Your favorite old reel and is it still in use

 I know there are a lot of older fishos on here, just wondering what your fave old reel (over 10yo) is and is it still in use. 

mine would have to be my sigma shakespear that i bought as a teen with my hard earned money. it is now 26 yo and still going strong. at the time it cost me from memory $110, back then it was a lot of money , concidering my weekly wage was a grand total of $94 for a 40 hour week. havnt caught anything big on it for a while now but still running as smooth now as it did when i got it

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Penn 850ss. Thanks dad!

Mon, 2012-02-27 07:55

Penn 850ss. Thanks dad!

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my dads daiwa 7000

Mon, 2012-02-27 08:16

 i have my dads daiwa 7000 ,that was bought in 1975,that has caught several mulloway ,stingrays etcand still going strong

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 just goes to show, the stuff

Mon, 2012-02-27 08:18

 just goes to show, the stuff back then was built to last.not bad for a 37yo reel

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daiwa 7000b

Mon, 2012-02-27 20:06

i have the daiwa 7000b graphite i bought in about 1980 similar reel to joes and fitted to a 14foot jarvis walker fibreglass rod....neither has ever let me down and used constantly....

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daiwa 7000b

Mon, 2012-02-27 20:06

i have the daiwa 7000b graphite i bought in about 1980 similar reel to joes and fitted to a 14foot jarvis walker fibreglass rod....neither has ever let me down and used constantly....

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the old boys

Mon, 2012-02-27 08:58

ryobi overhead snapper reel! was one of his first reels and is still going strong its over thirty years old

and for me it would be my abu 5600 has caught fish from sand whiting to snapper dhufish and sharks even burnt the drag washers out one year up at the mackies on a nice 10kg mackeral

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I have my old man's

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:18

Penn No.99 Silver Beach.  http://www.scottsbt.com/pennparts/reelspecs/penn99.htm

It is still in great working condition but has been retired from active use.  The reel would have to be at least 50 years old, probably more like 55.

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Still have the Diawa 4000C

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:21

Still have the Diawa 4000C that I used as a kid off Ardrossan for herring and gar.  Dad would have bought it for me in mid 70's.  Bail arm needs minor repqair but otherwise still in working condition.  Do I use it - no. too heavy for it's size etc and the drag would be pretty basic for what reels have nowadays.  Just keeping it as a momento.

 

Cheers

Paul

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 I have a twelve year of Pen

Mon, 2012-02-27 09:50

 I have a twelve year of Pen Baitrunner and a 12 year old Pen International I still use for bigger fish,

 

but oldest combo in my shed is a short three foot rod and old closed spool type Daiwa under-spool spining reel thats must be 25 years old that I still flick around for squid and small bait fish. Balance is just perfect and reminds me opf simpular days of fishing in the past.

 

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 havnt seen one of them

Mon, 2012-02-27 12:35

 havnt seen one of them around for years. showing your age now Tony. surprised its still going

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 who me or the reel??? still

Mon, 2012-02-27 15:00

 who me or the reel??? still going !!! lol 

 

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 It takes a strong fish to swim against the current. Even a dead one can float with it

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 both actually. 

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:41

 both actually. 

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1974 ABU 6600C first of the

Mon, 2012-02-27 12:44

1974 ABU 6600C first of the thumbars still going strong.  I have my dad's Record 700 (1940s) with the felt washers that I still use for trout fishing. Record eventually became Abu.

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Abu 6501

Mon, 2012-02-27 12:50

I still use an ABU 6501 that is 15 years old, replaced a few parts but still works good.

Also i have an old Alvey that is usable( but retired it ) that my grandfather found at the tip, the spool was broken so he turned up a replacement on the lathe ( wooden spool ) . He also converted it to left hand wind as my grandfather lost his right hand in WW2.

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ABU 7500 with the double drag

Mon, 2012-02-27 14:38

ABU 7500 with the double drag system in the handle. Top reel caught some monster Trevs on that reel must be at least 15 yrs old.

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Classics

Mon, 2012-02-27 15:01

Have a few Mitchell 499s , a couple of 489s and a deep spool Alvey, all are over 35 and two of the 499s are in their early forties.

The Mitchells were for every day use catching everything from salmon, mulloway, sharks etc down south to big trevs and mackies off the rocks around Quobba in the very early seventies before word got out on how good the place is.

The Alvey was for ballooning from Quobba rock ledges and even on a broom stick rod as a boat reel for setting out floaters while handline dhuies

The one I would have loved to replace was an Abu 10.000ca that was in a tackle box that bro in law lost a long while back, they were the "Rolls Royce" of overheads then and would still run rings around most of todays reels. cost $140 in 69 to give an idea of what they were like compared to $50 for a Mitchell 499

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Love the smooth cork drags on

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:23

Love the smooth cork drags on the 10K CA!

 

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2 Penn 850's, still working

Mon, 2012-02-27 17:28

2 Penn 850's, still working like they did when I bought them back in the 80's. My Alvey is pretty old as well.

 

Cheers

Dale

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Diawa Shakespear combo

Mon, 2012-02-27 19:24

Diawa HM6 million air Baitcaster with original double handed Shakespear Ugly Stick 3-4kg rod.1980's

Both rod and reel went over board on a trip out to the Swains Reef in the early eighties while ballooning for spanards. two hours later I spotted my balloon on the surface, and begged the charter skipper two launch a dory to see if my rod and reel might still be attached! Finely he relented , and when we reached the balloon / with panio wire and ganged hooks to boot.Yep up she came,the rod surfaced like a perascope. this is my favorite fun stick to this day, and is packed for our trip to exmouth in april.

