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Post 01 May 2020, 23:15 • #51 
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Also a fan of the Meek 55. Just right for an 8' 5wt vintage cane.





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Post 02 May 2020, 07:14 • #52 
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thanks for playing




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Post 03 May 2020, 07:47 • #53 
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To me the classic reels are valuable for looks but take second place to modern large arbors for fishiing functionality - any of you guys like the newer large arbor reels better?

I grew up fishing medalists and hated switching hands to reel in with the right hand. When i got my Orvis Madison and battenkill reels it was a huge delight to have a quality reel with LH retrieve. Even the good orvis reels still had narrow spools and small arbors compared to modern large arbor reels. I always had to use larger reels with a mile of backing to get the final spool diameter i liked. A battenkill 5/6 for 3 and 4 wt lines. The old reels sure have a classic look to them but for fishing functionality I'll take a Lamson speedster any day.


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Post 03 May 2020, 09:50 • #54 
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do we have a :barf emoticon?



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Post 03 May 2020, 11:09 • #55 
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Remembering the good-natured, chiding tone of the original inquiry, the skunk at the tea party would cause a few cups and saucers to rattle if LA reels were said to have relegated conventional reels to the curio shelf. These new-fangled wrist-twisters--well, I spend enough days fishing, gaining time in my lifespan as a result, that I might not spit out my tea if one were called "classic" a few decades from now.

As for this section of FFR, it's not narrowed to a dogmatic definition of "classic," and we discuss about any reel someone fancies. Where LA reels fit with 'glass rods, though, let's keep that in one of several other good discussions about rod-reel match, utility reels, drags and so on. Here's one viewtopic.php?f=2&t=64772&p=339192#p339192


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Post 03 May 2020, 11:12 • #56 
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bulldog1935 wrote:
do we have a :barf emoticon?


Good one!! - I grew up using these old reels and truthfully they work fine for most of my fishing - I just like the convenience of the newer large arbors. These old guys see use for panfish and small stream work:



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Post 03 May 2020, 15:48 • #57 
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kbobb wrote:
I grew up using these old reels and truthfully they work fine for most of my fishing - I just like the convenience of the newer large arbors.

kbobb, You can have your classics and a larger arbor too. Install 'cork arbors' on your reels. I did a quick arbor making pictorial a few years back. A cork arbor weighs considerable less than dacron backing.


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Post 03 May 2020, 22:47 • #58 
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The reel seat on Harnell 1652 fits the long 2-5/8" foot on a prewar Young like a champ



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Post 05 May 2020, 17:25 • #59 
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If only there were more click-pawl large arbors out there than the Ross Colorado LT. I do appreciate the click-pawl, especially in the colder months...if you’ve ever had your space-age drag freeze you’ll know what I mean.


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Post 06 May 2020, 06:35 • #60 
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please post them on the non-vintage-reel thread

Steve, next time, might make your point lucid rather than obtuse and circumscribed



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Post 09 Jun 2021, 07:33 • #61 
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another call for classic reels in action
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Post 09 Jun 2021, 15:34 • #62 
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Just spent a few days in the mountains of NH chasing trout with my Heddon T30 and Shakespeare 1900.



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Post 11 Jun 2021, 18:02 • #63 
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I dont like large arbor reels and probably never will.My LHW Pflueger Medalists work just fine.I use a 1494 more than anything else with a 1494 1/2 in second place.


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Post 18 Jun 2021, 19:44 • #64 
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I have some wonderful old reels, Martins and Pfluegers mostly, and I like them...even spooled up an old nylon line on one to hear the line sing in the guides of a Grizzly Fenwick 315. It is great to see so many vintage reels that are so well taken care of in this post.

But, truth be told, I like to fish with modern reels. My favorites are Tetons (because they are bulletproof) and Orvis BBS and Access because I love the sound of their drag-click.


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Post 18 Jun 2021, 20:38 • #65 
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C’mon guys, let's let kbobb speak. I have always found that the vast majority of values large arbor lovers espouse is regurgitation of marketing double speak with little basis in fact or application, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have something of value to offer. At the very least, we should hear him out so we can bring one of our brethren back to reality by pointing out the fallacies often encumbering the beliefs of those favoring large arbor reels.


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Post 18 Jun 2021, 21:27 • #66 
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this isn't a thread about beliefs or contemporary reels - it's about taking vintage reels fishing, and has been from the OP.

IMO, this is the most on-topic thread on this entire forum.
If you have a photo to contribute, please show us.
You're welcome to OP a thread "Reels that look like the wheels that keep spinning after the SUV stops"

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Post 18 Jun 2021, 21:30 • #67 
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We have other threads going, or could start one, on L.A. vs conventional spool, "modern" vs. old and so on. that's where kbbob's point could get its due. Let's try to keep this one on the "classic" reels. I'll just say most of mine if "classic" at all, got that way over decades of use beginning when I got them because they were darn good reels for my intended use. I don't like them because they are old; I like them because they were good enough to become old and not be set aside in favor of something else.


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Post 19 Jun 2021, 09:33 • #68 
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The reels I reach for most often, well used before I got them.
Still wishing for a Welterweight to finish the lineup.


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Post 19 Jun 2021, 18:23 • #69 
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Now there's a group to have at the tea party, right next to the fine china. A great series. Sometimes the way to add another of variant size is to look for "a Young by any other name." From narrow to wide spool, in a range of useful diameters/capacities, that series has it all. Thanks for showing. viewtopic.php?f=4&t=15275&p=147357&hilit=Shakespeare+plastic#p147357


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Post 19 Jun 2021, 19:33 • #70 
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I love vintage reels. Especially some of the JW young reels. I fish those a lot. I have a good variety of vintage reels (no where near bulldog status), the only martin have is a rebranded Orvis. I think its called the green mountain, its nice but I have yet to actually fish it. The funny thing is as much as I love vintage fly reels one of the most popular and beloved fly reels of all time the Medalist is one reel I haven't owned or fished. Unless you count Orvis Maddison's. So this week I remedied this oversight and I have three nice Medalists in the mail on their way to me. the last two outings I went on I was using a JW young. Heres some of my fav's. I've really been liking the Meisselbach's lately and will be putting them back into service shortly. I also will be using that small landex (a size you don't see as often) for some carp fishing.


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