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Post 19 Nov 2023, 15:21 • #1 
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Thought this would be worth sharing - examples of the two black glass Hardy Perfection rods - the 3 wt and the 4 wt. The look pretty close to identical, but there are some interesting differences that probably stem from them being made at different ends of the timeline of this rod line (1998 to 2006). Here are the pics:

The overall design, wraps, and finishing touches are really similar.




The handwritten labeling style on both rods looks nearly identical, but there a few differences:
The 6 1/2 #3 reads “Hardy Perfection Glass”; the brand label reads “House of Hardy”; the rod bag has cotton ties and trim.
The 7 1/2 #4 reads “Hardy Glass Perfection”; the brand label reads “Hardy”; the rod bag has nylon ties and trim.



The reel seat text is identical, but the manufacturing is a little different:
The 6 1/2 #3 reel seat text is deeper and has thicker lines than the 7 1/2 #4 reel seat text.



Based on the rod bag and logos, I reckon the #3 dates from early in the run - maybe even before 2000 - while the #4 came significantly later.


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Post 22 Nov 2023, 19:07 • #2 
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Those are very nice indeed -- thanks for showing!


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Post 26 Nov 2023, 06:31 • #3 
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It looks like the serial numbers written circumferentially just above the grip end in a letter code. That might give you the means to date your rods precisely. Nice pair.


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Post 26 Nov 2023, 07:56 • #4 
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Beautiful rods and an interesting comparison...

Another interesting comparison would be between the appointments on the suspected later "Perfection" and the "new" green Hardy glass rods introduced in 2008.


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Post 27 Nov 2023, 00:29 • #5 
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Ha! Look for one a little later today…. My Hardy “The Stream” was the first glass rod I purchased after I got back into fly fishing…

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Besides the slightly different script (“Perfection Glass” vs “Glass Perfection”), the nylon vs cotton trim on the rod bags, and the cloth labels on the rod bags, the two Perfection rods and their included accessories are pretty much identical. I shot a comparison of 3wt rods (early Perfection & “The Stream”) posted up on a different thread here.


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