04-04-2012, 05:13 PM
Anyone have first hand experience with these rods. I'm still looking for a 4 piece #8 bonefish rod to add to my arsenal ( T&T , Sage RPLX )and don't have the option of test casting. Other two rods in my radar are Sage XI3 & Orvis Helios.
Seems like rod manufacturers these days are putting a lot of emphasis on resins and I always thought its the actual fibers that are the most important component in rod construction. Thought that resins mainly adhered and held the fibers together & were not such a contributing factor.
04-05-2012, 08:20 AM
I don't usually plug products but yes, I have the 4pc 10 and it is an outstanding fly rod. I lost an Xi2 last summer and replaced it with the Sintrix. I don't see myself going back to Sage after using the Hardy and will most likely buy a 9 as well.
The rod itself is extremely lightweight. It is not quite as stiff through the butt section as the sage but has plenty of backbone and is very fun when pulling on large ocean creatures. I can cast a 500 grain line all day with the Hardy which would have been a lot of work with the Sage. The Hardy feels much lighter in the hand.
My favorite feature is the Hardy's durability. I put mine through the wringer on albies last fall and it performed well. When fishing solo, high-sticking near the boat to grab the leader is an unfortunate neccessity. There were multiple occasions last fall where I am sure I would have snapped my sage, including fish shooting under the boat and nailing the blank to the gunnel or clinking the tip section on the lower unit. The rod survived my occasionally sloppy fighting technique with heavy leaders on more than a few occasions.
The ferrules on the Hardy are superior and don't require constant waxing like the sage. They rarely loosen up and never get stuck.
The Sage is prettier, has nicer cork and I prefer the Sage reel seat. The hardy has recoil guides which take a bit of getting used to, but again, are extremely durable and don't corrode.
I did send the Hardy back at the end of the season due to a loose cork ring and they replaced the butt section quickly and free of charge (minus s/h). There is a warranty resource in the US.
The only comparable rod on the market IMHO is the Loomis NRX which is a touch stiffer and actually might be a better bonefish rod - might be worth checking out.
04-05-2012, 08:04 PM
Thanks for your input & detailed account Dave.