A Conversation with Oscar Kovalovsky Last of the Great 20th Century Reel Makers


9” x 6” Softcover • 120 Pages • 100 Full Color & B&W Images • Fully Indexed

In these pages, you will read about Oscar’s background and history, his relationship to his famed reel-making father and a host of legendary anglers ranging from Harry Adams to Zane Grey, his opinion of other California reel makers like J.A. Coxe, Arthur Stead, and Carl Klein, and his own theories on reel making, drag mechanisms, and both saltwater and fly reel design.

This is a fantastic reference work on Kovalovsky reels as well as a great history of these legendary reels!


On a warm and sunny day in May, 1995, Larry Lauve and Robert Douglas joined Oscar Kovalovsky at his home in Kernville, California, for a series of conversations about his life, about working with his father, Arthur Kovalovsky, and about the reels Oscar dsigned and built. It was a fascinating journey through time with one of the most innovative fishing reel makers of the 20th century and a living link to the grand days of big-game fishing reels.

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1 in