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A New Fleet: Hardy + Fenwick + Hodgman

February 16, 2018












As our shop is growing, we are continually expanding our brand arsenal. A new fleet of rods, reels, and outdoor gear will be coming in, offering some different angles than our previous offerings. One of the flagship brands that we are very excited to offer is Hardy of Alnwick, England. For those unfamiliar with Hardy, Hardy is known as the world's leader in reel manufacturing. Hardy began producing  reels of premier quality in 1872, and have been awarded Royal Warranties from the British Government. 



The new Fenwick Aetos rod has been tested from North Carolina to Montana. In the past couple of years the Aetos has scored in the top ten in the Yellowstone Angler 5 weight shootout  being called "insanely light and smooth for the money". A versatile rod that can pull little brookies out of small streams in the Appalachian Mountains or fight big browns in Tennessee-we're looking forward to putting this rod to through the test of guide season. The real zinger is that this rod retails for $189.95,  a high quality rod at a very attractive price. 




Our second rod, the Hardy Zephrus, made quite a name for itself in the Yellowstone Angler's 5 weight shootout, scoring in the top three for overall performance. This ultralight rod has been called "the new standard for durability in a lightweight rod". The rod is made of Hardy's proprietary Sintrix material, which was designed at Oxford University. Sintrix offers the lightest, yet strongest rod material on the market. It can be noted that the Zephrus is built with titanium guides, and has as Hardy designed reel-seat that is half burl wood and half cork. Both of these features make for a seriously light rod, which weighs in at under 2.5 ounces. The rod has an extremely quick recovery rate, making for an unparalleled cast. 





Our final rod, the Hardy Demon, is an absolute dream to cast. We have found that the Demon excels in the twenty to fifty foot cast range, offering an effortless and smooth action, giving you the opportunity for that perfect presentation. Manufactured to increase the strength to weight ratio, this rod can be used from the smallest wild streams to launching dry flies on the Watagua tailwaters.







Hardy Ultralight CADD Reel- One of the largest arbor freshwater reels on the market that boats a color coded drag system for smooth transitions between streams, yet is extremely light. This reel has one of the largest capacity spools at the lowest weight- ensuring that your arm will not be fatigued after a long day of angling. 







Hardy Ultralight ASR Reel- The newest reel to break the fly fishing scene is unlike anything produced before. The ASR offers a "cassette" setup that allows you to switch up line mid river at the click of a button. Lightweight & a variation of sizes provides the option of three different

 reels while using less than half the space in your pack of cassettes, in essence you get three reels in one with the Hardy ASR. 





Hardy Ultralight FWDD- Offers a lightweight drag that is perfect for high country trout. This reel also boasts a color coordinated drag setting, ensuring that your drag is set to the optimal weight. The Ultralight FWDD is much lighter than most in its class, yet the large arbor gives you plenty of line storage for when you are fighting larger fish. We really enjoy using this reel on our midging, euro nymphing and dry fly rods.   







A completely revamped Hodgman wader leaves the old design in the dust. Waterproof zippers, five layer leg and seat coverage, micro-fleece lined hand warmer pockets, and breathable upper layer provide all the functional benefits top of the line waders at a reasonable price. To put this wader into perspective, the Simms G3 wader, retails for $499 and has a four layer leg/seat coverage. The Hodgman wader has a five layer leg/seat coverage but only costs $230. These waders are absolutely bulletproof and come at a cost that does not break the bank. 











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