Re: Mitchell 4430
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Posted by Daryl B. (188.8.131.52) on November 26, 2003 at 22:00:07:
In Reply to: Re: Mitchell 4430 posted by Joe J. on November 26, 2003 at 04:39:15:
I just found a Mitchell 4430 that I haven't used in about 20 years, I guess. It was mounted on a "Shakespeare - Sigma" rod, which I believe is the way I originally purchased it. I really don't remember. The thing is, it is still in remarkable condition! Being a speckled trout fisherman in southeast Louisiana, I have always only fished in salt water. The reel was a little crusty in some spots; the bail, the metal spool, and a few other spots. However, with a little steel wool, a dusting brush, and an hours worth of interesting fiddling, and voila. The reel came back to life. Man, what a smooth action. I suddenly felt a strong desire to head for the Louisiana marsh. Well the sudden onset of back to back weather fronts has put a temporary hold on that, but it won't be long before I'll be out chasing my limit.
Now, back to my taking apart the reel for cleaning. When I removed the spool and took the drag washers out of the center, the bottom piece which is a thick plastic ring with three divots carved into it and it sits beneath the series of washers, broke into four pieces. This appeared to be serious, but once I got it back into the spool, the fit was so tight that the pieces went back together almost without notice. It seems to be operating fine, like I said before. One thing troubles me, though. I cannot tell if the drag is working properly. The adjustment knob on the top of the spool only turns a small amount before it just starts to loosen off. I am completely confident that all parts went back the same as they came out.
Two questions, please.