Burke... how did you manage to get Rusty's reel?
He is missed.
I saw him back in September (last time) when I was calling on the store for Cortland. He knew I liked Hardy reels and he said he had this one laying around. And he offered it to me. I'm not sure if he or one of his guides used it. Either way I'm not parting with it.
I'm thinking about selling the 1903. It's the one that gets the least use, and I have a (sample) St. George 2 7/8" laying around that I love. More about that later. I also may brake down and stick a Korean Cascapadia on my Bamboo. I love the old English ones, but it's not like I don't already have a few. The new Korean reels (classics) are all Hardy, machined, with identical specs. I certainly can't afford many more British ones. I have mixed feelings about the Abels, they are certainly very well made and functional. But they don't sound like a Hardy when the fish run. Although there's one plus to that, that sound can be a dinner bell to the Bears when you're fishing Alaska.
As far as single malts, My two favorites aren't in the picture, Lagavullen 16 and Talisker 10. I'm still warming up to Bowmore 12, but Lagavullen ALWAYS makes my mouth water.
I haven't experienced any bears that were tuned into the sound of a Hardys zing but there's always a first. I know a guy here who wrote an article about fishing in bear country that proved to be a great help in avoiding them.
About the Cascapedia; I purchased an 8/9 for my salmon fishing last year. It is far and away the premier reel for handling the fish I encounter. They possess a truly good drag. Prior to the Cascapedia I have used many reels including some Orvis Odyssey's and the Hardy is smother and offers better control over the tension adjustment while landing fish.
Don't feel bad Ard, I just found this response I usually use floating lines, but did line up the Okuma wtih a 6 wt sinking line, and actually used it at Pyramid lake once so far. I typically use anywhere from 5 to 9 foot leaders, and after seeing Frank's post may get a couple 12 footers or builld a 15 footer for still water fishing. seems like this would be a lot easier to cast then trying to get the sinking line out there.
Time for some more reel love, it's that time of year when all I can do is wipe them down and check the springs until next season. If you are new to this thread you might as well go back to the first post and start from there. A lot of people have posted their fly reel pictures on here.
These are some I have not put on yet, I still have some old Pfluegers and Martins to put on too. The first three are Hardy Marquis #'s 4, 5, & 7 and the two light weight models added in the second picture are my 1979 Princess and the big reel is a 1964 St. Andrew salmon reel.
Marquis #4, #5, and a #7
Two Lightweight series reels, The Princess 3.5" & St. Andrew salmon at 4.25";
These are all spring and pawl drag systems but they are very effective with strong checks when you tighten them down. I just love the old school looks of a Hardy reel on a fly rod.