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The Corpus Christi classics.  A 542 with a squidder and a 552 with a 4/0 Senator.

 

Really nice collection.  The best I've ever heard of.

-steve

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Thank you, Oc1

Back in the day seen a lot of 542’s with squidders an jigmasters. 552’s would see with 4/0, 6/0, an 6/0 wides on them. My 542’s back then had Newell 454’s on them an my 552’s had penn 6/0 with black marlin kits. Now I have updated reels on them with faster gear ratio’s.  

 

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Man, that's really nice. You do good work.

 

Here's a bit of Harnell trivia.  I was unwrapping a little Harnell 640 spinning rod.  I'd cut the end of the thread, pull and let the rod spin in my hand as it unwound.  You know how you do.  On some of the ornamental wraps a red band adjacent to a yellow/gold band would the same piece of thread.  The red thread didn't end and a new yellow thread didn't begin.  It was all the same piece of thread.  Here's a picture of a section of it

 

harnellthread.jpg

 

I don't know if it was dyed that way ahead of time (on the spool), or dyed or painted after it was on the rod.  It was definitely a factory job though.

 

-steve

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This was my mentor in the late 50s his name was Moishe owner of Moishe's tackel shop in Coney lsland NY where l also live at that time as a teenager ,  look at what rod blank he is using, he made me my first surf rod on a Harnell 9ft blank before l new how to make rods,

Moeshe's tackel shop.jpg

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nice pic LB.

just put a new 445 together from the flounder stash of blanks. Remember flounder? That blank was next to the 440.... Still fish the old rods. 

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Whaaa.  Epoxy.  They were still using varnish when Harnell went out of business.

 

Sorry, it's the a-hole coming out of me again.

 

harnellthread2.jpg

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OC1, Some of my personal ones that I have still have original wraps with factory varnish. This one here is actually my first attempt to wrap one back to look original. This is for a friend an he wanted epoxy. He uses his stuff pretty heavy, so epoxy would definitely protect threads better. I got 7 out of my whole collection I use. Those would be 540, 550, 701, 702, 721, 552, an 553. An always have someone ask if I’d sell them, when I hit the local piers or jetty. 

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