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vintage fly reel restoration

Vintage Fly Reel Restoration

Presented By Paul Ricker

Algonkin Fly Fishers

February 19, 2009

why buy a vintage reel
Why buy a Vintage Reel?
  • Affordable alternative to modern reels
  • Restoration of long forgotten gear hidden in basement
  • Nostalgia - opportunity to fish with older (and sometimes better) technology
  • Backup reel to complement current gear
acquiring a reel
Acquiring a Reel
  • Garage / Yard Sale
  • Antique Stores
  • EBay
  • Online Fly Fishing Forums
what am i looking for
What am I looking For?
  • Frame is not cracked, bent, or warped
  • Spindle is straight and not worn
  • No missing parts (Latch Cover, Drag Knob, handle, etc.)
  • Limited corrosion (Paint and finish wear is acceptable)
desirable reels 1
Desirable Reels (1)
  • Under $50
    • Pflueger Medalist, or Gem
    • Heddon-Daisy 300 series
    • Martin MG series, or 67 series
    • Ocean 35, or 76
    • Miesselbach Rainbow or Airex
desirable reels 2
Desirable Reels (2)
  • $50-100
    • J. W. Young Condex, Pridex, or Beaudex
  • $100-300+
    • Hardy Perfect, St. John, St. George, Marquis, or Lightweight
    • Scientific Anglers System series
    • Orvis CFO or Battenkill (*English Made)
cleaning maintaining your reel
Cleaning & Maintaining Your Reel
  • Take the reel down as far as you feel comfortable.
  • Wipe everything down with paper towels or q-tips
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Vinegar-water bath. This is generally four parts warm water to one part vinegar.
      • 30 to 45 minutes for painted reels, or rubber side plates and handles
      • 1 hour for lead finished alloy fly reels
      • 2 hours for plated brass
      • 3 hours for bare brass or German silver

(Take a soft tooth brush to the debris every 10-15 minutes)

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Dilute soap bath (Dawn Soap)- very dilute.
  • Final rinse - very thorough cold-water rinse here.
  • Air dry overnight
  • Rub with a wax or silicone guncloth
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Lube and reassemble
    • Use Quantum Hot Sauce
      • Hot Sauce Grease on drag gears, and on worn and wobbly spindles.
      • Hot Sauce Lube (light oil) on spindles/bushings, handle spindles, pawl stanchions, bearings, drag blocks and threads.
pflueger medalist tips
Pflueger Medalist Tips
  • Pre-1966 reels are most desirable
    • Circle Trade mark on latch cover
    • Stamped Made in Akron O USA or Patented on reel frame
    • No Letters after model number stamp
    • 6 Rivets around spool latch cover
  • Reel foot seat may not fit all reel seats
    • Replacement feet and parts available from OnePfoot.com
  • Use blue Loctite on frame screws