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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-11-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing Spring and Pawl for Hardy Fly Reels

I have purchased several older Hardy fly reels over the years, St. Aidan, Marquis Mult 8/9, Marquis 6 and Marquis 10. The drags on all of them appear worn as when I adjust the drag there is no difference.

I have located a source of replacement parts on the internet. Is replacing the spring and pawl on these reels something that anyone can do?


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It`s pretty simple and straightforward to replace springs and pawls . You might find the springs a little more fidgety than the pawls , but nothing to stress over .

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You absolutely can do it yourself. Just becareful not to scratch the reel while removing the spring with pliers. I use rubber coated needled nose pliers. Gotta love the simplicity of those Hardys!

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I greatly appreciate the replies. Thanks.
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Being in central PA.. the new Hardy US headquarters is in Lancaster (my hometown). Look them up if you haven't already ordered the parts - they will likely have to order them in from the UK but they are very reasonably priced.

I've heard of people using a wooden chopstick to push the springs in and out. Seems like a good tip and will avoid scratching anything. I did mine by hand but they can be stubborn so I can see where a tool of some kind would help.

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Duplicated check

Given that the reels have a duplicated check mechanism, I wonder whether you need new parts? It might be worth reversing the spring(s) and swapping over the pawls and seeing whether it makes a difference. I'm not sure on all of the reels whether there is a huge drag range, anyway. I note that the new Marquis reels have been redesigned slightly to increase the drag range. I had a Marquis #1 some years ago that simply would not produce much drag and almost overran when my fly was taken by a very cross 5 lb sea trout on a river in SW England.

Incidentally Hardy used to do a "comfort pack" (no jokes please!) containing some spare parts for specific reel models. They sometimes come up on eBay but I can't remember exactly what they contained.
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Dave I don't mean to steal your thread but I have a similar issue on a jw young 4" wide, I don't seem to get much increase in the drag adjustment... I have been wondering if a guy couldn't get ahold of some good spring steel and use your old spring as a template to bend new ones? Question is where to find good spring steel?
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