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Provides quality and performance without draining your bank account.

The Hardy Ultralite DD Fly Reel literally stops you in your tracks, thanks to its oh-so-sexy contours, stunning design, and great value. Besides looking damn fine, the Ultralite DD possesses a wide-ranging advanced fiber composite drag system that satisfies any freshie and most salty angler's requirements (no pun intended). This large arbour reel has little drag time in the upstart of the reel, a smooth feel, and an agreeable 'clicking' sound when you reel your line in or when a fish takes your fly for a run.

  • Machined from aircraft quality 6061 bar stock aluminum for a stronger, more durable reel that holds up better to scratches and nicks over molded reels
  • Ultra-large arbor design allows you to reel in line more quickly and provides better performance
  • Wide-ranging advanced fiber composite drag system gives you an almost no drag setting to overdone stopping power
  • Sealed composite drag system for reliability and virtually no maintenance
  • Lighter reel weight compliments today's lighter rods without compromising on strength and durability
  • Scratch-resistant anodized components combats corrosion and daily wear-and-tear
  • Tool-less conversion from left to right hand wind
  • Reel back up-screwed through frame for maximum security
  • Quick-release captive spool system for convenience
  • Supplied with neoprene pouch for protection during storage and transport
  • If you're buying a reel or spool and fly line, we'll be happy to rig it up for you, please give us a call at (855)-712-0513 for details

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WV Brown on a Hardy 4000 DD.

WV Brown on a Hardy 4000 DD.

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Taken with a Hardy 6 wt. set up on a Sculpin.

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Hey what line is that? Thanks!

South Branch of the Potomac River.

South Branch of the Potomac River.

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Smoke Hole WV catch on a Purple Egg Sucking Leech with a Hardy 6 wt. rig.

5 5

I am "Hooked"

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have two disk drag reels and 3 spare spools. I have one reel for fresh and the other for salt life. I also have the 10' Demon rod. I like to fish for good sized fish on lighter equipment. Since I catch and release, it is their fight I want. These reels are smooth and high functioning machines.

I am "Hooked"
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A nice male Rainbow from West Virginia with a Hardy DD.

Top Brand

Top Brand

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6 weight set up DD on a Grey's Rod. Smooth and has a strong drag. This Rainbow gave it a workout in moving water.

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West Virginia on the South Fork of the Potomac.

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Killer photos! Thanks for posting these. The fight has to be awesome from a fish this size on light weight tackle.

5 5

I want one for every rod I own.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got the 5000 for my 5 weight Hardy Zenith. They're a match made in heaven. I've also used the 5000 on my 6wt and it balances well. I love the thin profile large arbor design. picks up your line super quick. There is a really pleasant click on both the retrieve and when line is stripping out. I have a strong Hardy bias when it comes to my rods and reels, and it might just be me but you are going to struggle to find a better value & a better looking reel anywhere else. $225 for this reel. To get this quality and precision from Orvis, Sage, Ross, Lamson, etc you will be paying more than double, no doubt.

Thinking of purchasing a Hardy DD Ultralite...

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Thinking of purchasing a Hardy DD Ultralite reel for a new 9 ft 6wt Zenith. Would the 5000 balance OK?

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Hey Mark,

The DD 5000 should balance pretty well. Some people are a little more picky on balance, but I've found that a 5 or 6wt rod will balance well with a reel that's about 5oz.

That will be a really nice setup paired up with your Zenith.

Tight lines!

Just purchased Hardy 9ft 6WT zenith rod...

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Just purchased Hardy 9ft 6WT zenith rod from you folks. Could you recommend best Hardy DD ultralite Reel to balance. Considering 5000 - sound OK?

Thanks,

Mark

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Hey Mark,

The DD 5000 should balance pretty well. Some people are a little more picky on balance, but I've found that a 5 or 6wt rod will balance well with a reel that's about 5oz.

That will be a really nice setup paired up with your Zenith.

Tight lines!

4 5

Stunning

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

I bought this reel for my dad but had to take it out before I wrapped it up. The machining is impeccable and the finish is superb. Big thanks to Stephan for helping me pair it to my dad's rods.

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I see a bikepacking , fly fishing trip in the future....

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Performs as good as it looks.

  • Gender: Male

This is one of the best made reels that I have seen. Beautifully machined, amazing craftsmanship and attention to detail. You can really tell when you pick it up and feel how light it is. I've seen reels that are very lightweight but you feel like you could snap them in half, not the case with this. It is super sturdy and everything just feels solid. The drag system is so smooth and doesn't hang up at all. One reason I decided on this reel was the large arbor. Its the biggest one in this size. I got the 4000 and it balances my 9' 5wt. perfectly. This is the nicest reel that I've seen hands down.

5 5

Lightweight, smooth and sexy

I have had reels in the past claiming they were lightweight, but where this reel differs is not only is it Ultralight as it claims but the craftsmanship is perfect. Some of the reels that were claiming lightweight felt week and not as well put together, almost loose and fragile and lacking a good drag system. This reel is not only appealing to the eyes but to your feel of it as well, super super lightweight but so sturdy and strong. It can easily be switched from LHR to RHR, I love the large arbor as well it really picks up the line quickly and so smooth. And as for Hardys' drag system, where other lightweight reels fall short the DD drag system steps it up, controlled and smooth without sticking points or blowouts. If your are looking for a lightweight reel look no further this is a perfect reel for your rod.