A friend of mine loaned me a few Hardy Fly Rods to take for a test spin. I was able to thrown them a few times prior to run off and so far I have nothing but good things to say about Hardy Fly Rods. The rod that has spent the most time in my hand is the Hardy Zephrus. It is a handsome rod with a olive finish and black stripping guides complete with a comfortable cork grip. The aluminum locking reel seat has cool green/brown wooden inlay to add to the design of this beautiful fly rod. The Zephrus is crafted out of nano resin technology making this rod very light and incredibly strong. I have casted everything from small dry flies to large streamers with the Zephrus and it was able to deliver my casts with accuracy. It is an easy rod to pick up and throw. Recently I had some newbie fly fishermen throwing good loops with the Hardy Zephrus. As far as distance goes it seems the most accurate between 30-50 feet with longer casts losing a bit of accuracy. But, that could also be me. As far as price goes the Hardy Zephrus comes in at just under $700.00 clams which seems reasonable for a fly rod of this caliber. If you are in the Market for an all around solid trout/ bass fly rod, you should certainly try casting the Hardy Zephrus before making a decision, you’ll be glad you did. Be sure to ask your local fly shop if they carry Hardy Fly Rods and Reel. A lot of shops in Colorado do but some do not.
For those of you who do not know Hardy is an English company that has been building Fly Rods and Reels since the late 1800’s. Their attention to detail and quality is second to none and their products show it. Hardy Reels are also a work of art but we will touch on the reels at a later date.