Like a horny Steelhead on a spawning run
comes this the
third edition of Snapcast!
April sees the southern winter drawing closer, and
the end of much of our river trout fishing. Brown
be spawning by mid winter, with Rainbows beginning
winter to early spring. This is not a time of year that
forward to. In a month or so I’ll really be getting on
nerves, (certainly more than is usual). This of course
cunning ploy in the vain hope that she’ll one day ship
to warmer climes to chase fish. It’s a delicate
to ensure that if I’m sent, I’m also invited back home
Our friends in the northern hemisphere are now
out, donning fishing gear and heading for the water.
Aussie mates across the ditch have begun chasing
toothy critters in the salt, and our buddies in Key
busy chasing Tarpon, Bones and Permit.
Rumour has it that there’s also a group or two
Christmas Island for Bonefish and Giant Trevally.
to local guide Ed Blank, the GT’s on Christmas Island
Bonefish, which gives you a good idea of the size and
of these things.
There’s a lot on the menu in this months
sit back, relax and dig in!
And If you’ve got an article, review, trip report or
something so damn juicy you just have to see it
sure to contact us. All published articles go in the
draw for a
pair of Paul’s socks, and a kick up the arse from
Our publishing guidelines are: Nonexistent
|And the winners are...
Last month saw us giving a heap of stuff away ,
further ado, here are the winners:
Trout Hunting by Bob Wyatt
(Autographed – I
wrestled the Whiskey glass from his hand while he did
Winner: Tina Worsley, Ontario
Fly Casting Faults and Fixes by Mel
Kindly donated by Peer Doering-Arjes at
The Question was: Tell us the main cause of Tailing
Winner for the best answer was Mark Anawaty from
somewhere in the U.S with:
“The MAIN REASON
loop, and note I am careful to use your words, is that
of the rod drops below the straight line path. There
many causes for this drop, but this is the reason for
Ya'll make fly fishing a hoot. Keep it up.
Winner with the worst answer and obviously in
need of help was Alistair Gillon of Poland with:
“To quote Shakespear 'To Beer or not to Beer'. I'm
are many other causes to choose from, but none do i
never mind the main bugger himself. But then, if i
answer, what would i need the video for :-)”
Congratulations to both of you – Tight lines!
Overall the answers I got were pretty average,
some were absolute drivel! :-)
If you’d like to
more about tailing loops, their cause and how to
them, point your browser to the Sexyloops casting
Scientific Anglers Mastery Nymph
We asked how many lines there were on the SA site.
no right answer for this one as I didn’t count them so
absolutely no idea. But Peter Stoltze of DENMARK
every single one in his entry, his email ran to 3
Nice effort Peter, congratulations!
|Sexyloops Profile - Sakari Siipilehto aka 'sms' Helsinki, Finland
"My dad was and is a fisherman so I had my first
line when I was
able to hold it. I guess I was about four. And it's
since. Finland isn't the best place for a fly fisherman
fishing, almost half of the year it's almost a of waste
I'm an M.Sc.
(tech) by education and my engineerism shows quite
which seems to
annoy some people.
My fly fishing career started when I was in high
good buddy of
mine, with whom I fished a lot, got himself a fly
Of course, I
had to get one too. I really got myself a bad rod, an
should've asked someone more experienced for an
The reel was okay
but the line was a floater from Wales. Bumpy start
since that I've
really grown into FFing and I don't fish other tackle
all. I had a
dream of fresh 10kg salmon caught with a fly rod and
last summer. Now, I want a bigger one, but what I
want is to try some
real saltwater stuff, like trying to get a fight with a
The first time I found Sexyloops I didn't dig in deep
forgot about it.
The next time I wondered around Sexyloops, The
caught my eye and I started posting. Point of no
passed and I
became a regular. My casting has improved a lot
started thinking what I do. I used to just fish and
casting, except stand in awe as an occasional good
happened to cast
tight loops where I was fishing too. With improved
actually have to think less about the casting and still
those fish I
didn't before - that means more fish.
