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The Heritage -- Francis Philbrook was a very talented tool an die maker who lived in Maine. He took to tackle making and collaborated with Payne and Leonard, and we have him to thank at least in part for the Leonard raised pillar reels. His name has been attached to the marbled red and black reels.
The Godfrey Brook Trout Reel is a swirled red/orange and black finish material applied to aluminum side plates. Up to eight layers of material plus an industrial, high temperature epoxy finish is applied to make the plates both very hard and solvent resistant.

Brooktrout Reel
The Godfrey Brook trout Reel is inspired by the revered Philbrook - Payne mottled reels. But it is modernized with single screw take down and the Westminster adjustable drag system. This makes for a far more functional and user friendly reel than the traditional design with so many screws to remove and no adjustment mechanism. The obvious uniqueness is of the sides is a "labor of love" and requires a week of work to produce these unique sides with the dcharacteristic swirled pattern. The special swirled motif - finish is reminiscent of the original Philbrook design, but is far stronger, more brilliant and far more stable.
  Brook Trout Reel


Brook Trout Reel Models & Specifications
 Model   Frame Size Frame width       Line Capacity  * Reel Weight    Price
 Bt-273     2.5 inch     1.24 inch DT-3 Wt. 25 yards backing   4.9 ounce $2,450.00
 BT-274     2.5 inch     1.30 inch DT-4 Wt. 25 yards backing   5.2 ounce $2,550.00
 BT-305     2.75 inch     1.24 inch DT-5 Wt. 25 yards backing   5.6 ounce $2,650.00
 BT-306     2.75 inch     1.30 inch WF-5 Wt. 100 yards backing   5.8 ounce $2,650.00
      * Synthetic line with 20 lb. Micron backing.
    Frame Size is frame diameter not including the pillars.
    Models BT-305 and 306 have double top pillars.

"Just a quick note to let you know I received the Brook Trout LHW BT-235 today. My impressions: words cannot describe!!! Another master piece by the maestro of reels." L. B. California.

Brook Trout Reel Options:
Handle Arm:
Handle Knob:
Extra Spools:
Narrow frame reels in lines 3 - 5 weight.
Single, Gothic Serpentine or Philbrook
Black or Ivory White
With optional draw string case - $250

Brook Trout Reels come with warranty and maintenance paper with recorded Reel Serial Number in hand made draw string leather bag. Spools are hand fitted so consider extra spools in your initial order.

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Michael Simon is a friend and recognized artist, photographer and historian, his work can be seen in museums around the country most notably at the FFF International Fly Fishing Center in Livingston, Mt. "My Godfrey Brook Trout Reel is a constant joy to me. It graces my favorite rods; my Harms, Nunley, Leonard and others . . . " To Michael Simon's Art