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.

The Brook Trout 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

Westminster Reel

Westminster Reel Models & Specifications

 Model   Frame   Line Capacity  *  Width Weight    Price
Bt-273   2.5 inch DT-3 Wt. 25 yds.  1.24 inch   4.9 oz. $2,450.00
BT-274   2.5 inch DT-4 Wt. 25 yds.  1.1.30 inch   5.2 oz. $2,450.00
BT-305   2.75 inch DT-5 Wt. 25 yds.  1.24 inch   5.6 oz. $2,650.00
BT-306   2.75 inch WF-5 Wt. 100 yds.  1.30 inch   5.8 oz. 2,650.00
    * Synthetic line with 20 lb. Micron backing


Brook Trout Reel Models & Specifications      

 Model     Diameter      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 $2,450.00
 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.

Handle Arm
Handle Knob:
Custom vom Hofe Case
Narrow frame reels in lines 3 - 5 weight.
Single, Gothic 'S' or Philbrook
Black or Ivory-white
$295 - choose suede color:   Accessories

BiMetal Reels come with warranty and maintenance paper in a hand made draw string leather bag.

Spools are hand fitted so consider extra spools in your initial order.
  Single Spool . . . $250.00
  Two Extra Spools . . . $425.00

Call Ted for information and to Order:  

Michael Simon is a good friend and recognized artist, photographer and historian, his work can be seen 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 visit Michael and see his work, See:   Michael Simon's Art

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