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Old 12-30-2010, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering if anybody here has any interesting reels they would like to share a photo of.

For the last few years, I've been collecting some vintage reels, and enjoy fishing with them. Nothing valuable, but I have a small collection of vintage Fly reels, spinning reels, bait casters, Spin casters, centerpins, mooching, ext. For me it just helps keep fishing interesting. I enjoy the learning curve that is required when fishing various styles of equipment, and love the feeling of catching a fish on a vintage reel.

I wanted to share my latest find, its two speed reel depending on which side you choose to crank, it casts like a Alvey, and has a on/off clicker, and a rim drag like a fly reel. I'm planning to do some catfishing with it next year, and I think it will be a fun reel to fish.

So here are the picks, If Dr.Suess ever designed a reel, it would probably look something similar to this.




If any of you fish with or collect any vintage reels, It would be cool to see some of your picks.
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I have many, many "vintage" and or unusual reels. Have some really old Pflueger supremes from the 30's and 40's that were passed on to me by my Grandfather. Also have all the original reels I used when learning fishing as a kid, including a bunch of Ambassadeurs from the 60's/70's (5000, 5500, 5500C, 6500) in all the various colors (Red, Green, Black, Silver). My old spinning reels include about a dozen of the the old Mitchell and Garcia Mitchell 300, 300C, 400, 308 and 408 series. Probably my favorites of the bunch are my Zebco Cardinal reels (the green and cream colored versions) in the 4 size and the 7 size. Used to use these with my Dad for shore casting for salmon back when I started doing this in my pre-teens days. For their time from what I recall, the drags and line capacity on those reels were considered unmatched.
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Carlisle,

Like Superfluke I have a bunch of combos that I use throughout the year. I carry an old tackle box with me and fish old CCBC Pikies, Globes, Heddon Vamps etc. throughout the year. I think I have about 30-50 old setups in the garage.

Here is a picture of an old Pflueger reel and it's box.
http://s229.photobucket.com/albums/ee14 ... nt=050.jpg

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if you want to add a 'rare' reel to your collection there was a bait shop owner in rockford that made his own spinning reels ,I believe they were called "cyclops" reels. He was kinda' old then and may have passed away by now,just a thought for an interesting illinois made reel.
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I have a bunch of like new 80's Shimano Bantam, Bantamlight, and Lew's BB series reels. All for sale. Also matching Shimano Carbon Bantamlight "Bullwhip" rods, all like new.
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I've got a Shakespeare 1956 baitcaster... I think it was called True Blue... Brand new, in the box with papers... Everything else I have is just old...
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