Hardy Fly Fishing Reels – History – Since 1872
All over the globe, there are people who love to fish and in the universal language of the sport, one name reigns supreme – that of Hardy.
For well over a century, Hardy has been renowned as the manufacturer of the finest game fishing tackle in the world – the name is synonymous with quality and excellence. Such reputations are not acquired easily, but it has never faltered throughout the Company’s long history.
To ensure that some of the fishing tackle memorabilia in the Company’s possession was preserved for posterity, Hardy then decided to build a museum at its Alnwick headquarters. This was opened by HRH The Princess Margaret in July, 1987, and is unique. Many of the exhibits have been lent by the Company’s many devotees round the world as well as by the Hardy family and by employees. The museum is half of an imposing complex which also houses the Hardy Compleat Angler Store in which all current Hardy products are on permanent display and available to retail customers.
In September, 1988, Hardy acquired their manufacturer of quilted and waxed garments as part of Hardy’s growing clothing division. Changes in demand led to that division being closed in the late 1990’s and today’s extensive ranges of high-performance clothing are sourced from high quality manufacturers worldwide.
The third division of Hardy is the composite tubing business previously known as Fibatube but now called Hardy Advanced Composites. At the leading edge of composite tube technology, the division has established an enviable reputation for innovation, design, quality, service and manufacturing expertise over 25 years. Many of the technical attributes required to produce the finest fishing rods have been utilised to supply tubular components for Formula 1 racing cars, artificial limbs, the A320 Airbus and a wide range of high-tech defence products.
In 1999 Hardy acquired the rod manufacturer Greys which had been founded in 1968 by Mr Grey when he left Hardy’s employment. Hardy has developed the Greys brand such that it now includes the best value for money ranges of salmon and trout tackle available and top quality carp tackle.
In 2004 the Company’s name was changed from House of Hardy Ltd to Hardy & Greys Ltd better to reflect the diverse range of the Company’s products.
No Guelph, Fergus, Kitchener or Cambridge Fishing Tackle Retailer will boast as complete and diverse a store inventory, including a vast selection of Fly Fishing Rods, Fly Fishing Reels, Fishing Waders, Wading Boots and Streamside Accessories.
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