Hey Sexyloops Reader,
Gear freaks, tackle tarts unite! -lets face it, fly
fishing is an accessory sport and you love it. The Sexyloops
review crew have just returned from the Denver Retail Fly
Fishing Show and man do we have some stuff to show you.
The ’07 season promises plenty of sexy gear, new product
releases and improvements on time tested favourites and
we’ll be featuring the best of the best over upcoming issues.
This month we’re looking at gear we thought was a little
different or particularly clever. Gear porn we’re calling it. If
you’re into gear the Denver show is an overdose of all that is
new and exciting, and frankly, I’m still recovering. I’ve
resisted all attempts at rehabilitation and will continue to
battle this addiction to bring you what’s hot and what’s not
over the upcoming months.
More importantly we’ll be field-testing much of this stuff so
you’ll know for sure if it’s worth shelling out your hard
sheckles on, so stay tuned for further deafelephants.
On with the show!
|Xcap - Extractable eyewear technology
All you have to do is look around and see how many of us
wear a caps and glasses together, and most of us have a
story about a pair of glasses that got damaged or lost, or a
hat that blew off on the river or while tearing across the
water in a boat.
With Xcaps patent pending extractable eyewear technology
you no longer have to worry. They’ve put the functions of
retractable eyewear holders into a high quality cap by using
a sleek, concealed, high performance design.
No cords that hang and get in the way, no Velcro tabs or
buttonholes. Two very small custom made retractors (one
on each side) are built into the band of the hat and located
right behind the ears. Each retractor has a universal eyeglass
attachment affixed to the end, you can’t see or feel the
retractors, not even when you are wearing your hat, the only
thing visible is the eyeglass attachment. Now, if they could
just build in a zinger that would hold a beer can..
|William Joseph - '07 lineup and Dry-Namic waders
Some of the more interesting gear we saw at the show came
the 2007 line-up from William Joseph. These guys showcased
10 new products at Denver. Willy J have totally redesigned
their entire line using new super light weight high
performance fabrics, new technology and a number of totally
new designs which they believe “will change everything”
Their new “Hypervent System” features in every product that
touches your body and allows cool air to freely pass between
you and your equipment. You’ll be seeing some very clever
and innovative chest packs and bags from these guys in ‘07
We were particularly impressed with WJ’s Dry-Namic
waders which take a new approach to seams, taping them
both inside and out.
The front (and back) pockets on the upper are stretchable,
welded soft shell. And cleverest of all they’ve worked out
that waders tend to wear at the seams, the inside seams,
and to that end have moved the seam away from the inside
leg – there’s thinkin’ for ya.
The Dry-Namic waders feature a five layer breathable
membrane and a particularly clever boot with a hyperlon
sole. What the hell is hyperlon we hear you ask? We have
no idea, but apparently it guarantees that you won’t get any
compression leaks in your soles – which can be a feature of
Over the next few months we’ll be putting a pair of Dry-
Namics through their paces and will get back to you with a
field report, so stay tuned.
And there's Willy J president Bill Crawley with his favourite
of gear for ’07 – The Exodus Pack.
|Dry Guy - Gear to dry your stuff
The fishing’s hot and you’ve spent a couple of weeks fishing
hard, your boots and waders haven’t had a chance to dry out
and are now starting to smell like a Russian fishing trawler –
It’s Dry Guy to the rescue! - Producing an amazing range of
clever things designed to dry wet boots and waders – you’ll
be back in action and smelling of roses in no time.
More importantly, properly dried gear will last longer and
reduce the risk of fungus, bacteria and infection. Dry Guy
even make 12v dryers that plug into your vehicles cigarette
lighter so you can get some of that warm dry goodness while
you’re on the road.
The Dry Guy website is one of the better ones we've seen,
check it out.
Ralf Vosseler has been at it again and has produced a
bouncing new baby daughter to prove it!
He’s also managed to produce a new midge head for the sexy
Vosseler vice. The new head is designed to hold flys from
size 20 down and is an excellent complement for the larger
head that the vice originally came equipped with. This was
Vosselers first time at the Denver show and their range of
rock solid, reasonably priced fly reels caused quite a stir.
