This section of our web site called “Pfine Tuning Your Pflueger.” The purpose of this page will be to pass along many of the fine tuning tricks, and helpful hints that we have discovered over the years of our tinkering and tuning Pflueger Medalist reels. It is our hope that this relay of information will make your Medalist a more workable and pleasurable reel to fish.
When manufacturing our new replacement parts, we test fit these new parts into dozens of different Medalist reels. This testing ensures good workable fits across a wide spectrum of reels. The Pflueger Medalist is a stamped frame reel that has gone through many location and tooling changes throughout its long and proud history. Despite these many changes, we have found that most parts are interchangeable in this workhorse of a fly reel.
We have also learned that there can be subtle differences between reels. Sometimes these differences call for a minor adjustment or “tweaking” to make the reel perform to its fullest. Most adjustments, we have found, are rather easy fixes that can be performed at home or in the shop with the simplest of tools.
We invite our friends and customers to e-mail us Here with other tips and hints that will enhance the pleasure of fishing the great Pflueger Medalist.
Because this is a moving part that is in contact with two spring loaded pins, a thin layer of light oil or silicon based lubricant may be applied to both sides of our drag plates before installation. Use sparingly and wipe off any excess on the brake shoe or the reel frame before using the reel.
Guidelines for Selecting Correct Size of Counterbalance
When ordering please specify the spool hole diameter of your Pflueger Medalist. If you are unsure of the hole diameter (the outer hole opposite the handle) of your Medalist reel, here is a quick little test that will help you determine the correct counterbalance for your reel.
If you can drive a #2 pencil eraser into the hole with a little force you probably have the 0.250 diameter hole spool and would order the large diameter counterbalance. If the eraser looks like there is no chance of going through the spool hole you will probably need the small 0.220 diameter counterbalance for your Medalist. If you are still unsure, please feel free to contact One-Pfoot.
Note: The screw for the Large Diameter balance requires a 3/32" hex key; and the screw for the Small Diameter balance requires a 5/64" hex key.
Spool Latch Cover
After fitting and installing dozens of these Spool Latch Covers, we were pretty confident that we had made yet another foolproof universal part for the Medalist. And then, last year at a show, a customer asked me to change the spool latch cover on one of his favorite Medalist reels. Much to my surprise I found that the old spool release lever would not fit into our new replacement cover. Rummaging around in my small tool kit, I found a small fine file and a whetstone. With these two tools, I gently filed and honed the sides of the spool release lever (or “Spool Release Cam” as Pflueger shows it in their parts list). Very shortly it was filed enough to fall in place into the pocket on our replacement Spool Latch Cover.
Click Pawl with Spring
Click pawl springs are compression springs. Because our springs are made of stainless steel instead of the original bronze alloy and because all Pfluegers were not created equal, some owners may notice greater compression when using these replacements. In some cases, the new springs may even drive the click pawl up against the drag plate, making it difficult to turn the spool. This can be easily remedied. By gently grinding one end of the springs using a bench grinder or belt sander, or even a dremel-type tool, you can shorten the spring to custom-fit your own reel. This process, if done properly, may take four or five gentle grindings and fittings to get the perfect feel and sound you desire. The trick here is to be patient and work slowly.
In the process of fitting your new replacement springs you may find subtle differences in the sound and feel of these new springs. This is due primarily in the difference of materials between the old and the new springs. The compression springs from older Pflueger Medalist are made of bronze alloy materials while our newer Spool Cam Release and the Click Pawl Springs are manufactured of a high grade stainless steel. These new springs will ensure a long life and maximum corrosion resistance.
To insure a proper and pleasing fit to any of the above spring kits, it may be necessary to grind a little off one end of the new replacement spring. This can easily be done by hand on any number of shop tools such as a bench grinder, belt sander, or even a hand held dremel type tool. We advise that you work slowly while grinding and shortening the springs. A trial and error method seems to work the best. Try grinding very small amounts off the spring and then fitting it to the reel - sometimes as many as four or five fittings are needed—until you get a pleasing and desirable feel and sound.
We ask that our customers please take a few minutes to read this text and carefully examine the accompanying pictures at right before ordering replacement screws. You may get a better idea of the screws that you need for your reel by taking one out of your reel and comparing it to the diagram.
"Along the way I learned something that you no doubt already know, but thought I'd pass along the experience. As I installed the sculpted pillars and cinched everything down, one of the reels was binding a bit when wound - obviously something was not lined up right. So, it dawned on me that it probably makes sense to follow a logical pattern when tightening these screws, so that the two sides have a chance to line up correctly. My approach was to loosen up all 5 screws on each side, and then I started with a light snugging of the two reel foot screws on each side, and the one directly above it on the frame (12 o'clock position), figuring that this triangle would establish the basic alignment. Then snugged the two screws on each side at the horizontal positions (3 and 9 o'clock), followed by a round of final tightening of everything, in the same sequence. That seemed to do the trick. So, perhaps that's a Pfine Tuning tip that may help some customers get your parts properly installed."
Submitted by Steve Johnson, Big Sky, Montana
During our conversation with customers via e-mail, on the phone, and at shows, the one question consistently asked about this product continues to be: “How do I change the handle on my reel?” Although the instructions accompanying the Replacement Handle will give more detail, it is simply a matter of gently grinding off just the metal nub which is the tip of the handle rivet. With the end of the handle rivet removed, the old handle will easily slide off. Then place the One-Pfoot Replacement Handle on the existing handle rivet and tap on, as instructed, the nickel-silver cap that is included in the package.
Please e-mail us Here with other tips and hints that will enhance the pleasure of fishing the great Pflueger Medalist.