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post #1 of 149
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Anyone know of a website or source of info on the various models numbers/identification of these rods. I see them for sale and model numbers are posted, but am never sure of the use, line and weight specs. Thanks.
post #2 of 149
I don't know of a website. I "think" that they were made in New Haven. I have a one piece 10 ft. Harnell that I love and fish with, my father had 3 of them and each went to one son. The only thing it says is "Model # 106, 10' Medium." Love the action on the rod. Tape the reel right to the cork...

Ice
post #3 of 149
Sorry for the double post. Fish the rod with eels and plugs, 20 lb fire, Penn Liveliner reel, hope this helps withe the specs...

Ice
post #4 of 149
I have a Harnell 9' spinning with an aluminum reel seat that I got around 1955. All the markings have been worn off. I have never been able to find any info on it. Good Luck.
post #5 of 149
I think the reel seat if it's an original would have to have been Chrome plated brass or nickel silver.
Was aluminum out yet in 55'?
post #6 of 149
My brother and I have a bunch of these rods. They were made by a couple in Texas. The husband died and the wife sold us a bunch of blanks. ALL of these rods are nice. I have a couple of 9' and 10' . They are very strong The only drawback is that they are heavy because they are fiberglass.Any one of the 10' rods can throw heavy plugs and chunks. All of our rods are 1 piece. The 106 medium is a great all round rod. Again the only drawback is that it is heavy
post #7 of 149
Harnell rods started production in Santa Monica, CA in 1945. They moved to Venice, CA and that's where they stayed till they went out of business.
In recent years, they made a small comeback and were located now in Braymer, Missouri.
Within the last couple years, I'm pretty sure they again went out of business again.
post #8 of 149
Actually, the rights to the Harnell name were bought by South Bend long ago. They continued production but most feel their quality was way inferior to the originals. The "Har" part of Harnell, John Harrington, moved to Missouri and either took his mandrels, or made new ones based on what he took with him in his head . He continued to make blanks and marketed them under the "Harrington" label---a white fish with "Harrington" instead of Harnell written inside the fish outline. When John Harrington died, his widow, Jean, continued the company, and just a few years ago, they regained the rights to the Harnell name and began selling the blanks under the old label again. Just before the blanks disappeared again (I think Jean died and the company died with her) I found a brand new 540 blank carrying the old Harnell fish label at a shop in Brooklyn

Up until a few years ago, they had a website (harringtonrods.com) and a catalog. You could order blanks direct if you couldn't find a dealer in your area. They still made most of the classics. I have a 542 "Harrington" in addition to the 540 unfinished blank, and my dad's old 552 is still collecting dust in my mom's rafters. BTW, you don't know what a heavy, pool cue meatstick is until you pick up a 552 and try to cast one
post #9 of 149
I bought a bunch of them from Jeanne. You could order them with either the Harnell or Harrington label. Same rod.
post #10 of 149
I have a 9' model #721. Nice stick, heavy and wouldnt want to cast it hard all night. Excellent for a breachway or jetty
post #11 of 149
I have used the 106 very nice rod.I have a few others also a 552 i use livelinen bunker when i feel real strong.better cod jiggin stick.I love the parobolic action of glass.much better suited for todays braided lines.Brian is rappin one for me now.An I just scored another 542.yea!!!
post #12 of 149
Jean Harrington is alive and well in Missouri. Jean's nephew had been running the business until early 2004 when he was invloved in a motorcycle accident. All of the equipment that was used to build the rods is sitting in a barn out there and I have heard that it's for sale.
post #13 of 149
#721 9' 1pc., Butt dia .975, tip sz. 12, 14 1/2oz.

#552 10' 1pc. butt dia .875, tip sz. 18, 19oz.

#542 10' 1pc. butt dia .875, tip sz. 10, 15 1/2oz.

#540 8' 6" 1pc. butt dia .875, tip sz. 12, 11 1/2oz.
post #14 of 149
ORGINALLY HAD 4 10FT 1 PIECE HARNELLS.HAD 1 MADE INTO A 7' FOR BOAT FISHING.ALL HAD CORK TAPE AND YOU TAPED REEL TO HANDLE.WHEN THE 10' WAS CUT DOWN TO 7. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE CORK WRAP WAS OVER ALUMINUM TO THE FIBERGLASS.
post #15 of 149
i broke my 540 on a 350lb goliothgrouper i reeeeeeeeeeeeely need another rod, i fish tournaments and i cant find another person with a 540 blank. i wanted to know if i could possibly buy a 540 from one of you for $200.00 u would be my savior!
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