alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial The Heddon 499
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« Reply #15 on: July 08, 2018, 06:22:30 AM »

Thanks Mo, so the lever disengages the level wind and moves the line guide forward, does it take the reel out of gear too? I don't see a freespool lever anywhere but it looks like the handle might pull out for free spool.
Very clever design, have you ever fished with it?
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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2018, 07:15:08 AM »

Thanks Mo, so the lever disengages the level wind and moves the line guide forward, does it take the reel out of gear too? I don't see a freespool lever anywhere but it looks like the handle might pull out for free spool.
Very clever design, have you ever fished with it?

   Yes, that lever puts it into freespool also. I haven't fished this design yet...it's one of many baitcasters in line to get wet...just ain't enough hours in the day it seems.
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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2018, 05:22:29 PM »

Pretty cool that Heddon/Victoty. But, I've godda 80's inshore saltwater Ambassadeur bait caster that may well "one up" that'un for serious free spool. It was a common series in the 80's: the Ultra Mags. About 7 or 8 diffrent models, the last 2, were the pretty rare V(mine) & VI. I'll post it in the Ambassadeur section.
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2018, 10:17:39 PM »

The first disengaging levelwind?  That's pretty cool.

That 499 is a nice looking reel.  Better then Penn #9.
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« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2018, 12:49:54 PM »

akfish, I did a quick search on line and came up with this reel - is it similar to what you remember?
There's one like that on the local CG/has been for months paired with a classic old Steelhead rod for only $60 but the quiver here is full for now.
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