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CAP / C.A.P Fishing Reel (CAP)

The CAP, or as molded on the body as C.A.P, and not to be confused with C&P (Carpano & Pons), was a fishing reel originally made exclusively for it’s “inventor - wholesaler" or jobber from Angers, La Canne à Pêche, most likely the largest jobber in France at that time. Carpano & Pons at that time had no direct sales responsibility or territory at all for the CAP reel but did for their own reel referred to then as "The Mitchell", with completely different mechanics and "sexy" looking as well!


Carpano & Pons formed "Mitchell" as a separate corporation in the mid fifties along with the introduction of their own "round Body" called the Mitchell CAP 54. Thus the soon to be called "Mitchell 304" series was born. For more information see the Collector’s Gallery. (Updated October 5th, 2008 by JP Gumprich)