Filed under: Angling | Tags: bamboo rod, fly fishing, Hardy, Hardy Brothers, Hardy House
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.