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  2. Well I put about 50 fish to work with the old rod and reel this weekend. Had to slow the casting stroke down considerably, but it was pretty nice to fish. Fighting the fish was sure different, with the rod bending all the way down to the cork. Can't say the rod has bumped it's way into the line up, but I will use it occasionally. The reel sounds better about 10" under the water
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  4. I have a scientific angler system 6 reel that was made by Hardy and I believe was a precursor to the marquis line. I also have a Marquis 6 and they are both great reels. Yours looks to have the ring tension system versus the click pawl, and I haven’t used one with that style drag. I found the drag know doesn’t make a huge difference, but It doesn’t matter as it has the palming rim. I love when you get a hot fish on these, they sing. I want my ringtone to be a screaming hardy click pawl reel, it’s one of my favorite sounds.
  5. Thanks for your insights Lornce. Rod is 9ft 7", no other identification on rod or cap. When I find more time maybe I'll look into putting some effort into restoration
  6. A few weeks ago I did a podcast with Josh Jenkins of Scientific Anglers on floating fly lines. Not only was it popular, I hinted that we might do one on sinking lines, which produced a minor barrage of requests for one. So here it is. You’ll learn about how sinking lines are made, what those designations like IPS, Class V, and T-14 mean and how to use them in your fishing. You’ll also get some hints on how to pick the right sinking line for your own situations. In the Fly Box this week, we cover the following suggestions and questions: A suggestion on how to get a nice flat shape when tying nymphs A heads up about the FFI Fly-Tying Awards Why do I lose so many trout using size 22 hooks? Should I bend the hooks out a bit? Can I substitute monofilament for fine wire on my Elk Hair Caddis? How do I extend the butt section of my leader? Exactly what knots do I need? Is it OK to use flies tied for different species in other habitats? How do I catch walleye on a fly? I am legally blind and want to catch brook trout on small mountain streams? What is the best method for me? Can I use UV resin instead of head cement on smaller flies? What are the most effective colors of Dragon Tails? What sinking line is best for any given body of water? View the full article
  7. Man that is pretty cool...love the renderings you did. Pretty solid skill set you have there! I taught my students a little AutoCAD and Revit, takes a lot of work to make something as nice as you did. My skills are no where near where yours are (or my students) Nice design, like all the different fish on the casing. Drag looks pretty solid! awesome post all around!
  8. Very cool, could use a bit of TLC. Someone in the past has rewrapped portions of it, different colors, doesn’t look factory. Without a decal and writing on the rod it becomes extremely difficult to ID and date. My best guess is it looks like a T.H. Chubb fly rod by the style of the locking seat. Chubb was both a component maker and a rod company, and many rods of early 1900 were built with Chubb reel seats. The West Woods stamp could signify it was built for specific sporting goods or store. A brass reel seat generally could be early 1900’s. Would look great rewrapped in period colors and stripped/varnished properly.
  9. That is simply fantastic!! Congratulations on an epic project. Excited to see it when it's all built and ready to fish. Keep the pictures coming and the story of the first ever fish landed with the reel.
  10. Good for you! I know a local guy who has built some fine reels. People started to demand some, so he jacked up the price to scare people off. They kept hounding him. Folks will pay handsomely for quality and unique products
  11. Hello all, Thought I would share my winter project here! I was in need of a 4 weight reel for a rod that I built, so I decided to design a reel that would suit both my 4 weight and 6 weight rod. The goal was to design a high performance disc drag reel which would cost no more than two decent fly reels. Since getting into fly fishing, I have had this dream of having a fly reel on the market which could compete with the best. Maybe someday! I used the info and formulas from the "2015 5 weight Fly Reel Shootout" by Trident Fly Fishing to determine my specs and adjust them. The final design had: -4.25oz Approx -3.5" OD -Spool volume of approx 4 in^3 for the 4 weight spool, and about 4.5 in^3 for the 6 weight spool -Line pickup approx 7.6" per turn The reel has a disc drag system with alternating Teflon/Rulon and Stainless Steel drag washers and has plenty of adjustment, and will be sealed. Other features include an incoming and outgoing click sound, easy spool changing, and pretty much everything else a normal fly reel would have. As my motivation for this project was high, I didn't have many issues designing the reel. Most things just took time and some research (and a background in designing stuff with CAD). The main challenges were designing a drag system to be adjustable AND sealed, as well as making it affordable. The first design was going to be fully CNC machined, but it would have cost upwards of $1500 from a Chinese manufacturer, which is way more than I was willing to spend considering it may not even work properly. I worked through a few more design iterations and ended up coming to the conclusion that I would have to do some unconventional things to make it affordable/worthwhile. I decided to utilize a lot of CNC laser cut parts in the design, which can achieve precision similar to CNC machining, although they lack the ability to do 3D features on a single part. In the end, i was able to design something that would function well and look cool (to me at least). All parts are either CNC laser cut or machined from 6061-T6 Aluminum or Stainless Steel. I wanted it to stand out and be unique, so I designed it to have fish graphics laser cut into it, featuring a rainbow, brown, brook, cutthroat, and bull trout - basically, the trout we fly fish for in Alberta. Some "wave" features joined them to provide structure. Below are some renders of the design: Most of the parts have now arrived and I am totally satisfied with them all. The drag system has been tested and feels very smooth and strong, and all parts fit together exactly as they should. It really would have sucked if it was a disaster If all goes well, I will have a fish pulling line off this thing by the end of next week! Next winter I will likely design a second housing with a different graphic, as well as play around with more finishing techniques (polishing, etching, anodizing). For now I'll just enjoy it! I'll upload a picture when its completely finished. Cheers!
