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bmbailes 10-10-2012 01:26 PM

Hardy Ultralite DD???
So a lil bird just told me that my mother-in-law ordered me a Hardy DD 4000 for my Nov.1 birthday!! She told my wife i deserved it since im turning the BIG 3-0:)

so does anyone have this reel? if so give your thoughts on it....and maybe some pics!

now on to find a rod:)

sweetandsalt 10-10-2012 01:46 PM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???
Here is the Hardy Ultralite DD 4000 mounted on its ideal mate the 8 1/2'/#4 Hardy Zenith in its optimal natural habitat, Silver Creek in Idaho.

bmbailes 10-10-2012 01:56 PM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???
very nice! i cant wait to get it and take it out on the trout stream! im a TFO rod guy so i might get a nice bvk for it:)

chauncey 10-10-2012 02:34 PM

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I have the 4000 dd on a 9ft 4wt winston vsl =) and love it...

wannafish 10-10-2012 02:53 PM

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This DD4000 is on my 8.5' 5wt Z; great quality reel! ...and happy B-day; I'd love to be 30 again!

bmbailes 10-10-2012 02:57 PM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???
another nice setup! ive always liked the reel because it looks like a more modern classic to wildly anodized colors( although i like them to) just a elegant and classy machined reel begging to be fished on a smokey mountain stream:)

sweetandsalt 10-10-2012 03:36 PM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???
Independant of price, the DD is one of the finest modern style trout reels. Extra large diameter, narrow width, super smooth subtly fine tunable drag, incremental sizing to perfectly balance most any rod, it has very few equals.

oregonism 10-10-2012 06:16 PM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???

Originally Posted by sweetandsalt (Post 490105)
Independant of price, the DD is one of the finest modern style trout reels. Extra large diameter, narrow width, super smooth subtly fine tunable drag, incremental sizing to perfectly balance most any rod, it has very few equals.

Have you used these reels in the larger sizes? I was obviously looking at a Nautilus, but the Ultralite 7000DD is my second or third choice (ideally in the "guide black"... that shine might spook a bonefish). I am just curious about the drag system and resistance to scratches. Also curious about line capacity, as the arbor seems pretty narrow.

ted4887 10-10-2012 07:24 PM

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I've got the 5000DD and love it. The drag system has worked as well as I could hope. Drag is smooth, and and has a pretty large range. I can't remember exactly how much backing I have, but I want to say right around 100 yds.

sweetandsalt 10-11-2012 08:07 AM

Re: Hardy Ultralite DD???
When I wrote that the DD has few equals I was thinking that the FWX was one of them. I own and fish both but in trout sizes and have not tried larger sizes on the flats. I have been bonefishing for a long time and, along with match-the-hatch dry fly fishing, it is my favorite form of angling. It costs a lot to get on an airplane and get to a remote Bahamian destination and, if staying in a bonefish camp, even a rustic one, even more so. The wife and I regard it as our "luxury vacation" and plan extensively for it. I have learned that great trout reels with smooth drag set ups do not NECESSARILY translate well into larger sizes and, though I have caught bonefish on far less than great reels, I have learned that reels (and rods) specifically designed for the salt by makers who know what they are doing are a great investment in iron clad reliability, superb performance and pleasure in use. Great tackle which I get to use year in and year out on these exotic trips also proves beneficial near home for striped bass and false albacore. I have fished with anglers who, spending the big bucks to go to a lodge, decide to "save money" on their tackle. Yes, I have seen cheapo tackle catch grand fish in the hands of skilled flyfishers and I have seen a lot of over matched and failed gear, some of which is highly regarded by many from famous brands.

Tropical flats fishing with intense salt, heat, coral, mangroves, vans and boats puts a premium on your equipments' ruggedness, quality of design and performance parameters. I have no doubt that both Hardy's DD and Nautilus FWX would be top crossover candidates but I have yet to see either on a rod rack at a bonefish camp and experienced anglers vote for what works with what they travel with. This is why Abel, Tibor and Islander draw-bar reels continue to dominate this niche market but, being an experimental kind of fisherman and always having one of these classics as a "back-up" (never bonefish without back-up gear) I have successfully and enjoyably fished the flats with modern, sealed-drag Hatch, Nautilus NV and Hardy's also new Fortuna X. Yes there are lesser makes that will perform effectively and all must be rinsed with sweet water at the end of each day but when you have an above average bone blasting towards the mangroves and you are well into your colored string and your guide implores, "crank it down and turn dat fish, mon", he means it and so must your tackle.

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