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.
Fin-Nor: The Legacy Years