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« Reply #255 on: September 08, 2019, 06:53:38 AM »

Yes, thanks for those links...very interesting reading !
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« Reply #256 on: September 08, 2019, 09:51:46 AM »

Great information &site, Silvers! Thanks for sharing!
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Love those open face spinning reels! (Especially ABU & ABU/Zebco Cardinals)

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« Reply #257 on: September 25, 2019, 02:17:37 PM »

Hello there fellow reel-enthusiasts  Smiley
I'm new here so this will be my first post.
I've recently been given this fine old spincast/spinning reel. I don't really know a lot about it, and neither does the internet apparently. It is a Nikko Sangyo "No. 550 JET", allegedly produced mid 1960's. It has a nice selector switch by the handle, determining the winding direction and the left and right side plates are interchangeable, thus making it a left/right handed spinning or spincast reel. I think it is a cool little reel allthough the drag design could be a lot better. It consists of a simple spring that squeezes both sides of the spool. Turning the knob on top (or bottom if you set it up to be a spinning reel) of the reel simply pulls the spring in between two posts, and so increases the tension.

Does anybody know anything about it? Huh?

Oh, by the way. I'm danish so my appologies if my written english is subpar  Cheesy


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« Reply #258 on: September 25, 2019, 02:22:03 PM »

Welcome !  Where at, in Denmark ?
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« Reply #259 on: September 25, 2019, 02:40:29 PM »

Welcome !  Where at, in Denmark ?

Thank you Crow  Cheesy
I live near Sorĝ, in the middle of Zealand.
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« Reply #260 on: September 25, 2019, 04:03:27 PM »

Do searches on "Nikko Sangyo" and "Angler". There is a lot of information out there about their reels and who had them manufacture reels for their companies. Nikko Sangyo is still in business but they only manufactured reels for a few years in the '60s.
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« Reply #261 on: September 25, 2019, 04:58:12 PM »

Welcome, JAL, to the AT site, from Minnesota, USA.  

Your first post is a winner.  Interesting reel.  Exterior look, switchable covers/handle, ability to use as spincast or spinning, drag knob on top, etc., remind me of the old Johnson Century/Citation reels, although your reel has a different drag.  Looks like the spool might be reversible too, also like the Johnsons.  There's a YouTube vid on the 550.

Got a bit of Danish blood in my heritage, and down the road a piece from my hometown is a town with much Danish heritage, Danebod Folk School and a summer "fest" called "Aebleskiver Days".

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« Reply #262 on: September 25, 2019, 05:03:28 PM »

Robert, that is one cool spinning reel.  Is the gear on the handle one piece hobbed into the handle or installed on the end?
Also, when oscillating does it install the line on straight or does it kinda create an "X" overlap?
Thanks for showing,
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« Reply #263 on: September 25, 2019, 10:39:49 PM »

I've recently been given this fine old spincast/spinning reel.
Do searches on "Nikko Sangyo" and "Angler". There is a lot of information out there about their reels and who had them manufacture reels for their companies. Nikko Sangyo is still in business but they only manufactured reels for a few years in the '60s.

Wow, that's it!  I received a reel just like that for my birthday in 1962.  It was my first new reel (not a hand-me-down).  It was on a yellow Wonderod bait-casting rod.

It was purchased from the local Western Auto Store and marked "Revelation" like their trade firearms.

I tried to look it up one time and found photos of some gray ones but never a red/black one like mine.  The drag knob is the weak link and is the first thing to break.
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« Reply #264 on: September 26, 2019, 08:48:46 AM »

Dom, yes-- it is a seperate piece. And yes, criss-cross pattern.
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« Reply #265 on: September 27, 2019, 02:27:01 AM »

Thank you guys for your kind replies to my first post. I guess my google-fu is weak as I have not previously been able to find any info on the angler reels. It might be because i got millions of hits searching for "angler reel" Undecided

It does share a lot of similarities with the johnson reels, and the spool is indeed reversible. Here is a picture of the other side of the spool.

I have just cleaned it and set it up to be a lh spincast reel to use on my ABU Tournament II rod from the same era. I think it is pretty cool to use a combo that is probably older than my parents (both born in '63).



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