Philbrook and Payne (often misspelled "Paine" on the reels themselves) may be the most desirable fly reels ever made. Francis Philbrook was a Maine gunsmith who patented his innovative raised pillar design and assigned the patent to the Leonard Rod Company in 1877. Alongside Ed Payne, the duo would manufacture reels for Leonard, striking not only because of their raised pillars but also their exquisite marbelized plates (they also made them with bi-metal and black hard rubber sides). In 1890 the duo would add a patented sliding drag bar on their salmon models. If you are looking for a Philbrook and Payne reel or have one to sell, please contact us.
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