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mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 11:59 • #1 
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does anyone know what this might be ?
no name, no pack drill, no clicker - only the spring on the shaft, which gives quite a bit of drag, in both directions. It's kinda neat-looking though and nicely made.
About 3" diameter..





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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 12:56 • #2 
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Frame and spool are both cast?


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 13:39 • #3 
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Ocean City Wanita 35 or 36

If you look hard, somewhere on the reel you'll find this symbol


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 17:15 • #4 
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You never cease to amaze BD


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 18:28 • #5 
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Ron got it right with the symbol ( OC logo ). I have a few of these, and this one is actually 305 (small) or 306 large silent drags -since there's no clicker only spring tension.


BTW that swirl crank knob is very unusual in color- most were gray, white or bone colored plastic. The porting on the spool tended to be different variant for the 305's. recently I picked one of these up too. That's a good find. I fish mine on a Robert Sherrill built 6'6" 2/2 cane 3/4 wt and it matches very well.

Les


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 18:34 • #6 
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I thought about 305 and 306 - I think these were the first model numbers before they changed them - they may also be different internals.


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 20:21 • #7 
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This one is similar but with a clicker. Also has the OC mark inside. Possibly Wanita.


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Re: mystery reel
Post 19 May 2020, 20:42 • #8 
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I like that "spitfire" version with the orange knob


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Re: mystery reel
Post 20 May 2020, 13:31 • #9 
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I bought it about 25 years ago at flea market for five bucks. It was painted black but beat up. And I could see scratches under the paint so it was apparently a re-paint. It sat in a box untouched until a couple of weeks ago when I decided to clean it up. When I hit it with warm tap water and a toothbrush the black paint just washed right off. A tiny bit of the original paint is still there in a few pits and places. I rubbed out the scratches with a green plastic scour pad then 0000 steel wool. Then polished with Simichrome.


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Re: mystery reel
Post 20 May 2020, 18:27 • #10 
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excellent, thanks all.. more aspects of this than I'd expected..

yes, that swirl crank knob is pretty sweet.. going to clean it up and put a 4wt on it, then go look for a small stream..


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Re: mystery reel
Post 04 Jun 2020, 17:11 • #11 
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poked around a bit more at Orca, these reels have a long history..

The original Wanita was made by Sturdibilt which merged into Ocean City, and sold for one dollar.. this one is most likely post-WWII, when the new Silent Drag was introduced.
So it's an Ocean City Wanita Deluxe 305, attractively priced at $2.25



They come in a wide variety of versions, solid and ported spools, clicker and silent, from early 1930s until 1950s.
The latest models have both the Silent Drag and a clicker that can be turned off. Now I want one of those ;-)


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Re: mystery reel
Post 05 Jun 2020, 04:18 • #12 
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The versions with on/off clickers come in both sizes

Les


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Re: mystery reel
Post 23 Jun 2020, 22:25 • #13 
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This Is a cool version of the Wanita. Check out the retailer. (Thomas E Wilson & CO.)
Richard
More photos and info at this link.
https://antiquerodandreels.com/reels/985
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