LIGHT SALTWATER / HEAVY TROUT ROD
This is the rod to fish when you expect to be casting flies around size 2 to 1/0 - Poppers, Gurglers, Clousers, Crabs and big Double Bunnies. While the tip is sensitive enough to deliver short accurate casts, with feel, this rod is certainly biased towards distance casting and dealing with windy flats. Consequently it is highly recommended that you can double haul! If you've cast other 8-weight rods you will notice significant differences: despite the butt being strong, the tip is light and fast and recovers extremely quickly.
9ft 4-piece 8-wt rod.
Matt stealth finish.
Finest Portuguese cork.
REC Recoils, Titanium Stripping Guide
Sexyloops tube and sock.
I've described this rod many times as "a cannon with finesse". It's rare to find such sensitivity in a powerful rod. While I've used many different fly lines with this rod, my current favourite is the SA Bonefish 8. My HT8 appears to be having quite an extraordinary life, having caught an 11lb Kola Brown Trout, an 8lb Hungarian Asp, a 8lb Bonefish from the Maldives and two 6KG Snakehead in Malaysia! This rod is on the powerful side of an 8-weight and copes very well with a 9-weight line for those inclined.