So, Finland then - how is it? We used to have
great trout fishing
(before I was born). Industry, timber rafting etc
There are still some places with great fishing but
them are beyond
normal people. There is still some good trout fishing in
where the rapids between lakes are the places where
come to feed and
spawn. Northern Finland (Lapland) is quite good for
and char fishing. Still, I go after those species in
which, I think, are both better in that respect,
The local fishing around Helsinki where I live is either
or sea fishing for trout or pike. I'm not all excited
narrows the possibilities down even more. The Baltic
very good sized
salmon and trout, but the number of them in the
rivers is a
bit low, the
number of trout in the sea is fortunately getting
Oh, and yes, I'm a tackle tart."
|Book Review - Saltwater Fly Fishing Fundimentals, by Peter Morse
No, Morises not reviewing his own stuff. Magnus
gives Morsies latest book the once over...
Saltwater Fly Fishing Fundamentals
An introduction to Saltwater Fly Fishing
By Peter Morse
Published by Flylife Publishing Pty Ltd
ISBN 0 9587294 1 7
Interesting book to review; nice layout,
black and white photographs and line drawings; in a
this whole book is a series of questions and answers,
contents pages is a list of questions, repeated in the
of the relevant pages. The writing is direct and highly
readable, although set up for me to find answers to
questions, reading from cover to cover is no hardship.
would be easy to overload a book like this with
anecdote, Morse does include wee stories but uses
sparingly and always to the point.
|"Urinal Cake Theory" an astounding article by Bob Wyatt
The older I get, and the longer I keep at it, the more
become convinced that the first and really only
thing you need for good fly fishing is feeding fish.
season down south, I had my nose rubbed in that
more times than was necessary. The way it works,
reckoning, is that a trout’s activity is simply wired to
supply, to the degree that it takes the presence of
awaken its predatory behaviour. In other words,
always in a predatory state – for much of the time
switched off. No amount of good tactics,
excellent fly tying is going to make much difference.
our homocentric view of things - that what we do is
important thing happening out there - it’s a feeding
is going to take the fly.
|Fly line Repairs. Lars Chr. Bentsen
Once in a while it happens – you accidentally damage
flyline. If it happens on a bush-trip it can really mess
trip. There are of course many different things that
happen to a flyline, but generally most damage can
into two categories: 1, Damage to the coating and 2,
to the core (even breaking the line in two).
Believe it or not – both can be fixed with few
materials that you can easily include in your kit so
have them with you all the time.
|Stuff from our Sponsors - SAGE
Well, here it is.
There are competitions and then there are Sexyloops
competitions, and then there are full expeditionary
force, camo’ wearing midnight raids on the Sage
factory where we kidnap Jerry Seim and swap him for
a heap of great Sage gear!
Of course Paul fell over a lot and broke some rods,
and we forgot to take Jerry with us. But we did
manage to get away with a new FLi, a TCR and a
2550 reel, and over the next few issues we’ll be
giving away our ill gotten gains to you lot.
This month it’s the FLi up for grabs, and you can soak
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I seem to recall Jerry mumbling something about the
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Here's this months G-Spot from Eric.
East from an epic sea, from cold springs and the
mountains' feet, this river leads to the door below.
silver payment for your aged and hammer-toting
guide, and he'll drop you on the painful banks of a
for a hundred years where it would be best to soak
|The International Brotherhood... (and Sisterhood, Tina)
What happens when 25 ‘loopers from around the globe get
together to swap their favorite fly patterns? Apart from a
logistical nightmare you get something pretty amazing.
Check out the thread – it’s been running since December last
year. Then take a look at the results.
Big thanks to Roy for organising and running it (and taking
care of postage I believe) and TZ for photographing the flies
and HTML'ifying the results.
The new years fly
TZ's site with the results
|In the Next Snapcast
What do we have in store for you next time? Well,
anything is possible and surprises are probable. On
the rack so far:
A comp’ to give away a sexy Vosseler vice
An article on the ins and outs of cane
A DVD review
A new agony column from Doris, if she decides to
And a whole bunch of other stuff we’ve not made up
yet, so stay tuned!
by Paul Arden
It became a mild obsession of mine some four years ago and
I wanted distance. Despite what you might think, distance
casting athletes don’t have small dicks. Those with small
dicks cast double handed rods rigged with shooting heads.
Important information, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Talking purely for myself here I’ve found that the pursuit of
distance has given me pace in my cast, which can be
important, especially when a fish is one the move, it’s also
highlighted many of the faults in my casting – ones that I
didn’t know I had – and it’s made me more attractive to the
ladies and Carl.
So anyway, here are some tips if you want to get involved in
the pursuit of distance.