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Bougle issue

7448 Views 35 Replies 17 Participants Last post by  sinktip
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.
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Has this reel been used in salt water?
I never use any of my Spey gear in the salt, As a matter of fact I've only use that on the Deschutes & in the Salmon River

Do you have the reel configured as LHW or RHW?

I find, when setup as LHW, pressure on side plate will unscrew spool and put pressure on screw holding in spool. If screw is loose, whole thing has come undone for me.

You have ensured spool nut was tightened correctly? it is opposite to a normal thread.

I have it set up LHW but what UR saying makes alot of sense to me now, Because the screw was broken off inside once I put the sideplate back on and wound it backwards it tightened it back up once I was off the river.
Mike is on the right track here Frank,

The Bougle is made like a Perfect. Unless you were to find an old Perfect that was built as a left hand retrieve reel the spindles are counter threaded for right hand use. In other words when used as a right hand retrieve reel the screw that binds the reels guts together is constantly being tightened. With the new R/L conversion reels (those without line guards) when you set up for left handed use the screw is turning in the 'loosening' direction. We have 2 choices for the sake of avoiding wwhat you describe, change to RHW, or every so often check the screw head with either the correct size screw driver blade or a coin if in a pinch to be sure it has not became loose.

I would be happier if this wasn't the reality because I love winding with my left hand.......... Glad you were able to gather all your parts buddy.

Ard yeah I think Mike hit it on the head here! Makes sense now! I take such good care of my gear I need to start checking the screw make sure everything's tight! When I find the right Perfect its going to be RHW. I appreciate u guys sharing UR knowledge

I spoke on the phone with Hardy yest, looks like I have to send it in so they can tap the rest of the screw out, otherwise I'd be ok with just getting another screw.

If there isn't enough screw to get a vice-grip on it - it will have to be tapped. You might get a replacement screw from Arch or Hardy - but you don't have to send it in. Anyone with a drill-press can do this for you. Too easy.
You're right I guess that makes sense, but what do I kno I'm just a dumb painter lol.
I don't know - that just the route I would've taken. You shouldn't have to go that long without the reel is what I wanted to get across. The screws are soft like already mentioned. Hopefully it isn't glued in-place and it comes out easily. Those are amongst the nicest of fishing reels out there - guess I don't have to advice against fishing it as is ...;)
I love fishing the Hardys, Bougle is my favorite . my buddies we all fish them and it gets a little crazy sometimes 3 guys pulling line off classics
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