Fenwick Aetos 9'#6

Fenwick Aetos 9'#6

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George's Comments:

 

Once again the Aetos gave us a fine performance at the ridiculously low price of $189.95.    We are giving this rod the award for our best inexpensive rod, just as we did in our latest 2016 5-weight Shootout.   Fenwick has two inexpensive rods in their line up – the Aetos and HMG, but we prefer the Aetos as it casts better and looks better than the HMG.  More fly shops are beginning to stock these rods as the parent company, Pure Fishing also offers Hardy rods that many shops already stock.   But you’ll likely find these in the big box stores as well.

 

The Aetos is a pleasing dark blue, trimmed in silver with darker blue wraps.   Fenwick uses one SiC stripping guide with the rest black hard chrome snake guides along with a hook keeper.   The cork handle is a western style grip, but the quality of the cork is not so hot, with a lot of filler.  I guess you can’t expect high quality cork at this price.   The reel seat is a solid gray anodized aluminum double uplocking seat that seems to work fine despite the cheap appearance.

 

This rod has a medium fast action and cast well at all distances.   The performance scores were a straight across 18.5 but even some of the good rods got individual scores this low.   The swing weight was heavier than the DXF, but better than the Pro 4x, BVK and the Echo Base.    

 

George’s casting notes:    The perfect line-  S.A. MPX in WF-6-F

 

Performance at 30 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Pretty good but no question the DXF was better. The BVK and Base were the only rods not as good in close

 

Performance at 50 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Good and felt as good as many of the more expensive rods, and gave me some decent feel and accuracy.  The DXF was a lot better here.  

 

Performance at 75 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

Doesn’t have the power at long range as the better rods but will get the job done. 

 

 

 

 

 

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James' Comments:

 

 

The Fenwick Aetos is a great rod for the money and as such has been our pick for the “best buy” category in 5-weights as well as 8-weights, and now in 6-weights.  The Fenwick Aetos was derived from a Hardy/Grey’s blank, at a cheaper price with equal power and feel.  This rod casts and fishes more like a rod in the $350-400 range, yet costs less than $200.  Now that is a smoking deal!

 

The cork could be a little better quality, as could the stripping guide, other guides, and reel seat.  All of this would likely improve the overall weight and swing weight of this rod, but at this price you won’t find me complaining about a thing!

 

I love how this rod performs between 40-60 feet.  I also love how it performs out of a drift boat on the Yellowstone and Madison.  It has the power to turn over an indicator rig with a rubberleg and a tungsten beadhead with ease.  It also has great power for setting the hook, especially setting a late hook after your guide has been jumping up and down yelling, “set, set, SET SET!”  Windy conditions?  No problem.  Breakage problems? Not that bad.  The perfect freestone river guide rod?  I think so…

 

Performance at 30 feet:  18.5 points out of 20

 

This rod felt heavier in hand than most all the other rods.  Only the BVK, Base, and St. Croix Legend Elite (which was so heavy we chose not to include it) were heavier.   While not my favorite, the Aetos did pretty decently considering the price and the serious competition it is facing.

 

Performance at 50 feet:  19 points out of 20

 

Damn nice loops!  Easy and effortless to cast.  This rod is super solid.  The line tracks well and there’s not much chance of throwing a tailing loop.  It would be a great rod for a beginner as it is very forgiving.  A good caster will appreciate it as well, the only thing holding it back from a top finish is its heavier overall weight. 

 

Performance at 75 feet:  19 points out of 20

 

Powerhouse!  Smooth with good accuracy!  Again, just a tad too heavy to hang with the best rods but an incredible value rod.  Reminds me of a less expensive Hardy Zenith.

 

 

 

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Logan's Comments:

 

The Fenwick Aetos is another example of a rod I prefer in the five-weight over the six- weight.  It is still an awesome rod, and one that can’t be matched when you look at the price tag.  The Aetos comes in a nice blue color and is actually very attractive for an inexpensive rod.  This would be an excellent rod as a backup or a gift for someone who hasn’t done much fishing but is eager to sink their teeth into it a little more.

 

 

 

Logan’s Casting Notes: 

 

Performance at 30 feet: 18 points out of 20

 

The Fenwick Aetos performs well at 30 feet.  I wasn’t crazy about it and I was not going back to it like I was the Winston Air, but it got the job done. 

 

Performance at 50 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

 

The Fenwick Aetos was performing better at 50 feet than it was at 70.  Its faster tip made 50 feet the sweet spot for the Aetos.

 

Performance at 75 feet: 17 points out of 20

 

At 75 feet I was struggling to find good timing with this rod.  I was able to get the fly out there, just not very accurately.

 

 

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JG's Comments:

 

This rod was a pleasant surprise.  It's a really good-looking rod that has a decent grip and a great action. 

 

 

30 Feet:   17 points out of 20

 

It’s not the best here.  It was a little clunky for me at our closest target which resulted in harsh landings and less than perfect accuracy.  The rod is fairly light so it feels good in the hand and despite the other issues delivers good feel.

  

 

50 Feet:   19 points out of 20

 

At 50ft. this rod really comes to life.  The MPX, which is a half line size heavy, loads the rod really well and makes for easy casting. The Aetos is a really impressive rod for a price tag of less than $200.  I thought it had great power as well, and was pleased with its accuracy which was good because of the amount of feedback the rod gives the angler together with the light feel of the rod.

 

 

75 Feet:   18 points out of 20

 

Fenwick really did a great job developing the Aetos.  There really aren’t a lot of rods on the market that can deliver great casts with great feel at this distance at this price point.  The Aetos had the power to go the distance as well as good feel and control which gave me good accuracy as well.  Making casts to our longest target was easy enough and enjoyable since the Aetos isn’t too heavy.

 

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