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Is it just me? I was checking out the Hardy website and they really seem to be going almost too "high end". They no longer produce a number of more "affordable" reels such as the Marquis or Viscount. They've apparently even discontinued the ultralight series. There's one reel (Zane Ti) that's listed at 5000 pounds! That's > 10 grand cdn! Most of the performance reels are in the 300 - 400 pound range. Still very expensive if you ask me. Perhaps Hardy merged with other companies (e.g. Greys) that produce less expensive gear. Anyway, I guess I better "reely" take care of the Hardy reels I've managed to accumulate. ;)
 

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most of the Hardy products are still made in the UK. The Grey's product is made offshore in countries like China and Korea. Hardy has started moving some of their newer rods to Korea for manufacturing. If you look closely you will find that some products from Grey's, Loop, Fenwick. Orvis and Dragonfly all come from the same factories.All good quality products trying to hit reasonable price points for the consumer.
 

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rln said:
If you look closely you will find that some products from Grey's, Loop, Fenwick. Orvis and Dragonfly all come from the same factories.All good quality products trying to hit reasonable price points for the consumer.
That's a good thing as far as price goes...That new Hardy reel I saw online is going for 5000 pounds! :eek: :eek: :p No reel is worth that in my opinion.

I just picked up the Loop evotec CLW for my new spey rod. looking forward to trying it out.

Finder :)
 

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don't look for lower prices. Margins are getting slim out there and there is a good chance that even the House of Hardy may have gone belly up if purchasing all the Grey's product off shore didn't happen. I saw a spey rod that retails for $649.00 gbp at a Korean factory earlier this week and also saw the new Loop reels at another factory today. They do look very nice. Been away long enough that I can't wait to get home and start trying to create the next generation of Dragonfly and Trophy XL products. Got a lot of cool ideas over here.
 
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