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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Cascapedia 8/9

Well after mucho soul searching, digging down the back of the couch, raiding the kids piggy banks and taking lots n lots of pop bottles back to the shop I finally got enough Wonga saved up to buy a relative dream reel for me in the Cascapedia 8/9.I chose that size as lately I'm not using the bigger more conventional gear these days and its a size I'd get much greater use from and hopefully it'll balance and look dead tasty on my 12ft 6 Zenith to boot.
So excitement levels were at a high when Postie dropped off my new reel.Yes it is gorgeous (I'd say it's even better than the Angel's I already have and covet greatly!), it looks so much the part!.Any way, just thinking round how I'll line it up and what with and whilst playing with it noticed the drag was very very severe and the clicker made it almost impossible to take line from the reel.After a bit of a play I wondered if it was a simple home fix(so many reels these days have variable/pre set facility to the drags, its a possible fix for the DIY enthusiast's amongst us[got a big hammer in the shed!]).However Hardy said, fire it back and we'll attend to it.
So 1 week old and mine was sent back to Hardy for P.Lundy to see to(thats if you believe the badge on the reel side plate!) and this very day as we speak, it rests along side me at the PC table, looking shiny, desirable and with a perfectly working drag and delicious sounding clicker!.
Now I am a Hardy fan, just love a lot of their reels and I do believe in pride of ownership and looking towards UK companies and their products(much as most of you will and should do with your own Stateside manufactures of quality reels!),however I have to say most of the modern Hardy reels I own have been back for issues with the drag/brake system.Now I find this galling as I do take the time to look after stuff I own and probably more to the point when I've skimped and saved for something of a dream to own some of these reels, that bit does hurt.
But once attended to it seems the reels do behave as they should do.
Any way, happy little bunny now and its fishing day tomorrow and am hoping I can get it sorted in time for its inaugural outing and hopefully tested on a Ribble fishee or even two!.
Yours with a grin on me chop's, Yorkie.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 12:12 PM
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YORKIE,

Here's hoping a fish knocks the new right off that reel!

Good luck,
Bob
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Heads up on capacities on the reel as just this moment finished loading it up.after absorbing Ards comments about what he got on the reel, I've loaded it with an 8 weight Airflo Scandi Compact head, a 20lb coated running line and 100yds of 25lb Dacron and its absolutely perfik!.
Its a perfik size for a bigger switch in my opinion, its perfect on my 8 weight Sage One, but its intended use is on heads for my 12ft 6ins Zenith- which its also good on!.
Thanks for the sentiment Bob Rodgers, however in all honesty tomorrow it'll get a thrash about to try it but its highly likely a Sea Trout evening/night, so it'll be giving it big licks until 2am searching for a Silver Prince.
God it's a sexy reel!
Tight lines all,Yorkie.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2019, 02:38 PM
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Good luck fishing, these reels sound great and the drag is nice. I also have one where the drag was too tight initially and had it worked on. My only request to Hardy is for a bigger knob to hold on the S handle, it's much smaller in the current generation and not as easy to reel / fish.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-29-2019, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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So, went yesterday afternoon/evening on my club water.Was getting on for summer level, but clear.A boiling hot day, bright sun, no cloud and I intend reccying the pools and fishing hard last light into dark especially for the Sea Trout.Being so low I chose my 6 weight Airflo switch,Mastery reel and 7 weight Airflo 40+,the shiny new Cascapedia would have to wait for some water in the river before its inaugural wetting!.
Now I'd tied some 1/2" Temple dogs up on plaggy tubing, gave them a swim and looked amazing in the water, but had far too much presence in the low water, so on with a 1/4" plaggy black n orange tube and size 14 terrible
Eventually Salar popped its head up in a pool tail and I slowly worked down towards it.Amazing how we notice the casts that go well innit?, well this one shot out perfik right on the mark not as much as a ripple in the flat calm pool tail.Within seconds I saw the water displace right under the flee, the line drew tight and pulled steadily and hard, there was a boil like a table top and I was left dreaming!.Now here in Blighty we have a different structure to swearing than you do Stateside, different words, but with equally venomous meanings!, suffice to say I voiced my feelings!.
So onwards, as the session went on my reel was getting ratty on me, sounded like grit or muck in it some where, but despite cleaning it was getting worse.As the light fell away I found my pod of Sea Trout in a pool tail splashing about, so on with a Sliver Stoats tail tube of 3/8ths to a 12 terrible and on with it.3rd cast, big boil then all hell broke loose!, a fish of 4 to 5lb cart wheeled every where and it was then the reel decided not to play.It would neither reel in nor give line out!,lets just say I lost that fish bigee stylee!- more swearing.Now the reel wasn't working, I'd spares in the car but that was 1 mile away and the light had gone so headed home!.
Had a rummage this morning and it was the spindle that had come loose!-easy fix.I'd have been gutted to loose that reel as they're no longer made(haven't been for some time!) and everything about it is perfik for my switch rod and I love it to bits.As its a Hardy made reel, there's a chance they might fettle it, but for the moment it's a case of normal service.
So there you have it, one more foot on the road of Salmon fishing.
Tight lines Dudes,Yorkie.
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