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If you select "No Backing Required", we cannot install your fly line.

Hardy Zenith Fly Rod: Wood Reel Seat

Purchase your Hardy fly fishing gear at Stillwater Fly shop and save with FREE shipping and pay NO State sales tax!

Improved with a new wooden reel seat, experience the four-piece Hardy Zenith Fly Rod that casts like no other fly rod in its price range. Choose Hardy.

Get a free fly line when you buy your Hardy fly rod at Stillwater.

Why not top off your purchase of one of our Hardy fly rods with a free fly line? As a bonus to our Hardy customers, we’ll give you a complimentary fly line when you buy any current production of a Hardy fly rod. Choose among top manufacturers. Just let us know which style and weight of fly line works best for your needs, and we’ll ship it with your purchase of your Hardy fly rod.

Why order Hardy fly rods from us?

It’s simple. When you buy Hardy products from Stillwater Fly Shop, besides getting a great price we include the following perks:

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  • Hardy fly rods deliver exactly what any angler needs for the ultimate fly fishing experience -- smooth casting, excellent feel and power.

    Discover why SINTRIX gives your Hardy fly rods a distinct advantage.

    What is SINTRIX?

    It's a new technology that features carbon fiber bonded with a durable resin that incorporates silica nano spheres. This results in a fly fishing rod that's much stronger and lighter than a traditional graphite fly fishing rod.

    So, what does this mean for you?

    The balanced ratio of the silica nano spheres in the resin supply equal strength throughout the blank, and provides you with smooth, crisp fly fishing rod actions.

    Also, silica nano spheres deliver superior resistance to compression forces (better than any other material). This means your fly fishing rod is at least 60% stronger than a typical graphite rod without impeding your movement or flexibility. You'll also experience much better durability and impact resistance.

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    hardy zenith 8'6'' 4wt

    This rod is what they say it is smooth. I am still getting used to mending with it since it is above a mid flex, but a better all around rod there is none. I fish small mountain streams and the length is good to get in close. I also fish large tailwaters, and it has enough power to cut wind and approach touchy fish. It can throw nymph rigs and lay down small emergers and dries. This here is a good rod.


    ne tennessee


    Hardy Zenith 9' 6wt

    Amazing rod. Fires streamers through the wind all day long.




    Hardy Zenith 8'6" 4-wt

    Bought this rod to replace an old Orvis 9' 4 wt and the difference is amazing. Better feel both casting and playing fish. Rod tracks straight and is consistent and predictable in different situations and casting methods. A great find.

    Joel V.



    Hardy Zenith 8'6" 4-wt

    I've been fishing this rod for about 16 months now, paired with a Hatch Finatic Plus reel and Rio Gold. I thought I'd only want to use it on smaller rivers, but this combo casts so well that I'm using it even on the bigger waters I fish. I'm detecting more nymph strikes than ever, and recently, on small waters, I've been able to pinpoint dry flies to small pockets from far enough away to keep my shadow off the water. Best rod I've ever fished.




    Hardy Zenith 8 1/2 ft 4 wt

    Ok, so I traded my Sage Z axis for the Hardy Zenith. Both rods are same length, same line weight. Both are great rods and I don't plan to lose the other Sages any time soon but this rod loads along the blank, cleaner than the Sage. I have a better sense of what happening up into the tip section. I really enjoy fishing it.

    Doug Perrett

    Columbus Ohio


    Hardy Zenith 5 wt 9ft

    A terrific rod. Fast: cuts right through the wind but loads almost as quickly as my Winston BIIIX. Seems to have plenty of protection for 5x, 6x tippet connected to big fish. New model with wood reel seat is about as elegant as they come.




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