New Hardy Cascapedia
There were some discussions about these in the fall but I didn't see anyone writing about their fishing experience with them yet. I took advantage of the exchange rate arbitrage to buy a new 10/11 a few months ago and have now fished it for a while so I thought I would put a few thoughts down and see if others have thoughts as well. I have two older Cascapedias so I am comparing the new generation to those reels. I've enjoyed fishing this one so far and am glad I bought it.
Some things about the reel seem completely the same, such as weight, capacity, and the tiny tiny arbor.
There are clearly some things I like better. The drag works better for me so far, smooth and clean. The drag pressure also seems to adjust better (my old ones often go from weak to impossibly strong in 1-2 clicks). I like the new finish as well.
On the downside, there are two things I like less. One is that the sound is actually different. It's definitely still loud, but the new one is not as loud and not as tinny. Some might prefer that, but it sounds less authentic to me. The second problem (and this is the big one for me) is that the size of the knob on the S handle is noticeably smaller both in terms of length and diameter. On a long fight you want something you can grab onto easily, and I think Hardy has got this one wrong. Perhaps they got complaints about people losing fish when the big handle hit their fingers or something.
My older reels have had occasional need for service for rust and other issues, but that's a long term issue and I don't have any sense of that yet.
As always YMMV.