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I was on eBay looking for a smartcast fish finder and came across vintage reels. I time traveled back many decades looking at the old reels. It was awesome to see what they are selling for today. If you can’t sleep or just want to look at vintage tackle it’s worth the trip back in time. Some of the high tech reels look funny today.

i still have my D.A.M. Quick spinning reels made in Germany back in ‘73.

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It's definitely fun to look back but I'll take my Stradic CI4+ over my Mitchell 300 any day. The point will get argued but today's stuff is head and shoulders better even if it's not as durable.

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I got rid of my old reels.

 

They just failed and finding parts was difficult.

 

Now, my new reels will become my old reels.

 

But with that said, Big Bill, I love looking for antique lures.

 

I have a bunch of which I have no idea of their value.

 

I enjoy walking around consignment and junk shops looking for old lures. Give it a try and you can find some interesting oldies out there.

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3 hours ago, The Bassman said:

It's definitely fun to look back but I'll take my Stradic CI4+ over my Mitchell 300 any day. The point will get argued but today's stuff is head and shoulders better even if it's not as durable.

I still have my Mitchell 300. The only thing that hasn't lasted is it's paint job. I wouldn't want to fish with it today as it is heavy and noisy (clicker) but it was built to withstand nuclear armageddon.

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I am still luv'n my three 10 year old Curado 100B jewels.  They are like the Energizer bunny.

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Just sold an old Heddon Mark IV reel a couple months back (pic). Still have a couple old non-free-spooling Ambassadeurs. I finally parted with my old Daiwa TD-1Hi's years ago, still own several older green Curados and original Castaics, and my Dad still has his old Daiwa Prolite on a Team Daiwa Larry Nixon pistol grip worm and jig rod B)

 

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12 hours ago, bigbill said:

i still have my D.A.M. Quick spinning reels made in Germany back in ‘73.

My dad still has his.  Uses a very rare, but precise worm drive, rather than the typical crown and pinion arrangement.

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I've still got 4 Ambassadeurs. Two older ones were handed down to my grandkids, after I showed them how to use a "real" baitcaster (LOL). I don't use them much anymore however, preferring spinning tackle and finesse presentations over "powerfishing" these days. Maybe it's the arthritis and old age, but I can still catch them pretty well. Guess the other baitcasting rigs will go to the younger "whippersnappers" in my clan. :)

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1 hour ago, OnthePotomac said:

I am still luv'n my three 10 year old Curado 100B jewels.  They are like the Energizer bunny.

 

I have a 100B with Chronarch 50 spool and handle upgrade.  It casts as well as anything I own.  Sits just a tad high on the rod.   This and the JDM Scorpion 1000 were Shimano's compact models before the E platform. Chronarch 50 MG, Scorp. 1000 MG, and 100D series were also based on this B platform.

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3 hours ago, OnthePotomac said:

I am still luv'n my three 10 year old Curado 100B jewels.  They are like the Energizer bunny.

10year old Curado is far from being vintage ...

 

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11 hours ago, The Bassman said:

It's definitely fun to look back but I'll take my Stradic CI4+ over my Mitchell 300 any day. The point will get argued but today's stuff is head and shoulders better even if it's not as durable.

This is a good point and I often wonder if reel companies are doing on purpose so you have to up grade every 3 to 4 years kinda like what they do with phones and stuff nowadays?

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I still have my 1st baitcasting reel  Langley Lure Cast 330 in 1955 followed by a Langley Target. Some how misplaced a box of Legacy Abu Ambassador reels that include several 500, 1750, 2500C, 4500C and 5000C reels. Still have Shimano 100 & 1000 Batums in original boxes, Royobi 440, Shakespeare and Pflueger baitcasters 1960 era, and Zebco Cardinal 3  & 4 spinning 1970 era, several Daiwa TD HTSA 103 & 105 90's era.

I need to find where I put the box of Ambassador reels??

Tom

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14 hours ago, Burro said:

This is a good point and I often wonder if reel companies are doing on purpose so you have to up grade every 3 to 4 years kinda like what they do with phones and stuff nowadays?

Because innovation is bad?  Nothing really big happens over 3-4 years.  A decade, yeah, I can notice a difference in the reels, even if my old reel is well kept and works like new.  Sometimes something really big shows up - instant AR iwas a game changer.

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I still have several old reels, and still fish with the round Ambassadeurs, Record 40, Record 50, 4600 CI, and a 5600 CL Rocket all modded with dual ball bearing levelwind and 2 ea. 5600C4 Mags are in the starting lineup. There are about 15 more on the bench.

In the "retired" collection are a Shakespeare Wondereel 1920,  Shakespeare 1980 President II, Daiwa Millionaire 5H, Pflueger Supreme 511, a couple of Shimanos from the early '80s, my old Mitchell 301, 309, and 409 (yeah, I'm a lefty) and a Daiwa 1300C. Most of these are reels that I have used in the past and retired.

I pick up reels at yard sales and overhaul them to give to my grandkids so there's always a fleet of old Zebco 33s laying aound. 

 

Tom

 

 

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I love my oldies. Ambassador 5000, Bantam 200, Zebco Cardinal 3 and 4 on old vintage graphite rods with the stainless steel spiral wire eyes (no inserts), a Mitchell 300 on a bamboo rod. Old greenie penn on fiberglass rod. Also have an Orvis and a DAM quick setup. Diawa 700Cs...seems like all my gear is vintage...like me :)

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One of my favorites is a Shakespeare Cant Twist spinning reel from about the mid 80s era that has 2 independent drag systems. The conventional spool drag (rear knob) and a bail rotor drag (star knob on handle). I set the bail rotor drag a little lighter than the spool drag. It works as though you turned off anti-reverse and reeled backwards as fish pulls out line. I'm surprised this design didn't catch on.

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