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I ducked in to Kimbriki Tip Buy Back centre today on my continuing quest to find a Sportex 663. No luck yet but I did find a couple of interesting rods.

One is a vintage 3 piece Slazenger model 5 deluxe. 10 ft 6 it's a real noodle, I think it could be a Blackfish rod.

The other Mitchell Conolon Companion, Spiraflex Custom Line 62:126. Again 10ft 6 but I'm pretty sure it's a beach rod from the sand spike.

Ive put out a call to Royce, and waiting to hear back, but I would love to know anything Raiders know about them.IMG_2324.thumb.JPG.9e8ca763a9a9a8bd197728e30d7c9310.JPG

I got them for $5 each, I thought if I don't buy them someone else will, I might have a problem. Haha

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My first ever rod was a Slazenger that looked just like yours, however mine was 2 piece and 7 foot long. Matched it up with a bakelite 4 inch Alvey, one of those reels with the big metal ring hanging off the front. It would've been bought around 1967 - 68 I reckon. Man....that rod caught some fish and is still stashed away somewhere.

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12 hours ago, Green Hornet said:

My first ever rod was a Slazenger that looked just like yours, however mine was 2 piece and 7 foot long. Matched it up with a bakelite 4 inch Alvey, one of those reels with the big metal ring hanging off the front. It would've been bought around 1967 - 68 I reckon. Man....that rod caught some fish and is still stashed away somewhere.

Cheers mate. They really made great rods, I believe they were the first or one of the first to make hollow glass rods in Australia. I reckon this one has been stashed away for decades. The green and gold bindings are still in great condition, the butt cap is beautifully perished, adds charm.02003131-A4EC-413C-857F-ED45CF1CECD4.thumb.jpeg.b7c43c7c1279689b447defac14651c32.jpegAFD64270-6535-4C28-9613-17C27B50026E.thumb.jpeg.f4d59f116a06ea41c527cd142ba23acc.jpegRoyce said Model 5 is a Blackfish rod, a bit on the heavy side due to the thickness of the walls. Not easy to fish all day with. Another one for my nephew, he’s young and works out.

He said the Conolon came out of the Kilwell factory in New Zealand.

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