Stu Tripney MCI doesn’t half make life interesting for us! He asked us for a camouflage 10WT. “Easy” says I, “let me just find out if it can be done!” 🙂
We tried a lot of different finishes at the factory in Spain, before finally settling on spray painting. Lee got the blank, found some camouflage rod building thread and a camouflage grip.
It wasn’t at all easy in the end. And at several points we decided that we would never do this again! However Stu has also ordered a camouflage HT4, for Stealth. So we shall see what he makes of this masterpiece before moving along to build that one!
Here is an essential section of flies that should catch you fish just about anywhere. 70 flies in sizes 16, 18 and 20. Perfect HT4 territory fishing 7X .10mm tippets.
Dry Flies: Olive Emerger, Yellow Emerger, Peacock Strung Emerger, Olive Dun, Black Ant CDC
Nymphs: Pheasant Tail Nymph, Red Tag Nymph, Olive Nymph, Peacock Strung Nymph, Cream Larva Nymph
Tied once again by Master Djordje Andjelkovic and presented in the Sexyloops wooden fly box. If you haven’t fished CDC flies before then prepare to be amazed at how effective they are in these small sizes. To dry them you can use some tissue paper, or Legend Mika’s elastic band technique.
I thought I would take the time to run through some of the items available in the Sexyloops tackle shop. First up (apart from the Sexyloops Hat which is being redesigned for even more STEALTH) is the Essential Balkan Fly Selection. This is 120 flies that are not only good in the Balkans but pretty useful to have in almost every other water!
For dry flies we have Parachute Pheasant Tail, Adams, Cream Caddis, Olive Dun, Black Klinkhammer, Royal Wulff. For nymphs we have Pheasant Tail Nymph, Red Tag Nymph, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Peacock Strung Nymph, Black Mamba Nymph, San Juan Worm. I’m not sure that the San Juan Worm is really a nymph, but it’s close!
This is a selection of flies tied by my good friend Djordje Andjelkovic in Serbia. Djordje is an MCI and a really top bloke. The fly selection comes in a wooden Sexyloops box, made by one of our mutual friends and the entire package is a very nice piece of kit indeed. I think I would be happy fishing a selection like this just about anywhere!
Djordje is an excellent fly tyer – far better than I, in fact that probably goes for just about everyone. The all inclusive price of 250GBP works out at the box costing 10GBP (which is a superb deal, because the box should be around 25-30GBP), 2GBP per fly and free worldwide shipping.
At 2GBP per fly, yes you are looking at a quality fly, first class hook, a proper professional fly tyer who can truly fish as well. To put this in perspective when I was selling flies (I know, “who the hell would buy them?”) 30-odd years ago I was selling them for 50p per fly. I reckon 2GBP nowadays is an excellent deal.