Historical Fishing Tackle Show

Date: June 23, 2018

Time: 10 AM until 3 PM

4328 William L WIlson Fwy
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425   Google Maps Link
(Clarion Inn)


One of the largest gatherings of antique fishing reel collectors and enthusiasts in the country is coming to
historic Harpers Ferry for the international organization’s annual convention June 21-23. It will be capped by
an antique fishing tackle show, free to the public, on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the ballroom
of the Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The Old Reel Collectors Association, or ORCA, counts about 600 of the most knowledgeable sport-fishing
historians and collectors from around the world as members. The annual convention, which rotates around the
U.S., is like a big family reunion. Roger Schulz, ORCA’s Secretary/Treasurer, has attended all 19 previous
conventions and will be driving up from Georgia for the 20th convention. Members gather from across the U.S.
and internationally to buy, sell, and trade antique reels, lures, and other fishing memorabilia, as well as share
information and have fishing and casting tournaments with century-old rods and reels.
The Saturday tackle show will feature antique fishing reel displays, as well as antique fishing memorabilia for
sale, ranging from cabin wall decorator pieces to museum-quality reels built by some of the best 19th-century
jewelers in the U.S.
When discussing interactions with the public at shows, ORCA members get positively giddy. Brian Funai, a
longtime member from Hawaii notes, "The public often brings in family heirloom fishing reels, lures, and rods
and learn about the items' history. It’s really cool to be able to help them learn about their ancestors’ passions.
And, some also bring in garage sale finds and auction them to our club members for unexpected cash!"
All tackle that the public brings in for sale is auctioned — typically within 30 minutes or less — to the ORCA
members at the show, so that the collectors each have a fair shot at bidding and that the seller gets the best
possible price. The seller has the option to turn down the final bid if it doesn’t meet their expectation. Rare
reels and lures at these auctions have sold for hundreds — and in some instances, thousands of dollars.
ORCA was founded in 1990 in West Virginia by reel collector, author, historian and attorney Michael Nogay.
However, this will be the first time that ORCA has held a show in West Virginia or the Washington-Baltimore
metro area.


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(281) 757-5054  



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