Newell R220-5 Fishing Reel

It is inevitable once you start down the Newell road, you will be lured into the pretty colored Newell’s from yesteryear.  I started with a P220-5.  Amazed at its weight, strength and casting, I soon had a 229-5, then a 332-5, than 338-5, than a 540-5 and then stumbled upon a R220-5.  Just something about…

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High Quality Upgrades for Penn 4/0

Another true craftsman has started production of high quality upgrades for the Penn 4/0 fishing reel.  Ted “Maxed Out” on Alantani.com has introduced some really exciting parts for your Penn 4/0’s that convert a standard 4/0 to the narrow version.  They are called Tank Tops! Colored eccentric levers, spacers and seats all made to the highest…

Yellowtail Special

Pro Challenger Heat Treated Main Gear with Octagon Drag 113HX 4:1 Pro Challenger SS Gear Sleeve Pro Challenger Eva Knob/Alantani.com 6/0 knob Motive Fab two position SS off set handle and SS star Cortez Conversions Side Plates Randy Pauly Tiburon T4N Frame and Spool

Upgraded Penn 9500SS Spinning Reel

There are many high end, large capacity spinning reels on the market today.  They all come with a big price tag.  Some require expensive maintenance to maintain their performance.  Add into the purchase equation planned obsolescence in manufacturing and parts availability you get a very expensive reel with a short life.  However, they are technologic…

DAM these are nice!

Recently came across a pair of DAM Quick reels from a fellow reel aficionado on Alantani.com.  Both have been serviced with new drags washers and the normal greasing and oiling.  They both were considered micro for their day.  The first is a 1967 DAM Quick Finessa 110 Microlite.  It was introduced in the 60’s.  Great…

Running a little rough…

What seems to be the problem with the reel?  “Running a little rough.”  Now it could be many things and different things on different reels.  This one was fairly easy to determine. Sand and fishing reels are never good partners.  This was ultra fine sand like from a glacial river system.  Gear and pinion covered….

Shimano Tekota Fishing Reels

Cleaned up several Shimano Tekota fishing reels over the past few months. All of them used primarily in saltwater for salmon trolling. 400-800 all have strong smooth drags, solid frames, off set handle and nice knob. From the looks of these they resist corrosion well given basic post fishing maintenance.  After breaking them down it…