Poor Man's Hardy

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  1. Jack Devlin

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    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.
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  2. Ron McNeal

    Ron McNeal Life's good!

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    Jack, those are beautiful wets; just beautiful. Reel's pretty neat too.
     
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    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    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
     
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    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
     
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    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
     
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    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    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.
     
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    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.

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    I think the hardy's are very cool. I need to find one.
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    Martin 63 and my 48 year old Hardy Featherweight. DSC01878.jpeg
     
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