When we first designed this rod I called it a “cannon with finesse”! An 8WT is a real go-to workhorse. I’ve certainly mistreated mine on fish 🙂 It’s a fairly lightweight SW rod, a heavy trout rod and for me a go-to Snakehead rod, all rolled into one.
This rod has gone to Wales but ultimately it’s heading to Senegal, where I have an Australian Zoom Casting “athlete” 🙂 Talking of which, for those who want it, every HT currently being sent receives a free Zoom Casting session with me. We can talk fishing, we can talk double haul, we can even talk beer!
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I fish this rod over 300 days/year, year in year out. For flylines I recommend SA Bonefish8, SA MED8, SA Infinity8, SA Redfish8 and I’m currently testing the Ballistic Saltwater 8. Most of these are true-to-weight 8WT lines. A couple are half over. My go-to line is currently the Bonefish.
I actually made a video mentioning this rod last week…
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This really is a bit of a rocket launcher. 7WT is a middle-weight distance line. In the right hands, a really fine cast will throw a MED7 145, maybe even 150’!! That’s serious distance casting territory. A six doesn’t go as far and for most people an 8 doesn’t either!
However despite the fact that the 7 line is a long distance javelin, a rod is still a fishing rod and has to be comfortable at throwing this line all fishing distances, which means from a few feet away and everything else up to max distance, excelling at short and, particularly, middle distance.
When we deigned this rod it was actually quite simple: I used the FFI MCI performance test as my testing ground. Particularly regarding Mends, Rolls and Accuracy. The distance requirement is a given!
This is actually a replacement for Jim’s existing HT7. We must have made 300 Instructor white rods over the years and never had a problem. But for some reason, Jim’s paint is falling off almost as quickly as we put it on! And so we have the replaced it :))
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