Hardy Zephrus Ultralite Fly Rod

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Hardy set out to make the lightest trout rod to date in the Ultralite. And they’ve succeeded. This rod is the lightest trout rod we’ve ever tested which is a testament to Hardy’s Sintrix Technology and a few clever design elements. An insanely lightweight design doesn’t mean the Ultralite lacks in accuracy or performance, however. This rod is one of our very favorite dry fly specific rods on the market. If you’re a dry fly fanatic or an avid spring creek angler, this rod is for you.


SINTRIX 440 Technology - Hardy’s SINTRIX technology has been around since 2009. The second iteration, SINTRIX 440, means the Zephrus Ultralite is up to 30% lighter than traditional carbon fiber rods. SINTRIX 440 also increases the comprehensive strength of the Zephrus Ultralite by up to 60%. SINTRIX mixes microscopic silica spheres to make an adhesive resin that’s resistant to pressure and compression from all angles. As a result, the Zephrus Ultralite is more powerful and high performing than the Hardy fly rods of the past.


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.

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 composite cork leaving the rod blank exposed to decrease weight. The reel seat is stylish and incredibly unique.

Rod Tube

Aluminum Rod Tube - The Zephrus 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

Grip: Slimmed Reversed Half-Wells

Ability Level: Intermediate - Expert (learn more)

Recommended Lines

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

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