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Hardy Aln

 

Score  4.03

 

5', 2-Piece, MSRP $299.99, AA  60, ERN  .89

 

 

Hardy Aln (5' 2pc) Paul Jeremy Jim Joe Composite Score
           
1.)  Rod Tube, Sock and Presentation 4 5 5 5 4.75
2.)  Grip and Reel Seat 5 5 5 5 5
3.)  Hook Keeper, Label and Rod Markings 5 5 5 5 5
4.)  Guides, Ferrules and Tip-Top 5 5 5 5 5
5.)  Short Distance Casting 3 5 5 4 4.25
6.)  Medium and Long Distance Casting 3 2 3 2 2.5
7.)  Roll Casting 2 4 2 3 2.75
8.)  Accuracy and Delicacy of Fly Delivery 3 4 4 4 3.75
9.)  Fish Handling 2 3 5 4 3.5
10.)  Reviewer's Prerogative 3 4 4 4 3.75
           
Composite Score 3.50 4.20 4.30 4.10 4.03

 

Jim Stuard's Comments:  One of the smallest rods in the shootout, the ĎAlní pushes a lot of weight, in the form of hyperbole about the new fiberglass coming out of the Hardy development bunker. While not my favorite rod, itís rates right up there with some of the more versatile carbon sticks, but in a completely different manner. This rod is all show with quite a bit of go. When Hardy set out to build a 2wt glass rod, thatís exactly what they did. I didnít even bother up-lining this rod. It simply casts a 2wt line, in close, with great accuracy. I got a momentary scare as I hooked a 14Ē largemouth and it promptly turned this glass gem into a ĎCí. No harm, no foul. Love the minimal details and tiny grip.

 

Joe Cornwall's Comments:  I reviewed the Aln's bigger brother, The Trout Fisher here.  The Aln offers all the same features and amenities, but in a smaller package. Small isn't even the right word for it; it's positively petite.  I've only had experience with one other glass 2wt rod of these proportions before and that was the Diamondglass 502.  I wasn't crazy about the DG in this size; it simply didn't have the ability to cast the flies or control the fish I normally tangle with.  I am primarily a warm water guy, but I spend a few days every summer casting terrestrials and tricos to fussy trout and I ended up with the 6' 6" Diamondglass, instead.  Now along comes some new glass from Hardy and I have to rethink my boundaries.  First, this rod is supremely well built.  Second, it's a real, functional fishing rod!

 

This little guy is a true 2wt in my hands and loved the DT2 line.  Roll casting was pretty iffy - the practical limit with a size 16 wet fly was about 20-feet including the furled leader and 4' tippet.  Overhead casting followed similar proportions and any thoughts of hanging a fly out 50-feet is a pipe dream. But then, that's not what this rod is all about.  How about firing a super accurate cast with a slight left curve 25' using  a side-arm position to keep it all under the trees?  No problem!  20-foot puddle cast that let's a size 18 parachute Adams drift to the water's surface like a Disney movie fairy landing on a droplet?  Just another cast.  The only caveat I can offer, other than be careful about your sense of scale, is that this rod probably isn't the right tool to present a fly to a clooping carp.  There just isn't enough oomph in there to actually control a fish of more than 14" or so.  But if I could get a 12" bluegill to inhale a size 14 Japanese Beetle imitation using this rod... well now that would be a memorable day!  I can recommend this as a serious rod, but one so highly specialized you may only fish it a few times a year.

 

Jeremy Kurtz's Comments: This is one of the other glass rods in the shoot-out. It is very nicely built and appointed. The rod tube and bags are first class.  This rod, being a 5-footer, is very specialized. It is for the smallest of streams, and small fish. The rod can cast just a furled leader, and it is pleasant to cast and fish within confined areas like the little brook trout runs in the Pennsylvania mountains. The rod rolls casts well, but it's not a cannon; you're pushing it to try and get anymore than 30 feet out it.  I think one would be inclined to try lighter lines on this one, you might be surprised.

 

Paul Feldman's Comments: This Hardy has the classy packaging and the same beautiful grip, reel seat, and craftsmanship as the Hardy Flyweight also reviewed, so the same comments apply.

This is a 5 foot fiberglass rod, which feels like a wet noodle, so I wasnít expecting much. I was surprised to find that it threw a reasonably good close line, and could actually be pushed to throw a longer line. It took some getting used to but it was kind of fun to cast. As far as roll casting, I doubt that Lefty Kreh could roll cast with a soft, 5 foot fiberglass rod! I certainly couldnít. I think it would be fun to fish a small, brushy creek for brook trout with this rod. Donít try it, however, if steelhead are spawning in that creek!

 

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