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 Post subject: 308 Bad Line Lay
PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 12:02 am • #  
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Took the freshly serviced 308 out fishing a few weeks ago and after just a few cats the line blew up into a giant bird's nest. I stripped off lines and a few more casts and bam another giant mess.

Upon closer inspection the line had wound on as a cone - heavier at the bottom.

Getting ready to strip the reel down again and have another go. Looking for advice on what to look for to correct this issue.

Did the 410 awhile ago and forgot everything I learned.

Biscuit


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 Post subject: Re: 308 Bad Line Lay
PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:00 am • #  
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Hey Biscuit5050,
Here's a link to string about this very subject involving Smead, a very knowledgeable guy about these types of problems.
viewtopic.php?f=65&t=3999

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Ted Lanham


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 Post subject: Re: 308 Bad Line Lay
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 11:07 am • #  
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Thank you Ted,

That was the information I had been looking for.

It took some doing to get the rotor bearing assembly off the rotor and a bit more effort to get the D-spacer off of it. However, both the D-Washer and D-Spacer where present and one under the rotor and one under the rotor nut

Sadly, when I stripped the reel down to check out the correct positioning of the washers I also discovered the Anti-reversing catch was broken. And even being careful the anti-reversing spring took off on me into the ether. :sCo_hmmthink:

So parts are on order:

Anti-reversing catch and spring / 304 Shims .10 / Trip Lever and Spring - earlier issue I was living with as good enough.

Halfway to another reel in $$ - but still feels good to repair a Mitchell rather than join the "Dispose and Replace" folks.


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 Post subject: Re: 308 Bad Line Lay
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New parts are in and 3 x .10 shims added under rotor. Line lay is much improved. Time to get back to fishing.


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Great News!!!

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Ted Lanham


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 Post subject: Re: 308 Bad Line Lay
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:19 am • #  
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You can spend the money to build a 308 out off all NOS parts and still spend significantly less than an equivalent modern reel...which would be $125-150 at least...while having a better reel. Your modern reel would be mostly plastic and sintered metal.

The only reason the modern reels aren't even more is that 3rd world labor rates are used to make them.

Meanwhile, given the shallow and deep spools, you have both a light and ultralight reel. Acquiring a 908 would allow medium light usage. Also, you can really hotrod a 308 user reel. The older line guide bails can be replaced with the late 308/408 1 piece roller bails, or even the multi-piece 308A bails. You can use the solid aluminum spools and carbon drag washers. Even 300 series large power handles will fit on them.

The only way it could be simpler to work on was if it were made out of Lego.


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