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New to the stable is a Hardy Perfect that I need to get accustomed in its fighting abilities.
I have some disc drag reels & some gear pawl but their similarities were an outer rim that I can palm as break assistance
Even gear or disc drags my reels were set low for my palm dictated reel fighting pressure
How do ya add spool pressure to fight fish on a Hardy Perfect?
 

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Your spool is exposed totally and revolving in the area that's normally the back plate or backside of frame. Very simple to feather this area during a fishes run. Or just insert a finger inside spool.
 

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Me too getting a perfect. I noticed some if not most folks have perfects set up rhw while they are right handers and have their conventional fly reels set up as left hand wind. Whats the deal?

I have my reels as lhw, how do I rig my perfect? Stay lhw or switch for better palming?
 

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Domatas,

The reason most have Perfects as RHW is that is how they came. While you can flip the pawls on most models, at least the Duplicated Mark IIs, if the reel has a line guard, it won't work. There were very few made in LHW.

I fish mine as LHW and know many others that do as well. Set yours up however you like, assuming it does not have a line guard. Or buy my 3 3/4 LHW with line guard :hihi:

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New to the stable is a Hardy Perfect that I need to get accustomed in its fighting abilities.
I have some disc drag reels & some gear pawl but their similarities were an outer rim that I can palm as break assistance
Even gear or disc drags my reels were set low for my palm dictated reel fighting pressure
How do ya add spool pressure to fight fish on a Hardy Perfect?
Thumb on ported-spool is how I do it whenever I feel that I may need to apply a bit more pressure. Honestly though - the check is not intended as a fighting drag the same as in a disk drag reel and not intended to stop anything other than your line from over-spooling.

D - other than those true LHW Perfect reels - apparently there are some early reels that will switch from RH to LH by flipping the pawl. Mine will not and flipping the pawl does not change the winding direction. So - I've learned to reel with both hands.

Look closely at your reel and if you have one of the re-essues - there will be two identical springs and pawls on each side of the tensioner. You can simply engage one pawl for the other to change winding direction.

LHW Perfects are considerably more scares. If you have an older reel it will have one spring and one pawl plus a set of spares that will not engage and most likely to be RHW. In this case - try flipping the pawl on it's post. First check that the pawl will actually engage the gear as it should. Then set the tension to maximum and pull line from the spool. Wind the reel to compare out-going pressure vs in-coming. If you have more pressure in-comming... again - then you most likely have a RHW reel. If you are OK with it as such, and like I mentioned the reels are not intended as drag reels, then you are set. Otherwise set the pawl as it was designed and take week or two to get used to winding right-handed. It is easy - takes very little getting used to.

Tip - I'm wondering if "Duplicated" is actually referring to a standardized spring which can be used in several different reels within the series. For instance: I have a 3 3/4 and had a 4. Both Duplicated MKII, single pawl w/ spares. The springs are/were identical and interchangeable. But they are not truly reversible.
 

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New to the stable is a Hardy Perfect that I need to get accustomed in its fighting abilities.

How do ya add spool pressure to fight fish on a Hardy Perfect?
it really is YOUR fish fighting abilities, not the reels.
your free hand will find a place to slow the line down.
after a few fish it all becomes very natural.
enjoy....
 

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it really is YOUR fish fighting abilities, not the reels.
your free hand will find a place to slow the line down.
after a few fish it all becomes very natural.
enjoy....
I cast right and reel right. I didn't realize how til I'd seen some vid of me with a fish on- I'd never thought about it. As voodoo said, I just did it naturally. When a fish is hooked I change hands. Drag is applied by cupping the reel and using my fingers flat on the exposed spool face, then slide back to the handle side to reel, back and forth. I also run the line through y upper hand and apply pressure there as well.

I think if you think about it too much you'll make it a problem. If you just fish it will come pretty naturally.
 
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