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    Hardy reels?

    Well my loyalty toward Orvis is waning, My Batten kill Large arbor is a piece of dog crap, the drag only works half the time and it feels very sloppy. Ive already cleaned, tinkerd and lubed it up a few times with no change. Time to ditch the cheap made in china shit Orvis brands their name on..

    Ive been looking at the Hardy Ultralite CC, im just wondering how they (or other hardy reels) hold up to HEAVY use. As i fish on my lunch break, after work and on weekends during the season. My BLA only lasted 2 seasons..

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Save up $500.00 and get yourself a Hatch Reel I have 2 one for salt and salmon and a 5plus for trout....They are outstanding, sweet drag, lite, quite (I have an Able that clicks way to loud for me) and they look cool that is the most important thing.....Check them out you will like them...


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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Orivs for Hardy? You'll be ditching your over-priced Chinese reel for an over-priced Korean one. Definitely check out the Hatch reels that guy said.

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Nazi View Post
    Orivs for Hardy? You'll be ditching your over-priced Chinese reel for an over-priced Korean one. Definitely check out the Hatch reels that guy said.
    Korea? I was under the impression they were made in england? I was also kinda interested in the Lamson Guru, but i kinda dont like the astetics of the reel.. It looks like a iron bridge..

    River fox,
    I have an Abel PT.2 3 forks edition. It looks great but the drag is complete garbage. And they do click way to loud. I spent almost 500 on a reel i never use..

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    hardy i a old retired pention man reel......

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Ill put my Galvan torques and billy pates up to anything out there...

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    I cannot comment on the Hardy Ultralite CC since I have never used it, but I have an older Hardy LRH Lightweight that I have been using for 95% of my trout fishing for decades. It has a few scratches from my own clumsiness, but it is in perfect working order. Unless I really damage it or lose it, I don't plan on ever having to buy another trout fly reel for the typical 3 or 4 wt trout fishing that I do.

    I am skeptcal when a manufacturer moves from one county to another for the sole purpose of reducing costs. South Korea's labor market is not as cheap as China's, and they make some good products. Although the machining should still be the same, I wonder about the materials used or the quality control. However, I have heard a couple of people say that the Korean reels are just as good as the previous British made ones. If they are, for light and mid-weight lines, the LRH Lightweight is an excellent choice.

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Ok im gonna rant..best Hardy reels are the ones made in England...some who have the newer Perfects,and also St george reels say that the quality of the new Perfects are even better than the english made reels, one thing that fuckin really bugs me out is whats the damn deal with making trout reels shine like you can use em for a streamside mirror to comb yer damn hair cause you see some hot broad walkin or fishing nearby?For me all i can think is about all that flash your like a idiot waving that damn mirror tryin to get that rescue plane to notice your ass,an the fish are probably saying ..what a fucktard an he thinks we don't know hes here.
    If i were gonna buy a new reel today I would seriously take a look at those Nautilus Reels they are pretty nice, most of my reels are: Cortland Rimfly small an medium,Cortland LTD 60 and 80 series these were the ones i started out with an still work like day one ..then one day i got brave an decided i'd buy a great reel...went to AA outfitters in White Haven an got my first Ross..it was a San Miguel #2 that is my main reel an is also my regular trout reel most often used,i went back later that summer an purchased another Ross San Miguel in size 3 also ,IMHO this is their best standard arbor reel they have ever manufactured.I have recently purchased two more Ross reels ...both are Canyon reels yea i know they are discontinued but i got one of fleabay an another from a another foum i am a maber of, one is a #2..im trying to buy a few extra spools for,an the other is a #3 i bought with an extra spool included.For trout / LandLock Salmon / Shad/ Smallmouth / panfish / largemouth these are my mainstay reels now the San Miguels an Canyons..an IMHO they are the only Ross Reels a guy should buy..well bulit dependable drags smooth like silk and just great all around.
    I have three Billy Pate Anti reverse Bonefish reels as well an for Saltwater and Steelhead/Salmon they are my go to reels..however once it gets really cold out i dont recommend them becuase water will freeze the spool up ,but all fall summer an spring they are IMHO a reel that most other reels can only wish they were.
    Btw i also have a climax click an pawl i got out of the clearance box at Nestor's years ago when they were going an thats my favorite midge trico reel..nothing fancy but hell of alot of fun to fish.i also have beautiful Teton micro reel forget the size all i know is that it was their smallest reel, thatreel has a one weight line that bought for a East Branch rod i also bought believe it or not this is just a novelty lightest bit of wind an you are screwed.
    One thing i have seen is that most reels now a days are so ported an shaved down that even with a reel fully loaded an on the rods they dont balance well.used to be a time when guys didnt whine about a mere matter of ounces . add to the fact that these reels are so shiny an chrome plated look like they were polished with mother's polish.look around before you spend a few hundred beans on something you might not like...other consideration is a Lamson Litespeed they are a matted grey color finish is almost scratch resistant to be failsafe antheir drags are also incredible
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    one thing to keep in my is that is you keep resale an disireability in my when buying a reel you will be better off ,dont like it or see something farther down the road in a few years you can sell it on fleabay or a forum an use that money to purchase your next reel.


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    Re: Hardy reels?

    I have an ultra lite but its the disc model. Things like about It. Very fast retrieve and holds a good amounts line. It's definitely light so if that's not your thing look elsewhere. I also have the hatch reel which is in a word stellar. Another reel to consider is the nautilus FWX. I bought this last year and alli can say is you get a lot of reel for the money.


    Quote Originally Posted by Trout Guy View Post
    Well my loyalty toward Orvis is waning, My Batten kill Large arbor is a piece of dog crap, the drag only works half the time and it feels very sloppy. Ive already cleaned, tinkerd and lubed it up a few times with no change. Time to ditch the cheap made in china shit Orvis brands their name on..

    Ive been looking at the Hardy Ultralite CC, im just wondering how they (or other hardy reels) hold up to HEAVY use. As i fish on my lunch break, after work and on weekends during the season. My BLA only lasted 2 seasons..


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    Re: Hardy reels?

    I have 2 Nautilus reels (FW and FWX), both awesome reels, great drags. I have Litespeed also and while it's super light and has an amazing drag, its far from scratch proof, and it's machined to within an inch of its life in the name of weight. Drop it and chances are it will dent. I recently picked up an Evolution LT and its the smoothest of the lot, drag is solid also. Liking the Hatch Finatics, they should balance out a longer rod nicely.

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    Re: Hardy reels?

    Lamson are pimp smooth. and they are American made. (except the konic)


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    Re: Hardy reels?

    I'm surprised no one mentioned Bauer...great reel.


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