Old Hardy rod

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Hi,
I took up fly fishing about 12 years ago but in between I've had two kids and not been much for 5 years. I've never done a lot of it but mainly down to time rather than enjoyment. I've decided to get stuck in, get better and I'm really looking forward to it!
I have a Loop Adventure set (9ft, #6 weight) rod and reel I bought as a set for something like £150 in 2008. I seem to get on fine with it though most people I fish with seem to favour longer, heavier roda for the Stillwater (often boat) fishing we do. However recently my grandad gave me a Hardy Favourite 10ft 4/5# rod that he doesn't use. I'm not sure how old it is (it's graphite) and I don't know if I'd get on with it. My questions are:
Is it worth buying a reel and line just to see if I like it?
I'm told it's a nymphing rod but surely it could fish dries etc as well?
Where would you use a rod like this, would it be ok on UK still waters? (I tend to fish one hook, drys, wets or lures, I don't know what to do with nymphs or buzzers really and more than one hook ends up snagged too quickly for my skills)
It's a more prestigious (expensive) but older rod than I have now, would it be better, or have things moved on?
I might get my son into fishing and he can use the loop one and then I'd need another. Do I invest in this one (line is expensive!) or should I buy a new one, like a Greys etc.
Will the action of a nymphing rod be very stiff, I don't think my casting is brilliant!

Sorry if these are dumb questions.
 

wobbly face

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Hardy Favourite 10ft 4/5 Graphite was around in the 1980s By today's standards it would be considered a soft through action rod. Ideal for fishing spiders on larger rivers, dries from a boat. May be a bit heavy and soft for nymphing rivers but no reason not try it out.
 

lee71

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You'll be able to fish dries with it no problem boat or bank but as wobbly says maybe softish and heavy, if it was me I'd have a go with the #6 line you have just take it steady and don't try to cast to the horizon. if you think you like it get a #5 reel and line.
 

Sash

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I think you might find it quite heavy and soft, certainly relative to a 10ft #4 today. It would be a lovely rod for boat fishing, and probably fine for nymphs as well.

Since its such a long rod, your current reel would likely balance it fine. I would get a WF5 line to try it out with: Maxcatch or John Norris are both perfectly good before you splash out on a more expensive line and/or reel. And don‘t underestimate how good it might be with a DT4. But I think a #6 line might bring out the less good features of the long Perfections: I recently came into a 10ft #7/8 and it is a very soft action indeed with the stated line weights!
 
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