The New Stealth Shirt

A big thanks to Stuntman Ronan for sending this stunning brown trout picture for our Stealth Shirts. You have the choices of the Rainbow Trout (Aitor’s fish!), the Mahseer and now Ronan’s Brown Trout.

You can learn more about these shirts here.

All our shirts are made to order and everything is customisable from collars, to sleeve length, to hoodie options, to having you name or company on the front/back. Indeed we can even mount a fish picture of your own.

The material is extremely long lasting, and the shirts take years to fade in the tropics. I’m currently experimenting with a new cooler material – the same material that is used to manufacture buffs.

Drop me an email to find out more on paul@sexyloops.com

Cheers, Paul

Dirk’s HT10

This is Dirk’s second HT10…

It’s my every day rod! But I need a second one because I don’t wanna change from popper/gurgler to clouser all the time. Want to have both handy…

Great fishing for Kings, barracuda, queens, milkfish, cobia etc. But 200km away in Oman much better. Also geets, sailfish, etc

Sounds like paradise! 😎

I hope to see Dirk again soon. He’s one of my favourite Snakehead fishing guests/friends (they are all favourites of course!) and Dirk managed a 4KG Gourami on one of his trips that features in the Tourism Malaysia fishing catalogue. That was one of my most memorable fishing moments – for Dirk too I’m sure 😊

The HT10 is also my go-to fishing rod. You can find out more about it here. Alternatively drop me an email.

Thanks Torpedo Owners for supporting us through these difficult times. It means a great deal to me and it’s fantastic that you all seem to be surviving and getting on with life. Here’s to the next fifty years of fly fishing together! 😀

Cheers, Paul

Pro 6 for Tom

We have been turning out quite a few rods recently, but with all the Sungai Tiang activity I haven’t been able to keep up to date with the HTOC! This is Tom’s new HT6.

Tom guides down in NZ and we’ve been going through the CI test together. Without a doubt some of the best theoretical answers I’ve been given in all the years of doing this.

The HT6 was/is our flagship rod and the easiest for me to make first because for over twenty years a 9′ 6WT rod was my go-to rod. The rod was designed with NZ in mind of course since that is somewhere that I fished extensively!

You can read more about the HT6 here. And for the complete range have a look in our shop. For any questions feel free to contact me on paul@sexyloops.com

Cheers, Paul

COMP5 (V8!)

A Torpedo Comp5. There are currently three Comp5 variations. The original Comp5 was the HT6 blank. Version 2 (V2) is the HT10 blank. V8 on the other hand is the HT8 blank. All is clear now!

There are actually three Comp5 V8s in existence. One is with Team China (Zhongxiang) and another with Team Jersey (Ross) and now this one which is off to Dario in Italy.

V8 is considerably more forgiving than V2. V1 I actually find too soft nowadays for this sort of distance work although I often throw it aligned with the MED5 at accuracy rings.

Every rod comes with the offer of personalised instruction. I’m always happy to give advice to all Sexyloops readers of course. However if you are an HT Owner, I can put together a training plan for you – for fun, for better fishing, for competition – and using video we can work together on honing your casting technique.

I do this regularly through email/ WhatsApp/ messenger. If you are interested just drop me an email on paul@sexyloops.com

Great work from Lee Martell, our Master Rod Craftsman! 🙂

HT12 Comprehensive Testing

There is a lot of fishing going into these. The first prototype I used on Snakehead before passing it on to Tim. Tim used it in Australia and Florida before passing it on to a guide in Mexico for a few months, where it passed through many clients’ hands – he wanted to buy it but we haven’t finished testing! It then was bashed around Australia and is now back in Florida, this time with Gary of the Tuesday FPs. We are two years into development now. Comprehensive is not fast!

To speed things up I’ve had another HT12 made – back to Tim who’s taking it to Exmouth, WA for GTs with Jono soon. This is one of those rods that I need expert advice on. A 12WT is not exactly a Snakehead rod!! It’s a big GT/ Tarpon/ Sailfish/ Marlin rod. I do plan to spin one around on Sailfish later this year – we have some excellent Sailfish fly fishing in Rompin, Malaysia and a good friend of mine guides for them – Juan Wei (“Juan” not pronounced as you would expect).

Yes it has two butts! This is something I’ve learned from the Finnish guys and particularly Sakari who gave me an eye-opening test of his fibreglass butt rods in the 2018 World Fly Casting Championships. This is the Bluewater option and possibly for sharks off the beach. You can lift 10 kilo weights set up this way, with what would otherwise be impossible rod angles for a purely graphite rod; more in fact if you are Hercules or Popeye Cummings.

