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Innovator HLS2 Saltwater Fly Rods

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Very nice rods for the money.


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.

Building on the success of our Velocity series, our manufacturer approached us 18 months ago concerning new graphite with improved durability and core strength through an advanced multi-directional carbon-fibre matrix which enables our new HLS² series to be lighter and stronger.

We have taken a great deal of time in ensuring each line class represents its true purpose, by this we mean that our creek rods in 3 and 4 weight are medium action, our river and lake rods are medium/fast actions and our 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.



Rod tube included.

Innovator Rod Insurance

To ensure Innovator owners are not disadvantaged by rod breakage, the Innovator replacement policy provides a replacement of a broken rod section through the payment of an insurance fee. The policy provides for rapid replacement of broken sections delivered to your door or nearest Innovator dealer. Pricing is subject to change due to freight increases.

Charge per section (all inclusive) AUD $79.00

The fee includes insurance excess, processing, freight/ protective tube and GST. Being an Australian owned and designed brand name, Innovator can service your replacement sections faster than any other brand name available. Contact us for further information.

NOTE: This policy does not cover lost/missing sections. The fee is per section broken. The above replacement charge applies within Australia only, international customers should contact Innovator for applicable international freight charges.

The HLS² 9’ 7-weight Fast Action Saltwater

The design of the 7-weight rod was our 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 7-weight HLS² saltwater rod is a weapon; smooth and powerful and an absolute joy to cast. This rod is ideal for all your estuary/inshore requirements; chasing bream, flathead, Australian salmon and the mighty bonefish. This rod is a must to try before you purchase your next 7-weight fly rod.

Recommended Floating Fly Lines:

  • Flats Fishing (skinny water) - Scientific Anglers Textured Grand Slam Professional Custom Taper or Bonefish Taper
  • Drop Offs Flats Fishing - Scientific Anglers Textured Saltwater Clear Tip
  • General Floating for fishing on or off the flats – Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Saltwater Taper or Scientific Anglers Mastery Saltwater Taper

Recommended Sinking Fly Lines:

  • Fast sinking line – Scientific Anglers Streamer Express 250gr
  • Boat fishing deeper flats (Exmouth) - Scientific Anglers Streamer Express Clear 250 gr (30’ slow-sinking head)

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 critised 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 our 9-weight HLS², you will have the ultimate kit for that yearly trip up north covering both inshore and offshore species.

Recommended Floating Fly Lines:

  • General Purpose – Saltwater Taper
  • Poppers, Dahlberg’s, Whistler’s, mangroves, short casts – Redfish Taper
  • Flats Fishing – Scientific Anglers Textured Grand Slam Professional Custom Taper or Scientific Anglers Bonefish Taper
  • Skinny water long distance large flies poppers etc – Scientific Anglers Sharkwave Saltwater Titan Taper
  • Skinny water bottom fishing (threadfin, golden trevally etc.) – Scientific Anglers Textured Saltwater Clear Tip (Floating/Sinking)

Recommended Sinking Fly Lines:

  • Large flies, Whistlers, deep Clousers, etc. – Scientific Anglers Textured Titan Intermediate
  • Scientific Anglers Streamer Express Clear Tip 300gr
  • Scientific Anglers Streamer Express Fast Sink 300 gr

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. We have extended the fighting butt on the 9-weight 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.

Recommended Floating Fly Lines:

  • General Purpose – Saltwater Taper
  • Flats Fishing - Textured Grand Slam Professional Custom Taper or Bonefish Taper
  • Skinny water, long distance, large flies, poppers, etc. – Sharkwave Saltwater Titan Taper
  • Skinny water bottom fishing (threadfin, golden trevally, etc.) – Textured Saltwater Clear Tip (Floating/Sinking)

Recommended Sinking Fly Lines:

  • Large flies Whistlers, deep Clousers, etc. – Titan Intermediate
  • Pelagics feeding on baitfish - Streamer Express Clear Tip 350gr
  • Sub-surface, bommies, etc. - Streamer Express Fast Sink 350gr
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