Hardy Salmon Vintage Fishing Rods
A legendary name in the history of angling equipment , Hardy salmon fishing rods are much sought after by collectors and keen anglers alike.
Hardy, which was established in Alnwick, Northumberland, has been producing salmon fishing rods since the 1890s and the company's vintage rods are coveted due to their quality and the history associated with the brand's name. The business was set up by brothers William and John James Hardy and one of their most famous products was a reel called the 'Perfect' which is still produced today. In the past decade Hardy's has paid homage to its history by re-producing some of its traditional tackle for the collectors' market, giving anglers the chance to own some of this cherished equipment.
Original Hardy fishing rods can be hard to come by and there is a high demand for them, with Hardy cane rods proving particularly popular. A prized addition to any collection might be a 1913 'Hardy Gold Medal' which is inscribed with 'Makers by Appointment King George V'. The cork handle of this rod is about 56cm long with a brass handles, a top reel fixing and a bottom reel fixing. The top and middle sections of the rod measure 4ft each and the bottom section is 120cm. One rare rod is a 14 foot three piece cane rod called 'The Salmon Fly'. A classic rod is the 'Hardy Salmon Fly Graphite De-luxe' which is a three-section design with a screw down locking reel seat, a double cork handle with crimson whips tipped with red and a lined butt and tip eye.
A vintage rod from the mid-1970s is the 'Hardy The Fibalite' which is a spinning rod with open bridge guides tipped in green with red tips, spigot ferrules, a 28 inch cork handle and a fixed alloy reel seat. A much admired rod among salmon anglers is the 'Hardy Gem' 13ft fishing rod; or you might prefer a classic four-piece double handed rod; alternatively a good catch might be the 'Hardy Palakona Norsk Murdoch' rod.
Salmon fishing is one of the oldest forms of fishing and it is popular because these fish are plentiful and it is seen as an affordable sport. Some of the best salmon fishing rivers in the UK are found in Scotland, the North East of England, Cumbria, and the South West of England. Most salmon fishing is done with fly fishing rods or with spinning rods.