Last week we had a shipment of HT blanks arrive and we are building rods fast! The HT7 Pro and HT7 Instructor blanks are in stock and ready to assemble. True, we have various rods stuck with couriers but at our end at least, things are smooth and we are building.
This is Troy’a second HT. The first is expected to arrive with him tomorrow! Yay!
This one is off to a super nice chap in Phoenix. In fact it’s one of two, the other being an Instructor 6. Troy has really got the casting bug and is working seriously on his casting. Training with the Sexyloops Challenge and we are also working through the FFI CCI theory together.
I think one of the very best things about working in this industry (I have no idea why they call it an “industry” but they do!), is that you get to meet some really nice people who ultimately become great friends. In fact I’m not sure if that’s the industry or maybe it’s just Sexyloops. Certainly over the past 22 years that Sexyloops has been around, I have made very many great friends through this platform.
Andy is writing a series of FPs about why we fish. He hasn’t covered it yet, but it’s an in-depth series and so I’m sure it’s coming! For me, one the most overwhelmingly positive things that fly fishing has brought me has been a wealth of friends – many of whom it could be said are completely mad! (And by mad I mean in a good way!)
Charles Darwin famously wrote, “A man’s friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.” And by this measure I feel extremely rich indeed. Sexyloops really is a wonderful network of friends – I believe this more than anything is what it’s all about… life too in fact.
The HT7 is available, but we are also catching up with numerous orders, so it’s not listed in the shop as of yet – however if you email me on firstname.lastname@example.org we can certainly organise one for you. With Torzites they are 1045USD, with Recoil rings they are 945USD. I would thoroughly recommend the Torzites – on this rod they are superb and are the hardest, slickest rings available.
Here is the first HT Instructor 7, a custom finish for a CCI in the USA. I’m very excited to see this one finished – the first of many more to come I’m sure!
As you can see we have fitted Torzite Titaniums to this rod, in fact our first three HT7s all have these rings fitted. There is nothing in my mind that even comes close.
This rod was specifically designed with the FFI Masters exam in mind, it is a rocket launcher for the distance casts, but has great feel up close for accuracy casting as well. It’s fast become my favourite with the SA MED7.
We sent the Pro version to Bart’s father last week. Bart immediately messaged me to say “Just cast my dad’s #7. What an awesome rod! Well done again :)” And he had to order one for himself, because he “felt a little depression coming up. My dad having such a nice rod and me not :p” 😀 😀
So I think we’ve hit the nail right on the head with this one! Which makes me very happy!
They are not currently displayed in the shop, but will be soon, just as soon as we’ve caught up with our small “waiting list”. Drop me an email on email@example.com to find out more or to get yourself down on this list before we launch properly.
Incidentally, for anyone training to be a certified instructor or MCI of any association, I regularly go through instructor theory for HT owners. We do this via email over 2-3 months. If you are an HT owner and would like me to run through the theory with you, then simply drop me a message.
Beautiful workmanship again from our master rod builder, Lee Martell 🙂