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Hardy Releases New Saltwater Rod -- The Marksman Z

August 22, 23

Winner in the Best Of Category at the 2023 ICAST, Hardy has released their newest saltwater fly rod -- the Marksman Z.

The Marksman Z was designed with input from Gold Cup winners and Florida Keys legends to create a rod that performs for every scenario. The rod aimed to improve upon their beloved Zane Pro, incorporating greater strength and lifting power for increased fighting power and to quickly deliver flies over long casts or for rapidly picking up line to fire in a second cast. The rod's highly responsive mid-section makes for a precise, powerful, and easy-to-load fly rod that can accurately deliver flies into or across strong winds, or at a moment's notice for those fish that seem to manifest from nowhere. 


Primary Features:

• SINTRIX® FLT applied to an updated mandrel design
• Reduced overall weight
• Ceramic lined titanium framed stripper guides
• Titanium recoil intermediate snake guides
• Durable custom designed reel seat
• Aluminum section stoppers
• Supplied in Hardy aluminum rod tube
• Rod of choice for high pressure saltwater situations

To learn more about the Hardy Marksman Z and species-specific recommendations based on weight class, we encourage you to check out our Marksman Z product pages

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Hardy’s new Marksman Z rod, and the Fortuna Regent reel is the most perfectly balanced combination our industry has ever seen! The rod’s dexterity is unmatched, whether you need a long shot or a close presentation it has it all. The lightness and power of the Marksman Z and the Fortuna Regent gives you the sensation of tarpon fishing with trout gear!” - Andy Mill

I must say that I’m very impressed with new Hardy Marksman Z. It has quickly become my personal favorite. Light weight, great casting and a strong fish fighting tool.  Well able to land any Tarpon that swims in my part of the world. Big thumbs up!" - Captain Craig Brewer

“The Marksman Z rod is the best yet from the Hardy line of Saltwater fly rods. It feels lighter with a strong butt to fight big fish with. I am using the 11-weight for all my tarpon fishing now. It has a sensitive tip that allows the angler to feel the load, but it is fast enough that it through tight loops into the wind! The improved hardware is also a good upgrade.” - Captain Paul Tejera

“The Marksman Z is a perfect combination of power and accuracy. Perfectly matched with a strong mid -section and rod tip that you can fully control. Built to bring you that much closer to that fish of a lifetime. I personally have not thrown a more balanced rod. It is perfect for any challenging fishery where you need to have full control over your fly line in both 20mph winds and slicked out days. There is no going back.” - Captain Nick Labadie