Hardy Ultralite X Rod Review – Fins and Feathers Bozeman
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Hardy Ultralite X Rod Review

The Hardy Ultralite X fly rod is officially in the "Silly Nice" Category of fly rod. Whether you want an all around, do-it-all, fast action 5wt. or a 6 or 7wt. specifically for casting heavy streamers, I have no problem saying you will absolutely love any model of the Hardy Ultralite X. Get the Ultralite X today from our Bozeman fly shop.

I can't stress enough how amazing the Ultralite X is. But, I will try my best to describe what casting this rod is like. First, the name "Ultralite" is on point. Even the 7wt. feels like nothing in hand. Perfect for casting streamers from the boat all day. Anytime wind comes into play, such as everyday in Montana, having a rod with the backbone to power a tight loop straight into the wind is crucial. Many rods can do it, but not many do it with the ease of the Ultralite X. All of this punch sounds great when throwing a heavy streamer, but today you brought one rod, the Ultralite X and now fish are hammering BWO's on the surface. No problem. This Hardy stick can easily plop a Baetis dun on a picky trouts head with just the right finesse to trick that fish into eating your fly.

Control and accuracy with this fly rod are second to none and the rod is just a treat to cast. I have geeked out about fly rods before, but this one, the Hardy Ultralite X is now at the top of my list for fast-action rods. For streamer fishing, the 7 weight is the champ. For all around, take the 5 weight. For a mix of streamers or hopper dropper rigs, the 6 weight is for you. Drop by to test cast any of the models to see why myself, and the rest of the shop staff are excited about this rod.

The color is a stunning metallic red, carbon fiber near the cork, and the rod is completely outfitted with recoil guides. A huge feature for those who can be hard on their gear. Once you have this thing in your hand it is tough to set it down.

Hardy Ultralite X

The Ultralite X rod family from Hardy is super fast and incredibly light in hand. New for 2020 - these rods are among our favorites here in our Bozeman fly shop for everyday use on our larger rivers like the Madison and Yellowstone. Weather and conditions often call for a versatile rod to handle everything from streamers to dries on a given day, the Ultralite X is a true standout in the versatile, fast-action fly rod category for fly fishing in Montana and anywhere else that trout call home.

There are adverse conditions that place a different set of demands on our equipment - extreme weather, extreme distance, or even extreme flies. The Ultralite X is the answer to those demands and is significantly faster than our standard Ultralite. The high recovery rates drive tight loops with even the largest flies. The more powerful butt section is built for lifting deep sunk lines, pressuring large fish away from snags, and handling density compensated fly lines with aggressive tapers.


  • Sintrix NSX combined with a greater percentage of high modulus carbon fibre
  • Rapid taper blank design maximizes material performance
  • Ceramic lined titanium recoil guides
  • Rod of choice for high performance situations
  • $850


We are delighted that you have chosen a Hardy carbon/glass fibre rod. As an owner of a Hardy carbon/glass fibre rod, you are entitled to take part in the Hardy Product Warranty and Repair Service. To do so, you need to register your rod within 60 days of purchase. If you have not already done so, you may register your product through the link below. You will be required to create an account when registering.

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You will receive an email confirming your registration.

Once you have registered to take part in the Hardy Product Warranty and Repair Service you will be entitled for the lifetime of the product to the repair or replacement (at our discretion) of damaged, broken or defective sections of your rod in accordance with these terms.

The Hardy Product Warranty and Repair Service is in addition to and does not affect or reduce the owner’s statutory rights which cover against manufacturing faults and mis-described goods during the statutory period. Please ensure you retain proof of purchase as this will be requested upon making a claim under your statutory rights.

A handling and repair/replacement fee will be chargeable for each claim made under the Hardy Product Warranty and Repair Service. For current charges see Warranty Charges in the shaded box or contact your nearest customer service department. Hardy reserves the right to change the handling fee and repair/replacement fee from time to time without notice.

For rods manufactured before 2002, please contact the customer service team to find out the cost of your claim.

Customers are requested to retain a proof of purchase to aid with the claims process.

Discontinued models: We may at our discretion offer you a comparable rod from the current range, at a discounted price.

How to make a claim

In the event of a claim, the entire rod, or remaining pieces, should be sent to the Hardy® Customer Service Department for assessment with a copy of the completed Warranty Repair/Replacement Form. If the rod has not been registered, a copy of the original proof of purchase must be included.

USA Customer Services Department

Hardy Customer Service Dept.
1900 18th Street
Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Tel: (888) 516-1247

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If you don't believe me about how great this rod is, seriously, stop by and cast it so you can see for yourself! If nothing else, stop by our Bozeman fly shop to browse more from Hardy and the best fly rod selection in town!