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: Hardy Cascapedia Owners?

01-10-2007, 07:23 AM
Any hardy cascapedia salmon reel owners out there?

Not that it's within my current budget or anything but I am thinking about an heirloom reel for Speyfishing the world and that's on the list.

Then again Stan Bogdan lives just up the road ;)

thanks in advance for your feedback

01-10-2007, 09:22 AM
new or old one?

New is OK but just does not have the look to me. I almost bought one before I had a chance to play with it.

The reissue ones from a few years back that sometimes show on ebay($1500-2000) are very nice and heirloom quality.

The new loop classic is far superior in looks and feel than the new hardy IMHO and half the price. You are going to pay over $1000 for the new cascapedia in spey size which is crazy for what it is.


01-10-2007, 11:33 AM
Over $1000?? wow

I'd wait for a Bogdan if I were going to pay that.

Good thing I have my Danielssons, it's going to be a long time saving up for that heirloom reel I guess!

Willie Gunn
01-10-2007, 03:22 PM
Juro what about a nice Perfect? A collectors Brass Faced 4 1/2 special price for you $2000US bound to increase in value........almost an investment.

01-11-2007, 10:02 AM
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have an affinity for fine tackle and reels are like jewery to me. im not sure if i would be fishing comfortably with a true heirloom reel. alot of collectors never even line their reels. that is not my kind of reel. if i had money to burn i would buy a nice reel just to collect, i dont have money to burn

what im interested in is finding a classic heirloom type reel. but one that has clearly been fished and one that i plan to fish without a second thought as to depreciation from regular use.

is there any market where i could look for classic cascapedias, bogdans, or other fine makers with the intention of buying a piece to fish with, not store in a felt bag. ive had my eyes out for a bogdan A-200. this was sold under abercrombie name in the 60's. it is gold with black serpent handle and i think a marvelous addition to my rapidly growing spey fishing passion. i think i want this reel. i saw one on net for 1600 bucks. this i thought was a lil pricey for a reel with significant documented blemishes, but im not up to date with the stan bogdan aftermarket.

anywhere else to look for this reel? how bout older worn cascapedias? seems they hold value as well, even the obviously dropped in a stream ones.

any idea about the all titanium new maurice noel's. i wish i new how much they go for. i was embarrassed to ask myself as if you have to ask you probably cant afford it. i dont think i have titanium money just yet but maybe one day.

ahh the search continues for a reel to match my soon to be completed spey rod of dreams.

01-12-2007, 12:23 AM
I have the Cascapedia and the Loop clasic and would have to disagree with Seans comment about the loop being better.
With the cold weather the metal handle on the loop is very uncomfortable and is not close in sound and feel, in my opinion that is:devil:

Willie Gunn
01-12-2007, 04:16 AM
I have the Cascapedia and the Loop clasic and would have to disagree with Seans comment about the loop being better.
With the cold weather the metal handle on the loop is very uncomfortable and is not close in sound and feel, in my opinion that is:devil:

I would agree, the Loop Classic looks good in the adverts but does not fdeel right when you hold one.

01-12-2007, 04:34 AM
Tie Dye.
The last Noel reel(used) i was able to track down was in Toronto and was through Wilsons. The gentleman was asking $3500 and it was a 400M TD.
I still have the contact info if your interested.
The specs on this reel are 3 3/4" diameter and a width of 1". Maurice rated it for a WF9F & 200yds of 20# backing.
Good luck if and when you decide to purchase one.
I have also read lately that Maurice shows up at a certain pool on the matapedia with a few reels in the trunck of his car,,, another option;)
Good luck.
Salmon Chaser.

another thought is to contact willie gunn,,, he just offered Juro a beautiful 4 1/2" Perfect and has also been quoted as knowing the whereabouts of a LHW Perfect:eek: I'd send the lad a PM if you are in the market,,, probably could find you a Cascapedia as well.

01-12-2007, 07:32 AM
just the tone of talking bout rare beautiful reels among a select group in the know and in the same passion/obsession. i cant help but feel like the classic tackle market is like original art market. true gems are hush hush, few transfers heard through the grapevine and there is a an awe of originals still being discovered. my eyes are bigger than my stomach (some might debate that) but my hunger for the perfect outgoing click continues.
? for prosperity sake: does LHW add to perceived value? this is obviously a newbie question so flaming me is welcome

Willie Gunn
01-12-2007, 12:42 PM
? for prosperity sake: does LHW add to perceived value? this is obviously a newbie question so flaming me is welcome

The proper way to wind is with the right hand, if right handed, as the majority of the population are right handed the House of Hardy made most of the reels as RHW so LHW reels are much rarer, hen's teeth spring to mind.
A fairly rough LHW 4" perfect fetches around 700 / $1400US where as a good 4" perfect would fetch around 400 / $800US

Salar 33
01-19-2007, 03:29 PM
Hey guys,

I don't know if you have seen this reel. The maker, D.L. Reobichaud, created a number of hand crafted reels from trout to Salmon a few years back. This one is a manufactured version authorized by Reobicaud. This reel has the look, feel, quality and a drag that will stop a horse available on far more expensive pieces. In my opinion, if you are willing to pay $400 to $500 for a reel, this is a great one to kick around.

The look and quality of an heirloom.


Bob Reynolds
02-13-2007, 08:59 PM
I know this will not address the original question but just to offer an opinion on the most collectable Spey reel on the face of this earth. Thirteen years ago when Jim Vincent (founder of Rio Lines) researched the market for the ultimate Spey reel he chose the Charlton Model SS8500 1.6 . Today the " 1.6 " is highly collectable and commands significant prices (around $3,000). The ultimate useable and collectable Spey reel then IMHO has to be the 8500 1.6 reels Jack Charlton produced in solid Titanium the Model 8500SST 1.6 . The original price was $5,600. Like everyone else I was chocking but I know of one on the market today @ $ 55,000 if anyone is interested. I guess this just re-enforces that " there is just one top to a stack ". Wish I had bought 10 of them instead of the other investments I made over the last decade.


02-16-2007, 12:24 AM
I was wondering about the original Hardy Cascapedias. Weren't they designed to be fished "rings up"? That is, when playing a fish, or otherwise reeling in, the rod was rotated so that the reel was on top. If you wanted to have the reel down, as we pretty much all do nowadays, you would have to reel in backwards.

Wonderful reel for dyslectics like me.



Oh, and Juro, why not get a Hardy Salmon Perfect, 4" or so, if you want an heirloom reel. These beasts are not expensive (relatively speaking) and certainly go a long way in counterbalancing a fourteen foot rod.

Dave McNeese made some nice Vom Hofe style reels. Some of those may still be kicking around at prices less than the Bogdans.

02-16-2007, 03:42 PM

I pretty in line with my bud WG on this one learn to reel right. I was fortunite enough to fish with Malcolm and use his Cascapedia (and learn how to pronounce Marquis). I prefer a Perfect, Bogdan, or Saracione etc which are vasty different reels. The Cascapedia just didn't do it for me, neither does my 4" S handle Bo Molin. Don't get me wrong, it is a wonderful reel just not what I expected.