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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-28-2019, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Vintage Hardy Beginner

Hi Tribe,
I am thinking of buying a Hardy Perfect, probably one of the semi-modern enameled versions with a reel foot compatible with my modern rods. I currently have a Hatch 9 and a 3 3/4 Saracione, both of which seem like wonderful reels to me. However, I am curious about the whole gear-and-pawl thing, though, and Hardy seems to be a safe investment. A basic question is whether the line guard makes it a better reel. The line guard has disappeared from the scene, so I suspect it was not buying us anything in terms of function, but maybe I am missing something. Does it make it a WORSE reel?
I realize that I would be losing the modern drag by going in the vintage direction. The drag is very nice, and I would miss it on big fish in powerful current, but most of the time with most of the fish, I have the drag set very lightly and palm the reel anyway and it seems to be OK. Thank you for the advice.

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I think all the line guard was really for was to help protect the softer aluminum from the abrasive silk lines of the time. As aluminum got stronger and silk gave way to plastic lines the line guard became obsolete. Finding a old hardy with no line guard and no line burn on it is always a treat!
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I fish a 50's era 3 3/4 with line guard. Personally I like the line guard versions. I love the reel and prefer the functionality of click pawl reels for steelhead. When i purchased the reel, the spring was weak (probably from being stored under tension but not sure the cause) so I had Mr. Archuleta replace it with a stronger spring and now it's "perfect." The reel posted in the classified on page 2 would be a great one to take a look at.

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