Poor Man's Hardy

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by Jack Devlin, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Jack Devlin Active Member

    Posts: 1,202
    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
    Ratings: +958 / 1
    Picked up a sweet little MARTIN 63 today. Some minor cosmetics otherwise in perfect operating condition after a thorough cleaning. Now I have the excuse I need to buy a sweet 2 weight rod to go with it.:rolleyes:
    The well used wet flies I've had for forty-five years. They were given to me by my fly fishing mentor.
    Jack DSC01876.jpeg
  2. Ron McNeal Turtles or universes? I can't decide....

    Posts: 226
    Poulsbo, WA
    Ratings: +145 / 0
    Jack, those are beautiful wets; just beautiful. Reel's pretty neat too.
  3. Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    Posts: 1,346
    Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +117 / 0
    It's a small distinction but I would assign the Martin MG-3 as the Poorman's Hardy and Martin 60-63 reels as the Poor, Poorman's Hardy. Here's a trio very early Martins made for Montgomery Wards of the same pedigree. IMG_7883.JPG
    Jack Devlin likes this.
  4. Jack Devlin Active Member

    Posts: 1,202
    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
    Ratings: +958 / 1
    It was $10 and I'll get $100+ of fun out of it!
    "Poor Man's Hardy" is what we called them because of the silver spool and perforations. About like a Hardy Featherweight I think.
    My Dad called the Martins "Tuna Cans".

    Jack
    Brookie_Hunter likes this.
  5. Jack Devlin Active Member

    Posts: 1,202
    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
    Ratings: +958 / 1
    Hi Ron,
    Sadly, those are the last of the flies I have from my friend. Most of the wets he gave me were snelled.
    Jack
  6. Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

    Posts: 1,346
    Phinney Ridge, Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +117 / 0
    I should have added that the Hawthorne reels above are Martin 60's if it's not already obvious from numbering on the boxes that they are sitting upon.
  7. Gary Knowels Active Member

    Posts: 1,076
    Seattle, WA
    Ratings: +394 / 0
    Love them. I'm going to pick up either an MG3 OR A 61 for my 3 weight fiberglass build if I ever complete it.

    Sent from my HTC_Amaze_4G
  8. John Weston Member

    Posts: 214
    Ratings: +11 / 0
    I think the hardy's are very cool. I need to find one.
    Outlaw
  9. Jack Devlin Active Member

    Posts: 1,202
    Western Washington, Puget Sound area
    Ratings: +958 / 1
    Martin 63 and my 48 year old Hardy Featherweight. DSC01878.jpeg
    Chris Johnson and Kent Lufkin like this.