Fly Fishing Rod - A Guide To Hardy Fly Fishing Rods

"There is certainly something in fishing that tends to produce a gentleness of spirit, a pure serenity of mind"

The House of Hardy, formed by brothers William Hardy and John James in 1873, is well-known throughout the world. They have earned a name for being the finest makers offering excellence in fishing tackle.  They were both fishermen and the first Hardy rod was created out of necessity.  The brothers could not find a good rod that fulfilled their high expectations.  They started off with greenheart, lancewood and hickory.  Their split bamboo rod, introduced in 1880, was the first of its kind to give an angler the ability to false cast to a rising fish.  This fostered the use of dry fliers.  Over the years, several types of split cane rods were made by them, ranging from the extremely light trout fly rods to the huge salmon fly rods.  Throughout the years they continued to innovate and their manufacturing list reads like a Hall of Fame, including being the first to use carbon fiber for fly rods creation.  They have also been honored with several awards for all types of rods.  They have the distinction of inventing a number of improvements to fish tackle design, such as the spiral lock joints, split end joints, stud lock joints, screw grip and many others.


The clock has not stopped for Hardy and the brothers did not stop with rods.  They focused their attention on fishing reels and developed the first reel, “Hardy Perfect” that used ball bearings. Now they are into everything from fly fishing rods, to fishing reels, to fishing lines, to spinning rods, accessories and clothes.  Owning a Hardy fly fishing rod is a matter of pride for anglers from around the world, which includes the royalty.


Hardy continues to make the best bamboo fly fishing rods. No other bamboo rod manufacturers have been as innovative in designing using machines for precision cutting of bamboo.  Anglers who have used Hardy bamboo rods say that the very first cast tells them the difference, and the energy flowing smoothly down the rod, quick response to recovery and completely control over the line is like none other.  In fact, the Prince of Wales is said to fish with nothing else but their split-cane rod, although, split-cane only accounts for a small portion of Hardy’s output.


Today, with Grey’s as a subsidiary, Hardy ventured into making rods with modern materials too.  Their solution to keep the past alive was to use the lighter and new materials for their rods while maintaining the trappings of their products’ old-fashionedness.


Hardy’s first glass fiber rod was built in 1954 and their first carbon fiber rod came into existence in 1976. This is when Hardy started manufacturing light weight rods, so light that their immediate consideration was to redesign lighter weight lines to complement these rods. 

  • Their Performance Series rods are highly popular and they are aimed at performing for life.
  • The Heritage Series includes the fly fishing rods that continue to be produced in Alnwick, England.  Rods from this series are the most sought after of all their items.  They are meant to be family heirlooms that will last for eternity, to be used by generations to come, making fly fishing an art form.   
  • The Classic Series is meant for use in smaller rivers and are the most popular in that category.

The new Hardy Angel Rod is so well crafted that even fishing tour guides recommend it to their clients. Professional fishermen swear by the Angel series and consider them some of the easiest rods to use.   The wonderful range of fast water handling, drag and robustness all give a perfect casting experience and these rods are one of the most popular in the market today.


The year 2009 is the 137th year in existence for this amazing company.  The beauty of their rods can only be understood by using them. They give a unique feel as though you can actually sense the hands that crafted them.