Rods, Hexagraph.

When I stumbled across these rods my first thought was 'Aha, the ideal construction of good built-cane married to the strength and stiffness of carbon-fibre'. My second thought was "How fecking much!!!!??" They're not cheap, being mostly hand-made even today, and if I'm frank, I dislike the cane-coloured paint. It adds weight and they're not cane. I'd rather have the dark green colour a few of the salmon rods come in. However, saying that, in an otherwise well designed rod, it's a fabulous way to make said rod.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  The Hexagraph Avon.

I bought this in 2009, because I thought it would give me the best construction married to the best materials. It's a powerful 11ft 1½lb t/c rod, probably as powerful as most 2lb t/c hollow-section rods. What was caught with it stayed caught. I originally built it with 'low Bells' guides and one amber and one green agate stripping guide on the butt section as it looked nice . I know lined rings are 'better', but still. However some might say the intensive manufacturing process makes it over-priced.

It was never exactly how I wanted it and I ditched the sliding reel reel-bands, changed them for a sliding screw-lock in 2011, couttesy of Gary at Mill tackle. It still wasn't quite right, so in 2016 I very carefully removed the cane-coloured paint and re-made the rod it with titanium Pacbay rings and put on a 16mm reel-seat and sanded down the handle. It's lighter, all together a finer rod in the hand.

But...the 16mm reel seat is too thin and the cork, although matching, is too slender even for my small hands. As I've located an agent for Pacbay in the UK who stocks the black titanium rings, I will, although it irks me to re-do black-thread-on-black-rod whipping, re-make the handle and re-whip it. I may put an 18mm real-seat on't or I may use a pair of my amazing sliding reel-bands. The only sort that is actually any good. In any event the job waits for a wood-working lathe to ensure the handle is the mutt's knuts.

Any other entries on the Hexagraph Avon

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 22nd March 2014. I like the Hexagraph Avon, but never liked its reel seat, which has gone from the basic bands it came with to a sliding capstan thing, via some nice looking B&W bands, with a long parallel section promising a lock but the reel foot accommodated by a slot didn't work out. So, having come by two sets LRH Hexagon Winches, today I got my customised 32mm halved plastic pipe sanding tool and rubbed 1.5mm off the o/dOutside Diameter the handle, which took barely 45 minutes. This step I took, as the handle of my LRH No.3 I like, although the rod rather less so. Now I have a handle that suits my smaller than average hands. So, more use for this rod this year...

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 26th August 2016. The new handle of the Hex Avon. It took me a while, but I stripped the paint off to lighten the rod and improve its 'feel'. I never liked the cane-colour paint, but it would have been a long wait for an unpainted...I'd previously rubbed the long cork handle down to ¾" to accept Hardy Screw-Lock reel bands, but now removed the top 8" of this slender handle and put on a slim screw-lock reel-seat and a 3" fore-grip, half of which was a left-over piece of cork handle, the top half being a champagne cork. This needs rubbing down to the ¾" mark, saving the front of the champagne cork (so you can tell). I've just started that job, ten minutes here and there as a break from a terminally dull essay and it's amusing to have a fore-grip smelling slightly of champers...

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 1st September 2016. The Hexagraph thing. A pal asked me to contrast my Hexagraph Avon with the four-piece Harrisons' Avon. Both are nominally 1½lb t/c, so it's an interesting comparison. It's said by Hexagraph proponents that they are 'more powerful than their test curve', compared with carbon. That is to say a 1¼lb t/c Hex. Avon will be 'as powerful' as a 1½lb t/c hollow carbon-fibre rod. This argument is based on the idea that the hollow carbon tube, deforming under pressure, leads to a non-linear (and reducing) restoring force as a function of deflection. In contrast the solid section of the Hexagraph doesn't deform under pressure so has a more linear restoring force as a function of deflection. This sounds perfectly feasible and may be true. It may not matter of course, but that's another argument, and how thick the carbon wall is in either case might well matter more.

The Harrisons' has an all-through action which has considerable power, as someone once said 'it's really a carp rod in disguise'. It's powerful certainly.

