William (Wm.) Slote Antique Vintage Fishing Reels

William (Wm.) Slote Antique Vintage Fishing Reels

William (Wm.) Slote, Brooklyn, NY

William Slote was born in New York on May 8, 1858 to German parents. He was 14 years old when he began learning the fishing tackle business in a machine shop in Brooklyn (probably Julius vom Hofe). At age 25, he was a foreman for a Vermont reel maker (probably Thos. Chubb). Two years later he went into business for himself and established a small retail store back in Brooklyn. Slote received a patent for a reel design on September 30, 1890. The design incorporated a raised hard rubber head plate that included an annular volume for the gearing. In the approximately 50 years of making reels and rods, the variations in his reel designs shows he was not afraid to try different ideas. Most of his reels include the 3/8 inch diameter hole in the reel foot making it stand out from the 1/2 inch hole seen on Edward vom Hofe reels. Slote died in Queens, New York on June 2, 1935 at the age of 77.



WILLIAM SLOTE Size 1/0 Reel

WILLIAM SLOTE Size 1/0 Reel


WILLIAM SLOTE Size 2 Reel

WILLIAM SLOTE Size 2 Reel


WILLIAM SLOTE Size 3 Fly Reel

WILLIAM SLOTE Size 3 Fly Reel


WILLIAM SLOTE Reel Collection


WILLIAM SLOTE Fishing Rod Reel Seat Marking


Slote Reels and Rod are from the Collection of Bill Hoerter


WILLIAM SLOTE 1890 Reel Patent



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