Berkeley 558

Jerry Daschofsky

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#1
Have an old 558 with spare spool I'm thinking of selling. Made in the USA. In pretty good shape and seems to work fine (I've never used it). Little bit of rash and only defect I can see is a small chip out of foot of reel seat. Any idea on rough worth? Will put up pics later.
 

Salmo_g

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#3
That Berkley reel series sold initially for a retail price around $20 for the 554, 556, and 558. I have a couple 556s and a 558. I think they're pretty good for inexpensive reels in comparison to what is available today. I'd guess their worth at between $20 and $30.

Sg
 
#4
Try posting on the fiberglass flyrodders website. It has a section on "classic" reels. As I recall, the Berkley is regarded as a fairly good, straight forward reel. I think Salmo is a bit on the low side if your reel is in good condition.
 

Salmo_g

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#6
If my estimate is low, it's only because I picked up my 558 slightly used for $15 and extra spools new on closeout for $2 each.

Sg
 

rockthief

^ me and Bridger
#7
at best get thirty bucks for it I think. Not something to get rich selling it. Made in the USA is a plus. Did Berkley make reels way back when?
 

Salmo_g

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#8
Rockthief,

Either Berkley made them or had some mold and injection shop make them for their label. Plastic spool, held on by a rubber friction band around the steel axle, graphite frame. Very light, and while they don't look like they're made for durability, I never had any trouble with mine, altho they've seen little use in the last 20 years.

Sg