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