Reels today

Always amazes me the engineering that went into these old reels. This Penn 350 is weird by today’s standards. Then turn to a bucket of Shimano Tekota’s Last on the list this weekend is a badly corroded Shimano Torium 30. This has been a project as every step of the way corrosion has ate at…

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Newell Drags

Newell made two drag options.  The first and arguably the best is the original 4 stack drag system: The original P models had them.  Notice the washer mounted on the drag sleeve.  It provides the additional drag surface for the system.  Most of the Newell reels were made without that little valuable addition.  Thus the…

Motive Fabrication Reel Handles

From Motive Fabrications Website: “These offset handles move the knob closer to the reel centerline, for less torque on the rod when reeling under heavy drag. Made from 316 stainless for strength and corrosion resistance. The handle hole is available in 3 sizes: 3/16” is standard for the smaller Senators, 5/16” is standard for the…

Stainless Steel Guts Penn 113H 4/0

Finally we have true stainless steel mechanics inside the 4/0.  Pro Challenger just released the SS bridge and its double dogged!  Using his SS gear, pinion, jack, and sleeve, and bridge will deliver more strength and corrosion resistance than previously available for this popular model.  Now include the drag inserts from Motive Fabrications or the…

Custom Penn 4/0 observations

From a purely functional perspective I have noticed the following attributes of the new reel: Brick Shit house solid and strong Dizzyingly  long free spool (I used spool bearings instead of brass bearings) Drag strength and smoothness is unmatched Comfortable ergonomic handle and knob Corrosion resistance at a maximum Weight is what you would expect…

Build Notes for the 4/0 Tank

The SS Yoke was getting stuck under the bridge and was generally too difficult to engage.  I took the SS yoke and ground the edge to a slight ramp where the jack rides up the edge to engage and disengage.  I used the Dremel tool to do the fine grinding.  After  grinding the engagement and…

Columbia Rivers Fishery

“Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports show catch building for a variety of fish” You can read the full article here: http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/oregon-fish-and-wildlife-columbia-river-fishing-reports-show-catch-building-for-a-variety-of-fish/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1 Andrew Smith steelhead_killer@me.com

Newell 332 Fishing Reel

Just a disclaimer here, this is my first Newell reel.  I have never fished one or serviced one. So this will be a new adventure for all.  After some research and guidance from the Newell Nut on Atlantani.com I secured a no letter Newell 332 reel off eBay.  Please also note that this is by…