@sweetandsalt thanks for the quick review. That really has me excited about the new models. I've been fishing a Zephrus 6wt SWS, Zephrus 8wt AWS, Zenith 7wt 1-piece, and Wraith 7wt AWS for both bass and inshore here in TX. I'm probably an intermediate caster, but the Hardy rods just work for me. Very intuitive casting and fishing, and with even the Wraith, I never feel I have to work to get an adequate amount of performance out of the rods. I've tried a multitude of different lines on them, and will occasionally run across a dud pairing, but they all seem to be fairly open to whatever I have spooled up.I fished this past weekend with my wife and an old friend who is a Hardy Pro. We plied the seas off Montauk Point to across the sound to Watch Hill, RI. I have fished his Zephrus SW rods previously and now he has a few new Zane's. The Zephrus SW rods are actually very good and smooth but the new Zane's are notably more refined and seem more potent as well. They are not super fast like the earlier, great ProAxis Hardy's but more medium fast offering plenty of upper to mid taper flex for feel and feedback. Interestingly though, since their recovery rate is far sharper and more precise, they perform as does a faster rod, just with a more responsive feeling. They are imbued with greater lower taper power reserves too.
I fished a 9'/#9 4-piece Zane for a full day, well, that is whenever my wife would let me use it as she fell in love with it. When this model becomes more readily available after the official introduction, I hope to rack up some real time with it and will then write a actual review.
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Curious what line your buddy had paired up with the Zane Pro. Do you feel the rod may be "line picky" or is it more accommodating to whatever you have on hand? Will it be as intuitive as some of their other offerings?