This film also investigates the world of craftsmen who made - & continue to make - fishing equipment in the old ways. We see the traditions & methods being carried on, even if on a much smaller scale than they once were.
The story of Hardy's is a bitter sweet one. The company was the pinnacle of all things fly fishing. They made the quality items that they sold - from flies to rods to reels & everything in between, they were the people to see. Then the world changed. They were slow to recognize this change & it cost them a lot. Soon, Hardy's was loosing money & shrinking in size. The company had to reshaped. It's the same old story of skilled factory production all over the developed world - a story of what used to be.
The Hardy company of today is not what it used to be. That's not to say that they're not still making great products - it's just different. Production in Asia has replaced local skilled workers who, day in & day out, made the high end tackle fly anglers loved.
But when they were in their heyday.....oh, what a company!! Take a look back at this wonderful firm & see a glance of where they're going in the DVD of "The Lost World of Mr. Hardy". Here below is the movies trailer.