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Best Buy 5-Weight Outfit


Best bang for your buck!


The Fenwick Aetos 9′ #5 took the title of 2020’s Best Buy Presentation 5 weight in our 2020 Five Weight Shootout. The new Fenwick Aetos (gray colored blank rather than the old blue verison) is more powerful and also more durable than the original Aetos.  This makes it a fantastic hopper/dropper, nymph, or streamer rod.  Fenwick did a great job designing the tapers, as the medium-fast action feels just right. It’s hard to find a lot of fault in a rod that has good performance and costs under two hundred bucks! We paired the Aetos up with the Orvis Battenkill III disk-drag reel. This reel has a smooth and adjustable drag system and plenty of backing capacity.  Scientific Anglers Mastery MPX WF 5 floating line helps load the Aetos quickly and efficiently. The outfit also comes with a hand tied 9′ – 4x leader.

Outfit Breakdown

Fenwick Aetos 9′ #5 | $199.95

Orvis Battenkill III Disk Drag | $169.00

Scientific Anglers Mastery MPX WF5F | $79.95

100 yards of 20lb. backing | $10.00

Hand Tied 9′ – 4x leader | $6.95

Rigging | $10.00

Subtotal | $475.85

Line Discount | <$30.85>

Free Rigging | <$10.00>

Grand Total | $435.00

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