The Gweedore reel has been well documented and is illustrated both in James L. Hardy’s best-selling book “The House of Hardy Brothers Built” pg. 133 and Graham Turner’s first vol. of “Fishing Tackle –A Collector’s Guide” pg. 152. What is of great interest is the engraved details of the 1890 fishing record as this model does not appear in Hardy guides until one year later and was granted a patent in January 1891, it can be assumed that this reel was one of the first ever to have been produced and was possibly sold prior to becoming commercially available. Gweedore is an area in West Donegal, Ireland with the main rivers being the Crady and Crolly , it is likely this is where Lingard Monk took most of the fish recorded on the reels inscriptions. James Boughey Monk Lingard-Monk (1853-1905) was and Irish magistrate and High Sheriff of County Donegal.