The comedian Steven Wright made the distinction, “There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. Whether you’re fishing with talent or not, the right reelâ€such as this one made by Daiwa in Cerritos, Californiaâ€can inject your fishing efforts with contemplative style:
Before Daiwa’s founding in 1958, Hardy was the go-to resource for people passionate about fishing. Founded in 1872 and based in Alnwick, England, Hardy continues to make the “finest game fishing tackle in the world.” Their “Perfect reel, patented in 1891, is still produced today. It’s range of attributes, from “durable gunmetal grey and “anodised finish to the “fifteen stainless steel ball-bearings and “the smoothest of winds, all speak to a continuing story of thoughtful details that fuel design utility:
For an activity that both commands patience and encourages reflection, these reels are welcome tools for the long wait. Serenity is crafted in their “objecthoodâ€ tailor-made for the fisherperson who values nature and the imagination it baits.
Daiwa’s reel was discovered in the Curated stream of Thinking for a Living. For more information about the history of Hardy, there is the documentary The Lost World of Mr. Hardy, produced and directed by Andy Heathcote and Heike Bachelier. The film also serves as commentary on craft in modern times.