The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > Saltwater Fly Fishing

Saltwater Fly Fishing Bonefish, Tarpon, Redfish, Permit, False Albacore, Striped Bass, etc...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 07-10-2010, 11:46 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 332
Red Owl has a spectacular aura aboutRed Owl has a spectacular aura about
Default Pfluger Medalist

I read a few years back in the Florida Sportsman that this reel was (at least in former times) used in salt water. I just assumed the finish wasn't very good and the reel would corrode pronto however I am now reading Lefty Kreh's book about fly fishing salt water and he speaks of a modified medalist reel. In any event- have any of you used this reel in salt water??? If so, how did it stand up to corrosion?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 07-10-2010, 11:56 PM
MoscaPescador's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern California
Posts: 3,727
Blog Entries: 4
MoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond reputeMoscaPescador has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

This is a post for Rip Tide.

MP
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2010, 08:09 AM
Rip Tide's Avatar
Senior Member

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: quiet corner, ct
Posts: 5,467
Rip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

Recently, on a regional saltwater forum, there was a question posed to "pioneer" northeast saltwater flyrodders on what equipment they used when they first started. Every single person that replied to the thread stated that even though they knew that there were better reels, they all used Medalists.

When I started in the salt in the late '70s, I used a Medalist, but that was because that's what I had. I learned quickly that they required daily maintenance. They tended to corrode anywhere that the salt could collect, particularly where stainless meets aluminum, and the (hidden) brass springs.

I still know a few casual SW fly fishermen that use Medalists. I might use one more often myself if I wasn't too lazy to go through the daily ritual of washing and oiling.
After reading Lefty's book, I modified a couple of my reels, and IMO you can't buy a reel with a drag that works any better.

Click the image to open in full size.

Click the image to open in full size.
__________________
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2010, 08:37 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 332
Red Owl has a spectacular aura aboutRed Owl has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

To date I've fished fresh but for the price maybe I'll think about it. I'm a "gear nut" in the respect all my stuff ( fishing-hunting) has to be squeaky clean. I don't mind the chore. For the price I can probably use it a while and that may help me decide what I eventually need in a better reel. Are there any other $50 ish reels around that are in the same category? I think I read about a Cortland reel in graphite some guy had used for years on smaller redfish.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2010, 10:42 AM
Hardyreels's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
Posts: 11,591
Blog Entries: 69
Hardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond reputeHardyreels has a reputation beyond repute
Send a message via Yahoo to Hardyreels Send a message via Skype™ to Hardyreels
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

Red,

That Cortland is probably an LTD Graphite 100. I have a number 60 and it is a good reel for light steelhead and trout. I've never used it in salt water but corrosion probably wouldn't be a problem. They were produced back in the 80's and maybe the 90's. I got mine as a gift from a fishing buddy in 94 and by the looks of the faded box it had been sitting around for 10 years. I like it, they look like a Marquis #7 and the #100's turn up on web sales now and then around $60.

Ard
__________________
Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard

The Alaska Fishing & Outdoors Blog;
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2010, 08:20 PM
wjc wjc is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: south florida
Posts: 1,454
wjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant futurewjc has a brilliant future
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

I use to use medalists too, then went to the medalist supremes. I caught my first and biggest bonefish on a medalist in the early 70's and managed to land it even though the little pin that goes into the nylon drag bushing dug a furrow onto the nylon and I had to use my fingers on the line to apply drag.

As Riptide says, they used to corrode before you could finish a cigarrette once it got started. My Pfleuger Supremes did the same thing, but not before I had caught a lot of fish on them. They had a star drag good enough for tarpon, though not nearly as smooth as those of today.

All the screws had to be removed regularly, inspected then coated with fingernail polish and re-inserted or new ones re-inserted with fingernail polish. Every place two pieces of metal touched they had to be cleaned and oiled or they would start corroding, even with freshwater rinsing.

That's a great modification there Rip, wish I had thought of that.

Cheers,
Jim
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 07-11-2010, 11:31 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 332
Red Owl has a spectacular aura aboutRed Owl has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

That modification is what Lefty Kreh shows in his book- do your finger tips get blistered?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 08-11-2010, 07:37 AM
New Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 2
floridaflyer is on a distinguished road
Default Pflueger Medalist

Hello from Central Florida. New to this forum.

I own a number of classic Pflueger Medalist reels and they do work great. I have taken one out on the salt several times, but I can't say that I've used it enough under those conditions to make a fair assessment. I can say that under casual use, they hold up very well.

Ed
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 08-11-2010, 09:15 AM
Rip Tide's Avatar
Senior Member

 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: quiet corner, ct
Posts: 5,467
Rip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond reputeRip Tide has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

Quote:
Originally Posted by Red Owl View Post
That modification is what Lefty Kreh shows in his book- do your finger tips get blistered?
Sorry. Didn't see this before
Your fingers tickle a little, but no they don't blister
You have a lot of control over the drag as you can let up or apply more pressure in an instant without moving your hand. Anywhere from nothing to stopping the spool completely
__________________
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 08-11-2010, 04:46 PM
seajay's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Jacksonville,Florida
Posts: 247
seajay will become famous soon enoughseajay will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Pfluger Medalist

As with anything fishing that one uses in Saltwater requires frequent maintenance. I was given this link for those that want to upgrade a Medalist. I have never seen or used any of these products. But pretty cool stuff.
One-Pfoot Products for Pflueger Medalist
Rip what is the function of the cut out on the reel?
Also as a side note. Were can I find schematics for the various fly reels?
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pflueger Medalist dman Fly Reels 8 05-29-2009 10:04 AM
Medalist issue... MikeyBob365 Fly Reels 7 04-23-2009 10:47 PM
Pfuegler Medalist kayakangler General Discussion 3 02-01-2009 06:37 PM
Modify Your Old Pfluger 1494 dougm Fly Reels 2 10-07-2005 01:35 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.