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Vintage reels are awesome. They are affordable (cheap) and can be had at yard-sales…estate-sales and on E-bay. There is a plethora of vintage reels on E-bay but I favor Daiwa...Dam Quick...Mitchell...Penn and Shimano. These old reels were built to last and are reliable as well as faithful. The first spinning reel I purchased was a Daiwa 755OHRL combo back in 1970 or 71 and I still use it today. The only care these oldies need is a little TLC and they will enhance your fishing pleasure for years....

Vintage Skirted Spool Reels

Daiwa AS4050

Great for medium inshore saltwater fishing. Rear Drag...Graphite Bearing & Graphite Spool...They are available on E-bay from time to time and cost from $1.99 on a lucky day and upwards to $20.00...I got mine for $1.99...Parts are not that hard to find...some are available on E-bay.

Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces

Line Capacity: 350 yards 12 LB...270 yards 14 LB...190 yards 20 LB...150 yards 25 LB monofilament...I use 40 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid...

Rod: For Inshore Fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS 1101 70...Line Weight 12-30 LB...Lure Weight 1/2-4 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stik...

Daiwa RG 4000

Great for medium saltwater use...in the surf or inshore. They are big...not a lightweight and are as good or better than most new reels that are comparable in size...They are available on E-bay from time to time and cost around $20.00 to $30.00. Parts are not that hard to find...some are available on E-bay. These reels are tough and were built to last...

Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces

Line Capacity: 300 yards 14 LB...250 yards 17 LB...200 yards 20 LB...175 yards 25 LB...150 yards 30 LB test monofilament...I use 50 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid...

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Daiwa 7000C

Great for heavy saltwater use...in the surf or inshore. They are big...not a lightweight and are as good or better than most new reels that are comparable in size...They are available on E-bay from time to time and cost around $40.00 to $50.00. Parts are not that hard to find...some are available on E-bay. These reels are tough and were built to last. Perhaps with a little TLC they may last forever...one never knows...

Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces

Line Capacity: 350 yards 15 LB...300 yards 17 LB...250 yards 20 LB...200 yards 25 LB...175 yards 30 LB test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid...

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Daiwa 2600C

Great for medium inshore saltwater use. Great for redfish...snook and spotted trout. They are available on E-bay from time to time and cost around $20.00 to $40.00. Parts are not that hard to find...some are available on E-bay. These reels are tough and were built to last. Perhaps with a little TLC they may last forever...one never knows...

Weight: 1 pound

Line Capacity: 350 yards 10 LB...275 yards 12 LB...200 yards 15 LB...150 yards 17 LB...125 yards 20 LB test monofilament...I use 40 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid...

Rod: For Inshore Fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS 1101 70...Line Weight 12-30 LB...Lure Weight 1/2-4 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa 1500C

A very dependable mid size reel I use for light to medium light inshore saltwater use. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 12 ounces

Line Capacity: 425 yards...6 LB. test...300 yards...8 LB. test...225 yards...10 LB. test...175 yards...12 LB. test...140 yards...15 LB. test monofilament...I use 20 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa 1000C

A great little reel I use to catch bait in saltwater. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 7 ounces

Line Capacity: 200 yards...4 LB. test...180 yards...6 LB. test...110 yards...8 LB. test...80 yards...10 LB. test monofilament...I use 8 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SP2950-1UL...Line Weight 2-6 LB...Lure Weight 1/32-1/4 ounces...Handle Action Ultralight...One piece 5 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa SGA1355 Graphite

A very dependable small reel with rear drag that I use for freshwater fishing and light saltwater use. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 8 ounces

Line Capacity: 260 yards...6 LB. test...180 yards...8 LB. test...125 yards...10 LB. test...100 yards...12 LB. test monofilament...I use 10 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPL 1102 66...Line Weight 4-10 LB...Lure Weight 1/8-1/4 ounces...Handle Action Light...Two piece 6 feet 6 inches...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa GS1055 Graphite

A very dependable small reel with rear drag that I use for freshwater fishing and catching bait in saltwater. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 8 ounces

Line Capacity: 200 yards...6 LB. test...130 yards...8 LB. test...100 yards...10 LB. test monofilament...I use 8 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPL 1102 66...Line Weight 4-10 LB...Lure Weight 1/8-1/4 ounces...Handle Action Light...Two piece 6 feet 6 inches...I like Ugly-Stiks

