Unique New Hardy Reel Sells for 55K at Charity Auction!

A unique Hardy fly reel has sold for a world record £55,000 in an auction for the Atlantic Salmon Trust this week. This is the first time Hardy have ever released a reel to the public with the serial number 001 in over 180 years!
The Reel – The Hotspur Cascapedia – Salmon #10
William de Percy, a descendant of Viking raiders, left Normandy with William the Conqueror and started a dynasty in the north of England. In 1309 his descendants bought Alnwick Castle and, 708 years later, Percy’s continue to live there and play a major role in the town of Alnwick where in 1837 the  Hardy Brothers set up their now world famous fishing rod and tackle manufacturing business. Since then, Hardy's have played an equally important role in Alnwick as well.
The present head of the Percy family, the 12th Duke of Northumberland, a keen angler, teamed up with Hardy's to help design a very special Limited Edition fly reel to commemorate the Percy's 950th Anniversary. Aptly named after Harry 'Hotspur', Alnwick's great medieval hero, the reel frame is based on the iconic original Cascapedia design of 1930-31. It features a superlative fully functioning drag system and a resonating classic click check sound. Decorated with the lion crest and colours of the Percy family, this new Hotspur Cascapedia was numbered 001 of only 150 of this model which will be made in the Hardy factory in Alnwick. The reel sits protected in a full leather hard reel case made exclusively by Pringle of Scotland, encased commemorative outer presentation box. As a final homage to the Percy family, Hardy have included 6 hand tied “Hotspur” Salmon flies bearing the colours of the famous knight, designed, developed (and tested) by the Duke of Northumberland’s North Tyne ghillie, Mr Gerald Binovec.

Notably, this is the first-time Hardy have released a 001 numbered reel to the public. A contribution of all sales of the remaining 149 reels will be made to The Atlantic Salmon Trust. If you are interested in owning one of these Limited Edition reels - for just a fraction of the price the first one sold for we might add - then please contact us now on 0141 331 6330 or sales@fishingmegastore.com to get on our reserve list as these will sell out very quickly!

The Atlantic Salmon Trust was Founded in 1967 in response to growing concerns about over exploitation of wild salmon in the Faroes and Greenland Coastal waters. Since then they have acquired a reputation as an influential advocate for salmon conservation within the United Kingdom. Traditionally our work has been in the freshwater environment, but more recently we have focused on the lives of wild salmon at sea.