When Pflueger rereleased its classic Medalist fly reel in 2015, it created quite the buzz in the flyfishing world. Some were tickled to see a modern version of the no-frills click-and-pawl fly reel they grew up fishing. Others, still using the same workhorse Medalists they bought decades ago, clung to the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto. If you ask me, they’re both right. Having started out flyfishing with a click-and-pawl, I’ve learned that in terms of trout fishing, these simple reels are all you’ll ever need, because the average trout isn’t going to rip line downriver into your backing. Plus, there is just something nostalgic about the tick, tick, tick of one of these reels when you’re fighting a fish. Best of all, click-and-pawls have remained affordable, and in truth, you don’t need a new one if you have a little understanding of what to look for at flea markets and garage sales.