Hardy Marksman Reel #3/4
Review by Simon Young
Appearance and first thoughts
To compliment the lightness of the Marksman rods, Hardy Ltd have introduced the Marksman range of reels. There are 3 reels in the line up but here we will look at the middle size of the range, the 3/4. Its stable-mates are a diminutive 2/3 and a larger 4/5 .
Used in combination with the 10' #4 Marksman rod that we looked at earlier it makes a perfectly balanced, delight to fish with all day set up, plus the pleasant satin anodised finish will look good with any rod too.
Performance and Opinion
When judging a reel's performance I not only like to test its drag, smoothness, etc... I am always keen to strip it down and get to its insides to see how it operates. I was intrigued as soon as I saw this reel, how does it work?
This reel has an unusual and unique spindleless design and it's not until you remove the spool that it reveals its secrets! This reel operates around a large central bearing built into the spool cage. This very clever design plus the spool and cage are both well ventilated to give a reduction in weight to just 3.5oz!
The mid arbour design gives very little line memory and of course has the benefit of picking up slack line quickly. The drag is a simple non adjustable click-set type which is very efficient and after all a reel of this size does not need a "stop a truck" type of setup.
Some people may prefer a slightly quieter reel but to my mind the sound of a running fish is music to my ears.
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