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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:12 pm • #  
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Can anyone give me some info. on this line of rod. Exp. production years, quality,compatibality with what Mitchell reels, collectibility & any general opinions on the product line? Thank you RON


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:44 pm • #  
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Hi Ron,

The "Kingfisher" line was a low quality Kmart version.
As for quality it was lower than the 2 star blue rod line. They also made reels that had a Kingfisher
label, again lesser quality. Made in the 60's and 70's
as a marketing ploy to appeal buyers that might not want to afford the Mitchell line that was more money.
You could easily use and of the Mitchell reels on a Kingfisher rod. I have only seen mostly 6'6" rods were a 300, 304 type reel would most appropriate.

Regards, Scott


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Bonanza, was the Kingfisher Kmart or Montgomery-Ward. Somewhere in the back of my mind I want to say "Monkey"-Ward. But, your right they were of low quality. However, as to the early Kmart reels, the Japanese made 2000, 3000 and 4000 Kmart reels were high quality. I have a black 3000. It's a great, solid reel. Unlike the inferior products they sell now.


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Howdy,

Now that is a name I have not heard in a while, (Montgomery-Ward). My mistake and not being clear enough for other readers. What I meant was low end department store sales and distribution, I was using Kmart as as an example and was trying to generalize how they were being sold. Cheers

Kind Regards, Scott


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