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Old 03-04-2018, 06:01 PM
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Someone gave these to my Dad back in the 60s or 70s. They have never been used...ever. They are heavy and feel really well built. One is a 1040, and one is a 1060. Does anyone know anything about them? What would they be the equivalent to these days? I would like to put them to use in my spread, and I would like to know what I can expect out of them.

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Those are very cool and look very well made.

Reels from that area typically had drag washers of less than ideal material. Abestos, Teflon or felt. I would try and see if anyone ever made carbon drag washers for those reels if you intend to fish with them.
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Someone gave these to my Dad back in the 60s or 70s. They have never been used...ever. They are heavy and feel really well built. One is a 1040, and one is a 1060. Does anyone know anything about them? What would they be the equivalent to these days? I would like to put them to use in my spread, and I would like to know what I can expect out of them.

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That's a rare piece I would hold on to that $$$ in good condition I remember them back in the day go to orca website there is a lot of old school collectors there.
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Don't know if you saw the info on the site below. Looks like the 1060 is comparable to a 6/0 reel.


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Don't fish them.
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
Don't fish them.
Gotta agree. For me, too nostalgic. I'd have it out in my office or workshop on display. Very cool. Growing up I used Mitchel spinning reels. Heck of a great flashback.
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Back in the day Mitchell was one of the best reels made. Some people still swear by them. I think the originals in really good condition are worth money

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Mitchell reels will appeal to folks like me with stories like mine!

Worked really hard one summer mowing yards as a 10 yo to buy my first quality reel...a Mitchell 300.

Two years and many many sea trout, snook and redfish later it started to slow down. With a newspaper spread out on the kitchen table and a can of 3in1 oil, I completely disassembled it and did a "service". It worked great for years to come...and I still have the reel. To me it is priceless.....

I have seen a few of those old 1040's and 1060's. They are a work of art, and I would expect worth something to the right person. As far as the 300's, there were literally millions made and they are everywhere. For there to be some value, it has to be early generation with a box, papers, etc...
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wow!

DO NOT fish those!

keep them, or sell them and use the money on some other reels

would be a CRIME to fish those at this point!

awesome man

they belong in a museum - might see if igfa or someone wants to buy and display?
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Garcia Mitchell 300 spinning reels. They were the bomb.

As for the OP reels I would not use them. If something on them breaks I doubt there will be any parts available out there. Then you have a worthless reel. In the condition they are in I would think they are worth more than they were when new.

Do some research and find out.

Edit to add. Just saw some 300's on Ebay. whew, 300 bucks for one of them new in box.
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Want to sell one? PM is you do.
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Wow. Thanks for all the responses, and keep 'em coming. After that kind of feedback, i will likely sell them to a collector who can appreciate them or stick them on my own shelf.

I was originally trying to figure out how to fish them. Now I am trying to see what they night be worth. Thanks again to all who replied.
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Was spin casting a 1972 Mitchell 300 the other day! Still flawless!
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Nah, don't use em

Tell you what, I'll trade you for this one
You can get parts!
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Nice old reels. what a find! My bud gave me a pile of old rods and reels from his father in laws estate. One was a big fiberglass surf rod with a Mitchell 800 full of black dacron. It's on my shelf. Really nice shape too. Another was an old wooden handle fiberglass rod and wood handled boat rod with a Viking conventional reel. never seen one of those. I put it on the shelf too.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Mitchell reels will appeal to folks like me with stories like mine!

Worked really hard one summer mowing yards as a 10 yo to buy my first quality reel...a Mitchell 300.

Two years and many many sea trout, snook and redfish later it started to slow down. With a newspaper spread out on the kitchen table and a can of 3in1 oil, I completely disassembled it and did a "service". It worked great for years to come...and I still have the reel. To me it is priceless.....

I have seen a few of those old 1040's and 1060's. They are a work of art, and I would expect worth something to the right person. As far as the 300's, there were literally millions made and they are everywhere. For there to be some value, it has to be early generation with a box, papers, etc...
I think you would be very surprised at the current value of a 300
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My dad has a Mitchell spinning reel that dates to early 80s. While working in the construction of a hydropower plant, a fellow engineer from Japan brought him the reel.

Still works, I’ll get model number
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Thanks for all the input. I traded them to a fellow THT member for a pair of new in the box Shimano Tiagra 50w LRSAs.
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Thanks for all the input. I traded them to a fellow THT member for a pair of new in the box Shimano Tiagra 50w LRSAs.
Oh my
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
Mitchell reels will appeal to folks like me with stories like mine!

Worked really hard one summer mowing yards as a 10 yo to buy my first quality reel...a Mitchell 300.

Two years and many many sea trout, snook and redfish later it started to slow down. With a newspaper spread out on the kitchen table and a can of 3in1 oil, I completely disassembled it and did a "service". It worked great for years to come...and I still have the reel. To me it is priceless.....

I have seen a few of those old 1040's and 1060's. They are a work of art, and I would expect worth something to the right person. As far as the 300's, there were literally millions made and they are everywhere. For there to be some value, it has to be early generation with a box, papers, etc...
I just got some carbon tex drag washers for my old 301.


I`ve never seen those conventionals.
Very nice.

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