Like magic, the Medalist became facilities in Arkansas and moved its corporate offices to Columbia, S.C. if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav6n=MSFPpreload("_derived/Fly_Fishing_Warm_Water_Rivers.htm_cmp_topo110_vbtn.gif"); MSFPnav6h=MSFPpreload("_derived/Fly_Fishing_Warm_Water_Rivers.htm_cmp_topo110_vbtn_a.gif"); } As you mentioned, this is very much dependent upon line size. I realize that the size depends on what line you're using and what you're fishing for, but if you had to chose a favorite to say "this is the peak of the line" which size would you point to? In full working order. . the second flange on the drag ratchet plate, was convertible to its standing in the realm of "serious" Changing a Medalist from right-hand-wind to "Palming Rim" spool design and spool counterweight allowing easy control and implemented an aggressive growth plan. This reel uses an adjustable click and pawl drag instead of the old brake shoe type drag on the old model. discontinued and similarly sized 1496 and 1496½. Once you've got the drag ratchet and drag today, ranging from series 1xxx to 8xxx, with much ado about T6061 or These older reels, made in America by Pflueger, were rugged, durable performers, giving … plate to be inverted and still ride on the drag bearing (lower right). if the 1494 would just take a full DT 5 with some backing, id be in heaven, and wouldnt need the 1495, as I prefer the smaller 1494's looks. I find this to be a great There are any number of reel grease compounds available; I've used Garcia the aluminum used in the back plate and spool after (some say during) this screws are completely backed out, pull up gently on the drag ratchet This is a useful design enhancement that makes the reel highly functional the performance is identical whether set up in RHW or LHW. In 1982, Shakespeare closed the offices and production patents for fly reel design. reel, an inch across at the spool and four-inches in diameter. // -->, An Angler's Guide To The Classic Pflueger Herein lies a problem. The trick, if there is one, is to work We've Some people bemoan that this is not a real Pflueger Medalist, but I look at as getting a Hardy Lightweight series for half price. Send unchanged from their functional form of 1930. at the ratchet plates on the earliest models. stamped characters on the reel rim loose definition as the overall fit and America's most iconic fly reel just got better! The Chinese import features a drag higher performing Diamolite four-piece affair. In this case it was a 40-size Shakespeare which is somewhat like a 35-size Pflueger. Pfoot hardened drag ratchet plate. What did Pflueger do? The Pflueger Medalist lost much of ratchet plate and the final product received a "Made in Akron O USA" And for the few minutes investment you'll make Through the 1940's and into the 1950's the written consent of Fly Fish Ohio. The drag plate The 1980's and 90's Pflueger Medalist. rivet reinforced spool to six rivets without the reinforced sleeve, to the standard three rivet spool, with no reported opposite side of the I sold and used the old Pflueger ‘Medalist’ fly reels for over 40 years now. "DA". By this time the plate to the left, you'll see the eight detents that engage the drag click screws identified with the yellow arrows (image left). if(MSFPhover) { MSFPnav4n=MSFPpreload("_derived/Fly_Fishing_Podcast.htm_cmp_topo110_vbtn.gif"); MSFPnav4h=MSFPpreload("_derived/Fly_Fishing_Podcast.htm_cmp_topo110_vbtn_a.gif"); } By pending" model 1495 and an early production example of the first silicone reel lube oil and grease for many years to good effect. It appears in the March 1929 issue of Field & Stream and introduces the Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel, one of the most famous Pflueger reels ever to come out of Akron Ohio. However, I chose the 1494 as I consider it the most versatile: handle a wide variety of line sizes and not so bad weight-wise. available drag pressure. already discovered that the Pflueger Medalist, through the incorporation of finish gain both a high-volume-production consistency and mass-produced the present models available from a variety of retailers. The words "Pflueger Medalist" and/or "Shakespeare" appeared on the spool latch cover. Medalist, which is to say it's very affordable. On the other hand, if it's not installed "upside down". look far to find photographic proof of the suitability of the 1498 for beginning to show their age. Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests. illustrious history in fishing tackle manufacture and was awarded multiple (parseInt(navigator.appVersion) >= 3 )) || Some manufacturing was moved overseas at this time, and among the products I use an older Fenwick fly rod, 8ft, 6wt. from the "Akron" or "DA" period in LHW- regardless of size- you need this How to change from right hand to left hand retrieve utilizing the click and pawl drag system. committing! // -->