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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-30-2008, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hardy St. John MK2

Does anyone have any information on the specs of a Hardy St. John MK2? Weight, capacity, etc....

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3 7/8 in diameter. I have no idea of official backing capacity #'s but it was built for a 1 hander 7/8/9. Narrow drum.

Makes a good switch rod reel. I have owned a couple, very loud stout adjustable click pawl drag.
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The capacity of this reel is similar to that of a Marquis Salmon #1.
As listed in a 1970 catalogue:
A reel of large diameter, designed for use with light salmon rods. Is specially designed for dry-fly fishing for salmon or other large fish.
Size 3 7/8" Dia.
Approx. wt 8 1/2 oz.
Width of drum between plates 15/16"
DT8 100yds 20# dacron
WF8 120 yds 25# dacron
DT9 100 yds 20# dacron
I use an orginal model, which has the same capacity, with a Sage 6126 and a Hardy Mach 1 Salmon 8 wt line. Not sure how much backing is actually on the reel but it has never been a problem.

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Your backing capacity with go up of course if you use Gel Spun instead of dacron. Just make sure you use at least 50lb test or higher. Any less than 50lb and the first time you put a finger onto the backing as a fish is running, it will cut you clean through to the bone.....cuts like a serrated knife.


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I've found the St. John to have somewhat less capacity than the Marquis 1. I use it on my Sage 6126 as well, with a Airflo 6/7. I ended up cutting about 10 feet off the back end of the spey line so that I could fit more backing (gel spun). With all its limitations, it might be my favorite reel: hard to palm, loud as hell, and always on the verge of being spooled. Puts the excitement back in steelheading!
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My St. John holds less line than the Salmon No. 1. I keep 200 yd of 20 # dacron backing and a 120' 6 weight short belly (52') Spey line on the St. John. The Salmon No. 2 holds 200 yd of 20 # dacron and a 120' 7 or 8 weight short belly Spey line.

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