The Hexagraph Avon has a different action - the rod is more middle actioned in comparison and a look at the blank reveals that the taper of the butt section is steeper than the Harrison's. It kind of reminds me of the Richard Walker's 'MKIII', essentially two linear tapers, one for the tip and one for the butt section. You can fish with either rod with 6lb line, perhaps 'just about' but the Hexagraph has a lot more bottom end power so might provide more control over a big fish under heavy pressure.

With the Hexagraph it feels as if I could fish heavier and pull harder. The Hexagraph is heavier in the hand as well - of course, it's got at least as much carbon (although to me it looks rather like the walls are thicker) and a foam composite inner. This only matters if you're planning on holding it for long periods.

In short the actions of the rods differentiates them, rather than the materials or construction.

So...all this got me thinking (dangerous).

It occurrs to me that the feel of the rod in the hand (not that this really affects playing the fish) might be improved by removing as much weight from the top section as possible. To that end, I've put titanium Pacbay intermediates and a titanium tip ring on the Hexagraph Avon. I judged the weight of the (cane coloured) paint unnecessary also so, with some care, I scraped it off, putting back one coat of varnish, thinned slightly to ensure it sealed those area where the carbon cloth seemed close to the surface of the resin.

Wen I bought this rod it came with a cork handle with sliding reel bands which never performed to my satisfaction (most don't). A late replacement to Hardy Screwlocks was an improvement, but not quite right. With a complete strip-down to change the rings, it made sense to put a screw-lock real seat on the rod - I put on the thinnest that would accommodate a Cardinal 66x, 16mm, All done, I thought to myself...

...but the handle was too thin. Notwithstanding the slight play in the now terminally thin cork on a hexagonal cross-section, the handle was now too thin for comfort. So I'm, with some annoyance, changing it back to an 18mm reel seat. Probably. This is a painful way to discover one's optimal real-seat and handle thickness, but at least I know now.

All said, if you're thinking about a Hexagraph Avon, I'd suggest considering an unpainted blank, using titanium rings and fitting a winch reel-seat. You'll get the most out of it that way.

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 4th September 2016. JAA's Top Tips. Following on from the previous entry - if you want eye strain and like making a job harder than it needs to be, whip rings onto a black fishing rod using black thread.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  The Hexagraph Carp Rods.

Having been impressed with the Hexagraph Avon, I thought a carp rod would be amazing, so I bought a couple of the 'old style' rods at 2lb t/c and 2 x 1¾lb t/c via the interweb. Nice rods, but a bit feeble in the middle. Took me 25 minutes to land a 22lb carp one cold March, in open water and with 10lb line. And that was the '2lb' rod...Sold to the bloke at the back and Sold to the bloke at the back , I didn't like them at all.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  The New Hexagraph Carp Rod.

This tamer of Leviathans from Bruce & Walker weighs in at 12' with 2lb t/c, and I refer to it as the 'Big Hex. IIt was first built in 2010, using the salmon-rod corks and with lined fuji rings. 'Capax Infiniti' CI    I.e. 'Holding the Infinite'. This amuses me.  I hopefully wrote in Indian ink on the improbably thick butt section. Didn't completely like it, despite landing a 26lb common in a 6' wide swim on this strong and flexible rod. I replaced the Fuji's with 'Pacbay Minimas' in late 2012 and a wonderful agate tip-ring (thanks RedFin) and an agate butt ring. Still not 100% happy, so in 2014, I stripped the fore-grip corks off, cut the reel-seat off, replaced with a new reel-seat 2mm smaller in diameter, put on a cork 3" fore-grip and sanded the remaining corks down to the level of the new real seat. I hid the scratched paint with a natty black whipping in 11lb Milward Black Spider. Easier to hold, reel seat also the right way around now (screw facing upwards). I like it more now, but if I was buying it again would go for 11 foot, same t/c sans paint. In late 2016, I stripped most of the paint off and will probably re-position the reel-seat again. It's that or take a foot off the butt. I like it, but it's just not quite right at 12' for rod one holds.

The other entries on the 'Big Hex':

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 20th July 2016. The 'Big Hex'. I was doing some tidying up on the site (2011 is especially barren of pictures) and noticed that this rodThat's the 12' 2lb t/c Hexagraph carp rod got a lot of use in 2011. I went off it for a while, gave it a re-build in 2014I tried, not sure that it worked to try and improve the feel, but even so it's inevitably tip-heavy in the hand, so actually decided to take 3" off each end BHI apologise for this terrible thought, which even now is probably making the good folks at Bruce and Walker anxious, without them quite knowing why.  and so stripped the rings off. I gave the rod a waggle GCCThe Geneva Comedy Convention oddly doesn't have much to say about fishing rods. However, giving anything a 'waggle' probably means one is obliged to smirk a bit and wiggle one's eyebrows up and down at the very least.  , 'fore and after and noticed how much better it was without rings. The last rebuild swapped all the SIC rings for 'Pacbay Minimas' and wondrous butt and tip-rings, agates both. Heavy though. Hm.

I like the rod in action - it's immensely powerful, especially for bigger carp close in, much more of a middle action than the ESP floater. Hm. I've ordered titanium 'Minima's' all through and a titanium lined tip ring, plus a 30mm butt ring GCCIf you want to know what the Geneva Comedy Convention has to say about 'butt rings' you can order your own copy. Just send a cheque for £3000 made out to "Just AnotherAngler" and I'll post you a copy. I'll even sign it.  to match. This took about a quarter-of-an-ounce off the top section, along with all the extraneous varnish and thread.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment (GHSRE).

I bought a Hexagraph 14' 10-12 aftm Salmon rod. I had a handle made for the top two sections and called it a 'Lightish Carp', the 'GHSRE'. My second favourite rod as of 2013, seems to be able to land high doubles on 6lb line without trouble. It's also landed a 23lb fish, although on 12lb line.

Despite my aversions to both cane-coloured paint and intermediate whippings, this rod has both and I've grown fond of both.

The other entries on the my first rod

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 21st February 2012. The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment: Part 1. Once, on a whim, last year, I bought a 15ft 10-12aftm Hexagraph Salmon rod, which was going quite cheap and got cheaper as it had a ferrule split (alluded to elsewhere) and even after the B&W repair, it was a good deal.

The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Cracked up#1 The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Cracked up#2

I don't know if you've ever waggled such a thing, despite a slender appearance, it's got real steel. I put the two top sections together and gave them a bend and waggle and thought, hm, that might make a stonking carp rod. Power, flexibility, good looks. A bit like me. I didn't have the heart to cut a chunk off the handle section, probably some sort of crime anyway, so am having a handle knocked up to give it a try. I shall change the snake rings as well.

Pictures and so on will be posted as I go - if it's a disaster and doesn't work then I'll re-en-snake and keep it against one of my longer term ambitions, to whit, Salmon from a Proper River in Scotland. Here is the butt design and the reel bands.

The GSHRE Butt The reel bands The reel bands

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 25th March 2012. The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment: Part 2. So now the handle's back, I know I didn't make it myself, but I have no facilites for doing that and it would be a shame to desecrate such a fine rod with a bodge job.

The reel bands are some new 'old stock' I paid rather lot (for reel bands) but they look wonderful and with the long paralell section, lock solid with little in the way of pushing over the reel seat.

The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Handle and '66x #1 The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Handle and '66x #2
The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Handle and '66x #3 The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment Handle and '66x #4

No you can't have my Cardinal 66X ;-) New rings and garnet thread are in the post...so more to follow.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 30th March 2012. The Great Salmon Hexagraph Rod Experiment: Part 3. Part 2The Great Salmon Hexagraph Rod Experiment: Part 2.Part 1The Great Salmon Hexagraph Rod Experiment: Part 1..

I opted in the end for some PACBAY MINIMA 4 rings. These are light, will do the job and look 'traditional-ish'. Chromed rings look better on cane colour I think and I've seldom been convinced of the need for SICs on every ring (except when spinning with super braid perhaps). By the by, the t/c for this rod is in the 2¼lb range (if not a shade higher), if tested in the proper way, with the butt held at 90 degrees to the line through the rings. Whippy for it though. (As opposed to pulling the tip down towards the butt with line starting parallel to the rod butt...)

