Welcome to another enthraling edition of Snapcast, where
what we lack in content we make up for in prizes!
Lots of goodies to give away in this issue, and we’ve got
more amazing sponsors gear coming up from Sage and
Vosseler, so stay tuned.
This month we’ve also got a great new feature dreamt up by
Check it out at the bottom of the page.
Don’t forget the upcoming 2006 FFF Conclave. Bozeman,
Montana , July 25 – 29.
If early indications are anything
to go by we’ll have a fairly strong contingent of ‘Loopers at
Bozeman this year.
We’ve got a thread on the board about the Conclave, so if
you’re intending to head out to Montana let us know so we
can keep an eye out for you.
If you are considering attending but haven’t yet made up
your mind, I encourage you to front up. The Conclave
promises to be a truly excellent event and we’d like to meet
as many of the Sexyloops brother AND sisterhood as
If you think there’s not enough on the conclave
keep you entertained (which is highly unlikely) Rich is
shouting Beers for every ‘Looper that turns up, Paul will be
wearing a suit and giving lectures on tantric sex whilst riding
a Jetski, and I’ll be giving driving lessons. So there should be
something for everyone.
Registrations for the Conclave are expected to open on April
Keep an eye on the FFF Conclave site for more details
|Partridge Hook Draw - and the winners are...
We were inundated with entries for this one. The answer
was of course “Niflor”
We’ve randomly (yes really) selected the winners from each
hook category, if the winners could fire me a delivery
address I’ll get those sexy Partridge hooks out to you as soon
Tony Loader – Klinkerhammer hooks
Ian Mackenzie - Czech Nymph
Mark Sadler - Ad Swier Absolute Pike hooks
Well done and congratulations!, and many thanks to
Partridge of Redditch for supplying the prizes.
|Sexyloops Profile - Eric Wonhof aka "Eric"
"I grew up in Nevada and Idaho occasionally spin
it was usually involved with camping, hunting, hiking or just
getting out. After school, I bounced around through a couple
jobs, obsessed with skiing, music and seal's fur. Ended up
getting into drafting and mechanical design which I've been
doing for the last 10 years at a pump company. I really got
into computers, and I'm almost always in front of one at
home or two at work (one running calculations, the other
usually has sexyloops dwelling somewhere on the task bar). I
have a real affinity and aptitude for mechanical engineering,
and became wholely engrossed in it for several years to the
exclusion of almost everything else. A few years ago, a
friend from Washington got into fly fishing, and talks with
him plowed the ground for my fishing seed which had laid
dormant for so long. It finally germinated two years ago,
when another close friend received a rod as a gift, an older
coworker brought up flyfishing, and I found myself with a
few extra dollars. Soon after, we'd chosen a 6wt 9' beginner
combo kit which I could use on the local water. A week
later, it arrived on my doorstep. So many cool pieces! Rod,
reel, line, backing, leaders, flies, a small box, floatant,
nippers, hemostats, zingers, and a small pack! It was great
and completely overwhelming. Luckily, the fine older gent
(and wicked roll caster!) at my office gave me a copy of the
Curtis Creek Manifesto. I poured through it and was soon
rigged up. Then came casting. I forget what the exact search
that brought me to Sexyloops, but it immediately stood out
with more than just a stray comment on casting. A week
was spent on just the first couple pages of the beginners
section. A couple weeks later, I was lurking the board.
Finally, I posted and joined the mayhem.
Even though I'm in Nevada, the driest
and most mountainous state in the US with average 7"
annual rainfall and 150 seperate ranges, I'm on the western
edge which gets more water through a winter snowpack. It's
a broad and beautiful landscape if you can embrace the
openness of the high desert. Learning my home waters has
been my goal so far; there's a lot trout fishing on small
rivers and some stillwaters. A couple fishing trips away have
been nice, but without enough time I don't feel connected to
the land as much. It's nice to have visits, but I love seeing
how favorite spots are doing that day. It feels personal. A
stubborn pride in my area will find me fishing an alkali flat
before it's done!"
|Bob Wrote a Book
Many of you will be aware that our own Bob Wyatt wrote a
book called “Trout Hunting – The Pursuit of Happiness”.
If you’ve ever grappled with the plethora of theories on
selectivity and trout fishing in general, this book is a must
We’ve managed to wrestle an autographed copy of Trout
Hunting to give away to Snapcast readers (thanks Bob)
If you’d like to go into the sweepstake to win this literary
giant just drop us an email with 'Trout Hunting' in the subject
Don’t forget to include your delivery address.
Check out Bobs site: www.trouthunting.com
If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, we have it on good
authority that Amazon have the best deal.
|...and Mel Made a DVD
And we're giving it away.
