I got my very first fly outfit for Christmas when I was ten years old, and the reel screwed down on the handle of that yellow Eagle Claw rod was a Pflueger Medalist. I'm certain I'm not the only one who called that reel his or her first. Despite the fact that I genuinely like click-and-pawl reels, I haven't fished that Medalist in decades. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it, it's just that I (like many fly anglers) graduated to better reels, and sort of roped the Medalist into the beginner category. In truth, anyone who knows anything about these reels knows that early models were tough as nails. Then, in the 70s and beyond, more and more plastic components crept into the Medalist, which sort of took them out of play for the guy like me that worried about his gear standing up to a big fish, or just taking repeated beatings on the river. But before the plastic, Medalist were the reels of choice for legendary anglers that pioneered everything from tarpon fishing to pike fishing on the fly. Well, seeing that I am a vintage tackle buff, I am pretty excited about the new Medalists being shown for the first time here at ICAST, because it seems the company took that history into account for the reissue.