The Joe Tinko Collection: Reels

I have been honored to be tasked with finding new homes for my friend Joe Tinko’s fly tackle. I met Joe in 2004 through a mutual friend, Mike Laskowski, who owned Oil Creek Outfitters. At the time Joe was a very successful and brilliant attorney practicing in Western Pennsylvania. I was thrilled when Joe retired and settled in Coburn along the banks of Penns Creek. I was spending more and more fishing time in the area and it was always good to see him, and still look forward to my next visit.

Joe has an imposing intellect. He approaches learning with a voracious appetite, consuming and retaining all information he can gather with the goal of Mastering the endeavor at hand. Such was his approach to fly fishing: learn the history of the sport, the tackle and techniques, Master it. In retirement, he worked as a guide and sales assistant at the local flyshop, The Feathered Hook, where countless hours were spent on the front porch with owner Jonas Price and in-house rodmaker Jim Downes and other Friends of The Hook. What a time we had, it was our own Golden Age!

Joe’s meticulous nature is reflected in his personal notes of his tackle, which are here reproduced for each item. They provide a provenance and complete description. My notes concerning condition and description are provided separately and marked with an asterisk *. Every item listed was lovingly acquired and cared for and is in excellent, near mint or mint, unused condition unless otherwise noted.

If I may in any way assist you with a purchasing decision such as additional photographs or description, please don’t hesitate to contact us! All vintage tackle is covered by our 3 day inspection policy.


Presenting a One-of-a-Kind set of Wagner Small Batch Reels with Matching Serial Number 1, property of Joe Tinko.

I have written extensively about the history and rationale for these reels, as well as extensive photography of the same. Model 1 here, Model 2 here. So, I will skip those details to concentrate on the significance of this pair.

When I began reelmaking, my friend Joe Tinko was my greatest champion. Joe purchased a matched set of the Model 1 reels, serial number 1 ,and a matching reel for his wife, numbered 1A. Such was Joe’s faith he paid for the reels in full before I had made so much as a screw. All throughout the process we shared countless emails about their progress, which has been the most professionally fulfilling experience of my career, and Joe’s support was the foundation for their realization.

As I mention in the Model 2 narrative, my original intent was to make a vom Hofe type of reel like the Models 2, 3 and 4(currently in production.) However, I needed to help defray some of the costs I was incurring in machines and tooling as I was developing my skills and working towards the Model 2, and the Model 1 was the answer- a simple click drag reel that shared some features of the reels to come. Only 9 of these reels were made.

With the release of subsequent models, I offered those that had ordered the previous Models first dibs, along with the opportunity to have reels with matching Serial numbers. As Mr. Tinko had reel #1 in the Model 1, he also acquired Model 2 with the matching serial number 1.

If purchased as a set, these reels come with an additional opportunity for the lucky owner: To the right person I will make available at their listed prices Models 3 and 4, and all subsequent models, with Serial Number 1, thereby offering a totally distinctive collection.

As with the other items in the Tinko Collection, I am reproducing his notes as shown below. Condition: The Model 1 reel is lined, but is in otherwise as-delivered, unused, mint condition. Model 2 is mint, unused, and as delivered. Both reels come with their original care sheets and shipping boxes, as packaged at the times of delivery.

Mr. Tinko’s kind description is reproduced below, with pictures following. SOLD!

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection

Wagner Small Batch Reels, Tinko Collection


*Near mint, a couple extremely minute marks on top of foot from mounting on a rod. 'Fuzzies' appearing on handle in picture are not scratches.$925 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Saracione Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Saracione Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Godfrey Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Some tarnish, minute marring on reel foot from mounting, excellent ++. $1,295 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Godfrey Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Godfrey Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Near mint. Minute marring from mounting on rod.$795 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Peerless Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Peerless Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Minute rash on back rim and foot. Very good. $795 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Peerless Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Peerless Trout reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Mint, no signs of use.$1,575 plus shipping.

Vintage Charlton reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Charlton reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage J. Austin Forbes reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Some plating loss on on/off click button, minute marks on foot from mounting. A very hard to find Limited Edition reel made in England by JW Young. $295 plus shipping.

Vintage J. Austin Forbes reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage J. Austin Forbes reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Very minute foot marring, no edge rash, excellent. All spools mint to near mint. $595 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Ross reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Ross reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Ross reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Minute scratch on drag knob and plate. No foot or rim rash.$300 plus shipping.

Vintage Ross reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Ross reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Minor edge rash to back rim and spool. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $195 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*New, but imperfect enamel on backplate.$35 plus shipping.

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Moderate amount of enamel loss. Extra spool excellent. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $235 plus shipping.

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Minute edge wear, spools very good.Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spools have One-Pfoot upgrades. $295 plus shipping.

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Enamel loss as shown. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $250 plus shipping.

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Enamel wear as shown. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $195 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Very minor edge wear. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $195 plus shipping.

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Very minor edge wear. Please note as per Mr. Tinko's notes, reel and spool have One-Pfoot upgrades. $225 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Medalist reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Minor scuffing on backplate and rear rim. $490 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Minor scuffing to back plate edge and foot. $295 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Minor scuffs on backplate, rims and foot. Spools used but very good. $490 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Superficial scuffs on backplate, rim and foot. $450 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Bauer reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Very minute foot scuffing, superficial scuffs on back plate, otherwise VG+. $450 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Minut foot marring and edge rash and superficial scuffing on back plate. $450 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Very minor rash on foot and back rim. Owner's nameplate can be removed. $695 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent Vintage Tibor Fly Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


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*Mint, unused. $695 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*A couple extremely small and minor blems. Nameplate can be removed. Extra spool mint. $795 plus shipping.

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Mint. Nameplate can be removed. $795 plus shipping.

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Mint, unused. $895 plus shipping.

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Tibor Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Very minute edge and foot rash. One extra spool has a minute ding in rim, other two spools are mint. $495 plus shipping. SOLD!

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

*Minute edge rash, very superficial marring on back plate and drag knob. Extra spools near mint. $645 plus shipping.

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent

Vintage Loop Reel, J.D. Wagner, Agent


*Leather reel case with wool lining. Excellent condition as shown. $125 plus shipping.