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dating a Pflueger skilkast #1953

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I'm wondering if anyone anyone here can shed some light on the age of a Pflueger Skilkast #1953 baitcasting reel with a plastic spool? I'm a flyfisherman and use vintage/antique equipment. I'm using my grandfather's 1940 Montague Splitswitch bamboo rod with his Pflueger Medalist #1494 reel with a restored 1950's silk level line. I picked up the Skilkast in order to use the casting rod sections of the Splitswitch rod with an era appropriate reel, but I'm thinking it is not 1940's but the 50's, not that it matters all that much but I like knowing exactly what I've got. I also have a Pflueger Medalist #1495 that I use with a Montague Rapidan rod from 1933. Love the old stuff, it's so much nicer looking than the new, especially some of the baitcasters with the etchings/engravings on them. Hope somone can help.
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I can’t help with a date right now, but you do have the first version of the Skilkast. The round dots on the edge of the face plate mark it as a first version if my memory serves.
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I have this in '51 Ward's catalog
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I believe the green handle is a replacement from an Akron model.

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The #1953 in the Wards catalog says it has an aluminum spool. Mine is plastic so maybe it is newer even than 1951?
spadej1, was the first version of the Skilkast made in 1941? Something about 6 screws on the face plate then, but went to 5 after the war? It's funny I didn't really like the green handles that much when I bought it, I guess correct ones wouldn't be too hard to come by. Thanks to all

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The nylon spools on the Skilkast were apparently scarce, according to Lawson. It would likely be post-war, but I don't know the year. It wasn't the first version. Aluminum spools were used up until WWII.

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Great, thank you wrong99.

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I wrote a whole an article on plastic spooled Pfluegers. Akrons. Summits, Silcasts, and Nobbys all appear with plastic spools in 1948. The only two Pflueger ads I have found illustrating the plastic spool were both in 1948. After looking on the bottom of boxed plastic spooled reels (In excess of 50 boxes) all but one were dated 1948. The lone exception was dated Dec 1947.
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Bill, Thanks so much, good to know. wrong99 thought the handle was from an Akron model, but I've seen alot of #1953's online that have the green handles, I don't think they were exclusive to Akron, maybe I'm wrong. It sure looks nice on my grandfather's 1940 Montague Splitswitch!

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Each of the common Pflueger reels during this period had its own unique color knobs on the handle. The standard Akron had the bright green knobs and as it was by far the most common of these reels, tackle shops had them as replacements, thus you will find them on all the other reels as replacements. The original handle had knobs that were a rich, mottled, bright brown color on all Skilcasts.
I love to get old reels, work on them until they run as smooth as silk and the take them fishing using pre-1960 plugs, mostly surface fishing for Largemouths after dark.

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Interesting! You think it is hard to find original handles for the #1953? I think it would be nice to have those, I prefere those mottled brown handles.

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Here are the images I wanted to upload



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Nice combo.

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plenty of Skilcasts around and plenty of Skilcast handles. I'm pretty sure the rod in the photo is significantly older than your reel.
I love to get old reels, work on them until they run as smooth as silk and the take them fishing using pre-1960 plugs, mostly surface fishing for Largemouths after dark.

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I love to get old reels, work on them until they run as smooth as silk and the take them fishing using pre-1960 plugs, mostly surface fishing for Largemouths after dark.

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Bill, I believe the rod is 1940. I have a reciept that was in the Pflueger Medalist reel that was my grandfathers, dated April 20, 1940. He bought 1 Rod for $8.00 and a reel for $2.50 and 1 line for $2.00. I'm assuming it was the Medalist 1494, because it's in that box, and the Montague Splitswitch. As I said I'm assuming because he owned a Montague Flash and some baitcasting rods and reels as well. I'm sure the receipt is for the Medalist but not sure about what rod he may have bought that day. It could have been the Flash thinking the Splitswitch would possibly have cost more than$8.00. Thanks for the link to the fishinghistory blog, I will check it out.

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Send me a PM with your address and I'll send you a skilkast handle.
I would like any unusual pflueger casting reels!

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