Winner of our 10' 5-weight Mini-Shootout! The Hardy Zephrus FWS is the next evolution of the award-winning Hardy Zenith. After spending years developing their new Sintrix resin, Hardy has made one of the finest and most accurate trout rods ever created. Choose the 10' 3-weight for European style nymphing, the 9' 5-weight for an all-around trout rod, and the 8'6" 4-weight for more technical presentations.
Sintrix 440 - Designed in conjuction with 3M, the Hardy Zephrus FWS is built with Hardy's proprietary Sintrix 440 Resin. Hardy spent two years working with specialist composite engineers and rod designers to acheive the perfect blend of 3M nano-silica resins to develop a new way to build graphite rods. The result: a fly rod that is much stronger and lighter than previously thought possible.
Fuji SiC Stripping Guides w/Titanium Frame - Titanium guides are not only 45-65% lighter than stainless, they're also over 3 times stronger and totally corrosion resistant.
These guides are fitted with Silicon Carbide inserts for reduced drag and improved casting performance.
Titanium REC Recoil Guides - RECOIL guides are made from an extremely hard but flexible "Shape Memory" nickel titanium alloy, which is not only extremely corrosion resistant, but returns to its original shape after repeated deformations.
Dual Uplocking - Nothing is more important than keeping your reel attached to the rod. Hardy knows this
and has built all Zephrus FWS models with a dual uplocking reel seat which keeps your reel secure.
Burled wood and Carbon Fiber spacers - The Zephrus FWS received a big cosmetic upgrade over the Zenith a new reel seat and updated finishing touches. Zephrus FWS models now come standard with a burled wood spacer on Reversed Half-Wells models and a carbon spacer on Full Wells models.
Aluminum Rod Tube - Hardy didn't cut any corners here. The Zephrus FWS comes with a beautiful top of the line rod tube to protect your investment from the baggage handlers.
Worldwide Extended Warranty - The Zephrus FWS is covered by Hardy's Worldwide Extended Warranty, which covers the rod for the life of the original owner. Please contact Hardy directly for updated costs and turnaround times.
Rod Action: Fast
Best for: All water, Nymphing
Grip: Reversed Half-Wells - 3-weight to 9' 6-weight
Full-Wells w/ Fighting Butt - 9'6" 6-weight to 8-weight
Ability Level: Intermediate - Expert (learn more)
Recommended LinesWe highly recommend using a half-size higher line such as:
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Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS Fly Rod Reviews
- ** Suggestion Based on Zenith** Review by Christopher
To the point- I have fished this rod throughout central Pennsylvania including the Yellow Breeches, The Letorte and Tulpehocken and have landed fish on all waters with various techniques. This rod has become my “catch all” for a productive day on the water. It will punch through the wind, deliver both larger and smaller flies with and without indicators and weights with great accuracy. This rod is faster/ stiffer then I typically would use on spring creeks or fishing dries to spooky trout but I have had great results presenting dries up to 40 feet away (size 14 caddis up to size 22 spinners). I would recommend Hardy's 440 Sintrix line up if you need a 4 weight which can handle a multitude of tasks across a broad range of river systems.
- Typical Hardy Quality Review by Colt
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 8' #3||Reversed Half-Wells||8'||3||Medium-Fast||$649.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 8' #4||Reversed Half-Wells||8'||4||Medium-Fast||$649.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 8'6" #4||Reversed Half-Wells||8'6''||4||Medium-Fast||$679.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 8'6" #5||Reversed Half-Wells||8'6''||5||Medium-Fast||$679.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 9' #3||Reversed Half-Wells||9'||3||Medium-Fast||$679.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 9' #4||Reversed Half-Wells||9'||4||Medium-Fast||$689.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 9' #5||Reversed Half-Wells||9'||5||Medium-Fast||$689.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 9' #6||Reversed Half-Wells||9'||6||Medium-Fast||$709.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 10' #3||Reversed Half-Wells||10'||3||Medium-Fast||$769.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 10' #4||Reversed Half-Wells||10'||4||Medium-Fast||$769.00|
|Hardy Zephrus Freshwater FWS 10' #5||Reversed Half-Wells||10'||5||Medium-Fast||$779.00|