Mitchell Match 441A Reel

Tinca Mad

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Happy Christmas Folks

I'm looking for a bit of help with the above recent eBay nostalgic purchase!
I previously owned a 440A many moons ago but it came a cropper when I fell off my bike coming back from fishing one day.
The tarmac won and the main shaft of the reel was knackered and I never got it fixed.
The same reel disappeared over the years and this is why I've bought the above for a princely price of £28!
It's been in storage for over 10 years and was belonged to the sellers now sadly deceased Father In-Law.
He has some older rods for sale too that might be of interest to people.
The reel seemingly is one of 6,000 odd that were issued.
I'd like to know the gear ratio, line retrieve etc. of this model and it'd be nice to hear of anybody's fishing tales of using these great iconic reels.

Tightlines
John

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-...0001&campid=5338007792&icep_item=114010693222
 

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The 441A didn't run for long, from 1976 to 1984 and to say they only released 6200 reels of that model, that's not many reels per year sold on average so is a bit of a rarity. The drag was slightly better on the 441A. Is it sky blue in colour?
 

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The 441A didn't run for long, from 1976 to 1984 and to say they only released 6200 reels of that model, that's not many reels per year sold on average so is a bit of a rarity. The drag was slightly better on the 441A. Is it sky blue in colour?
Cheers Peter. It's the black model.
I'm going to get QM Services in Plymouth to service it. They were recommended by Felindre.
 

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The main difference between the 440A and 441A is that the 441A is right hand wind.
Your absolutely right Mark. That's a problem as I'm right handed!
Oops! I never spotted that from the photos.
 

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As Mark says it is exactly the same spec as a 440A apart from being left handed, all Mitchell reels from that era were made in both right and left handed versions with even numbers being right handed and odd numbers being left handed...440/441, 408/409, 324/325 etc
 

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Personally, I would not give a 440/441 house room and would certainly never fish with one. I managed to shift my Mitchells on many years ago and used Ryobi auto bail arm/ finger dab reels until they both stopped bail arm closing (an oft mentioned fault). I now use Daiwa 1657DM reels, they don't cast as well, but are much more reliable.
 
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