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Hardy Zenith 5# wins fly rod best in test

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George Anderson of the Yellowstone Angler George Anderson of the Yellowstone Angler

George Anderson and his Yellowstone Angler store in Paradise Valley, Montana are nothing short of fly fishing legends. Their recent 5 weight rod shootout gives real side-by-side comparisons and verdicts.

The Yellowstone Angler website has gained a reputation recently for thorough and comprehensive head to head 'Shoot Out' tests of fly rods.

The Yellowstone team recently conducted a thorough examination of the best five-weight rods on the market, and the Hardy Zenith 9' #5 came top of the class overall, and was named best in test for Swing Weight, Fun to Fish, 'Perfect 5' Performance, Performance at 25 Feet,  Performance at  45 feet,  Performance at  75 feet and Nymph Rig Performance.

The Hardy Zenith uses the revolutionary SINTRIX resin technology.

Yellowstone's George Anderson commented" This time it wasn’t even close! The Hardy Zenith surprised us all when it swept every single performance category, blowing everyone else away!"

18 rods selected for the test were analysed under 11 categories, both subjective and objective, and points awarded for each. Great attention was paid to making the testing as unbiased as possible, for example the same reels and lines were used on each rod and all 18 rods were tested at the same time meaning the reviewers could compare them directly.

Anderson explains: "What we were looking for were the best all around 5-weight rods – rods that could perform well in close at 25 feet but also have the power to do well at 70 feet and beyond, with the capability to throw 100 feet in the hands of an expert caster."

Comments about the Zenith included:

"What the design team has done with [SINTRIX resin] has given us one of the finest all around #5 line fly rods we've ever cast!"

"This Zenith looks to me to be an outstanding nymph fishing rod and perhaps the best we've ever tested"

"A real pleasure to cast at [45 feet] and deadly accurate - 20/20

Read the full 2011 5-Weight Shoot Out with contributions from George Anderson, James Anderson, Robert Kovich, and Justin Bolduc and including details of the history of the shoot out and the methodology for each of the categories used by clicking this link.


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