American made quality and ingenuity.
The boys at Hodge & Sons have been hand
crafting a wide variety of mechanical products since the late 50's.
Our founder, R.B. Hodge, is still active in the family
design/manufacturing business. He spends most of his time
involved in design activities, and leaves the daily running of the
business to his two sons, Robert S. & William S. ( Bill ) Hodge.
Bill's sons, Liam and Ronan, have received their first Zebco rods and
fish with their uncle Robert at the family Bass pond...
Fishing is in our blood...in the 50's R.B.
and his wife Beverly spent many vacations road-tripping along the
coastlines of mainland Mexico and Baja California. They mainly fished
the surf with the Centor spinning reels (the first spinning reels
brought into the U.S.), as well as making some exciting trips into the
surf in dugout canoes hand carved from entire trees. In 1973, Tom
Morgan (R.B.'s cousin) purchased the R.L Winston Rod Company. It
wasn't long after that Tom approached R.B. to produce a series of
Trout reels for his fly rod company. At the time we were completely
consumed with our other design projects and really had no interest in
designing a fly reel; not much fly fishing being done in the immediate
In the early 80's, Robert S.
started to get serious about fly fishing for Steelhead in the Rogue
and Applegate rivers. This was the beginning of an ongoing
passion for fly fishing. Having grown up in a machine shop, what
better to build than a fly reel? At about the same time as R.B.
started playing with building a fly reel, Tom called again to discuss
the possibility to build some reels...Tom had seen some of our other
design/manufacturing work and was impressed with the high quality.
Now, the timing was just right and we began to design and build the
R.L. Winston "Vintage" reels. These reels were a great success,
and though the relationship with R.L. Winston is long past, Tom still
depends on us to build his
Bamboo Hand Mill Planes
and rod tube caps and collars.