Over the years at Newell Reel Manufacturing in Glendale California, Carl Newell has come out with a number of different colored reels, which at times he did sell to the general public. Most notable was his RED plated 'BLACKIE' reels which are now a very rare collectors item.
But Carl who love to tinker with his reels also came out with some other colored reels besides his famous Red colored Blackies, but also a latter Red colored P reel with what seems to be a chrome plated handle and star. Along the way their have been Yellow, Light Blue, Dark Purple and a lighter Purple reel with injection molded colored side plates and handle knobs.
I just heard that Newell and their new owners, are possibly coming out with a BLUE colored Newell, and for those who collect our favorite fishing reels, this will be another one to put on the side.
But for now, here is a PR229 5 that I recently picked up:
In the future, I will give out one of the little tricks we do with Newell Reels in going back between using a graphite spool and an aluminum spool. For years it was felt that you always needed an Aluminum spool on a Newell Reel to get better casting distances.
This does have some truth to it, but I will add that their are aluminum spool Blackie and P series Newell reels around since the late seventies and eighties that are still be fished, and these spools are showing noticeable wear on their anodizing, while also many of them now warping around the flange on the spool due to heavy use, which definitely inhibits casting distance. Changing these old spools out to the newer Graphite spool, does not diminish casting distance as much as one might think!
So in an upcoming little article, I will show a few tricks to go back and forth between using an aluminum and graphite spool on your Newell Reels.
How about that! I knew Charkbait would have something like this available! Pink fishing reels? Great marketing idea....i guess now you are going to have those west coast Newell Reel collectors buying these up. Again, a great way to sell fishing reels. Maybe its time to sell my black plated ones.