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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-27-2010, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Hardy St. Aiden F/S

I have a Hardy St. Aiden that I am reluctantly putting up for sale. I purchased it from an auction site over a year ago and haven't lined it up once so I think it should go to some one who will enjoy it and use it to catch fish, not sit in a drawer. I originally planned to use it on my switch rod but decided on a St. George instead. It's in awesome shape and comes with a spare spool and original pouch,which is also in great shape. There is even the little cap on the spare spool to protect the gear. It really does look like new. I don't think it has ever had line on it.
I'm asking $300...shipped to you in con. us.
Thanks for looking.
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P.S. Capacity according to little hardy pamphlet WF10 and 230 yds .035 backing.
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bump.... new price

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Is the price $300.00 USD?

If so ... SOLD!

I'll PM you to work out the 'details.'

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Talking Mike, checks in the mail and I will respect you in the morning.

You should have same Monday or Tuesday (given this is Thursday); box up my new toys and post them to:

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Sold....

Reel has been SOLD...
Thanks for Looking.
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And Fred IS loving it!! And a question to the group.

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Reel has been SOLD...
Thanks for Looking.
Reel in yesterday's mail (opened box this AM). Reel (and extra spool) are in pristine condition. God, is there ANYTHING that beats the 'clicking sound' of a Hardy reel????!!!

Choices, choices, choices!!!!???? Buy new lines for my 3 or 4 wt rods, take off ones on old reels and reload? Where to go to test same out?? Wait for water flows to drop (in September/early October) and chase summer runs on a very light rod/reel?

Where the hell do you go lake trout fishing here in So. Oregon without driving forever if you don't have a boat?

Damnation! What to do? Ahhhh, off to the ODFG web site! Never paid much attention to their lake reports, but time to pull up the last one and do some 'research.'

Many thanks Mike!! (aka Issei on the Fora).

But a question for you folks. Spool is 3.25 inches long by .75'ish inches wide. What kind of line wt's/backing would this new St Aidan hold? Sounds like a bit of an odd question, but the instructions included for line wt's/backing seem 'overly generous' ... to put it mildly.

Some advice on 'reel world' would be greatly appreciated.
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Fred,

The published capacities on the single hand rod sized reels are for standard single hand weight forwards & 20lbs test backing. Also Hardy published capacities were always a bit optimistic, I'm not saying you couldn't get what was claimed on the reel under perfect conditions with lots of tension when winding it on, but in the heat of battle when your attention is elsewhere you would probably bind the reel.
This may be an occasion for GSP backing to save space, or at least 100 yards of GSP with say 40 or 50 yards of dacron over the top to deal with most occasions & the GSP as a reserve for those rare [but fabulous] occassions when you need it all.
A friend of mine when using a light line for short to medium range work will cut back the end of the running line from 40 yards to say 33 yards in total as he isn't casting beyond this with this outfit & it enables him to use a smaller reel. The off-cut can be tacked on the back of a big line used on a 16 foot rocket launcher so if you're chucking the whole line plus a bit on a 35 meter or 40 yard line then the backing isn't wrapping around the rings when you shoot because the extended running line caters for those big thumps [when it all goes right for a change!].
'Tis a very pretty reel though, I hope you hook something to really make it sing.

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for a guy my age. Save for buying a large chest freezer.

But back to read/digest Tyke's suggestion(s).
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Good thoughts Tyke.

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The published capacities on the single hand rod sized reels are for standard single hand weight forwards & 20lbs test backing. Also Hardy published capacities were always a bit optimistic, I'm not saying you couldn't get what was claimed on the reel under perfect conditions with lots of tension when winding it on, but in the heat of battle when your attention is elsewhere you would probably bind the reel.
This may be an occasion for GSP backing to save space, or at least 100 yards of GSP with say 40 or 50 yards of dacron over the top to deal with most occasions & the GSP as a reserve for those rare [but fabulous] occassions when you need it all.
A friend of mine when using a light line for short to medium range work will cut back the end of the running line from 40 yards to say 33 yards in total as he isn't casting beyond this with this outfit & it enables him to use a smaller reel. The off-cut can be tacked on the back of a big line used on a 16 foot rocket launcher so if you're chucking the whole line plus a bit on a 35 meter or 40 yard line then the backing isn't wrapping around the rings when you shoot because the extended running line caters for those big thumps [when it all goes right for a change!].
'Tis a very pretty reel though, I hope you hook something to really make it sing.

Regards, Tyke.
As my 'casting distance' with a single hander is about 'maxed out' at 50-60'ish foot whacking off some is an interesting thought, save for most single hander lines are only 90' in length. So not much of that left in the reel.

Think I'll go play with a "RIO Grande" 7wt (biggest line wt I had in mind) and reel the line off the one onto the other and see 'what's left' in the way of space for backing. As you've noted above, 20# backing is pretty small and there are 'options' for under that if 'back fill' is needed.

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Hi Fred.

The St Aiden is a fairly good sized reel. Here are the specs

DT 7 and 200 yds
WF7 and 260 yds
DT8 and 150 yds
WF8 and 250 yds
DT9 and 120 yds
WF9 and 240 yds
WF10 and 230 yds

I had a buddy and that was his go to reel for his single hander on the Dean with a WF8 floater.....250 yds of 20lb dacron back in the 1980's and that stuff was thick. So with some GSP it will make just an excellent steelhead spey reel, or a very nice switch rod setup...it is far too big for a trout setup in the 3-4 range as you suggested. Or was that tongue in cheek?

Make a wonderful floating line/ greased line spey setup for when you come to the Clearwater Clave. And if you really want to make her scream FISH ON !!!! flip both pawls down. I used to do that with my St John to keep those Dean river fish from over running the spool on a hot fish.

You got yourself a reel keeper there. Nice find.

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Thanks Paul.

The numbers above are what are shown on the 'instruction sheet,' but they just sound 'over the top' for the size of the reel. But, that said, still have to pull a 7wt REO Grande and do a off/on wind to see what fits.

Time to get off my butt/off line and do the job.

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St Aidan backing dia.

Fred,

I got a backing diameter of about 2 1/4 on mine with a CND 4/5 gps
and got about an 1/8" to spare.
I have also had a 7 weight XXD S.A. line a couple weeks ago I think that is about 100'-0" and removed some backing not much.
I think #20 Dacron backing was on spools when I bought mine and in good shape. This reel works great on a baby Decho 4wt. like it was made for it.

Hope this might help you.

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John, you've got me thinking. I've always wanted a 3 or a 3/4 wt (have a 5wt ACR 5wt) 'switch' type rod. This could be the 'cat's meow' with the new reel.

Suggestions on one that won't 'break the bank?' Or more appropriately ... does anyone make a 3/4?

Fred

Edit: found this: http://www.speypages.com/speyclave/s...ght+switch+rod but we're talking a 4wt, something lighter (I've got a 5wt so what would be the point?).
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