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
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
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
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.
|Making the Line - The Story of Rio
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
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
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
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
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?
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
Then I also will take my APGAI exam but that is less
And to be honest a TCR would help.
A wonderful christmas to you all and a prosperous
And that answer came from our winner, Martin Reij of the
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...
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
|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
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