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ICAST COUNTDOWN: Why world famous fly brand is making a fuss


Why is the world’s most famous fly brand making such a fuss about its latest reel?

Well, there’s no single-line answer, says Hardy, who took the covers off its Fortuna Regent saltwater fly reel yesterday, but rather a coming together of high performance features and design elements.

For a start, up to 22lb of drag in a single 360-degree rotation maintains connection with big fish throughout the fight. Then there is the multi-pad, carbon fibre disc drag system housed within a waterproofed hub design to provide the highest level of sealing yet seen on a Hardy fly reel.

And it goes on. The ultra large arbor design provides ‘exceptional’ line pick-up and is complemented by a narrow spool profile ensuring easy and level line stacking. The positive, linear drag adjustment has defined detents for ease of setting.

The Fortuna Regent has been built to provide flawless performance and has been battle-tested under the most demanding conditions, says the manufacturer.

Add to this the beautiful aesthetics and it’s no wonder that Hardy is confident the Fortuna Regent will earn a place in the brand’s storied history of great reels.

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