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Relaunching America's most iconic fly reel. The new Pflueger® Medalist standard arbor fly reel, redesigned with full machined aluminum construction and multi-position click and pawl system. A modern classic.
  • Machined Aluminum frame and spool
  • Standard Arbor
  • Click and Pawl
  • Polymer Handle
  • Left/Right hand Retrieve
  • Quick Release - Quick release spool
  • Reel Pouch

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Medalist Fly Reel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and excellent reel for the price. My grandpa bought this reel during the 70's. When he gave up fly fishing, he gave me his medalist. To this day it still works like its brand new out of the package. He never told me how much he spent on it, but it's a great reel. My grandpa passed away almost 3 years now, on Valentine's Day, but this reel he gave me is all I have to remember him. I feel like he's always with me, my younger brother, and my dad when we go fishing. And on the plus side it's still in great shape for being over 30 years old.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Medalist - Fantasic reel! All the reviews here seem to be about the original style Medalists. I have all sizes of original Medalists and use them regularly, models 1494, 1494 1/2, 1495, 1495 1/2, 1496 1/2, 1498. They're all 40 to 60 years old and work perfectly. I love them so much that I have multiple copies of all the reels listed above. As amazing as the original reels are, this review is about the new and completely redsigned Pflueger Medalist. So far I only have the 5/6 size, but I'm so impressed by it that I'll soon have the other two sizes. These new reels are so different than the old ones that the only shared traits are the handle shape, name, and color scheme. The old reels are cast, these are machined. The old reels are screwed together, these are all one piece of aluminum. The old reels have a friction drag mechanism, these are wishbone click and pawl. The old ones can not be palmed, these new ones have a palming rim. The old reels have a somewhat funky four clicks one way, eight clicks the other sound they make, the new ones sound like a Hardy or an original CFO. The old ones normally have slight tolerance differences between the various components that does not effect performance but is noticeable, the new ones have no wobble or rotational variance. These new Medalists are just about the best thing that could ever happen to a Medalist lover. They are absolutely amazing reels. Thank you so much to those involved in this quantum leap forward. That's a hard thing to say when the original reels are so great, but to see such an incredible improvement in quality, function, design and beauty is about as good as it gets. Thank you dearly for making these reels!
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There is no such thing as a bad Pflueger Reel Had Many Pflueger over many years. My Medalist is over 3 years ld and is still one of my favcorites.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thanks for bringing back a classic! Great reel, but you already knew that! Stands up to South CentrL Alaska fishing as expected....... huge lake trout, all five salmon species, sheefish up north, you name it! Go buy one, or two. I think better constructed than the indestructible old ones!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great reel I have been using Pflueger Medalist fly reels for years for steelhead fishing mostly although I have caught salmon on them occasionally . I think they are the best fly reels available and reasonably priced .
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from medalst fly reals I have used these work horse for 35 years. still my go to reals.. I have worn out to orvis batenkills I have never replaced any bearings or drags on the Medalist reals
Date published: 2016-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dependable fly reel The Pflueger Medalist Fly Reel has been a constant companion on streams in the western states. It's rugged, no nonsense approach to what a fly reel should be has kept it in my travel bag for years. Sure there are tons of reels available, but I'm rough on gear, and this is one that you can depend on. The drag is smooth. Easily cleaned and lubricated. You can't ask for a better reel for the money spent. I still fish with my father's previous models.
Date published: 2016-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I have been using my 3 Medalist reels for over forty years. From 10 inch Brook Trout to 10 pound Atlantic Salmon. I hope the new models are just as good. No Hi-priced yuppie reels for me!! Bob Van Brunt Wiscasset Maine
Date published: 2017-08-28
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