In the case of fishing, tackle does not come cheap to the average fisherman. After all, lures and reels are not always made to catch fish, but sometimes fishermen. So is it a good idea to go down to your local yard sale and pick up a 60 year old reel and fish it? For many Penn Reels, the answer is yes, the reels were made to last and parts are still available for most models. But for the average discontinued fishing reel, is it wise send it out on a rod, knowing full and well that parts might as well be non-existent? I collect older reels and many end up on a shelf, ready, but never fished. Such a reel would be my dam 330, a west German tank made in the midst of the Cold War. It has bronze gearing, and a single bearing the size of a donut hole. I’m never going to use it, but in its place is an og Daiwa bg30. That has cast gears, but is damn near indestructible, after a presumed life in a bag, crusted with dirt outdoors. I also use an old squidder and abu in my line up. I guess my rule for using old reels is whether or not the company still exists. Where do you guys dra the line on older reels?