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Old 05-04-2009, 11:28 PM
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Default Reel Question / Hardy Cascapedia

Hey members,

This may sound a bit hokey coming from a guy who calls himself Hardyreels but here goes.

If you own a Hardy Cascapedia please tell me about them. I am teetering on the brink of buying one in the Mark II 8/9 size. No one around here has one so I have to mail order the reel so tell me what you know about them.

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Old 05-05-2009, 07:43 AM
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Ard, I don't have one, but are they still making the Cascapedia in England?

I do have 2 Bougle Mark IVs and they are sweet reels for sure.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:36 AM
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The ones I'm looking at are stamped 'Made in England' I think they may be new old stock.
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Default Re: Reel Question / Hardy Cascapedia

Hi Ard,

Here is a picture of the Hardy Cascapedia reel. I wanted to post a picture so everyone could see what reel you are asking about. I don't know anything about them but if looks count it is a winner.

Note: The over write on the top picture is from another web site. The writing is not on the reel.

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Frank,

I've been thinking on one of these since they started making them. I have an 8' 6" light salmon with a 4.5" butt that I have been sharing an Orvis Odyssey IV on it for a reel. Since the rod is cane I was thinking of getting something with a little more aesthetic value & a good drag. Not that the Odyssey isn't a good looking piece of equipment, it just looks too graphite for me. Like you said, they do look nice and if weight is not an issue (about 11.5 oz.) they advertise a good drag so...................

Talk about fussy, I'll get one and then post a gear report after having a chance to test it on some fish.

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Ard, talk about classy. I like that "S" curved handle. That is a lot of weight but most well made big reels are heavy.

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If the drag is anything like the drag on my Bougles then it's a nice drag. Those things purr.
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Default Re: Reel Question / Hardy Cascapedia

Whoa dshort,

Those are nice reels. I have a few of the 1998 Viscount large arbor disc drags. They are very good drags and I put them to the test.

Bougles, whoa, I've been thinking on one of them too.
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Default Re: Reel Question / Hardy Cascapedia

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Bougles, whoa, I've been thinking on one of them too.
I bought mine mostly on impulse because I liked they way they looked with the solid side plate on a bamboo rod. I've put the drag to test on the 3.5" reel a few times and that thing sings. From the info I've gathered since I bought mine the Mark IV is more desirable than the Mark V OR VI, because of the solid side plate, ala the Perfect. Some think it will be highly collectible in the future. The Mark IV isn't made anymore but I see them on ebay and ads on another forum from time to time.

I don't think you can go wrong with any model Hardy but I know I don't need to try to convince you of that. Incidentally, have you seen the movie The Lost World of Mr. Hardy? If not, it's worth a watch.

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Default Re: Reel Question / Hardy Cascapedia

I use to rep them. They don't currently make them in England. But if the one your looking at is engraved made in England, it is. The 8/9 has a compression/disc drag, which does a good job, the 2/3/4 and 5/6/7 are click and Pawl. They are beautiful reels, exquisitely crafted, and should last long enough for your grandchildren to use them. They are heavy, and they match up great with longer, heavier (bamboo) or Spey rods but tend to be to heavy to balance with lighter graphite rods. One other thing, While it is a great reel I would hesitate to use it in the salt at all. They are fairly tedious with some tiny screws to disassemble and would be a pain in the butt to rinse after salt exposure. But they are great Steelhead and Salmon reels.
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