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Martin, I have Gary's 1172. I paired it up with a Hardy princess and find it a perfect match! What a combo and a joy to cast! I have a ACR 1214 and paired that up with a Marquis #10, again I feel a perfect match
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I have his 11'4" 3 wt and also find that the Hardy Princess is a good fit for me.
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Thanks Guys! I think the Hardy princess meets my budget and have a good number of votes from this group.
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Thanks Guys! I think the Hardy princess meets my budget and have a good number of votes from this group.
I'll 3rd, or 4th, or whatever the Princess too. I fish my perfects more often, but have a princess with a 6wt 40+ line on it that is very sweet on my 4 wt Meis.
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I have the same ACR in a 3 wt and I like how it balances with a Hardy Princess, but you won't be getting a lot of backing in that reel though. The Princess is readily converts from one hand to another and is a screamer.
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how much backing (I am assuming you are using 30lb darcon?). I plan to put in a gelspun in it to increase the capacity. Thanks!

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how much backing (I am assuming you are using 30lb darcon?). I plan to put in a gelspun in it to increase the capacity. Thanks!

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On my smaller Hardys- Princess, 3 3/8 & 3 5/8 Perfects- I use 20 lb Dacron. 100 yds of backing, cut the running line down to 60 or 70 ft, and whatever head, I think you'll be OK. It's a 2 and 4 wt after all- if you get a fish 300 ft away on 2 or 4 wt, I doubt you're int he game any longer anyway.

I tried gelspun for awhile on some saltwater stuffs and I don't like it. You can get more capacity, but wound under pressure during a fight, I had problems with it compressing through itself and causing tangles. Also, really mean line burns/cuts from a running fish.
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how much backing (I am assuming you are using 30lb darcon?). I plan to put in a gelspun in it to increase the capacity. Thanks!

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Martin, I have plenty of backing on mine and what I have found with the lighter trout speys the right running line is key. I highly recommend P line Hydrafloat in the 50 pound that stuff shoots a mile on the lite trouters!
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Late to the game. On my ACR 1173-4, Hardy St. Aidan is perfect. It's just a fun rod period and I always look forward to trout season because of it.

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On my 3wt 11'4" trout spey and use a Hardy Marquis #7. fits plenty of backing, a lazer running line and a scandi 210gr perfectly. And it looks awesome.

On my Sage 5116 One I use a Zenith and it's perfect. Also look awesome.

The best setup on the 4wt Burkie is my buddy. He put a 3 1/3 Hardy Bouglé and it fits like a glove and the look is the best.
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someone else mentioned the original SA System reels that were made by Hardy - nice classic reels and are quite common on ebay - I have bought 2 7s an 8, a 8 and a 10 - all for quite a bit under $200, one for under $100. The 7s might be a bit on the light side with inadequate capacity for the 4 but I use them on an Anglers Roost 11' 2/3 wt. But I would think the 8 and 9 would work well on those rods
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Thanks again guys! I am very new to the Hardy reels and would appreciate also if you can give me a good ballpark price for a used / new price for the Hardy Princess and of a Hardy perfect 3 3/8 or 3 5/8? Lastly, I have seen a good price ( at least what I can see based on the used and new prices for a hardy perfect 3 1/8th. Will the Hardy perfect 3 1/8 work out for the 2wt spey or is it too small? Thanks again everyone! Let me add that it is a very nice feeling to hear back from people from this board and the very nice welcoming posts and comments I have received with my newbie questions.
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Martin: You may consider the Hardy Bougle 3 3/4". It should be spot on.
I use this reel on my Zaxis 5110, and it pure joy to fight fish on. It holds plenty of backing, coated shooting line and 300 grains AFS shooting head.
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Thanks again guys! I am very new to the Hardy reels and would appreciate also if you can give me a good ballpark price for a used / new price for the Hardy Princess and of a Hardy perfect 3 3/8 or 3 5/8? Lastly, I have seen a good price ( at least what I can see based on the used and new prices for a hardy perfect 3 1/8th. Will the Hardy perfect 3 1/8 work out for the 2wt spey or is it too small? Thanks again everyone! Let me add that it is a very nice feeling to hear back from people from this board and the very nice welcoming posts and comments I have received with my newbie questions.
Yep, a princess balances the ARE 2/3 wt 12' I built, so probably a great suggestion, especially for your lighter rod. No worries about the capacity either. Price - depends on the condition and vintage. I'd say you would have a great deal at $150, and should be able to find one easily at about $250. Check on eBay and keep an eye out.

Here are some pics of a few of the other reels mentioned above I took a while back for a similar thread. Left to right Hardys, Marquis 8/9, Golden st. Aidan, modern 3 3/8" wide spool perfect. Happy hunting.
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