Re: Old reel - new era question
Your Medalist is a bit of a collector's item. Not an expensive one, but popular none-the-less.
I have a few 1494s and I use 6wt lines on mine. With an 8wt line you'd need a larger 1495 or 1495 1/2. if you'd like to stay with the Medalist.
They're imported now, but still good quality for the price.
Less than $30
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