I have quite a few medalists. In fact, all my old Fenwick Glass rods have medalists on them. All mine are older made in the US models. And you guys use them for spey lines?????? Hmmmmmm. Must be the newer heads I'm assuming. I know most of the traditional lines WON'T fit on them with any backing. I know I tried loading up my old 1498 and there wasn't enough room. But those were older lines too.