Martin fly fishing reel model # 72

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  1. mjd1973

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    Is there anyone that could give me any info on this reel? Best fly line weight, capacity and lb test of backing, and anything else? IMG_20200525_192945.jpeg IMG_20200525_193005.jpeg

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  2. UBDSLO1

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    Looks like a Martin Multiplier reel to me.
     
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  3. don

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    A 3 to 1 ratio multiplier reel to be exact that is no longer made. One revolution of the handle equaled three times the line retrieved when compared to a reel with 1 to 1 retrieve.
    Still awesome for "chucknduck" style steelhead fishing as long as the drag is smooth.
    Sold originally for approximately $40.00 or less, the value now is closer to $100.00 in good condition as pictured for the original Martin 72.

    Zebco bought out Martin several years ago and introduced a model similar due to high demand but the newer model is a far cry from the original Martin built model 72.
     
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  4. june bugger

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    I still have one that has landed well over a thousand steelhead. Make's a huge difference how full you keep your spool also. Dons dead on with what he said also. They are somewhat heavy but balanced out ok on a 10-10 1/2ft rods with michigan style handle
     
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    what are your intentions, use mono or flyline and for what kind of fish and rod?
     
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    Great information. I have one that's like new , have probably had for 25-30 yr's.
     
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    first you would need to spool with a backing, then a 7-8 weight floating forward taper would probably work well for throwing larger patterns and poppers. still could double as a panfish set up as well