Suffix on spinning reels - The letter "A" after the model number identified
the reel to be fitted with a silent anti-reverse. This was initiated
in 1978/1979. (Note: There are some models where this rule is not applicable.)
Additionally, the "A" suffix may represent the same model being reissued.
Suffix on conventional surfcasting reels of the 600-series - Indicates this
reel had side-plates with double chromed rings on both sides and a bronze
Africa - In 1999 Mitchell of France produced a limited production run of
a 498X Pro P.U.M. named the Pro Africa. The significance of this reel was
that its spool was designed specifically for braided line. There are many
places in the world where braided line is very popular and very much in demand.
This is one of four 498 Pro X models produced in the late 1990s. They are
outstanding specimens of heavy-duty saltwater reels.
Albatros - Importer and distributor of Mitchell articles
for the Netherlands. Some reels sold by this distributor were also wearing
this name either on a decal or by engraving. Some reels wore his logo -a
flying albatross- or were engraved with the same name.
- The definition of these initials is Auto Lightning Cast.
Only found on the last series of the 440 auto-bail models. Usually associated
with Match grade versions. No left-handed version known of.
Serial Numbers - In 1971 until 1989, alphabetically ordered A through T,
serial numbers for each respective model year had a letter prefix to indicate
the year and month manufactured. (Look also at the section "Dating
Models - We know of three anniversary models released to the general public
to commemorate special occasions. The 300 Pro Anniversary from 1989 commemorated
the 45th Anniversary of the Mitchell 300. The -silver coloured and foreign
made- Mitchell 300 Century from 1996 commemorated the 50th Anniversary of
the Mitchell 300. The -also silver coloured, but French made- Mitchell 498X
Pro P.U.M. Anniversary from 1998 celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 498
Suffix on conventional surfcasting reels of the 600-series - indicates this
reel had side-plates with double chromed rings on each side of it and a black
fibre spool. "P" stands for Plastic, name used for almost all synthetic
- Importer and distributor of Mitchell products for Belgium and the Grand
Duchy of Luxemburg. Some reels sold by this distributor displayed this name
either on a decal or by engraving. Some reels wore this logo -a stylised
fish- or were engraved with the same name.
- name given in Great Britain to the Mitchell 330 "Otomatic" model.
- On the 710 and 720 fly reels to indicate an automatic retrieve of the line.