Performance and Service

Selling rods is quite easy but supporting your customers is what ultimately sets your business apart from the others. All problems are personally dealt with by me… broken tips, accidental damage, refurbishment. And just like any rod manufacturer we occasionally make mistakes, that need to be resolved quickly and to everyone’s satisfaction. Going the extra mile is something that I very much believe in and as a consumer on the Internet myself, I know the difference between good and bad service.

For me, I always try to see an opportunity when something goes wrong and I’m very much aware that our long term success in manufacturing fly rods is built upon happy, returning customers!

In this particular case we had an HT10 go out to Australia which developed some cracks around one of the female ferrules. We had the rod returned and the problem ferrule was repaired and strengthened. Since then the problem has reoccurred.

So that we don’t waste any more of our customers time, I’m having a new HT10 built – this is it! And I’ll have Chris ship the original rod over to me in Malaysia, where I’ll use it as my goto Snakehead fishing rod – that way I can monitor the ferrules and get a better understanding as to what has happened here. I’m also keen to fish the rod to destruction to see how long this takes given the problem at hand.

See? Every problem has a silver lining!

Testing the 907

It’s not really a length/size combination that I would reach for but following numerous requests from the USA for a HT Instructor rod in a 7WT it’s something that I’ve been working on for about 6 months now.

Yes it will perform all the Master tasks. All rods will do this, even the HT4 without problems. However for some reason it’s obviously being recommended in the USA to use the maximum line class that is permissible. No doubt this is to make the 70’ and 85’ distance casts easier.

I’m sure you know what I think about that 😀

Anyway I got fed up with telling everyone that if you can’t pass the test with a 6WT outfit then you are probably not going to pass with a 7WT outfit either. And instead I’ll just make an amazing Instructor 7WT.

Here I’m testing it on a Giant Snakehead. Last week Zhongxiang caught a decent size Gourami on it. Basically it’s so good you’ll catch fish casting down a toilet.  Just don’t land those ones.

The rod might be ready soon. But you know me; I only release them when I’m sure that I can’t make them any better.

The Hot Torpedo competition is back!!!

OK first up, sorry I was flat out for the past two months! Fishing and fishing with friends got in the way of the Competition! Of course, it’s the best and only excuse around here 🙂

Talking to a few of our HT owners we have some new rules now: there are no rules and anything goes! Therefore you don’t have to write the entry from the perspective of your rod, but tell any HT story in any way you want.

And now we have something new: EVERY PUBLISHED ENTRY GETS A FREE STEALTH CAP! I know many of you have been asking when the Sexyloops hats will be available again – well quite soon!

So a free SEXYLOOPS STEALTH CAP to every entrant. Monthly winners get a Sexyloops Stealth Shirt of their design. And the grand prize is a new Hot Torpedo Fly Rod. Yes – it’s our fantastic biennial give-away!

Here is what has happened so far…

Cheers, Paul

Comp5 V2

The Comp5 V2 for one of Bart’s Dutch Fly Casting Team’s fellow members. I’m looking forward to meeting Antony and all the rest of the team in Sweden next year!

This is the rod I’ve been using in the last two World Championships in the Trout Distance event – and the one that Bart has been using to set British Records.   It’s a superb 5WT distance rod and also a wonderful 10WT fishing tool!

Full personalisation is included in the price, until the end of the year only. After this custom builds will come at a premium.

You can see the compete Sexyloops HT range here. Remember: it’s an exploration! 🙂

HT4 Instructor Rod for NZ

Stu Tripney MCI has all of our rods now, often in different colours and custom builds! This is a white Instructor HT4 with a New Zealand flag 🙂

Fine workmanship from Lee on the build as always.

White HT4s are a special order (from memory we have two white HT4s out there, one yellow and one camo!) – mostly they are a matt finished carbon for stealth.

You can find the complete Sexyloops HT range here and the “user manual” here 🙂

We are flat out busy at the moment, with the new trout season underway in the Southern Hemisphere – consequently at this moment in time most rods are being made to order with approximately a two week delivery time. I do have one HT4 in stock ready to ship from Malaysia – this is one I brought with me from England.  Email me directly if you would like this!

