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So, my grandfather passed away two years ago and had a lot of stuff in storage. My father has been going through it and giving me all the "fishing related" stuff. I've come across some pretty cool things. This is the most recent and I have no idea what it is or even where to start, so I figured I'd ask you guys. It's a very simple design. On the backside of it, it's got the word "Sord" and below that I can make out a W_ _ d_ _. So does anybody have any ideas? Anybody know anything about this reel? I'm sure it's nothing special, but figured you guys would get a kick out of it.

ETA: after Googling, the brand is a Sord Weldon, but that's all I know.





 

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Agree with Bitterroot: almost certainly a Sal-Trout made by Pflueger perhaps for Herter's. (There were also Herter botique versions of the Medalist and other reels.) The button on the backplate is a sliding button that engages the click pawl, or lets the reel free-spool. The Sal-trout was inexpensively made of stamped parts, but it's very light for its capacity and oddly elegant; an excellent reel for light trout and panfish use.
 

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Agree with Bitterroot: almost certainly a Sal-Trout made by Pflueger perhaps for Herter's. (There were also Herter botique versions of the Medalist and other reels.) The button on the backplate is a sliding button that engages the click pawl, or lets the reel free-spool. The Sal-trout was inexpensively made of stamped parts, but it's very light for its capacity and oddly elegant; an excellent reel for light trout and panfish use.
Exactly the kind of response I was looking for. Thanks Mac! :thumb:
 

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That's a sweet looking reel Kerry! I still think the Lord Weldon was made by Pflueger, for Herters, and they had it branded with some fancy name to make it sound more "British". I certainly could be wrong...I ain't no expert.
 

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So, any recommendations on how to clean this thing up? Since it's aluminum, it's pretty light and delicate so I don't want to use any harsh chemicals, but would like to shine it up.
 

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Tooth paste, aluminum polish from your local auto place, or baking soda. A toothbrush and your light polishing agent of choice and you'll be sporting a sweet looking old school reel. Show us the results please.
 

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Best thing to use is vinegar and hot water. Please don't use toothpaste - it'll mar the finish more than it already is. Go to the suggested Clarks Bamboo website suggested above, click on the sticky regarding cleaning old reels under the "classic reels" heading. There you'll find everything you need to know about cleaning it. Go here;

http://clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com/forums/72

I agree that it looks like a Pflueger "Sal-Trout" specially marked for a retailer. You could post the question w/photos on that site and probably find out for certain.
 
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