Bogdan Steelhead Reel - RHW

SKU: 730

A very nice Bogdan Steelhead reel, currently set up for RHW. 3 1/4" in diameter with a 1 5/32" spool width. This reel comes from the collection of Frank Godchaux III, an avid salmon fisherman whose reels are featured in Graydon Hilyard's book on the Bogdans. Notably, Mr. Godchaux had many of his reels engraved by the celebrated engraver EC Prudhomme (1911-1990) known by sportsman for his masterly gun engraving. Here, Prudhomme has engraved a beautiful triad of Mr. Godchaux's initials in a lovely script, offset by a salmon fly and a leaping salmon engraving to the lower left and right, respectively, all done on the faceplate. This reel is in used condition with some modest rim rash around the outer frame edges (mostly concentrated opposed the reel foot, near the Bogdan nameplate). The sideplates are free of major marks. The drag is nice and tight with a strong click in either direction (stronger on the outgoing of course). Ventilated crankplate and spool on the crank side. Two ported holes in the foot to reduce weight. A beautiful example of craftsmanship from Bogdan and Prudhomme both.