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    Vintage reels

    Does any one else have an obsession in collecting vintage reels !
    Or am I the only sad case !



    Col

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    Re: Vintage reels

    you aint alone thats for sure
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    well not a sad case but rather a connoisseur of mechanisms that wind in line.. seriously its interesting in seeing some old reels and fathom how they made them with out mass production, cant say i ever saw a vintage game reel, might google what zane grey was using back in the day. probably my first jetty saltwalter fishing experience was going to the city pier 35 plus years ago and hiring out rods/reels they gave us cane surf rod type with something that looked like an alvey reel, could have been an alvey but we didnt know how to operate it as we had never seen such a reel before.

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    I used to have an old game reel just like Zane Grey used, fitted to a short cane rod, still had the cotton (well that's what it looked like) line on it, the reel was made out of some kind of aluminium, had a very primitive star drag, it was suitable for around 130LB line I guess, like a young dumbass, I sold it for peanuts decades ago.

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    Zane grey was using a lot of old Penn gear in the thirties, got some info on that somewhere.
    My "obsession" is mainly with Penn reels.
    Firstly, rejuvinating an old 4/0 senator that I had in the 70's, then realising that tinurnon one piece frames, s/s pinions and main gear were available for them, then next thing I have a boat full of 4/0 and 6/0's, which still go in the rod holders along side my modern internationals.
    From there, after a fair bit of research, came the interest in 30-40's Penn reels, purchasing, restoring and shelving them as look sakes.
    As if I dont have enough going on, with boat,house and bike restorations.
    Keeps me out of the pubs I guess !

    Col

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    Attachment 118087
    My latest addition, the magenta monofil on the right.
    Been looking for this puppy for quite a while. It doesn't show in the photo the true colour, it almost shows pink in the light, hence "the lipstick" model.
    These coloured Monofils were only made for a couple of years, Penns first reels designed for mono line.
    I just luv the simplicity, when things were made simple and tough.
    Simple things really !

    Col
    Last edited by blacklab; 06-11-2018 at 08:16 PM. Reason: spelling

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    IMG_1028.jpg I'll get used to posting photo's one day

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    I thought Zane Grey used Hardy Brothers to build reels to his specs?

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    His reel of choice was a j a cox reel from memory,
    Then he collaborated with hardy and together they designed a game reel.
    I got a book somewhere on Grey, was a great read, but I admit, i don't retain all the info that well now, LOL
    He caused an uproar at the time, when others were going to underslung reels, he stubbornly stuck with overhead.
    Somewhere along the path, when Heinze went out on his own and started Penn in the early thirties, grey got involved
    when they started building the early big fella's, but your right, once he collaborated with hardies in the mid to late 20's
    they were his reel, by name, and choice......


    Col
    Last edited by blacklab; 06-11-2018 at 08:34 PM. Reason: spelling

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    nice oldie my dad used when he was alive

    BigE
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    Very nice BigE

    Col

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    Hi Col.
    Obsession yes, passion yes. I have collected sidecast reels for close to 45 years.
    The first reel I had was an Alvey and used this off the beach and rocks.
    This got me started on sidecast reels and it amazes me the history and design of some of the sidecast reels made in Australia.
    Some were poorly designed but caught fish, some were engineered like a Swiss watch and would of been hard to fish with.
    Good luck
    Historian/Collector of Old Sidecast Fishing Reels

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    I am now re assured, I am not alone.....


    Col

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    I'm at it again, I have an issue !
    couldn't resist, a 33 Seaford in original box, this has taken me years.........

    ColIMG_1137.jpg
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    Wow! That's 85 years old. First year of manufacturing for PENN. Congratulations!
    That box is in amazing condition for its age. Do we get to see the reel?

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