Who will make the Finals?

So far we have two finalists; Ashly Chan and Konstanse Larsen making it an all-female final so far! However we need two more finalists. All entrants receive a Stealth Master shirt. The four finalists will all receive a Sexyloops Flyline and the lucky winner a new custom-built Sexyloops Hot Torpedo.

We need you to select your best two entrants from Round 3…

http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2018/01/0 … mes-evans/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/3 … ennefjord/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/1 … -hennessy/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/2 … aul-harps/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/2 … -duzynski/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/0 … aeme-hird/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/12/0 … uca-prono/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/11/2 … randon-ho/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/11/1 … arco-teng/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/10/2 … man-ronan/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/10/2 … n-ren-tan/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/10/2 … m-kempton/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/10/1 … 7-dr-ling/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/10/0 … ammenstig/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/09/3 … sean-geer/
http://www.sexyloops.com/htoc/2017/09/2 … -duzynski/

You can either make your choices known on the Sexyloops Facebook page

Or here on the Board.

Please do get involved!! Since Ashly has managed to make the list of finalists, I will not be judging, and instead we will call upon an independent judge to make the final choice as to who is the ultimate winner.

Shirts are coming soon!!!

Many thanks, Paul

Round 3 – Entry 29 – James Evans

I’m the proud owner of Hot Torpedo Competition #5 serial number 15.  Owning this rod has always been very special to me, not just because it’s a great rod, but because of the way I acquired it – I won it at the first Sexyloops gathering that I attended in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  When I say ‘won’ I actually finished in second place in the casting competition, but Paul wasn’t going to give the rod to himself for coming first!

The format of the competition was simple; 4 outfits were placed in four casting lanes and you cast each one for two minutes, recorded the best distance and then moved on to the next lane until you’d cast all the outfits.  Once everyone had cast in the morning the outfits were changed (after a lunch break) for new ones in the afternoon and the process repeated, thus everyone had eight scores to compare.

The fun thing about this type of competition is that you don’t know what you’re picking up and you don’t get time to practice – 2 minutes of casting is all you get during which you have to figure out how to get the best from the outfit you’ve just been given.  To make it even more interesting there were some ‘peculiar’ (or so I thought at the time) tackle choices, the #4 line on the rod marked #10 was particularly memorable.  I must say I was astonished at how well this cast and was very pleased to record a distance of over 40 yards with it.

I also distinctly remember thinking I’d blown my whole competition when faced with a 55g salmon shooting head outfit in the afternoon.  This was the first time I’d ever cast one, and by that I mean a double handed fly rod – I’d never felt the need to use one previously (I’ve still never actually been fishing with one).  As such, having my first ever experience of wielding a 15ft fly rod in a 2 minute distance competition, with no prior instruction, meant that I didn’t do that great.  However my performances with the single handed rods compensated and I scraped into second place overall.

Since winning it, the HT #5 has become my go-to rod for reservoir trout fishing and summer carping.  It’s with one such carp that I’m basing my entry into this competition, a monster of a fish caught towards the end of the summer.  I don’t know how much it weighed (although some experienced carp anglers have given me their estimates), but I’d be interested to know if anyone thinks they’ve caught something bigger on the HT #5.

Used correctly, the Hot Torpedo #5 has more than sufficient low-down stiffness to bully big fish away from snags and overhanging trees, plus a very responsive casting performance that makes it a pleasure to sight cast with all day.  I should note that I’ve also won a number of BFCC #5 casting competitions with this rod, recording many casts over 120 feet in doing so.

So there you have it, I’m using a rod I won to try and win another one, with a big fish and some long casts thrown in for good measure.

Cheers, James.

Round 3 – Entry 28 – Carl Martin Vennefjord

For me the HTOC journey started when me and my friend Simon where discussion different rods as we were starting to prepare for our upcoming FFI CI-test. He have had the HT 6wt for some years, and he had mentioned it earlier but it was now, during our discussions and preparations that we started to talk about this rod for real!

As we where going to work together at the Swedish Sport fishing fair in March 2017 I told him to bring along his HT 6wt so I could try it out! Every night after the fair had closed we headed over to the casting pound and started casting, discussing and comparing the rod to other premium rods.

Aside from all the things you would expect from a premium rod; a really high grade cork, lightweight, excellent wraps on the blank and so on, the HT 6wt was a little different from other rods I’ve tried before, it had a different feel and a vibe to it.

I can honestly say that I had never tried a fly rod before that made it so easy for me to get those really tight sexy loops, it felt effortless! The HT 6wt had a really nice action in the tip section which I love. Light, fast, crisp and sensitive but yet powerful and compered to other fast rods the HT wasn’t as stiff in the lower part of the blank. Power and feel thought the hole blank, I love it!

At this time I had been doing casting lessons on a regular basis for a little more the 2 years and I really would love to have the HT Instructor, a white visibly rod for my casting lessons.  To be honest, I have had fly rods with white blanks before but those rods where not that good, not even close!

