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MacPhee House Community Museum

Reel, Fishing

Accession number: 1999.001.003
Object type: Hand
Date: 1943 – 1958
Materials: Wood; Twine
Measurements: 15.2 cm L x 5.6 cm W x 4.2 cm ThickThickness is over the fishing line wound on the reel. Thickness of reel Is 2.5 cm.

Mr. Laurie Levy helped his father in the family fishery as a boy, and later took over the enterprise. This reel is typical of the hand crafted equipment commonly furnished by fishermen to avoid the expense of purchasing a commercial product. This type of reel has no moving parts, unlike mechanical reels used on casting or angling fishing rods. It is for storing and paying out line onto which hooks or jigging lures may be attached.

It is used by flipping end over end by hand, paying out the line wound onto it, and the process is reversed when “reeling in”.

Description: Flat wooden Reel; deeply notched ends retaining coil of course fishing line
History of Use: Hand made by Laurie Levy of Sheet Harbour Passage Road, Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia and used by him in his family fishery.