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« on: September 28, 2017, 07:12:05 AM »

Does anyone know who, or what companies, manufactured Herter's spinning reels?

I recently saw a Herter's 1240 spinning reel in a local consignment shop; it was a decent looking burgundy colored reel that looked very similar to a Shakespeare 2052 and seemed to be pretty solid.  I also saw a different Herter's reel online that looked very much like a D.A.M. Quick.

I'm not particularly interested in buying one, just curious about them.
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2017, 01:28:38 PM »

I know they sourced a lot of stuff out of Japan.  I bet Tommy would know a lot more.

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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2017, 10:57:03 PM »

Herter's outsourced all of their spinning reels. I've never heard of a Herter's 1240 but various Herter's reel models were made by Zangi of Italy, Dam Quick of Germany, J.W. Young of England and some by Japanese reel manufacturers. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2017, 08:45:18 AM »

Back in the bad old days (before online retailing), Herter's was one of the bigger mail order outfits for sporting goods.  Headquartered in Waseca, Minn., they had shops later in other Minn. towns, as well as SD, Iowa & I believe Wash. state.  I do not ever remember seeing a Herter's catalog (back then, my favorites were Netcraft [now Jann's] and Sears to a lesser extent), but I've heard tell it was a big deal for a lot of folks.  See the catalogs up for sale on the big auction site often.  I believe the company went bankrupt in the late '70s or early '80s & Geo. Herter died a few years after that (still has a cult following for some of the books he wrote). Supposedly, the company got overextended & hurt by rules that cut into the shipping of ammo & guns by mail.  I understand Cabelas got the Herter's name & still sells some stuff using it.

Here's a little packing envelope I have from Herter's; I think it had some spinner parts or sinkers or something in it once.  Despite what it says, I really wonder if Herter's did much manufacturing; the history of the company was always in retailing stuff & not making it.

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 09:21:34 PM »

It might be interesting to find an old Herter's catalog and see how many familiar looking reels they had made for them.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 05:31:29 PM »

Those catalogs were reputedly a real interesting read.  If anyone has an old one, like wfjord said, it would surely be fun to see some of the reel pages.

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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2017, 05:53:35 PM »

Still have a couple --

Interesting thing...these catalogs actually have more factual information than the original manufacturers ever offered.

So I think that the Editors and compilers of these catalogs had deep experience in sporting goods and equipment.

This is from 1971.

About an inch thick -- everything from fishing, hunting, clothing, camping, fly tying, rods, reels, firearms, snowmobiles, mini bikes, archery, and a ton more.

Never get tired of reading these.

Keep one next to the upstairs John.

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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2017, 06:58:40 PM »

Wow! That's impressive! Look at all those old Quicks and Mitchells. So they didn't just outsource copies under the Herter's name, they carried top of the line name brands.

Fred, somehow I'm not surprised (well, maybe a little bit) that you were able to actually produce a Herter's catalog. Looks like they carried everything for the outdoorsman --and I'd wager most of it is made of metal and organic materials.

I like the line at the bottom of the front cover -- "Old World Craftsmanship -- New World Production."  It's too bad that during our lifetime that standard, with maybe a few exceptions, has largely faded into history.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2017, 08:46:10 PM »

So a Mitchell 300 was $1.10 more than a D.A.M. Quick 220.  Interesting.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2017, 07:17:09 PM »

Got ahold of one of Geo. Herter's books "Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making" and for anyone interested in fly tying, there are some interesting and seldom seen patterns in there.  Almost 600 pages.  All kinds of fly patterns.  He stated in the intro that no single individual's opinions dominate the manual, but, true salesman that he was, the Herter's business name is referenced more than a few times.

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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2017, 08:57:11 PM »

I noticed that book is available on Amazon. Seems George Leonard Herter had his hand in a lot of things and produced numerous books. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2017, 11:33:12 PM »

The Herters cork body duck decoys were the best thing going.  I don't know if they made them but nobody else had anything similar.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2017, 02:23:47 PM »

Seems George Leonard Herter had his hand in a lot of things and produced numerous books. 

Some of his books had little, if anything, to do with fishing. He was a bit of a Renaissance man.

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