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 Post subject: Garcia Galion
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:54 pm • #  
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My first Garcia reel was a Galion 12 that I bought for £2.09p when I was still at school. I still own a late 1970s era Mitchell 300 I purchased new a couple of years or so after the Galion.

It has hardly been used as I acquired a 440 'Match' not long after buying the 300 & tended to predominantly use that or an ABU reel.

I sold the 440 years ago but I still have the 300. I stopped fishing for too many years as I had other things to do. Although I plan to do some carp fishing with that virtually mint condition 300 soon. :tup

This site has brought back a lot of happy childhood memories of fishing with my late father for me.

The jpegs of the Galion advert especially, for the money it was a great reel.


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 Post subject: Re: Garcia Galion
PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:51 pm • #  
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Hello Galion,

Nice story on your reels. My 1st reel was a 304, I do not use it as much but it is still a favorite that brings back many a memory with my Dad. When you catch that carp send us a photo, we would love to see it. Cheers!

Regards, Scott


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Hello Scott, thanks for the reply. I think I used the 440 more than the 300 because it had a faster winding ratio. It was the blue coloured one with the plastic name panel, as opposed to the etched scrolling of the 300. I never liked the plastic panels & always thought that they were a bit tacky. I have seen a couple of old 304 reels, I've always wanted one! I used a 330 once that I borrowed from a friend for a session. That was basically a 300 with the 'finger-dab' bail arm like the 440 'Match'. Both were very popular at one time with match fisherman in the UK as it speeded up casting. I remember many 'debates' between the blokes in my dad's fishing club as to which was the superior float reel between the 'Match' 440 & the ABU 506 closed-face. Both were beautifully engineered though.

I think that overall the 300 is my favourite. The 'finger-dab' always seemed a tad gimmicky to me. The 300 just seemed to be what it was: a classy beautifully engineered reel. I read somewhere that it was originally designed in England, I don't know how true that is though. I know they were manufactured in France.

When I catch that carp I will certainly post a jpeg.

Dave


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:16 pm • #  
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Hey Dave,

Welcome to our group, your same story is being told all around the world, including me :clap

For information on the history of Mitchell reels, see: http://mitchellreelmuseum.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=62

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Wallace

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Wallace Carney wrote:
Hey Dave,

Welcome to our group, your same story is being told all around the world, including me :clap

For information on the history of Mitchell reels, see: http://mitchellreelmuseum.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=45&Itemid=62

Kindest Regards,
Wallace


Hello Wallace, thanks for the welcome (& the link). The Garcia Mitchell story is probably one of the great success stories of the 20th century. I think at one time virtually every angler in the world either owned or aspired to own a Mitchell. I'm really glad that I hung on to that 300 over the years. It really is in pristine condition.

That's a really informative article that you've written mate. I enjoyed reading it. I don't know where I got the idea that the 300 was originally designed by an Englishman. Maybe someone patented something similar & it became an urban legend or something. I read something about it years ago in the 'Course Fisherman' magazine I think.

Dave


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I thought I'd take a picture of the 300, I may strip it down soon just to check it out. It's been in storage for over a quarter of a century! It looks & works fine though as far as I can tell. As I said earlier, it was never really used. Hopefully it will be catching some carp & tench sometime next year. The jpeg isn't too good as I took it on my rather elderly Sony Ericsson mobile phone. There isn't a mark or scratch on the reel though.

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Hello Dave, nice reel mate.
I'm sure you will have a lot of fun with, I've lost count of the Carp I have caught with a 300, great fun.
It won't need a lot doing to it, the grease will have moved away from the gears and need putting back where it will do some good.

Kind regards Roy


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Hello Roy, thanks for the tip about the grease. I always worry about stripping something down, reassembling it, then finding I have a part left over & I don't know what it does lol! The last time I stripped the 300 down (out of curiosity) I was still a schoolboy. I can still remember taking the infamous 'part 5579' out of my ABU 506 at around the same time so it could be back-wound. Match fishermen in those days preferred to back-wind a running fish rather than use the clutch. It helped stay in more contact with the fish. I suppose it all depends on the size of the fish. I still back-wind to this day. Old habits die hard I reckon.

Dave


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Hi Dave

After removing the screws, keep the reel vertical and open the two halves like opening a book, that way the parts stay in place.

Kind regards Roy


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Roy Allett wrote:
Hi Dave

After removing the screws, keep the reel vertical and open the two halves like opening a book, that way the parts stay in place.

Kind regards Roy


OK thanks mate, will do.


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