Newbie Fly Fishing Tip – Selecting Your First Fly Reel

The Pflueger Fishing Sort out Co. has been manufacturing and promoting fishing deal with since 1881. I’m not certain when the primary Medalist 1400 collection fly reels have been launched nevertheless it needed to be a very long time in the past. I’m accustomed to 6 fashions of the early Medalist 1400 collection that Pflueger made. They embody numbers: 1492, 1492-1/2, 1494, 1494-1/2, 1495, 1495-1/2, 1498, and the1498-1/2. The distinction between the fashions which have the identical quantity is the width of the spool. For instance the 1495 and the 1495-1/2 have the identical diameter spool however the 1495-1/2 had a wider spool that may maintain extra fly line backing.. The 1492 and the 1498 fashions didn’t appear to be very talked-about. The 1492’s are a really small fly reel with a 2-3/16″ dia. spool. The mannequin 1498, which had a 3-11/16″ dia. spool, was massive and heavy for its time. The entire 1400’s have a good adjustable drag system they usually initially got here with a proper hand crank, which could be transformed to a left hand crank if that’s the case desired. The entire early 1400’s have a tough black enamel end.

Think about the fashions that have been made within the USA in the course of the mid 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, they have been and nonetheless are, a dependable and really sturdy fly reel. The 1400 collection Medalist fly reels could make a great cheap backup reel, brother-in-law fly reel or a starter reel for the start fly fisher. Plus you should purchase certainly one of these reels in nearly like new situation at an excellent worth on the used market. There are three fashions to contemplate relying in your wants. The vast mannequin #1494-1/2 is a pleasant little trout fly reel. It has a 2-11/16″ dia. spool that simply holds 50 yards of 20lb fly line backing and a WF-5 fly line. The slim spool #1495 additionally for trout that has a Three 1/16″ dia. Spool will maintain 75 yards of 20lb backing and a WF-7 fly line. The vast spool #1495-1/2 used for bigger recreation fish has the identical spool diameter because the #1495, and it might maintain about 150 yards of 20 lb fly line backing and a WF-Eight fly line.

The most recent member to Medalist fly reels is the 1500RC collection made abroad. These newer variations are principally the identical reel because the 1400 collection however the 1500RC’s have an aluminum alloy rim management spool and body. The “RC” is a very talked-about function with plenty of the newer fly reels available on the market at this time. It permits the angler to “palm” the spool and if wanted, to extend the drag strain when preventing a big fish. Why is that this so vital to you should you personal an older 1400 collection Medalist? Right here is the excellent news: The spools are inter-changeable. Subsequently in case you are the proud proprietor of a 1960’s Pflueger Medalist mannequin #1495, you’ll be able to go to your native sporting seller or fly store and order a brand new Medalist 1595 RC (rim management) spool and it’ll suit your outdated #1495.

The one and solely drawback you could have with the Medalist collection fly reels is the screws that maintain the reel body collectively, might turn into free and want tightening occasionally. This may be solved with Lock Tight cement discovered at native {hardware} shops.

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