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Thread: Work-horses of yesteryear

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    Default Work-horses of yesteryear

    I'm over buying cheaper modern day reels after another new reel gave up the ghost yesterday. I have a couple of Youngs and although they don't have the perfect design and all the bells and whistles, they are tanks and I don't anticipate failure anytime soon.
    Problem is I need something for a heavier rod with a useful drag for larger freshwater fish (7/8/9 weight).

    What are the reels of a couple of decades ago that is worth looking at?

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    pflueger medalist? i have an olympic- medalist copy that is over 20 years old and was fished by Alan (seeker) for bass etc that looks like it will take another 20 years easy.

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    The Pflueger reels are heavy though are they not, even by older reel standards? It seems to be one of the few options with a workable drag though.

    This sort of goes against my modern cheap reel policy, but what about Stealth CAS2? My CAS1 is solid and seems to hold up well, seems like a solid design.

    Does Leeda have anything to look at?

    Scientific Anglers System2?

    Battenkill is really pretty, but a little more pricey, and depending on the model, palm drag system.
    Same with the Shakespeare Super Condex, also palm drag, but one can pick them up rather cheaply.

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