Rare Vintage Pflueger Autopla No. 2479 Fishing Reel

For Auction, this rare collector's quality vintage Pflueger Autopla Model No. 2479. This reel is in unusually good condition for the age and model. The autopla or auto-play, allowed the angler to fight the fish without havingto maintain pressure with the rod. The system works really well and tires outthe fish pretty much by itself. Similar in use to the automatic fly reels.
It is rare to find one of these that still has the mainspring unbroken, let alone as strong as this one still is. It is also rare to find this model with the "wooden" inserts still completely intact. This reel has been gently restored and refurbished so as not to damage the patina.
This reel works really well. There is some corrosion on the chrome plating and some brassing as you can see in the pictures.
The leather thumb brake a unique feature of this reel and is really the only 'drag'.
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