Hardy Brothers Archive Films
March 7, 2011, 8:51 pm
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The Hardy name has been synonymous with fly fishing for many years. Founded in 1872 in Alnwick, England, the Hardy brothers who were first gunsmiths began producing high quality rods and reels. They were the first to build bamboo rods with hexagonal profiles and their designs for reels became a standard which many companies still try to emulate today.

I am going to stop with the history their, they real reason I am writing about Hardy is because of the archival footage I recently came across. The films recall some of the early history of the company but also showcase some excellent gentlemanly angling.

This film also shows the Hardy techniques of splitting bamboo for the crafting of rods. If you like people wearing waxed canvas jackets and fly fishing then I promise you’ll enjoy these. A few more films can be seen at the Hardy North American page.


Bob Clay – Riverwatch Rods
February 15, 2011, 8:19 pm
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Bob clay makes beautiful bamboo fly rods. While he makes several different types of single handed rod he is most well known for bamboo spey rods. The rods are unique works of craftsmanship that cast beautifully and also happen to catch trout.  His company Riverwatch Rods is located in the Kispiox Valley in British Columbia, a destination for any angler in search of steelhead fishing.

This is a great short video of Bob talking about steelhead spawning in Canada, if you don’t want to watch the whole thing at least fast forward to min 1:05 and watch one of his rods in action.

*As seen in a Patagonia catalog