#3  Hardy Zephrus SWS  1 Pc.   8 foot 10”#8    $789.00

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Hardy Zephrus SWS one piece rod

 

When I first picked this rod up at the ICAST show last July, I was really impressed with its feather-light swing weight.  And it cast well too.  But when we cast it heads up with both of the G. Loomis one-piece rods, there was no question that they had a lot more power on tap, especially at long range.  This rod has an unusually fast action and soft tip.  This gave me an odd feeling while casting.  The NRX had a better action, tracked better, and felt more balanced.  

 

This is a good-looking rod, the same cosmetics and components as the 4-pc Zephrus.  A high quality cork full wells grip is uses along with the gray anodized double ring uplock seat with blue graphite spacer they use on the 4-pc rod.  Guides are two wire recoil guides followed with the good nickel/titanium snake guides.

 

George’s casting notes:

 

Performance at 35 feet:  19.5 points out of 20

The tip is so light and soft, I’m not getting the kind of accuracy I get with the NRX.   The Meridian was a lot better too.  Still, I felt it cast better in close than at longer distances.

 

Performance at 60 feet:  19 points out of 20

The Hardy isn’t tracking as well as either of the G. Loomis rods, and the accuracy suffers accordingly.

 

Performance at 80 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

When I am trying to push it, I’m getting an odd feeling - probably that very soft tip.  It’s not in the same ballpark with the G. Loomis one piece rods, or even the older Hardy ProAxis one-piece for that matter.

 

Performance at 100 feet: 18.5 points out of 20

Yes, it will hit 100 but not very easily.   No question that the G. Loomis one-piece rods were both better long.

 

 

James Anderson:

#3 Hardy Zephrus SWS     8’10”#8 1pc    $789     74.5/80

Hardy Zephrus SWS 1pc rod

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The Zephrus SWS had the best feel but least power of the three one-piece rods.  This was a disappointment for me since I absolutely loved the older Hardy ProAxis 1 piece rods.  That being said, If you are looking for the ultimate in terms of presentation and in-close performance this rod may be a true asset to your quiver, just be sure you have another rod with you for windy days or longer shots. 

 

Performance at 35 feet:  20 points out of 20 The Zehprus 1pc’s light, softer tip is producing phenomenal feel.  Reminds me of the Orvis H2. 

Performance at 60 feet:  19.5 points out of 20  Not as accurate as the Loomis rods, but still very pleasing feel.

Performance at 80 feet:  18 points out of 20 Like the Orvis H2, the cost of exceptional feel in-close is starting to hurt the Zephrus 1pc’s overall power and accuracy at distance.  I thought the older Hardy ProAxis was a much better rod.

Hit the Hun?  17 points out of 20  Tailing loops starting to become the norm.  Bring back the ProAxis please!

 


Capt. Jamie Allen:

#1 Hardy Zephrus  SWS 1pc 77.5 / 80

Hardy Zephrus 1pc

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Nice recoil guides (like NRX).  All oversized guides.  Nice steel blue finish.

 

 

Capt. Skip Zink: 

#1  NRX                                          19.5     20     19.5      59

#2  HARDY                                    19.5     19.5    19        58

  #3 CROSSCURRENT                   19        19      19.5     57.5