Hardys Fishing Museum and Factory ShopWe popped into Hardys the other day while we were visiting the town of Alnwick. It was well worth it, both for the history and for the innovative fishing tackle that was on display there.
Here are a few pictures.
They had this facility so that prospective purchasers could try out their new fly fishing gear.
Inside. A fishermans fantasy.
Generations upon generation of Hardys making and selling top the very cream of fishing tackle.
The cutting edge ! Now have a look at this little baby. A reel made from titanium for the fisher person who has to have the best. At a little over £5000, the chap in the shop told us that you could drop it in the sea and that 30 years later, if you could find it, it would be as good as when it went in. If its such a good bit of kir, why you'd want to chuck it into the briney, I've no idea.
We were told that they'd got 26 of these pre ordered before they even officially went on sale. Apparently, its not uncommon for the well heeled to come into the shop and fork out as much as £50,000 for the coming fishing seasons tackle. I forget how much we paid out, but it certainly had a lot of zeros.