Events will include seminars on reel collection and restoration, an antique tackle casting competition and an antique fishing contest on Table Rock Lake.
Among the reels on hand will be museum-quality, early 19th century Kentucky reels, Pfluegers, South Bends and even contemporary reels from Shimano, Ambassadeur and Zebco.
According to a news release, auction prices have risen steadily for some types of reels, with an early Kentucky reel setting an American auction record of more than $32,000 a decade ago, and a British Hardy reel selling in England for almost $70,000 last year.
ORCA president Dave Lehmann said in the release that the annual convention gives members of the public a chance to learn more about fishing reels they might have found in grandpa’s old tackle box or about a reel they picked up at a local flea market.
The nonprofit's vice president Paul Manual, of Canada, added that members particularly love the casting seminars by the club’s casting experts, as antique tackle presents more challenges than modern equipment.
To learn more about ORCA visit their website www.orcaonline.org. Contact the convention center by phone at (417) 334-1161.