Monday, 23 May 2011

Hardy Reels - The Evans' Tapes

Hardy Reels – The Evans' Tapes

In 2001 the respected Hardy reel collector, and acknowledged expert, Mr Ted Evans and his son, David, produced a series of 5 video tapes outlining the history and evolution of many of Hardy Brothers’ famous reels.
This year, 2011, I have been privileged and honoured to have worked with Ted and David to transfer these tapes to DVD.
The 5 videos are now contained on a 2 DVD set. We have done some minimal quality enhancement of the data and edited out unwanted introductions and adverts. None of the important reel information has been removed.

Among the numerous reels analysed are the Perfect, St George, Silex, Uniqua, St John, Altex, Elarex etc. - also included are much rarer reels such as the Tuna, Taupo, Eddystone, White-Wickham etc.

The original tapes were designated as follows –
Perfect Fly Reels 1 & 2.
Fly Fishing Reels
Casting Reels
Big Game and Sea Fishing Reels.

DVD 1 contains Perfect Fly Reels 1 and 2
DVD 2 is the other 3 tapes.

As well as detailing the time line and evolution of many collectable Hardy reels Ted discusses and shows some of the rarer examples. Where else will you be able to see ‘how to take apart a Hardy White-Wickham’? or what a cased 8 1/2" Zane Grey looks like.
A ‘must have’ resource for any Hardy Collector. 
Approx. 4 hours running time.

This 2 DVD set is available in both PAL and NTSC formats for £20.
(UK P and P - £2.00; Rest of World - £4.00; 
Please state which format is required)
"Paypal" £22.00 for UK, or £24.00, rest of the world, to the following email address

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[for trade enquiries please email me]

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Let’s Tackle Cancer, January Auction – Post script

Just a few words to summarise the January Auction.

First, the response, both in terms of level and quality of donations, and the buyer’s generosity, reflects very favourably the true spirit of fly-fishing.

Second, a huge ‘thank you’ to the members of this forum - Sometimes we’re seen as pedantic, argumentative, fluffy, capricious, crude and moronic – and that’s just on a good day. But that’s just good old British irony at play.

Third, thanks go to - our hosts, and particularly to Sofi and Paul for their assistance.

Personally, (and Mrtrout agrees) I’m proud of the way everyone has responded to this appeal. We’ve raised well in excess of £1000 in our first month, all of which is going directly to Cancer Charities; and we have over twice as many Lots listed for our February Auction!

With everyone’s help we can drive this forward and actually make a significant contribution in the battle against cancer.

Our sincere thanks