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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:24 am • #  
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Hello everyone, although I have been angling for a while I am quite new to the world of Mitchell reels. I recently bought a lot from an auction which included 4 Mitchell reels; a 206, 324, 410 and a 410A . I have an old Olympic rod and wanted a vintage reel to use with it.

I’ve given the reels a good clean with some help from your website and videos on You Tube (much appreciated!). However, the Mitchell 206 is proving difficult. There is a plastic ‘button’ next to the bail wire which looks like it should move to hold the bail wire in place while casting, but is doesn’t move. Could someone direct me to where I can find out how to fix this or let me know please? I’ve taken the spool off but not sure what to do next!

If it helps, it is the version of 206 with ‘Mitchell 206’ on the left side and ‘Garcia’ on the right of the casing. I’ve never worked on a Mitchell reel before and the others weren’t too much trouble but the 206 is getting me a little frustrated. Any help would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Jay


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 4:31 pm • #  
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I am assuming that you are talking about the black square piece of plastic that is supposed to lock the bail wire back for casting. If you pull the spool off, there is a small mouse-trap spring that should push the plastic piece out to catch the bail arm. If the plastic piece doesn't move, it may be full of sand like a lot of them are. If you have to take it apart, pull the side cover, pull the axle, and finally remove the rotor nut and pull off the rotor. If the bail lock is stuck, carefully and deliquitely attempt to move the plastic piece out or in. Careful as they are soft and will deform. I use kerosene as a cleaning solvent as it is less likely to dissolve plastic. It shouldn't be stuck very hard but once freed up, I remove them and clean it with smoking pipe cleaners and that usually removes the sand or any salt residue. Use a light oil when reassembling and make sure it slides smoothly before reinstalling the spring.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:03 am • #  
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Thank you for your post Mike which was very helpful. I did mean the piece of plastic to lock the bail arm in position while casting. I removed the spool and was able to get the bail lock to move freely again with some gentle persuasion and oil, without taking the axle or rotor out. Everything works as it should now! Many thanks again, much appreciated.

Jay


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You're Welcome - mike


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