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  1. #11

    Default Re: 20+ Year Old Princess

    fish it for sure. teach your kids/grandkids to fish with it then hand it down to them, but not as there first reel because in my experience the first of anything takes a beating. there is nothing cooler than a kid/grandkid telling the story later on about how his/her dad/grandpa taught them how to fish on a classic.

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    Glad to hear you have came to your senses, new or old they are as usable as a reel gets for trout fishing. However they lack a palming rim and if you get into hard running fish some imagination is needed. If you get hooked to something too big for the springs and pawls to handle you use a finger on the exposed spool and line by reaching into the back of the cage. You'll figure that one out when it happens but for now you have a really good looking reel, perhaps one of the prettiest made.

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    I just had to put that picture on here. Nothing speaks the words 'fly reel' to me like a Hardy lightweight series reel say's them. I took this picture about 4 years ago while fishing goose creek for trout. I had just tied on a fly and realized how attractive the rod and reel were. Any reel will work and a disc reel will work better when handling fish but with the Hardys' you simply choose your fights and enjoy the reel.

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  3. #13

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    I will go with the others and say fish it , nothing like fishing with the old Hardys they sound and look great. Last year I picked one up at a fly tying event in my area from a gentleman wishing to sell it. The one I got is a early Featherweight in superb condition. I fish it on a 7 1/2' 4wt I had built for me the year before and it works fantastic caught several 20" plus browns on it and it handled them just fine.





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  4. #14

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    Fish it.I have a Princess thats 25+ years old and it gets fished regularly.Its a great 6wt to 8wt reel and looks good on any rod.You could fish that reel for years and still sell it for what its worth right now.Most FF gear loses value but my Princess and LRH reels are worth more now than when I bought them.

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    Not quite the 20 year old Princess I was hoping for but....

    It's great that you want to fish it. I'd pair it with an equally superb vintage rod and take it out for "Sunday drives" every once and a while.
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  6. #16

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    [QUOTE=ant;194078]Not quite the 20 year old Princess I was hoping for but....

    Hahahha, too much maintenance with those princess's!!

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    This is a great photo Ard!, Thanks for sharing it with us. What rod is that?

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    I have a small collection and trying to expand of nice, classic rods to fish with. Its kinda funny, Im new to fly fishing but Im a 29 year old, old soul. And I have a thing for the classic gear, Bamboo and Hardy's. What can I say. Quality is everything to me.
    I plan to gather a couple new bamboo rods by May. Not quite sure what direction I want to go. I love the Leonard rods. The rods itself is great, as is the history of the Co. But I am also thinking Powell... A little pricey for me right now but we'll see what happens. Since I have got into fly fishing, I have bought and sold a lot of gear. eachtime moving up in quality. Im really happy to be apart of this group. I have received a lot of great advise from you gents and ladies. I am a nut when it comes to fly fishing. Im happy most of you completely understand that!! Hahahaha... nothing makes me happier!
    Tight lines yall

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    Default Re: 20+ Year Old Princess

    Hardy will also have a booth at the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton. Usually there is a specialist from Hardy USA who will tell you of the history of the reel and do some basic maintenance to old reels. I remember two years ago, the Hardy booth was busy from opening to closing.

    MP

  8. #18

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    I have thought about attending that show. I might wait until March when there is a show in Sonoma County. We see! Regardless, I should start saving some chips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flityer View Post
    I will go with the others and say fish it , nothing like fishing with the old Hardys they sound and look great. Last year I picked one up at a fly tying event in my area from a gentleman wishing to sell it. The one I got is a early Featherweight in superb condition. I fish it on a 7 1/2' 4wt I had built for me the year before and it works fantastic caught several 20" plus browns on it and it handled them just fine.






    Thats a Nice set up you have there Flityer. A hell of a nice brown too! I have yet to catch a brown. But look forward to doing so.

    Thanks for sharing your photos guys. I love seeing photos of Bamboo and Hardy's.

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    What did you catch this brown on Flityer?

  9. #19

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    Hello jasalvas,

    This brown was caught up in Connecticut on the Farmington river last year and took a size 16 olive snowshoe emerger .
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    Allen Landheer
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    Default Re: 20+ Year Old Princess

    Quote Originally Posted by Hardyreels View Post
    Glad to hear you have came to your senses, new or old they are as usable as a reel gets for trout fishing. However they lack a palming rim and if you get into hard running fish some imagination is needed. If you get hooked to something too big for the springs and pawls to handle you use a finger on the exposed spool and line by reaching into the back of the cage. You'll figure that one out when it happens but for now you have a really good looking reel, perhaps one of the prettiest made.

    [IMG][/IMG]

    I just had to put that picture on here. Nothing speaks the words 'fly reel' to me like a Hardy lightweight series reel say's them. I took this picture about 4 years ago while fishing goose creek for trout. I had just tied on a fly and realized how attractive the rod and reel were. Any reel will work and a disc reel will work better when handling fish but with the Hardys' you simply choose your fights and enjoy the reel.

    that is a fantastic looking combo. nice picture too.

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