If I had a pound for every time someone had asked “How old is my Hardy Rod?” of this site, I’d have £14.50 now (the 50p is down to someone asking how valuable their rod was, I decided it wasn’t quite close enough to the original question to warrant a full £1).
I usually respond to the curious fisherman with my standard reply of “I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue”. Finding it difficult not to help people I decided to see if I can find out where you can go for this info, if I am not able to provide it directly.
The always helpful people at Hardys have asked me to suggest contacting their sales team at the Country Store on 01665 602 771 (select Option 4), or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you use either method they’ll do their best to let you know that your Connemara Salmon 3 piece 16′ Split Bamboo rod was made in 1918. Who knows, they may even be able to tell you who made it.
If you do get in touch with Hardy, please let them know you got the details from this site (thanks!).
If you would rather find your own answers, then I would suggest taking a look at this site for names and dates of manufacture for Hardy rods (and reels).
If you know of any other resources for finding out the age of Hardy Rods or Reels, please leave a message below. I’d like to make this page a resource for you to find out about all you historic Hardy gear.
And don’t forget just like on Antiques Roadshow, when you find out your vintage Hardy rod is worth a small fortune, keep a straight face and say how you would not part with it for the world. Yeah right!
If you’re after buying yourself a vintage Hardy Fly Rod, take a look at my page with details of where to buy vintage Hardy Rods.