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Old 03-20-2013, 08:30 AM
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I saw a Medalist last night in a display case that had an unpainted, metal, spool release latch cover rather than the white plastic I've always seen. I couldn't examine it but it had the old style turned pillars as well a circular metal line guard. Cool. Any one know about such an obviously early example?
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Here you go, SNS.

First reel in this history is, I think, the one that you're talking about. Worth a pretty penny today in top shape.

"Pflueger Medalist Reels - A History - Fly Angler's OnLine Volumn 7 week 41

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Thanks and yes, that was it. So it is a 1492 from between 1937 - 1939.
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We recommend Islanders to all our bookings for Tarpon. If they cry poor, then we have other recommendations, but we sear by the Islanders. The cork drag in the 4.5 can be cynched down tightly enough to break off 30 pound leader....as has been done by a few mis-informed souls that thought they could man-handlle a big Tarpon!

As Rulers go, a "fun ticket" works just fine.
They are heavy but they sure do work hard! Pretty wild story about an Islander, I have a friend who is a guide up here in the NE. He swears by T&T and Islander reels. A customer dropped a 10wt setup overboard during a spring charter. Late in the Fall he was contacted that someone had brought up his reel (his name and the boat's name is engraved in his reels). He sent it back to Islander where it was rebuilt and re anodized. It's still fishing today, that's pretty badass in my book.
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my Cabelas Wind River Canyon. Works great for a cheaper reel. Bought it cuz i like the way it looks, but I really like it. have it on my TFO Pro 1 8' 4wt
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my Cabelas prestige Plus II that I picked up from a member here last year, very nice working reel.

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My Shakespeare 1094 that came on my Walmart special. Works pretty good actually. its on my 8' 5/6 wt i keep in the truck for emergency getaways!

All in all a pretty cheap line up, but very functional and thats what matters most, to me anyways. There are some fine looking reels on here, someday i'll drop the coin for a top shelf reel, but not til I have a top shelf rod to put it on I guess.
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The first is a Galvan T-18, to go with an undetermined 14wt.
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Good lord, that thing is a BEAST! I'm jealous. Too bad there aren't any fish big enough around here to use such a monster reel... except maybe the sturgeon we have on the main Snake River. Now that's an idea...
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Yeah it's huge, I can't wait to get to Baja in May to give it a workout. I don't have the reel yet but I have played with them before. Here's a little taste of how big these reels are....

The Tibor Pacific next to an Abel super 11, I'll put up a comparison of all three when the Galvan gets here.
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SweetandSalt, this a site you may also enjoy. https://www.onepfoot.com/Home.php

Here you can find the needed parts to rebuild an old Medalist needing a few parts, or you can also purchase parts to upgrade the later models towards a more classic design.

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And my entry post into this fly reel thread, Presents the Bivans Arnold

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Besides, its beautiful classic aesthetics. What I really like about it, Is the unique construction in how it is designed to perform.

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The above article is an interesting read. I have yet to fish this reel, and due to its condition believe its never yet got the chance to serve it intended purpose in life.

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Wow; never seen anything like it! From the prices in the article I gather that is a rather ancient reel in spectacular condition.
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SweetandSalt, this a site you may also enjoy. https://www.onepfoot.com/Home.php

Here you can find the needed parts to rebuild an old Medalist needing a few parts, or you can also purchase parts to upgrade the later models towards a more classic design.

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And my entry post into this fly reel thread, Presents the Bivans Arnold

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

Besides, its beautiful classic aesthetics. What I really like about it, Is the unique construction in how it is designed to perform.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.

The above article is an interesting read. I have yet to fish this reel, and due to its condition believe its never yet got the chance to serve it intended purpose in life.

wow! what an interesting reel rarely see reels of that age in such pristine condition
is that a cabelas cgr glass it's mounted on per chance?
thanks for sharing this beauty (from a self admitted reelaholic)!

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