alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial 285, 285M Delmar
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« on: April 06, 2016, 05:58:00 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2019, 09:33:11 AM »

What pound test line are these reels designed for?  I was thinking 20 or 30 lb test mono, plus some backing.  I need to spool one up after servicing one that I just bought. 
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2019, 09:49:38 AM »

What pound test line are these reels designed for?  I was thinking 20 or 30 lb test mono, plus some backing.  I need to spool one up after servicing one that I just bought. 
275 yds of mono. My Delmar has a plastic spool.  I have the first 50 yds or so of braid, then the remainder is 30 lb Berkley Big Game.  These are trolling reels, but surprisingly cast fairly well.


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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2019, 09:59:03 AM »

   The Delmar is one of Penn's most successful reels...if success is measured by how well a reel performed it's job. I have been out on headboats that used Delmars from the 40s, 50s, and 60s every day! They just won't quit!.  Cool
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2019, 10:01:05 AM »

They are general fishing reels adaptable to various types of lite fishing. Is the spool plastic(Bakelight) , plated brass, or newest one black Aluminium? If plastic I use would use 20 lb braided Dacron.  Straight mono might crush the Bakelite spool. Penn published this warning in their catalogs. In the 70's I also used braided nylon squiding line with a mono top shot. With mono start at about 15 lb on the light side to 30 on the heavy side. It depends on what area and type of fish you are fishing for.
On my Penn conventionals I use 20 lb  braided Dacron with a mono leader. I fish the back bays behind Stone Harbor and Wildwood NJ. All my spools have been changed to the Aluminium.
Same size reel as the 85 Seaboy, 60 LB, and 2/0 Senator.
The "M" in the model number indicates a metal spool and an "L" indicates an Aluminium spool.
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2019, 10:15:44 AM »

Thanks for the replies.  I just saw a box from the mid to late '70's.  30 pound test dacron.
line was indicated.  I'll hunt up some dacron. 

I just got this reel yesterday.  It's brand new on the inside.  It was never used, inside was bright and shiny.  Asbestos and brass drag washers.
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2019, 11:58:38 AM »


 The old drag washers will work, but you will benefit greatly by upgrading to modern drag washers and friction washer
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2019, 08:04:36 PM »

Absolutely.  HT 100's or Carbontex.  I was just surprised that this reel was a time capsule on the inside.  It was never opened up or fished, ever.  I was excited finding a steel main gear. 
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