The Stoatstail!

It’s great to see a rod with this decal!

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!

Thanks, Paul


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.