His reels were beautiful & their designs became the standard by which all high-end reels are judged today. He was the first to use hard rubber side plates - a striking & elegant look. The gentle S-curves of his handles added a touch of class to each reel. But most important was what was inside the reel. His simplified drag systems worked better than anything before it. He made it easier to oil & lubricate the reel with special ports, so you didn't have to tear the reel apart to lubricate it. He continued to improve & innovate reels throughout his long career.
Collectors of all fishing tackle seek after Vom Hoffe reels. He made reels for many large game fish, not just fly reels, too. His work always bring top prices on the market today.
Here is a brief video discussing & showing the history of the Edward Vom Hofe reels & his career: