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Hey all! Wondering if anybody here likes fishing and uses old reels? I used one new reel, and like the three generations of Tomey’s before, I threw it away! Pulled out my trusty Zebco 33 (from before 1968 of course) and I threw a worm and a bobber out into the pond. I believe it was before 1968 when the Zebco 33 was so great. Not sure when they started making them icky. All the Zebcos I have are nearly the same. With my research, all before 1968, like I said, and they have dang near all steel construction. Them steel gears ain’t never gonna break! I have a picture of great grandpa holding a 20 pound catfish next to his trusty Zebco he pulled it in on. Go to the Zebco website and look at the history section. Some crazy stuff there. I believe president Eisenhower loved them back when they were the Zero Hour Bomb Co, so when they got it in the mail at the White House, they threw it in a bucket of water and called the bomb squad. I personally think they are the best reel on the planet. My brother thinks otherwise. He likes new baitcasters. Ick! Although, I do see him getting $20 lures stuck in trees across a big pond, so I figured I would give em a try. Can’t use any new junk though. Went to a local antique place (super sweet place) that I knew had old baitcasters (pre 70s at least). Grabbed me a couple good ones for $30 a pop. I tell ya what, these things are smooth as butter. From all these stories I get from my brother, they’re a heck of a lot simpler than new ones too. 3 gears VS 7 bearings and a bunch of screws. I’ll never give up the ole family heirloom Zebcos though. That’s for sure!
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Interesting. I was totally wrong. Watches a YouTube video and the guy says that steel gears were 1968-1972. Before that it was all brass gears and no anti reverse. I do have a good few of those too.
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Nothing wrong with a Zebco, and interesting post Levi. But--- many of us think that if you can't learn how to use a fly reel, bait casting reel, or an open faced spinning reel, you end up with a closed faced spinner like a Zebco. :D
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austin65uri wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:11 am Nothing wrong with a Zebco, and interesting post Levi. But--- many of us think that if you can't learn how to use a fly reel, bait casting reel, or an open faced spinning reel, you end up with a closed faced spinner like a Zebco. :D
Haha. Because Zebco is the best! Zebco was the first spincast reel! Zebco’s are the simplest. Never buying a new reel. Ever. If I can’t use these old bait casters or an old spinning reel, I’m gonna walk into a flea market and pick up a nice Zebco for $3! I truly believe they are the king. Guy I saw on YouTube says you can feather them though. Hm. Must be a real pro.
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Yeah man, love me some old reels, especially Zebco's. The one pictured below is the second one I got in this life. The first one went to the bottom of Alley Creek on Lake-o-the-pines in Texas around 1975. Daddy tied a rope to this one and the other end to a belt loop on my britches. About 10 years ago my older brother discovered it mixed in with our dads old rod and reels. ( And there's some nice vintage ones too) but it was missing the eye on the end. He took it to a rod repair shop in Jacksonville and had a period correct eye retied on the end along with having them all retied and re-glassed. He gave it to me on my birthday that year. The cork is original. I landed my first large fish with it when I was 7. It was a 5.5lb stripe bass. I still use this rod and reel, it's perfect for crappie. I'm 51 now and people usually look at me funny when I get this out. I normally say " Get off of me, I've had this since I was a kid" lol. My gf has it placed for decor in the house when it's not in use.
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kellyblues wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:21 am Yeah man, love me some old reels, especially Zebco's. The one pictured below is the second one I got in this life. The first one went to the bottom of Alley Creek on Lake-o-the-pines in Texas around 1975. Daddy tied a rope to this one and the other end to a belt loop on my britches. About 10 years ago my older brother discovered it mixed in with our dads old rod and reels. ( And there's some nice vintage ones too) but it was missing the eye on the end. He took it to a rod repair shop in Jacksonville and had a period correct eye retied on the end along with having them all retied and re-glassed. He gave it to me on my birthday that year. The cork is original. I cought my first large fish with it when I was 7. It was a 5.5lb stripe bass. I still use this rod and reel, it's perfect for crappie. I'm 51 now and people usually look at me funny when I get this out. I normally say " Get off of me, I've had this since I was a kid" lol. My gf has it placed for decor in the house when it's not in use.
Nice! That’s one of the 1956 zebcos!
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Leviticus_Tomethreus wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 1:04 pm
kellyblues wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:21 am Yeah man, love me some old reels, especially Zebco's. The one pictured below is the second one I got in this life. The first one went to the bottom of Alley Creek on Lake-o-the-pines in Texas around 1975. Daddy tied a rope to this one and the other end to a belt loop on my britches. About 10 years ago my older brother discovered it mixed in with our dads old rod and reels. ( And there's some nice vintage ones too) but it was missing the eye on the end. He took it to a rod repair shop in Jacksonville and had a period correct eye retied on the end along with having them all retied and re-glassed. He gave it to me on my birthday that year. The cork is original. I cought my first large fish with it when I was 7. It was a 5.5lb stripe bass. I still use this rod and reel, it's perfect for crappie. I'm 51 now and people usually look at me funny when I get this out. I normally say " Get off of me, I've had this since I was a kid" lol. My gf has it placed for decor in the house when it's not in use.
Nice! That’s one of the 1956 zebcos!
Thanks! Yeah that's an original 33. Still works flawlessly
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Old fishing gear is good. I was returning from a mission yesterday and stopped by what I thought was a junk store every time I drove buy. Well some of the storage looks to be full of junk but the main building is organized better and full of treasures at realistic prices. There was a nice old fishing related piece there that I may return for next week.