Hot Torpedo blanks are designed by Paul Arden in conjunction with Alejandro Viñuales in Spain. They are unique to Sexyloops! The blanks are rolled in Spain and the rods are built to the highest standards by our rod builder Lee Martell in the UK – using Portuguese, British, USA and Japanese components. You will not find a better fly rod!

For enquiries please feel free to email me direct on I deal with all communications to give you the guaranteed best service.

Sexyloops fly rods are designed for flylines that conform closely to AFFTA standards. With the HT4 I personally use and recommend a Mastery DT4 from Scientific Anglers.

Thanks, Paul

HT6 heading Down Under

Here is an HT6 heading for Tasmania. This is Zuie’s third Hot Torpedo, having both the HT4 and the Comp V2 (Zuie is throwing some pretty serious distance nowadays!) I’m expecting some photos of large sea-trout very soon. 🙂

When I was in Tassie last year I used the HT4 for almost all of my fishing, but there are a few times when the 6 is a definite advantage. Mostly I found it necessary when “sharking” the Great Lake casting across strong crosswinds, but also for the coastal fishing I think it’s a must.

You too can be the proud owner of a Sexyloops Hot Torpedo… see the complete range of quite possibly the finest fly rods ever made!

Sexyloops HT 6 and Stonker Carp

Carp are an invasive species in Australian waterways and lakes. They are declared a noxious pest and must be destroyed. There are annual carp buster days in many dams and waterways to catch and destroy as many as possible.  There are some commercial enterprises that make fish fertiliser from carp.  Carp are active in the summer months.

In my quest to catch unusual species as in 2019, I embarked on an early morning trip to a local dam in South East Queensland.  I was armed with a HT 6, WF6F line,  a 12lb leader and a shrimp fly. As we were walking the banks and sight fishing, we had to wait until the sun was high enough to spot fish. There were plenty cruising 10-20’ from the bank. Stealthy stalking and casting was required, as these fish easily spooked. Once they saw the fly, they either ignored it or attacked with gusto. 

The best fish were 70-75 cm and 10-15lb. Their power was amazing!. Runs to the backing were commonplace. The trick was to keep rolling the fish by changing direction. All went well in clear open water. Busted leaders and lost fish was a common result in the timber.

This is exceptional sight fishing.  It seemed strange to a dedicated catch and release fisherman to kill the captured fish and leave it rot on the bank.  After all they are a pest.

Destined for Down-Under

The mid-summer lull is well and truly over and we are flat out again. This is the busy time of year for orders from New Zealand and Australia. The HT6 was designed specifically with NZ Backcountry fishing in mind, the HT4 is the perfect stillwater trout flats rod, the HT8 is spot on for Kahawai and the HT10 is your ultimate fly rod for Kingfish… but I digress 🙂 🙂

This particular HT10 I’ve just posted to Australia. In three weeks from now it will be fishing Hinchenbrook for a wide range of fish and hopefully a few Permit! I took the original prototype HT10 to Australia some years ago and caught Permit using it on both coasts – North of Cairns around Claremont Islands on the East Coast and Exmouth in Western Australia.

Incidentally we do try to carry stock and not only manufacture custom rods to order. This particular rod was part of my Malaysia stock. So I’ll be replacing that as soon as possible!

And remember, if you are a Hot Torpedo owner you can win another one – just send us your story!

Off for a bruising!

The incredible HT10 off to Singapore. Chuan loves the HT series so much – and because is also an adventurous fisherman – he has two of the HT6 and HT8s. This is his second HT10.

Chuan is a bit like me in that unforeseen things happen. I’ve always doubled up my rods too, ever since my early Stillwater days (two identical Hardy Sovereigns, followed by two Loomis IMX 9’ 6WTs. Then I doubled up on other rods – in fact with Sage TCRs I not only doubled up but also had many spare sections).

This way there is no downtime when you fall in, trip over your rod, run them over with the truck, or have a fish catch you out and pull the rod at extreme angles

We can make sure that sections are interchangeable but we need both rods to do this.  Rod building is not only a science, it’s also an art!