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Back to basics.
There's a reason you'll find a pair of royal wulffs, elk hair caddis, and olive wooly buggers in every angler's fly box—they just work, and the same can be said for classic reel designs. Handmade in Alnwick, England, the Hardy Duchess Fly Reel is the first classic reel to be released by the company in decades, and it's obvious that Hardy hasn't forgot how to put a world-class reel together.
The Duchess is machined from two pieces of bar stock aluminum, then assembled by hand with a unique split cage frame design and ambidextrous, fully adjustable click-check drag mechanism. The reel can be converted to either a left- or right-handed retrieve thanks to twin line guides. Hardy built the Duchess in sizes ranging from small, light line applications all the way up to a four inch option for salmon and steelhead fishing. Every option is machined and assembled in Alnwick England and is finished with a recessed stainless steel spindle and classic wooden handle.
- Machined 6061 T6 bar stock aluminum
- Split cage frame design
- Adjustable click-check drag mechanism
- Left- and right handed retrieve
- Vented frame and spool
- Wooden handle
- Made in Alnwick, England
- Item #HDY000R
- Q & A
Classy but badass
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Absolutely love this reel and the look with wooden handle. Super easy to pull out slack line and I'm a sucker for the click and pawl reels! The click drag is enough to keep the line from backlashing when it's pulled out quickly
This reel on the Fenglass will send you back in time, great pairing and looks great! Nice work on this masterpiece!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Thank you Hardy for bringing this classic click beauty back. Paired this with my Fenwick Glass, my favorite set up by far now. Classic made in Alnwick, England just a pretty work of art. Get one, some tweed and scully and get out there.