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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Level lines were common and cheap.
    Fly fishing wasn't always about having the latest and the greatest, it's just the way people fished.
    Many people fished live bait on their fly rods back then too and you sure didn't need a tapered line for that.
    Try to cast it with a fly, it's not difficult
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

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    I have a couple shakespeare Omni 44 reels, look pretty close to yours, Pflueger made them for the shakespeare company I believe, they still work, drag still works and reels are very usable, one I got at a garage sale, or on Ebay, can't remember now, the other is the first fly reel I ever bought, along with my first glass rod - both hang on my wall now, but both could be picked up and used today if I wanted to.

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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    Careful..... the screws fall out
    RIP is correct about the screws coming out! I took a guy down to the Green this past summer, he hadn't fly fished in 10 years and had this old fly rod he bought at a sale for $1, still had the sticker on it and the reel was just like the one you have pictured. The interesting thing was his outfit also had a piece of mono attached to the fly line. I cut that off and added a new leader/tippet combo. He landed a really nice brown trout (18-19") and after a photo of the fish he discovered that his reel had exploded, several of the screws had fallen out. Luckily, I had brought along a spare outfit for him to use.

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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noiso View Post
    The line is level !! It looks to be about a 4W. Was this common line in the 60s? For what in God's clean water do you use a level fly line?
    Think of a level line as a double taper without the taper.
    It's going to cast just fine, it's just not going to land very gracefully

    That looks like a L6F to me. I have a 5wt in front of me and it appears to be a good deal thinner
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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Also consider the use of mono when nymphing in fast water as it will sink faster than the heavy butt section of a standard tapered leader. Lake nymphing, when trying to go deep is another application for mono.

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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Not level leader Larry. Level line, as in a L6F opposed to a DT6F or a WF6F
    Last edited by Rip Tide; 10-20-2012 at 09:40 AM.
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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    Not level leader Larry. Level line, as in a L6F opposed to a DT6F or a WF6F
    My mistake, sorry!

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    Default Re: Pfake Pflueger(?) Medalist garage sale find. (pic heavy) Questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Noiso View Post
    The line is level !! It looks to be about a 4W. Was this common line in the 60s? For what in God's clean water do you use a level fly line?

    These were the 'precursor' to true Double Taper lines. Well, price wise. Cheap as chips, worked and for the casual angler, did he care?
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