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Martin LM Series Reels
Post 17 Feb 2021, 11:57 • #1 
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Just acquired my second Martin LM series reel. This one is the LM45. I already had the LM56. Both are silky smooth and work perfectly. Just wondering if anyone knows how much these reels cost when they were new? I had never come across them until I joined this Forum and read the high praise a lot of you have for them.



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Post 17 Feb 2021, 14:26 • #2 
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we dubbed those the poor-man's CFO - the single-best Martin reel.


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Post 17 Feb 2021, 18:13 • #3 
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$74.99 according to pics in this thread viewtopic.php?f=4&t=17769
I had just reread that thread a couple of weeks ago.


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Post 17 Feb 2021, 18:13 • #4 
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I've never seen those before but they look awesome. Do you have pics of the inside?

I'm guessing they are heavier than cfos which would make them great for fiberglass.


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Post 18 Feb 2021, 16:10 • #5 
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I'm guessing they are heavier than cfos which would make them great for fiberglass.


Good question! I have a CFO III Disc, which I also have spooled with a 4wt line. When I weighed the two reels on my scale at work, the Martin measured out at 3.94 oz. The CFO weighed 4.94 oz. Both of those numbers are with the line and backing. I would assume the click version of a CFO would weigh less than the disc version...


Martin LM45 and CFO III Disc, side by side.


Insides of the Martin


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Post 18 Feb 2021, 18:47 • #6 
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Oh! It's making me nervous the spare pawl is going to slip off its axle. One or the other is engaged according to your chosen winding direction but push that other one all the way on its axle/post or, better, remove it and save it.

One of Martin's best reels, nicely pictured. I thought they were a tad heavier than the CFO but we'd need a click model to compare.

The papers here show the nominal weight spec. Also the pawl configuration is explained. Save that spare, although with routine lubrication, you will probably never need it.

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1366&start=20#p14646


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Post 18 Feb 2021, 23:42 • #7 
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I have an LM78 that I picked up cheap (don't hate me!) and I find it's about right for six weight lines. For reasons unknown to me, the pawls behave like I had hand-tuned them, being very smooth on the uptake, and the drag range is wide; the sweetest of my Martin click-pawl reels.



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