Stan Bogdan: The Man and His Reel Douglas J. Marchant


One of four children, Stanley Edward Bogdan 
was born in Nashua, New Hampshire on 
December 16, 1918. Perhaps influenced by his
father who was a machinst, Bogdan went to 
work as an apprentice at the Rollins Engine 
Company in Nashua after graduating from high
school in 1936. He enjoyed fly-fishing and knew
where he could catch trout. With his keen eye
for detail and committment to perfection, he began
to think about making his own fly reel. 

For serious reel collectors and devoted fly-
fishermen, there is nothing like owning a 
Bogdan reel (or two, or three ,or more). In this
in-depth article, Douglas Marchant, an avid
collector of Bogdan reels and close friend
of Bogdan's tells why this soft-spoken Yankee 
with his reel has become a cult figure in the
fly-fishing fraternity.


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