To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect when my local Hardy rep lent me Hardy’s new glass-graphite hybrid. I threw my fair share of Hardy rods – the Zenith was amazing – but I generally found them a bit too quick to serve as a fishing rod for the type of small Rocky Mountain stream fishing that I spend most of my time with. time to do.
So when I took the Sirrus 7’6 “4 / 5wt glass and gave it the old fly shop move, its liveliness, lightness and soft touch surprised me. When I went out for a test casting, well, I didn’t expect it to be that slow, but it is, and for glass lovers it’s a good thing.
The rod loads deep into the blank, almost to the stopper, and pulls easily on the line. A hard chrome stripping guide and snakes are wrapped over a light brown, almost golden, marshmallow-colored white.
The custard itself is a big step forward, in my opinion. It has male end caps, which is a great touch both aesthetically and functionally. I firmly believe that male ferrule rods throw better than sleeve ferrule rods.
The use of graphite and glass fibers woven together is by far the most unique aspect of this rod. Hardy’s rod designers added graphite to the Sirrus glass to give it sharper action and a stronger backbone. While only 10% of the blank is graphite, its effectiveness in creating a glass rod with more torsional stability is deeply evident when casting Sirrus glass alongside other rods like the new Fenwick series or the Fenglass series. Orvis Superfine Glass.
The Sirrus Glass is a very competent rod, and certainly one of my favorite glass rods out in recent years.
My fly rod collection features more classic graphite and bamboo than anything else. The slower three-weight and four-weight rods became my go-to for fishing here in the Rockies, and the Sirrus Glass could certainly fit into my quiver.
The blank loads very deeply, but the addition of graphite alleviates the wobbly feeling most people associate with fiberglass rods.
If you spend your time fishing 20-35 feet for the smaller fish in the high country spring streams, only a handful of other rods in the $ 400 price range can match or exceed what the Sirrus Glass offers.
I fished this rod primarily with a Scientific Anglers Heritage Ultra Presentation WF4F line, which is true to weight, and had no problem getting the rod to cast longer casts. I would feel confident fishing this 7’6 “4 / 5wt model over beaver dams, slow rivers and even larger waters if I had to.
It’s been mentioned a few times now, but I think it’s so unique that it deserves its own section.
Hardy’s use of graphite in the Sirrus Glass rod is a clever move on the part of their rod designers. I know a ton of anglers who don’t like any of my glass rods (old and new) because they âact like noodlesâ.
The infusion of Sintrix technology and graphite into the glass blank alleviates this problem. This does not solve the problem, but a proficient pitcher will appreciate the additional torsional stability provided by graphite.
Graphite also reduces the weight of Sirrus glass. Glass is heavier than graphite. Unsurprisingly, the Sirrus glass was lighter in my hand than most glass rods I have released recently.
Overall build quality
Hardy’s work is, as usual, top notch. Yes, the S glass blank is made in Korea; however, packaging and finishing is done right here in the United States. Hardy infuses its Sintrix technology (only available at its Korean factory, according to my representative Hardy) into Sirrus Glass blanks, along with graphite.
The cork was of a higher quality than I expected – given that the Sirrus glass will retail for $ 399 when it is released on September 12 – the wraps are tight and close together, and the rich maple burl of the shank complements the bronze butt cap and sliding locking strip.
The rod ferrules, besides being more beautiful (in my opinion), add a level of sophistication to the Sirrus glass. Larry Kenner, former owner and designer of Scott Fly Rods, reportedly said that plain end ferrules were so popular 20-30 years ago as they allowed rod builders to maintain a continuous taper throughout the rod. Sleeve bushings, especially on older graphite rods, had to flare a bit to fit the lower section, which resulted in a bump in the taper of the fly rod and a decrease in its effectiveness. as a casting tool. However, as progress has been made in the design of graphite rods, the problem of the sleeve on the ferrule has been resolved and is now widely used as it provides faster and stiffer action for the rods.
What does not work
Lack of precision at long range
It’s hard to fault a rod for not doing something it wasn’t designed for, so noting that the Sirrus Glass lacks precision at long range is more of a warning to uninformed buyers than a release from the rod. one of the shortcomings of the cane. I threw a heavy WF5F line at half weight with this rod, but the spine is still a bit too soft to throw accurate 60ft casts. The rod can cast a whole fly line – any rod can, really – but the accuracy over the longer distances was not great. But again, this is not a rod that you should try to cast an entire fly line with. This is not what it is made for.
I am normally a fan of drop-lock reel seats. They look great, have a classic style and create a more balanced fulcrum by placing all the weight of the spool and gear at the end of the blank.
However, there is a reason why so few rods these days still use sliding bands on their reel seats. Even when paired with a Hardy Duchess 4/5/6, the locking slide strip on this reel seat has come loose a few times and exposed the reel foot in addition to part of the insert. in maple burl.
This might not be a problem for some people, but I don’t like my more expensive spools to be exposed to damage – especially the spool foot.
Hardy’s new Sirrus Glass rod, like pretty much all glass rods, is not a versatile rod that you can use for nymph, streamers, and any other device you can imagine. This is a rod specially designed for dry fly, dropper and wet fly rigs. Basically, the Sirrus Glass has an unearthly precision and delicacy with drying, which makes it ideal for the small-throw fisherman.
Overall, Hardy made a fabulous rod at a reasonable price. If you’re a glass fan, dry fly enthusiast, or angler who spends most of their time fishing shorter distances, this rod is a serious contender for the top spot in the $ 400 price bracket. .