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The House of Hardy
February 1, 2012, 8:05 pm
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Came across these House of Hardy cataloge covers from one of my daily reads today. Total re-post rip off here but I couldn’t help it, these covers are just so nice. Every once and awhile MoldyChum posts some great vintage fly fishing finds. More on Hardy, one of the most venerable names in fly fishing, can be read here.

I love the last cover from 76, it definitely has a Whole Earth Catalog feeling to it.  A few more can be found here.

 

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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.