The first Hardy reel patent was registered in 1888 and since then many patents have followed. One of Hardy's most popular reels appeared in 1891. It was understandably called the "Perfect." It included most of the improvements that fishermen had been asking for up to that time. The spool was narrow and deep. An adjustable check supplied the friction to keep the spool velocity from over running the line while playing a fish.
Up to that time, most fine reels were made from brass. The first Perfect reels were too. But a short time later, they were machined from an aluminum casting. This made the Perfect very lightweight for its time. A great contributor to the reel’s success was its ease of disassembly, which is accomplished by rotating the side plate backwards. Both ends of the reel turn. This allows the angler to palm or finger a side plate for more friction while playing a fish.
The Perfect can rightly claim to be the most successful fly reel of all time, having remained in production for over of a century, during which time many dozens of variations and improvements to the original design were made.
In 1903, Louis Bouglé, a French tournament caster, asked Hardy to make a lighter variation of their Perfect reel for competition casting. The Bouglé MkVII is the most advanced version yet of the reel that the legendary Monsieur Bouglé asked for. It comes in four sizes of click check reels for freshwater fishing.
With the MkVII, Hardy has taken a classic reel, made it more beautiful and brought it bounding into the twenty-first century. It is now machined from aluminum alloy bar-stock. With its ivorine handle, the Bouglé looks as lovely as ever on a rod, but now performs like the most modern of reels on the market. Looks? Its stunning, hard anodized, clear frame combines strikingly with the anodized clear spool and side-plate. Practicality? The deep spool gives you big line and backing capacity, vital for those facing ever bigger, faster running fish both home and abroad. The ventilated spool has created a model that is the most rugged Bouglé yet while reducing weight, but still retaining its legendary looks and feel.
The bronze spindle has only added to this reel's legendary reliability and nostalgic looks. Bronze is nearly self-lubricating, and bronze parts contribute smooth operation. Why don't other reel makers use bronze parts in their reels? Bronze is expensive. Maybe they're not used to making reels for nobility like Hardy is.
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