Mountain fisher

PUM pro and con

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I'm a relative new comer to heavy spinning tackle, 50+ years of largely fly oriented fishing. Can someone please explain the advantages of the PUM setups on Mitchell reels vs the bail system? What are it's shortcomings? 

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I'm assuming you mean the old reels like 302s and 306s.  The original bail had a "roller" that didn't move and renders braid unusable due to line twist.  The PUM kits have a nice big roller with a bearing that fixes that problem.

 

 

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I installed one as well.  It's great.  The mods I made to my mitchell were as follows.  Manual pickup/bailess, changed drag washers to carbon, replaced crosswind gear, changed handle to a speed handle/knob.  The last upgrade will be to replace the main bearing with a ceramic bearing.  The reel is good for chunking but not great for plugs or bucktails.

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The 406 I bought a while back has the PUM mod & crosswind gear as well as the larger ball style handle. It's pretty smooth so I don't see it getting any further up grading. The 308s and 408s that I use a lot are just so different that it's taking me some getting used to the bigger hardware.

   So if I understand correctly, the PUM is to facilitate the use of braid?  

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1 hour ago, Mountain fisher said:

The 406 I bought a while back has the PUM mod & crosswind gear as well as the larger ball style handle. It's pretty smooth so I don't see it getting any further up grading. The 308s and 408s that I use a lot are just so different that it's taking me some getting used to the bigger hardware.

   So if I understand correctly, the PUM is to facilitate the use of braid?  

Yes, more or less.  The bail on those reels is kind of clunky and doesn't quite get out of the way enough for braid, plus the line roller issue.  We probably all should be fishing bailess anyways.

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I hate bailless, but I put a PUM kit on my 303s because I liked the reels. I fished them for a few years and went back to bailed reels. I'll never buy a bailless reel again.

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