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Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods
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Author:  Halcyon [ Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods


Just arrived in the mail to me, 2 absolutely beautiful fiberglass fly rods from the early 1970s. But not only beautiful, rods with a unique design for distance casting.

• Charles C. Ritz/Garcia Conolon 2062 - 7’10” line wt. 6-7 (US market)
• Charles C. Ritz/Mitchell Conolon 198E1 - 8’5” line wt. 8-9 (Europe market)

I’ve inserted a 1972 Garcia Annual page below. Corresponding European-market model numbers are shown below:

Garcia 6’ 6” 2060 = Mitchell 198A1
Garcia 7’ 1” 2061 = Mitchell 198B1
Garcia 7’ 10” 2062 = Mitchell 198C1
Garcia 8’ 2” 2063 = Mitchell 198D1
Garcia 8’ 5” 2064 = Mitchell 198E1
Garcia 8’ 5” 2065 = Mitchell 198F1
Garcia 8’ 10” 2066 = Mitchell 198G1

About the unique design, Ritz, along with an American who had been working independently, published on it in the 1930s. Pezon & Michel sold Ritz designed rods (bamboo, hybrid, & fiberglass) into the 1970s.

What is unique about a Ritz design is that it bends in the butt section (near the handle) and has a stiff midsection.

I have seen numerous posts about the speed such a rod puts on line, with it singing as it whizzes by. Further, one poster remarked that the perception was one of casting the rod along with the line and then there was an afterburner effect. So, I’m looking forward to testing these rods!

In the interest of full disclosure, there appears to be one downside. If you hook an oversized fish, your wrist will be fatigued because you do not have the leverage of the rod (as you would with a standard design).

More to come!

7200 Garcia Annual 034a Ritz rods sm.jpg

Author:  Laroupane [ Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods

Hello Halcyon,

I own a Conolon Mitchell Charles C. Ritz rod in its metal case with a black screw cap marked Mitchell
It's a 198 C1 7'10 "WF 6-7F Made in USA but not marked Garcia
I already posted on this site photos of this rod that my wife offered me 12 years ago for my 60 years.
Join the photos.
I will search in my catalogs for information on this rod.
Best regards,

Canne CR detail.jpg

Etui canne CR.jpg

Canne CR.jpg

Author:  Laroupane [ Wed Jan 09, 2019 1:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods

catalogue Mitchell 1976

Cat Ritz.jpg

Cat Ritz 1.jpg

Author:  Halcyon [ Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods

Hey Laroupane,

Thank you for sharing your images and knowledge.

You have a very nice rod and aluminum tube. Based on what some others have written, the only differences between the Garcia and Mitchell rods were the: logo/emblem (Garcia versus Mitchell), rod sack and tube.

Interesting that you find the Ritz rods in a 1976 Mitchell catalog. On the US side, they were only present 1972-74 in Garcia Fishing Annuals. Another difference in the 1976 Mitchell catalog is that 198A1, 198F1, and 198G1 are not present. So, either they were imported in another year(s) or the authors of my equivalent-model-numbers table above guessed at Mitchell numbers without actually having seen any.

Close-up photos of my rods' decals are inserted below.

Garcia 2062 decal.jpg

Mitchell 198E1 decal.jpg

Author:  Halcyon [ Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Conolon/Charles Ritz fly rods

Some more photos below.
Conolon Ritz handles.jpg

Conolon Ritz ferrules.jpg

I forgot to mention two things.

I need to learn Ritz' High Speed / High Line casting technique to best use these rods. I've obtained an inexpensive, recent printing of Ritz' book to help with that.

Also useful information (thank you) is that the Mitchell catalog advises weight forward line (I would have guessed double taper), while Garcia does not specify.

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