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Greys GRXi001

 

Score  3.93

 

7', 2-Piece, MSRP $150.00, AA  68, ERN  3.12

 

 

Greys GRXi001 (7' 2pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 4 4 5 4 4.25
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 4 4 5 4 4.25
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 3 4 4 3 3.5
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 3 4 5 3 3.75
5.)  Short Distance Casting 4 3 4 3 3.5
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 4 4 5 4 4.25
7.)  Roll Casting 4 5 3 3 3.75
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 4 4 4 4 4
9.)  Fish Handling 4 4 4 4 4
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 4 4 5 3 4
           
Composite Score 3.80 4.00 4.40 3.50 3.93

 

Jim Stuard's Comments:  Greys comes out of the Hardy family of rods. This is considered to be their affordable line of rods. What a surprise to see such a beautiful rod thatís affordable too. I really liked the hardware and the finishing. You can see some overdone epoxy work on the guides which will only annoy the purist. I really like the fact that Greys states on the rod itís a 2/3 weight rod. Emphasizing the over-lining aspect may give this rod traction in an already crowded market. With the up-lining aspect already advertised, you can cast in close with a heavier line but itíll shoot right out there past 30í with a 2wt line. This is the British version of versatility exemplified by the Elkhorn 8í rod. Definitely in my top five rods in the competition.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments: This is my first experience with a Greys.  I was impressed with the near-perfect balance with the BP UL reel - a reel of about 2.5 ounces empty will make a fine match.  The rod is quick, but not overly so.  It's just a tad faster than my personal taste. It's very responsive and seems to have a combination of good butt strength and a light tip.   Quick line speed with the ability to deliver a fair change-of-direction cast, this rod is only a moderate roll caster.  It is, however, excellent with overhead casts.  In my notes I wrote: "A great rod for fishing emergers and midges out to 30 or 40 feet".  Technically sound and without glaring weakness, I found this rod to be quite competent without necessarily lighting any passions for me.  When I found out what the retail price was (I didn't know while evaluating the rods) I was floored.  This really is quite a value!

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This rod has really good workmanship. The wraps and wrap finish are well done, and the cork is Super grade. The reel seat is all aluminum. It has a moderate fast action and cast well with both 2 and 3wt lines. It has a bit of power in the butt section and can handle larger fish. It casts well in close, but can get out there to 40-50 feet when called upon. Feels just a bit stiff for my liking.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: This rod has an attractive up-locking gray/tan reel seat and the right size grip. It was the only rod in the group labeled for 2 line weights (2/3 weight).  This rod has a somewhat faster action than most 7 foot rods. It was very pleasant to cast and accurate at close range, and did surprisingly well at longer ranges. You can double-haul and it roll casts well for a short rod. In general, it did everything well and is a very versatile 7 foot rod. I didnít try with a 3 weight line.

 

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