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Post 24 Dec 2021, 09:59 • #26 
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Joined: 02/04/12
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Location: SE Pa
This is a true story about a special Mitchell reel .....

I fished with my mentor for many years back in the 70's - 90's until he passed away, and once commented that I'd like to try one of those light "round bodied large spool" Mitchells. Next time I saw Old Bill (as I knew him) he gave me his, a well worn model 314, it's like a 304 (I think) but with a folding handle and nicer bail. So I found a source for parts and replaced the springs and spruced it up.

Took a day off from work and while fishing at dawn I caught a PA citation Bass within 5 minutes. When I arrived home, I called Old Bill and asked him to come over so my wife could take a photo of us, the fish and his reel. He grumbled a bit but an hour later was at my front door.

As we walked thru the kitchen, he glanced down at the US mail on our table and asked "Bowman, is that your last name?" I said "Yeah, that me" to which the man who taught me to bass-fish and had been my mentor for 20+ years said "Hah, go figure, that's my name too"!

I prize that reel (& photo), and have told all my kids about it.


Post 17 Feb 2022, 22:06 • #27 
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Post 22 Sep 2023, 14:45 • #28 
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Location: Hoosier National forest in Southern IN
J Fishkat wrote:
This is the current link to the MRM Forum:

Aside from reels, the Forum also has a rods section, Conolon & Narmco Rods Discussion:
However, the rods section does not have much participation.

You can read text without registering, but registration is required to be able to see the vast majority of images (uploaded to the site, not an external image host).


Hi John. Bummer. looks like the rod section is gone

Post 17 Nov 2023, 11:04 • #29 
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I'm late joining this but I got a pre Garcia, Mitchell 301a in a lot of rods and reels I purchased for $100(also got a Penn 209, an eagle claw and the first Shimano 1 ball bearing reel) and I have to say I wish it were a right handed reel! I love old rods but I fish with spinning reels only and I'm not a fan of pre ball bearing spinning reels especially when I think back to the crappy 70s Berkeley or equivelent reels I used growing up in the 1980s. It was grind and get a birds nest! If I had a Mitchell it would have been a different story!

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