Greys XF2 Saltwater Fly Rod
Greys is the lower-price-point complement to the Hardy line. We just took a new Grey’s XF2 rod on a week-long northern pike fishing trip to Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan, Canada—as part of a beefy quiver of other rods from other manufacturers—and XF2 quickly became the favored stick in the arsenal. Sure, it’s billed as a saltwater rod, but when it came to hoofing big streamers at distances up to 70 feet or more, then fighting and landing 40-inch-plus pike, XF2 simply didn’t budge on performance. It was accurate. It was light. It was versatile. And it didn’t break (which is more than we can say for some of the others). They’re all four-piece rods, ranging from 7 to 12 weights, and they cost between $299 and $329.