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The original “Taupo” Perfect fly reel was introduced in 1958 to fill the need for a larger capacity trout reel to handle the legendary monster Rainbows and Browns of New Zealand. Despite a relatively short production life of only four years, the “Taupo” was eagerly sought after as a Steelhead, Light Salmon, and large Trout reel.
Continued demand for this classic reel inspired Hardy to reintroduce the “Taupo” for 2011. While all the dimensions and aesthetics are true to the original, we have made a couple of improvements. The new “Taupo” is machined from solid bar stock aluminum and hard anodized for strength and durability.
This construction also does away with the need for a line guard, which was an option on the 1958 – 1962 reels. The check mechanism has been changed from the MK II to the more modern Lightweight style, which enables the angler to change from Left to Right hand retrieve at will. While maintaining the looks, feel, and spirit of it ancestor, the new “Taupo” is a stronger and more functional successor a Hardy classic.
~Made in Alenwick England
~Modern lightweight style check mechanism
~Machined form solkd bar stock aluminum and hard anodized for strength and durability
~Dimensions and aesthetics true to the original
~Easily changed from left to right hand
FRA's Review of the Hardy Perfect Taupo Reel
"Looking for the perfect reel to match the hand built two hand cane rod? The Perfect Taupo is built with hard pulling Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, and Steelhead in mind. This reel balances out nicely on short spey rods, long spey rods, and the new switch style rods. Built for big fish and a budget." ~FRA
|Model||Rod Weight||Capacity (m)||Weight (oz/g)||Diameter||Price|
|Perfect Taupo||7-10wt||DT7+140 / WF9+170||7.5 / 213||3 7/8 / 110||$695|