Williams Hardy founded the company but as a gunsmith operation. His brother John james joined in the following year. Fishing rods were being made on the side with different woods (lancewood, hickory and greenheart) but by 1880 the first Hardy bamboo rods also appeared. The fishing aspect took over the gunsmithing operation gradually

1891: The first Hardy “Perfect” reel was patented. Innovations such as ball bearings and others in design improvements catapulted the company to the reim of excellence.

One Comment

  1. Doug A

    February 21, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Nice video! I was wondering if you might be able to help me out. I recently came into a rod made by Hardy, it is a Hardy House Matchmaker, 3 piece glass rod, 14' (426 cm) with the carrying bag. Is there any way to date this rod?


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