07-21-2004, 11:53 PM
I have just started to get serious about fly fishing and have a few questions I hope you guys can help with.
Over the years I have collected about 5 Pfluger Reels and spools. They all have line on them but I don't know what it is. Is there anyway to tell or test? Are the Pflugers sufficient to learn with or are they just old stuff?
thanks in advance.
07-22-2004, 12:17 AM
The Pfluegers are fine and back in the 50's and 60's were considered to be one of the better reels to get. Although you can find out what line weight the lines are by weighing the first 30' of them; however, you are much better off simply tossing them out and getting a new line that matches your rod or rods. The reason you are better off getting new lines and tossing the old ones is the old lines have been loosing plasticisers since they were removed from their protective packaging. This means the old lines will be prone to cracking and failure of the line coating. A new line will not have these and will also have the newer, far more durable and slicker line coatings of today.
The best thing to do is buy one or more (if you need different line weights for different rods) weight forward floating line in the size that matches your rod, and the best way to do this is at a local fly fishing store (usually called a fly shop). A fly shop has knowledgeable people working in it that the local Wal-mart doesn't so you will get what will work best for you, not just what happens to be on the shelf. The difference in price between a shop and the discount store is not very much when in comes to fly lines.
07-22-2004, 11:06 PM
Thanks for the answer. Being able to stick with the Plugers awhile will let me afford some new line.
One add'l note on the pfluegers... the newer ones allow the spool to be braked with the hand. This is important if you are fishing for large hard-running species like salmon, steelhead or coastal species in saltwater.
If you are fishing for trout, freshwater bass, the thumbscrew drag is sufficient.
07-23-2004, 06:47 AM
Those Pfluegers are great to learn with. I had one years ago and loved it.
Definitely replace the line. A Cortland 333 Weight Forward floater is perfect for learning the basics and won't break the bank.