Hexagraph History
The Hexagraph concept had its roots and early development in the 1980's in two rod-building houses. In England, Jim Bruce and Ken Walker of Bruce and Walker, Ltd. were looking to create a light-weight but strong and castable alternative to the long and heavy two-handed salmon Spey rods that were popular on their rivers. Most of those rods were made of wood at the time. At about the same time Walton E. Powell, son of the legendary American bamboo rod pioneer E. C. Powell, and a highly respected and innovative rod-builder through his own life, was continuing his life-long quest to replicate the unique casting characteristics of cane by using contemporary construction materials. Walt was striving to create an attractive and strong casting piece with the traditional actions. These actions were lost as rod-building evolved into one of predominantly hollow tubular rods. Cane rods, being hand-crafted, remain in limited use, primarily because of the costs associated with building them, but their advocates speak with great fervor of their "feel" and precision. Walt believed that the use of modern materials and building techniques, when coupled with this new design, would offer an attractive alternative and allow modern fly fishermen to rediscover these lost pleasures. The Hexagraph Fly Rod will let you discover a casting experience beyond your imagination...we simply cannot overemphasize that statement.

How We Do It

Hexagraph rods are constructed in a fashion similar to bamboo rods, but, rather than from cane, they are made from a combination of a light-weight, very strong aeronautical construction foam bonded to layers of carbon fiber (graphite) fabric. The construction process involves the creation of a board consisting of multiple layers of graphite laid flat and bonded to the foam core. The boards are cut into thin strips and then precisely tapered throughout their length into a triangular shape consistent with the particular rod action and line weight that we are making. Six of these tapered strips are bonded together with the foam in the center and the graphite on the outside flats. The finished rod blank is hexagonal in cross-section and is absolutely uniform in taper, consistency and action from butt to tip. The blanks, being uniform, do not have the spine as do rolled tubes of graphite, nor do they have the natural nodes and inconsistencies of grain that are present in cane.

The Result

The Hexagraph rods are solid rather than hollow. The crush-proof foam in the core creates a much more durable rod than hollow tubular rods and the synthetic materials are more consistent, lighter and stronger than natural wood. We use the exact tapers that were most popular during the reign of the fine bamboo rod. Hexagraph actions, by design, are more traditional than most modern tubular rods. The entire length of the rod can be used in casting. The full-flexing characteristics allow a wide range of applications from exquisite delicacy for short and precise work to surprisingly easy power for longer casts and fish-handling requirements. The casting action that is required to fully discover the beauty of Hexagraph requires far less effort than is necessary with most modern rods. Rather than forcing the caster to do the work with short, quick, and exaggerated "power strokes", the Hexagraph practically loads and casts itself. They are an absolute joy to cast.

In addition to their strength and actions, the rods are attractive. Hexagraphs are finished in a rich golden brown color and really stand out in contrast to the basic black of most other rods. In all of our various models we use the best hardware, components and wrappings. Hexagraphs are offered in a complete range of lengths, actions, and line weights from our delicate little 5'9" Small Stream Special up through the 9'6" power rods of the Salmon and Saltwater models. Hexagraphs are priced competitively with the high-end of tubular graphites and are considerably less expensive than quality bamboo.

Our Hexagraphs are indeed unique, unlike cane and unlike tubular rods, yet with attributes taken from each. We believe that the Hexagraph technology captures the best of both of those worlds. It builds on the strengths of each of those types of rods and it addresses their shortcomings. We think you will like the result.

Take your time - Enjoy!

Harry J. Briscoe