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Old 08-29-2012, 09:52 PM
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Default Made in USA reel Advice.

I just picked up a Sage Vantage 9 foot rod with 5wt. I am looking for a nice American made reel for it. Any suggestions? I would be fine with something simple Medalist etc. Any input would be appreciated.
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If you look on eBay, you could find old USA made Medalists in new or used condition.

What kind of budget do you have?

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Old 08-29-2012, 10:33 PM
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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

I would like to keep it under 50. I would also like some input on models and size from some of you folks that are more knowledgeable.
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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

There are others who know the older reels better than I, but here are a couple.

Pflueger Medalist 1494
Martin 61

eBay will be your friend in this search.

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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

I have an old Martin 63 will that work with this rod? I will search those are there any other preferable models for a rod of this size?
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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

willyfish,
if your not totally set on a usa made reel, the okuma slv (made in taiwan), is an outstanding reel right at the 50 dollar price. if you snoop around the large auction site, they may go for less.

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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

I cool actually go up to 100 dollars. I'm not dead set on anything. Ill check out those okumas
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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

If you could go to $150, there is a new in box Bauer Junior Mac 2 reel on eBay. It is machined from barstock aluminum. It has a silky smooth cork disk drag. And its made in Oregon.

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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

I used a Ross Flyrise reel with that exact rod. I think a size #2 is correct for a 5 weight. Should be under $100. Made by Ross Worldwide right here in Montrose Colorado. Easy to access disk drag dial, nice looking and will be a great back up if you choose to go high end down the road. Ross is one of the leaders in fly reels.
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Default Re: Made in USA reel Advice.

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I used a Ross Flyrise reel with that exact rod. I think a size #2 is correct for a 5 weight. Should be under $100. Made by Ross Worldwide right here in Montrose Colorado. Easy to access disk drag dial, nice looking and will be a great back up if you choose to go high end down the road. Ross is one of the leaders in fly reels.
Ross may be in Montrose CO, and they are a fine company, but their worldwide reels are Chinese sourced.
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