12-08-2009, 08:46 PM
Re: Opinions: rod/reel matchup
Please don't use a USA made Medalist in salt water
It's not that the reel can't handle it, it's just that they don't make those reels any more and to wreak one in the salt would be a shame.
I used Medalists in salt for 18 years before I broke down and got myself a disc drag, so I know that they can do.
It's just that I have so much respect for them that I couldn't bare to see one wreaked like that now a days.
If it's an imported reel.... go ahead.
They're the perfect reel to beat on and they can take it just as well as a classic USA made reel
You should think about matching that reel up with a vintage rod rather than getting something new.
They'll look good together, you'll spend less on the rod, and you'll have a chance to discover that there was a lot of quality rods back in the 'good old days'.
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart