GO FISH: The heritage rods of Orvis and Hardy
The opening of the trout fishing season for many anglers in America and the UK is a harbinger of spring. Two companies separated by the Atlantic, stand out in terms of honoring traditional fly rod making traditions. The Orvis Company founded by Charles F. Orvis in 1856 is based in Manchester, Vermont and has been a leading innovator in the development of fly fishing rod and tackle for more than 150 years. Although historically there were challenges with bamboo rods, today, Orvis’s split cane “Bamboo Series” makes even non-anglers appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each piece. The 5 foot long, 5-weight Mitey Mite special edition is crafted by hand in Vermont and can be personalized with hand painting. Learn about the legacy of Orvis’ bamboo fly rod makers here: http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?dir_id=758&subject=2873
Across the “Pond,” Hardy another heritage brand created only sixteen years after Orvis, is still creating hand crafted rods coveted by anglers world-wide. Originally established as the Hardy brothers gunsmiths in Northern England (Alnwick, Northumberland), the brothers quickly turned the focus of the company to rods and reels. The Gladstone and custom Palakona bamboo rods are still handmade in Alnwick by master rod builder Callum Gladstone. http://fly.hardyfishing.com/en-us/products/flyfishing-rods/hardy-bros-rods/gladstone/ Hardy has received 10 Royal Warrants of appointment, including those of the late King George V and the last three of the Princes of Wales.
To learn more about the history of how a love of craftsmanship and passion for angling led to the creation of Hardy fishing, see the recent documentary, The Lost World of Mr. Hardy:http://www.trufflepigfilms.com/home.html