Old Pflueger Medalist Reels

from my collection

amago mark


Model #1494 1926 - Pflueger Medalist reels were produced. They succeed the conservative design, and are produced still now.

1930s-1940s - "Trademark, Pflueger Medalist, Made in USA" on spool latch cover
Model # stamped to below of the front plate
Bronze spindle
Round metal Diamolite line guard
6 rivets around spool latch cover
Amber colored plastic handle
Aluminum spool latch cover
Knurled metal drag knob
Sculpted cross pillars, riveted to body

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Model #1494 This is rare reel indeed. It seems to have been manufactured between the change over from the round line guard to the rectangular. It has every identifying part of a early 30's model except the rectangular line guard.
I think it was made in late 1940s.

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Model #1492 1950s - "Trademark, Pflueger Medalist, Made in USA" on spool latch cover
Model #, "Patented" stamped to below of the front plate (1959, "Made in Akron O USA" was stamped on the front plate)
Steel spindle
Rectangular metal Diamolite line guard
6 rivets around spool latch cover
Ivory colored plastic handle
Ivory colored plastic spool latch cover
Ivory colored plastic drag knob
Nylon drag plate
Straight cross pillars, screwed to frame, and size of line guard became large, except 1492
(The 3rd reel may have been changed to a spool of 1960s, or only latch cover may have been changed to a thing of 1950s.)

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Model #1492 1960s (pre-1966) - "Pflueger Medalist, Made in USA" on spool latch cover (no trademark stamp 1964)
Model #, "Made in Akron O USA" stamped to below of the front plate
Rectangular metal Diamolite line guard
3 rivets around spool latch cover
Ivory colored plastic handle
Ivory colored plastic spool latch cover
Ivory colored plastic drag knob
Straight cross pillars, screwed to frame, except 1492
The 1492 1/2 finally showed up.
Model #1494 DA 1966 - Shakespeare Tackle Company acquired Pflueger, but production was continued in Akron until 1969.
The Pflueger name, model# "DA", "Made in USA" stamped to below of the front plate
"DA" is "dual action", right or left hand retrieve.

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Orvis Madison 4/5 1970s - Pflueger made the Madison Model 4/5, 6/7, 8, and 9 under the Orvis label.
Production was moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1969.
The adjustment of the drag has the type that turns the disk with the lever besides same type as the medallist and adjusts the drag.

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Model #1494 CJ 1980s - Production was moved to China, Japan and Hong Kong in 1979.
Shakespeare Medalists had the reel foot that were coarser, less refined.
"Pflueger Medalist" "Shakespeare" on the spool latch cover
"CJ (Japan) and AK (Hong Kong, China)" stamped after the model numbers
"Japan, China or Hong Kong" in the reel foot
(The next reel is the 1492CJ that was remodeled by me. Originally, the pillars of 1492CJ were riveted to body.)

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Model #1492 AK 1990s - Only "Pflueger Medalist" on the spool latch cover.
The Pflueger name, model# "AK", "Medalist" stamped to below of the front plate
The pillars are put to body with screws.

2012 - "Pflueger Medalist" was discontinued. (This AK is a model that I bought in 2005.)
Sources of reference:
Pflueger Medalist Reels - A History /
Fly Anglers OnLine

Pflueger / History of Akron & Summit County
Shakespeare's history / Shakespeare
(Access 03/10/2005)


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