Sep 24, · Hardy put a code on their rods to indicate when it was built. It is often on the metal at the end of the handle. You can look it up here (thanks to Andrew Herd). Apr 11, · Most Hardy rods have a serial number stamped on them, from this number you can work out the approximate date of manufacture. Please see centipede.tk files below for a list of approximate dates. Rick's Rods specializes in buying, selling, consigning high quality vintage and collectible fiberglass fly fishing rods. To name several rods of interest to us, are rods crafted by Vince Cummings, Fenwick, Hardy Bros., Russ .