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Fin-Nor No.2 “Salmon” Fly Reel



Fin-Nor No.2 “Salmon” Wedding Cake Direct DriveFly Reel

The story goes that after Charles Dunn purchased Fin-Nor in1957, he was given a fly reel by friend and fellow fisherman, Gar Wood. Knowingthat Mr. Dunn was an avid saltwater fly fisherman, a pioneer in the sport, Mr.Wood thought he had come up with a reel that had a drag to tame any fish thatwould eat a fly.


Turns out Mr. Dunn was so impressed; he struck a deal withMr. Wood and in turn Fin-Nor produced one of the most iconic big game fly reelsof all time. The Fin-Nor No. 1, 2, 3 & 4 were produced from 1967 to 1976. Notmany were produced, only XXX, but there were variations in production.

The No. 1 and No. 2 have three tiered bodies and are, in myopinion, the nicest looking compared to the 4-tier body of the larger reels.The No. 2 is a midsize real advertised for salmon, snook, and small tarpon.

The reels were beautifully machined and due to their heavy-dutyfelt and cork drag systems, the back of the reel is tiered and when its laid onits face, somewhat reminds one of a tiered wedding cake.

The reel has a very warm clicking sound when reeling but thereel is silent when the drag is being pulled. A large star shaped drag knob iseasy to adjust gradually with wet hands or under pressure from a fish.


This is a No. 2N size, known as the “Salmon” butwith a narrower 13/16” wide spool as opposed to the standard 1” width of theNo. 2. Spool has a 3” diameter removable direct drive, LH retrieve. The reel’sbody has a 3 5/8” diameter. Capacity is 200. Yds 15# braided nylon plus 40 yds fly line.