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Post 12 Aug 2021, 12:57 • #1 
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Location: New Hampshire
You can occasionally find treasures at tag sales, but luck needs to be with you--and it was for me this past Saturday here in NH. The town north of us has a huge annual tag sale on its picture-perfect village green, hosted by the local volunteer fire department. They didn't have it last year due to the pandemic, so this year's had more vendors than usual, bigger crowds, a happier atmosphere. And more fishing gear than I've ever seen.

Some vintage stuff. I picked up and put down probably twenty-five rods, even more reels, old fly boxes, tackle boxes, and rusty old gadgets to disgorge hooks, but this is what I ended up buying.

A Young "Pridex" reel, looks brand-new: $5.00.

A Redington 8-weight graphite fly rod with the wrapping still on grip; vendor asked $10, I gave him $5.00, and I'll be passing it on to the first deserving young fly-fisher who crosses my path.

A 1494 Medalist, good condition, 50 cents! (One odd thing about tag sales; you can usually find Medalists there, but always the 1494!).

A BLACK Shakespeare fiberglass "Action Taper"Wonderod from the 60's; 7' 9" for 7-weight, with garish gold wrappings that really pop! Again, $5.00.

Best find and a real (no pun) curiosity: A "Silver King" fly reel from Montgomery Ward from the l950's, looks absolutely new, in original box with original bag. This was the most costly find at $20. It has some features I think modern fly reel designers should think about re-introducing, including the ability to switch the click off to silent, and....and I've never seen this before on a fly reel...a little dial on the facing that you can dial to indicate what weight line is currently on the spool. Since this was the l950's, the choices are ""C" "D" "E" "F" "GH" "HCH "GBG"....and you move the dial with a screwdriver.

Since I always forget what line is on which reel, this seems to be an idea worth reviving.

To top things off, met a beginning fly fisher who was turning over the stuff; I steered him to a more than adequate Cortland rod and reel for $20, then, since he seemed sincere guy, went with him off to the side and gave him his first casting lesson.

Having fun with my loot & wishing all my fellow members equal success.


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Post 12 Aug 2021, 17:23 • #2 
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Gotta love it.

I have found some diamonds, but it has taken decades of diggin.


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Post 12 Aug 2021, 18:38 • #3 
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I have always been a sucker for a flea market or a tag sale . You never know what you will find . Sounds like you had a great day


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Post 12 Aug 2021, 21:41 • #4 
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Location: Upstate NY - L.George region
You helped a beginner find appropriate gear and gave him some casting lessons?

A like-new Pridex for five bucks?

That's karma working for you! Good going!


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Post 13 Aug 2021, 07:23 • #5 
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Location: New Hampshire
Yep, I was lucky, but I think the key was that this wasn't the usual tag sale, dealers who knew what they had, but families emptying out their barns and attics, wanting primarily to get rid of stuff.

Forgot one more neat thing. So I picked out the Medalist from a box marked "50 cents;" later, looking at other stuff, a guy, a fly fisher guy, noticed it in my hand, asked about it; since I have two or three 1494's already, I said, "Would you like to buy it from me?" "How much?" I thought for about ten seconds. "Twenty bucks." "Deal."

So I flipped a Medalist and made a tidy profit!


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Post 13 Aug 2021, 10:24 • #6 
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Location: San Antonio, TX
I also enjoy hunting for treasures at garage and estate sales, and it sounds like you had pretty good luck at that tag sale. From your description it sounds like the Montgomery Ward reel is a re-branded Ocean City 76 or 77. A forum search will turn up good pictures and additional info on the Ocean City reels. Ocean City made reels for Montgomery Ward and other retailers. Can you post pictures of the reel?


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Post 13 Aug 2021, 12:46 • #7 
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I will try and get photos up this weekend; stay tuned.

Yep, the M. Ward is a handsome reel, nicer, I think, than the Pridex I bought with it. The line size dial and silent check option are worth reviving. You're right, Ocean City made them, and this Forum has a catalog page from the Montgomery Ward catalog selling them in the l950s for less than $4.00. For that matter, I've got a Norm Thompson catalog from the l960s selling Hardy Lightweights for less than $30!!!!


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Post 17 Aug 2021, 16:22 • #8 
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Wow, what a great bargain you got. Flipping that medalist was awesome too. I haven't happened upon a good deal on fishing gear like that in awhile.


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Post 18 Aug 2021, 09:28 • #9 
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"So I flipped a Medalist and made a tidy profit!"

Well.., there went the karma... ;)


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Post 18 Aug 2021, 20:33 • #10 
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I had to stop reading at the Pridex for five dollars. The envy was too great!


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Post 04 Oct 2021, 05:41 • #11 
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Location: Florida
But that is a great deal anyways so karma must still be intact!


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Post 12 Oct 2021, 11:53 • #12 
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Location: Southern Maine
Another vote for good karma. Let's hope it carries over to some fishing success with one of those finds.


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