Hardy Marquis Salmon Reels, X-Caddis, Blue Charm Fly

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Hardy Marquis Salmon Reels          River & Fish        Garry Sandstrom Says

The following video is mostly river & fishing, sights & sounds. Can it get better than a pretty girl and a bright wild steelhead landed with the most traditional fly fishing methods?

Introduced in the mid-1970's as the Scientific Anglers System Reel, the Marquis was the first "rim-control" fly reel to become popular in the USA. This popularity was overwhelming. Now nearly all fly fishing reels sold in the world have some sort of exposed spool rim for extra control when plying fish. For some reason Hardy and Scientific Anglers couldn't get along in the reel business, and Scientific Anglers dropped the Hardy product.
Hardy slightly redesigned the guts of the reel and reintroduce it into the U.S. market as the Marquis Series. It came in light-trout through salmon sizes and like all Hardy reels of the period, they were machined from aluminum castings. These reels were very popular, but the world of international finance and the difference in exchange between the dollar and the pound sterling made the importation of these reels into the United States nearly impossible.
Finally U.S. reel manufacturers started producing reels on computer driven machines using bar-stock aircraft aluminum, which was stronger than any comparable aluminum casting. For a while it appeared that the venerable Marquis was doomed to the realm of antiques. Then Hardy changed its whole operation. They moved their production from Great Briton to the Orient where high speed machining and a lack of craft guilds made manufacturing more streamlined, more precise and less expensive.
Hardy Company Rep, Garry Sandstrom demonstrates how the
Hardy Marquis Reels have improved over the last forty years.
Now the Marquis series is machined from aircraft aluminum alloy bar-stock. Only the larger salmon sizes have survived. They have found extreme favor with Pacific Northwest steelhead anglers.
These new Marquis salmon reels are in three sizes: salmon one, two and three. They are built to the original design, but are much stronger than the original cast models.
Hardy made the new reels and spools interchangeable with all the originals. The new reels are all manufactured with the polished silver rim style that everyone agrees is the Marquis at its best. The the internal cam has been slightly redesigned to give an increased in range to the click-check friction. The most endearing quality of the Marquis series is the distinctive sound which is producds when a fish is taking line. This is the same sound that has been produced by Hardy Reels for over a hundred years. It is a jolly sound that when heard, tells every angler that life is very good.
  • Frame and spools fully interchangeable with the originals
  • All-aluminum frame for strength
  • Polished silver rim for classic look
  • In three sizes to cover every salmon fishing situation
    Marquis Salmon-1, capacity WF10F + 170 yards #20 Micron, Reel weight 7.75 ounces.
    Marquis Salmon-2, capacity WF10F + 300 yards #20 Micron, Reel weight 9.62 ounces.
    Marquis Salmon-3, capacity WF12F + 400 yards #20 Micron, Reel weight 10.37 ounces
  • Item Description Size Price To Top
    HREM010 Hardy Marquis, Reel Salmon-1 $329.00 SALE ENDED
    HREM020 Hardy Marquis, Reel Salmon-2 $359.00 SALE ENDED
    HREM030 Hardy Marquis, Reel Salmon-3 $399.00 SALE ENDED
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    and amount of
    Micron Backing at no extra charge.

    X-Caddis, trailing shuck caddis cripples

    Olive Tan
    Seated on the padded engine compartment of my anchored jet boat, I watched the boils in the soft, smooth flows caused by rhythmic feeding of a Deschutes Redside trout. About fifty yards upstream from where the boat was nosed into the densely vegetated bank, there was an island that pinched the currents into a shallow side-channel. Under the boat the water was more than four feet deep and very slow. But, the flow through the small channel made a tongue of slightly faster water that condensed all the floating insects both live and dead into a narrow ribbon. This trout was centered in the middle of this conveyer of goodies, feeding actively.
    However, the longer that I watched the more it became apparent that this fish was not eating everything that floated through its feeding lane. It was being very selective. My Leopold 9-power binoculars gave me the perfect picture of how this fish was feeding. The water was littered with insects. There were many tiny mayflies, a few midges and even fewer caddis. After careful study it became apparent the mayflies were all emerging duns, as were the midges, and there were two species of caddis. Most of the caddis were tiny and black, and dead. The other caddis specie was size 16/18 with mottled brown wings. Most were emerging from the current tongue and were walking across the surface of the water to the nearest bank. The trout simply ignored all of these types of insects. But, a few of the mottled wing caddis were obviously injured or crippled, and it seemed that those were the insects that the fish was targeting. The trout was observed for about fifteen minutes to confirm my suspicions.
    Then a size-18 Tan X-Caddis was knotted to the end of my 6X tippet. I left the boat, and crouched in a strategic position along the bank. The first cast landed the X-Caddis in the center of the fish's feeding lane. The fish ate the fly and was landed,...simple as that. Careful observation and having the right fly were the essential ingredients to that success successful adventure. Two more trout fell for the same trick in quick succession.
    When caddis hatch, most species leave the stream bed and rise to the surface of the water where they shed the pupal skin and become winged adults. The pupal skin is then called a shuck. Some unfortunate individuals are not able to leave the shuck completely. They are trapped at the surface of the water with the partially discarded shuck trailing from the rear of their abdomen. Most caddis are unable to lift the heavy waterlogged shuck from the water. Trout know that these individual flies are crippled. Some trout will target these cripples nearly exclusively. Most trout will rise quicker to a caddis that is crippled than one that is not. Species of caddis that create dense hatches are more prone to produces higher numbers of trailing shuck cripples. The X-Caddis series mimics these trailing shuck cripples. Having a full selection of X-Caddis flies in your box can make your trout fishing much more productive.
    X-Caddis, Olive
    Hatches of Rhyacophila and Brachycentrus caddis can produce enough green or olive body trailing shuck cripples to make some trout selective to them. These hatches occur from May through October.
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    99206-14 X-Caddis, Olive 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    99206-16 X-Caddis, Olive 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    99206-18 X-Caddis, Olive 18 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    X-Caddis, Tan
    Hatches of Hydropsyche caddis can come off in blizzard hatches from May through October. Some of these hatches produce an abnormally high percentages of trailing shuck cripples. These are the caddis that produce the blizzard hatches of early fall.
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    99207-14 X-Caddis, Tan 14 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    99207-16 X-Caddis, Tan 16 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    99207-18 X-Caddis, Tan 18 3 for $5.85 SALE ENDED
    The key to success is "understanding". You can never know enough.
    Understanding the organisms that trout feed on is one of the keys to catching trout.
    Caddisflies by Gary LaFontaine
    is great reference material for the trout fisher.
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    Blue Charm
    The Blue Charm fly is commonly used for Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead .

    Blue Charm
    This is possibly the most successful anadromous fly of all time. Made popular in the 1920's by Arthur Wood a renowned salmon fisher on Scotland's Dee River, as reported in the writings of Jock Scott. Mr. Wood reportedly landed over 3,000 salmon during his lifetime using this fly pattern. During this era all fly lines were made of silk, which is slightly heavier than water. Mr. Wood greased his line

    Blue Charm

    with a compound of animal fat so that it would float, and allow his fly to be fished next to the surface of the water, thus evolving the "Greased Line" style of fishing. This method with the Blue Charm remains very popular today. Our blue Charms are sparse dressed in the "Greased Line" tradition. Who can argue with a man who has landed over 3,000 Atlantic Salmon?
    Item Description Size Price To Top
    STL0144 Blue Charm 6 3 for $7.49 SALE ENDED

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