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    Default 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Anyone got the skinny on these or plan to order one in January?

    Looking for a line holder for a new echo glass 4 wt..

    Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel | Pflueger®

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    Last edited by onemississipp; 11-30-2015 at 09:51 PM.
    Dustin

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    I have a friend who swears my medalist reels. He's had one for as long as I can remember and it's pretty much all he fishes with. He was complaining the other day about them not being made anymore?

    If this is true, and their going to start making them again, that will be good news for him. I'm interested in hearing what others say about it. I would be interested myself.
    --Ed

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Ed, I'm thinking modern glass and modern medalist would make a great combo. The reel would match well to the echo I think.
    Dustin

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Quote Originally Posted by onemississipp View Post
    Ed, I'm thinking modern glass and modern medalist would make a great combo. The reel would match well to the echo I think.
    I have a new Sweetgrass Mantra bamboo rod that would look classic paired up with that reel.

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Looks like a minor cosmetic tweak to the Red Truck Diesel reel to make it look more like a Medalist and less like a Hardy. Same basic idea of machined barstock constuction, palming rim, and Hardy Lightweight spring/pawl mechanism. Lower price point.

    Red Truck Diesel Fly Reel 5/6 Weight

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Glacier, Please find an older Hardy Lightweight instead; an LRH or Princess depending. Also, the 1st gen., Hardy built, SA "System" is a fine reel of that era, actually a Hardy Marquis version.

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    "Old-school Medalist were made of cast aluminum. Strong, but not nearly as strong as the new barstock aluminum models. Perhaps most appealing to the click-and-pawl fanatic is that the guts are all metal, and modeled after Hardy internals. In fact, the only plastic on the reel is the vintage yellow handle. As for other modern upgrades like new-age drag control or brakes, you won't find them. Pflueger knew what they had was good and trusted, and changed nothing but the quality. The new Medalists will be available in 3/4-, 5/6-, and 7/8-weight, and will retail for between $120 and $140. More than the last Medalist you bought? Yes. More than some other high-end click-and-pawls on the market? Not even close."

    Reintroducing Your Great Grandpa's Pflueger Medalist | Field & Stream
    Dustin

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    Default Re: 2016 Pflueger® Medalist Fly Reel

    Where are they made?

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    China - just got off the phone with them.

    Good news is the guy that answered the phone is American made (well, I really can't confirm that, didn't speak with his parents)!

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    My Echo is made in Asia - the Pflueger guy should have said that instead of China. It sounds better doesn't it?

    Asia
    Dustin

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    The design has grown on me. But the price will still keep me away. What's next? Martin rehashing their tuna can reels and selling them for $100. "better aluminum"

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