This months Snapcast is a veritable international
potpourri of contributors!
We have articles from Denmark, Germany, USA,
Scotland and New Zealand.
You may find some of the grammar a little interesting,
but we believe this just reflects our international flavour
and that grammar is totally overrated – Don’t we
According to Paul, Snapcast is now
an “Ezine”, which is exciting – I wonder what we’ll be
Unfortunately, nothing from Doris this month,
apparently I did a very poor job of impersonating her
in the last Snapcast and as a result we have a little
HR problem to resolve. (I’m sorry Doris, really I am)
Oh – and there’s the odd bit of colourful language in
this one, so if you’re easily offended you may just
have to subscribe to something else.
|Winter in The Other New Zealand Fly Fishing Destination - Tony Bishop
If you were to read the magazines, watch videos, and
reports on the net, you could get the impression that New
Zealand fly fishing was confined to the South Island - or the
'Mainland' as South Islanders call it.
The South Island Fishery has a great deal going for it; big
clear water, demanding fishing for good and better fly
Most South Island waters are open during Summer, but
during Winter. But the North Island has superb fishing, in
streams and rivers as well, especially throughout the central
North Island, and especially for anglers prepared to venture
the beaten tracks. But many of these streams and rivers are
closed over Winter too. So what do do, apart from tie flies,
lies, and wait?
The good news is that much of the Lake Taupo area, on the
Central North Island Plataeu is open over Winter, and it is the
time Rainbow and brown trout head up the rivers and streams (all
47 of them that flow into Lake Taupo) to spawn. (Most of the
rivers have closures on the upper reaches to facilitate
undisturbed spawning from the end of June.) This draws big
numbers of fly fishers, most of whom it must be said are there to
catch fish to eat, and many who are fixated by chasing numbers.
|Smooth Connections Revisited - Lasse Karlsson
For those who still are trying to get that flyline into
zipcode, and are finding the competition lines at 120
short, there's a new way of getting them longer (and
no it's still
not viagra we are talking about, or some sort of car
Dutch instructor Sepp Fuchs, has come up with a
cool way of
joining two flylines (it can involve fire and as such is
just the right
thing for manshit guys like the infamuos
with bad socks), and the applications for flyfishers
abundant, I'll show a few of them, but let's start with
connection of two pieces of flyline.
|Smooth Connections 3 - Lasse again (yes, it's all about him this month)
We've all tried it, on the water, fishing and then we
get the line
caught in either a rock, barbed wire fence, fishing
nippers or just tramp on it. Normally that would mean
to a otherwise good flyline, but there's a way to give
some new life.
|How We Get Hurt Casting - and how we can avoid becoming too sore - by Dr. Gary Eaton
The force of pulling a line or playing a fish bends a fly rod.
Too much force, and it can break. Your casting arm is subject to
the same forces that are seen by your rod, and physical injuries
or soreness can occur.
Simple principles we all know include-
1) The more line you try to cast the more force you use.
2) Higher line weight rods & lines weigh more.
3) Longer levers apply greater force.
4) Adverse conditions reduce the control we have and can
increase casting forces.
Question 1: What is more likely to give you an injury?
|Review - The New Snowbee Waldron Fly Tying vise. Bob Wyatt
Snowbee has teamed up with Britain's ace fly reel and tying
vise maker Lawrence Waldron to produce what looks to me
like a winner. I spent the first forty years or so of my fly
tying career working with an ancient Thompson 'B', which
never let me down and still works perfectly - it just became
a little embarrassing with all the fancy vises on the market. I
started to joke about it but reckoned people just though I was
too cheap to buy a decent vise. Then I got interested in an
upgrade. I tried out a few, was mostly disappointed by what
you get for a couple hundred quid, and finally settled on a
nice Renzetti 3000 - a great vise but with jaws primarily
designed for small trout flies.
