I think its a great deal. I love the 5/6/9 I have. I had a 12 but got rid of it since I never used it.
buy them both if you can. If you can only swing one, buy the 11. They’re a great rod.Guys, I have an opportunity to buy a brand new 11 or 12 weight Hardy Zephrus for around $380. I was originally looking at a Colton Leviathan as a backup tarpon rod. The Zephrus would mean paying about $150 more. However, the Zephrus may become my go to rod, not the backup. I still need to cast it. Does anyone have any experience with this rod that they care to share?
Randall, (and Backwater) I totally would, but he is a close friend with an "in" at Hardy that he doesn't want to abuse. I appreciate your feedback though. That helps a lot with my confidence in buying something that I don't have a lot of knowledge about. If I could get my money back for every rod that I have bought without the proper feedback, I could buy a new skiff!I’m with Backwater. I could use a 12wt.
Great info. I value these opinions. I will spend the extra and get an 11wt. Thank you to all.Personally I would pay a little more for the Hardy, I have the 7, 8, and the 10 all great casting rods. The 10 feels like you are fishing a 8wt (due to how light in weight the rod feels) throws a 10wt weight line with precision. They are excellent, you rarely will hear someone complain about the tapers on Hardy rods. I will say they like standard line weights best, so if have you a 14wt line with a 12 wt label (common these days like a SA titan line) it will not perform excellent on the rod.
I fished the twelve recently it was similar where if felt like lower line weight rod in the hand. I was not casting the 12 very far (35' casts of T-10 to reds under the boat offshore) so I cant comment how well it will throw a standard line 60'. We were also fishing the ugly stick 10/11, which tells you how much casting perfection really mattered.