Penn 3000 Power Graph
Graphite & Anodized Aluminum

A great reel for saltwater fishing and great for reds, trout and snook. First produced in 1999...discontinued in 2002. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 16 ounces

Line Capacity: 250 yards...10 LB. test...210 yards...12 LB. test...170 yards...14 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Penn 4000 Power Graph
Graphite & Anodized Aluminum

A great reel for saltwater fishing and great for reds, trout and snook. First produced in 1999...discontinued in 2002. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 16 ounces

Line Capacity: 355 yards...10 LB. test...280 yards...12 LB. test...200 yards...15 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Shimano Ax 300 Q
Graphite Construction

A great reel for freshwater or light saltwater fishing...Available from time to time on E-bay....

Quickfire II bail flip
Internal manual and auto bail trip
Ball bearing
Rear drag
Push button spool
Gear ratio is about 5 to 1

Weight: 12 ounces

Line Capacity: 285 yards...8 LB. test...215 yards...10 LB. test...190 yards...12 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Vintage Non-Skirted Spool Reels

Daiwa 7850 RL

Great for heavy saltwater use...in the surf or inshore. They are big...not a lightweight and are as good or better than most new reels that are comparable in size...They are cheap and available on E-bay from time to time...the last one I purchased on E-bay cost $9.50 plus shipping...the most I've paid...$17.50. The only drawback to these vintage reels is...parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available. These reels are tough and were built to last. Perhaps with a little TLC they may last forever...one never knows...I have four of them....

Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces

Line Capacity: 300 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Daiwa 7850H-RL

Great for heavy saltwater use...in the surf or inshore. The 7850H-RL is basically the same as the 7850 RL with a few minor changes. The only drawback as with all vintage reels is...parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available. These reels are tough and were built to last. Perhaps with a little TLC they may last forever...one never knows...I have two of them....

Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces

Line Capacity: 300 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Daiwa 755OHRL

Comparable in size to the Daiwa Coastal Inshore 3000. The 7550HRL is another Daiwa that is built to last. Great for snook...reds and spotted trout. Like all vintage reels parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available. I purchased my first one as a combo (rod & reel) in 1970 or 71...the one in the photo I purchased on E-bay for $.99 plus shipping....

Weight: 1 pound

Line Capacity: 270 yards...12 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa 7650HRL

Great for inshore and surf fishing. This reel is tough and built to last...a good all-around reel...I have four of them. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces

Line Capacity: 250 yards...15 LB. test monofilament...I use 40 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For Inshore Fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS 1101 70...Line Weight 12-30 LB...Lure Weight 1/2-4 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Rod: For Surf Fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110010...Line Weight 12-30 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Medium/Heavy...Two piece 10 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Daiwa 7450HRL

A very dependable reel that I use mainly for freshwater fishing...but occasionally it gets used in saltwater. Available from time to time on E-bay....

Weight: 12 ounces

Line Capacity: 320 yards...10 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Dam Quick Super 270

Once considered the Cadillac of spinning reels the Dam Quick Super is a great reel for surf and inshore fishing. Built to last with precise German technology. Supers can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $25.00 or less. The ones in mint condition often sell for more than $100.00. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available...The name "DAM" comes from (Deutsche Angelgera"te Manufaktur) or German Fishing Manufacturer. The main company in West Berlin was in business for more than 125 years...

Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces

Line Capacity: 300 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Dam Quick 550

The Dam Quick 550 is a great reel for surf and inshore fishing. Built to last with precise German technology. 550s can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $25.00 or less. The ones in mint condition often sell for more than $100.00. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available...Dam Quick Super & Dam Quick 550 line spools are interchangeable...The name "DAM" comes from (Deutsche Angelgera"te Manufaktur) or German Fishing Manufacturer. The main company in West Berlin was in business for more than 125 years...

Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces

Line Capacity: 300 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Dam Quick 330

The Dam Quick 330 is a great reel for inshore fishing. Built to last with precise German technology. They can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $20.00 or less. The last one I pruchased on E-bay cost $12.50 plus shipping. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available...The name "DAM" comes from (Deutsche Angelgera"te Manufaktur) or German Fishing Manufacturer. The main company in West Berlin was in business for more than 125 years...

Weight: 15 ounces

Line Capacity: 270 yards...12 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Dam Quick 330N

The Dam Quick 330N is a newer version of the older 330 and it's also a great reel for inshore fishing. Built to last with precise German technology. They can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $20.00 or less. The last one I pruchased on E-bay cost $9.50 plus shipping. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available...330 & 330N line spools are not compatible...The name "DAM" comes from (Deutsche Angelgera"te Manufaktur) or German Fishing Manufacturer. The main company in West Berlin was in business for more than 125 years...

