alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Don't Throw Out Those Old Shakespeare Sigmas!
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2017, 03:30:01 AM »

My parts reel came and I took the shaft out.
I put a magnet on both and the shaft is not aluminum.
I just thought it was, because it was so easy to bend.
Upon further inspection, I think this reel was gone over and the shaft was heated, I noticed a discoloration and the bearing had the shield removed. The new shaft was true and I made the reel whole and plan to put it in my surf fishing arsenal.
I have a lot of reels I would like to work more, but my hands are so cracked and sore from the cold weather.
I was just happy to finally get this one done.


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« Reply #16 on: December 31, 2017, 04:12:40 AM »

Congrats on getting it going! If it was heated it must have lost its temper and rigidity. Wonder why anyone would do that?!?
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2017, 07:33:04 AM »

That makes a lot more sense, now. 
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2017, 10:27:46 AM »

I used to fish behind a dam where break offs were very common every few casts....go broke using Stren. We all used the Sigma line which handles exactly like clear blue fluorescent Stren: easy to cast minimal memory at half the cost. I don't think they make it anymore.
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2017, 01:21:51 PM »

I have a spool for an sigma 40 and no recollection of where it came from or if I ever had the rest of the reel.  I do have an alpha 40 and an alpha 50.   The 50 has never been fished.  Not to change the subject, but were the alphas any good?
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2018, 06:36:15 AM »

I can't help you on the Alpha's. I don't know anything about them.
I recently bought the Sigma 080.
What a Tank!
There are issues with the bail. Someone removed the bail stop.
I think my 040 parts reel is going to come in Handy, because it looks the same.


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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2018, 02:06:43 PM »

I have a spool for an sigma 40 and no recollection of where it came from or if I ever had the rest of the reel.  I do have an alpha 40 and an alpha 50.   The 50 has never been fished.  Not to change the subject, but were the alphas any good?
The Alphas weren't too bad but (at least on my Alpha 2100b 035) they didn't use bushings for the main gear drive in the body or side plate...it is just aluminum.
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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2018, 02:52:56 PM »

The 040 Bail stop worked! Grin
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« Reply #23 on: January 05, 2018, 03:10:07 PM »

Good work, Daron --

And now we all learned something!

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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2018, 07:15:01 PM »

Looking through a bunch of totes and bins this morning for parts for members.

Sound this old Shakes Sigma 035 Pro with a metal body, rear drag, folding bail, and SS bearings.

9 oz. on the nose.

Appears to have never been used or mounted on a rod.

Broke open the side, removed the original grease, relubed with TSI321.

Beautiful little skirted spool with a push button spool release.

It was in a return bag from an old closed tackle shop.  Missing a lock washer for the bail.  Fixed that -- now it is ready.

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« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2018, 09:05:41 PM »

Found this ad in a 1990 Field and Stream when the Sigmas were on a spring sale marked down to $21.88 at KMart.  I remember using Sigma monofilament years ago but haven't seen it lately.  One other note, both the Mitchell 300 and 308 were $24.00 in the same ad.  Made in Taiwan models l suspect but they were still decent reels.

Fred, you have more (and better quality ) reels than our local Dick's Sporting Goods, Walmart, and Academy Sports combined.


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« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2018, 08:57:51 AM »

That gold spool Sigma is a different breed from the original.
I did my best to tear the 080 down, but I couldn't completely remove the main gear from the frame.
I struggled with it for a while, but I came out on top.
This reel is about the size of a 9500ss or a Dam Quick 270.
I plan on spooling it and fishing it in the surf.


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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2018, 04:02:47 PM »

Good job, Daron --

Big reel!

Bezt,

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« Reply #28 on: April 29, 2019, 02:52:09 PM »

I am in search for a bearring for the 2200-040 series. Does anyone know where to find? Or maybe the dimensions so I can look around? Living in the Netherlands...

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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2021, 02:43:52 AM »

The Sigma’s (2200 -front drag; Supra, Pro -rear drag) were very good Omori reels; Perhaps the most refined Omori’s: hypoid gear train, steel shaft (stainless in SW sizes), pre-pinion AR, slim metal bodies, metal spools. We sold quite a few of them in the shop I worked at in the 80’s. The Alpha’s were a lower quality series.

Sigma monofilament was an interesting line. It was Teflon impregnated offering friction resistance that was demonstrable. Run a length through a ceramic guide on a rod and rub the line vigorously back and forth. Other monos would heat up and break quickly. But the Sigma line would not! Quite impressive, although I saw little practical benefit as few line breaks tended to happen via the guides. And lines would not heat up under water. Sigma disappeared not long after its reputation was sullied by a run of defective batches.
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