The 1912 Perfect Fly Reel by Hardy

On The Fly Gear

October 2023

By Polly Dean

Hardy Fly Fishing, a name synonymous with master craftsmanship recently released its latest masterpiece – the 1912 Perfect Fly Reel. A modern take on an iconic reel, this rendition embodies over a century of expertise and fly-fishing passion. Every turn of the reel, displays the company’s commitment to craftsmanship, capturing the essence of their heritage along with their vision for fly fishing’s future. Hardy touts the 1912 as not just being a fishing tool, but a piece of history brought to life in the hands of modern anglers.

Hardy, based in Alnwick, England has been handcrafting innovative fly gear since its formation in 1872 and is recognized by many as the finest fly rods and reels in the world. The company since its inception has been in the forefront of fly-fishing innovation.

My first experience with a reel made by Hardy, was the 8- to 10-weight Ultralite SDSL Series reel. I used it in saltwater and since then, have encountered a number of friends and guides that swear by the brand. Most recently was Capt. Cullen Travesrso, a guide On the Fly South used for inshore saltwater species in northeast Florida.

 Features of the 1912 Perfect Fly Reel include the iconic design of the mechanism, a testament to its original version, Also, Hardy’s Red Agate Line Guard and the classic narrow spool design that captures the timeless aesthetics of its predecessor. It is produced in a deep anodized gunmetal grey finish, engineered from bar stock aluminum with naval brass one-piece spindle. Boasting both beauty and durability, it is available in left and right-hand models. Each reel comes in their luxurious sheepskin-lined Hardy leather pouch for safe storage and transport.

The reel is available in two sizes: 2 7/8-inch diameter that is suitable for 3- to 4-weight rods or 3 1/8-inch diameter suitable for 4- to 5-weight rods. The 1912 Perfect Fly Reel is available with an MSRP of $895. Though reimagined, the 1912 has the appearance of its iconic predecessor. This reel promises to secure a place in the Hardy legacy.

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