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flyred06 10-07-2009 03:30 PM

possible classic rod & reel
This is just a small rod and reel that I picked up at an auction this past week. The rod is a 6 1/2 ft 5wt wright & mcgill eagle claw and the reel is a medalist 1595 RC. Would you consider this combo to be a classic or just a pile of junk? I only gave $27 for both.

Plunker 10-07-2009 06:32 PM

I'm certainly no expert....
But that is a cool looking stick!!!!
I dig the copper look to the hardware.

Question is....hows it fish?

tennswede 10-07-2009 07:44 PM

It's a fiberglass production rod which is still made to this day. The newer ones made in the last decade or so are made in China. I own one of those myself. Before that they were made in the U.S.A. They are never going to be collectibles, but they are nice and very fishble rods. If you like slow action that is. As for the reel. The older ones ( I can't tell if yours is a newer one or not) are made in the U.S.A. Again, the last decade or so they have been outsourced to China. The reel are sought after on eBay in certain sizes if it's the U.S made version. If it's the Chinese version not so much. If I were you I wouldn't worry about the value, you have got a nice small stream set up for very little money. Just go fish with it!

flyred06 10-07-2009 09:38 PM

It may not be real valuable but it is the closet thing I have to a classic rod. How can you tell where the rod and reel is made. I looked on the reel and rod pretty close and didn't see any markings showing the place of manufacturing.

Troutman 10-07-2009 10:12 PM

Flyred, I've got the same rod except my reelseat is a lighter gold color. It's not really a collectors item other than the fact that they don't make the all metal reelseat on them anymore. Its a very cheap plastic one now. I bought mine new a couple of years ago sitting in a corner of the campstore at Indian boundary campground. I gave $15 for it. I strung it up and have caught a few bream and small largemouth on it. It likes either a DT5wt or WF 6 line. The rod cast pretty good for a $15 butt over tip rod that needs one more guide installed right above the ferrule. The line seems to slap the rod at that point.

The reel you have looks like one of the newer versions. The olders one have a "Made in USA" writting on the white center cap on the spool. The older ones were mostly made in Akron, OH and it was inscribed on the back on the reel.

You have a great inexpensive fiberglass rod/reel combo that will catch fish as well as any.

flyred06 10-07-2009 10:18 PM

Troutman thanks for the info. I gave $27 for the whole thing. I have to say I really kind of like the reel and the rod surprised me on the way it cast for such a short rod. Can not wait to catch something on it.

tennswede 10-08-2009 10:31 AM


Like troutman said, you probably have a newer version of reel. The old ones clearly says: Made in U.S.A. As for the rod. The new ones had a sticker on the reel seat saying made in China. Your's may well be of U.S. origin. In either case it's a fairly new rod. I have one myself and they are nice for nymphing. If I'm not mistaken they have polyester blend in the blank.

Varmitcounty 10-09-2009 11:58 AM

If you can use it, enjoy it, and catch fish with it, then its a classic.

Petey 11-09-2009 11:06 PM

I have a late 60's, early 70's model Fenwick. 7'6" 5wt 2pc that was given to me by an ex brother-in-law in near perfect condition. It too is a fiberglass rod. It has the original sock and tube .

I condsider it one the gems of my collection.

It doesn't handle like a new 911 but more like a 69 Cadillac Covertible. All about the sunny weekend afternoon drives.

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