Fenwick AETOS Fly Rod Review
Reviewed: Fenwick AETOS Fly Rod
Our overall rating:
- Soft tip aids short casts
- Excellent rod loading
- Precision casting at wide range of distances
- Larger models can pick up lots of line
- Quick recovery
- Lightweight yet durable and has plenty of power
- Wide guides to reduce friction
- Affordable price range
- Not the best cork grips
- Slightly heavy swing weight
- Cheap guides
Fly anglers are constantly on the search for the best fly rods, and unfortunately, most of the highest performing and best fly fishing rods are on the high end of the price spectrum.
Luckily, not all rods fall into this price category, and the Fenwick Aetos is one of these rods. In this complete Fenwick Aetos fly rod review, we will cover the specs, looks, and performance of this quite popular fly rod.
Hopefully, you will be as surprised as we were at this rods ability to perform with the top rods on the market.
We've also got some suggestions for Fenwick Aetos alternatives at the bottom of this post.
Here are some of the main features that you can expect to see in a Fenwick AETOS Fly Rod:
- Fast action taper
- Beautiful design and coloring
- Quality graphite blanks
- Alignment dots
- Reliable reel locking system
- AAA cork grips
- Hard rod case included
- Range of models for variety of fishing types
The Fenwick Aetos fly rod is available in 17 different models. There is an Aetos rod available for any fly fishing that you have in mind. From small brook trout to tarpon, there is a rod that can get the job done.
The Aetos is available as a lightweight ultralight rod to heavy Spey casting rods, and fly rods that will be able to go head to head with tarpon.
For those who are curious, we have listed all of the models as well as some important attributes.
*RHW=Reverse Half Well
*TPSF= Two Part Shaped Fly
All models of the Fenwick Aetos are fast action rods, meaning the rod flexes at the tip. Fast action rods are known to load quickly and also are great for placing the fly at increased distances.
All models come in four piece sets and also come with a custom Fenwick hard rod tube and bag.
Simple reverse half wells are used for the lighter weight rods. As you move into the rods designed for larger bass and steelhead you have the full wells for a little more gripping room as well as the extended handle, also known as a fighting butt, that gives you a much more comfortable fighting position when landing large fish.
As you get into the rods designed for steelhead, salmon, and saltwater species the rods contain a TPSF grip that is popular for two-handed Spey casting. These handles also have an extended handle.
I think one of the biggest factors that you can take from these specs are the weights. Rod weights can give you an idea of the quality of graphite used in the rods. Low-quality graphite is generally heavier than high quality.
If you take the biggest brand names and put them up beside similar models from Fenwick, you will find the weights are very similar. Some models might be a little lighter, but I was very surprised to see how well Fenwick stacked up next to them.
We really like the different length options available for each weight model. If you think you are going to need some extra casting power, then the option of a longer rod really helps.
Fly anglers have a tendency to be as picky with the aesthetics of fishing gear nearly as much as the performance of the gear. Because of this, we felt it was necessary to break down the looks of the Fenwick Aetos.
The Fenwick Aetos is a “value-based” rod as a lot of people have taken to grouping it.
You are not going to find the hand-carved wood inserts you might expect in a top end fly rod, but that shouldn't detract from the beauty of the Aetos.
We are breaking down some main points that characterize the Fenwick Aetos rod.
When casting at different distances, you are looking for and wanting tight loops. What tight loops tell you is that the rod is loading efficiently and will result in accurate fly placement.
As we have stated earlier, all Fenwick Aetos models are fast action. For the larger models, fast action is the standard, as you need distance. You also need to be able to pick up excess line and be able to deliver it back into the water quickly.
The issue that a lot of people have with fast action rods is their performance at ranges of 30ft and less.
While not a problem when fishing for large freshwater or saltwater species, trout fishing often requires casts at this distance. A lot of times a fast action rods just load too quickly and overpower the line, and you are not able to deliver accurate casts at short distances.
Let's take a look at casting abilities at various distances for these models.
Best uses for Fenwick Aetos
The Fenwick Aetos fly rod is available in models that can be used for all types and techniques used in fly fishing.
- The small 3 and 4wt rods are perfect for chasing small trout in spring and mountain creeks.
- The 5 and 6wt models give you all the qualities needed in trout rods for freestone rivers andtailwaters chasing rainbows and browns.
- Bass, steelhead, and salmon can be caught with the traditional 8wt rod.
- If you enjoy Spey casting, the 6-9wt rods with TPSF grips will suit your needs.
- Fenwick even offers larger 10 and 11 weight rods that can land bonefish, tarpon and other saltwater game species.
For an angler looking to buy their first fly rod or if you are looking for a good backup rod, the Fenwick Aetos is, without a doubt, one of the top options.
Whatever rod you choose, you can be sure that you're getting a rod that is going to be able to perform and help you land fish on a consistent basis.
Fenwick AETOS Fly Rod Alternatives
Similarly to Fenwick's Aetos, this one is also a fast action rod. More than that, it features ceramic stripping guides and chrome snake guides which ensure smoother gliding and greater durability.
If you are looking for a lightweight rod with great casting accuracy, then this might be the one. Half well cork handle is comfortable even on rainy days while machined aluminium reel seat guarantees reel being attached sturdily. It's a winner in all aspects!
TFO's widely known quality shines through this model again. Not only do these rods look luxurious with the golden logo and black matte blanks, they excel in performance.
Contrary to Fenwick Aetos, TFO's models have fast and progressive action for better casting. Premium grade cork, oversized stripper guides and anodized reel seats just take it to the next level. No matter your skill level - this rod will be your trusty partner!
The name "Imperial" represents the quality of this rod perfectly. Beautiful handcrafted burgundy rod features premium quality SCIV and SCII graphite which together ensure the rod is lightweight yet durable.
Every piece of its' design is meant for high performance. Both small and large fishes are no issue - St. Croix Imperial provides great casting accuracy and longer distance than many of its' peers. If you are looking for true craftmanship and value, this is the rod to go for.