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caseywise 07-06-2013 10:36 AM

side by side reels.....
orvis madison and pflueger medalist reels.

on the lookout for some nice glass for these;)


troutnut4 07-06-2013 10:40 AM

Re: side by side reels.....
Have you tried a Kabuto or Epic?:D

caseywise 07-06-2013 10:47 AM

Re: side by side reels.....
yeah. got my eye on a scott powr-ply as well:cool:

charged 07-08-2013 09:32 PM

Re: side by side reels.....
Cool thread, I've have a later versioned Orvis Madison that doesn't impress me much. I have been on the look out for a medalist based Madison for some time. Its a reel that still evades me.

I'm just wondering, and would like to ask a question to the man who has both, "Do you think the Orvis version improved on the original?" I honestly like Medalists, and am building up a small collection. This Orvis version is a reel I wish to one day acquire.

I tend to collect both Pfluegers, and Martins. When it comes down to it, I feel there all I really need.

pete a 07-11-2013 06:01 AM

Re: side by side reels.....
I'll post some picks of mine later today. I'm a sucker for a Medalist or Orvis Madison. I think I have 8 Madisons and 10-12 Medalist, sure sighen of excessive compulsive disorder.

Honest critiques: the Medalist has a better set-up the drag lever seem "hi-tech" on the Madison but the rubber plunger does not have the range of pressure as the Medalist. The Medalist's drag can be fine tuned well

The Madison's spool finish scratches and comes off much easier that the Medalist. Haven't found anything to do a touch up that looks normal.

But I can't pass one up, no way. You might go to Bob Selb's site Classic Fly Fisherman as he has a nice selection of after market parts for these reels. It adds up $$ but when you change reel foot and drag these reels IMHO are better that just about any under $200 reel.

I am addicted to their "clackety clack".

Pete A.

Ard 07-11-2013 07:30 AM

Re: side by side reels.....
Nice Casey,

I have sent a message to you about an available rod.

chi flyfisher 07-11-2013 08:35 AM

Re: side by side reels.....
Nice looking reels. I like the Pfluger better but certainly appreciate the Orvis one as well. Very cool reel.

What I find interesting is the drag mechanism for the Orvis. It has a very similar "drag" adjustment knob/mechanism that they use on their early Hardy Made CFO's and BFR CFO's, both of which I don't like as much as the Hardy. In this instance, I like the adjustment of the Pflueger more. Just an observation and a personal preference thing.

Great post.


random user 07-11-2013 08:58 AM

Re: side by side reels.....

Originally Posted by caseywise (Post 570091)

Is this a case of "If you can't create, copy the master."

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