Snapcast The Newsletter for Sexyloopers
January 2007

Hey Sexylooper,

Welcome to the first Snapcast of 2007! Yes, we know it’s now February and this is, or should be, the January edition – but you get that sometimes. Trust you had a safe and enjoyable Christmas and were able to take a break and wet a line.

Here in New Zealand we’ve had a fantastic time over the past couple of weeks with the 3rd annual Sexyloops Southern Conclave being the highlight. The gathering at Bob Wyatts place in Middlemarch was a resounding success and we may even be invited back.
Paul and Quentin managed to win the first inaugural Trout Ball Rally and prove that it could be done in under 12 hours (just) – which was particularly impressive given that they were the only entry. Well, OK, Mark and Daniel started as well but didn’t get past the first fishery.

For those of you in the UK there is another gathering planned for May in Scotland. You can check out the details in the announcements thread on the board.

From the Sexyloops crew, we’d like to wish you all the best for 2007, good luck, good health and tight lines.

Aka ~Bumcast

In this Snapcast:
  • The Snake Roll

    By Simon Gawesworth

  • Making the Line - The Story of Rio
  • Review - Listen to the River, vol 2 - Lars
  • "Summer Morsels: THE SEX PISTOL" - Christian Strixner
  • Review - Scientific Anglers Mastery GPX Flyline - Lars
  • Sage TCR Giveaway - Winner Announced!
  • G-Spot December
  • Matt's Corner: How to tie a string leech
  • In the next Snapcast

  • Making the Line - The Story of Rio
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    RIO Products Intl., Inc. was the brainchild of Jim & Kitty Vincent. Jim, a lifelong fly fisher, outdoor writer, photographer and general fly fishing bum started the company in 1990. Prior to that Jim and Kitty spent their life touring North America in an Airstream trailer, from Key West to British Columbia, writing, taking photos and fishing wherever they found water. In those days there were no specialized tapers and Jim would cut up and epoxy-splice together pieces of fly line to get what he wanted.

    Review - Listen to the River, vol 2 - Lars
    Listen to the River

    The title kind of gives it away, doesn’t it? This is the second book by Steve Thornton featuring his flies.
    The book is divided into 4 main chapters on tying nymphs, hatching nymphs and emergers, dry flies and a chapter with one streamer – The Baptizer. All in all 15 patterns are described in step-by-step photography and text. Generally the text is short and kept to the point. On some of the more intricate tyings it is necessary to read the text several times to understand the steps as a lot is going on. Listen to the River, vol. 2 is printed on heavy, glossed high quality paper and spiral-backed. The spiral back makes it lie nice and flat on the table when tying without damaging the book.

    "Summer Morsels: THE SEX PISTOL" - Christian Strixner
    Sex Pistol

    Hi Guys!
    Although it doesn´t look like it at the time of writing this article, we are approaching the heights of summer here in NZ. Top temperatures are at around 10 degree Celsius, there is fresh snow on the mountain peaks and one wouldn´t believe it, but in a few weeks time, trout sooner or later will rise to big summer terrestrials - or they won´t. But for the sake of this article we wanna presume that they will.

    Summer in general is a great time, and for us blokes even more. The girlies are nicely dressed and are wearing short skirts causing rear end collisions on the boulevards. I haven ´t had one for a long time - most probably because I´m married since 13 years. And looking at the girlies would be even more dangerous for me. So I stay away from the cities, and I concentrate on fishing. But nevertheless I´m still faced with other "hot legs" of some sorts.

    Review - Scientific Anglers Mastery GPX Flyline - Lars
    SA GPX

    The GPX comes both as a WF and DT line (imagine the dialogue at the shop: Customer: Hello, I’d like the new GPX DT DTT SLL-line in a 4-wt, please. Shop: HUH?). I’ve tested the WF 5 and WF 6 in the new version with the Dry Tip Technology and the Slim Line Loops. Let me dwell on the line a little. The GPX-series is made half a rating heavier than the AFFTA-system indicates. That means that the when the head is aerialised, you feel a slightly deeper load compared to aerialising a similar amount of line on most other lines. I’ve cast the line on several, and only on a couple of really soft- actioned rods did it feel slightly heavy. The GPX WF-lines are really allround flylines.

    Sage TCR Giveaway - Winner Announced!

    What a way to kick off the New Year, the Sage TCR giveaway!
    Here are the questions and correct answers

    First up in order to be in to win one of them, tell us which TCR is the newest in the range.
    The latest TCR model is the 1090-4 TCR 10 weight rod

    Who founded Sage?
    Don Green

    In what year?

    What was the original name of the company?
    Winslow Rod Company

    What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?

    "Well I suspect most of the competitors in this competition will tell you that the answer to that question is casting and catching further and bigger until one meets his/ her Maker, lashing a silver docter in the rapids of the rivers of afterlife and so on....and on.
    For me personally I'd like to stay closer to earth as long as possible. Since Paul ( yes the Arden person) promised me some flies after winning a POD competition twice in a row in a long gone past but never sent me the promised items. And I had to accept a 'good to fuck up' sticker instead after answering another G spot question correctly. I have made it my personal goal in life and thereby the answer to the ultimate question in life, to cast further and more precisely with narrower and pointier loops than Paul Arden and one day our paths will cross and I will challenge him to a cast out and WIN.
    Then I also will take my APGAI exam but that is less important.
    And to be honest a TCR would help.

    A wonderful christmas to you all and a prosperous 2007"

    And that answer came from our winner, Martin Reij of the Netherlands. Congratulations Martin, we'll send your details off to the nice people at Sage to get your new rod organised. Please let us know if Paul ever sends those flys...

    G-Spot December

    This is the bit where we normally feature the G-Spot comp’ – the more observant amongst you will notice that it’s not actually here, or anywhere infact. You may even realize that we haven’t announced the December G-Spot winner either! In the interests of avoiding a predictable format, Eric and I have decided to omit it from this edition – tricky eh!
    We may (or may not) announce the winner and have a comp’ next time – we’ll just see how we feel.

    Then sometimes, the Gspot magically appears! ~Eric

    Matt's Corner: How to tie a string leech

    In this article, Matt (who the hell is Matt?!) gives us a step by step rundown on tying a string leech. To find out who Matt is, why he has particularly hairy legs and why you would actually want to tie a string leech - follow the link!

    In the next Snapcast

    Maybe Matt will show us how to tie a "String Bikini" - that should be exciting. I also have an article from Ryan somewhere here, but it's pretty crappy so I may leave it until I see something better. Apart from that - who knows?!

    ~ Carl McNeil

    The Snake Roll

    By Simon Gawesworth

    Snake Roll

    Many, many years ago my father and I ran a fly fishing school in Devon, England on the river Torridge. The pool we used to teach Spey casting on was almost ideal. It was wide enough to throw a full line, shallow and gentle enough to wade to the other side and teach casting from both banks and had a nice high bank from which we used to video casters under tuition. The only thing that was wrong with it was that there was not a lot of current. The caster would stand on the left bank (river flowing from right to left) cast a Single Spey across the pool and then have to wait quite sometime for the current to wash the line back to the dangle. This got frustrating and so I used to use two Roll casts to get the line back downstream (there were too many trees lining the pool to do an overhead cast). The first Roll cast was to get the line in the right area and the second to straighten it out. Over the course of time I started to speed the two roll casts up, merging them into one fluid movement and thus became the Snake Roll. My father saw me doing this cast and recognised it as a cast in its own right with a number of fishing applications and so we came to name it. Being a young kid in those days I wanted to call it the Sausage Roll, but my father's wisdom prevailed and we called it the Snake Roll.

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