Hardy Marksman Z Fly Rods - New Saltwater Rods Announced
Hardy just announced the new Marksman Z saltwater fly rods which we plan to review soon. We are looking forward to seeing how they compare to the top saltwater fly rods we carry here at Salt Fly Pro!
We will post an in-depth review once we have more time to test and compare them in detail. Another major fly shop did a review recently and rated this new rod just a little below the Scott Sector. We think that's likely going to be our assessment as well overall. So this is a great rod but it's tough to compete with the Sector on performance. Also, the Sector is made in America whereas Hardy rods are outsourced to a factory overseas in South Korea. Doesn't mean they aren't nice rods but it should be factored into the value equation.
We will continue testing until we have enough different lines evaluated with these rods to get a more complete sense of what they can do.
Here's more info direct from Hardy about their new rods:
"There are few environments that can offer the challenge of the salt. Smooth early morning runs through thick air across nervous liquid silver flats can quickly yield to cast killing winds and seemingly impossible shots from an unstable casting platform. However when the wind drops, the stars align and you slide that fly into the bulls eye there is no match for the feeling of expectation turning instantly into adrenaline as a hundred pounds of chrome goes airborne or six pounds of silver leaves the flat like its been fired from a gun.
The Hardy Marksman Z with its unrivalled blend of feel, power, recovery and down right durability has been designed in conjunction with some of the finest guides, anglers and legends in the saltwater world. From Gold Cups to grand slams and a thousand different challenges in between, the Hardy Marksman Z is the right rod for that right moment in the Salt."