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Hardy Zephrus FWS Fly Rod - 4-Piece

$649.00 - $709.00

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The fish better be scared.

It's important to be able to make a 40 foot cast to wary trout feeding at the head of a beaver pond, but it's also crucial to be able make short, precise casts to the fish you spot feeding in the pocket water just in front of you, and that's where the Hardy Zephrus FWS Fly Rod comes in. Replacing the award-wining Zenith series, the Zephrus is now lighter and more responsive, resulting in better line recovery time and effortless line pick up, which will enable you to effortlessly cast everything from tiny midge patterns to big golden stones and skwalas.

Made through Hardy's Sintrix manufacturing process, the Sintrix 440 blank is composed of an epoxy resin infused with nano silicone spheres combined with a high modulus carbon fiber material, resulting in a rod that's 60% stronger and 30% lighter than the Zenith. Being apart of the fresh water series (FWS), the Zephrus is fine-tuned for any discipline of trout fishing with weights and lengths available that will excel on everything from brushy creeks, tailwaters, and large lakes and rivers. The handle is composed of a 4A grade cork with a hardwood burl wood spacer and up-locking anodized reel seat, giving the rod a classic look and feel to complement its otherwise modern, fast-action feel.

  • Sintrix 440 blank construction
  • Fast action
  • Rec black pearl recoil guides
  • Fuji titanium stripper guides
  • Half-wells cork handle
  • Burl wood spacer with up-locking reel seat
  • Aluminum rod tube included
  • Item #HDY000N

Sintrix 440
[3 wt] 8 ft, 9 ft, 10 ft, [4 wt] 8 ft, 8 ft 6 in, 9 ft, 10 ft, [5 wt] 8 ft 6 in, 9 ft, 10 ft, [6 wt] 9 ft
Rod Weight
3, 4, 5, 6
reverse half wells
Reel Seats
Recommended Use
fly fishing
Manufacturer Warranty
limited lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 1

Go with a different premium brand

I've put it through the wringer

I always wanted a Hardy rod, now I wish I had gone with the Orvis, Scott, or just about any other premium brand. Rod just broke clean across while casting. Have sent two emails to Hardy support and received no response. The warranty price is the most expensive of any of the brands out there. I might just buy an Orvis H3 anyway. It is a superior product and from a superior company.

Hey Peter D. Sorry you are having trouble. The warranty process is fairly straightforward., You can find it via All you need to do is complete the form and mail it back with your broken rod. The warranty department will contact you. You can also call them at (888) 516-1247. I am not aware of any customer service email address for warranties. Typical repairs and replacements are $75 which is average for premium rods. Unless it is determined that there was a manufacturer defect in which case it is free. Another bonus is that while other brands can take several weeks to several months to return your fixed or replaced product, Hardy averages two weeks. I hope that helps

Had broken Hardy and Greys rods repaired/replaced with no problems. I believe there are several companies under the "Pure Fishing" umbrella, and Hardy is one of them, along with Greys, Fenwick, and maybe another brand. Started with them several years ago, will continue with them as i get more precise with what i want. Always a good product in my experience.

>Rating: 5

4wt perfect for creekin

I've used it several times

Really enjoyed this rod for certain rivers, just recently I've been able to fish some of the lower elevation creeks that have thawed out and with this rod being shorter than a traditional rod it is perfect for tight spaces! With the Sintrix technology these rods are built with I am much more confident on the river, especially since I am known to break a rod here and there.

>Rating: 5

6wt for brown town

This is a fast action rod so cast it that way. You can put a lot of line out in a very attractive way with this rod in a 6wt. The handle grips nice and the spacer is beautiful. This is my first tip flex rod and I have to say I am very impressed. I thought it was going to be a rod mostly for streamers and big hoppers but it casts small dries with precision and you can put a fly down very smoothly. The guides on this rod might as well be called glides because the line moves through so easily. Awesome rod. Worth the price tag

>Rating: 5

3 wt for backpacking

Love this rod!

>Rating: 5

Love it! Love it!

5wt 8'6'--I've only had a few chances to cast this rod but, love it! So far, it's handled well on the Upper Delaware. I'm looking forward to using it this season and taking it to Germany on some smaller rivers.

>Rating: 5

9 ft 4 wt

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've now hit the water twice with it (Large river, small creek). I got it to bomb light dry flies off the boat, but can do way more! Light streamers, small to medium nymph rigs work better than expected for a 9ft 4wt. This rod really excels at long casts and tight loops on bigger rivers and quick action over the brush on a small creek. Feels like a 3wt in hand, but handles like a 5wt on river. I highly recommend this rod.

>Rating: 5

Amazing rod for western fishing!

I have been a fan of my 9 ft 6 wt zenith for years, the zephyrs is even better! This rod handles anything from delicate dry fly presentations to throwing heavy streamers. If I had to pick 1 rod to go on a trip, this would be it, absolutely love it!

>Rating: 5

Hardy Zephrus Fly Rod Video

I've put it through the wringer

Hardy once again sets the bar for the rest. Powerful, tough and light. Check out the video for more information.