The Hexagraphs were some of the "first" speyrods to show up here in BC in any numbers about 15-20 yrs ago. I guess they were an attempt to mirror bamboo - hence the shape. I have cast more than a few and I have yet to meet one I like!
They are heavy, soft, wobbly and the resulting casts are kind of similar :eyecrazy:!
Unless you are just wanting to collect one as a curio, I would stay far, far away :tsk_tsk:
Have to agree; I've tried a few hexagraphs over the years, and they varied from 'OK' to 'Horrid'. Never found one I really got on with. They were endorsed by Arthur Oglesby as well as Hugh Falkus, and probably sold a fair few on the back of that.
B&W did make some in a 'mock cane' finish, although the hexagonal construction was more than just cosmetic - as I recall it was meant to improve the sectional rigidity of the rods. The theory was that, whereas a round rod can flatten during a cast, and thus lose power, the hexagonal construction would always remain rigid. I think Bruce & Walker were still making them until maybe 5 years ago, and they are still around in some shops over here. It was, in my view, a low point in the history of the company; their early tubular carbon rods were probably as good as anyone's 20-25 years ago (though the finish wasn't great), and their glass rods before that were OK I think. They seem to be back on form now, but the hexagraphs were not, in my view, a good move.
I have three Hex spey rods and like 'em all, particularly the 15' Falkus Speycaster No. 1. I should add I use conventional DT lines on all my Hexes--could it be they were never intended for the cut and splice set ups that are now so popular?
Thanks, Whitehackle, glad to hear from another who appreciates these sticks. As the owner of this rod, I was surprised to read all the thumbs-downs on these Hex's. I can truly cast a long line much more easily with this rod than any rod I've cast (I'm no expert!), including Sage 1510-4, 1409-3 and 4, and my Winston 15' LT 10wt. It's definitely slooow and on the heavy side, but I find it very smooth and powerful, and a pleasure to cast, like Whitehackle, using salmon DT lines with and without tips. But judging from the 'Groundswell' of interest on eBay, I guess you guys hold the prevailing view!! <g>
cheers to all, I really do enjoy all the discussion,
The up side to the bad Hex rep is that used rods aren't expensive. The last Hex I bought cost $142.00 American and that included shipping from the UK. Then again, I'm a bottom feeder when it comes to used tackle.
As a matter of interest, I would add that the spey Hexes apparently came in a wide range of lengths and actions. Among the ones I've cast, I like the Hugh Falkus models and those with the "Walker" action. However, I can't do a thing with the "Bruce" actions. Way too soft for me, although I've cast one only. Maybe the "Bruce" actions are responsible for the lousy reputation.
Final note: I also have a B & W Hex single handed rod, a model called "American." It's just awful. Stiff as a broomstick.
It is good to hear that you like 'em - it is very easy to form a quick opinion on a rod and write them off. I know I will never like one - but different strokes ( literally and figuratively) for different folks.
This was the exact rod that I rated as 'horrid', Malcolm. A fisherman showed up with it in Norway, having been sold it while he was on the Spey (it was brand new, so I don't think he'd bought your rod!).
It should in theory have been a useful size of rod, but neither I nor anyone else who tried could make much of it. It didn't seem to throw a sunk line any easier or further than a conventional 15' rod, and felt unwieldy. I don't think they ever made a 16'6" with the stiffer 'Walker' action, which might have been better.
The hexagraphs sold under Falkus's name were a later addition to the range; I never tried one of these.
The up side to the bad Hex rep is that used rods aren't expensive. The last Hex I bought cost $142.00 American and that included shipping from the UK. Then again, I'm a bottom feeder when it comes to used tackle. "
NOW I MAY BE INTERESTED AT THOSE PRICES
Now we are talking a reasonable spey economics model.
I think your right. Not much use for a broon stick like those here.
I'd be in the far banks brush and trees every cast. Perhaps a GL lake surf rod is what I was thinking about where I could boom out some long ones with heavy sinking heads.
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