_"I have a particular affinity for oddball spinning reels, and you've certainly got one! It is a wonderful Ashaway Slip Cast reel manufactured by the Ohio Tool Company (OTCO) for the Ashaway Line & Twine Company. The reel was actually designed in 1946 by famed French hotel magnet Charles Ritz (with his friend the prolific reel inventor Paul Mauborgne), who took the prototype to his friend and Ashaway president Julian T. Crandall. Ashaway--which had only made fishing lines up until then--contracted with OTCO of Cleveland to manufacture it and the reel was introduced in early 1948. The most interesting thing about this reel is that it mounts on top of the rod instead of underneath like most spinning reels. It's actually more like an open-face spincast reel than a traditional spinner. Value is $30-$50 in nice working condition. To view a 1948 ad for the Slip Cast and a picture of the original box, click here, and to see a "how-to" page on operating this reel, click here."