HT905 no2

Interestingly, the second HT5 is also off to Tasmania!! Might be a time zone thing 😀 First through the gate. Perfect rods for the Western Lakes. This one is off to George with his own choice of custom whippings.

More info can be found here  and of course you can always email me on paul@sexyloops.com .

Just to let you know we are going to have another price increase soon. Most of our suppliers have increased their prices recently. Incidentally the price you see is the price you pay delivered. We pay shipping costs and any customs fees we also cover and will refund you. And finally… every rod comes with a free Zoom casting session from me!!

Cheers, Paul

 

 

HT905 no1

After something like eight years of development we have finally completed the long-anticipated HT905. Now of course some of you will say “of course it took eight years, Paul fishes all the time!”  But actually the real reason was that I just wasn’t happy either with the prototypes nor indeed the direction we were going.

However, last June I believe I may have heard the sound of angels singing when I fitted together HT5 prototype number 3056. It wasn’t actually number 3056, only felt like it, it might have been number 10. Anyway… the angels were singing, the Mahseer were biting and I was finally almost happy.

If you are going to release a HT5 then it had better be the best you can make it! I really wanted something that fitted bang-on midway between the HT6 and the HT4. So that was what I was looking for, but it needed something else. A wow-factor of its own. That’s the bit that took a lot of work and I can only think now that to get it takes some degree of luck, or a hell of a lot of prototypes.

I’ll tell you something though – I’m damned pleased I didn’t release an earlier version. Having done the HT4 I knew that eventually we could make a 5 that would thrill me. Of course we could have released an earlier version and then released an upgraded and improved version but I don’t want to do that. It might make more sense business-wise but I think it’s also slightly dishonest and we can do better.

The HT6 has been out for 10 years now and to me it’s still everything I want in a six weight. Personally I think this is a positive thing. Instead of having this feeling that your rod is out of date because there is a new model out every 3 or 4 years, you can know in certainty, that you can learn and grow into the rod, without having to reinvent your cast every time a new rod comes out. After all, the technology hasn’t changed much, despite what marketing departments may want us to believe. The only thing that changes is the design and I have no need to redesign something that takes me 2-4 years to get exactly what I want, or in this case 8 years!!!

When I say I was “almost happy” when I heard angels singing, this is because I need to be sure to be sure to be sure (as Ronan wouldn’t say). Love at first sight is lust and I’m looking at a marriage here. I did a lot of fishing, a lot of casting over the next six months. The final stamp of approval for me, because I needed some final test, was target accuracy.

Now this is not to say that “some rods are more accurate than others, because of the way we lay the carbon” but how does the rod feel while throwing at target after target. Some rods are far too stiff for this sort of casting and will cramp your hands after 10 minutes. As you’ll probably have realised from my videos, I like a real turn of speed in my fishing cast too, but Target Accuracy is not about  speed, it’s about consistent hovering. It was through this process that I finally decided that I have the HT905 that I want in my hands. It’s an awesome and fun rod (for me).

And it has to be since the 905 in the US is the number one selling rod! We have a lot of US readers and customers. However serial no1, first through the door, was for Gavin Hicks in Tasmania. Gavin has HT4, 6, 7 and 8. Nice to put the 5 in there on that list too!

Something I think that’s really important is the flyline of course. We make HT rods for AFFTA complying lines. So go by the true line weight and not what is written on the box. Some 5WT rods are stiffer than the HT5 for sure and no doubt this is one reason that the flyline situation is in the mess that it is today. The line I used to develop this rod was the SA MED5. Fishing-wise I can recommend the SA Trout 5 as an excellent match. If you have any questions about other flylines then feel free to ask.

OK that’s it! Quite a few of these shipping at the moment 🙂

Cheers, Paul

More details about this rod can be found here.

HT7 Instructor to Tasmania

Many of our Sexyloops Instructor white rods are being custom-ordered now with black recoils and black strippers. They certainly look very tasty! 

This was an interesting rod for me to develop. Normally to develop a rod we really think a lot the fly size and weights and the fishing scenarios involved. In this particular case, however, the prime objective was to develop a fly rod that would nail the FFI CCI and MCI exams! We certainly managed to do that and in the process have also managed to create a wonderful 7WT fishing rod, perfect for blasting out weighed streamers into banks, light to middle weight Saltwater applications and perhaps for chucking heavy nymph rigs in fast water. I often however, simply cast my HT7 on the roof of my boat for fun at night. 🙂

As far as flylines go, my key line for the development of this rod was the Mastery Expert Distance 7 (MED7) – the less garish and more  aesthetically-pleasing SA Trout (it’s green!) is a very similar taper. But anything that is that true-to-weight 7 region will be fine. Many instructors use the Ballistic Pro Performance taper in 7. It’s also quite a phenomenal “casting rod” with the Sexyloops DT6 Lumiline and I would expect to win many battles to the death with this combination. 

