alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Live Bait Caster 259, 259L
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« Reply #105 on: January 05, 2018, 03:43:05 PM »

Is it me or does Ted seem to be operating at a whole different level?

 I'll answer that......it's very simple, I click on new listing on ebay and there it was, just got listed for $45 and free shipping. Just no way I could stop myself from hitting the buy it now icon.

 That's my secret....Hope that helps  Wink  Wink

   Now hold on a minute...it ain't that easy...I spend every spare minute of my day checking new listings and I still never see most of these gems. There is MOJO involved. Cheesy  Impressive Ted, that is a sweet lefty 259, and the box, and the catalog, you da man brother! Cool
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« Reply #106 on: January 05, 2018, 04:06:51 PM »

   I just realized I never posted pics of the lefty 259 I had...it was a gift for my brother...and he wanted to try a restoration himself. Looks like he got 'er cleaned up pretty good. Cool
 


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« Reply #107 on: January 05, 2018, 04:59:37 PM »


 Hey Mo, the boat on the tail plate looks to be having difficulties. They got too close to shore and now all 5 rods are snagged on the lighthouse.  Grin  Grin
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« Reply #108 on: February 11, 2018, 11:36:57 AM »

Here's my foray into this cool little reel.  Full Newell 501 kit, Cortez sleeve, stainless dog and modified Okuma crank. I'm not sold 100% on the crank yet, visually it's overkill but wanted to make it comfortable for the 100-160 foot trips up from the bottom.


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« Reply #109 on: February 13, 2018, 05:46:15 AM »

Here's my foray into this cool little reel.  Full Newell 501 kit, BP sleeve, stainless dog and modified Okuma crank. I'm not sold 100% on the crank yet, visually it's overkill but wanted to make it comfortable for the 100-160 foot trips up from the bottom.

I've been wanting to build one, and like what you did, JRD.  How would you use it?  Is the Okuma crank a direct fit?

I'd like to see some way to measure torque on reel handles.  A long handle seems to make sense with a higher gear ratio, in order to have the mechanical advantage when fighting.  On a lower gear ratio, my thinking is that a shorter handle is handy for spinning fast from the wrist for bait check.  That's why they make two-speed reels, but I'm not ready to go there yet.  

Trying to decide if I should build mine with a 99-size or 501 spool.  With braid, a 99 may hold a lot more line than necessary.  I'm thinking of this as a blackfish (tautog) wreck reel -- strong enough to turn a fish heading for cover, so stainless gear sleeve, beefed-up drag, and double-dogged.  

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« Reply #110 on: February 13, 2018, 06:14:44 AM »


I've been wanting to build one, and like what you did, JRD.  How would you use it?  Is the Okuma crank a direct fit?


Joe this one has a Cortez sleeve, stainless single dog and a Bryan 5 stack.  I wanted a ling cod reel, torque and grunt at the start to keep them out of the rocks then enough speed to get them up.  I tried it first with a Motive Sals handle and BP 45mm EVA knob but felt it was too slow.  I have a Cortez CZ10 and liked the feel of the handle so got a new Okuma handle off of ebay, $14.98 shipped.  The length feels like it will let me speed it up a bit.

It's not a direct fit.  I used a frame screw to bolt an old Penn handle to it for lock screw placement and filed to fit.  The blade is a little thick but I feel there is enough shaft nut in the sleeve to be secure.  I made it a tight fit to where it took a little compression from shaft nut to get it to seat.   None the less I've ordered a CZ handle $17.98 which has a thinner, slightly shorter blade.  I will update the picts when it gets here
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« Reply #111 on: February 16, 2018, 08:24:25 AM »

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Here's my foray into this cool little reel.  Full Newell 501 kit, Cortez sleeve, stainless dog and modified Okuma crank. I'm not sold 100% on the crank yet, visually it's overkill but wanted to make it comfortable for the 100-160 foot trips up from the bottom

Perfect modification for the job you want it to do. I think it would also be a perfect mod for Blackfishing (tautog). Getting the fish off the bottom is key and the drag / dog upgrades will be the perfect option to make that happen. I have a special liking for this model. Mine is narrowed to a 501 width with no internal mods yet; but, I will do them in the future. Probably change the spool to a chrome one when I do the internals. Great reels that disappeared from the market too early. IMHO


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« Reply #112 on: February 16, 2018, 09:06:11 AM »

Perfect modification for the job you want it to do. I think it would also be a perfect mod for Blackfishing (tautog). Getting the fish off the bottom is key and the drag / dog upgrades will be the perfect option to make that happen. I have a special liking for this model. Mine is narrowed to a 501 width with no internal mods yet; but, I will do them in the future. Probably change the spool to a chrome one when I do the internals. Great reels that disappeared from the market too early. IMHO

Tony, thanks.  Everything I know about fishing reels comes from this site Smiley  What would the chrome spool do for you better than the aluminum?  /Joe
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« Reply #113 on: February 16, 2018, 09:54:03 AM »

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Everything I know about fishing reels comes from this site Smiley  What would the chrome spool do for you better than the aluminum?  /Joe

It would save the "hard to find" red aluminum spool from the wear and tear of fishing. If I found a black aluminum spool, I would use that too. The red one is a good use choice but it is a collectible, so I would want to save it.
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