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Old 03-13-2011, 09:33 AM
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Congrats on the Abel TR, I think you will like it. I have recently purchased a couple of these and after so many years of disc reels the C/P is a nice change. I have found that my Abels have just the right amount of tension that for most fish palming is not really needed. The reels has an internally adjustable drag by simply rotating the little hex nuts that control the spring tension. Currently I have my set on the lowest setting and the drag has a great balance between enough tension yet not too much that a light tippet might be at risk. The instructions advise to set the hex nuts on different levels depending on whether you are right or left hand. I have both set on the lowest setting and there is still a difference between incoming and out going tension.
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I'm a newbie

I bought a Fenwick with a pfleuger medalist reel. I believe it is a click and pawl. However it has a metal knob/screw that I believe is for drag however I don't notice a difference when I turn it and pull line out.

How do I palm a medalist?

I've been controling my line with my finger pressing it against the rod cork when a fish runs, I read that is bad for the line. Is that a problem?
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:56 PM
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I'm a newbie

I bought a Fenwick with a pfleuger medalist reel. I believe it is a click and pawl. However it has a metal knob/screw that I believe is for drag however I don't notice a difference when I turn it and pull line out.

How do I palm a medalist?

I've been controling my line with my finger pressing it against the rod cork when a fish runs, I read that is bad for the line. Is that a problem?
This is a really old thread; the last post before yours was in 2011. You may get a better response by starting your own thread. Then again, sometimes people will find your post here anyway and give you some answers.

For myself, I don't have much experience with Medalist reels, but I can't imagine they're that different to palm than any other reel. Ergo, place your slightly cupped palm against the rim of the spool (part that spins), keeping your thumb well away from the reel. Increase or decrease pressure as needed while playing your fish/bat/bird/small child/domestic pet.

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P.S. While it is possible that some damage to your fly line might occur using the method you describe, for most trout fishing I'd guess that it would be a non-issue.

Oh, and welcome to the forum.
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The medalist probably has a closed frame in that the frame covers the rim of the spool. That makes a reel usually stronger and stiffer but you pay the price of no palming rim. Google 'Lefty Medalist drag' and maybe toss the word 'leather' in the search. Lefty Kreh told about a home made drag system for that reel. On clicker reels I will put a finger on the line still on the spinning spool to add brake. I got to really like clickers with exposed palming rims and replaced most of my full frame reels.
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Ah, see there, I completely forgot about the closed reel thing. In that case, ignore everything I said. I believe there's a way to use your index finger against the side of the reel, but I don't know anything about that. Hopefully one of the more Medalist-savvy guys will explain how that is done.
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I fell pretty hard for the Sage Click reel after trying one of the 1st Gen versions. The new version is even better. I have then on every trout rod through 5wt and am even thinking about getting one for my 6wt rods.

I have great control over the fish and the light weight makes it easier to fish all day.
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I'm a newbie

I bought a Fenwick with a pfleuger medalist reel. I believe it is a click and pawl. However it has a metal knob/screw that I believe is for drag however I don't notice a difference when I turn it and pull line out.

How do I palm a medalist?
Depends which model Medalist. The old models designated with a model number that includes "RC" (for "rim control") have a palming rim on the outer edge of the spool face, as does the newest (current) model. With those, you simply press your palm against the rim of the spool face to act as a brake. However, on the original models the outer frame encloses the spool, so there is no outer rim to palm. On those, to apply additional drag you would either press your finger against the line inside the spool as it is turning, or else cut a hole in the frame to apply pressure with your fingers against the back of the spool as pictured in one of the older posts up above.

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I've been controling my line with my finger pressing it against the rod cork when a fish runs, I read that is bad for the line. Is that a problem?
It would dirty the line a little quicker, and might wear it out a little sooner too. Not really a serious problem though, especially if you clean and dress your line after every few outings (which you should probably do anyway).
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Thanks for the reply!

I have a new medalist in 3/4

Which side would the rim control be on? I have it set up with the crank on the left when holding the rod straight out.
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The "rim control" is the rim of the spool(the part the line is on... Spins around) You palm the rim to add tension.
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Not a palming suggestion.... But more reel maintenance. Lube w/ a small dab of grease to pawl and drag adjusting screw 1x/yr and a drop of light oil to spindle.

There's oodles of various lubes out there.... Hotsauce gets high marks for grease as it has good water resistance and is safe to aluminum.

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