I whipped on a few rings, some pictures are below - the problem is that the inters are so well embedded in the vanish you can't get them off without damaging the paint and even the original snake eyes put up a fight. So to save more damage to the surface colour, I've just whipped over some lumps and bumps and sealed with cellulose dope.

The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentPacbay Large The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentPacbay single and double legged The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentDouble leg whipped on The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentSingle leg whipped on The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentThe tip ring

The top section will have single legs through to the tip, to keep the weight off the bendiest bit. I've used the original ring postions for the new eyes and am debating whether to add a 40mm butt ring to the bottom section. That's in the post, I'll tape it up and see how it works. At the moment the second original ring postion up has a 30mm ring on and it looks a bit fine and far off right now.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 2nd June 2012. The Great Salmon Hexagraph Rod Experiment: Part 4. Part 3Part 2Part 1.

The garnet whipping on the rod looked fine once doped with a rather thick cellulose, but after letting them dry and covering with yacht varnish, they went a bit odd...so I changed one and then poured half the cellulose onto some firewood and topped the tin up with thinners and tried four coats of that. Before and after below, I'll cover with yacht and update later.

The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment after... The Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment ...before
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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment (LHSRE).

The first Hexagraph Salmon Rod experiment worked, the GHRSEThe Great Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment. Part the first has become a favourite rod of mine, being soft enough to get away with 6lb line and tough enough for 12lb and has now landed double-figures doubles, several 18lb fish and one 'twenty'. It gets a few smug smiles, it looks a 'bit bamboo', but I take the view that anyone who can do no better than sneer is better moving on anyway. I wanted a lighter rod in the same vein and had planned a 9-11aftm conversion for some time.

Essentially, I used the top two sections to make a rod and a piece of the bottom section to make the handle. It is primarily aimed at perching or 'fishing for bites' where there are too many carp. Which is nearly everywhere. It's an interesting rod to fish with. It feels a little heavy compared with a hollow section, but not overly so and it's quite comfortable in the hand. It's not the best rod for casting light tackle a very long way - and by the same token it's not a rod for long-range fishing.

However, it doesn't seem quite possible to break 6lb line, even with lively carp up to 19lb (to date). It gives enough to soften the playing of moderately sized (1-3lb) fish and it absorbs high pressures progressively. I suspect its actual test curve is north of 1½lb. By the same token, the amount the rod bends shortens one's lever considerably and great pressure can be applied to a fish in extremis, but gently so, so the line gets good protection from sudden lunges. I generally use it with 6lb line and the Harlow 'pin, but I'm happy using it with 8lb or 10lb main-line, and I suspect it would handle most things with the 10lb. A good, odd rod. An instructive success.

With some fishing under its belt, I suspect the top-section rings could stand thinning out a smidge, perhaps remove one and re-space the remainder. It could stand to be slightly softer-actioned in the tip and a little less weight won't hurt.

The other entries on the LHSRE

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod September 2014. Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment (LHSRE).

For some time I'd been after a Hexagraph to convert into a 'Light' carp rod and my first choice a 14' 9-11aftm Salmon rod, one of the green ones, came my way at today's Romsey Tackle Fair, for £80. Yippee. Next...

Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod 4th October 2014. The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment. Having acquired the 'right' rod, it was time to get going on the 'conversion'. The 'snake' rings were removed from the top two sections along with all and any other whippings. With a lit match and a piece of kitchen-roll, I removed the tip-ring. I examined the 'female' ferrule area with a loupe. Even on this otherwise sound rod, there were tiny cracks in the paint showing that there might be the tiniest of movment in the joints. I carefully scraped the green paint off these areas, leaving bare carbon-fibre then put three turns of carbon cloth around them, possibly tat was one wrap too many on the bottom joint. Still, it won't need to be bendy there.

With hindsight I should have wrapped those with an inch-wide strip at the open end and a resin reinforced whipping further up, but one lives and learns. While this was setting I pondered the handle. Hm. As was, it's a 14' rod, so two sections plus a 24" handle is 11'4". I debated making one, using an old JW Avon handle and various old bits of carbon tube...the rod's bottom section was measured and marked up, and carefully, after a deep breath and a silent apology to the gods of fishing, a 27" length was cut off to make the handle. That really is the end for my 'good conduct medal'.

