Originally Posted by moucheur2003
It's a tie between the Hardy Lightweight series and the (English-made, not current) Orvis CFO series.
The Lightweights get the edge for sheer classic elegance, especially the older 2-screw line guard models.
The CFOs get the edge for utility, because they have a palming rim.
This is my second reply on the thread................... The above statement is close to what I said the first time around. I like all reels but the ones mentioned are indeed among the more popular fly reels since 1970 through 2000 I think. I have used both types a lot with good service from the reels and really like them.