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Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years


Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years

Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years by Bruce Matthews & Ed Pritchard


The Fin-Nor story is one of enormous fishes, exotic places, legendary characters and mechanical wizardry. Celebrated as the ''Rolls-Royce of big game fishing reels,'' Fin-Nor emerged in the 1930's out of the hotbed of Miami's emerging fishing scene, setting an amazing 381 world big game fishing records, including the largest black marlin and swordfish ever caught on rod and reel.

Fin-Nor's story is a fascinating slice of time from a bygone era with appeal for anglers and non-anglers alike. Meticulously researched and compellingly shared, Outdoor journalist Bruce Matthews and antique tackle collector and Fin-Nor expert Ed Pritchard take us on a journey alongside legendary anglers in their quest for a reel that would help them capture the largest fishes the world has ever seen. Along the way Matthews and Pritchard de-mystify a number of myths and shed new light on historical circumstances associated with Fin-Nor and big game fishing.


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Holding a Fin-Nor reel in their hands today, an angler or collector is connected to a vibrant legacy evolved through the vision and determination of many of the greatest big game anglers and conservationists — women and men — the world has ever known. Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years tells that story.
Price: USD $49.95


Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years is more than the history of the reel that became known as the "Gold Standard" of saltwater reels. It's the tale of a ''perfect storm'' of circumstances that leads to Fin-Nor's development out of an obscure Miami boat engine repair shop. Miami in the '30's was a crucible for new ideas in fishing, driven by the discovery of gigantic and heretofore un-catchable tuna and marlin just across the Florida Straights at Bimini. Sportsman-conservationists fueled the pursuit, and literary legends like Ernest Hemingway and Zane Grey publicized it.

Chasing marlin and tuna off Bimini, tuna and swordfish off Nova Scotia, and later marlin and swordfish off Peru and Chile, these big game anglers brought Miami-based captains and crew, and a reel that wouldn't quit, to help them catch their world-record fish. The conservation legacy of these great anglers includes the establishment of the International Game Fish Association and support for numerous research efforts at the American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian, Yale Oceanography Institute and many others.

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