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Albatros Mitchell Reels (Albatros)

Exclusive importer and distributor of Mitchell for the Netherlands.


Alphanumeric Serial Numbers

First used on the 300 series on the last half bail versions (A – C). It was then used on the first version 302 series half bails and full bails (A – D). All serial numbers were then changed to numeric numbers only up to 1970. In 1971 the alphanumeric serial numbers returned through the 1988/89 Season. The letters A – T were used with the exception of the letters I and O as not to be confused with the numbers 1 and 0.


AM for Mitchell 300 Reels (AM)

This abbreviation first appeared for the Mitchell 300 series reels in factory texts when the changeover was made from the Half Bail or "AM" as it was designated to the Full Bail or "AP" as it was designated. You will not see “AM” used in text after the early fifties.


Anniversary Mitchell Reels (Anniversary)

Special celebratory reels made by Mitchell to commemorate the anniversary of The Mitchell Reel or in some cases, the anniversary of a specific reel. Due to many factors such as loss of all old records; we find that even as of today very few of these are correct but still highly prized collectables.


AP for Mitchell 300 Reels (AP)

This abbreviation first appeared in 1952 for the Mitchell 300 series reels in factory texts when the changeover was made from the open Half Bail (finger pick up or AM as is was designated in French) to the Full Bail. Mitchell distinguished this change – and improvement – by the name “Anse de Panier”  (AP for short) which in French language means “basket handle”.  This term seemed appropriate to help potential buyers understand the change. You will see “AP” used in text and schematics for many decades. This is not to be confused with the AP Suffix on model numbers. (Updated October 5th, 2008 by JP Gumprich)


AP Letter Suffix (AP)

The "AP" suffix after a reel's model number was first used in 1966 on some 600A Series Mitchell reels that were specially designed for saltwater casting but with a plastic (P) spool.  This is not to be confused with the AP text.


Arca Mitchell Reels (Arca)

Exclusive importer and distributor of Mitchell for Belgium.


Auto-Bail Mitchell Reel (Auto-Bail)

Common name used for the original Otomatic which carried on to all future versions including the 330, 440, 540 and 840 series Mitchell Reels. The name Otomatic was used as a derivative of Automatic.


Automatic Mitchell Reels (Automatic)

Term used for the Mitchell 710 and 720 fly reels which had an Automatic line retrieve lever. This term is also misused for the Otomatic.


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