Originally Posted by runningfish
I am looking for a 5wt 9ft and stumbled on this unfamiliar Grey brand. I know Grey is Hardy and vice versa and I like my 8wt Zenith. Now, is the Grey even close to Zenith? The rod price is too attractive to ignore, and they have faster action too. My intended use for it is to have a more subtle presentation than the Vapen 6wt for dry, hopper and #10 buggers, leeches and sink tip line.
Can someone give me some inputs about them? thanks.
Sage is to Reddington, what Hardy's is to Grey's.....Entry level price point rods.
I know you were thinking 9ft, but thought I might say....
Many locals here have been switching to Euro style nymphing.
Perfect for high pressure water.
They have been wielding the X-2 Streamflex. 11ft 3 wts.
I worry about being under-gunnned on the Truckee.
So bought the 11ft 4wt.
It will shortline nymph, lite bobber style, and seriously casts a dry.....
Works well tubing and deep wading...
Don't think it would work well for sink tip lines.....or streamers.
Folks with high mileage shoulders like the extra reach as well..
Keeps the elbow down.
Lots of guys like the switch rod for reach, but say it's heavy.
A long single hand works wonders.
Nice finish and corks too.
Grey's seem to over-rate a rod.
(3wt fishes like a 4wt. 4wt fishes like a 5wt.......etc.)
(For subtle presentation, go with the 3wt.)
Nice price too, compared to the Zenith.
I wouldn't compare Zenith to X-2 casting-wise..
Grey's has more backbone, mid to butt. Tips are about the same.
Hope this helps....
Have fun shopping.