1930’s Walker Bampton 3 3/4 wide spool fly reel

Here is a lovely JJS Walker Bampton from the early 1930s.
3 3/4 wide spool with a brass line guide.
All original – fits in a modern reel seat.

These reels are a little harder to find than a Hardy, but they are of equal if not higher quality.

According to legend, apprentice reel makers at Hardy Brothers would only be employed until their 21st birthday. At 21 they would be entitled to a man’s wage, so they were unceremoniously fired to save money.

Some of these young men would then be hired by companies like Walker Bampton.

This reel is in full working order and is ready for the river or a collectors cabinet.

(Fly line not included)

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