I'm not one to brag, even in the "bragging spot", however, my better half graced me with a new Hardy Zephrus 11wt for Christmas. This was my first Hardy rod ever, and was stunned by the craftsmanship, the attention to detail in everything from the guides to the rod tube and sock. It really is a remarkable piece of art and craftsmanship. I spent a large portion of my Christmas vacation in the backyard casting the stick - it throws beautiful long tight loops without sacrificing accuracy or feel. Those boys at Hardy across the pond definitely have made me a believer.