Hardy Ultralite CADD Fly Reel

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Perhaps Hardy’s most versatile reel series, the Ultralite CADD, is designed for everything from small water Trout to bluewater Tarpon fishing. The reel features expert engineering, efficient design, and a powerful drag system. The series features reels from a 3wt through a 12wt and truly accommodates the widest range of fishing applications. If you’re in the market for a lightweight fly reel that’s built for either freshwater or saltwater angling, look no further.



Ultralite Design - The CADD is designed to be incredibly lightweight and highly efficient on the water. Machined from 6061 aluminum and built on a strong carbon fiber disc drag system, this reel maintains an ultra-lightweight design without sacrificing performance. The reel also features high retrieval rates and user-friendly ergonomics to pack a big punch in the world of all water fly reels.



Two-Tone Anodized Finish - The two-tone anodizing on the Ultralite CADD is rigid and strong to preserve the structure of the reel and to increase durability. Type II anodizing holds up well to dings and scrapes. It also protects the reel from harsh weather conditions and ensures high performance for the lifetime of the reel.



6061 Bar Stock Aluminum - The CADD is forged from aircraft-grade aluminum for a lightweight, rugged design that holds up to anything the angler throws at it. The porting on this reel is done intelligently to decrease overall reel weight without decreasing durability. 6061 aluminum is popular in the fly fishing industry because of its strong, resilient nature.



Type - The Ultralite CADD is built on a disc drag system. Disc drags offer strong fish-stopping abilities and easy drag adjustability. This particular drag is sized perfectly to fit any freshwater or saltwater angler’s needs without adding too much weight to the reel.

Materials - The disc drag on the CADD is made with carbon fiber composite materials. Hardy has utilized carbon composites to keep the drag system lightweight without sacrificing strength or longevity.


Arbor Size

Ultra Large Arbor - The ultra-large arbor design of the Ultralite CADD allows anglers to pick line up quickly and efficiently. Line pickup is important when fighting freshwater and saltwater fish and the CADD is designed to help you land fish quicker.



Hardy Limited Warranty - As of September 2019, Hardy warrants that their reels will be free from material defects in design, material, and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date on which it was originally purchased. The warranty, like many others, doesn’t cover damage from misuse, negligence, or wear and tear. Hardy does repair reels. The service fee is $35 plus replacement parts for repair.


More Info

Best for: Allwater


Arbor Size: Ultra-Large


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