I found one of these Penn ultralight spinning reels in a box with 6 spare spools & what appears to be another complete reel, all in pieces. Also, extra spare parts. A bunch of bail wires, bail springs, crank handles, screws etc.........
These were my fishing reels from the early 80s, though I did have a Swedish-made C4 that I later sold. Do these reels have any value, other than as fishing tools?
At the lime I was impressed at the durable, quality construction of the Penns & also that they were easy to strip down. Only one ball bearing, yet they were built like a watch. There was a local tackle store where you could buy spare parts, screws bail wires & bail springs.
Using Williams silver spinners with the tripple-gang hook replaced by a store bought fly. Sometimes I used tiny Italian spinners with the tripple hooks removed. Always 4lb Trilene with a micro ball-bearing swivel.
The store-bought flies were Turrall's from Sri Lanka or Kenya, tied most likely by 10yr. old girls. As a school teacher, this did not agree with me. I had to learn how to tie these damn flies.
So this is how, through the back door, I stumbled onto fly fishing & fell down a rabbit hole. I first learned to tie these flies for my ultra light spinners. Then I had a local guy build me a spin/fly rod out of an 8' 5WT HMG blank. I received a Pflueger reel from my wife. Soon casting lessons followed, then joining fly fishing organizations, fly-tying clubs, demos at sport shows, etc...
I was well hooked & down a deeper rabbit hole. My first love is still fly tying.
But, I haven't used a spinning rod since the mid 80s, or a casting rod since the mid 60s.
My present trout club is strictly fly except for the very young or the very old. So, it seems that I will at some point start spinning for trout & pan fish again. Are there sources today for 6-7'fiberglass spinning sticks (I don't mean Fleabay)?