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Hardy Knockabout Split Cane Trout Fly Fishing Rod

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Category
Subcategory
Reference
27383
Height
285 cm (112 1/4")
Vintage Hardy fly fishing rod, the 'Halford Knockabout'.
The Hardy 'Halford Knockabout' is a split cane Palakona 2-piece rod made by Hardy's of Alnwick. The rod is in excellent condition with broad crimson inter whipping, stud lock joint, alloy adjustable screw reel fitting and cork handle. It has a reversible butt spear and the alloy reel ring has Hardy's logo on it. It has the registration number H67475 dating it to 1960's. The rod is 9'4' long and is in the original Hardy's canvas bag, with label. The rod has the painted black inscription spiralling around the shaft 'the 'Halford Knockabout', 'Palakona' and 'Regd.'.

Hardy's say about the rod:
The 'Halford Knockabout' Dry-fly Rod.
Made to suit the requirements of the late F.M Halford, Esq, Author of The Dry Fly Man's Handbook. development of the Dry Fly, The Dry Fly Entomologie,etc.
Action: Inclined stiff for dry fly, a strong rod.
Pieces: Two pieces with one top. 'Palakona' split-bamboo. Handle: 14-in. cork covered, shaped.
Joints: 'stud' lock.
Rings: Butt and end Agate, intermediate 'Fullopen' bridge.
Tyings: Ordianary spaced broad bands, crimson silk.
Reel fittings and furnishings: Fixed 'screw-Grip' cork covered housing and 'Reversible' spear and button.
Container: Proofed partitioned cloth bag.
Length: 9ft.6ins. Weight: 7 ozs.

One of the images is a copy showing the entry for the rod in a Hardy's Anglers' Guide & Catalogue.
Height
285 cm (112 1/4")
Condition
Excellent restored condition, possibly shortened by 2'.
Year
Circa 1960's
Period
1950-1999
Medium
Bamboo
Country
England