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When you are looking for precision engineering, traditional design, and a conventional click check system in your fly reel, then the Hardy Cascapedia is perfect. Covering every freshwater application, it is suitable for both single hand Trout rods to two-handed Salmon rods.
It is a reel at the very top of the Hardy range and is entirely built in Alnwick, England using the best materials, the most extensive engineering and traditional hand assembly techniques. It is very true to the original Cascapedia design and offers a stunning classic look with exceptional weight to strength ratio.
Available in a full four size range covering every freshwater application from Trout to two-handed Spey, the new Cascapedia reel is a stunning addition to the Hardy Made in England reel program. The two smaller sizes feature a classic click check system with adjustable click drag. The larger models, in contrast, feature a fully functioning disc drag with an inbuilt audible clicker to give the classic Cascapedia sound. The bigger reels also features a 'Porture' switch which allows you to disengage the click check so you can run the reel either silently or with a loud audible click.
The larger models offer outstanding line capacity, so you can get a considerable amount of backing on the reel in addition to a full spey line. Therefore you can fish large rivers with long casts but can be confident that you have plenty of backing in reserve in case a big Salmon decides to take a long run with your full fly line. The more substantial model also features a complete cage system which prevents the mono from shooting head fly lines entering the spool.
Cosmetically it has the classic three badge design, very much like original, and it also features the unique s-shaped handle. It is constructed using 6061 aluminum which is anodised and hand finished by Hardy's highy skilled and experienced fly reel engineers. Regarding construction, what you get with a Hardy Fly Reel is a superior product that goes through a wide range of high precision engineering processes and hand finishing. All parts are hand-made in Alnwick by engineers with over 30 years experience. Therefore each reel is the culmination of many hours testing, re-testing, re-designing and meticulous quality control.
A reel starts off life as two pieces of 6061 barstock aluminium, one piece for the spool and the other for the frame. Firstly, the block undergoes series of machine lathe processes where it gets shaped with rough cut tools to achieve its recognisable fly reel features. Next, this shape is finished using a fine lathe to form the face, rim, and edges to resemble the design of the particular fly reel in production. Finally, it then goes through a diamond cut lathe where the reel piece is polished. However, during finishing, the reel is still far from complete, so it has to be hand polished using emery paper to ensure a smooth finish. Once this process is complete successfully, the metal is then anodised to protect the alumium from corrosion.
The amount of work that goes into a reel such as the Cascapedia is quite exceptional. About 30% is mainly machine cutting, but the majority of the work is done by hand in Alnwick. All the parts are individually manufactured and assembled by a human being; not a robot. This process is exceptionally specialised and meticulous. Each section is bolted, screwed and riveted by hand using metalwork tools. But that is not the end of this fly reel's journey. It also has to pass a barrage of strict quality control checks to ensure that the customer receives a product that is exceptional quality, made to exacting standards and is constructed using superior materials.