Reel Suggestion for 3 weight glass rod

I just committed to buying a 6'6" 2/3 weight glass blank and will start building it up soon in anticipation for this summer's skinny water season. I'm still tossing some of the details around in my head and waiting to see the blank in person to see the exact color of it. I'd like to put a classic reel on it rather than buying a modern reel. I know nothing about old reels, so can you guys offer up some suggestions of models I should look for that will be appropriate for that size rod and won't cost a ton of money?

Greg Holt

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One suggestion: go "old school", with a Pfleuger (1774?) Progress. You can find them on the big shopping auction site, occasionaly in brass cage/aluminum spool. Just a beautiful old small capacity click and pawl that usually can be had for $30 in good shape. Light weight, classic looks, small diameter, sturdy enough to last another 50 years. I have several on "crick" rods and lighter bamboo rods.

Greg Armstrong

Greg Holt makes a good suggestion. If you wanted to go a little "older" old school, any of the light weight raised pillar "skeleton' reels would work well for not a lot of expense. Shakespeare, Winchester, Union Hardware (as well as the earlier version Pflueger Progress made in the skeleton style ) made these little reels that would suit a 3 wt. nicely.
Another nice reel that might work and is not quite as old (although a little heavier than the skeletons) is the Pflueger "Gem".
Or go contemporary and look for a Reddington CT (discontinued, but a really nice little click/pawl) or the new Orvis click/pawl that was mentioned in another thread here recently.
Have fun!


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A 1492 Medalist is another consideration that is appropriate for glass rods. I have one with a DT 3 and some backing. These are easily found and normally a bargain.
For modern reels it is hard to beat an Abel TR 2 for both DT3 and DT 4.
I'd look for a older (English made) CFO in a I, II,123, or a III. I like them over a lot of older reels due to the fact they have a exposed rim (open frame), light weight and can be found in click & pawl or disc.
Or go contemporary and look for a Reddington CT (discontinued, but a really nice little click/pawl)
or the reel that replaced it, the mid-arbor & machined Drift. I have the 5/6 size that I use for my lighter rods (the 5/6 is still only 3.9 oz. empty). I use it on my 6'6" 4wt glass and it balances it out really well. I like it better than the CT (although, I liked that as well). I also have an old Pflueger Supreme 3/4 (the gold machined one) that works really really well.

Greg Holt

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As long as we're making a "valentines list" of old favorites (and you all have mentioned some dandies), let's include the Martins, the model 61 for instance. Does anyone know if Martin built the Wards reels for a time? The 60 sure looks "Marinesque", especially the backside and the spool mounting screw.

Greg Holt

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But wait, there's more!
The Martin 61 was a ported spool clicker too, looked virtually identical (to my eye anyway) to the A&F "Yellowstone" pictured above. Offered usually in black body/silver trim.
Later on, Martin made an updated clicker model with palming rim, too (model 63SS), same light weight.

All of these were plenty light weight enough for a 2/3 glass rod, spoken in honor of the thread...