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Old 09-03-2019, 04:52 PM   #1
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on rod and reel

Just inherited a couple of automatic fly reels and a couple of bamboo rods.
I know better than try to use the rods, so will be looking for a cheap rod till I get started. I'm more interested on the reels,, how do you tell what wt they are. No numbers on the reels, have no idea what size line I should get. to start, I will be fishing bluegill and bass.
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Old 09-03-2019, 05:21 PM   #2
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A photo of the reels might help. The Fiberglass Flyrodders forum has a lot of knowledge on those type of reels and could probably give you some ideas on the rods, if no one here knows.
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Old 09-03-2019, 07:49 PM   #3
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I had an automatic reel back in the day(1968), still have it. It was my first reel. They don't work very well for fishing. The spring won't let you strip out enough line to cast well. My suggestion is to retire them with the rods. You can get a very adequate reel for <$40. Or you can go with a combo deal that has the rod and reel. I also suggest you don't skimp on the line. It's the most important part of casting. A good weight forward floating line in the same weight as your rod, they cost between $50and $100. It is a lot of money but if you take care of it, it will last for years.
Good luck and post up often.
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:23 PM   #4
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I have a couple of those reels. I used them for years but they are retired now. They work fine for bluegill and panfish but no so much for bass as they have no drag. I never had a problem stripping line from them. When you put line on them just don't tighten the spring much more than it takes to retrieve all the line. They will operate fine with any weight line. Of course a newer reel is the best option.

As for the rods, post some pics on a couple forums to get them identified. Some of those bamboo rods are worth a fair amount of money. If they are in good condition there is no reason you can't use them.

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