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  1. Default Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    Anyone cast this rod?

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    Default Re: Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    Quote Originally Posted by prmike307 View Post
    Anyone cast this rod?
    I have its 9’ 9” 4 wt brother. I’m sure the rods are similar, but all of the conversation and comments I have seen have been about the longer version. They are quality rods with a tip that is just a tad crisper than the regular Zephrus.

    But I have never seen or even read much about the 9 foot model. I can tell you that my 4 wt is a great all around dry fly and soft hackle rod that also works for contact (Euro) nymphing and streamers.

    These are not really high line speed rods so they can suffer in our Wyoming wind, but otherwise they are quite capable tools. Have you considered the 9’ 9” version?

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparsegraystubble View Post
    I have its 9’ 9” 4 wt brother. I’m sure the rods are similar, but all of the conversation and comments I have seen have been about the longer version. They are quality rods with a tip that is just a tad crisper than the regular Zephrus.

    But I have never seen or even read much about the 9 foot model. I can tell you that my 4 wt is a great all around dry fly and soft hackle rod that also works for contact (Euro) nymphing and streamers.

    These are not really high line speed rods so they can suffer in our Wyoming wind, but otherwise they are quite capable tools. Have you considered the 9’ 9” version?

    Don
    Where are you in WY? I already have a Euro nymph rod. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    Quote Originally Posted by prmike307 View Post
    Where are you in WY? I already have a Euro nymph rod. Thanks.
    I’m in Laramie, just 19 miles from the Colorado border at 7200 feet.

    The 9’9” Ultralite is my only rod for Euro stuff, but I didn’t want a pure specialist rod. It works really well for dries and soft hackles as well as streamers and nymphs. I also use it for wade fishing lakes for trout, mostly with floating line.

    If you already have a specialty nymphing rod that you want to stick with, then the longer Ultralite might not be a fit. For a lot of my fishing I tend to prefer faster rods. My other two most used rods are a 590 and 486, both Sage ONES.

    If I was looking for a new rod in the 9’ 5 wt class, two I would consider would be the new Loomis NRX+ and the regular Zephrus. I have also read a lot on here from folks raving about the Sage X 597 which is 9.5’ long.

    Lots of great rods to consider.

    Good luck,

    Don

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    Thanks for the help.

    Mike

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    Default Re: Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    hi,


    one of the two master casters from austria (mci) - wolfgang heusserer from "heusserer flyfishing"(hp) - prefers the ultralite 9#5 very much.hes

    nearly enthusiastic about its all around capacities.you could contact him;hes very nice and competent.

    have fun.


    thomas

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    Default Re: Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    You might give Josh at Gates Lodge in Grayling MI. I really respect his opinions on rods, and he compares the Zephurus UL with the Loomis LP (old one) in the 9-5. He seemed to really like it.

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    Another rod in this lighter touch 9'/#5 class that is getting a lot of buzz is Douglas's SKY-G. I have yet to see one but intend to test cast it at Edison in a couple of weeks.

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    Thanks for all the input!

    Mike

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    Default Re: Hardy Zephrus Ultralite 9' 5wt?

    I was able to cast the 905 Ultralight right along side the Douglas Sky G. Both are very good rods and in my quick comparison I preferred the Sky G. However, that might be due to line tapers and leaders. I can say that the Ultralight was very smooth and silky. There really wasn't a lot of difference in the two rods. I felt like the G was just a little more "crisp" but again, I'd really like to have different lines to try out. I had a MPX on the ultralight and wish I had a standard trout line which might have made it more "crisp".

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