Yesterday Hardy announced the winners of its first annual bamboo-rod casting competition held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum in Livingston Manor, NY. The Hardy Cup celebrates the 140-year history of Hardy making cane rods and is a tournament that includes two casts for distance and one cast for accuracy. (See Hardy North America president Jim Murphy talk about the Hardy Cup in this video.) The score is a compilation of points achieved with all three casts. The winning distance cast was 101 feet.
The winners were:
First place: Masaki Takemoto from Seirou, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (Prizes: the 100th-anniversary CC de France cane fishing rod hand built by Calum Gladstone and Tom Moran, value: $3795.00, and name engraved on the Hardy Cup Trophy, a Hamilton style pewter cup made by Tiffany on permanent display at the museum in Livingston Manor, NY)
Second place: Jin Woo Lee from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (Prize: 3 1/8 Hardy Perfect reel, value: $950.00)
Third place: Mike McFarland from Tyrone, PA, USA (Prize: Hardy St. George Junior fly reel, value: $750.00)