The original Pocket Fishermen encased in a brown casing had small zebco reels in them. After buying that original pocket fisherman, I bought some replacement zebco reels for like $2 each, so I've had spare parts for some years. I keep all my stuff in pretty good shape, and the Pocket Fishermen I have are durable products that have lasted many years.
I've fished one of my more recent black Pocket Fisherman in the surf and piers and bays of three oceans: The Atlantic, The Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, catching small fish in all three. And I've caught fish in numerous lakes and rivers over the years, once landing a large bass at Lake Palestine in the mid-70's on a yellow Abu spinner.
It's perfect for fishing near shores or docks, where fish often are located. It doesn't cast as far as a full sized rig, but I've got surprising distance when using a heavier lure. It can even cast lightweight rubber lures like the weedless Creme frogs that are so good for freshwater shoreline fishing.
During the days when I did alot of canoeing and kayaking and rafting on the Guadalupe and Medina rivers, it was a constant companion. The Pocket Fisherman and a few lures in a small pocket sized plastic box caught a lot of fish on those trips. I made a shoulder holster affair out of a Home Depot cordless drill holster that clipped onto my life jacket, so it could be quickly engaged in deep river pools between shallow rapids on these rivers.
I now have several nice travel rods for fishing a variety of waters, but the Pocket Fisherman is so small and easy to carry it often goes on a lot of trips where fishing might be a mere possibility. On occasion, I've rented tackle at piers and boats while on trips to Florida and California, but on several occasions took the Pocket Fisherman along in my small backpack as well, surprising those around me when I began fishing with it.
They were generally amused to see someone fishing with a Pocket Fisherman, but often times I caught some sort of fish with it and their bemused attitude changed.
The Pocket Fisherman. It really, really works.