I glued 1½" of cork-shive on the bottom end, then carefully rubbed it down to a working fit for the composite 'fighting butt', which was then cascemite'd on. Discovered my cascemite had 'gone off', opened a new tub, cleaned off all the old glue and glued it on again. When this had set, 16½" 'off-the-shelf' cork handle segments were slid down into pace, cascemite'd on and left to set. I then fitted an 18mm reel-seat.

Top tip for reel seat mounting. Mark the orientation of the seat using a black 'sharpie' - screw fitting pointing 'up the rod' of course. Make up two ¼" wide spacers with strips of gaffer tape, about 1" from either end of the reel seat. When the seat is a working fit, slide it over and using holt-melt glue, nearly fill in the end nearest the corks. Orientate and slide home (briskly). Now, (first checking it's aligned correctly) 'hot-melt' into the other open end of the real seat until its full and set. Trim flush with a knife. Then (and this is the sneaky bit) drill a 3mm hole in the reel seat in the 'flat spot' where the logo usually is. Do this by hand, using a pin-vice and about a 1mm drill, then open it up to 3mm. De-burr the hole. Turn the seat over and bore a 0.8mm hole in the seat's grove for the sliding part of the reel-hood, as near to a tape-spacer as you can). Then put the hot-melt gun nozzle over the big hole and stick a good measure of glue in the hole. It'll get hot mind. Now that won't come off. Trim off any excess glue.

The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentThe 3mm hole for injecting the hot-melt... The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment...the 0.8mm whole for letting the air out the other side The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentThe bottom end of the hhandle with its 'fighting butt' The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod ExperimentThe top of the reel-seat and the foregrip, such as it is

Next glue the cork fore-grip on. The trick is to cascamite the fore-grip and this area of the rod then add a little hot-melt to the to completely fill the top of the reel-seat then slide the cork fore-grip (2½") into place and hold it until the hot-melt is set, at which point it will hold the cork in place until the cascemite is off...at which point the handle was put aside to be tidied up later. Probably.

The six rings' spacing on the tip section was left 'as was', Pacbay Minima' rings were whipped on. The smallest ring was a size '8' and the top four rings were single-legged to keep the weight down at that end. Once this was done, it was possible to properly align a titanium body SIC lined the tip ring. This latter is far to shiny and it may yet get scrubbed with toothpaste and coloured with an indelible pen, to remove the 'flash'.

The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment The top of the handle with its decorative whippings. The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment The bottom section 'ferrule' The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment The 'snake' keeper ring, which is far more usable than the traditional 'can't get the hook in the silly little wire loop' type
The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment The stupidly shiny Hardlon butt-ring The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment One of the 'minima' double legged rings The Light Hexagraph Salmon Rod Experiment The top section 'ferrule'. Just in view is a green 'spectra' whipping over a funny flaked bit of paint. Probably just where it got knocked on a tree. Probably.

The original rod's middle section, now the LHSRE's butt-section had three rings whipped on and while the top one was in an original position, the lower two, including a Hardlon lined butt-ring, were placed where they needed to be. Both the ferrules' reinforcings were whipped over as well. Finally I added a very small 'snake' ring about 4" up from the bottom of the butt-section, to use as a 'keeper' ring. All the whippings were done with a red thread, which once varnished took on a mauve hue due to the green paint underneath. There. All done.

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Glass-Fibre Fishing Rod  Hexagraph Salmon Stalking Rod Experiment (HSSRE).

Having got hold of a 15' 10-12aftm (green) Hexagraph Salmon rod, I've set about making a 10' two-piece 'stalking rod' out of the top two sections and I'll make a landing net handle out of the bottom section.

I'll put the build entries here when I get a round tuit. Random Fish

small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up...(and return to the top of the page) small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and wait for it... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and wait for it... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and wait for it... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and wait for it... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and wait for it... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...do keep up... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...and one more time... small split shotmedium one, small one, tiny one, silly one...got it?

In Summary

The observant and numerate reader can work out that I've owned, fettled or 'fixed' at least seven Hexagraph rods, although I've sold or parted with two of them.

07:11am on 2018-02-20 JAA