Re: Mitchell Reel 4430

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Posted by Harry Harada ( on January 06, 2004 at 09:45:22:

In Reply to: Re: Mitchell Reel 4430 posted by Daryl B. on November 26, 2003 at 22:24:29:

The Mitchell 4430 and the 3310 were, I believe, Mitchell's second attempts to come up with a skirted spool, open-faced spinning reel to replace their tremendously popular 300/400 series. They first tried putting a skirted spool on modified 300/400 frames like in their 908, one of which I inherited from my father, which apparently didn't sell well. The 4430 and 3310 used significantly more plastic than previous Mitchells before plastics became as technically advanced as they now are. Although light, the 4430's and 3310's were much more bulky, in their anesthetical squareness, than their predecessors. Their durability and reliability fell significantly from that of the nearly indestructable (except for the bail spring) 300 and they also met the fate of poor sales. My daughter's 4430, which saw little hard use, broke at the hinge of its folding handle. Although repaired, it's now a backup to her 300X. My other daughter, who has a 3310, prefers to use her 308 which handles almost all the type fishing she does.

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