Hardy Shadow Fly Rod

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The Hardy Shadow is a well-rounded series of rods that caters to all angler abilities and a multitude of angling scenarios. Hardy made the Shadow series to redefine all-around performance and Sintrix Technology means that the Shadow is lighter and stronger than ever before. With a wide array of rod models, anglers can choose the Shadow to target Bonefish on the flats or Trout in skinny water. Shadow rods are defined by high performance at a moderate price-point, something all anglers can get behind.


SINTRIX 220 Technology - The blank of the Shadow sports the earliest iteration of Hardy’s Sintrix Technology. Sintrix improves rod strength and decreases rod weight for a more durable, high-performing fly rod. Sintrix provides the Shadow with easy loading capabilities and sharp recovery speeds for unparalleled performance.


SiC Stripping Guides - The stripping guides on the Shadow provide saltwater protection and low friction performance. SiC stripping guides are practical and efficient for easy stripping and casting capabilities.

Hard Chrome Single-Foot Guides - Hard chrome single-foot guides decrease the overall rod weight of the Shadow and are also highly functional. These guides are industry-accepted and time-proven.

Reel Seat

Silver Anodized Aluminum w/Uplocking Component - Bar stock 6061 aluminum with an aluminum spacer on larger models and a burl wood spacer on smaller models make the reel seat of the Shadow aesthetically appealing. The reel seat of the Shadow also holds up well over time. A double uplocking component holds reels solidly in place during days on the water.

Rod Tube

Hard Fabric-Covered Rod Tube - The Shadow comes in a flashy fabric-covered red Hardy rod tube. These tubes are ultra-durable and super stylish for functionality and purpose.


Hardy Worldwide Extended Warranty - Hardy’s warranty covers repair or replacement of damaged, broken, or defective sections of the fly rod for the lifetime of the product. As of 4/17/2019, rods manufactured after 2002 require a $75 fee for repairs, handling, administration, and return postage.

More Info

Rod Action: Medium - Fast

Best for: All Water

Grip (4wt-6wt): Reversed Half-Wells 

Grip (6wt-9wt): Full Wells w/Fighting Butt

Ability Level: Beginner - Expert (learn more)

Recommended Lines

We highly recommend using a saltwater specific line for the larger rod models. Our favorite for tropical applications is:

Model Handle Length Line Weight Color Action Weight Price  
Hardy Shadow 4wt 8'6" 4pc Fly Rod Reversed Half-Wells 8ft 6in 4 Burgundy Medium-Fast 2.5 oz. $349.95
Hardy Shadow 4wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Reversed Half-Wells 9ft 4 Burgundy Medium-Fast 2.8 oz. $349.95
Hardy Shadow 5wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Reversed Half-Wells 9ft 5 Burgundy Medium-Fast 2.9 oz. $359.95
Hardy Shadow 6wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Reversed Half-Wells 9ft 6 Burgundy Medium-Fast 2.6 oz. $369.95
Hardy Shadow 7wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9ft 7 Burgundy Medium-Fast 3.8 oz. $379.95
Hardy Shadow 7wt 9'6" 4pc Fly Rod Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9ft 6in 7 Burgundy Medium-Fast 4.1 oz. $399.95
Hardy Shadow 7wt 10' 4pc Fly Rod Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 10ft 7 Burgundy Medium-Fast 4.2 oz. $429.95
Hardy Shadow 8wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9ft 8 Burgundy Medium-Fast 4.0 oz. $389.95
Hardy Shadow 9wt 9' 4pc Fly Rod Full Wells w/Fighting Butt 9ft 9 Burgundy Medium-Fast 4.8 oz. $389.95
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