8. Fenwick Worldclass 11’6” 5/6-weight $469.85
I liked this rod’s fast action, although it is just a little long for nymph fishing and a little too short for swinging. I was impressed with how light the World Class is. It is the third lightest rod in the test overall as well as the third lightest in terms of swing weight.
The only Achilles heel with this rod is the breakage factor (which may have something to do with it’s impressive light weight and swing weight). I actually broke this rod (middle of the third section) just casting it on the lawn with a switch line. For this reason alone we recommend you get a Fenwick Aetos 11’1”#5/6 instead, as they are significantly stronger, not to mention less expensive, ($170 less than the World Class 11’6” #5/6).
The Fenwick World Class blanks are finished in a grey graphite color with teal blue wraps over chrome stripper and snake guides. The cork quality isn’t the best and has a lot of filler for a $400 plus dollar rod, but the shape of the handle is nice. The aluminum down-lock reel seat isn’t fancy but works well.
This rod is light and crisp, but knowing the breakage issues, I would rather own a Fenwick Aetos for sure, which is 11’1” and a fraction of the price at $299.95.