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Mitchell (captain) 624 overhead

Mon, 2012-02-27 20:01

Made in france...before they went to taiwan, I used it when I was about 17 (51 now) although I dont use it anymore

it still works perfectly and the drag as smooth as it ever was.....must give it another go some time!

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Shimano triton speedmaster TSS-4

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:11

 Graphite spinning reel that I saved like buggery to buy when I just started high school...(almost 25 years ago now ) 

Bought it to chase salmon from the rocks down south and spinning for metro tailor  

Rebuilt it recently and still gets used as a backup 

 

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A Shakespeare 2400

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:24

I bought around 1977 , at the time it was either the 2400 series(blue reel) or the Cardinals with the rear drag with 1kg line , awesome reels that have stood the test of time , I also have a Shakespeare President Baitcaster 1980 Model that was the ducks guts at the time , I sent it back to Shakespeare in 1995 and they did a complete overhaul on the oldgirl for free and sent it back to me  , never been the same since LOL but it looks good.....

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 just goes to show , the

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:46

 just goes to show , the older things still keep on going, a lot like us older fisho's hey. still run sort of smooth but just a bit rough around the edges 

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Daiwa Millionaire baitcaster

Mon, 2012-02-27 22:54

Daiwa Millionaire baitcaster bought at Campbells nearly 20 years ago. Loved the whole overhead thing, I always felt special using it, bloody thing gave me more birds nests than I can recall!!!!

 

Finally gave up the ghost 2 years ago after I rebuilt it numerous times, each time loosing a washer or two......last good fish caught on it was a 10 kg longtail in Broome, where I had to hold the handle in to stop it backwinding as the thing had so much slop in it due to the lost washers.......cried when I through that reel in the bin.

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ABU 9000/10,000

Tue, 2012-02-28 06:19

Have had both for 30+ years and still my first choice for rock or beach fishing.

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I have an Abu 7000 not sure

Tue, 2012-02-28 07:23

I have an Abu 7000 not sure how old but i have had it for yearsat least 10 ( i think ) and its on a 6 to 10 kg ugly stick. They have both been thrashed from whiting to a 19kg Dhu and the best catch was a 18 kg wahoo that we did have to back up the boat on as i could see the backing comming off too fast for my liking. The pair still going strong and hardly ever cleaned just to top it off says something about all the not washing my gear and spraying it. Although they do get a quick fresh water dunk after most trips out. The rod and reel will be going to steep this week with me and see if they are still going strong after that!

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shakespeare president 1980

Tue, 2012-02-28 09:10

great little reel,not used much now

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 looks like the abu and

Tue, 2012-02-28 18:55

 looks like the abu and shakespeare seem to be mentioned a bit.

its amazing how many of these reels over 25 yo are still going strong. most of what you get these days i couldnt see lasting 10

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ABU 7000C

Tue, 2012-02-28 21:43

ABU 7000 , bought it in 1978 and dragged it every where and still use it for local boat trips 

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 daiwa GS9 probably 30 years

Tue, 2012-02-28 21:56

 daiwa GS9 probably 30 years  old and still spinning it died a few time but i keep buying parts as i cannot bear the thought of seperating my self from it. i also have a 40 year old glas rod that has been restored it also is till catching good fish and isa joy to fish with.

old salt sorry about the poor typing im using one of theses friggen galaxy tab things

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Mitchell Orca 80S Pro

Tue, 2012-02-28 21:56

Bought this reel in 1994. It's a war horse. Thanks to carnarvonite I was able to keep it going as it is now. Unbelievable. They don't make them like that anymore is the old pun but stacks up with me.

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I sold an Orca 80S Pro Alu to

Sun, 2012-05-27 15:24

I sold an Orca 80S Pro Alu to a bloke in WA, wasn't you was it?

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Abu 5000c

Wed, 2012-02-29 11:16

 Mum bought it for the old man years before i was born (74). Still going strong. Have the 6000c same era also.

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Mitchell

Wed, 2012-02-29 13:19

Forgot the name but the one without the bail arm. Was handed down to me by my father as he upgraded. I couldnt get used to the no bail but used it heaps over the years.

Still function but others have superceeded it.

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GS9

Thu, 2012-03-01 14:22

Same as Old salt, purchased a Daiwa GS9 when I was 16 and it still works even though it sits at the back of my collection. 44 yrs old now so it and I have a few miles on us. At the time it was the largest spinning reel available to fish the rocks at Quobba. Is matched with a Snidderglass 8 wrap rod which work great together. Still have the rod as well. Cant seem to sell or give away my gear just incase I need it oneday

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Classic

Thu, 2012-03-01 18:47

Banax Brisa 40- bought it 10 years ago from Gun Mart and Tackle in Midland and was my first ''serious'' fishing reel think I paid about $90 for it. Still going strong!

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 bumparony for more classics

Tue, 2012-05-15 23:51

 bumparony for more classics to be remebred

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shakespeare sigma 080

Wed, 2012-05-16 06:21

this was the biggest spinning reel we could find back in the day, it sure slayed a few mackies at the patch and around bare rock when i lived in Karratha.  cheers

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they were a grat reel and

Wed, 2012-05-16 13:47

they were a grat reel and mine is still going strong.

pity the stopped making them.

from what i heard from a tackle store that used to stock them the factory burnt down and they lost the moulds in the fire and couldnt replicate the same stuff to ther liking.

 they were also expencive back then as well. i paid around $110 for mine about 26 years back.

week and a half wages for a 17 yo

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ABU 6500 Barra king, few

Wed, 2012-05-16 06:49

ABU 6500 Barra king, few repairs but still a good old reel, well for my age it is anyway

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penn senator 1/0, dont know

Wed, 2012-05-16 23:19

penn senator 1/0, dont know how old it is, more of a mantle piece now but still works fine

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