In the 1930s Lois Carpano and Charles Pons worked with two fishing tackle manufacturers to refine their round reel designs. They created the first prototype open-faced spinning reel in the latter part of the 1930s and a patent was granted in 1950 for this new reel design.
In 1974, Mitchell partnered with The Garcia Corporation, which was a dominant force in the fishing tackle market. But by 1980, these two brands would become independent and go their separate ways. Today, Mitchell is one of the proud brands of Pure Fishing.