Hardy Ultralite Fly Rod

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Hardy has replaced one of our favorite rod series: the Hardy Zephrus. The Zephrus FWS was a phenomenal all-around freshwater rod series for a variety of angling scenarios. We were sad to see it go but we think the all-new Hardy Ultralite Rods are better than ever before. With all-new fly rod technology, top-notch componentry, years of R&D, and extreme attention to detail, Hardy has built rods that are a ‘masterpiece of form and function’. From a short 3wt all the way through a 10’ 8wt, this may be the most versatile series we’ve ever seen from Hardy and a series that’s sure to be their most popular yet.



SINTRIX NSX Technology - The latest iteration of Hardy’s SINTRIX blank technology is NSX. NSX combines SINTRIX with a secondary classified additive that allows Hardy to build rods with lower prepreg weights. This lighter material allows Hardy to modify the blank design without affecting the strength of the rod. The final result? Lighter, more responsive blanks that provide the angler with more feedback and feel and quicker recovery times.



Ceramic-Lined Titanium REC Recoil Guides - REC Recoil guides are extremely lightweight and highly practical. Don’t worry about banging or bending your guides. If bent, recoil guides bounce back into place without warping. Plus, the titanium increases durability and the ceramic lining decreases line friction through the guides.

Black Pearl Recoil Guides - Similarly, black pearl recoil guides also rebound when bent or crushed. These guides decrease the overall rod weight for lightweight performance and durability.


Reel Seat

Custom Ultralight Reel Seat - True to its name, the reel seat of the Ultralite is designed to keep the rod lightweight. A burlwood insert is cut and replaced by carbon fiber leaving the rod blank exposed to decrease weight. The reel seat is stylish and incredibly unique. Plus, there’s a laser engraving on the reel seat for easy line size identification.


Rod Tube

Aluminum Rod Tube - The Ultralite comes in a classic silver aluminum 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: Freshwater, Dry Flies/Nymphs/Streamers

Grip: Slimmed Reversed Half-Wells

Grip: Full Wells w/ Fighting Butt

Ability Level: Intermediate - Expert (learn more)


Recommended Lines

We highly recommend using a dry fly specific line. Our favorite for small water applications is:


Staff Reviews





ModelHandleLengthLine WeightColorActionWeightPrice 
Hardy Ultralite 9ft 6wt Fly Rod (690-4)Reversed Half-Wells9ft6GreenMedium-Fast3 oz.$439.99
Hardy Ultralite 10ft 5wt Fly Rod (5100-4)Reversed Half-Wells10ft5GreenMedium-Fast3.3 oz.$439.99
Hardy Ultralite 9ft 7wt Fly Rod (790-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft7GreenMedium-Fast3.4 oz.$439.99
Hardy Ultralite 9ft 6in 8wt Fly Rod (896-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt9ft 6in8GreenMedium-Fast3.9 oz.$439.99
Hardy Ultralite 10ft 7wt Fly Rod (7100-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt10ft7GreenMedium-Fast3.9 oz.$439.99
Hardy Ultralite 10ft 8wt Fly Rod (8100-4)Full Wells w/Fighting Butt10ft8GreenMedium-Fast4 oz.$439.99
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