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Age of your rods and reels?

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Are u guys on the latest greatest or do u hold on to your gear years after?For me I usually have a new reel a year but most date back as far as 06.

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Two of my rigs are new this year. The Fuego and the President.

Two of my rigs were new last year. The Trion and the Avocet.

Last two of my rigs are 40+ years old. The Cardinal and the 640.

 

Had a 20 or so year old Ambassadeur 500R until this year, winter tear down and maintenance showed that it was past it's lifespan. The President is it's replacement.

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See this is what I find if u clean and grease they last forever..well for the most part!

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Until the beginning of last year, all I had were the 640, Cardinal and Ambassadeur. Added the Trion and the Avocet last year to expand my techniques. That was the reason behind the Fuego...adding pitching/flipping to my repertoire this coming year.

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2006? That isn't even broken in good yet. 

My newest reel is 4 years old, the oldest (still in regular use) is ~ 50 years old. Most of my gear is at least 10 years old. Regular cleaning and lube keeps them going. 

I did buy a new baitcasting rod last year to replace a broken one, but the rest of my rods are getting pretty old too. If it still works, I see no reason to replace it.

 

Tom

 

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All my rigs are setup reel wise w/ curado k's. and been upgrading all my sticks with loomis imx-pro's. I basically end up giving all my old reels and rods away to my friends and nephew.. trying to get them into the sport.

I currently have 27 combos.

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New rods and reels have advanced in many aspects. But, there are good ones of many vintages. For rods, in terms of conventional tackle, I generally draw the line at the point when good graphite appeared. Still one of my favorite rods is a Skyline 6005 I bought off the rack in 1981. Skyline had their schtick together back then, making fishable graphite without the breakage issues of the early "fishable" graphites. I use it regularly without hesitation. And a few others get regular use that date not too much after that one.

 

That said, I also "upgrade", where needed. Things do get better and better.

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I have Shimano Sidestabs from the early 90s

Symetres from the 90s

An Abu Super Seven rod I use for Catfishing from the 90s

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I cleaned everything out about 15 years ago and started fresh.  I have added one setup about every three years. 

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Some are old, some are new, some are borrow and some are blue.

:vrolijk_26:

A-Jay

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I have 3 BC combos are 3 Lew's LFS reels on rods that are more than 10 years old. Though one of them is a Falcon Lowrider. I have one newish reel on a Cabela's Frog model rod. This is the newest combo and it's a couple years old.

But I cleaned up several of my dad's combos  from the 90's and even a Daiwa spinning reel from the 80's. I rearranged his rods with my arsenal and his to maximize the lot of them. There were a couple Ambassadeurs a big ol' Shimano Bantam and a couple spinning reels that are usable. I'll use them from time to time if only to be holding a reel my dad held. The Procaster in the pic is about shot but I'll keep it.

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2 minutes ago, the reel ess said:

I have 3 BC combos are 3 Lew's LFS reels on rods that are more than 10 years old. Though one of them is a Falcon Lowrider. I have one newish reel on a Cabela's Frog model rod. This is the newest combo and it's a couple years old.

But I cleaned up several of my dad's stuff form the 90's and even a Daiwa spinning reel from the 80's. I rearranged his rods with my arsenal and his to maximize the lot of them. There were a couple Ambassadeurs a big ol' Shimano Bantam and a couple spinning reels that are usable. I'll use them from time to time but to be holding a reel my dad held. The Procaster in the pic is about shot but I'll keep it.

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That's totally wicked

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I have gear that is over 30 years, and some that is less than a month old, and some that falls somewhere in between. I like tried and true, but I'm open to new things if they help or offer something new. 

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 I honestly don't know how many rods and reels I own because they get retired and become a collection or occasionally donate a few to folks who need them.

The 15 bass rods and reels I keep in my boat locker range from late 80's to about 2012 for reels about the same for rods and added a few MajorCraft rods last summer. 

I tend to take good care of my tackle and a believer that good quality will last a long time.

Tom

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47 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Some are old, some are new, some are borrow and some are blue.

:vrolijk_26:

A-Jay

My wife thinks I'm married to my stuff instead of her.

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14 minutes ago, The Bassman said:

My wife thinks I'm married to my stuff instead of her.

As long as you're not sleeping with it I think you're OK.

The tackle I mean . . . 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Just now, A-Jay said:

As long as you're not sleeping with it I think you're OK.

The tackle I mean . . . 

:smiley:

A-Jay

It's not the rods and reels that's the danger...it's the hooks that are murder. :crying-baby-2:

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1 hour ago, Theripper666 said:

Are u guys on the latest greatest or do u hold on to your gear years after?For me I usually have a new reel a year but most date back as far as 06.

I think reel tech is out pacing rod tech.

Dont feel anything major has changed with rods the Last 10 years or so. Think NRX rods, those are nearly 10 years old now and still considered tops. My (2010 I think) Quantum Smoke rods v1 you would be hard pressed to find today a rod lighter with same/more power at the price they were. I have a 2008 St Croix Avid and that line is unchanged still. 

 

Reels seems to have pronounced improvements. Braking systems being #1 IMO for the top 2 brands Daiwa with their SV concept Shimano SVS Infinity. The SV has much praise for spool control and helping people with their skipping game. SVSI lets a person really tweak the braking profile lower for far noticeable gains and making available outside adjustments. Also DC tech has made its way down the line now under $200 during sales. You also see lighter spools & shallower as well. 

 

So Im more apt to buy newer reels and hold on to my older rods.

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I have alot of Abu Garcia 4600s. They were the reel i learned on. Still use them today. As for rods, one of my favorite, but dont use alot is a BPS Pitchen Stick. 6ft6in with the telescoping handle. 

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I just cleaned all my old 200B Curados this past weekend. They're all in the regular lineup and somewhere around 20 years old and still working great. Also have some reels that were new this last year, but I don't jump on the hype train anything like I use to. Too much changing the name and color of a reel and pretending it's new going on anymore. 

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I bought a new Daiwa bc reel last year.  My other 3 bc reels are 10, and 11 years old.  I have two spinning reels that were bought back in 2011, and I bought a light reel back in 2016 when my 15 year old Mitchell 308 died.  For punching I use an Abu 5600 C3 that is around 16 years old.

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All my baitcasters (except 1) are round abu Garcia reels from the 80s. Honestly I wish they were older because the plastic thumb button is always fouling up. The older ones had a metal button off to the side that never messed up 

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I use mostly round Abu baitcasters ranging in age from 20 years to just a few months old.  They all use similar parts so it was cheap and easy for me to upgrade the old ones with the same tech as their newer cousins.

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My #1 worm rod & jig rod both have a Calcutta 100A on them!

 

Never changed a single part in close to 40 yrs; I do plan on upgrading bearings & drag washers this year.

 

I have 2 Cardiff 100A & a Calcutta 50A that are in their early to mid twenties. The 50 has had a paw replaced.

 

In last 8-10 months I've purchased 2 Lew's Speed Spool LFS & a H2O XPRESS TAC-40.

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I'm in the "latest/greatest" category...  

 

I'm a gear junkie though, all my rods/reels are less than 1.5 years old. 

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