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Come on fella's - what in your honest opinions, is the very best trout fly reel of all time - past or present and regardless of price?
Are you a car guy? Imagine it is 1962 and the 1962 Corvette below is the new car everyone hungers for.This thread and some other recent ones have prompted me to wonder: What's the big deal about Hardy's, CFO's, and other such reels? I hate to sound ignorant but well i guess i am, and that's why i am asking. i have bumbled along for 20 years with mid-priced Ross reels (mostly Cimmarons, Evolution, and their progeny), caught fish with them just fine, and I know next to nothing about these "classic" reels. For example, are all or most click and pawl, or do they have drags (or both)? (For what it's worth i have one inexpensive Ross clicker that i put away for good the first time i backlashed the whole thing pulling line off of the reel. Perhaps more patience on my part was warranted.) If someone wanted to give me for a present, say a Hardy, for a 5 wt., to what reel, and what seller might i direct them--and what are the implications of the used vs. brand new products. I tried to find some of this basic stuff on the internet, but either it ain't there, or my (im)Perfect searches did not find it. i will appreciate any responses.
The "value and ability" of the Pflueger Medalist is exactly what makes the Medalist the best reel of all time.Never would I select a Pflueger Medalist, despite their value and ability.
The "value and ability" of the Pflueger Medalist is exactly what makes the Medalist the best reel of all time.
There's no snobbery involved. Just a reliable reel that anyone could afford.
I used them in the salt for 18 years before I got my first anodized disk drag and I still have, and sometimes use, my first Medalist from 1964.
And still to this day, I use them for 90% of my fresh water fishing.
And why wouldn't you ? Not cool enough ?
'Cuz here's a little secret, :secret:, That's not what fish care about.
Those are all large arbor reels....nice ones, but I’ll stick with a standard arbor click check for trout any day!I have a hard time believing that’s what any of you would choose if the store owner told you to pick whatever you wanted out of the case.
If I were pressed to select today, it would be an Abel SDS or a Ross Evo R. I have the Evo R, and it’s a fine piece. Pairs perfectly on my Sage X 590.
The current Sage Click could find a place on something like a Sage X 486.
Never would I select a Pflueger Medalist, despite their value and ability.