A drawer full of Hot Torpedo cork back at the UK Sexyloops workshop. Contrary to what you may believe, it is still possible to acquire excellent cork grips! And we do fit the best.
How can we afford to do this when the big companies can’t? It’s because we are the retailer as well as the manufacturer. This allows us to build you a far more expensive rod for the same top end price. We could have made a “same quality as everyone else rod” but for a cheaper price but I didn’t want to do that. It’s much more interesting to try to make the best!
It’s not just cork of course, but the highest quality carbon blanks, titanium framed stripping guides, Recoils, Torzites or H&H rings, Rec Components fittings and rod tubes and incredible workmanship, hand-built by my colleague and outstanding rod builder, Lee Martell in Hastings.
The only comparison that you can make between Sage, Scott and Loomis – all excellent companies and all of which I’ve been involved with in the past (for one thing, I’ve demonstrated with all three companies’ rods over the past 25 years)… the only comparison you can make is a similar USD selling price. Quality wise they can’t afford to match us.
But where we are truly different, in my opinion, is that we have better blanks. But hey that’s the bit I do, so I would think that! 😀 I’m not going to design a blank that I think is worse am I?!
Incidentally I’ve almost finalised the 7’6 3/4WT. I have two rods to take jungle fishing for Mahseer shortly. Only Sexyloops rods are designed in the field where the tester may get eaten by a tiger! Those are the lengths we go to to bring you a better rod. 😀
I’m flat out this week but next week I shall be starting the 2019 HT competition. This time I want to hear your rod/s story from the point of view of your rod!!! Stu Tripney had an entry like this in last competition and so now we would like to hear from the other rods out there!
A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Hot Torpedo competition. Everyone who entered of course gets a shirt. I hope that you like them and get excellent use out of them. I’ve been living in the same two shirts for several years, here in the jungle, and despite being washed a couple of times they have not faded!
Thanks again – and thanks to Tim Kempton for the idea in the first place. 🙂
One of the services we offer is a complete refurbishment of your Hot Torpedo. The cost varies but is generally 100GBP which includes any replacement rings, complete rewhipping, new decals and return shipping. If we need to fit a new cork grip then it’s slightly more. It’s extemely unlikely that we will have to replace Titanium Torzite Rings – you would probably have to take an angle grinder to destroy those 😀
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!