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A pre-mid-1960s Century Reel model 120-A box, flyer and a Century Reel model 100-A, all in good condition. Photo by - Mark Greenig/Record

Johnson reels were made to fish

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One of the first reels I owned was a Johnson Century closed face reel. I grew up only twelve miles from the Johnson reel factory in Mankato. I had a close uncle who worked there. He was a perfect example of it's not what you know, but who you know. He often gave me reconditioned Century reels to fish with. This spinning reel has universal appeal for its' simplicity of use and inexpensive cost. It is one of the most basic reels in the market for beginning fishermen and women.

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