These rods were designed and then fished by Howard Croston when he won the World Fly Fishing Championship in Tasmania in 2019. I stayed for a week after the championship with Howard and several other top tier anglers to sample the rest of the fishing the island had to offer. We mostly fished lakes though so I never got a chance to fish the prototypes of these rods that Howard was using there. I'm excited that we now have the finished product in our shop. -Devin
Here's what Hardy has to say about the rods:
Never before have light line and river specific anglers had so many advanced techniques to choose from. The surge in popularity around advanced European style and competition style techniques has to some degree left rod design behind - not any more. These technique specific rods have been designed, developed, and tested by some of the leading exponents of modern light line methods to represent the most refined and usable actions on the market for these demanding styles of fishing.
Sintrix NSX combined with a greater % of high and high intermediate modulus carbon fibre
Light weight blank design maximises line feel and sensitivity
Down locking reel seats on key sizes for balance improvement