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Old 02-19-2013, 08:31 AM
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Burk, if you are reading this I hope you will confirm/clarify what I am about to write.

I fish both Hardy U DD and Fortuna and both are made in Korea. The steel components and drag assemblies are made in England though and shipped to Korea where the aluminum bar stock and computerized machining of it are considered, by Hardy, to be superior in quality. The reels are completely designed by Hardy in both Britain and at Hardy North America without compromise. These reels are a three nation collaboration in producing an excellent performing reel with the quality to deserve wearing the Hardy Castle and Fly emblem. This is not boiler plate junk out of China, this is a carefully orchestrated, modern, international cooperative venture that creates skilled jobs in all three countries. I have fished both of these reel hard in demanding environments and they have surpassed my expectations.

You all know I am not a "Brand Loyalist" and I fish reels from Abel, Islander, Nautilus and Hatch as well and these contemporary Hardys fit right in with this top quality group like very few other reels do.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:39 AM
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Well said SandS, also learned something did not know Hardy did anything in the US, very interesting.
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I fish both Hardy U DD and Fortuna and both are made in Korea. The steel components and drag assemblies are made in England though and shipped to Korea where the aluminum bar stock and computerized machining of it are considered, by Hardy, to be superior in quality.
That is what a Hardy rep at one of the fishing shows told me when I asked about moving production of the Lightweight series to Korea. They can get better hardened stainless for the drag pawls in Britain, but better barstock aluminum for the frames and spools in Korea. Labor cost was not as much a factor as material wastage -- the superior quality of Korean aluminum means fewer rejects and therefore lower overall cost.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:59 AM
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Thanks guys. Those are some very open-minded and definitely enlightening opinions. I feel that my rant may have been closed-minded. After all I get caught up in with the allure of gear and what not, sometimes I forget fishing is the most important factor in fly fishing! So thank you and best fishes!
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The US economy has shifted from a production economy to a service economy. I grew up with the buy American attitude, and this thinking has been engrained in me, but it is getting harder to apply with every generation.

I do not think we will benefit from this long term, but corporate greed has already taken a hold of our society. The domino effect has already taken place.
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