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Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:56 pm 
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I am thrilled to add these two Heddon Pal reels to my collection. One is a custom P41L Lightweight Special with tournament spool and custom ivory colored plastic side plates. The second is a Dowagiac P61. Many thanks to fine gentlemen John Savu and Rich Dickman for allowing me to add these to my collection. thanks, Bryce







Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:05 pm 
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Fantastic! Thanks for posting!


Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:35 pm 
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I saw the reels at the Nationals show and was impressed with their designs. I had not seen these versions before.


Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:27 pm 
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You are very welcome ! Enjoy them. John


Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:06 pm 
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The custom side plates are the best. A few reel makers tried to copy Heddon for aesthetics but Heddon did it best. Great reels.

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Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:16 am 
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Are they both prototypes? Never heard of a P-61.


Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:09 pm 
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I don't know the background of the P61. I plan to try to find out more about the custom P41L, but it appears to be primarily P41L hardware components and tournament spool with custom made plastic (ivory color) side plates. There are no markings on either plastic side plate. I welcome comments and additional information about either of these two reels. Thanks, Bryce


Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:28 pm 
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Might want to contact Joan at the Heddon Museum to see if she has any info on the P-61. I'm guessing a prototype, as it obviously never went into production.
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Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:42 pm 
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I inquired with the Heddon Museum and Joan responded that they have no cataloged record of a P61. Bryce


Posted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:54 pm 
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Certainly a rare prototype, I would think. What a find! The jury is still out on who made the cataloged P-51 for Heddon, so any info on this prototype should prove very difficult to find. Obviously produced by the same folks who supplied the P-51.
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Posted: Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:32 pm 
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Neat P41L. First picture I have seen actually. Would love to add an example to my tournament collection. If there is an article or info on the P41L, please share. It is mentioned in all the P41 inserts, but don't think I have seen any other references.


Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:07 pm 
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kyreels wrote:Neat P41L. First picture I have seen actually. Would love to add an example to my tournament collection. If there is an article or info on the P41L, please share. It is mentioned in all the P41 inserts, but don't think I have seen any other references.


Matt,
Check out this thread from 2009 viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8784&hilit=p41L or search for it under Heddon Pal Reel made by Bronson.

Here are photos of my P41L (lightweight) and P41NL (narrow lightweight) w/box:



thanks, Bryce


Posted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:15 pm 
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There's a ton of info on these reels on our Bronson website (under Bronson Trade reels), including early prototypes and all the different varieties.


Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:37 am 
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On the posted photo of the P41L. I have never seen this reel with the plastic arbor. All I have seen have a balsa arbor and gold anodized frame and levelwind hood. It is possible that this is a P41 with replaced gold anodized handle and outside ring. There were a bunch of these two parts show up at an NFLCC National about 20+ years ago that found their way onto P41's. An easy way to confirm that it actually is a P41L is to inspect the gears as they are different in the P41L. Could be that it is the last of the production and gold anodized trim parts had run out.


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+1 what Bill said.


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