Hardy DD Fly Reel Review
Hardy has been building fly reels for nearly a century. Reels like the Hardy Perfect defined what a fly reel should be for generations. Over the years Hardy has changed ownership a few times and they've come out with some great new products, like the Hardy Zenith. Certainly Hardy's most talked about trout reel release in many years is the Hardy Ultralite DD. It's got a sleek modern design, and has won many awards. Dive in and see if its performance stands up. 5-Wt Challenge Full Results
WEIGHT4.8 ounces. Heavier than we'd like, but not bad.
DRAG TEST GRAPH
SOUNDSounds is definitely one part that Hardy gets right. The DD, like all Hardy reels, sounds great with a nice click on both the incoming and outgoing.
SPOOL & RETRIEVAL RATEBest in the test! If there's one thing that we really like about the DD, it's the spool. It retrieve is a lightning fast 8.3 inches per turn. It's also fairly narrow so your line won't be piling up. The Hardy doubles down with a fairly large volume, so you could easily fit a 6-weight line on it.
LOOK & FEELThe DD is a really good looking reel. It's modern and very well designed. There's just something that reels made in Korea lack in terms of feel that leaves us wishing for an English or US-made reel, but maybe that's just us.
ErgonimicsHandle: The handle is comfortable - one of the best! Drag Knob: It's not our favorite, but not bad, either. Spool Change: Quick change spool with a screw knob. It's really easy to use and works great!
THE DROPAverage. Major divoting, but little to no scratching. Having fished with the black version, I can tell you that you'll see every scratch, but we didn't test the black one. No Damage.
WARRANTYLifetime to the original owner + $25 fee. Price: $225
- Great spool design
- Handsome appearance
- One of the worst drags we tested
- Why not make it in England?
Invaluable time and effort.
Hard info to come by in the industry.
I kinda think the DD is underrated (ok by me :-) because the drag in freshwater (and even salt) can be over emphasized.
Dependable and appropriate drag is all one needs on trout and the start up inertia sets this apart. The weight is not featherlight but provides good balance and the retrieve is tops right? And that's a big deal on a cross river fish running back etc - or even a recast - Thanks for taking the time. And I found some other diamonds in the rough thanks to you all as well. Nautilus holding strong. Cheers. J Howard www.Howardfilms.com