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: Hardy Cascapedia MkII Fly Reel 8/9???

Jim Miller
12-10-2010, 07:36 PM
Anybody fishing a Hardy Cascapedia MkII Fly Reel 8/9.
I think this is the Korean version made for Hardy.(MkII)
Do you think it will balance a CND Solstice 6,7,8 13'-4" rod?
Thanks in advance for any advice!


12-11-2010, 12:00 PM
Jim -

My idea of a well balanced reel/rod is when the full working length of line is out and swinging the handle above the reel balances on my fingers just where I like to hold it. In fact if not for the reel, the rod would have been yanked from my hand on occasion by feisty summer runs because it's so effortless to hold the rod when balanced that my fingers are totally relaxed / there is no white knuckled grip.

I typically fish a Danielsson 8twelve (8 oz) or 9thirteen (8.4 oz) on that rod which balances it quite nicely for my taste. The MkII is heavier - 12 oz. It certainly is a handsome reel but for fishing SR you also need to consider impact of ice on the design. I don't have any experience with that reel to say whether a click vs. sealed is better / worse in cold.

I'm not sure if the four ounces of weight will make it necessary to push the rod tip down on the swing or not... I generally find these things out by trial and error on the water before I can say for sure because a good match up is rarely a problem of arithmetic.

Jim Miller
12-11-2010, 05:53 PM
Thanks Juro!
Are there stores that sell Danielsson? Or just direct from the factory? :confused:
I see the model you mentioned is on sale.... now! :eek: :D

Jim Miller
12-12-2010, 08:20 PM

12-14-2010, 07:00 AM
Did you get the Hardy? I saw the positive responses on speypages

Jim Miller
12-14-2010, 07:44 AM
Yes Sir! 1/2 price....

12-14-2010, 01:13 PM
schweet! hey hows the SR been fishing?

Jim Miller
12-14-2010, 01:18 PM
Haven't been up there lately....been COLD and snowy!
Hope to go in the near future if we get a warming.

Went down to unfrozen Lake George to practice w/ the spey!
Not too pretty at first.....but I am getting there! :whoa:

12-14-2010, 02:25 PM
It's a paradigm shift for sure... loop is upside down, and without the grip of the line on the water (not too much, not too little) it can't work. Where the loop unwinding is critical to overhead casting, keeping it folded is critical to Spey.

There is no big tug telling you when to come forward, one must take it on faith that there will be something there to load against when you come forward with a Spey cast because there isn't much more than a gentle compression to the rear.

You may need a hot tub after the first few sessions but once learned you can cast for 14 hours and not feel a thing like the old timers across the pond and in the PNW. Well worth the learning curve... then you can apply it on the great salmon and steelhead rivers of the world.

12-18-2010, 08:38 AM
Keep ya eye on da roosta:D (white mouse):whoa:

Jim Miller
12-24-2010, 10:44 AM
Got the reel in the mail. :D
Not too bad to convert to RH wind. Loaded it w/ 65# gelspun (250 yds) and Bob Meiser's Skandit system. Seems to balance nicely.
Love the looks and when it warms a bit I will be off to the Salmon R. To try her out!
Thanks all for the generous input and suggestions....much appreciated! ;)

12-25-2010, 07:58 AM
Wait until you get a steelie making that drag clack out loud - you'll get everyone's attention then with sound! Love that Hardy click.