Here at Sexyloops we’ve been busier than a bee with a
bum full of honey.
Paul’s been flat out introducing
new bits to the site, all will be revealed over the
next few weeks, months or years – but expect a brilliant
Sexyloops supplier and service directory, something else
that’s under wraps for the moment, and free pornography for
Eric’s put together a Snapcast archive and is busy
implementing the Google Sexyearth plan for world
domination. Lars and Bob have been reviewing their waders
off, Ben's learning Spanish and Magnus is, well, doing lots of
Magnus stuff. We have no idea what Carlos has been up to,
he may be just a figment of a deranged imagination (possibly
Sexloops – It’s bigger than Roseanne Barr’s knickers
|Franco Vivarelli Semi Automatic Fly Reel – Eric (USA)
As soon as you see the Vivarelli fly reel, you can tell it's a
little different. It's the lever obviously. Worlds have been
moved with such things. While this lever couldn't quite
manage that, a pull quickly sends the spool whirling. Then, if
they haven't already crossed your mind, you ask yourself two
things. What makes it go? And is that lever going to get in
|Scientific Anglers Mastery HeadStart Flyline – By Lars Chr. Bentsen (Denmark)
HeadStart is Scientific Anglers’ for beginners and “occasional
casters”, but after I’ve tried and used one, I’ve found out that
it is much more than “just” a beginner’s line.
The HeadStart is designed with several features to make life
a little easier for the learning flyfisher. It is made half a
rating heavier than the AFTM (or AFFTA as it’s called now)
standard. I find this allows the beginner to quickly get the
feel of a loading rod, even with a relatively short amount of
line in the air.
|Scientific Anglers Ultra 4 Freshwater WF5 – Bob Wyatt (Scotland)
I've had this line on a reel for some time but haven't had a
chance to give it a road test this season. I have tried the DT
version of this line and liked it a lot, but I would say that,
wouldn't I? There's not much to say about the double taper
Ultra 4, except that if you love a DT - and I do - you just
don't get any better. Cranky old bastards like me who just
hate change just don't have to bother messing with any other
type of floater
|SPEY TO Z - Carl (New Zealand)
UNDERSTANDING TRADITIONAL, SCANDINAVIAN, & SKAGIT
STYLE SPEY CASTING WITH A SINGLE & DOUBLE-HANDED
Topher Browne, Greg Pearson, and Way Yin
If you’re interested in taking up the two handed
Z offers a top class, no-nonsense introduction to Spey
The DVD covers the differences between the three primary
styles of Spey casting - Traditional, Scandinavian, and
Skagit. The “Three amigos” also do a great job of placing
single-handed Spey casting up front and center. Their stated
goal was to make the transition from a single-handed rod to
a double-handed rod as easy as possible, and Spey to Z does
an excellent job of achieving this goal. Well shot, clear,
concise and non pretentious, Spey to Z is a practical
introduction to the art of the big rod and it’s associated
styles. This is a very good Instructional DVD.
Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will be donated to
various charitable and conservation groups, including the BC
Steelhead Society, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, Trout
Unlimited, the Native Fish Society, and FFF Youth Casting
|Cookshill Flytying Partridge-skin – By Lars Chr. Bentsen (Denmark)
A review of any, natural flytying material really has to be
about quality. And quality is very different from skin to skin,
from hide to hide. You need to be able to assess quality to
get it every time you buy. Hair, fur, feathers etc. are all
natural materials that differ from skin to skin.
Cookshill Flytying is run by Steve Cooper, who also runs
the British Fly Fair International, and this partridge skin is
from him. When I tied at the British Fly Fair in 2004, I bought
a few skins from Cookshill Flytying – different gamebirds.
They were all of a quite remarkable quality.
|Arbor to Fly: by Peter Morse – Reviewed by Bob Wyatt
Arbor to Fly: Knots and Rigs for Fresh and Saltwater Fly
The whole deal about saltwater fly fishing is pretty daunting
to a newbie. Everything about it is writ large - the fish, the
tackle, the boats, the expense, and, especially, the water.
It's fly fishing in the ocean after all, not sneaking around on
some intimate little spring creek. One thing you get to
understand from the get-go is that, presuming you manage
to actually get stuck into one, staying hooked up to one of
these big fish means you have to learn a lot about lines and
knots, and knot strength. There's a huge lore just on knots,
and, between slugfests with back-wrenching fish, our salty
brethren spend a lot of time arguing over them.
|Under Amour – High Performance Clothing
For many years extreme sports enthusiasts have enjoyed the
benefits of high tech outdoor clothing, now fly flingers can
stay warm and dry thanks to the innovative range of clothing
produced by Under Armor.
Featuring clever innovations such as Armour Block - a
technology which neutralizes the microbes that cause odor.
UPF – giving ultra violet protection from the suns harmful
rays. And a special moisture transport system which
wicks moisture away from the skin keeping you dry.
Under Armor Clothing falls into three main gear lines: (and
yes, they make camo’ !)
• heatgear – designed to keep you cool and dry.
• allseasongear – designed for changing weather
• And coldgear – keeps you warm and dry while keeping
weight to a minimum.
Whether you’re into Bone fishing in Belize, Taimen fishing in
Tibet or flogging tarpon in Florida the Under Armour range of
clothing promises gear that is quick drying, provides UV
protection and will keep you warm in colder
Under Armor have been making specialist clothing for
athletes for over 10 years and although their existing range
of gear is readily available in the U.S. The new range of
specialty clothing for anglers won’t be in stores until spring/
summer 2007. We’ll be taking a closer look at Under Amour
gear over the upcoming months - so stay tuned
[Good Lord! - is that Rick Hartman?]
|...And speaking of Foam - Stu's Bionic Bugs!
