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Discussion in 'Fishing General Chat' started by kev209, Nov 6, 2017.

  1. kev209

    kev209 Moderator

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    Can anyone identify this reel for me. I picked it up on Ebay for $1 it looks like it's had a hard life. I love collecting this type of gear with cracks and a bit missing here and there and wonder how much was paid for it new, and how many fish were caught with it. I believe old gear like this should be preserved. To some it's junk to me it's history.
    EDITED: It could be a vintage Gyrex made in the UK

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  2. AWL

    AWL Well-Known Member

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    Good pickup for a $1 Kev:cool: Sorry, cant help with a name as i call all of those type of reels alvey's.
     
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  3. reelaxation

    reelaxation Well-Known Member

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    Def looks like a Gyrex Kev there are a few on google images with some very similar features- the W backing plate and the diamond embossing near the line guide/plate appears to be very much the same as the Gyrex
     
  4. kev209

    kev209 Moderator

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    That's what i've been going by, but I am unable to find one with the heavy metal W. I don't know if they used the metal W on the first models or were they just bakelite.
     
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  5. AWL

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    Just a thought, but that W plate does look to be hand made.Maybe it has been made to replace a broken bakelite piece. Fascinating reel kev:cool:
     
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  6. kev209

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    Your spot on. I just checked the reel over with a magnifying glass and the back of the reel is in 2 pieces. Who ever did the repair knew his stuff a hell of a lot of work went into it. Just cutting out the W or it could be an M as the manifacture was Millards Gyrex. It is definately a fascinating reel. I'd love to know the history of it especially who did the repair it's a top job. These days it would end up in the bin, and replaced by a new one from the nearest Tackle shop. I definately got a bargain for the $1 I paid, just to see the repair.

    Edited: Now I have cleaned it up a bit you can clearly see the break. I don't like cleaning them up to much, I like to keep them close to the condition they were in when I got them
     
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  7. Master Baiter

    Master Baiter Active Member

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    Hi Kev, I have had very similar reels they were Steelite made in Qld. Great for float fishing off of a bridge letting the line go with the current.
    Wally
     
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  8. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Nice find. Good story
     
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  9. creekboy

    creekboy Well-Known Member

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    X2. Cheers, creekboy.
     
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