alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial What's the point?
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« on: April 13, 2020, 04:00:48 PM »

I obviously don't know anything about cradle reels. They look really cool. I take it that the cradle is basically a model specific frame that you build the reel around? What was the point of them? Strength?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2020, 08:54:56 PM »

For a low center of gravity,  I've always questioned the inherent strength because the ferrule between handle and tip is so short.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2020, 09:33:52 PM »

I think they started making the Neptune reel cradles in the 50's and are very collectible and very cool looking,,,,,, Cool I could have gotten 1 with a ocean city for $25 but didn't because at the time I did know,,,,,, Angry you can't buy everything $150 on vintage lures at that estate sale was enough,,,hehe,,,,,,, Grin
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2020, 04:18:02 PM »

Gotcha. Thanks guys.
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2020, 02:54:41 PM »

Additionally, the line as it came off the spool, was more in line with the stripper guide rather than going through at an angle even with the roller guides.  So the line was closer to parallel the rod as it went in and out of the guides. 

The original "low profile" reel design.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2020, 03:37:21 PM »

The cradle also served the same purpose as a Tiburon or Accurate aluminum frame does today.  It maintained the side plates and spool in perfect alignment, as compared with the stock Penn posts and stamped base which allowed the reel to torque under heavy load.  This was a major benefit when fishing the heavier line classes.
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2020, 07:58:21 PM »

That makes perfect sense Vintage tackle. Basically turns a Senator into a legitimate big game reel. The line coming off parallel to the guides would definitely be a plus. Wonder if they would sell today, or maybe some type of reel seat on the rod that lowers the reel.
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« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2020, 08:22:15 PM »

You mean like this

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Collectible-Old-Time-Bait-Casting-5-Fishing-Rod-Nice-Cork-handle/333573569092?hash=item4daa88ba44:g:nyoAAOSwwDdec6-1



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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2020, 11:37:57 AM »

Haha, yes, I guess so, oc1. I've got a dozen of those sitting in the garage gathering dust.
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2020, 08:40:14 PM »

I need a long two-handed rod but often think about extending one of those old baitcasting handles because the grip is usually canted downward.  That would really help the balance.  Matching the handle ferrule is the difficult part.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2020, 09:07:08 PM »

I remember your thread about bent handles and balance, one of the clearest reasonings I've read on here.

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