Innovator HLS² Fly Rods
Innovator's all new HLS² series fly rods represent the pinnacle of design and performance in fly rod technology. Innovator has once again proven that quality and performance can be achieved for under $400 retail.
Innovator have taken a great deal of time in ensuring each line class represents its true purpose, by this we mean that the creek rods in 3 and 4 weight are medium action, the river and lake rods are medium/fast actions and the saltwater series are fast actions. No need to have a fast action on a creek rod where light tippets, delicate presentations and short distances are its primary use; likewise it is important to have fast action on 7, 8 and 9 weight rods where weighted air resistant flies and fast moving species are your primary target.
The HLS² 3-weight 7’6” Medium Action
Think of headwaters in mountain streams, think alpine rivulets and you get the picture of how this lightweight fly rod fits into the range. With its compact 7’6” length allowing access into overgrown areas in headwaters of streams, presentation is your only focus as your line travels beneath the overhanging obstructions like scrub and branches. Designed for delicate presentation in shallow, clear riffles and pools, your fly will land accurately and softly, not alerting the spookiest of trout.
Light tippets, small flies and pan sized trout, does life get any better?
The HLS² 4-weight 8’ Medium Action
Heading downstream from the headwaters, the river starts to widen and bankside vegetation becomes more open. More distance is required and windier conditions prevail. The 8’ length and additional line weight allows longer casts in the bigger pools and also helps keep your back cast up where banks and long grass can be a hindrance. Having a slightly heavier line enables the angler to suspend droppers with lightly weighted nymphs from the dry fly for covering both surface and sub-surface situations on the same drift. This rod is an absolute joy to use and will become the favoured choice amongst stream anglers.
The HLS² 5-weight 9’ Medium/Fast Action
For larger rivers, faster flows, and wider sections, you will not feel under-gunned with the HLS² 9’ 5-weight. Think of the Mitta Mitta, Swampy Plains and Goulburn Rivers and you get an idea of the rivers where this rod is at home. Swinging wets with a wet tip or sinking line, short line nymphing utilising its 9’ length for better line drifts, evening rises with dry flies this is the ultimate river rod. This rod fills the requirement for a line weight that can handle longer casts but still has delicate presentation for that evening rise while maintaining control of hooked fish in fast flowing water. Also an ideal rod for polaroiding the western lakes of Tasmania where windy conditions are encountered.
The HLS² 9’ 6-weight Medium/Fast Action
New to fly fishing? The 6-weight is the highest selling rod weight in today’s market for freshwater fly anglers. The most universal rod weight for cross over between river and lake fishing. Compare the difference next time you're shopping to update your old technology!
The HLS² 9’ 7-weight Fast Action Saltwater
The design of the 7-weight rod was Innovator’s biggest challenge as the question kept arising, freshwater or saltwater? The conclusion, based on ideas put forward and discussions with well-respected guides, was SALTWATER. With modern graphites, and the line speeds now generated, the 6-weight rod is more than capable of casting long distances when searching lake margins for trout.
The HLS² 8-weight Fast Action Saltwater
A true all-round saltwater fly rod, designed with all the features required in what is often a challenging and harsh environment. Open water with afternoon sea breezes, fast moving fish where speed and presentation are vital and the most often criticised comment made concerning saltwater rods - “it must succeed in picking up/water halling the fly line without straining under this extra load”. The 8-weight is a great choice for many species and is a delight to cast from sun up to sun down without fatigue. Ideal for fishing the flats, sneaking up that mangrove creek chasing boofing barra and, when combined with the 9-weight HLS², you will have the ultimate kit for that yearly trip up north covering both inshore and offshore species.
The HLS² 9-weight Fast Action Saltwater
The 9-weight fly rod is ideal when chasing pelagics offshore; longtail tuna, mac tuna and their brethren are powerful fish and the low-down grunt of a 9-weight assists in landing these speedsters. Also an ideal line weight for chasing those flats species like permit, golden trevally, etc. when strong tidal movement demands large dumbell eyes to ensure your crab pattern is sitting on the bottom. The fighting butt on the 9-weight is extended by 6mm to help keep the fly reel handle away from shirts etc. during those extended battles with larger species. When dealing with wind, current and larger species, look no further than our HLS² 9-weight.