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Fenwick Aetos


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Here is our pick for the best inexpensive fly rod.  The Fenwick Aetos has slammed the door on its competition now for several years as our favorite, affordable fly rod.

We’ve tested this rod before, in our 2013 Five-weight shootout, when it was called the Grays XF2. Back then it tied for 7th.  With the shake-up in Hardy, being bought by Pure Fishing Inc., one of the world’s largest makers of fishing tackle (Abu Garcia, Berkley, Mitchell, Fenwick, and now Hardy and Greys). The Greys rods will no longer be imported into the US under that name. Now it is being sold under the Fenwick label and this rod is called the Fenwick Aetos. (Greek eagle that was Zeus' personal messenger). This rod impressed us back in 2013 for its action that was not far off the Hardy Zenith. This is a pretty darn good rod at a great price.

The color is a dark greyish blue with similar wraps. The handle is a conventional Western style grip with some nice contrasting cork rings at the base. The reel seat is a black aluminum double uplocking seat with what looks like a blue graphite insert. A SiC stripping guide is used along with black finished, small wire diameter snake guides that look very good to me.

This rod has the same nice fast action and softer tip that we found on the XF2. The swing weight is very light – one of the best in our Shootout. The Fenwick Aetos was easily our pick for the best inexpensive rod in our 2015 Shootout." -- George Anderson

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