HCE Native Spec – 10wt Custom 8ft Flyrod
I’m excited to introduce my newest flyrod from the custom rod developers HCE (Hard Core Element), based on their specialised 8ft 6” 10wt, Native Spec propriety blank. My request for an even shorter version measuring 8ft rod was met with enthusiasm. Designing a shorter rod blank without destroying the original Native Spec’s casting action was the challenge, through the help of their rod blank supplier New Zealand company CTS they produced a totally new mandrel. The completed rod oozed quality with every fitting picked for performance and function.
One of the criteria I wanted from the Native Spec rod was it to be able to handle Rio’s 10wt Outbound Short tropical flyline. I was really surprised to find how easy the rod / line worked in conjunction with each other, throwing tight loops using one of my 8/0 Bendy Roller Poppers is a pretty big test. And after a late evening trip, all the hard work that Tony and Peter put into the rod’s development payed off. The Severn River produced an above average Murray Cod. I dropped another two fish, which often happens when using this style of popper. Nick