My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

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My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Nigel Rainton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:15 am

I received a rather special reel recently, it was a birthday present to myself. I thought to christen it on my birthday. As the weather was glorious, I grabbed some hooks, a bit of bread and jumped in the Land Rover. It was mid week and the lake was very quiet. I wandered around looking for carp. In the first swim I saw two carp under some bushes. My first cast with the new reel. It felt a bit strange as my other reels are all left hand wind. The cast with a soggy piece of crust, went straight under the bushes and lodged against a dead rush. Perfect. To my amazement a carp came straight up to the crust and took it down. I lifted into the fish and dragged it out from under the bush, the clutch purred, almost unheard. The fish took quite a bit of line but I eventually bullied it into my Hardy net.

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I unhooked the fish in the net and slipped it back in the water. I moved further round the lake and decided to drift a crust across to the opposite bank under some reeds. The lake bed is heavy, yellow, Weald clay and the water was coloured by the recent rain. Consequently, it was hard to see approaching carp. As the crust reached the far bank, a carp appeared under the crust, looked at it and disappeared. That process was repeated until two fish turned up and competed with each other to grab the bait. Why do the smaller fish always get there first ? The clutch hummed, I eventually drew the fish towards the net, stepped forwards one pace and nearly fell in the water ! A bankside hole was hidden by collapsed rushes. I unhooked the fish and let it swim out of the net.

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Further up the bank I saw a better fish cruising along the far bank and flicked a crust at it. It eventually took and proved to be the best fish of the day. I took a photo and returned the carp with best wishes from Hardy.

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I packed up and had a long chat with the farmer about trout fishing. Yesterday I went trout fishing for the first time this season. I caught two nice roach. How ironic. You can read the full story here . . . .

https://sussex-trout-fishing.com/2017/0 ... first-day/

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Luga00 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:57 am

Lovely read SS.

Great skills and photos too.

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Nobby » Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:35 pm

I've never seen an Altex with the castle and fly logo before!

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by OrangeJonny » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:33 pm

Are you sure it's a mkIV. It looks as if the side plate at least is from a MKVI! Does your reel have a plastic capstan on the front too?

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Nigel Rainton » Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:12 pm

This is a very special reel, this is it's 'bill of materials'.

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It has been fettled by an expert and I was in two minds about using it. It got a bit muddy but is now shiny and 'new'.

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Tinca Tinca » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:44 pm

Doesn`t the MK IV have a springless mechanical bailtrip and no anti reverse??

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Nigel Rainton » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:33 pm

My reel has a sliding catch that I use to turn the anti reverse on/off. I think the bail arm is tripped internally but I stand to be corrected. This is my first non-Mitchell reel and I am not an expert.

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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Paul D » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:38 pm

That's a sprung bail arm, the spring is shown top left in the picture of the "bits".
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Re: My Hardy Altex no. 2 Mk IV

Post by Tinca Tinca » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:58 pm

My thought...I spotted the spring,too.A fine reel
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