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Grayling are an astonishingly beautiful fish. I have caught a few, but even photographs don't do it justice. They're luminous, varied, and ever-changing with the light. But artist Charles Jardine has captured the mystery of this fish perfectly in the painting done for this reel.
Hardy made an announcement a while back that they would be getting in these limited edition reels, and because we knew who Charles Jardine was (not just a famous artist, but a world renowned angler), we jumped at the chance to place an order for all four designs. These Wide Spool 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 models for you.
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