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Hardy The Duchess Reel

Hardy The Duchess Reel

Hardy has proudly crafted an elegant new light weight ‘classic design’ reel, hand made by our in-house team of time served craftsman.


Modern Heritage…


Build on a base material of 6061T6 Bar-stock Aluminum cut using Hardy CNC Machines at Alnwick from raw billets.  A new light weight reel, which, in the 3’’ size is only 6gms heavier than the Hardy JLH #5 reel designed in 1991. Each reel is assembled and polished by hand and utilises the new Hardy innovative concept of ‘Split Frame’ design to provide lightness with strength and complete line control.  The spool is secured by a nickel silver latch bar to a hollow recessed stainless steel spindle that offers a lighter spindle with good strength, and acts as a lubricant reservoir to help maintain a smooth reel action.  The reel uses an improved version of the 1972 central line click check system where Hardy have lengthened the regulator wire to increase the range of resistance for each reel.  Each frame and spool is hand polished before architectural anodisation which is a slower and deeper form of anodisation that protects against UV rays.  Permali wood handles are used, treated to prevent swelling and fitted to in-house machined brass spindles, chosen for superior strength and impact resistance.  All reels bear the Hardy standard unique identification number which makes each Hardy reel individual. 



  • Made in Alnwick, England
  • Engineered and hand crafted from 6061T6 bar stock aluminium
  • Distinctive Titanium Grey anodised Finish
  • Lightweight design
  • Ambidextrous, fully adjustable click check mechanism
  • Vented frame and spool
  • ‘Split Frame’ design
  • Twin line guides for full LHW / RHW compatibility
  • Nickel silver latch bar
  • New and improved drag mechanism
  • Hollow recessed stainless steel spindle
  • Permali treated wood handle
  • Interchangeable spools
  • Reel supplied in neoprene case
  • Spare spool supplied in neoprene case


Model Description 




Reel RRP(£) 

Spool RRP(£)  

Hardy Duchess 2¾” Reel 

WF#3 + 38m




Hardy Duchess 3” Reel

WF#5 + 40m




Hardy Duchess 3¼“ Reel

WF#6 + 60m




Hardy Duchess 4” Reel

WF#11 + 270m





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