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I am sort of an old tackle collector, although most of the old tackle I have was new when I got it. Yeah, I'm old. I thought I would show off a couple of old Ambassadeurs That I bought new in 1969 & 1970. Kept them in pretty good shape over the years.
Anything you would like to show I would enjoy seeing it.

Hootie

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I still fish a couple of my rods and reels that I've had since the mid-60s from time to time but none of it is in first-line service. The Ambassadeur 5000 shown below was my Dad's, handed down to me, and dates from the early 60s. I was fishing it earlier this year and had that channel cat hit a lipless crank. I've changed the gears in it from the original 3.8:1 to 4.7:1 and it's a bit more "useable" now... :lol:

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I am sort of an old tackle collector, although most of the old tackle I have was new when I got it. Yeah, I'm old. I thought I would show off a couple of old Ambassadeurs That I bought new in 1969 & 1970. Kept them in pretty good shape over the years.

Anything you would like to show I would enjoy seeing it.

Hootie

I have several old reels, some were owned by my Grandfather, others I have purchased at auctions and such, here is a pic of a few old South Bend reels, most are from the 30's and 40's but one is a 1131A and is from the turn of the century, has a patent date of 1905.

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I have some South Bend reels, but none quite this nice. I also have several Langley's, Pfluegers, and Shakespears My oldest is an old Meisselbach Takapart No. 480

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Those South Bends look great! I don't collect old gear at all. I just still have my gear that I fished when I was young in the 50s and 60s.

Here's a couple more photos.

The Ted Williams 400 (a Sears branded Pescador from Italy) was a gift from my Dad around 1959 - perhaps 1960. It was my primary reel from then until about 1966-67. I fished it last year and got a couple fish. I didn't fish it in 2011.

The Lido (what the heck is a Lido!) spincast reel I got for one book of SSS trading stamps around 1966. For a rod, I had found a 5.5' plastic handle casting rod laying on the bank on Tamiami Trail in South Florida - the plastic handle was cracked nearly all the way through at the reel seat. I cut off the plastic handle, bought a metal ferrule for a couple bits (I already had some ferrule cement), and then bought a new chucked handle for a buck or two. So, the whole rig cost me a book of trading stamps and about $2.50 cash. In the summer of 1967 (my last year living in FL) I was trolling a Rapala (or maybe a Rebel) with the Lido rig down a canal off the Trail and caught a 4 3/4 lb largemouth...I remember it well. The Lido is now mounted on a cheap BPS rod for use by my wife (but she’s never used it!). The Lido probably hasn't reeled in a fish since 1967 - I'll have to take it out sometime.

The Mitchell 408 is on a Garcia Conolon 6'6" hollow glass rod. It was my "Princess" rig in the 60s and I didn't use it much (and took great care with it when I did). It was a real spendy rig when I bought that combo. From the early 70s until the mid-80s, that Mitchell 408 and a 5-piece pack rod was the only combo I used during the infrequent times I did any fishing. The Mitchell/Conolon combo reeled in a couple fish in 2010, but just didn't get around to fishing it this year.

My gear from the mid-80s is too new to call "old tackle" and some of it is still in first-line service (although the bait monkey is making me phase it out...).

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Nice stuff all the way around. I really like that Pflueger 1993, I have been trying to find one for my collection, love the detail they put into those.

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Some good looking stuff. It's kind of refreshing to know that there are some guys on here possibly as old as I am. Nice seeing so many young guys involved. I started taking my son fishing when he was 6 yrs. old. He is still my best fishing buddy. He will soon be 48 yrs. old. We always have a great time when we are out together.

Hootie

Keep the pics coming,

Happy Thanksgiving, stay safe.

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I wish I had a picture of some of my grandpa's stash, he has everything from some vintage south bends and pfluegers, to a couple bantams and speed spools.

-gk

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I have an old Zebco or two around here that were my grandfathers. I'll try to get them out and get some pics up.

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