THeralded as the “best all round rod for general purposes” in the Hardy Anglers guides, it’s as popular today as ever.
Hand built in the Alnwick factory it came in 3 standard lengths, 11’, 12’6” and 13’6”, the 11’ being the rarer of the range. The 1960s rod is the most collectable/ desirable with modern glue techniques.
A stout powerful design for long casting as well as Spey style casting, it’s once again right in the current casting trend.
Supplied with 2 tops from the factory, although a saving could be made when ordering with only one top, but if the cloth bag has 2 slots then it should have 2 tips.
The 11’ rod weighs 12-1/2ozs. for a #7 line
The 12’6” rod weighs 18 ozs. for a #9 line and
The 13’6 rod weighs 21-1/4ozs. for a #9 line too.
According to the catalogue the “11’ rod may comfortably be used by men of a fairly powerful physique”not at all PC in the current climate.
Little used examples will have a price premium.
Matched with a Hardy Perfect or St Andrew, or similar classic Farlow reel such as the 175thanniversary model, they fish well as a balanced outfit. The Palakona cane rods are a joy to fish and feel amazing when something other than a midge bites!