The design and manufacturing of
the Gilmore Reel had been a lifelong ambition of David Gilmore.
As an avid trout fly angler and mechanical engineer, Dave always
knew that he could design a better reel than those that existed. He
had ideas that could change the fly-fishing industry and the way people
In 1983, Dave created Vermont Precision Engineering,
a small design and manufacturing machine shop in Weathersfield, VT.
Operations primarily consisted of subcontract machine work for a variety
of industrial companies. Over the years, manufacturing and
design operations expanded, and the company's customer base grew from
regional to national. The name was later changed to VPE, Incorporated.
In the early 1990s, after
spending much time in the Florida Keys, saltwater fly-fishing became a new and intriguing
pastime. The experience created
a new incentive to resurrect the dormant fly reel designs.
Using knowledge he had gained
over the years and the design and manufacturing abilities acquired at VPE,
Inc., Dave and his experienced staff began the prototype phase of the long awaited
ambition. He began building a fly reel that he could put his name on.
Three main criteria were
established in the design of the Gilmore Reel InterCoastal Series.
In the spring of 2002, the
first reel of the InterCoastal Series, the 12 weight X425 tarpon reel was
released to the market. Then in the
summer of 2002, the 8-9 weight X360 was introduced, followed by the 10 weight X400
in the spring of 2003. The new 14 weight X475 hit the water for the
2005 season and finishes out the InterCoastal Series. New reels, including a large
arbor series and spey reel, are currently under development will be introduced soon.