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Old 05-18-2009, 09:11 PM
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Machined aluminum flyreel. Very well made. Probably a prototype. Marked on the backplate: By BarDon . M.A. Marked inside the spool: by bardon m.a. CONN. (I take this to be Connecticut.). Not sure if M.A. is the makers first and middle initials, or has some other meaning. On the foot: model A 2/4 1970 serial A-0001. I take 2/4 to be the line weights it is made for. Set up for right hand wind. Frame, foot, line guard, handle, all aluminum. Screws plated brass or steel Central spindal that the spool mounts on steel. Brass or copper bushing. Click looks to be steel with a copper or brass spring. Click gear on spool steel. Spool latch copper of brass. Sideplates are 2 3/4 inches. across. Spool is 2 1/2 inches. Width of spool 3/4 inch. Foot is 2 1/2 inches. Any information on this maker? Could this be a prototype, or a patent model? Anything you could tell me would be appreciated.

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Old 05-19-2009, 09:21 AM
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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

Apparently there were a few small Connecticut machine shops that made fly reels.
I have an all aluminum reel that was my grandfather's, beautifully etched, that was made in Bridgeport.
I was able to find information about it over on the fiberglass forum

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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

I don't have any answers to your questions.....but that looks like a pretty sweet fly reel
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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

Jeff,

I can only say that I don't believe that the person who had the machining skill to produce that reel then used a vibrating pen type etching device to scribe his name on it.

Anyone with that level of machinist's skill would have done a professional job of inscribing the backplate. What do you think?

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Hi Ard,

You are absolutely right. The maker of the reel did not etch the reel. It is a shame that somebody messed up that reel.

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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

I asked myself the same question regarding the lack of quality in the etching vs the skill of the machining. They just do not seem to go together.

But then if it wasn't etched the reel would have no markings whatsoever, which seems equally unlikely. Not even size, yardage, or etc.

I do not know the answer. I am just trying to piece together what I can as the reel is beautifully made.
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Hi Frank,

Jeff,

You may come up dry on finding out who built it but it is a nice reel and if you get your answer please share it to the group.

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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

It looks an awful lot like the Hardy Lightweight series. Based on the pattern of the holes in the face plate, the spool release latch and the line guide I would say that it is possibly a copy of the Hardy design.
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Default Re: Help with info and ID on fly reel: BarDon?

I think what you have there is the product of a dedicated flyfisher who is also a tool and die maker on the side... My fishing buddy Jim has built two so far in his spare time at work...

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