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Over the next few days I will review the range of ‘lightweight’ reels by Hardy. Having fished for over 30 years with my trusted LRH Lightweight reel I look at why we look to spend more money on modern reels when these are considered to be the one of the best ranges of reel on the market for over 5O years.

Interestingly enough I recently purchased a Heddon 300 for young Tales to pair with his Sportfish #3 rod. The reason why? It cost the fraction of the price of a Hardy yet seemingly is the same except for the colour and the red roundel badge. In fact the Heddon Flyweight is comparable to the Hardy Featherweight but instead of being a silent check has the a slotted pawl identical to the LRH Lightweight and a 2 screw latch dating it to early to mid 60’s.

Hopefully when we get it we’ll be able to see how close it really is and if it is the same in weight.