  12. I have seen these before. I looks to be a pre Great Depression Rod .
  13. Is there a decal or decal shadow on the rod, Anything on the end cap? Do all the snake guides look the same? What is the total length of the rod?
  14. From what I know it looks to be from the '70s, the spools on them was silver like you'res, they later went with a solid grey spool in the '90s. The earlier ones came with a blue vinyl case. Hope this helps.
  15. Reel seat looks like it is stamped WEST WOODS PAT 1908
  16. Another picture for you Lornce. Looks like a chrome covered plastic line guard
  17. Please do. That would be great as far as im concerned anyway.
  18. Love vintage Hardy's and other old reels have a modest collection amassed over the years. If there is enough interest In vintage stuff I'll start posting some.
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  20. Yes a great find indeed. Love old reels. Especially vintage Brit fly reels. I hope you get great pleasure out of using it.
  21. Wow great find, Hardy the Marquis are great reels, last for a life-time. It’s the workhorse of the line with a palming rim & classic sound. I’ve taken quite a few Steelhead with a #2 Salmon sized one. Would be nice to see the face of the reel to try to date it as the color of the face changed. This is the Trout/Light Salmon sized one. The Hardy hardy Fibalite Perfection is a nice find, owned on many years ago. The spigot ferrules help to more efficiently transfer energy for a smooth cast. Medium-fast, action bit faster than most glass rods of this time period with lots of backbone and sensitive tips.
  22. Thanks for the info folks. From what I found the rod looks to be a Fibalite #7, 8.5ft produced around 1976 The rod was my late uncle's who was not much of a serious fisherman, hence it was barely used. His wife bought it for him while on vacation in England. I also was given an old bamboo rod that looks like it has seen a few hard days. I'll post some pics of that later. Now I have my Dad's bamboo, Uncle's bamboo and this old Hardy fiberglass to go exercise some mountain fish on Family Fishing Remembrance Day. I may need some ear protection until I learn to enjoy all the reel noise
  23. I think it means you need to put that Allen reel away and have this one lined up. Haha only thing I find is that they’re pretty light which doesn’t balance things well. I put lead core under the backing and it improved things quite a bit on the rods I use them with. Just do it backwards first. Line->backing->leadcore until balanced adequately and spool filled to ideal height and then just reverse. Probably obvious for most, but this dumbass did it the hard way a few times.
  24. The first Hardy Marquis I bought was in 1971. It still gets used 50 or more days a year. The Marquis forms the backbone of my reel collection with sizes 1>7 in use. I have 8 Marquis c/w many spare spools. After 100>125days/year since 1971 which means 4500 fishing days with only one issue detailed below, you cannot go wrong. The only issue I ever had with the reel is when they switched from nickel silver line guards to chrome plastic. That happened on one reel in the late 70’s. The Hardy rod you got will be a honey of a rod. The blank was built by J. Kennedy Fisher who also built blanks for many other rod companies including Winston when they were in SAN Francisco. i have owned several of the blanks all who have cast just great. The rod will not cast like the graphite’s of today but toss it a line it will very well. You will have to drop the (windshield on fast whip/whip stuff) exhibited by the fast action graphite bunch and adopt a more lazy stroke. Enjoy your purchase.As far as the Hardy drag, noise, I I hope they never change it. Like the grumble of a Harley, the throaty blast from a MGB , Hardy drag noise is what FFing is all about. regards, Don
  25. I have the same reels.Good .GREAT for attracting loons IMO. The spring broke in the same reel 2x.I fished them ,for 10-15 yrs,only issue the noise.When Frenchy's went up in smoke,i bought complete sets for $25.00 .Smoke damaged...Still have 2 left..
  26. So this #7 thing followed me home today. Looks barely used. Haven't used a glass noodle rod in years. And is this one of those reels that you can hear from 2 miles away? I need input from Taco and any other Hardy pros who can tell me what I have
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