Hardy Marksman Z Fly Rod

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A brand new rod from Hardy that’s already won the “Best of Category” title at the 2023 ICAST show, their Marksman Z series of rods gives a performance-driven construction that’s responsive and light enough for long shifts spent casting at tough fish. Taking design inspiration from a team of topnotch guides as well as tarpon icon, Andy Mill, the Marksman Z was built to make light work out of pursuing anything from 150+lb tarpon to the most skittish permit on the flats. Starting with Hardy’s Sintrix technology, the Marksman Z provides a fast action, quick recovery, and smooth touch while casting, and it does all of this while maintaining a lightweight feel that’s about as durable as it gets–throw in Titanium Recoil guides, a custom reel seat–equipped with fast line weight identification–and an elegant blue color, and you’ll quickly see why this rod has gained such positive reviews. Hardy makes the Marksman Z in line weights 6 through 12 with 9’ and 8’10” options, providing everything that you need whether you’re casting out of a boat at speedy pelagics or working a flat from shore at dead low tide. 



Sintrix - The Marksman Z series begins with Hardy’s Sintrix blank and a fast action that gives the angler smooth casting, quick recovery, and just the right line speed. Hardy’s Sintrix technology combines a high-modulus carbon fibre with a rapid taper and an updated mandrel design to give you an ultra-fast rod that can throw a tight loop into the wind, yet still maintain solid feel when casting up close. And with the Sintrix tech, you also get outstanding durability as a result of microscopic silica spheres that encompass each carbon fibre filament. 

Hardy’s Marksman Z is made in a frost blue color with black accenting wraps, and while we all know that chasing saltwater species is a game of performance, accuracy, and fortitude, this rod brings an aesthetic appeal that’s sure to keep your mind on the water even whenever you’re stuck in the cubicle. 



Ceramic Lined Titanium Framed Stripper Guides - Combining a ceramic lining with a titanium construction, these stripper guides give excellent line slickness as well as a super-tough design that can handle anything from bumpy boat rides to 12-hour shifts in the salt.  

Titanium Recoil Intermediate Snake Guides - Designed to be lightweight with serious durability, these titanium Recoil Snake Guides stand up to it all. Their Recoil construction allows them to take a beating and immediately spring back into action, while their lightweight construction prevents your rod from feeling bogged down. 


Reel Seat

Custom-Designed Lightweight Reel Seat - The Marksman Z series is made with a Hardy custom design that focuses on keeping things lightweight while also increasing durability, and with a dual up-locking configuration, your reel will stay locked in no matter what.   


Rod Tube

Whether you’re headed to the Bahamas for a week of bonefishing or Cape Cod to chase striped bass and blues, you’ll be able to rest easily knowing that your rod is safe and sound inside of a lightweight Hardy aluminum rod tube. 



As of August 2023, Hardy’s Marksman Z Fly Rods are covered by their Worldwide Extended Warranty. This warranty is pretty straightforward, and for $75, it covers the repair or replacement of your rod. 


More Info

Rod Action: Fast action

Best for: Streamers, Poppers, and Crustaceans

Grip: Full Wells w/ Fighting Butt

Ability Level: Intermediate

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ModelHandleLengthLine WeightColorActionWeightPrice 
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 6wt Fly Rod (690-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft6BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 7wt Fly Rod (790-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft7BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 8wt Fly Rod (890-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft8BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 9wt Fly Rod (990-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft9BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 10wt Fly Rod (1090-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft10BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 11wt Fly Rod (1190-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft11BlueFast$995.00
Hardy Marksman Z 9ft 12wt Fly Rod (1290-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft12BlueFast$995.00