There's just something nostalgic about using vintage gear. No matter what it is or for, it's like combining two different time periods into one. You are a using a piece of history in today's world and there's just something very rewarding in that. When a piece of vintage gear has some family history to it, well it's just that much more special to use. You have a piece of that relative with you and in a small way they are on the journey experiencing it with you.
I often wonder the stories old gear items could tell us if they could. More often than not, most outdoor enthusiasts carry a piece of vintage gear and most of the time it's a family heirloom of some kind. Whether your hunting, fishing, hiking, there's always a place for a vintage piece of gear to have with you.
Here's one vintage piece of fishing gear that belonged to my wife's grandfather. An Ambassadeur 5000 reel. There wasn't really a fisherman in the family until I came a long. So it ended up with me, and after a good cleaning and oiling its fish catching days are far from over.
I often wonder the fish stories this reel could tell. My wife's grandfather passed away not long after we started dating so I didn't get the chance to hear them first hand. I still like knowing this was his though, and plan on giving it some more stories to tell and passing it on someday to continue the journey.
I can't wait to land a walleye with it...