Re: Hardy Zenith Beginner Friendly?
In conversations with rod designers, I have learned something relevant to this thread. Some designers, Tim Rajeff comes to mind, is a designer who is intent on developing tapers that are accessible to less accomplished casters but will satisfy, even reward, skilled anglers. Cast an ECHO3 and you will see what he is talking about...a terrific rod with plenty of feedback that does not require impeccable timing and a stroke on tracks to cast well. Switch to his brother Steve Rajeff or the afore mentioned, Jerry Siem's, Sage ONE and it is a different story. NRX and ONE are high performance instruments that demand a reasonable level of skill development to even begin to reveal their potential. These two rods, designed by brilliant caster/designers for discriminating anglers with specific performance requirements, invite a learning curve to familiarize the caster with how to access their significant abilities. These varied approaches assure that each of us can find a fly rod that is comfortable and capable regardless of our expectations and level of experience. Zenith happens to be a rod that makes both novice and old timer smile.