The “GOOSE”

Hot off the bench and on its way to Canada. The Instructor 6 – a tool that students can see – because your students are worth it! 🙂

You can read the reviews here.

Posting out a rod is like a sending a child out into the world. It’s always exciting – and I enjoy hearing of its experiences!

The Competition Shirts have arrived!

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. 🙂

Hot Torpedo Refurbishment

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 😀

This is Mable which has recently been repimped.

It’s a bit Jackson Pollock!!

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!

Lee’s wife says, “It’s a bit Jackson Pollock!”

 

Balkan Essentials 70

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.

See the collection here.

Balkan Essentials 120

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.

http://www.sexyloops.com/index.php/webshop/item/556/balkan-essentials-120

Fishing with An Tan

An is one of my best customers; he has the full Hot Torpedo range and his girlfriend, Shermaine, owns a couple too! So by way of thanks I invited them for a few days of fishing with me in the Jungle.

An and Shermaine

Now if you’ve read anything on Sexyloops, you’ll know that I always say that the first time you come here you won’t catch any fish! Occasionally someone sneaks one past me – Flavio for example completely ignored me and caught four Snakehead on the very first day. But generally, unless you do a longer stint of a week or more, this statement still holds water.

That’s not because there are no fish here; it’s because the skill set required so that the fish sees your fly is really quite extraordinary and it takes some dedicated practise, as well as doing a few things differently. In Saltwater fly fishing for example, a discipline where quality casting is required, it’s often possible to put the fly anywhere within two metres and still catch the fish. Indeed sometimes they will swim many more metres than this to take your fly. Here you don’t have this luxury and instead need to put the fly, quite literally, in an area the size of a dinner plate, without warning and you have only one second to do so.

The chase is on!

An is a fast learner (and already an excellent caster) and so while he didn’t land any fish this trip, on the second day with me he had a couple of follows (three to be precise) and on last day he hooked a Snakehead briefly and – wait for it – also hooked a Gourami. (He did everything right with the Gourami; it only didn’t stick because it was his first time here).

Searching…

Lots of fun. It would have been nice to see some fish, and I’m sure that next time he will. Remember if you have a full set of Hot Torpedos you too can join me for a couple of days Jungle Fishing!  Talking of which,  Christmas is over; it’s  time to start buying tackle again.  🙂

The New and the Ugly

This is an interesting one. Sakari for years has been experimenting with fibreglass butt sections (carbon tips) for true lifting power, quite literally picking up 10kg buckets from the top floor of a house. When we got together at the Worlds in Cumbria I was very surprised when I cast his rods to find out a) how well the cast and b) how well they fought! In fact I was convinced straight away and told him so – thanks Sakke!

Mikael Blomberg managed to crack the experimental HT12 picking up 100ft of line in a carry competition – so that was a  good test!  Alejandro has since strengthened that section in Spain with some cross weave carbon. We have it back in action now.

Here in England, Lee Martell (Sexyloops Rod Artist) had a couple of old Shakespeare Ugly Stik rods laying around, one of which he stripped and rebuilt for the lower section of the HT12 and so now we have the new prototype HT12 and HT12u to test. Exciting stuff – it might be a bit over-gunned for Snakehead but I shall give it a go, and then pass it on to someone who has GTs in his backyard.

Quite the transformation!
Lee has since said that he will “never do this again” 😀
The HT12u top and the original 12 prototype butt below.

It’s fun doing this stuff 😀