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We are lovers of art and angling here at The Painted Trout, so whenever the two come together, as they do in the now-famous Charles Jardine Wide Spool Perfect reels, we get them in the shop. The Rainbow Trout was the first one delivered to our shop, and as we were unpacking it, customers started to gather and oooh and ahhh. Well, of course, they would! Rainbow Trout have that effect on people.
They are 3 1/4" reels, made for a 4/5 weight line.
These very special Limited Edition Trout Perfects reels feature original artwork by world-renowned artist and angler Charles Jardine. The Trout Perfects are available in four designs, the Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Grayling. There are only 100 of each design available globally and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a few. As of this writing we still have one of each of these designs.
The Trout Perfect feature artwork applied directly to the side plate of the classic 3 1/8" Hardy Wide Spool Perfect Trout Reels. These reels are steep in Hardy history, along with the time-proven perfect check system and the iconic ‘Perfect’ sound. Each of these beautifully built reels come in a block leather reel case, are individually numbered and include a handmade screw tool with limited-edition packaging.
“The Hardy Perfect reel is already a work of art,” said Jim Murphy, Director of Fly Fishing at Hardy. “These limited edition Perfect Reels with Charles Jardine’s original artwork, present a rare opportunity for collectors to obtain a piece of Hardy history.”
Charles Jardine is an internationally acclaimed fly fishing instructor, author and artist. He has been awarded the President’s Pin by the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and has also been named a Fly Fishing Legend in the USA. Hardy launched its first reel in 1891 and its most famous product to date, is the Perfect. Now 129 years later, the addition of Jardine’s artwork to these limited-edition reels makes them highly sought after collectable pieces.
The Trout Perfect is engineered from solid bar stock aluminum with a naval brass one-piece spindle, stainless steel ball bearings, ivorine handle and a silky gunmetal grey satin finish.
The limited-edition Trout Perfect is available in 3 1/8 inch size only, for a 4/5 weight rod.