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The Graeme

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:28 pm
by Marrakai
Most collectors of lures on these forums will probably have a token fishing reel collection tucked away (some not so token!!) and will be familiar with the vintage Aussie brand-name "The Graeme".
The Graeme reels were initially developed by Ken Bennett post-WWII for high-speed rock and surf spinning in the years immediately following the end of hostilities through the 1950s and '60s.
According to Bob Dunn, Bennett and his mates field-tested these reels up and down the NSW coast, making spectacular catches of spannos, tuna, mulloway, and truly big tailor.
Consequently, they are regarded by many as being the pioneers of land-based game fishing in Australia.
But who knew that Ken's little engineering workshop in Manly also made many of the lures they used?

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I only have this single example, but its pristine and a nice window into the past history of vintage Australian lures.

Are there any more out there?

Re: The Graeme

Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:35 am
by fish69blue
A very nice piece of history.Thankyou for posting up.

Re: The Graeme

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 11:41 am
by Marrakai
Just found another one of these spinners, slightly different pattern, and marked "4".

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Maybe its 4 ounces? S'pose I should weigh it.....
Pretty sure the previous one isn't 5 ounces though. Might be 'model' number.
Anyone know something about these iconic examples of Aussie heavy metal?

Re: The Graeme

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:45 am
by handbrake
I have a brochure with a reel and it states- No 2 -2 1/2 oz, No 3-2oz, No4- 1 3/4oz or the special XX with 3 hooks-
2 3/4 oz These spinners have been designed to give maximum action at slow retrieve. They cast well with even flight, so essential for long distances.
Debbie D Hope this helps.

Re: The Graeme

Posted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:40 am
by Marrakai
Wow, thanks Debbie!
I should have thought of that but my own Graeme reels have long been separated from their paperwork.

No mention of the No.5 or No.6 pattern?

Please know that an uploaded photo or scan of the brochure would be greatly appreciated!
...if you feel so inclined.

Thanks again.