Hardy Perfect Line Capacities? - Spey Pages
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-08-2007, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Lawrence S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Southwestern Montana & Eastern Idaho
Posts: 261
Hardy Perfect Line Capacities?

I have not seen many line capacity recomendations for Hardy Perfects. I know there are plenty of you out there with such knowledge & I'm quite sure it would be appreciated by many spey pages members. Although it is not in the realm of spey, it would be nice to see trout sizes also. I am far from a Hardy Perfect expert so if you could clue me in on sizes and capacities etc. I would appreciate it!

Hardy Perfects I know of of the top of my head:

2 7/8"
3 1/8"
3 3/8"
3 5/8"
3 7/8"
4"
????????? Wide drum versions?

My version of a $5000 a week steelhead lodge.
Lawrence S is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 07:43 AM
That Guy in PEI.....
 
Salmon Chaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Atlantic Salmon rivers of Eastern Canada
Posts: 2,080
Send a message via MSN to Salmon Chaser
While no expert either i will quote from and '82 catalog.
3 1/8"
DT-4-F and 40yds.
DT-5-F no backing
WF-5-F and 60yds
WF-6-F and 40yds.

3 3/8"
DT-5-F and 100yds
DT-6-F and 70yds
WF-6-F and 140yds.
DT-7-F and 40yds.
WF-7-F and 120yds.
WF-8-F and 100yds

3 5/8"
DT-7-F and 180yds
WF-7-F and 260yds.
DT-8-F and 150yds.
WF-8-F and 240yds.
DT-9-F and 120yds.
WF-9-F and 220yds.
DT-10-F and 10yds.
WF-10-F and 170yds.

I have a 50's-ish 3 3/4" WD perfect that has about 220yds of 20lb and will easily carry a DT-8/9 Spey line.
my LHW 3 5/8" Perfect is set up exactly as the catalog states with 150yds of 20lb and a DT-8-F lazer line

I have no idea about the 2 7/8" but the 3 7/8 perfect looks similar in size to the St John, which is 3 7/8", so i would think the specs on that reel would be similar. Also the Marquis #1 is 3 7/8" and is comparable to the St John as to what it is rated at in the catalog. Looking further the #9/10 Sunbeam is also comparable at 3 7/8" quite similar in line holding capability.
Salmon Chaser

There are only two options, you can fish above me or B-LOW me!!!!!
Lifetime Member of the FRSCA
East Coast Skagisil Jedi
DON'T BE A VOGT............
Salmon Chaser is offline  
post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 01:05 PM
Registered User
 
pescaphile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: SE Alaska
Posts: 461
I don't believe those numbers at all Salmon Chaser. I don't doubt that you got them from a Hardy catalog but they just don't come close to my experience. There's no way my 3-5/8" Perfect will hold a DT10F line. I have a DT7F on mine and estimate there's about 100 yds of backing on it.

Edit: I found a Hardy leaflet that came with one of my Hardy reels. I havejust copied and pasting your data into this post and highlighted the desrepencies in bold. I've also pointed out the sinking specs where they contradict your data. Here's what Hardy specified on the that leaflet:

3 1/8"
DT-4-F and 40yds.*
DT-5-F no backing (Matches)
WF-5-F and 50yds
WF-6-F and 25yds.

3 3/8"
DT-5-F and 100yds*
DT-6-F and 25yds
WF-6-F and 50yds
DT-7-F and 40yds. (DT-7-S and 50yds)
WF-7-F and 25yds
WF-8-F and 100yds (WF-8-S and 50yds)

3 5/8"
DT-7-F and 75yds
WF-7-F and 80yds.
DT-8-F and 50yds.
WF-8-F and 60yds
DT-9-F and 120yds.*
WF-9-F and 220yds.*
DT-10-F and 10yds.*
WF-10-F and 170yds.*

* No capacity specified for this line

I'm sure these numbers may not be entirely accurate as well. Hardy seems to have spec'd different values at different times.
pescaphile is offline  
post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 01:53 PM
That Guy in PEI.....
 