We’re looking forward to reviewing the new midge head in an
Just when you thought you’d seen every conceivable piece of
fly fishing gear, along comes the carbon fly box. Made entirely
out of super strong, feather light carbon fibre, this fly box must
be about as close to space age as you can get. Best of all,
being made from carbon, it’s black. 10 out of 10 for style – this
is one fly box really does look fantastic.
|Spudz - Micro-Fiber cleaning cloths
Direct from the “That’s so bloody clever, why didn’t I think of
that” department, comes Spudz. What makes Spudz so clever
is the design. Unlike other lens cloths, the Spudz lens cloth
stays attached to the inside of storage pouch. The snap hook
also provides an easy way to clip it and keep it. A god-send
for anglers with greasy glasses and camera lenses, and
available in a range of sizes, Spuds will have you seeing
crystal clear in no time.
Spudz come in a couple of different sizes, Standard Spudz offer
a 6 x 6 Micro-Fiber cloth sewn inside the pouch. They also offer
an XL Spud which has a 10 x 10 Micro-Fiber cloth sewn into a
slightly larger pouch.
|Korkers - new gear for '07
With their ingenious interchangeable sole system, Korkers
changed the way we think about wading boots. For 2007
they’re about to do it all over again. The range has been
revamped and features major improvements to the sole
system and the introduction of a range of totally new boots,
sandals and shoes. We were fortunate enough to get a sneak
preview of the new gear at the show. Korkers new Guide
Boot really is an incredible piece of work. This puppy is made
of high quality durable leather, features rubber toe guards,
quick draining mono mesh panels and triple stitched
construction. The really clever bit? The guide boot
incorporates BOA technologies patented replaceable steel
and reel system. (Yes you read right, steel lace and reel
system!) Forget about tying laces, retying laces and laces
that break. Simply set the BOA Dial system to the desired
tension and you’re off!
We’ll be field testing and reporting on the new Korkers Guide
boots down here in New Zealand - where men are men,
are scared and boots have to be tough!
|Hobie Fishing Kayaks
A real eye popper at the show was Hobie’s range of self
propelled fishing craft. The company that bought you the
iconic Hobie Cat now produces an incredible range of
watercraft aimed at the fisheman (or woman)
Using their patented MirageDrive pedalling system, these
babies are pedalled along leaving your hands free for the
serious business of fishing. You can paddle them too, but
why bother. With a feature list as long as a drunken fishing
story these boats have everything including the kitchen sink.
One of the models we looked at was sporting inbuilt Scotty
rod holders, a GPS and fish finder, cooler and I’m pretty sure
there was a big screen TV in there somewhere too. If you’re
into features, check out the gear on the Hobie Mirage
Outback Fisherman kayak, at their site.
|Sage 2550 Reel Competition
The Sage 2500 Series lightweight, large-arbor reels feature a
unique offset 3:1 gear reduction drag system and numbered,
repeatable adjustment knob for consistent operation in all
conditions. Self-lubricating drive gears and sealed graphite
drag washers mean 2500 Series reels are maintenance free
and unaffected by sand, dunkings or blistering runs. These
reels are made from hard-anodized, aerospace-grade
aluminum and are approximately 20% lighter than equivalent
size 3000D reels.
To win a brand spanking new 2550 reel just follow
1/ Go the Sage site and email us the weight of the 2500
2/ Head to the Sexyloops board, and in the tackle section,
upload a photo of your most beaten up, pathetic, well
worn reel and tell us why you deserve a new one.
With the help of the patented world famous Sexyloops
winner selector we’ll award someone a 2550 reel and then
post the result in the next edition of Snapcast!
|In the next Snapcast...
The gear orgy continues with rods from Sage, Scott and
Hardys. We take a look at extreme high-tech clothing from
Under Armour and their new poster boy, Rick Hartman. We
ogle over Renzetti vices, review the Spey to Z Spey
casting DVD from Way Yin and Scientific Anglers and
checkout fishing tools from Rising Fish. And Lars
will be back with a line review.
Until then, take care, tight lines and keep them loops sexy!
Material Preperation - Viking Lars.
While the temperature here in Denmark is still for shorts and
T-shirts, it’s an unrelenting fact that winter is drawing
nearer. For many flyfishers, winter is tying-time (and
somehow I always end up in panic just before the start of the
season with lots of flies I need but haven’t tied). This little
piece is on preparing and even improving on your flytying
materials before you actually tie them to a hook.