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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:40 pm • #  
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I haven't found any videos that shows/discusses how to wind the line evenly to the spool. My reel line winds onto the spool in a conical shape-wide at the top and narrow at the bottom. The axle seems to move up and down properly. I assume the bail must be out of adjustment-but no adjustment screws. I could use some suggestion.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:24 am • #  
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robrob, :sSig_welcome4:
Welcome to the Mitchell Reel Museum (MRM)

There can be a number of reasons why this is happening. Since I don't know which reel you have here are some suggestions that work on Mitchell 300 models and several others.
Some EZ things to check first: :sHa_yes:
-Take the spool off and check for damage to the bottom where the axle rod pushes into the spool. Check for sand, dirt fishing line and crud.
-Once you have the spool off, check the Axle shaft for any of the above and note the tiny little pointed gear that goes around the Axle for damage, dirt, etc. The little gear has to mate with the gear cut out in the bottom of the spool, in order for the spool to attach correctly.
-Pop the spool back on and make sure the spool is inserted correctly onto the reel and seated properly.
-Check the spool wing nut, brake spring for damage or missing parts.
About 50% of the time this fixes the problem for me. If no luck then you will have to trouble shoot deeper into the problem.

1) Give us some more info. like: Which model reel is it, what kind of line are you using? Which spool are you using small or large capacity.
2) How about posting a few photos of the reel with the spool on it?
3) Have you or someone recently taken the reel apart?
4) Is it your reel or someone elses?

Check to see if you have the correct spool for the reel. (Sellers on eBay do not always list the correct spool to reel numbers.) I recently bought a reel on eBay and it had a totally incorrect spool on it and it was jammed on so tight I had to take the reel apart to get that wrong spool off.
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If you know which model reel it is, look at the link below to see if your reel looks like what is shown.
http://www.mitchellreelmuseum.com/index ... hotos.html

If you can get the model and version of your reel then see if there is a schematic of it listed. See link below:
http://www.mitchellreelmuseum.com/index ... hotos.html

Go to the schematic of your reel and note the exploded diagram. See if your reel is put together correctly and has all of the parts shown in the diagram.

If your reel is put together correctly with all of the correct parts in place and still no luck there are other more complicated steps that one of our experts can suggest.

Start with the easy steps and work your way along, you will get it worked out, after all its a Mitchell! :sHa_rollingsmilie:

Kind Regards,
Bill :tup


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To Great Laker: The model # 5493055 (dated 1963 or 1969) reel does have a line guide (#81052) and line guide screw (#81053) missing. This could be my problem. But where can I locate the parts? I assume they are obsolete.
Thanks for your help as I am a rookie with the Mitchell reel.
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robrob wrote:
To Great Laker: The model # 5493055 (dated 1963 or 1969) reel does have a line guide (#81052) and line guide screw (#81053) missing. This could be my problem. But where can I locate the parts? I assume they are obsolete.
Thanks for your help as I am a rookie with the Mitchell reel.
ROB

ROB,
Well, glad to hear you found out what your problem was or at least part of it anyway. :sHa_okay:
I think the number you give as the model number is actually the serial number. The model number is usually engraved on the front of the reel and it can be a number and the name Mitchell, or Garcia Mitchell (number), or various other names and logos with Mitchell, depending on where it was sold.(eg. France, U.K., Holland, Germany) Garcia was the distributor of U.S.A. Mitchell Reels and I am not sure but I think North America. The engraved names appear to be white. Here is a list of all the different models that were made:

http://www.mitchellreelmuseum.com/index ... -1989.html

The part number 81052 was used on the following Models: 300, 300C, 301, 301C, 300DL, 304, 304S, 305, 308, 309, 314, 350, 351, 358, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 500.
The part number 81053 was used on these Models: 300, 300C, 301, 301C, 304, 304S, 305, 308, 309, 314, 315, 351, 358, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 500.

As far as locating parts, the most common source of Mitchell parts is, I believe, eBay. :sCh_fisherman:
There are also reel repair shops that carry certain Mitchell reel parts that you could try. Normally, you can find listings of Reel Repair Shops on the internet.

Kind Regards,
Bill :tup


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Bill, Thank you for your reply.
ROB


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