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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 2:29 pm • #  
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I have a circa 1969 Garcia Mitchell 300, and I am respooling it. On the reels today, it shows you how much line can be on the spool depending on the strength. I am having a hard time finding such recommendations for this reel. All I can see is that there should be a 1/8' gap from the edge when respelling. Does anyone know the exact length of line I can spool on this reel if I were to use 8lb. line?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:18 pm • #  
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Hello wildBcat,

Welcome to the group :sSig_welcome4:
With today's fishing line there are so many variables such as regular monofilament, braided or a combo stranded monofilament. Each has its particular characteristics in diameter, flexibility, castability etc. which directly affect the amount of line you can place on your spool. Your Mitchell was designed and intended to cast regular round monofilament such as Stren but there are many other quality manufacturers of monofilament to choose from. That said, the 300 with a large capacity spool (small diameter inside shaft) is recommended to hold 250 yards of 8# test monofiliment line. The small capacity spool (large diameter inside shaft) will hold about 100 yards of 8# test monofiliment line. These spool capacities are from a mid 1960s tackle catalog and monofiliment line has come a long way since then so the actual line you may fit on the spools could vary, but this should provide a starting point. I always load my Mitchells, regardless of model and/or spool design to a point that I'm comfortable that it won't free spool off the face of the reel when casting but has enough line to fish deep water or for a fish to run with reserve to retrieve the fish and not induce drag when casting. I think the 1/8" gap is a good guide regardless of 20# test mono on a 498 or 4# test mono on a 308.

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Chris


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:21 pm • #  
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Thank you. Great explanation.


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Happy to help wildBcat. :tup Tight lines!

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Chris


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