Re: Newbie in Waimate


Hi Miliwolf

Yup, thats the very thing. Much cheaper and better quality than anything we could find in Timaru. An order has been placed.

many thanks for tip on beach spike.

I have the HIGHEST respect for Shimano and Daiwa. The original reels from these makers are works of art, and fully Japanese assembled. It is something of a shame that economics force them to seek the labour rates available in other countries. At least their quality control ensures that we get products that are of a very acceptable standard, and allows people like ME to surfcast without busting the budget ( something I didnt have 20 years ago )

The reason I mentioned my Mitchell was that its purchase was inspired by another Mitchell owner, who bought his Mitchell in 1952. I bought mine in 1982. ( both French made ) They are identicle ( except for spool…..his is metal and FAR better ! ).
As the salesman in Cromb & Merritt said, why change a perfect design ???. My friends Daiwa lasted a few years before the bail arm karked it. I tossed him my Mitchell and said ” find the plastic ” . And I believe he began to TWIG that light weight and miniaturisation are NOT the Big Deal that they are made to be. And neither is my graphite spool. It has roughed up on the casting edge,this roughs up the line, and will not give the distance or accuracy ( I am being very fussy here ) that the metal spool gives. I may have paid thru the nose for the Mitchell, but as far as I am concerned, I got a great deal.

Its like buying a Hardys spilt cane rod, and finding it was made in Thailand. I got shown the latest Mitchell, and it was all I could do to stay polite ! I am sure he will get several years good service, but meanwhile, I will be using my OLD ” bought in 1982 ” Mitchell. I’d use the thing for surfcasting if I thought I could get 200 meters of 20 lb on the spool. I am not taking the mick out of Daiwa. I have owned and used and enjoyed Daiwa ( rods and reels ). But I will be passing on my Mitchell ( along with my grandfathers split cane Hardy ) when I check out. :lol:

Sorry bout the rave. Prolly mostly horsefeathers. Cheers n beers,