Hardy ‘The Wye’ Palakona Salmon Fishing Rod.
A fine double-handed salmon fly fishing rod by Hardy Bros. of Alnwick, The Wye’. This is a good 10′ 7 1/4′ split cane Palakona 2 piece rod with original canvas Hardy bag. The rod is in good condition with a registration number E89712 dating it to 1953. It has the remains of the inscription spiralling around the rod ‘The Wye’. Palakona Regd, Trade Mark’. The Palakona rod has the alloy screw reel fitting bearing Hardy’s logo and two different Royal appointment seals, one being the Prince of Wales plume of three feathers. It has a smooth 18 3/4′ cork handle with a ‘L.R.H.’ special shaped rubber button, agate butt and tip rings, ‘fullopen’ bridge rings, spiral ‘lockfast’ joint, burgundy silk whippings with intermediates and wooden and cork stopper.
Hardy’s say about the rod:
The ‘Wye’ Salmon-Fly Rods
The 12 ½ and 13 ½ ft are stout double-handed rods with plenty of power. The 11 ft is a strong, single-handed rod, which can be comfortably used by men of fairlt powerful physique. The handle is made extra long, so that when desired they may be used double-handed.
Action: Butt action, powerful rod for long castings, will spey cast.
Pieces: Three with two tops.
Handles: Long cork covered.
Rings: Butt and end Agatipe, intermediate ‘Fullopen’ bridge.
Tyings: Ordianary spaced, crimson silk.
Reel fittings and furnishings: Adjustable ‘Screw-Grip’ with fixed ‘W’ housing and ‘L.R.H.’ button.
Container: Proofed cloth partition bag.
Length: 11 ft 12 ½ ft 13 ½ ft.
Weight: 12 ¼ ozs 18 ozs 22 ¾ ozs.
Handle: 18 ½ ins 24 ins 26 ins.
Also in two pieces with one top to the same length, Length 11 ft, Weight 11 ¼ ozs.
One of the images is a copy showing the entry for the rod in a Hardy’s Anglers’ Guide & Catalogue.