The Wide Spool Perfect fly reel has been fished since 1958
Now designed with a wider spool, the Hardy Perfect fly reel is an excellent choice for Salmon and Steelhead anglers
The original “Taupo” Perfect fly reel was introduced in 1958 to fill the need for a larger capacity trout reel to handle the legendary monster Rainbows and Browns of New Zealand. Despite a relatively short production life of only four years, the “Taupo” was eagerly sought after as a Steelhead, Light Salmon, and large Trout reel.
Continued demand for this classic reel inspired Hardy to reintroduce the “Taupo” for 2011. While all the dimensions and aesthetics are true to the original, Hardy made a couple of improvements. The new “Taupo” is machined from solid bar stock aluminum and hard anodized for strength and durability.
This construction also does away with the need for a line guard, which was an option on the 1958 – 1962 reels. The check mechanism has been changed from the MK II to the more modern Lightweight style, which enables the angler to change from Left to Right hand retrieve at will. While maintaining the looks, feel, and spirit of its ancestors, the new “Taupo” is a stronger and more functional successor to a Hardy classic.
The “Taupo”: the Perfect reel for Switch, Light Spey, Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead.
Features of the Hardy Wide Spool Perfect Reel:Wide spool design for better backing capacityStainless ball bearings and time proven check systemSweet sounding, wide ranging check systemEngineered from bar stock aluminium with naval brass 1pc spindleDeep anodised for strength and durabilityIvorine handleSmooth satin dark gunmetal grey anodised finishStainless ball bearings and time proven check systemEasily changed from left to right hand windSoft leather, sheepskin lined reel pouch includedMade by Hardy Bros master craftsmen in Alnwick, England