The first prototype was a cut down Ugly Stik, with the handle chopped down with a carving knife – this is a true story. It wasn’t the perfect length and didn’t fit in the tube. Whereas, as you can see from these photos, we’ve since had a fibreglass butt specifically made to fit – I was reasonably happy with the Ugly Stik option but we couldn’t get trade prices on just the blank and Lee didn’t want to strip back every single rod before rebuilding it as a fly rod. I can’t think why.

Another change with this latest build is that, on the recommendation of Tim, we’ve fitted the butts with far longer grips. I’m very grateful to our cork grip manufacturer in Portugal for speeding these through for us.

I really can’t tell you when the rod going to be released. It’s quite possible that we redesign the blank; I’m waiting to hear back from Gary, both his first impressions but also what he thinks months from now. So it could be a while – big changes will restart the process. There is no hurry however; it’s only finished when it’s right.

Got any questions? You can email me on paul@sexyloops.com 🙂

Cheers, Paul

Short tubes, long tubes and rather a lot of cork!

While we have rather a few of the original Sexyloops cordura tubes for 7’6 four-piece rods, due to “an order error in our favour”, I thought it best if we had some aluminium tubes as well! Interestingly, despite what many people think, the cordura tubes are actually the more expensive!

We also have some new cork – apparently this is around 2/3rds of our current cork supply – if there is any cork left in Portugal then I would be surprised!

The more observant amongst you will notice the long grips; these are for the HT12 that is still undergoing rigorous testing! In fact the working model is currently heading to Gary in Florida having been “tested” by Tim in Australia (and all around the world) so far. Tim will get a new one with the new longer grips, since this is what he asked for!

The HT12 is very interesting and I have Sakari and his Finnish friends to thank for the “two butt” concept. It’s been a big part of our testing, ever since Sakari tried to pull my arms off at the last world championships!

And finally, here is a quick tube comparisons: 🙂

Cheers, Paul

If Metallica made Hot Torpedos

Another custom Sexyloops finish. We do charge a little extra for the removable butt option and have fitted them many times now. It’s a nice addition I think.

I like the little Sexyloops baggy. Here you can keep other essential items!

An unusual build this one with metallic ends to all the whippings. I think it looks awesome!

https://www.sexyloops.com/index.php/webshop/list/70/fly-rods

Contact me on paul@sexyloops.com to discuss your personal SL HT!

Cheers, Paul

Getting a Grip

An HT6 Pro off to Gavan in California 🙂 Gavan already has the Instructor 6. You’ll notice this one has Full Wells grip. Probably about 20% of HT6 rods are fitted with Full Wells grips.

It’s mostly a question of taste perhaps? Where the Full Wells is no doubt an advantage, is for cradling the rod butt against the forearm on the backcast (this is in fact why Gavan requested it). For those who like to grip with the “finger pointing” grip, the cigar shape we more commonly fit to 6 and 4WTs is perhaps more comfortable.

We have fitted Full Wells to the HT4 In the past, but interestingly we have never had a request for a cigar shape grip on rods heavier than 6WT! 😀

You can see our standard 6WT grip here. If you have a special grip that you would like then just let us know. We can sand any shape you desire!

Cheers, Paul

The Goose II

What a beautiful looking rod! I’m really liking the hot orange whippings that many are choosing for the instructor rods. Douglas’ first instructor rod – the “Goose” – had Racing Green whippings, so this will be an excellent contrast.

As you can see this is our new HT7 rod, Instructor version with Torzite Titanium rings. The Torzites add an extra 100USD to the finished price but I think are most certainly worth fitting on the HT7 and above.

I’m excited to hear new of the Goose II landing in Canada. 🙂

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I had a very nice email from Andy last night on his recently acquired HT4. I don’t normally publish these emails, Ashly asked me why not, and I couldn’t think of a good reason, so here is what Andy wrote:

Mate, I just got back from the water casting and fishing the HT4 for the first time. And, well, how do I say this. Let’s see:
Whatever wicked and absolute unreal magic it is, that you put into making this rod, keep doing it.

It’s amazing, it’s beautiful, it’s perfect.

I am far from being an expert when it comes to the huge variety of rods on the market these days. But I have cast and fished quite a few and I can say without any doubt, that this is the best I have ever had my hands on. And it’s mine! I own several other rods. They’re all shit now. So thanks for that!

It feels lovely. Light but strong. Smooth without any stiffness. Sensitive without being wobbly. Powerful with, at any moment, just the exact right amount of feeling. And the precision this thing allows me in my casting is insane.
I lack the right terminology to describe it all. But Paul,   it’s simple: I love the HT4. It’s already, my new favourite rod. By a long haul.

Thank you. 

🙂 🙂 🙂 That’s awesome and always makes me really happy to get emails like this. Thank you Andy!!!

As per usual, if you have any questions at all you can reach me on paul@sexyloops.com

Cheers, Paul