Thinking all I needed to make my life perfect was a new vise
that would handle big saltwater hooks and trout sized flies,
I've been keeping my eye peeled for a good one. I knew
about Lawrence Waldon and his famous LAW vise, the ne plus
ultra of fly tying tools, and have handled one a few times,
but the price was a bit rich for me (although I was beginning
to weaken). Well, along comes Snowbee with this little
|Cane splitters! by Christian Strixner
It was quite a long time ago... on a dull day - fish
very active - Paul, Reinhard from Germany and myself
flicking some casts into the mighty Waiau in
We tried several rods with different lines... what else
you might ask?! Well, I could convince Paul to have a
with my splitcane - or was it rather his courtesy not
my suggestion? Anyway, we had a good time, the
making coffee and besides the anticipation of dinner
we were penetrating into the depths of casting
physics. In the
evening after a few glasses of tasty Australian
Sauvignon, Paul said: Christian why don't you write a
about cane rods on Sexyloops? By the next day he
have regretted his venture - but now it's too late
Sexyloops goes Tweed!
|Vosseler Vice Competition Winner!
This was difficult – really. Contrary to the fly-tying
reputation Paul has established for himself, the
Sexyloops fly tying section boasts some truly
talented and innovative tyers.
Entries of particular note but in no particular order
Connor - Who tied his fly without a vice, but
with the assistance of half a bottle of Whisky - He
was disqualified for being too clever.
Tooth A beautiful fly from Mike, that came very close to
winning - (we had to go to the line Judges for the call)
The winning entry was the 'FLY-2k' - deftly engineered by
The accompanying description goes something like
"The Fly-2k has it all;
LED for night fishing
With this Fly-2k you will catch modem fish and get more
(batteries not included)
DO NOT TIE THIS AT HOME (thats why i need the travel vice
Broken am/fm radio wing
road kill hackel and body
Watch for the soon to be out; WIRELESS MOUSE
THE GIGGA BLUE
You can check out the Fly-2K here
Great stuff Southpaw - thanks! - Don't forget you have to
send one to Ralf Vosseler.
Please fire us your address and we'll get that Vosseler Vise
out to you.
Many thanks to Ralf Vosseler and his team for supporting us!
|Sexy Earth G-Spot
This month's Sexy Earth GSpot!
This river flows through the junction of N B and 2 Z's, down
over the greatest of falls to the Indian ocean. A giant might
guide you if you're after tigerfish, and it'd be best to have
him for the hippos and crocs. Lat: -XX Long: +XX.
Send your guesses to email@example.com
correct entries will be sent out official Sexyloops swag in the
form of a possibly offensive sticker (not scratch and sniff)!
Last Month's Answer: Yellowstone Park in the US
Congrats to the winners Bevan J. in
Shanti A. in the US, Robert A. from... Yellowstone, Mark H.
from I dunno where yet, and Gerdus L. from somewhere in
Africa... I think. Thanks for all the entries!
|In the next Snapcast
In the Next Issue of Snapcast, the Sexyloops Ezine,
Paul "the Ubercaster" Arden begins a new series:
of the Month.
First up, The Royal Fuckup.
Paul will take you step by step through his very
complicated tying proceedure of this deadly fly - you
will be needing superglue -
and lots of it. Remember not all of Paul's flies are
fuckups, some of them go further.
Sexyloops - it's all about to happen...
Big Muddy Ugly - Written by Jim Laing.
There is nothing pretty about the scene below the
dam of Rend
Lake in Southern Illinois, USA. The terrain is littered
fish carcasses, filling the air with a foul odor. I could
breath as I made my way to the water.
The first strike was hard and fast and my reel was
the backing disappeared from the spool. The fish shot
the channel and then headed downstream after
reaching the rip
rap on the opposite side. About half way into the
backing, I had
to crank the drag system down and break the fish off
ate up all 250 yards of 20 pound backing. The striper
fishing for up in the channel reacted to the strip-set
for cover down in the Big Muddy River.