Charles Orvis patented his fly reel on May 12, 1874. The first model had the
head-plate and tail-plate riveted to the pillars. It also had the Orvis name and patent date
engraved on the bottom of the foot. The first models came with a nice form fitting,
hinged walnut wood box. He continually improved upon the reel and later models were
screwed together. Reels made after the early 1900's had their
end plates fastened to the pillars with screws. The reels are usually found made of
nickel plated brass. The reel was
also made of solid nickel silver (German silver). These models and are considered
scarce. The Charles F. Orvis company is still in business today making a wide range of
The Second Model ORVIS Fly Reel and Wood Box, circa 1900
The Third Model ORVIS Fly Reel, circa 1910
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