Monday, April 6, 2015
Adding to the Bronson Collection
A few months back I managed to not only score another Bronson reel for the collection but also a spare spool. I had been looking for a Bronson Royalist 370 for a while. I was lucky enough to obtain one at a reasonable price on eBay. Shortly thereafter, I also grabbed a spare spool. The neat thing about this spare spool is that it was still in the original box. For those that may not know, Bronson reels were made in Bronson, Michigan from 1922 until the early 1970s when the company was sold and the factory was closed down. Interestingly enough, in the 1950s Bronson Reels averaged over 9,000 reels a day and a 1,000,000 a year. Their reels ranged from the inexpensive to the quite elaborate. As far as I can tell, this reel was made in the early 1960s. If anyone has any other information about it, please let me know. It doesn't have a date on it. From what I have read, this reel should work just fine with line up to a 6 weight. I am pairing it with a Shakespeare 1290 to use in some of my trout fishing. It has a strong clicker. Nothing like having a fish take line and hearing that reel sing. Man that is great! For those looking for a click and pawl reel, I would highly recommend this guy. You will not be disappointed.