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Old 08-21-2012, 09:46 PM
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I see many of them on ebay for sale and was wondering just how good a reel they are. Can you give me the scoop?
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:50 PM
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The English Pflueger. They're good solid single action reels, Hardy feel without the price tag.
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Default Re: J. W. Young Reels

Thanks WT.
I've been watching them for a while now and occasionally they get some real beauties on there.

Tell me the better models if you would.
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I used one for years which I still have loaded with a Wullf Triangle Taper,as wt bash has said,they are solid & also well made.
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I'm partial to the Pridex and Condex models but the Beaudux looks like its a fine reel too. Then there's the Shakespeare Beaulite that is made by JW Young and I know alot of two handers like them. They're definitely good reels but get outshined by Hardy's popularity.
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was wondering just how good a reel they are
Lee Wulff took the first ever fly rod marlin on a $12 glass rod with a JW Young reel.....good enough I'd say
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Who?
Yes, I reckon the would pass the test for anything I may target.
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Default Re: J. W. Young Reels

JW Young made reels for other tackle companies as well; I'm partial to the Sage line up that are identical to the Young 1500 series. I've watched some beauties go for excellent prices recently. I got the Sage 106m(6wt metal body) which is the Young 1525. A mint Sage 108m(8wt metal) sold recently for ~$70 (Young 1530); I wish I'd bought it. The click check in these reels is VERY strong when dialed in; much stronger than my Marquis reels. Here is my 106:

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Default Re: J. W. Young Reels

The Beaudex and the Pridex are substantial reels. The Beaudex I have (it's around here somewhere) was designed for right-hand reeling and I needed to drill a few new holes for the line-guard to use it left-handed (I am right-handed but don't like to switch hands for reeling).

The Pridex has no line guard and sounds equally raucous whether you are reeling in or letting line out. If a good Pfleuger 1495 (Made in Akron) has the sound of a 1957 Buick with gravel in the crankcase, the Pridex has a slightly more upbeat tone... like an Austin 1800 with gravel in the crankcase.

These are good reels to balance a 9' cane rod. I think you will like them.
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That is the greatest description I ever heard! I got a couple 57 Buicks grinding away here and I love it!
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