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C Letter Suffix Mitchell Reels (C Suffix)

The letter "C" suffix on model numbers was first used in 1968 on the 300C designed and distributed by Garcia USA only. After Garcia’s involvement, the 300C was manufactured again in the eighties for European distribution. Since the only difference between this reel and the 300 series is bearings in both the Rotating Head and the Handle axis, we assume the “C” stands for this difference.

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The CAP, or as molded on the body as C.A.P, and not to be confused with C&P (Carpano & Pons), was a fishing reel originally made exclusively for it’s “inventor - wholesaler" or jobber from Angers, La Canne à Pêche, most likely the largest jobber in France at that time.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)

Carpano & Pons Company (C&P)

Carpano & Pons was the company who invented all vintage Mitchell reels but formed "Mitchell" as a separate corporation under their control in the mid 1950s. See our Mitchell History Page for more information.

Conolon Fishing Rods (Conolon)

Dr. G. G. Havens and his associates produce a new laminate material known as "Conolon" in early 1943. National Research and Manufacturing Company (NARMCO) founded in 1944 by Dr. G. G. Havens was established initially to develop a series of structural adhesives under the trademark "Metlbond" and a reinforced laminate under the "Conolon" name. NARMCO Sporting Goods Company Manufactured fishing rods for the Garcia Corporation under the "Garcia-Conolon" name.


NARMCO industries was sold to "Telecomputing Corporation" in February 1960 (later re-named Whitaker Corporation listed on the NYSE) We believe that during this time period the "Telecomputing Corporation" spins off the National Rod Company and NARMCO Sporting Goods company to the "Garcia Corporation", which re-names the two "The Conolon Corporation" a Division of the Garcia Corporation.


Please see the Conolon Narmco Timeline Article for more information.

Cross Wind / CW Gearing in Mitchell Reels (Cross Wind)

Mitchell reels Cross Wind gears were offered as an alternate to Level Wind gears as far back as the late forties for an extra price. Cross-Wind gearing increased the speed of oscillation or movement of the spool in and out to criss-cross the fishing line on the spool. Although this reduced the amount of line; it limited the risk of line binding. In the early fifties Cross-Wind gearing became the standard.

Cutaway Mitchell Fishing Reels (Cutaway)

Mitchell cutaways were made by Mitchell to be used as sales ad material and as demonstration models for salesmen. For more information see the Collector’s Gallery.

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