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Date: 7/21/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Hardy
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Introduction: Hardy showcased many new products at ICAST this year, including three new reel models that will appeal to both traditional and tech-minded anglers alike. Known in the fly fishing world as a company that produces premium gear, some of their latest offerings definitely do not carry a premium price! Whether you chase small-stream brookies or Key West tarpon, one of these new reels should fit your needs.


Made in the UK, the new Bougle Fly Reel


Repatriated Bougle Fly Reel: This classic reel series is once again being produced in the UK. The original Bougle was basically a variation of the famed Hardy Perfect reel, but this latest model brings even more refinement and solid features to the table. These various features include a rolling pillar, naval brass bush and spindle, reversible click check, and deep anodized hand-polished pearl silver finish. Each reel comes in a classy leather case lined with sheepskin. We can easily see one of these being right at home on a fine cane fly rod. There will be 5 models available for 2,4,6, and 10 weight double-taper fly lines. Spools will also be interchangeable with the Bougle Mk VII, VI, V, and IV. The first inventories will be available September through November with an MSRP of $475-$595. 


The new reel brings a new level of refinement


Ultralite SDS Fly Reel: Here is a lightweight, super large arbor reel touting a sealed drag system (SDS). The woven carbon composite drag system should deliver smooth performance, and has been thoroughly tested on tough saltwater species. With fully-machined construction throughout, this looks like a strong pick for everything from Stripers to Tarpon. The gunmetal finish of these reels goes great with just about any fly rod we can think of! Initially offered in three sizes for line weights 8 through 12+, the Ultralite SDS reels will carry an MSRP of $450-$495 and comes with a neoprene pouch. Santa won't be able to bring you one this year, as they are due out in January 2014.


The CLS9000 Fly Reel is very distinct looking


Ultralite CLS 9000 Fly Reel: The new large arbor Ultralite CLS 9000 reel blends key features from the Ultralite DD and Demon reels into this one high performance package. The reel uses a clear polycarbonate “cassette” that is locked into place via a switch, which allows anglers a cheaper means of changing fly lines rather than carrying around bulky and expensive spare spools.


The reel uses a clear polycarbonate cassette which allows for cheaper and quick and easy spool changes to different lines


Another handy feature is the fly line identification system which lets the angler easily mark what line is currently rigged up using the included line ID pins. The twin Rulon disc drag puts the brakes on hard-charging fish, and the reel can be easily changed from right to left handed retrieve without the use of tools.


The reel features a twin Rulon disc drag


The CLS 9000 comes equipped with a neoprene pouch, three extra cassettes, and extra line ID pins. It will hold 150 yards of backing with an 11/12 weight Hardy Mach Spey floating line. Expect this reel to be out in September at an MSRP of $329.


A look at the striking reel spooled with line


Conclusion: Hardy and Greys had a plethora of new offerings this year, so be sure to check out our other ICAST article showcasing their new conventional and fly rods. Judging by the looks of their booth it appears that things are going very well for the brand, and a couple items in particular caught our eyes for future reviews. Hardy has been around for a long time, and we don't see them going anywhere anytime soon!










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