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One of my favorites is the Pflueger Summit 1993L. Heavily engraved and jeweled. Beautiful baitcasting reel.
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Still have my Johnson Century I got from eating Wheaties and sending in boxtops back in th 60's
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immrbill wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:34 pm Still have my Johnson Century I got from eating Wheaties and sending in boxtops back in th 60's
Haha. Box tops. Haven’t acknowledged them in a while. Sounds like a keeper!
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Got Zebco's. More coming soon. Only smoked one on a big fish.
Johnson century's too.

Vintage Mitchell 300's , one in particular , have caught a boatload of fish. (My only boat left is my oldest at twelve feet , so that's only a ton or so of fish).

Other reels come and go or hit a box.
I try to keep up and give them a cleaning and going over and keep known good ones separate. My best repair was straightening a bent shaft on an open face. Just rolling it on a table edge to study wobble , and gently working at bending it back repeatedly.

I have on reserve one little Zebco rod and reel with the reel built into the handle that is similar to the first non canepole outfits us kids got ahold of at Grandma/Grandpa's.
A little hook shaped piece for a finger grip and latch.
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Coleman used to market fishing reels too, many years ago. They had jewels at friction points - bait casting.
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sitting here next to me are 3 no 4 ice chests filled to the brim with old fishing reels i keep meaning to put on the bay . one has some kind of a line counter , tells you how many feet of line you have out .

im a fisherman , but these arent so much for modern fishing in my eyes , but for collector displays . but what do i know !!!

Oh there is a 5th ice chest full , im tellin ya its a LOT Of em !!!
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SteveRetherford wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 12:15 am sitting here next to me are 3 no 4 ice chests filled to the brim with old fishing reels i keep meaning to put on the bay . one has some kind of a line counter , tells you how many feet of line you have out .

im a fisherman , but these arent so much for modern fishing in my eyes , but for collector displays . but what do i know !!!

Oh there is a 5th ice chest full , im tellin ya its a LOT Of em !!!
Line counters, let’s see them!

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I like my old Johnson reels. I have acquired a few more since this pic was taken including a side winder
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It is just so nice to use those old Johnson and Zebco push button reels for some relaxing shore fishing.
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hi
i use a mid to late 50's south bend #1400 model B closed face spinner. dad found it beside the road back when it was newish. it has been my fishing companion since i got a nice rod to put it on 50 years ago. yup, still using the rod too
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Zebcos were built up road from me and they had a factory outlet before everything went overseas 😔. I still love me a spincast but spinning reels have greatly eclipsed them in many ways. Gotta love the old 33s though. Just couldn’t kill them.
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Sometime I use my Mom’s old Johnson or Dad’s Garcia Mitchell 300. My Zebco reel I used as a kid is long gone. My main user is an old ultra light Shimano that has caught many of meals while backpacking through the mountains.
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I pick them up for cheap when I can at fleas.
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Had a closed face caster when I was a kid. Got a Mitchel 300 and never looked back. Most others since are open face. I never did do more than tangle a bait caster when I was a kid, and no one I knew used 'em, so no one to teach me.
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I used to have a few Zebcos, I may have to look one of these days.
However, I still have a collection of Airex reels, they work really nice.
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I have a couple of Mitchell 300s, Dawia silver series and a South Bend fly reel in the weekend rotation
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Fun post. Like lanterns, some of the vintage pieces from the past are more enjoyable, and fun to fettle.
However, a few years ago, I gave my granddaughter a Shakespeare "Barbie," fishing pole. Not a bad little reel, with a nice drag. First cast with a night crawler, this is what she caught, after I finally convinced her that the color of the bobber was not important...
It was too big for her to reel in, so I helped, but she stayed with the pole the whole time. I explained to her that adults have spent10's of thousands of dollars on boats, gear, and trips, and have never caught a large mouth bass that big!

I keep that rod/reel in my bar along with this photo. I hope she gives the rod to her future daughter one day.
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The Mitchell 300 on the right was my Dad's. The reel on the left is mine. Pop won my reel at a fishing contest at his work and gave it to me. He used to take me fishing with him every opening day when the high lakes opened up in April in Oregon during the 50's. . I started using my reel in the 4th grade, (around 956). It's the only reel I ever used. My Dad passed away in 1979. I keep these in his fishing tackle box. I haven't been fishing since.
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