The Hardy Ultralite SDSL Fly Reel
The first thing that caught our attention was the outstanding good look of this series of reels. Fishing tackle doesn't have to be pretty, but it doesn't hurt if it is. Many anglers who live in the Pacific Northwest (and other parts of the world) use the same reels for both Spey fishing and for medium to heavy saltwater fly fishing. This happens quite naturally because reels for these two different types of fly fishing happen to have very similar capacities and overall weights (at least some do).
The Hardy Ultralite SDSL is a substantial Fly Reel. The 8/9/10 model weighs 9.2 ounces, which is about perfect for saltwater fish such as Permit and for 13-14' #7/8 steelhead Spey setups. The 10/11/12 SDSL at 11.5 ounces will balance well with #9/10 Spey rods of 13' to 15' in length, which will put it in a category that works equally well for large Florida tarpon and Alaskan Kings.
The Hardy Ultralite SDSL has heavy duty guts. Fully machined from barstock 6061 alloy, this reel is incredibly strong yet fairly lightweight. It features a sealed, saltwater-safe carbon fiber disc drag system. The disc drag system can generate up to 16 lbs of pressure controlled by a 340 degree color-coded drag regulator. With the right kind of backing and line setups both these models are blue-water capable for species such as large dorado and billfish.
Hardy neoprene reel case.