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Bruce Kruk

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One day Dutchie you`ll get those beautiful English reels on some proper UK rods [biggrin]
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Just a few that I have collected over the years, nothing special, they all get used except the tiny Marquis. I had a goal to collect all the double pawl Marquis in better than fair condition the stickler was that I had a ceiling of $150 CND. 9 of the 10 Marquis are like new, needless to say I had to go a little over budget to get the Salmon 1, 2, 3, what she doesn't know won't hurt her[smile].
One day I hope to add a 4" brass faced Perfect maybe a retirement present to myself in a few years.

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Some checks whilst tying...

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Mr Darryl Rigets you have a very nice collection of Hardys, and you use them all. The fact that you use them all is good to here. I have a few of the smaller Trout models that I use here in Idaho. Love those Hardy reels, thanks for sharing. October_25_2013 009.jpg 

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Hi Dave and thanks,

I guess it's what you could call a poor mans collection .

It been fun.
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Ryan, save up a little longer and grab an older one. The new ones just dont have the soul like the older ones. You'll be happy that you did.



Damn Rich, that is one sweet reel and I really like the extra work the boys put into the cork on that stick. Any chance of a pic of the whole cork handle of that one?


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Here is the best picture I have of the stick , it's a burkie 7133 , a fine rod and I got it for a stupid good price that I just couldn't say no to ,

I like it almost as good as my Meiz 1307 S , if I was to have only 1 steelhead rod , then it would be Bob"s 1307 , I caught some big ass fish on that stick


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One day Dutchie you`ll get those beautiful English reels on some proper UK rods [biggrin]



Yep , some day when I grow up bud , I'm going to try them big man sticks , for now I still have the love and desire to just catch me a bunch more chromers

as I'm kinda retired now , I just might even take up this long distance casting , might get Gene to send me up one of them man sticks , say a 18 footer ,

Now Bruce , if you ever say need a fine reel for one of your big UK sticks , give me a shout , I did keep a few extra ones around for just in case ,




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Hey Dutchy......I'm good
You might want to try a 15 before you go to a 18 ;-)

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Any chance you might have a used 15 footer for sale , trade , barter
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Richard,

I have admired some of your collection on your web page and on occasion on the other Spey forum.

Just curious how long you've been collecting Hardy and Dingley Perfects, and can you post more photos.

Can you tell us a little about your collection.

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Darryl

A little about me ,
I started fly fishing when I was 10 years old , my first rod was a beat up old bamboo rod that I can remember except for the name of it , I do know it had a 2 7/8 hardy perfect on it. , I wish I still had that reel , my dad got it at a yard sale way back then , it was cheep ,

I grew up on a dairy farm and we was poor , as a kid I was only allowed to fish on Sundays , I met a great man one day on the river while I was fishing for big sea run brook trout , he took me under his wing and started to teach me , he would sit on the bank and give me lessons , after a couple years I was good enough to do some Atlantic salmon fishing , my first salmon rod was a 9 wt fenwick , and my very first Atlantic salmon was 28 lbs and in them days you could keep a big salmon , I was 12 years old and it leaves great memories in you forever , I was hooked , and hooked bad , but in a good way , I still can see that fish and the pats on my back from the guys at the pool ,

I being a kid and being stupid traded that reel and old bamboo rod to a local shop for a custom made fenwick and a medalist reel , it was the up and coming best new stuff , the old guy who spent the Sundays with me on the river had a medalist for a trout reel and a Shakespeare wonder rod , how I remember looking back and wishing I had that outfit

I started collecting cheep reels first , young's and Dingleys when no one even knew who he was , they were known as the poor mans hardys or knockoffs of hardys , I had a family and kids to raise and couldn't afford them nice sought after hardys

I used to be crazy for nice red agate trout reels , and I had a bunch of them , same as Dingleys , the most I ever had at one time was 105 Dingleys , when that dingley book came out "" D is for dingley "" 20 of my very best Dingleys were sent to boston for that book ,

After that book came out , it was like a feeding frenzy for everyone wanted to own a nice dingley , the prices were very good and I sold everyone I had in my collection , that gave me enough money to really play with and get me some fine old hardys , I did have a few , but that was the chance I needed , I used to turn them away as I was not into them , and for me it was always the game of finding and tracking down something that was a great reel for my collection , I got excited for the hunt more then anything ,

I"v had some dandy reels over the years , in collecting it is allot of selling and letting go of a reel to get one thats better for your collection ,

I sold allot of them off last year as I kinda want to just spend my time fishing and I got plans , but I did keep some for myself , a few 1912 check hardys as I think that's the best reel hardy ever made , I also kept a few great trout ones and 3 x 3 1/4 wide drum with round line guards for my trout Spey rods , and I still spend free time searching and following up on leads on finding another good reel , I"m addicted to it ,

Here is a couple more pictures for ya , a few ball buster brass face perfects , plus a couple 3 3/4 , one is a 1906 check with the first line guard hardy used , and the other is a cracker of a 1912 check , I still have that reel with me , the last picture shows the collector grade wide drums from the 30"s on the shelf below the 1912 check reels

You have some nice reels Daryl and keep at it , one thing I tell people is fish with the reel that gives you the most enjoyment , when the fishing is slow , you can look down at that old reel and be please that your the one who owns it and it was meant to be fish , collecting is second ,

hope I didn't go on to much on yapping , I have some great pictures on my hard drive , but I don't have it with me , when I get it , I'll show you a picture of a group of red agate dingleys that I had , even a couple lefty"s which are rare to have ,

It's all fun ,











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Great story Dutchie
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Nice!!!

Happy I asked ?

Looking forward to more photos.
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I'm happy you asked too.  It was a great lesson on how to collect and starting young.  I, too, wish I had a lot of the original equipment I started with.  
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One trusty old hardy for me , 3 3/4 on my Meiser 1307 , I took this picture just after releasing a dandy big hen






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