306 / 307
Mitchell 306 – 1958-1986 = 1,363,306 Units
Mitchell 307 – 1958-1986 = 227,915 Units
The first Mitchell 306/307 was introduced in
1958 as an intermediate reel sized between the Mitchell 300 and 302
series reels. Advertised for all fresh and saltwater fishing and
distributed in Europe, Canada and The United States. This reel was the predecessor of the high-speed Mitchell 406/407 but due to the 306’s popularity
was never replaced.
The first version had an elongated “cone” shaped anti-reverse lever
among other features. There was a problem with the first versions; the
foot's stem length was a bit too short which could be a bail wire
knuckle buster when retrieving. This was eventually fixed in the mid
1960s by expanding the foot's stem from 55mm to 62mm. The line guide also changed from friction to a roller guide during this same time. Also note that the 306 series first came out just prior to Garcia’s
name being engraved on reels.
The first one shown with serial number 015999 is from the collection of Steve Green. The only difference between an European and Garcia release was Garcia's "temporary" oval yellow and black sticker placed just under the handle
and a blank cover plate as you can see. Garcia boxes also had another sticker placed on the box. The 307 with serial number 041785 is another Garcia release.
The European First Version with SN 056580 is shown for comparison between the two releases. The one with serial number 0184577 shows Garcia's name engraved in their new style box; the last box used prior to their move to New Jersey in 1962. The European "Balzer" with SN 642176 shows the new style Anti-Reverse Lever and the new Bail however, the Garcia with SN 646720 shows the change on the A/R Lever only. The Garcia box it's in was first released after their move to NJ and continued for several years as you can see in the GM 306 with SN E058202.
The double silver band with serial number G286110 is work in progress thanks to our friend Serge. The last one shown is the last version with SN H033402 was made in 1978. This is one of three reels that Mitchell placed a double red band around the rotating head. The others were the 300A and the 308. Why the 308 and 306 were issued without the "A" suffix is a mystery. All three of the Double Red Band series are limited editions and prized possessions among collectors.
to view old advertisements on this and other reels. When viewing old ads, keep in
mind the very old images are artist’s renditions, i.e.; the 306 was
never engraved under Mitchell on the reels. Click Here to view all schematics.
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