This week in our vintage tackle contest we have a reel owned by Brian Cochran. This funky-looking item was handed down to Brian by his father, and his grandfather was the original owner. Despite first glances, Dr. Todd Larson of The Whitefish Press and “Fishing For History” blog explains that this is not a fly reel, but rather a unique style of casting reel developed in Indiana.


Dr. Todd says:

_”You have a very cool reel dating from the 1930s manufactured by Go-Ite of Kokomo, Indiana. It is what collectors term an “Indiana” style casting reel, named after the state in which many variations were developed. It is NOT a fly reel, but an interesting (and surprisingly effective) casting reel. There were two styles of Go-Ite reels; yours is the earlier one. They are quite collectable and sell for around $75-$125 each, depending on condition. To see an incredible array of different Indiana reels, check out Jim Schottenham’s incredible website Side-Mount Reels.”


Cool find and worth more than a couple bucks! Thanks for sending this in, Brian, and keep an eye on your mailbox, because there’s a set of Berkley Aluminum Pliers headed your way.

If you’ve already sent me photos of your vintage tackle, keep checking every Thursday to see if I chose it for an appraisal by Dr. Todd. If you haven’t and want to enter the contest, email photos of your old tackle to, along with your name, mailing address, and story of how you acquired the gear. If I use it in a Thursday post, you get a pair of Berkley Aluminum Pliers (above) worth $50.