Hi all, this past Friday the local fly shop showed me a used Hardy Cascapedia MkII reel that came in. A beautiful looking and sounding piece of tackle that I would love to own. Being a Hardy reel the $400 price didn't surprise me but that's still more than I would pay for a reel to take on a river. However that price also included a new condition Hardy Angel 2 TE 5 weight 4 piece. I checked the rod out and it didn't have a mark on it, it looked like it had never been fished. My wife had just asked me to keep an eye out for a 4 piece #5 to replace the 2 piece because the 4 1/2' rod case was always in the way on road trip vacations. Not knowing a lot about Hardy rods/reels other than they are English and pricey, I left and did some internet research over the weekend.
From what I can find on line the Angel 2 series came out around 2008 and at the time they were considered Hardy's top of the line rod. The 5 weight TE listed for $1099. The Cascapedia Mk II reel listed for $399. (If someone can provide more accurate information please do).
When it comes to my passion for fly fishing I don't mind spending money but I could never justify $1500 for a set up to catch trout. However at $400 it was within reach and I could still pay the mortgage plus we don't have to burn the furniture to stay warm. I went back first thing Monday and made the purchase. I think it was a pretty good score-
Now do I need a tweed jacket and pressed shirt to go fishing?