I purchased one of the new Hardy Bougle reels last spring, one if my favorite Hardy's by far, beautiful looking reel and it performs great. While up on the Salmon river this past Monday, I was fishing in some pretty cold temps 22 in the am but never got above 28 in the afternoon. Ice wasn't much of a problem unless the reel got wet. As I was casting suddenly my spool flew off the reel as did the winding plate and handle.... Wtf I freaked as I was in waist deep water and watch my handle sink and rool down river as my spool did the same rolling down with my running line flying off. Ugh I had to go in and grab both as I tried to use my Feet but I didn't want to destroy the finish on the reel so up to my armpit I go hand first lol it sucked ! I did get both back thank god. Once I got out if the river I noticed the center screw, it had broken off at the head and snapped! Has anyone experienced this in cold temps? As I couldn't believe it broke in half.
I asked the questions I did because I've read about these screws breaking in other posts(on RHW perfects used LH - funny, don't hear about LHW perfects used RH cuz I guess nobody does that!). There is no reason a screw with sufficient tensile strength couldn't be used that would at least prevent the screw from breaking. But then that might result in damage to the winding plate or spool or spindle or something else of more importance. I'm only guessing, but I'm thinking that a low tensile-strength screw is used (probably cast) principally to prevent damage to other parts of the real, a fail-safe design by Hardy.
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