I had an epiphany two years ago

Don

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I picked up a fly rod and liked it. Then I bought and repaired an old push button reel and loved it. I realize that I still need a nice casting mid-sized spinning setup but from here on in most trout and bass fishing will be with spincast. Not because I think it’s better but rather because I like it. I like antique rods and reels of all types. So why am I saying this? Because in your travels within your communities, where I don’t often go you see these things at yard sales and walk right by them. I’m asking that if you see a zebco, Johnson, daiwa, Abu, pflueger, Heddon for sale at a swap meet, flea market or garage sale and they want only a few bucks then please grab it for me. Matching rods as well. In fly reels there only is one real fly real: medalists. I collect them as well. Lastly any drop dead lowball price on old French built Mitchell’s as well. I am cleaning, repairing and re/selling them after skimming one here or there.
blessings.
 

Don

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For Mitchell’s it’s 300 and 400 and smaller series. On all brands They don’t need to work. An don’t try to make any frozen ones work. I’ll take it from there.
 

Don

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Small sampling of what I’m doing and what I’m after:
 

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Solitario Lupo

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I got a couple myself if I ever clean up and get rid of them I’ll let you know first. There’s a couple big flea markets by me if I go I’ll keep my eyes open for ya.
 

Melvinp

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Here’s one don
 

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Don

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I have an account on Ebay. What I'm looking for is cheap, frozen, in need if elbow grease and love. Although I still fish with fly and spinning gear my passion is pushbutton. That looks like an old Pflueger Saltrout. Send me a price if you want by PM or right here. Not trying to make money but rather to save these from the heap by cleaning and re-selling them for what I put into them. Here are some that will walk you through history.
Top left to right and down:
Johnson 125Century Lite------Heddon 120
Johnson Sabra 130b........Horrocks/Ibottson Titan
Langley Spindrift.............. DAM Quick Finessa
Langley was bought out by Zebco in 1962
Heddon was on of the first to move to the orient after WWII. On the bottom it says Pats Made in Japan. Reel Assembled in USA. Daiwa was the secret company that made them but we hadn't yet hear of Daiwa.
Johnson was the first spincast reel and soon after Zebco too.
Horrocks/ibottson was from New York and moved Manufacturing to the orient.
DAM Quick=Deutshe Angelgeräte Manufaktur, One or more models were made in West Germany since 1875. The sweet spot was the 50's and 60's. Being heavy, most are used for for trolling as there are friendlier reels available today for casting repeatedly.
 

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