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  • Friday, April 14, 2006

    Reel Old Friends In Yellowstone

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  • AS SIMPLE AS IT GETS

    Pfluger Medalist

    About 1938

    Acquired 1960

    Used Often

    Good Tool


    There must still be millions of these in use, (or usable,) today. Some are antiques. Fly fishing would be elsewhere today without this reel. They are great tools, sturdy, becoming collectible, and a joy to use. An American classic that has survived the rush toward "fancy" and resisted the push for planned obsolescence. With a little care and consideration these will last several lifetimes. Although the modern version has been made in various places offshore, the earlier ones have that distinctly American quality that shouts "use me, I can take it!" A fly reel for all seasons.

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  • ANOTHER REEL SIMPLE TOOL


    Hedon Imperial

    About 1948

    Acquired 1966

    Used Often

    Smooth, Reliable


    Not quite as popular, nor as simple, nor as inexpensive as the Pfluger, this was the upper middle class choice of the day. Fly fishermen brought this reel to Yellowstone early and often. It is still a very good tool, and will last quite some time if properly cared for. This one is smoother than the Pfluger and the 'click' is more subtle in sound and feel. The post war years in Yellowstone saw many of these antique fly reels in use.

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  • REEL FINE ANTIQUE TOOL

    Hardy Uniqua

    About 1930

    Acquired 1971

    Used Frequently

    A Joy To Use



    This was the prototype for fine inexpensive fly fishing reels well into the 1950's. Today it is a collectible antique and very seldom seen in Yellowstone. It is, still, more precisely built, and operates more smoothly than many fly reels built on CNC machinery. This was produced back when the British had the wherewithal and stamina to compete with the world in manufacturing.

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  • A Contemporary Friend

    G. Loomis Adventure #5

    About 1994

    Acquired 1995

    Used Occasionally

    Surprisingly Good Value

    This modern reel is becoming a friend. It was a gift and I was a bit taken aback because I have so many reels, and he knows it. The knowledgeable fisherman that gave it to me suggested that not all good things came in old packages. I was a bit skeptical, but since we fish together sometimes, it was politically correct to use it and preserve our friendship. The damn thing is surprising. It feels a bit like the Hedon, (above,) but is a bit lighter. The machine work is not delicate but it is proficient and accurate.

    Gary designs his rods for his body size and strength. They are a bit much for me. This reel, however, is an amazing accomplishment for the price. I just might buy one if I was after another trout reel.