The Night Shift

We have a bunch of rods being built this week. An HT7, HT8, four HT6s and just gone out the door this Instructor 6. This one is off to an instructor/guide in Devon. If you are an instructor or guide do let us know because we have a Sexyloops pro scheme. Talking of which, next week I’m going to start organising a listing for all the pro owners so hopefully we can drum up some business your way too.

I’m a huge believer in teaching with a) a white rod that students can see – for one thing their attention span is far greater – and b) with a rod that is comfortably suitable for beginners to cast. Imagine using a rod that is on the super distance stiff side without feel. Now I know you as an instructor can make it happen, but then what do you say to your student? “Sorry you can’t cast this rod; it’s too stiff, here use this one instead?”

Don’t get me wrong, the HT6 Instructor will throw a fly 130’ no problems. I’ve done it many times and it’s a great rod for that. For example here…

But what this rod gives is short range feel as well. Complete beginners can cast it. And they love it! So you can cast, and pass the rod to your student and he/she can cast. Perfect.

Virtually the entire video manual was filmed with the first Instructor 6. It wasn’t the amazing finish that we have nowadays! But it’s the same rod:

Personally I think a 6WT is the perfect all-round rod for teaching. Particularly if you are teaching trout/freshwater. If you are teaching Saltwater I would be more inclined to go up to a 7 or an 8WT. We do have instructor versions of all our 9’ rods. HT7 Instructor blanks we keep in stock. 8 and 10 instructor rods are a special order. We’ve done them both of course. Stu Tripney MCI in NZ has one of each and he’s not the only one. There are even two HT4 Instructor rods out there – however the finish is going to have more affect on the rod’s action with that line weight I’m sure.

As always, feel free to drop me an email for a chat about this or any other rod. I’m in lockdown here, so you’ll actually get a quick and often long reply 😀 You can reach me on

Cheers, Paul

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