While we have rather a few of the original Sexyloops cordura tubes for 7’6 four-piece rods, due to “an order error in our favour”, I thought it best if we had some aluminium tubes as well! Interestingly, despite what many people think, the cordura tubes are actually the more expensive!
We also have some new cork – apparently this is around 2/3rds of our current cork supply – if there is any cork left in Portugal then I would be surprised!
The more observant amongst you will notice the long grips; these are for the HT12 that is still undergoing rigorous testing! In fact the working model is currently heading to Gary in Florida having been “tested” by Tim in Australia (and all around the world) so far. Tim will get a new one with the new longer grips, since this is what he asked for!
The HT12 is very interesting and I have Sakari and his Finnish friends to thank for the “two butt” concept. It’s been a big part of our testing, ever since Sakari tried to pull my arms off at the last world championships!
An HT6 Pro off to Gavan in California 🙂 Gavan already has the Instructor 6. You’ll notice this one has Full Wells grip. Probably about 20% of HT6 rods are fitted with Full Wells grips.
It’s mostly a question of taste perhaps? Where the Full Wells is no doubt an advantage, is for cradling the rod butt against the forearm on the backcast (this is in fact why Gavan requested it). For those who like to grip with the “finger pointing” grip, the cigar shape we more commonly fit to 6 and 4WTs is perhaps more comfortable.
We have fitted Full Wells to the HT4 In the past, but interestingly we have never had a request for a cigar shape grip on rods heavier than 6WT! 😀
You can see our standard 6WT grip here. If you have a special grip that you would like then just let us know. We can sand any shape you desire!
What a beautiful looking rod! I’m really liking the hot orange whippings that many are choosing for the instructor rods. Douglas’ first instructor rod – the “Goose” – had Racing Green whippings, so this will be an excellent contrast.
As you can see this is our new HT7 rod, Instructor version with Torzite Titanium rings. The Torzites add an extra 100USD to the finished price but I think are most certainly worth fitting on the HT7 and above.
I’m excited to hear new of the Goose II landing in Canada. 🙂
I had a very nice email from Andy last night on his recently acquired HT4. I don’t normally publish these emails, Ashly asked me why not, and I couldn’t think of a good reason, so here is what Andy wrote:
Mate, I just got back from the water casting and fishing the HT4 for the first time. And, well, how do I say this. Let’s see: Whatever wicked and absolute unreal magic it is, that you put into making this rod, keep doing it.
It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s perfect.
I am far from being an expert when it comes to the huge variety of rods on the market these days. But I have cast and fished quite a few and I can say without any doubt, that this is the best I have ever had my hands on. And it’s mine! I own several other rods. They’re all shit now. So thanks for that!
It feels lovely. Light but strong. Smooth without any stiffness. Sensitive without being wobbly. Powerful with, at any moment, just the exact right amount of feeling. And the precision this thing allows me in my casting is insane. I lack the right terminology to describe it all. But Paul, it’s simple: I love the HT4. It’s already, my new favourite rod. By a long haul.
🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s awesome and always makes me really happy to get emails like this. Thank you Andy!!!