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6.  Hardy Jet 10’6”  5/6-weight     $294.50

Hardy Jet switch rod
Hardy Jet switch rod

For only being 10’6” I thought this rod would feel a lot lighter, especially since the Hardy Zenith regular spey rods feel so light in hand.  The H2 was significantly lighter, faster, and more powerful.  The Jet’s medium-fast action is fun but this rod definitely needs more power when casting into the wind.  It’s lack of butt and mid-section power makes it more difficult to set the hook, compared to the Orvis H2 or Douglas DXF.   I think a Rio Switch 4/5 line would be better on this rod than the 5/6 we originally tested it with. 

The Hardy Jet #5/6 switch rod is finished in a grey graphite color with matching dark grey wraps over fuji stripper and snake guides.  The down-lock aluminum reel seat isn’t fancy but functions well with two locking rings.  The cork quality is excellent although the rear handle grip is a little short. A cordura covered rod tube and a cloth bag are both included.

When we originally tested this rod it was $589, now the price has dropped in half and costs only $294.50, making this rod a bargain, while supplies last. 

Casting Notes: 

This rod feels heavy compared to the rest of the switch rods.  This seems strange to me since it is not very stiff.   Moving down to a lighter 4/5 switch line will make it perform  better.