Hardy's 'Koh-I-Noor'

The 'Koh-I-Noor' was produced between 1935-72, measuring 8'9" and made from 'Palakona' a term Hardy used to describe a high quality grade pale cane. It was originally designed for tournament casting for classes not exceeding 5oz's. Hardy's modified the rod, making the action stiffer and stronger based on it's customers feedback, rendering it an ideal strong dry fly trout rod.

The 'Koh-I-Noor' was commonly used on resevoirs, lakes, wide rivers or in windy conditions. It is extremely light in the hand, possesses wonderful handling capabilities and it would be very hard to find, even by modern day standards for a rod of this size, a rod that it could not outperform.


In the Hardy's Anglers Guide a satisfied Hardy customer reviewed the article by saying: 'I am of the opinion that it is the finest rod your company have ever built, or will build for some time to come. Despite the fact the rod is a real fishing rod, I have been able to cast 34 yards 2 feet with it under tournament conditions. This I think, speaks for itself.'

It would be nice to hear of other peoples experiences or opinions on this rod so please do comment.

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