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Old 02-21-2013, 08:09 PM
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Default Hardy featherweight question

Looking to upgrade my flystart on my 3wt Redington. Ive considered the Hardy featherweight but just not sure if I will like the click check. I appreciate the input.
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If you have never had a click pawl reel, you are in for a treat! The purr the Hardy makes will grow on you. The featherweight has an adjustable drag mechanism, although it is hardly noticeable. The drag on these reels is more to prevent line backlash than anything. If you need to apply drag on these reels, you palm or finger the spool (odd as it sounds). It is great fun with a hot fish, everyone will hear your reel screaming if you are into that kind of thing. If you like quiet reels, this is NOT for you.

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Fair warning, Hardy clickers are ADDICTIVE. Your bank account may never be the same again. Having said that...go for it!
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Highly recommended by me.

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Fair warning, Hardy clickers are ADDICTIVE. Your bank account may never be the same again. Having said that...go for it!
That's just great, all I need is another addiction. I'll try with one and hope that it doesn't get too bad, at least untill I find a cure.
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Ha! Good Luck!

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Fun to fish? You bet!

Addictive? Absolutely!

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Hi,

Unless you are going after big game a Featherweight or any of the Lightweight Series reels from Hardy will serve beautifully. I have a Featherweight that after I got it in 78 was my favorite and the only good reel I owned for years. I used it for everything from Brook trout to Atlantic salmon and landlocked salmon also. In fall of 2011 I think I landed the largest fish with it yet. While trout fishing in September I hooked and smartly landed a silver / Coho, salmon that I'll guess was about 14 pounds or so. I frequently catch salmon while trout fishing in fall but this was a big one.

I'm going to paste a picture of the fish to make the point that a Featherweight will fish beautifully. I do not try to catch spawning salmon! This fish was in a deep run and I did not know it was there until I felt it on the fly. They become very aggressive when they look like this and he was a big fish. The rod is my 7'9" 5 weight Orvis Far & Fine.

I had to slide him unto the sandbar for a few seconds to take this.
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He swam away fine and I saw him working the run for the remainder of the fall until they all had died. I had never taken a picture of a red salmon before but this one was in prime spawning shape and obviously ruled the run.

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jaybo41, a beautiful sight and a nice collection. I notice the pic of the Mk 2. I have that reel in NM condition as well. My first fly reel. Fished it twice, caught nothing and had a wonderful time. Wouldn't part with it for the world. Fond memories. First time that my Dad and I fished for Salmon.
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