The Fishing Reels of South Bend The Best of South Bend Bits from ORCA’s Reel News (Hard Cover)


 Hard Cover

Jim Madden has been researching and writing about South Bend fishing reels for over a quarter of a century. Here for the first time, the complete collection of his writings on South Bend reels from ORCA’s Reel News magazine are available in one volume. Published over the course of over fifteen years as part of his on-going “South Bend Bits” column, in these detailed articles Madden writes on everything from South Bend’s first reels to their fly reels to saltwater reels to oddities like left handed reels and popular South Bend “go-withs.” Includes all of Jim Madden’s (over thirty) articles published in The Reel News, as well as an appendix containing popular South Bend reel postings the author made on ORCA’s Reel Talk on-line forum. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of the South Bend Bait Company and in their Shakespeare-made South Bend fishing reels!


South Bend reels have a cult following. There are a bewildering number of reels sold by the firm, but making sense of them has always been problematic. Jim Madden set out in 2000 to help solve this problem by inaugurating a new column in The Reel News, the official publication of ORCA, entitled “South Bend Bits.” This column began to fill the glaring gap in information on South Bend reels.

For the first time ever, all of Jim Madden’s columns have been collected in this volume. Covering everything from the first South Bend Anti-Back-Lash reels, to the glory days of South Bend reels in the 1930s and 1940s, to the later years. In addition, Madden covers South Bend oddities such as tournament casting reels, tokens and other “go-withs,” and left-handed reels. It also includes the pioneering article giving the charts and dates of all South Bend reels, compiled back in 1999 and still “the bible” for South Bend collectors.

Additional information

Weight 38 oz
Dimensions 13 × 12 × 2 in