Steven and I have returned from a 2 day trip after Mahseer in Sabbah with Julio. We had no idea what to expect, however we caught plenty of Mahseer up to around 800 grammes and lost a couple much larger to mostly dry hoppers and tungsten beaded nymphs.
We both used the 4 weight HT’s and we both agree and so does Julio (even though he is a LOOP pro team member) that these are the best 4 weights that any of us have ever used.
Next up for larger Mahseer will be a trip to Thailand but we will definitely be back to fish with Julio again. It was not a million miles away from pocket nymphing in fast water on the Deveron on one small river and another one resembled the upper Dee with the obvious temperature and foliage differences. All in all the tight casting and scrambling around over rocks and hunting for fish in small gaps in freestone water is like the fishing in highland burns which was fantastic, however no wee burn troot ever fought as hard or as dirty as the wee mahseer that we hooked.
Unless you piled on the pressure immediately they would find a way to dive under the boulders and it was game over. The one obviously large fish that I hooked stopped my fly dead and then refused to move from between the rocks and sat there shaking its head like a pissed off jack Russell until the leader parted. I will be ready next time!!!!!!!!!
I bought a limited run of tropical Thunderbolt lines in 6WT for the HT Instructor rods (or anyone who likes orange coloured tropical lines!). I first got hold of these in the UK a few months ago and found them to be similar to casting wire – so they are definitely not to be used in cold water climates!
These lines are the same 110ft lines that are our original Thunderbolt taper and manufactured by RIO. The Thunderbolt taper is actually Jerry Siem’s TCR taper from quite a few years ago. It has a head of 57’6″ head with a very long rear taper. Perfect for long carries, mends at distance, and a good all-round fishing line.
It’s a flyline I’ve been casting here in Malaysia where the day time temp is around 34C. So if you are living in a warm climate and looking for a top quality casting line then look no further!
We are selling them without the box for 84USD delivered. If you want a box to go with your line then please add another 5USD. The boxes are printed cardboard and the spool is the usual plastic spool, both of which normally end in the bin.
To spool up either unroll the flyline first using a rolled up magazine as a temporary line holder or maybe one of the old plastic spools that you haven’t thrown away. If you have a line winder then you’ll know what to do. 🙂
We’re not fast, but we’re faster than a flyswap. Lee really went to town with Ashly’s winning customised (pimped) HT6:
The colour scheme has been chosen by Ashly!
Now this is a little bit different! A Damascus Steel spacer for the reel seat. Never been done before! It’s a bit of a test to see how much maintenance is required – some light oiling from time to time to be sure. Also adds some weight, but in a nice way…