My first impression of this rod was pretty much same as the 7’ HMG Triggerstik, at first it seemed a little heavy. I absolutely love the classic look of the whole HMG line of rods, but it’s not how a rod looks, it’s how it performs. This rod performs!
I thought the blank looked sharp, a nice deep rich color with a glossy finish. The reel seat and handle seemed a bit odd, like someone couldn’t make up their mind to commit to a split grip or keep it a full grip. The handle color and grainy appearance put me off a little. Even though it’s not cork but a material called TAC, it looked like the grainy cork handles of cheap 1960’s solid fiberglass rods.
First thing you notice about the HMG GS66MH-F is its appearance. The rod has a black epoxy coated blank and the wrapping on the guides are black with gold tips, which goes nicely with the gold lettering on the blank. The grip is very interesting; it is what Fenwick calls TAC, which stands for technically advanced construction. It is designed for the angler to have better grip during wet conditions so it’s a different material then traditional cork.