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    Default My first fly rod

    Im having some confusion so maybe someone knows. I got this diawa rod and kmart reel from my pap and still use it. It always had 8wt line but I tried to do some research and found other posts at different discussion forums saying its a 7wt line. Anyways, I just wanted to know more about it and im also looking for someone that can give the reel a tuneup. The drag is rusty and theres alot of missing screws etc... if someone knows what they're doing with these, please let me know.

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    Default Re: My first fly rod

    As I'm sure you already know, your Kmart reel looks like a copy of a Pflueger Medalist, probably the size of a 1494. There is a ton of maintenance info on the web for them. There is also at least one company making repair and replacement parts for Pfluegers. If you need measurements, let me know, I have a few old reels.
    Also check out One-Pfoot. Lots of good info.
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    Default Re: My first fly rod

    I really can't add much to what siege said.

    As for reel repair, I usually refer Archuleta's Reel Works out of Grant's Pass, Oregon.

    Dennis

    Edit: I forgot about the rod. I do not know whether it is a 7 or an 8. What is important is that you should use whatever line weight rating that works for you.
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    8w line seems to work just fine. I did try that reel place awhile back... I sent a message through the website and didnt hear back. Maybe I should call.
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    Default Re: My first fly rod

    Quote Originally Posted by enolaeagle View Post
    8w line seems to work just fine. I did try that reel place awhile back... I sent a message through the website and didnt hear back. Maybe I should call.
    Todd, it's SUNDAY for Heaven's sake. Give it a day! Plug's are just about as bullet proof as you can get. Have several and I could strip them down/rebuild for five bucks. They ARE that simple inside. But 70'ish years of manufacturing got then that way. Including the fly line spool .... three-four moving parts?
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    I wasnt gonna call today... I know its Sunday
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    If you take that reel off the rod, you'll see that "JAPAN" is stamped on the bottom of the foot.
    That reel has nothing to do with the Pflueger Medalist and an email or call to Pflueger/Shakespeare will accomplish nothing.
    OnePfoot sells replacement screws for Medalists, but there's no guaranty that they will fit this reel as well.
    You're going to have to rely on your own resources for this one.

    To clean the reel, soak it in a weak vinegar solution then scrub it with a tooth brush
    After it's dry, oil it with machine oil or commercial reel lube.

    I may be able to tell you about the rod with a little more information.
    Does it have a model number or any other marking ? 3 letters together ?
    An HCH or HCF would convert to a 7wt
    A GBG or GBF an 8wt
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    Oops I meant to put the model # in the original post. Its a 1345.

    I saw the same kmart reels on ebay for 20 bux... I thought of buying one for parts.
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    Default Re: My first fly rod

    There's a lot of those reels out there from that same Japanese manufacturer. You can tell they're the same 'cuz screws are always missing .
    I have one myself from H-I

    Good chance that your rod is a 7wt.
    I'd try a 6wt line on it if I were you. The Cortland fiberglass 7wt that I was using yesterday cast great with a 6.
    It's my new favorite rod (this week )

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    Default Re: My first fly rod

    My rod looks different than most ive seen from daiwa... did they sell blank kits? My pap used to make his own rods so I dont know if this was off the shelf or a blank kit.
    Last edited by enolaeagle; 08-12-2013 at 08:36 AM.
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