fly fisher 'til it's over
In terms of appearance, reliability, performance, and desirability, how would you rank the older (pre-1960's) members of the Hardy family of reels? I've not heard much regarding the Silex, with its little drag knob, or many of the other siblings (Goodwin, Hercules, Triumph, Eureka, St. Aidan, Princess, Sunbeam, Hydra). I assume that some faded to obscurity due to the improvements and perfections made with the Perfect, Marquis, etc. that we hear about so much today.