Quantity: 1 available
Condition: Near Fine
R 190171 4” FIN-NOR WEDDING CAKE NO. 4. RH/LH. 1 ½ in. wide spool. 12.95 oz. Cap. WF-12 + 450 yd. Serial No. 26 of only 32 [or 28] reels produced in 1967. Marked: “Fin-Nor No. 4 / Designed by Gar Wood, Jr / Pat. Pending.” On opposite side of back plate marked: “4 – 26.” With 4-tiered stacked drag plate. In original leather zippered clamshell case. [Cat. 2019] R 190171 con-gm. -This model is often described as the “Holy Grail” of big game fly reels. The Fin-Nor Wedding Cake No. 4 was introduced in 1967 at the same time as the No. 1, 2, and 3 models. However, the No.4 had a design flaw in it, because the spindle wasn’t strong enough to resist bending when a large fish pulled line from the outside edge of the spool, causing the spool to contact the inside of the frame and breaking the line. The smaller Fin-Nor No. 3 had the same diameter spindle, but the spool was only 1 in. wide compared to the 1 ½ in. width of the No. 4. The No. 4 Fin-Nor was discontinued after only 32 reels were produced, according to “FIN-NOR The Legacy Years.” By Bruce Matthews and Ed Pritchard. Tulsa: Zebco. 2007. Consequently, the reel is very rare, and highly collectible by ardent reel collectors. A few No. 4 Wedding Cakes were sold in the 2003-2007 period, but no records for after that. Most of the No. 4 reels were sold in the $10,000 range. This reel shows minor evidence of use, and probably had a line on it at some time. There are some mars and scratches on the frame at the 1-2 o’clock area, showing where the reel had been set down. The Name Plate is unmarked; some screw heads show evidence of use under magnification; minor scratches are on the front frame and spool. According to the son of the original owner, his father fished everything pretty hard. I have some other tackle from the same source which verifies that. His father bought Wedding Cake No 1, 2, 3, and 4 at the same time. The No 2 and No. 4 was taken by one son, the No. 1 and 3 were taken by the other son. The gold anodizing is beautiful; the reel appears to have been lightly used. In a Fin-Nor Box with the correct Miami address for 1967 on it, but marked for a Fin-Nor No. 3 reel. A facsimile of the Instruction Sheet for the Wedding Cake Fin-Nor Nos. 1, 2 & 3 is included I rate this reel as Near Fine. $11500
Title: 4” FIN-NOR WEDDING CAKE NO. 4. RH/LH. 1 ½ in. wide spool. 12.95 oz. Cap. WF-12 + 450 yd. Serial No. 26 of only 32 [or 28] reels produced in 1967.
Condition: Near Fine
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: R 190171
Keywords: Holy Grail of Fly Reels, Rare Wedding Cake Fly Reel,