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How about seriously "old school"?  Vintage?  Anyone still have a rod/reel combo from back in the day?  Check out my 1968 Berkley Tri-Sport T32 with a Spinmaster Diamond III spinning reel.  This was my dad's pride & joy for decades.  So many childhood memories of going fishing with him!  I just respooled this yesterday with Sufix braided line on a spare spool in the tacklebox. 

 

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you're kidding, right?  

 

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@ButchA you have a great combo there.  7' TriSport was my first serious spinning rod, which I fished for bass, inshore and jetties all through high school.  

Adding details, my green Penn 716 is matched with 6-1/2' Fispo (Harnell blank); Hardy Exalta on Phillipson ES66; half-bail CAP (4th model) on 5' Cortland C2000; Mitchell 440 Ottomatic on Garcia Conolon, which was the legendary fast glass rod of the 70s.  

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Wow!!!  Thank you!  I noticed the Garcia Mitchell 304 in your photo!  I have one too from the 60's that my dad fixed up and gave to me when I was a kid.  I still have it and mounted it on his old Garcia Conolon Kingfisher light action rod.

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@ButchA First and foremost share a photo of your Mitchell 304. Also @bulldog1935 has quite a few pictures in a post which I’m drawing a blank on the title but it’s something to the effect of 🤔 “so you like the oldies” I know I’m screwing it up and don’t have time to search it so maybe bulldog can refresh my memory.

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Hi @ButchA - my 1949 CAP (Carpano & Pons) wouldn't become Mitchell 304 for another 5 years.    And yes, please show your 304.  

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Here's my BR contribution to Old Stuff that @Eric 26 was fishing for

 

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Here's my dad's early 70's Abu Garcia Conolon light action rod paired with my mid 60's Garcia Mitchell 304 that he fixed up for me when I was a kid....  So many wonderful memories of fishing with my dad! 

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Fishing had taken a backseat this past year, year and a half, but no more. Took two weeks off in June, booked a cabin in Santa Clara lake and a trip with the local guide.

 

Oh, and I got a little something extra too:

 

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Now that I finally got one, watch as Shimano revamps the Metanium 150 in the next 12 months like it happened to me with the NRX and the Expride.

 

Weight-wise it's very close to the Curado MGL and if feels like a just slightly smaller frame, but the tolerances are much tighter. Can't wait to put this thing through its paces. 

 

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Slowly acquiring parts for a new build.  The reel itself should be here next week, and the rest of the parts the following week.  Sure I could've gone aftermarket, but my objective is to build a reel that Daiwa doesn't with all Daiwa parts.  It'll be a slick reel for fishing the Detroit River and piers in my neck of the woods.  @bulldog1935 knows what I'm building, but outside of him, it's a secret 😏

 

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On 4/7/2024 at 3:04 PM, ButchA said:

Here's my dad's early 70's Abu Garcia Conolon light action rod paired with my mid 60's Garcia Mitchell 304 that he fixed up for me when I was a kid....  So many wonderful memories of fishing with my dad! 

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I had that exact same setup;  recently gave the reel away, still have the rod.  Memories from the 50's and 60's.

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From reading these posts, the Conolon rod must have been very popular in it's day.   Most Readers are relating it to 1970's vintage, some to the 1960's.  I still have mine and my seriously fading memory thinks I got it in the 1950's.  Anyone know the history?

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@Tackleholic https://www.geocities.ws/fisherdude2_99/early_narmco_conolon_rods.htm

The Mitchell Museum used to have the most complete Conolon rod catalog collection, but that archive has disappeared.  

https://www.realsreels.com/RodsGarcia.html 

https://www.fishingtalks.com/garcia-rod-info-1975-17016.html

 

The Royal Javelin fly I owned for awhile had original hang-tag price of $35 in 1955, which is over $400 in today's money.  (NOS rod was a cheap ebay snag)

https://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=2442&p=4445  

https://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=72881 

https://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1128

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Caught some good fish finally with the new custom ALX and caught a surprise big fish with the Old 18 UUL I got for Christmas. I was using 2 lb Daiwa Samurai J-fluoro which I think might be my new favorite line to use for BFS

 

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6 hours ago, redmeansdistortion said:

Time to turn some screws. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, redmeansdistortion said:

A little mock-up. 

 

@redmeansdistortion As I have zero mechanical skills when it comes to “servicing/tuning” my reels, in fact I ruined the first reel I tried to service years ago I’m absolutely floored with the amount of talent displayed on this site. From the simplest things such as new handles and color matched screws and knobs to the full tear downs/tune ups and sometimes just starting from a frame such as you and @bulldog1935 have done it is an absolute joy to see and I for one look forward to seeing them all. Thank you one and all for sharing your talent on this site. 

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All finished!  Here's a rundown of parts. 

 

TD Sol gears, Alphas SV105SH worm gear, Alphas Air handle and nut, Alphas pinion shaft, Alphas SV105SH worm gear, Alphas CT SV spool cap, SLP micro bearings, and a drag clicker to finish it off.  This is made from all Daiwa parts except for the drag clicker.  spacer.png

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5 hours ago, bulldog1935 said:

 

Who needs Ito.  

@bulldog1935 I do if I want a “tuned” Daiwa or I need ZPI or Isuzu and a good amount of money 😉😆

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All finished!  Here's a rundown of parts. 

 

Absolutely gorgeous! Get It GIF by Curb Your Enthusiasm

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