Otto Zwarg Model 400 Laurentian Fly Reel - Size 2/0
For sale here is an Otto Zwarg Model 400 Laurentian salmon fly reel - size 2/0. Made in St. Petersburg, FL. Serial #D110 dating the reel to 1949, shortly after his move from Brooklyn. Right hand retrieve. Excellent overall condition. No cracks in the hard rubber. Model 400s were made with a multiplying gear. The drag is still perfectly strong and smooth.
Two items to note: 1) There are some very lightly etched initials in the headplate. See last photo. These marks are very shallow in the ebonite and are not visible unless you have the reel at the correct angle in a light source. 2) The handle arm has a couple of tiny chips to its edge.
Zwarg reels were first made in Brooklyn, before moving to St. Petersburg, FL where the bulk of his reels were made. As head of reel making for Vom Hofe, Zwarg worked with the world class fisherman who followed him when he was granted the right to make the Vom Hofe style reels under his own name. Only Zwarg made his reels even tougher.