William Hardy started the Hardy Bros. in 1872 in Alnwick. The company is one of
the most prolific tackle manufactures and is still in business today. The early
Hardy brass-faced Perfect reels are some of the most sought after reels by collectors.
The reel was introduced in 1891. The design evolved through the years
and is still made today. The oldest reels had a foot with a smooth top surface.
The brass foot was later modified to have a rippled top surface.
The later models have aluminum alloy foot. Other names found on Hardy fly and salmon
reels are St George, St. John, Unigua, Silex and Cascapedia. Hardy made the Altex
spinning reel and made a Big Game reel model and called it the Zane Grey.
The earliest Perfect reels are the most desirable to the Hardy collector.
They have a Brass face on the crank side and have the early hand holding a
fishing rod logo. The hand and rod logo was dropped by Hardy in 1903 and can
help quickly identify the age of a reel. During the early years, Hardy also made
a less expensive alternative to the Perfect. It was called the Birmingham reel.
The most interesting casting reel made by Hardy was the Hardy Jock Scott.
The HJS reel incorporated a free-spool feature which made it suitable for Tournament
casting. The reel was made from 1938 through 1952. Two versions of the reel have been found.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Hardy made what the called the Lightweights. The years they were introduced
were Featherweight (1958), Zenith (1958), Flyweight (1961), Princess (1962), St. Andrew (1962),
St. Aiden (1964), and Husky (1964). The Husky has a heavy duty drag for large fish.
The HARDY BIRMINGHAM Reel
A Collection of HARDY Reels
The HARDY JOCK SCOTT Reels
The HARDY St. George Fly Reel
The HARDY UNIQUA Fly Reel
The HARDY SUNBEAM Fly Reel
The HARDY ALTEX No. 2 and No. 3 Spinning Reels
The HARDY ZANE GREY 7" Diameter Big Game Reel
Photos of Zane Grey Reel by Butch Carey
The HARDY PERFECT Reel
The HARDY ST. GEORGE Reel
The HARDY ST. JOHN Reel
The HARDY HUSKY Reel
The HARDY FLYWEIGHT Reel
The HARDY ST. AIDAN Fly Reel
The HARDY NERODA No. 9 Fly Box, Circa 1950
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