Whats it all about?
A limited edition Hardy reel to celebrate 950th Anniversary of The Percy Family. Commissioned exclusively by the The Duke of Northumberland. The Hotspur is based upon the legendary Hardy Cascapedia reel of the 1930’s. This reel is exclusively designed and built by Hardys in Alnwick, UK. 001 was released for Auction to The Atlantic Salmon Trust at their Gala Dinner on the 25th May 2017, the reel fetched an amazing £55,000, a world record for a reel sold at auction! The phenomenal sum will go towards helping the charity continue their vital work. A proportion of monies generated from the remainder of the reels will also be donated to both the Atlantic Salmon Trust and Salmon & Trout Conservation
What do we think?
This is a stunning reel, beautifully presented in a presentation box with a leather reel case and a selection of Hotspur flies. Unlike the recent overseas manufactured Cascapedia reels these feels quality in the hand and to the eye, with a superb drag system that works throughout its drag scale. These reels will become extremely sought after now and in years to come. Highly recommended.
Whats in the box?
Hardy Hotspur Cascapedia 10/11 Leather Reel Case Hotspur Salmon Flies
Tweed Pedwell beat.
The consistent lack of rain inspired me to fish the lower section of Tweed on Saturday. I had this great theory that the Salmon would be stacking up waiting until a lift in water allowed easier passage up stream. That theory was blown out of the water by mid-afternoon as I realised that all the fish I had seen were running and I’d seen lots and lots of fish! I briefly had a hold of one Salmon fishing a full floater, long leader and a size 12 Silver stoat [low water and incredible clarity] and after that I tried just about everything including my favourite Guala Howler 2’’ Tube [which Peter the excellent Ghillie though was a budgie] fished on a 550gr Skagit and 10ft MOW T17 tip! This tactic has proved successful on the lower Tweed before as there are some really deep pools and strong currents. I also tried one of Fulling Mills excellent Sunray shadows fished on a floater with a 3ips RIO Versitip but to no avail, these fish were not interested in anything but running. Anyway it was great to be out on the river with my favourite Sage Method 12’6’’ and of course staff member Tully !