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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-07-2001, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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I need a new spey reel for my 13' 8 wt. rod.  I can't decide to go with an old classic reel with a great sound or one of the modern reels like an Abel or a Tibor.  I'm not worried about the lack of a drag on the Hardy but I am concerned about the reliability of a reel that was made in 1915.  They cost about the same.  This particular Hardy is a 3 3/4" wide drum that is in "Very Good" condition.  Anyone out there ever have a bad experience with an old Hardy?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-07-2001, 05:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Willie GunnDate: 7/7/2001 12:18 AM
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Yep Buy the old Hardy reel they are miles better than modern ones.  Just pick them up & play with them. Get one with a line guard  they are nicer but rarer. The 33/4w is the nicest then the 41/4 W .
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-07-2001, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Don't have an old Perfect (yet!) but several acquaintances have them and love them. Check the hardware before you buy--I know of two individuals who have had the handles seize up or come off. Both were repairable.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-07-2001, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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Couple of 'old fellows' who taught me the initial ins and outs of fly fishing used these old Hardy reels. They always did just exactly what you paid for .. over ... and ... over...and ... over.  At 59 I can truly say, in somethings, older is better. On the rod you're talking about it, will be a wonderful combination.
 
One of our fellow members was kind enough to sell me an older Marque (sp?) and just stripping off line for the initial cast still sends shivers up my backbone. God they are lovely reels. I suspect that for the vast majority of us it's the 'hook-up" that counts, not whether we land or not. What the heck, if we're going to release the fish short range, or long, it's the idea we've taken a bit of fluff of this and that and fooled one of Mother Natures finest for a few moments-minutes.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-08-2001, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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    I have been collecting hardy perfects for some time now and I have never had one fail me yet. You will have to make sure that you relieve the tension on the springs after each days fishing because they do tend to take a set after awhile. Line guards are really more for show than functional, they do add value to the reel especially the agate but if you crack the agate chances are you wont be able to replace it. They are wonderful reels to fish with, I am using a 3 7/8 taupo which is a wide spool on my 7136 sage and it balances well. the 3 3/4W is an awsome reel, don't have one yet but I am looking.
 
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