Weight: 14 ounces

Line Capacity: 270 yards...12 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Mitchell 302 Saltwater

The Mitchell 302 is a great reel for surf & inshore fishing. These reels are awsome & built to last...made in France. They can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $20.00 or less. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available....

Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces

FEATURES:
Heavy duty metal body and spool for terrific strength and durability; it is built like a Sherman tank...
Stainless steel components for durability and corrosion resistance to saltwater...
Stack of extra large drag washers for optimum drag pressure while fighting big fish...
Collapsible aluminum power handle with black bakelite knob...

Line Capacity: 250 yards...25 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Mitchell 306

The Mitchell 306 is a great reel for inshore fishing. These reels are built to last...made in France. They can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $20.00 or less. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available....

Weight: 16 ounces

Line Capacity: 260 yards...14 LB. test monofilament...250 yards...15 LB. test monofilament...200 yards...17 LB. test monofilament...150 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 30 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: SPI 1170-1M...Line Weight 6-15 LB...Lure Weight 1/4-5/8 ounces...Handle Action Medium...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

Penn Spinfisher 700

The Penn Spinfisher 700 is an awesome reel for inshore & surf fishing. First manufactured in 1966 & discontinued in the mid 1970's. These reels were built to last & made in the U.S.A. Each reel is made with a...Stainless steel bail...Stainless steel main shaft...Stainless steel, hard chrome plated line roller...Shielded stainless steel ball bearings...Collapsible handle...Selective click anti-reverse...Smooth dependable drag system...Housings, rotor cups and sideplates are anodized die cast aluminum. They can be picked up on E-bay from time to time for $35.00 to $45.00. As with any vintage reel parts are hard to find...but with a diligent search of the web many of the parts are still available....

Weight: 1 pound 6 ounces

Line Capacity: 250 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: BWS110270...Line Weight 15-40 LB...Lure Weight 1-6 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Rod: For surf fishing...Ugly-Stik: SHABWS110012...Line Weight 12-40 LB...Lure Weight 2-12 ounces...Handle Action Heavy...Two piece 12 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks....

Vintage Penn Level Wind Reels

Penn 309

Along with the invention of Edison’s light bulb the Penn 309 is an ingenious bit of American resourcefulness entirely made in the U.S.A. First introduced in 1966 this old classic is a workhorse...very reliable and perhaps the most popular and well-known inshore conventional reel. As of 2006 these reels are made in China. The old 309s are easily available on E-bay....

Weight: 1 pound 10 ounces

Line Capacity: 350 yards...30 LB. test monofilament...I use 100 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly Stik: BWB 1140 70...Line Weight 20-50 LB...Lure Weight 2-6 ounces...Handle Action Medium-Heavy...Fuji stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly Stiks....

Penn 209

First introduced in 1958 the Penn 209 is another ingenious bit of American resourcefulness entirely made in the U.S.A. Along with it's big brother the 309 the 209 is every bit a workhorse and very reliable. Just as the 309 the 209 is equally one of the most popular and well-known inshore conventional reels. As of 2006 these reels are made in China. The old 209s are easily available on E-bay....

Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces

Line Capacity: 350 yards...20 LB. test monofilament...I use 65 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly Stik: BWB 1140 70...Line Weight 20-50 LB...Lure Weight 2-6 ounces...Handle Action Medium-Heavy...Fuji stainless steel guides with aluminum oxide inserts...One piece 7 feet...I like Ugly Stiks....

Penn 9

First introduced in 1958 the Penn 9 is another ingenious bit of American resourcefulness entirely made in the U.S.A. Along with it's big brothers 309 and 209 the 9 is every bit a workhorse and very reliable. The 9 is equally one of the most popular and well-known inshore conventional reels. As of 2006 these reels are made in China. The old 9s are easily available on E-bay....

Weight: 13 ounces

Line Capacity: 275 yards...15 LB. test monofilament...I use 40 LB. test Power-Pro Green braid

Rod: For inshore fishing...Ugly-Stik: UCSP 1102 70...Line Weight 15-30 LB...Lure Weight 3/8-3 ounces...Handle Action Medium/Heavy...Two piece 7 feet...I like Ugly-Stiks

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