At John Milner Reels John’s first bushing centerpin reel, crafted in the Hardy Silex fashion, was made in 1975. The praise from friends over the completion of his reel led John to his first batch of centrepins. In 1977, John released seventeen “J.E.M. 77” bronze bushing float reels for BC salmon. Word of mouth on the river banks and in the tackle shops soon flooded John with local and international requests and in 1979 his second batch of twenty fishing reels were released and called The Talisman.

His attention to detail and its resulting reliability is now sought by dedicated fishermen worldwide who appreciate his hand-built quality and precision. John Milner began crafting The Talisman centerpin in his spare time in 1995 when he retired and moved from Vancouver to Cranbrook, BC. Forever listening and chatting with friends and fans, John released a new open-faced float reel reel in October 1998; the now equally famous centerpin, The Kingfisher.

Owned In: British Columbia

Made In Cranbrook, BC:

  • The Talisman
  • The Kingfisher
  • The Manx (Limited)
  • The Big E
  • The Snipe
  • The River Wraith
  • The Labrador
  • Custom Options

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