Capt. Roddy Hays at Legend Lures in the UK tested the Hays Handle for four years with Pacific and Atlantic crews before introducing it to the big-game market. The handle slides onto any popular make of bent-butt rod and allows an angler or crewmember to lift the complete outfit securely at the central pivot point of balance. That means smaller crew can remove a big-game rod from a covering board even with 50 pounds of drag or more on the reel, without fear that the reel's weight will turn the rod over. The one-piece molded aluminum handle conforms to IGFA regulations and can be used with any make of reel, including those with braces. The handle also makes pitching baits easier on any size tackle. Hays offers a lifetime guarantee on the handles; each has been break-tested to more than 660 pounds.
The Hays Handle retails in the United States for $80 and comes in sizes built for 50-, 80- and 130-pound rods. Extra inserts, which help the handle conform to different rods, cost $18. For more information, visit www.legendlures.com and www.meltontackle.com.