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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    I have several good reels, CFO, Abel, Fin Nor, Hardy but my favorite is the Orvis Battenkill Disc...Just a sweet little reel, palm or use the drag your choice.

    Dave
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    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    lol, sort of like a Yugo
    no....dh, not like a Yugo...that's mean. Medalists work and have better resale value :-) Obviously not the best reel ever made, but more like a chevy truck than a yugo

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikel View Post
    no....dh, not like a Yugo...that's mean. Medalists work and have better resale value :-) Obviously not the best reel ever made, but more like a chevy truck than a yugo
    lol - yes - that's better - but it has to be the cheapest chevy truck made

    I think the Medalists used to cost < $20? - and they're still worth that

    If you could go into a shop - all the reels cost the same - would you really pick a Medalist today?
    Last edited by dhayden; 03-14-2013 at 11:39 AM.
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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    for me it would have to be the Allen Trout reel!

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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    Best is REALLY subjective...my favorite(S) would probably be:

    Ari T Hart Reels
    Hardy Reels - the ones made in England
    Tibor Reels and esp. the no longer made - Freestone


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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    There's a reason why Medalists from as far back as the '30s are still around and still still in use today.
    And it's not because they were cheap.
    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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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    There's one thing I'm sure of...it doesn't often happen...the best automatic reel ever made is the Cordel...everyone agrees about that
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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rip Tide View Post
    There's a reason why Medalists from as far back as the '30s are still around and still still in use today.
    And it's not because they were cheap.
    Ok - the owners are cheap

    I'll stick with this:

    If you could go into a shop - all the reels cost the same - would you really pick a Medalist today?
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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    Quote Originally Posted by dhayden View Post
    Ok - the owners are cheap
    I'll stick with this:
    If you could go into a shop - all the reels cost the same - would you really pick a Medalist today?
    Well actually they don't make them anymore.
    I use Medalists because I like them. I fish fresh water with my vintage fiberglass most of the time and they happen to go together. So I suppose the answer to your question is yes, that's what I prefer.

    Not everyone has the same tastes. I haven't bought a new factory-built fly rod for around 25 years and the last reel that I bought was a ... Medalist.
    My latest rod purchase was a Heddon 7wt that cost $5 and I can't wait to try it.
    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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    Default Re: What is the best trout fly reel ever made?

    It's funny how different gear appeals to everyone

    I threw my Medalists in the used reel box long ago.. and haven't touched them again.. funny, probably about the time I relegated my fiberglass rods to the back of the rod box.. probably been 25 years since I've even taken them out of thier cases
    I hate reels that 'click' when you strip line, others love that

    Like dry flies vs wet, vs streamers
    Graphite vs glass vs bamboo
    1 handers vs 2 handers
    vests vs packs
    (list probably huge)

    I think this all makes fly fishing fun, the differernt way people approach it

    lol - I like the Heddon rod purchase!
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