More details of this rod can be found here: 

https://www.sexyloops.com/index.php/webshop/item/558/ht-instructor-9ft-7wt

And of course feel free to get in touch directly with me on paul@sexyloops.com 🙂



Second Instructor 6 to Germany

I think you’ll agree this is a very sexy custom build; clear wraps, black Recoils, black stripper guide! Understated (for a white rod!) and in a very nice way. Why white, you may well ask? I’ve been teaching now with a white rod for over a decade and I would never go back to black. Not only can the student see what the rod is doing, but I’ve noticed a much longer attention span. You can also split the rod at the middle and you have a very clear picture of the Variable Casting Arc.

I find it very important when teaching 1-1 to be able to hand my rod to the student and for them to be able to cast (not my Zoom lessons of course!). That’s not always practical if you go to the overly stiff side of things. For fun I often cast this rod with a 5WT MED line and I like the pace when aligned this way. But for fishing and teaching, then a 6WT line is bang on for me. I usually use a 6WT MED but there are plenty of options.

This is of course the original HT6 blank that was designed for fishing backcountry NZ. Big trout, hedged bet leaders, heavy nymphs, but also being able to fish more subtly when necessary. I hope that it gives Lars many decades of service!

HT6 Instructor to Germany

Actually this is the first of two Instructor 6 rods heading to Germany! If you join me for a campfire then please remind me to tell you about how Brexit affects UK businesses and we will put another log on the fire. The only silver lining is that it gives me some interesting stories to tell!

Our Spanish rod builder, Juan, is making a HT6 for a customer in Scandinavia shortly. By the middle of this year we will have Juan fully organised. As you can imagine Brexit has required some complicated organising which in effect doubles our rod components stock holding. Basically it’s a second mirror business that was totally unnecessary a few years ago and totally necessary today. The only place in the world where customers are charged import fees on HTs is the EU. And we need to avoid that… or put our prices up 20%. So we need to avoid that!

Anyway another cracking rod. Really fine work from Lee again. Next week Lee will be incredibly busy building 5WTs. If you are really fast you might be able to get an order in before the blanks arrive. We have a few rods in stock of course. But when the HT5 blanks arrive we will be flat out for some weeks.

As always feel free to drop me an email on paul@sexyloops.com any time.

Cheers, Paul


HT7 Instructor

Another HT7 Instructor off to the States. This one was delayed by snow storms. That’s a first for us! You might be wondering how this is possible? The name decals are printed as slides for us in the US and they had snow storms!

We are very busy at the moment gearing up for the soon to be released HT5. If you would like to pre-order yours then please email me on paul@sexyloops.com


Apart from that it’s all systems go!
Cheers, Paul



HT7 INSTRUCTOR TO USA

Here is an HT7 Instructor rod off to the USA. I always said that a 7WT was overkill for the exams and a 6WT was plenty, but it’s actually become one of my favourite rods! 🙂 It is the only rod that we have designed for the instructor exams in mind, but it is a tremendous streamer rod and generates very high line speed –and still has the Hot Torpedo feel of course. There are definitely times when it is my rod off choice over both the HT6 and HT8.

I really like these hot orange whippings, especially long term when the epoxy starts to discolour slightly they look so much better.

You can find more information about this particular rod here and all the Sexyloops rods here.

The big news this month is that we have finalised the HT905 design and are taking pre-orders in advance of the official launch in March. If you order this month you will still be able to take advantage of 2021 prices and have it in time for April. More on all of this next week. In the meantime you can order here alternatively drop me an email on paul@sexyloops.com There is more information on the HT5 on this page.

There will also be the Latohegy Osage Orange reel spacers option…

As always if you have any questions at all feel free to email me on paul@sexyloops.com And remember all rods come with a free one-hour Zoom video conferencing lesson!

Cheers, Paul

Doubling Up!

From my early days of fly fishing, as a student, I always doubled up on my rods. By this I meant that I always had an identical spare as back-up. This often came in very handy, particularly after I started travelling!

I’ve noticed that I’m not alone in this regards. It’s not uncommon for our customers to have two HT rods of the same line weight and length. Dirk for example has two HT10s. Chuan has two of just about everything 🙂

This is a Torzite-ringed HT7 which is the spare for the first HT7 for an MCI candidate in the States. Great stuff! Incidentally if you are up for a CI or MCI exam, and own any HT rod, then do let me know because I regularly go through the exam theory via email. It’s always good to bounce ideas off someone, especially if that someone is me 🙂

You can read more about the Sexyloops rods here: and email me on Paul@sexyloops.com any questions!