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Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Salmon River NY Lake Champlain Tribs
Medalist 1598 RC (Rim Control)
It's a Pflueger Medalist 1598 RC (Rim Control). Total reel is 4" across (spool is 3 11/16" and 1" wide). 9.8 oz. Takes WF 12 and 75 yds 30# backing. At least mine does. Prices appear to be $35 to $45 depending on where you look.
I don't know about the big old ones.
There were some older 1495 models which had metal circular line guards. However, I don't know if they made them in the 4" size range.
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