Salmon Chaser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Atlantic Salmon rivers of Eastern Canada
Posts: 2,080
Send a message via MSN to Salmon Chaser
Well i just dug out another one from '88 and there is a huge difference This matches almost to the letter what your leaflet states Pescaphile. Here's what they say in 1988.
3 1/8"
DT-4-F 30yds
WF-5-F 50yds

3 3/8"
DT-6-F 25yds
WF-6-F 50yds

3 5/8"
DT-7-F 75yds
WF-7-F 80yds.

I also just checked the reel and its a WF 8 on it,, not a DT
I am going to load a spare spool with a 10wt just to see if it's possible
Salmon Chaser

There are only two options, you can fish above me or B-LOW me!!!!!
Lifetime Member of the FRSCA
East Coast Skagisil Jedi
DON'T BE A VOGT............
Salmon Chaser is offline  
post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-09-2007, 02:07 PM
Registered User
 
Chas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: The River I am fishing on.
Posts: 288
Are you looking for Hardy Perfect wide Salmon, line and backing capabilities for 3 1/2",3 3/4", 4", and 4 1/4"? If so, what type and size of spey line are you using?

___________________
It is all about the hunt

Chas
Chas is offline  
post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-11-2007, 12:00 PM
Registered User
 
tweedside's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Tweed
Posts: 461
To simplify Perfect sizing...

Perfects sized in inches followed by x/16" or x/8" are trout reels.
Those marked x/4" or 1/2" - or without any fraction - are salmon reels with wider drums. Yes, you can use the larger trout reels for salmon but they were designed for heavy single-hand rods, not for 2 hand rods.

Chas - previous post - says the same thing but without explaination.

For what its worth I have found that the 41/4" is probably the most useful reel for heavier spey lines, the 4" for typical 9/10 lines and the 3 3/4 for the lighter lines. (The 3 1/2" is really best on a singlehand or "switch"rod). I base this on requiring 200yds or more of 30-lb. Micron as backing.

The back-row reels shown on my Avatar are 4 1/2 through to 3 1/2" excluding my 4 1/4" which a friend has borrowed. the shiney narrow drum 4" is an early Farlows Perfect knock off.
The front row are various Bogdan knockoffs, except for the Hart (marked Orvis) at the far end.

Best wishes

Brian

Last edited by tweedside; 03-11-2007 at 12:04 PM. Reason: typo.
tweedside is offline  
post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 10:29 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: UK:SouthTyne and Findhorn
Posts: 110
It's all very well to talk about line capacities of Hardy Perfects if you have figured out a way to get the blooming thing into a modern reel fitting! Would any of you care to admit how you have done it

Tight lines
Richard
pond.olive is offline  
post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 11:36 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: The rivers of Northern Oregon
Posts: 256
Quote:
Originally Posted by pond.olive View Post
It's all very well to talk about line capacities of Hardy Perfects if you have figured out a way to get the blooming thing into a modern reel fitting! Would any of you care to admit how you have done it

Tight lines
Richard
There's a guy here in the states named Bill Archuleta who specializes in vintage reels, I've seen multiple other posts referencing him when acquiring a 'modern' reel foot for older Perfects and such.
hooksetter1 is offline  
post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 12:15 PM
Relapsed Speyaholic
 
sinktip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Posts: 4,232
Electrical tape

Hardy-Davidson

"Loud reels save lives"
.
sinktip is offline  
post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 12:53 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Skeena
Posts: 475
Gettting a new reel foot built is one way to do it. Please do not file the reel foot too make it fit. The other way is getting a rod built to fit the reel. Thats what I did. I know that Bob Clay and Bob Meiser both with adjust their rods so that the old reels will fit, plus they are both sponsers.

Last edited by bluemoon; 06-02-2010 at 12:57 PM. Reason: spelling errors
bluemoon is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Spey Pages forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hardy Perfect Brookieslayer General 5 01-14-2007 10:57 AM
Hardy Perfect Brookieslayer General 26 01-13-2007 10:51 PM
The Hardy Perfect Dana Tackle 30 10-07-2003 11:27 AM
Rio line/backing capacities for Bogdan reels R.B. Craddock Tackle 3 01-02-2003 03:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome