|Only 85 Commemorative JLH reels will be produced|
|Jim Hardy 1927-2012|
After an apprenticeship at Vickers-Armstrong, he joined the company in the early 1950's and was appointed works director in 1959, leading the firm’s search to develop new materials – a quest which resulted in Hardy’s pioneering range of carbon fibre rods. Jim was also responsible for reel development and introduced one of the firm’s most famous products, the Marquis range, in 1970.
After the takeover by the Harris and Sheldon Group, he took on the role of Marketing Manager and toured the world promoting Hardy products, during a period in which the company won numerous design awards. He retired in 1992 and remained a consultant to the Company until his death.
“My sister Rona and I were fortunate to have our father teach us to fish and, from him we learnt to enjoy the sport in all its glory. It is my hope that you will also have as much pleasure from your purchase of this reel as Rona and I have had fishing with our father.”Roy Leighton Hardy, son of Jim Hardy.
|The original JLH reel - a design classic|
The 1991 reel was the natural successor to the Lightweight range, built since 1936, and it brought the concept up-to-date with an exposed rim, optional left or right hand wind, and a reversible nickel-silver line guard. The range was so popular that it was updated several times, the most significant modifications being the introduction of a powerful disc drag in 2000 and a large arbour range in 2003.
The Hardy JLH #7 Commemorative Reel Features:
• Limited edition of 85 numbered reels
• Based on James Leighton Hardy’s original ‘JLH’ (#7) design
• Wide ranging click check system
• Easily converted from left-hand to right-hand wind
• Unique commemorative engraving
• Wooden handle
• Stunning ‘Rose Gold’ finish
• Supplied in a Hardy Bros. block leather horseshoe reel case
• Hardy Bros. lifetime original owner warranty
Weight - 125g / 4.4oz, Diameter - 88mm, Capacity - DT7+100m 20lb Dacron
The click-check system on the JLH can be adjusted by simply turning the regulator button on the face of the frame: clockwise to increase the check; anti-clockwise to decrease the check. When the reel is not in use, the check should be turned to the minimum setting. The reel is easily converted from left-hand to right-hand wind.
A limited number of reels will be available from Glasgow Angling Centre and will be sold on a first come first served basis, please contact us HERE to register your interest.