage Fly Fishing reel Extremely rare

Above the Crouch prototype that became the production model stamped The Silver King Reel, made for J.M.Gillies .-c. early 1930s Extremely rare. Courtesy Dunolly Museum Vic.

SILVER KING Vintage Fly Fishing reel made in Australia

Extremely rare

SILVER KING vintage fly fishing reel made in Australia

Silver King Fly Reel. Designed and made by Jack Crouch. Aluminium alloy body, revolving drum; perforated spool face; ebonite handle knob; counter balanced brass spool release catch;; variable check; metal guide with agate insert; dia 3 3/8; drum width 3/4''; Matte paint finish ; weight 6 1/2oz The Silver King J M Gillies Carlton Vic, stamped on back.-c.1935. Rare.

Silver King Fly Reel.

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