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Fenwick's New Hmx Fly Rods
The introduction of the new series of "HMX" fly rods by Fenwick, marks a new standard for fly rod manufacturers. Finally there is an affordable, superior high speed graphite fly rod on the market that is priced affordably. Retailing at under $200, the HMX provides upper end quality at a mid range price.
The rod is built from 33 million modulus graphite, featuring Fenwick's Cross Scrim construction. The Cross Scrim construction weaves the graphite for greater strength and durability.
I had the opportunity to fish one of these rods on a recent visit to Forest Lake in northern British Columbia. Fishing a trophy lake at the time, I chose to use a 9 foot, 6 weight HMX for the pursuit of large rainbows. The light weight rod proved very powerful and responsive. Its crisp action allowed for effortless casts, even against a brisk wind. I managed to land a beautiful rainbow of over five pounds while fishing this rod, and was very pleased by its performance while playing the fish.
The HMX comes in 9 models, all of them 2 piece rods ranging in length from 6'6" to 9'. The line weights of these rods range from 5 wt. (adequate for most river trout fishing conditions) to 8wt. (adequate for most steelhead fishing conditions).
Having had the opportunity to fish many high quality rods such as Sage, Loomis, and Orvis, I do not hesitate to group this rod amongst some of the better fly fishing rods out on the market today. With its attractive price tag, it should become a popular choice for many anglers.
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