This is quite a stunning looking HT4 crafted for Ian. Originally Ian asked for Latohegy Osage Orange but unfortunately we don’t have this option yet. However Lee had some pretty exciting looking wood he was wanting to turn.
Which came out like this…
And this has resulting in a quite wonderful HT4…
With a removable butt…
Fantastic work from Lee!!! 😀 😀
It was quite a funny story on the decision to purchase this rod by Ian. Many years ago when I had the first prototype HT4 I met Ian for a cast on the side of the A1 travelling from North to South. And now some 7-8 years later Ian has his rod. I hope it was worth the wait! It certainly looks amazing 😀
Quite a few readers would rather build their own Sexyloops HT. Particularly during lockdown! We can provide the Hot Torpedo blank, tube, decals, the cork grip, socks (or “rod pants” as Ivica calls them!) and occasionally other components too – particularly if they are hard to get and we have them!
Many years ago I built a Loomis IMX. I bought the blank from Steve Parton. You’ve seen my flies? Say no more! 😀
We don’t list this option in our shop and it’s all personal service only. But if you have the dream of building your own Hot Torpedo then please drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Mike’s HT7, build in Switzerland. He wanted to try the HT first and so I put him in touch with Flavio. Flavio is also a home builder and has quite a few HTs!
Mike writes, “Just wanted to let you know that a Hot torpedo #7 is now in Zurich for testing. 🙂 I fished it only once but it was a great pleasure to have the first self-made rod in my hand and it casts absolutely great.”
It looks great too! I actually have a few of these to post and I’m now looking forward to seeing some trophy fish next 🙂 If you have a home built HT of your own, that you would like to share, then please send me some photos!
I know you’re probably thinking we don’t make anything apart from HT10s, but we do really manufacture other rods!!! It’s just that the start of this year has predominantly been HT10/Comp5 rods! And this is another one to Japan 🙂
I’m seriously hoping that we get to cast in competitions again this year. Fingers crossed!
I’m delighted to see so many of these rods in top fly casters hands. We are developing a T27 competition rod now. This will take some time of course! I also have prototypes 9’ 5WT and 9’6 7WT “fishing” rods also being assembled at the moment, ready for some serious testing.
For my next post I shall show you some home-builds 🙂
As always if you would like to learn more about this or any of our rods then please email me on email@example.com
There is an exciting comp casting scene developing in Japan. This is the third of four Comp5 rods heading over to Japan since the start of this year. I’m reading on Facebook 40m casts which is real championship level performances!
I’m looking forward to meeting these guys when the pandemic allows. There is rumour that Malaysia might hold an international competition but we had to postpone things last year. I would love to see casting sport develop in this part of the world and think it would be great for everyone involved. I’m looking forward to when we can do this 🙂
We have a theme developing here in the Netherlands! First was the “Skywalker” Instructor rod and now the R2-D2 HT763 🙂
I’m looking forward to hearing how Richard finds the new HT763. The last feedback we had was:
“I let rip with the HT3 yesterday. It’s certainly not your standard 3wt is it 🤣 Fucking laser tight loops and it can cast a full line. I had to muck around with a few lines to get it to perform in close. I settled on a Cortland Sylk DT (I didn’t have the SA DT in a 3, but I’m sure that would have done the trick too) It worked nicely at all distances. Another cracking rod, well done mate.”
I think it was Nick who started the royal blue and silver trend that is happening at the moment! This is one of four such HT10/Comp5s builds that’s been making its way to Japan this year.
I think it looks very nice indeed and since we’ve just ordered more spools of this material you can feel free to order it for your custom-built Hot Torpedo!
For me personally it’s very exciting to see casting sport developing in Japan and when this pandemic allows I hope that we can set up a SE Asian casting competition either annually or on alternate years to the World Championships. Here in Malaysia we were planning an International competition this April but that has been postponed. Hopefully we can host it soon!
It’s great to have a Pro6 heading out to New Zealand this week, after all that’s what I had in mind when we designed it! I spent 25 years fishing a 9’ #6 as my go-to rod and some 3000 fishing days in NZ wielding one. So I had to get this one right!
This particular rod has gone out with a spare tip. It’s an option you can order with all HT rods. In the case of the HT6 a spare tip is £90 and we give you a 5-piece rod sock to go with it – or “rod pants” as my good friend, Ivica, in Croatia thought they were called! 😀
Superb rod build from out man, Lee, as always. Brexit resulted in a delay on our last blank delivery but we are full steam ahead now. We are building three Comp5s this week (two to Japan) and a 763. We also have a HT12 butt modification experiment to build for Tim in Australia.
There are currently two HT12s in existence. One is with Tim in Brisbane, Australia and the other is with Gary in Florida. It’s currently more of a Bluewater Beast than a Flats’ rod, although it’s certainly caught a few Tarpon! The current configuration comes with two butts. This is thanks to Sakari and the Finns testing some fibreglass ideas. The force that can be applied while fighting with the hybrid is really quite extraordinary.
I’m still not sure what to think. Gary finds the rod too powerful for his Tarpon fishery, particularly for dredging. Tim is happy with the stiffness/casting but would like another butt configuration for Bluewater…
Testing and development has been hampered due to travel restrictions of course, but it’s great to see Tim getting a work out! I really need to get my hands back on one of them again, but I suspect this will only happen when borders reopen and I have USA guests visiting. There is still more work to do, and I think what I will try next is a slightly softer action and compare results side by side. I have some other ideas as well…
As always, if you have any questions about this, or any of the Sexyloops rods, you can write to me on firstname.lastname@example.org