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Post 26 Feb 2021, 12:50 • #51 
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The photos are great. This is the most thorough description of the procedure I have ever seen. There is one statement in the post that drives me a bit crazy. It involves the operation of the drag on the Medalists that have ratchet drag plates. This mistake was carried over from an article published online entitled An Angler's Guide to the Classic Pflueger Medalist authored by Joe Cornwall. As most of you know this article is a great source for information about these reels, I constantly refer to this myself. I in no way mean to offend anyone. Even me as prefect as Y am have been kown to make a mysteak or two. So here goes. How the drag works: For Right Hand Wind: On retrieve, the ratchet drag plate remains stationary as the spool rotates. The spring-loaded pawl mounted in the spool rides over the detents mounted on the top of the ratchet plate and generates four clicks with each rotation. The spring-loaded pawl mounted in the backplate engages one of the detents on the bottom of the plate and keeps the plate from rotating with the spool. On release (line being pulled out by you or hopefully a big fish), the spool pawl engages one of the detents on the top of the drag plate causing the drag-ratchet plate to rotate with the spool. The bottom pawl rides over the detents on the bottom of the plate and generates eight clicks per rotation. This describes the operation for right-hand retrieve. It means that as line is released the spool could rotate 1/4 turn before the drag is engaged. For left-hand retrieve with the plate bottom side up the spool could rotate no more than 1/8 turn before the drag is engaged. This means that for left-hand retrieve the drag engages twice as fast as for right-hand retrieve. Therefore the need to purchase a drag plate for left-hand retrieve because the drag doesn't engage quickly enough after a fish pulls line out is incorrect. The reversible black nylon plate with 4 detents top, 8 detents bottom should do the job. The bottom pawl serves three functions: 1) to keep the drag plate from moving when line is being retrieved. 2) to make noise as line is being released (hopefully by a fish). 3) to prevent spool overrun if the drag adjustment is too light (in some ways the reel functions like a click pawl reel when the drag adjustment is backed off). This design was and is very innovative, brilliant, and reliable due to its simplicity. But like so many things in life it is misunderstood.

Post 23 Mar 2021, 14:32 • #52 
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Mr. River, very good explanation! By the way, I was not offended. I wish I could remember what I did with my 1495. Tight lines.

Post 30 Aug 2021, 06:51 • #53 
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Just received two "rebuilt" reels (1492DA and 1494DA) back from OnePfoot--perfect in every way. Excellent service


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