I recently took my new 10ft #7 Hardy Zenith Sintrix on its first trip to Ireland. I was fishing my annual July week on the Owenduff River, a classic small spate river on the North West Coast of Ireland. As always, on these magical little spate rivers, we could have had much more water for our week but we still managed to catch our share of Salmon and Sea Trout.
Early one evening I was lucky enough to find myself attached to a decent fish that had taken my size 12 Speyworks Cats Cade with a thump. The fish bored deep, ran straight upstream past me, and passed under a submerged branch. Then it suddenly turned and ran straight down again, tangling the fly line even tighter in the sunken branches. I jumped into the river and started to pull the fly line back through the branches by hand just as the fish charged off again. My rod tip at this stage bent into the most frightening hoop and I am convinced that if I had been using any other rod than the Hardy Zenith Sintrix my rod tip would have broken. (Sintrix material provides rods that are up to 60% stronger and 30% lighter than conventional carbon fibre rods).
The fish was a 12lb bar of silver!