However, some experimentation may be necessary before a proper fit can be attained.An "Introductory Edition CFO III" was also offered this year.For those folks who want to know if their reel was made by Hardy or BFR, all I can say is that sometimes it is impossible to know.I've stopped at 1997 as that year marked the final change to the original style of CFO.For roughly the next 20 years, all CFOs were manufactured by Hardy. Size II and III came standard without the nickel silver line guard, but the III was also offered with the guard for an additional charge. All of the reels with the exception of the II had adjustable spring and pawl drags.The CFO multiplier was introduced in sizes III, IV, and V.All that follows has been published as part of a website I put together many years ago.I've been playing with the idea of closing down that particular site as I haven't updated it in over a year, so I thought I would republish this information here (it's the only section of the website that still gets regular hits).
Unlike these folks, I often enjoy fishing the way it was done thirty, forty or fifty years ago.
These reels were machined from bar stock aluminum, and had a platinum finish.
This edition was a size III, and was designed to accept spools from standard reels.
They were hand engraved with their limited edition number and "C. The reels were available in Light and Medium sizes; each is a bright gold color.
A new drag is offered in the saltwater CFO, a double pawl system.
An angler can use the light pawl for minimal resistance, the heavy pawl for strong resistance, or both for an even stronger drag.