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Author:  don309 [ Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Flea market fine

Today at the flea market I found a Garcia Striker rod 6'6" #7212 with a Mitchell 300 reel for $20. Nothing special about the rod. Think I can use this rod or Bay / Inlet flounder fishing? And what year do you think it is?
I also found a Garcia Conolon1451 5' medium heavy action rod, for $5. This one is in a little better shape, wondering what year this might be from. Any information would be appreciated.

Author:  J Fishkat [ Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:05 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

Hey Don,

Striker 7212 is a 1981 walleye rod (see catalog page below). 1981 is as recent as my "catalog library" goes. Garcia also sold a "Sniper Striper" - kind of a tongue twister - that year.

About the 1451, what's its color, handle type, logo - any stars? If you post without photo, then some characteristics would help narrow the search. Even then, a model #'s characteristics might change over the years.


8100 Garcia Catalog 25 Striker sm.jpg

Author:  don309 [ Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

The color is a cherry brown, handle spinning cork, 5' 1 piece, medium heavy action.

Author:  J Fishkat [ Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

Hey Don,

I could not find your Garcia Conolon 1451 in any of my Garcia Annuals/Catalogs.

In the 1970s, Garcia did have brown rods badged with the red-wedge Garcia logo and Conolon name as your photo shows, however, those rods have 4-digit numbers starting with "2" or "B".

I might wildly speculate (the second time for me lately) that this is a rod not cataloged by Garcia and made for a retail chain(s) and/or discount sale. There appears to a precedent for this with the Garcia Conolon Live Fiber series [Garcia Conolon Live Fiber – help needed].


Author:  don309 [ Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:33 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

No problem i'm going to use it a a wall hanger.

Author:  don309 [ Sat Jan 19, 2019 4:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

I see a lot of discussion on Conolon rods these day's, which I know next to nothing about. Except the two vintage blanks I built fish excellent!! I tried to date the rod pictured above, and couldn't date it. Now my question is when did they start putting ceramic guides on the Conolon rods. Not pictured but this rod has them.

Author:  Halcyon [ Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Flea market fine

Hey Don,

As you mentioned, your '81 Striker has ceramic guides.

I took a look at my Garcia catalogs 1979-82 (the tail end of my catalog "library," so to speak). From 1980 to 1982, ceramic guides are present on a number of rod series, but certainly not all. It is fair to say more as time went on. In 1979, as far as I can tell, ceramic guides were present only on the "Silver Rods" (these rods were painted silver). In the description, Garcia makes the point that although this is an economy line, ceramic guides were included.

I'm guessing you're asking this because of wondering about whether gelspun (high molecular weight polethylene) lines cut through vintage guides (pre-ceramic) and how to predict if a rod has ceramic guides. You've probably done reading about this elsewhere. My short answer suggestion on an early rod would be not to risk it.


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