Hardy fly rod dating
House of Hardy operated from 1985 till 2004, when it underwent a final name change.It now operates as Hardy and Greys, in conjunction with former rival business Greys.Their behind the scenes input ensures that Hardy produces tackle that continually performs at the top end of angling.This team includes Hardy Business Manager Howard Croston, who, incidentally, is a fly fisher for Team England.Two short years later, the first adverts appeared advertising the company as a supplier of premier river and sea fishing tackle, and the business really took off.To this day, Hardy has maintained its heritage of high quality, innovative tackle, and continues to produce outstanding big game and to this day.
The product range grew exponentially over the years and in 1929 the Hardy’s catalogue could be considered an encyclopaedia of angling knowledge – 374 pages of fishing tackle and guidance.
Brothers William and John James (JJ) Hardy saw incredible success in the years that followed the business expansion and by 1882 had amassed enough money to prove William worthy of marrying the daughter of the head game keeper on a local estate.
This marriage was not only wonderful for William, but profitable for the business, as his new wife’s father was an avid angler and produced a for the brothers, which remained on their product catalogue for years to follow.
To name several rods of interest to us, are rods crafted by Vince Cummings, Fenwick, Hardy Bros., Russ Peak, Phillipson, Scott, Winston, Wright Mc Gill, etc. The ferrules are Featherweight aluminum ferrules with an "O" ring.
This rod appeared in the Abercrombie and Fitch 1968 catalog. This 2 piece banty rod was matched with a Hardy Flyweight reel (not included). The rod was described as follows: Lightest equipment of its kind in the world.
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Includes cloth bag and gold anodized Phillipson aluminum tube. Para/metric Deluxe PD 20 UL - 5', 2 piece spinning rod. Cork fore and rear grip with up-locking reel seat with wood spacer.