I recently bought the brand new Hardy Jet 9'0' 5wt 4-piece for $449, which included my choice of fly line. I got the new Rio Perception as I already have a reel of Rio Gold. I don't yet know if this rod will do well with the 5-1/2 wt Perception. We'll see.
Anyway, the new Jet uses Hardy Sintrix 330. Hardy says this makes the rod's price more affordable, keep weight down, and Hardy says the 330 strengthens the rod an additional 30% or so compared to a "normal" rod. FYI, the Hardy Zenith uses the Sintrix 440, which is about 60% stronger than a normal rod.
The Jet is considered by Hardy to be a medium-fast rod
. I decided to blindly buy the Jet because I have a dream of a nice collection of various weights and lengths, but I don't want my wife to know just how many I have. If all the rods are from the same line with the same look and same case, she'll never know if I have pulled out a 4wt or 5wt.
I originally starting purchasing the closeout Zeniths but there are a few key weights I just can't get, so they're getting returned unused.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I unboxed the Jet. I initially felt slight disappointment for 0.2 seconds when I saw that the rod tube was covered PVC but then I felt how light it was, even compared to the 3wt Zenith in it's metal tube. I praised Hardy for including a sock for the metal tubes for the Zenith because that would help protect the tube's looks. For my purposes though, I like the idea of the non-metal rod tube because I'm more likely to strap it to the outside of a backpack and take it on a hike
, and I'm usually tossing the rod tubes in the back of the truck or floorboard and I always felt like I had to be extra careful with the "pretty metal cases."
I was also pleased to find that the new Jet doesn't come with ferrule caps like the Zenith did
. Hardy is the only rod manufacturer that I have seen include ferrule caps with a rod (the Zenith) and while it's a nice touch, it's adding to the cost of the rod, it's something I will eventually lose, and it's something I don't really need. After all, my rods are either put together, or in the rod case. There's not a lot of chance of the ferrules getting mucked up in my world, so I don't really need to cap them.
There isn't much information on the Jet out there. There's a YouTube video from Hardy simply saying it exists but there aren't any casting videos. I hope to create a video or two eventually, but it's almost December and I'm in Colorado. I'll be fishing this winter, but I'm not sure how excited I will be in making a video. Anyway, with the name "Jet" I thought the rod was going to be very black, like the Sage One or the Redington CPX. I'm happy to report that the color of the Jet is more of a graphite color. I love it! Having said that, I was dead set on a black reel for the Jet, either the Sage 4250 or a Hardy Ultralite 4000 DD in black. Since the rod isn't really black, I have to consider the 4000 DD reel in silver. The rod might even look really good in a silver/black reel like Hardy's CLS reels. Unfortunately, the CLS reels are insanely heavy and unless they come out with a 3-series in 4-5 ounces, they will never join my pile of equipment.
I'm currently planning on hitting the Arkansas this weekend. I'll give you a casting opinion next week. For now, here's a few pics.
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[/COLOR]Hmm, not sure where the pics are right now. Will try to fix after dinner. I used postimg.org. Maybe I didn't use the right link. I'm new to posting pics.