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Hardy Rod Collection

Choosing your rod


Using our leadership in carbon fibre technology, we have perfected the art of multi-modulus rod manufacture to produce a range of rods for every location that are strong yet lightweight with actions that uniquely combine power and sensitivity.

Choosing your rod

Before Hardy pioneered multi-modulus rod design, fishing rods generally fell into two categories: distance casting rods, which were stiff as poles and consequently transmitted none of the excitement of playing a fish, or softer rods, which tended to oscillate wildly when cast. Fortunately, Hardy broke the mould with multi-modulus technology. Now you can have a Hardy trout rod that has the strength to lift a long line off the water and cast long distances without loss of sensitivity. Equally, you can choose a salmon rod that will flex deep enough to roll a Spey cast, yet will not oscillate because of its excellent dampening characteristics.

Spigot joints

Originally designed and patented by the House of Hardy and first used for strengthening the joints in glass fibre rods in 1974 and in 1976 for carbon fibre rods, the internal spigot ferrule system is an integral part of the outstanding performance that characterises Hardy carbon fibre rods.

To communicate the benefits of the spigot system, we delved back into the archives and found that the 1981 Hardy Fishing Tackle Guide sums up the benefits to the angler perfectly.


"Where the spigot ferrule locks in at the joints, we introduced cross-wrapped fibres, imperceptibly graded across the ferrule so that the joints can bend with the rod and maintain the most desirable curve.

They're strong enough to eliminate any potential weak points, but also flexible enough to recapture the curve the rod would have were there no join.

The result is a curve which goes from tip to grip, giving a full rnage of sensitivity at the top, firm control at the base.

It's a fine balance between tailoring the cloth and tapering the blank. No draughtsman could draw it: it's a touch and a feeling in the fingers of the Hardy craftsmen."


The action and length of each rod determines how far it will cast a line.

Each Hardy rod series is characterised by its action. A 'tip action' rod that quickly returns to its original position when fully flexed is excellent for distance casting. A rod with a deeper flex that extends closer to the butt is ideal for delicate presentation at shorter distances. To guide you in your choice of rod, we have graded rod actions as follows.

Single-handed rods for trout, sea trout and saltwater fishing
  1. Tip action
    Lifts a long line off the water; good for distance casting.
  2. Middle action
    Easy rod to handle; good for middle distance casting; lifts a fair length of line off the water to respond swiftly to a rise.
  3. Butt action
    Allows slow false casting of a short line when targetting a rising fish.

Double-handed rods for salmon

  1. Middle to tip action
    Good for overhead distance casting and for Spey casting
  2. Middle action
    Easy rod to handle; good for middle distance overhead or Spey casting.


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