Flycasting Faults and Fixes with Mel Krieger
This reference work of flycasting faults and their solutions is
designed for instructors and fly fishers who take their casting
Mel is known throughout the world as the leading instructor
on flycasting. His casting workshops, clinics, numerous books
and videos have displayed his love for casting, and the
caster, for over 30 years.
Beginning with the mechanics of fly casting, Mel
demonstrates and analyses open and tailing loop shapes,
good timing, roll casts, curve casts, power application,
double haul, Spey casting with a single hand rod, push vs.
pull through, last cast syndrome, and many other common
This DVD with eight chapters plus three bonus features is a
great introduction for those who do not know Mel, his alter
ego Joe Schmakapop, and his humorous clear cut
explanations. Moreover, for those who own his book ‘The
Essence of Flycasting’ it is a wonderful complement.
Peer Doering-Arjes from www.springforelle.de has been good
enough to give us two copies of Flycasting Faults and Fixes to
To go into the draw send us an email with 'Flycasting Faults
and Fixes' in the subject line. Tell us what you believe to be
the main cause of tailing loops and you’re in to win. (That
should prompt some discussion on the board) Again, please
include a shipping address.
Flycasting Faults and Fixes and the other DVD’s in Mels series
are available online from Peer’s website.
|A Word From Our Sponsors. 3M Scientific Anglers
The Mastery Nymph line has been in the SA offering since
1992, but in 2004
a major redesign was done to change the way the line
performed to match
emerging nymphing techniqes. The original line was a fairly
typical WF design that turned over weighted flies and
overhead and had a long enough head to allow good line
control out to
normal nymph fishing ranges. In the last few years anglers
that a variety of single hand spey techniques work very well
and a redesign of the line to match that use was done.
The extra weight and resistance of heavy flies, weighted
leaders and strike
indicators have always made overhead casting nymph rigs
techniques are especially well suited to throwing these rigs,
WF and DT lines made for single hand rods don't spey cast
The Mastery Nymph line has a profile much like most
spey lines made today.
These lines have a powerful front taper and medium length
followed by a second belly section that tapers larger all the
way to the 15
ft. long rear taper. Total head length is about 66 ft. Having
belly section get heavier as as it approaches the rear taper is
one key to
this lines performance.
Since most spey techniques
apply power to line in
the "D" loop, having enough weight there to drive the rest of
the line is
key. Most anglers using these lines are fishing big water and
have a need
to deliver their terminal gear 60-80 ft. This is a mighty tough
cast with a 9 ft. single hand rod and conventional WF line,
standing knee deep in water.
For best results with the Mastery Nymph lines
9.5-10 ft. rods are used and
any spey technique that a caster might use with a two hand
rod will work.
Once the line is on the water the long head, combined with
abilities of a longer rod, allow line control at long ranges to
So, if you need the ability to deliver drift rigs long
distances and have
superior line control once the drift starts, you really should
Mastery Nymph line. It does also cast well overhead, but the
shines when used with spey techniques.
-Bruce Richards, 3M Scientific Anglers
To get your hands on the SA Mastery Nymph line, drop us an
email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how many Fly
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Put 'Mastery Nymph' in the subject and give us your adress!
Google SexyEarth Spot
Latitude, Longitude: 44.09411° , -121.74651°
These volcanos rise to the east of a river that gave name to
a popular drift boat style with a high bow point and small
rear transom. The range bears the same name as a flavorful
hop used in some American beers.
Name this SexyEarth Spot on the board!
Put and Take. By Bob Wyatt.
With the demise of so many great fishing waters, and
increasing pressure on the remaining wild fisheries, the best
thing that has come down the pike for fly fisherman is the
put and take fishery. Let's face it, who has the time these
days to put in the hours, years for chrissake, necessary to
catch sufficient numbers of wild trout to be able to call
yourself an angler? Well, nowadays, with these fantastic put
and take fisheries, all that lore and experience stuff about
flies and hatches and so on is just a bunch of boring old crap
preached by boring old farts. No wonder the kids aren't
interested in fishing anymore.
And, even better, the P&T waters are just getting better
he time. No nettles, brambles or mud, all nice green grass
and neat wood and concrete jetties to fish from, no need for
waders and all the paraphernalia. Your nice expensive Nikes
stay as clean as when you stepped out of the car, only feet
away from the old fishing hole. And the fish keep getting
bigger! We no longer have to work so hard for weenie little
sprats like on the so-called wild waters. Now the time put in
is worth something, all these fish are whoppers, easy two
pounds and up. Some are real hawgs too, over twenty
pounds of fighting rainbow swimming around out there in
plain sight, with its mouth open. It's better than Playstation!