Following on from our lead article from Tony bishop,
here’s a few words from the man that won the peoples choice
award at the recent FFF International Fly Tying
“I had never thought of entering a fly tying competition
ever in the 27yrs I’ve been fly tying. But I was surfing the
net and found the FFF(USA) International Fly Tying
Competition, and thought to my self –go on, have a go. There
were a few categories and I picked some of them and
entered. I sat in front of the vice and tied up a very large
bionic Bug and decided to enter it under the peoples choice
section- for West Coast, Surface, Steelhead. I was gone for
sometime overseas and when I returned I found my post
box stuffed with boxes of gifts and a first prize medal -
boy was I stoked!!
The funny thing is that I’ve never fished for steelhead!
I don’t have any kids or pets and I always swore to
myself if I did that the word Bionic would be used in their
names. But my lovely wife recons NO WAY! -
So after many years of trial and error I finally got my first
funky bionic fish catching foam bug together and it had to be
called Stu's Bionic Bug! As it’s a sort of small child come pet!
The Bionic Bug is a lot of fun to tie. When I tie it on to a
client’s tippet in the height of summer when the terrestrials
are about they have one look at it and smile and think, no
way! - When they catch a fish using it they smile even more.
I’ve also found when I’ve been teaching children to tie flies
this is the one that they love and want to try to make, maybe
because in a way it looks like a toy in their eyes, but it sure
gets them interested in fly tying and being creative.
It just goes to show we all don’t just shag sheep here in New
Zealand, we’re also fascinated by foam and rubber - Go the
Kiwi fly tiers!!”
Stu Tripney – www.borntofish.co.nz
|The Sexy Earth Satellite has been launched! - Eric
Using Google Earth and a barrel of tracking beacons secretly
implanted into the reel seats of many board-dwelling trout-
nailing fly fishers and more than a few of the salty variety,
Eric’s made a file with all of their locations. You click the
member name, and Google Earth spins the planet and zooms
into an aerial view of that person!
If you want to be added to the map, send Eric an email with
your location or reply to the Sexy Earth post
|Sage 2550 Reel Competition – PRIZE DRAW!
We’ll, we’ve drawn the winner, how did we do it?
Unfortunately Magnus broke the patented world famous
Sexyloops winner generator so we turned to science instead.
To make the prize draw a truly random selection from
eligible entries first we needed a truly random
This site produces true random numbers generated using
atmospheric noise (If you want to know more, and of course
you do, read the introduction to randomness and random
numbers at http://www.random.org/essay.html
Anyhow, for the sake of simplicity I chose to generate one
random integer between one and the number of correct
entries on the Sage Reel Comp’ thread on Sexyloops.
Only correct entries were counted, one per entrant, each
entrant was assigned a number, the number generated at
random.org dictated the winner.
...and the winner was Hutch! Congratulations Hutch you’re
now the proud owner of one of the sexiest reels around - and
a big thanks to Sage for supporting us by putting up such a
If you’ve not read through the thread, you should take a look
– it’s hilarious.
Hang on to your shorts – we’re giving away a sage
Yes, Sage’s famed thunderstick will be up for grabs in
Snapcast. We’ll announce the competition rules in the next
edition and draw the winner just prior to Christmas!
|G-Spot October (Win a SA line!)
This month's G-spot came from a conversation with a reader
and if you've caught me daydreaming, this might be why!
In the southern portion of the world's longest mountain
range, there's a beautiful National Park with lakes and
streams filled with both native species like the pejerrey as
well as trout. A huge larch forest towers between the banks
and the snowy glacial peaks. It's just west from Esquel in the
Chubut Province. Lat: -X2.65° Long: -X1.92°
G-Spot: Name this National Park and the country it's in
Bonus: Name the glacier above Lago Menendez to get a
For a chance to win a new fly line (anything but a multi-tip)
sponsored by the good people at Scientific Anglers (Thanks
Bruce!), send your answers to Eric@Sexyloops.com
The winner will be chosen with
the Sexyloops random number generator from correct
entries, and three additional winners will get a Sexyloops
"Flyfishing, Flycasting, and Socks" sticker.
|In the next Snapcast
What will we feature in the next edition of
What will we do to keep up this scintillating flow of flyfishing
articles, info and advice?
I have no idea – But I’m sure we’ll make something up.
Until then – Cheers, tight lines and keep your powder dry!
~ Carl McNeil
Fugly Foam Floating Flies.
By Tony Bishop
Content Warning: Anyone of a purist dry-fly
persuasion or of a delicate disposition should proceed
I was first introduced to foam flies around six or seven
years ago. One of my favourite dry flies up to that point was
the big ugly 'Madam X', which is basically a big clump of deer
or elk hair, over a yellow body, with rubber legs in the shape
of an X, hence the name.
Madam X was very successful for me, but it had a major
draw back, the one that affects all fur, hair and feather dry
flies, you have to dry the damn things every five seconds.
So when I saw foam flies I was hooked, and as it
transpires so were plenty of fish. I would back a big fugly
foam fly splashed down over fish feeding on miniscule
somethings, to an imitative pattern any day.
Now the range of designs of foam flies is only
constrained by the tyer's imagination, and some of the flies
almost defy imagination. The "Bionic Bug" tied by Stu Tripey
of New Zealand has just won the US Fly Tying Federation's
best fly of the year award, but it has little or no similarity to
any natural fly or bug I have ever seen; though what
happens in the dark, dank depths of the bottom of the South
Island are perhaps better left undisturbed.
So what is the attraction of these monstrosities?
Let's start at the trout's end of the proceedings. Why
would this creature who has spent millenia honing it's
predation skills, rush to the surface to scoff down these
floating horrors with obvious glee and gusto, (if you will
permit me lurching into a bit of anthropomorphism).