The white blank would also be really good for me as I was starting to practicing for the upcoming CI-tests. It’s perfect because of the visibility when looking at video recordings of my casting. Aside from my personal progress and casting lessons I was looking forward to fish with this rod!

It’s been almost 6 months since I got my Hot Torpedo Instructor rod and it has been through a lot.

I bought the HT Instructor Nr: 131

First of, this rod has been trough a lot of casting, a lot! During the whole summer I’ve been practicing for the FFI CI-test. Hours and hours of casting, filming, reflecting and hours of discussions.

It’s been with me while I’ve been traveling and fishing. In the hunt for giant 30lb sea run browns in the Swedish river Em, casting for salmon in river Klarälven, chasing sea run browns and European flounder in the archipelago of Stockholm and it has been my go to rod when street fishing perch in Stockholm City.

To sum it up, my Hot Torpedo journey has been nothing but awesome! As stated above It has been through a lot of casting, fishing and I do feel a little bit ashamed to tell you this, but, I even forgot my Torpedo in a mall once, luckily it was still there when I got back 10min later!

I’ve lost ha HUGE Sea run in river Em, I caught salmons in River Klarälven, I’ve caught sea run trouts and European flouder in the Baltic sea, I’ve caught perch in central Stockholm and I reached my biggest goal of the year when using this rod, I become a CI.

I can honestly say that I’m a very proud member of the HTOC!

Round 3 – Entry 27 – Mike Duzynski

LOST VIRGINITY- AT LAST HA HA HA

This HT entry should be no more then a picture and a full page of HA HA HA, but I will add a little story to it.

Since I own HT 10WT no.1 (it’s been a while now) I’ve only used it to cast my 5wt line for my distance practice. For my usual flats fishing I’m using 8WT rod, but today I decided to finally take the HT to the flats.

Set with intermedium line and a clouser, NO LUCK, as usual BTW.

Of course my main goal is to catch a fish when I’m on the water, but if this doesn’t happen, I really enjoy fly casting, and HT doesnt disappoint here. Current gets a little faster on the outgoing tide, I wanted to fish some deeper holes, and steep drop-offs. For that I reached for my big gun – RIO LEVIATHAN 400GR (26feet of fast sinking head) and a heavy prawn.

Again casting was fantastic, but then there it is. After stripping my fly to my feet, I notice something blackish on my fly – weed I thought – as I’m going through the bottom.

Looking closer and I recognised a familiar flapping tail motion – HEY, THERE IS A FISH, YES, FINALY I CAUGHT THE FISH, MY FIRST FISH ON MY HOT TORPEDO 10WT…..

Let the pictures tell the rest of the story ha ha haha

Cheers,
Mike

Round 3 – Entry 26 – Paul Harps

I received my 6 weight Hot Torpedo (No. 2) just about five years ago, in the middle of the winter, a month before my job was to be terminated in the spring of 2013. My heart was broken, my life turned upside-down, but I had a wonderful wife and I had fish.

Of course, upon hearing that news, I went fishing.

I brought the Sexyloops Hot Torpedo to Mexico for bonefish, ladyfish, and snappers on the flats, I lost a permit with it. It came as a lightweight rod to Cuba.The rod came north with me to Baffin Island, three times now, in search of land locked Arctic Char. The rod has been the first out of the truck on rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. It has stalked trout, and grayling, and pike, and carp, and bass. It has also sat on the bank or stayed in the truck during naps on the river, but always ready to cast.

I cringe when dumbbell eyes hit the blank on a bad cast. I have tossed the rod up on the bank as I fell into the water. I have forgot it at home and missed it during three hours of driving without fishing.  It has made time more enjoyable on many waterbodies, and I am thankful that it is part of an excuse to get out. If objects can hold memories, the rod has a fair share.

For me, the rod is more than a just a tool. I have other rods that I enjoy to cast – slow rods, large rods, long rods, even a rod without a reel. I fish in places where the 6 weight is not the most appropriate tool.

But for what it’s worth, I received the Hot Torpedo during one of the most unstable times in my life.  To me, it symbolizes more than just a piece of graphite. It is an escape, forever tied to being able to find a small piece of enjoyment and solitude during dark days. While things haven’t stabilized in my life, I know that tomorrow or next week, or maybe sometime next month, I can grab a box of flies and the Hot Torpedo, and head down to the river as a tonic for my soul.

Thank you for the rod and the memories, Paul!

Round 3 – Entry 25 – Gavan Hennessy

What can I say?! The rod is great. A nice balance between a casting tool and a fishing rod.

I’m well on the way on my CI journey. The photo here shows some of the crowd we had in San Francisco for casting lessons and demonstrations this week. After 40 years of fly fishing, it’s great to put something back into our wonderful sport (or in my case and obsession and way of life). We had kids as young as seven and adults pushing 90! What a great buzz.

Keep up the good work and make sure you have a 4wt built and ready after the Christmas holidays.

