Our choice for the best mid-priced Power 5-weight rod is the Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex. This new Fenwick rod uses much higher modulus graphite than the Aetos, called Powerlux 1000 from 3M. This technology gives better break strength as well as better impact resistance.This rod has a medium-fast action with plenty of power on tap when you need to bomb out a longer cast, and will be great fishing nymphs with indicators.
Matched up with the Galvan Rush you’ve really got a competent package that will tackle just about anything you can throw at it. Small dries no problem, double nymphs with indicators go sailing to their mark, and streamer fishing is even possible as long as you’re not casting the biggest streamers. The Galvan Rush will help protect light tippet with its super smooth drag but still gives you the option to really crank it down (the Rush can produce over 15lbs of drag) when a big fish hits.
We use the extremely versatile Scientific Angler’s MPX weight forward, floating fly line and a hand-tied leader to finish the package off.
Fenwick Fenlite Streamflex 9′ #5 | $339.95
Galvan Rush LT 5 | $305.00
Scientific Anglers Mastery or Amplitude MPX WF5F | $79.95 – 129.95
100 Yards 20lb backing | $10.00
Hand Tied 9′ – 4x Leader | $6.95
Subtotal | $741.85–$791.85
Line Discount | <$50.00>
Grand Total | $691.85–$741.85