Scott's Heliply Series was apparently designed by flyfishers who got tired of not being able to reach important game fish with a breeze in their respective faces, and when they did get a big fly through the wind to the fish, they found that they couldn't handle the bugger. This series of rods from one of the most respected and proven fly rod manufacturers really blows my skirt up.
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My first saltwater game fish with a Heliply (an 8'8", 9-weight 3-piece) was an 18-pound false albacore taken off North Carolina's Cape Lookout during this area's now-famous autumn fishery. Come October and November, hundreds of boats descend on the cape, the boats filled with anglers wanting "albies" on the fly. When the albies appear on the surface, they show up suddenly, crash bait (oftentimes silversides) up top, and then vanish, only to appear a moment later 50 yards away. You have to be able to get a fly to the feeding fish instantly, and when your fly is eaten, you must be able to put the rod to the fish for two reasons: you don't want the fish tangling in the lines of other anglers, and you want to get the fish in fast so it can be safely released. The Heliply comes through loud and clear on both fronts with the ability to develop very fast line speed with one double haul, and the ability to stick it to a powerful game fish, i.e., the rod is strong, strong, strong.
It has lifting power, too, which is important with fish in the tuna family because of the way they fight vertically after a few long runs. I tighten the drag down and start lifting; the albie comes up quickly and I am never concerned about popping the rod. Even if I did, the Scott guarantee covers the rod, period.
Bottom line: The Heliply Series is serious. You certainly deserve a couple.
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