Round 3 – Entry 24 – Graeme Hird

The white HT6 is my magic wand.

I’m no wizard, that’s for sure, but I seem to be able to perform magic with that rod. With it in my hand, I can sometimes turn a casting toad into a Prince of the Line.

I first cast a Hot Torpedo when Paul made a visit to Perth. I helped him organise a casting weekend and he stayed with me – when he wasn’t fishing – that week. While he was here, I ordered a 6wt blank from him. Pretty soon I also had an 8 weight one too.

So, of course, when I decided I should attempt my CCI exam, it was only natural I also buy the famed HT6 Instructor blank, since there is nothing that inspires a student more than seeing his or her instructor produce tight loops with little apparent effort (or inspires an examiner, for that matter). The HT6 is far and away the best rod I’ve ever used for making such great aerial – though transient – sculptures.

My “build” is far from conventional. I use guides with SiC inserts to avoid haul lock. I use Maniform grips to avoid RSI. I build every rod with a fighting butt, regardless of its line weight. (I consider the fighting butt to be my “back-cast stabiliser”, another gift from Paul’s visit.) In any case, the unique action of the HT6 blank helps me produce loops I never thought I’d be throwing just a few years earlier.

In the Harry Potter series, it was said “The wizard does not choose the wand; the wand chooses the wizard.” It think the same is true for my White Wand. Through a very convoluted route, it seems I was always destined to be using this rod. We’ve already been through a lot together, but the best is yet to come, with many years of teaching ahead of me and a gruelling lead-up to my MCI test about a year from now. Will I pass that test? I don’t know yet, but I know if I fail, it won’t be due to my rod.

Round 3 – Entry 23 – Luca Prono

I met Paul last year in Milan. It was not long since the flycasting world championship in Estonia and my great friend Stefano managed to convince him to make a quick stop in Italy while going to Hungary, so that we could cast together and try his rods. We had just started casting with the #5 in races and Paul’s astonishing casts seemed impossible to reproduce.

My first impression among the HT10 was frustrating due to the fact that I found it hard to load it properly. Thanks to the amazing advice that Paul gave me and to the daily training, the stiff rod #6 I was using, after six months of casting sessions, seemed to become insufficient and that was the moment when my HT10 arrived.

The competition path is very hard and you go from moments of excitement, due to record distances, to moments of doubtful difficulties, but lucky enough… there is fishing! I long waited to take my HT10 to fishing because I only thought about it as my competition rod. When I first used it to pike fishing I understood that this rod can perform beautifully for casts with big pike streamers.

I’ve just returned from German Baltic sea, an amazing place where you can fish big pikes in low water. It wasn’t easy due to the high salinity but I had great moments with the always sexy HT!

Thanks again Paul, and see you at the World championship 2018!

Round 3 – Entry 22 – Brandon Ho

The first time I heard about Sexyloops was from my casting mentor Dron Lee. I was preparing for my CCI exams and Dron had very generously agreed to mentor me for the exam. He looked at my casting and said I need a better rod to use for the exam. I saw he was using a white rod, very sleek and sexy looking.

I asked him what rod it was. “Sexyloops #6 Instructor Rod,” he answered casually, “it’s only for instructors.” My eyes opened wide with excitement but I tried to hide it. I wanted very much to hold it and admire its beauty. I was only a novice, not worthy of such a beauty.

After months of hard practice and as the the exam date loomed closer, my casting was not showing any signs of major improvements. Dron looked at me and finally said, “Use this rod for your exam. Practise with it.” My heart skipped a beat. “No, I can’t use that,” but my heart screamed, “You are coming home with me!”. Dron insisted and I agreed. My heart was bursting with excitement.

Casting practice became a breeze and more enjoyable. I finally began to believe that I may just be able to pass the CI exam. Pick up and lay down, roll cast, 6 false cast, distance casting, accuracy casting and all the other tasks became easier with each practice and my confident grew.

May 11 was my big day. It was hard not to be nervous. Everything happened so quickly for me, but it must be a long day for my examiners. I couldn’t really remember what happened during the exam but in the end, the examiners went away to discuss my performance and it finally sank it what was happening. Minutes seemed like hours and I could see the examiners were in serious discussion. I looked at the Sexyloops Instructor Rod in my hands and whispered to it, “If I pass, I’ll get one of your friends to come home with me.

The examiners walked back towards me, looking very serious and solemn. My heart sank. Without saying a word, my Examiner, Mr. Shaun Ash MCI, handed me a CI patch. I looked at him in disbelief. I passed!

My CI patch
The freshly minted FFI Certified Casting Instructors

A few days later, I ordered my very own Sexyloops Instructor Rod. Now it sits on a special place in my fly fishing shelf. But it is not just for display and instructing. It is my go to fishing rod too. Many fish have been defeated by this beauty.

 

Sexyloops for instruction duties in Helongjiang Fly Fishing Convention, China.
A grouper on the Sexyloops. Strong enough to control the fish but sensitive enough to feel the power of the fish.