Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: S Ontario rivers plus various lakes for warm water species.
More click & pawl..
Click and pawl vs. drag reels, usually brings forth a variety of opinions.
Here is one pawl with authority, housed in a 1928 Hardy Longstone (4"), a reel described in Hardy's 1937 catalogue as: The "Longstone" For Trolling or Casting in Sea,Loch or Rivers, Also Makes A Good Fly Reel.
L.R Hardy, with the firm man and boy ending up as director, for over 50 years, managed to land an Atlantic Salmon of 40lbs. from Norway's Alta River on such a contemporary, and similarly sized Longstone, so I read. Although examination of the photo featuring said salmon shows him holding a rod which looks like a large (possibly 5") Perfect, with lineguard. The other gents. have Hardy Silex's on their rods (#2 and Super Silex) suggesting that they spun artificial 'baits'. Who knows, for the group photo, they may have picked up rods to hand.
I use my Longstone for chinook, out in the boat 'flatlining' on Lake Ontario..on a vintage (1970's) Hardy glass rod. I had considered matching it up with one of my bamboo spey rods, as it's a goodly weight and capacity, yet prefer left hand wind.
Last edited by MHC; 04-16-2019 at 09:16 AM.