Flyfishing for Australian Murray Cod

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               


4 responses

  1. Nick – Do you find the shorter Nativer Spec to be easier to cast in tight skinny water with not much of a back cast ?

    April 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    • flymasta

      G’day Virty
      I much prefer the progressive feel of the HCE and the Sage Bass flyrods, compared to the Scott S4S 10wt. Casting real short lines takes a bit of creativity, finding a flyline that suits the rod is the secret.

      April 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

  2. Where can you get these rods from is there a website and what is the price for them?

    Cheers, Nick Kilborn.

    May 7, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    • flymasta

      G’day Nick
      Check out there website or go to the icons on the right side of each of my pages, hce link is there plus other sponsors and products that I highly recommend. Around $700 will get you a custom HCE Native Spec, Tony and Peter will take you through the rod length and reel seat options.

      May 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

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