A few builds on the go and some refurbishment projects completed. Stuntman Ronan who has performed a few stunts with his HT6, has had a section replaced and, because he’s a highly-regarded Stuntman, we are sending him a spare HT6 for his clients in NZ to use and abuse.
Piffen bought Tom’s HT10 and so we have changed the name on the rod. Unlike others, the guarantees we provide with Sexyloops HTs are not restricted to the original owner. That’s because we love our rods and want them to last for many MANY years!!! Taking off someone’s original name and replacing it with your own costs 20GBP plus shipping.
And finally we have sent an “abductor” rod tube label to Daniel the Abducted for his HT6 rod tube. Daniel writes…
What an incredible rod!!!
Really impressed. It’s amazing with any length of line.
We have a few of these in production at the moment. The HT7 is out latest production rod, below which I wouldn’t recommend Torzites however with the stiffness/weight ratio Titanium Torzites are quite fine on the HT7 and give outstanding shooting abilities.
This particular HT7 is off to West Coast USA for a CCI training for his MCI instructor exams. I offer to go through instructor theory with all HT owners and of course every rod sold at the moment comes with a free one-hour Zoom casting lesson from the back of the Battleship. The HT7 rod was in fact originally designed to nail the MCI test!
An HT6 for Daniel. If you’ve been a Sexylooper for a while you will remember that Daniel visited the Sexyloops Gathering in New Zealand and because he was worried that his girlfriend (now wife!) Gemma would be angry with him if he stayed longer; we abducted him and made him go fishing.
The HT6 was actually designed with NZ in mind and is of course perhaps the most versatile of all trout weights, being able to comfortably cast most things that you would want to throw at trout.
I’ve invited Daniel out to Malaysia and have offered to abduct him again, in order to turn a three day trip into a month-long jungle fly fishing visit. The HT6 is perfect for Giant Gourami as well as Trout!
I’m sure this rod is going to be a talking point 🙂 Heading over to San Francisco to a Sexylooper at the Golden Gate Casting Club. Gavan has quite a few HTs now and I’m sure this one is going to get a workout!!
An HT7 with Torzite Titaniums throughout! The 7WT is a powerhouse of a rod with HT feel. Originally it was designed for the MCI test – why cast 85’ when you can cast 145? 🙂
This is the rod I pick up nowadays when I want “to play”. Rooftop night-time jungle casting is HT7 territory.
This for me I think is the perfect trout streamer rod. Firing streamers into the bank edges and making long mends around currents. Great fun!!
You can find out more about this fly rod here, or drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org – You are never far away from fish with a Hot Torpedo 🙂
We have a bunch of rods being built this week. An HT7, HT8, four HT6s and just gone out the door this Instructor 6. This one is off to an instructor/guide in Devon. If you are an instructor or guide do let us know because we have a Sexyloops pro scheme. Talking of which, next week I’m going to start organising a listing for all the pro owners so hopefully we can drum up some business your way too.
I’m a huge believer in teaching with a) a white rod that students can see – for one thing their attention span is far greater – and b) with a rod that is comfortably suitable for beginners to cast. Imagine using a rod that is on the super distance stiff side without feel. Now I know you as an instructor can make it happen, but then what do you say to your student? “Sorry you can’t cast this rod; it’s too stiff, here use this one instead?”
Don’t get me wrong, the HT6 Instructor will throw a fly 130’ no problems. I’ve done it many times and it’s a great rod for that. For example here…
But what this rod gives is short range feel as well. Complete beginners can cast it. And they love it! So you can cast, and pass the rod to your student and he/she can cast. Perfect.
Virtually the entire video manual was filmed with the first Instructor 6. It wasn’t the amazing finish that we have nowadays! But it’s the same rod:
Personally I think a 6WT is the perfect all-round rod for teaching. Particularly if you are teaching trout/freshwater. If you are teaching Saltwater I would be more inclined to go up to a 7 or an 8WT. We do have instructor versions of all our 9’ rods. HT7 Instructor blanks we keep in stock. 8 and 10 instructor rods are a special order. We’ve done them both of course. Stu Tripney MCI in NZ has one of each and he’s not the only one. There are even two HT4 Instructor rods out there – however the finish is going to have more affect on the rod’s action with that line weight I’m sure.
As always, feel free to drop me an email for a chat about this or any other rod. I’m in lockdown here, so you’ll actually get a quick and often long reply 😀 You can reach me on email@example.com
This is Iain’s third Hot Torpedo. He already has the 4 and the 10. This is the 8 and we are building his HT6 next week. That’s most bases covered!!
Of all the HT rods, surprisingly perhaps, it’s the HT8 that I seem to use the most. It was originally developed as a SW all-round flats rod. When we launched it, I likened it to “a canon with finesse” – which sums it up nicely I think 🙂
As part of our testing we took a range of 9’ 8WTs from different manufacturers and compared them side by side to three of the later prototypes we had. As far as I can work out many 8WT rods appear to be designed for heavier lines! Tip bounce is also a common problem.
“A canon with finesse” 😀 The HT8 is also a big fish magician! Mine has caught an 11.5lb Brown Trout in the Kola Peninsular, 16lb Carp in Jersey, 17lb Giant Snakehead in Malaysia and some rather nice Bonefish in the Maldives. It was blasting Ladyfish a few months ago! What will you catch on yours? 🙂
Incidentally here in the tropics I use an SA Bonefish 8WT line on mine.
To find out more about this or any of the Sexyloops HT range drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org