More about: Hardy Bros.
Category: Fishing - Antique
Subcategory: Rods and reels
Hardy 'The Wye' Palakona Salmon Fishing Rod.
A fine double-handed salmon fly fishing rod by Hardy Bros. of Alnwick, The Wye'. This is a good 12' 5' split cane Palakona 3 piece rod with original spare tip and canvas Hardy bag. The rod is in excellent condition with a registration number H3144 dating it to 1955. It has the inscription spiralling around the rod 'The Wye'. Palakona Regd, Trade Mark'. The Palakona rod is in absolutely stunning condition, appears to have been hardy used and has been very well looked after. The alloy screw reel fitting bears Hardy's logo on it with two different Royal appointment seals. One of the seals is the Prince of Wales plume of three feathers. It has a smooth 24' cork handle with a 'L.R.H.' special shaped rubber button, agate butt and tip rings, 'fullopen' bridge rings, spiral 'lockfast' joints, burgundy silk whippings with intermediates and wooden and cork stoppers.
One of the most famous fishing tackle manufactures in the world is Hardy Brothers of Alnwick, Northumberland. They were and still are renowned for quality manufacturing of game fishing tackle. Their reputation has never faltered throughout the Company's long history which was started in 1872 by William Hardy and his brother John. The list of Hardy customers is very impressive. In 1901 they received their first Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, and in their time Hardy had more Royal Appointments bestowed upon them from most of the crowned heads of Europe, H.M.King George V amongst them. They were the first manufacturer to make split cane rods in hexagonal form as The Hardy Palakona rod.