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Everyone can use more videos, tips, suggestions and info. Come back and they will appear. I've got some interesting studies, articles and photos I think will be useful and interesting to some of you. A lot of this information is a by-product of the research I did to help write my 2015 book, Fly-Casting Finesse. I added an additional two hundred books to my library as reference.

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G.Loomis Asquith Fly rod

G.Loomis 4wt Asquith rod


Rod Review- G.Loomis Asquith Fly rods
Shimano International and subsidiary G.Loomis, have just released a revolutionary new line of rods. These rods use Shimano’s proprietary Spiral X platform which utilizes a core layer, a longitudinal middle layer, and a reverse-axis fiber outer layer. This saves weight, increases hoop strength and is the first rod without a spine. This is because there is no overlap of graphite pre-preg cloth, as in traditional blanks. This helps a good caster track the rod straighter for better loops and distance. It also helps achieve better accuracy.

I had the pleasure of testing four of these revolutionary one-hand rods and one of the Spey rods. The blanks have a colored metallic dust in the epoxy finish which is quite spectacular. The second thing I noticed was the slimness of the butt taper. The cork is a much higher grade than G.Loomis has used previously and they use exotic wood seat spacers on all models. The company that crafts the wood makes the wood dashes for Lexus automobiles.

When I cast them, they felt lighter and more responsive than any fly rod I've ever cast. The 5wt felt like a 3wt. The loop shapes were different too. They were more wedge-like and very tight with little effort. I tested the 4wt, 5wt, 6wt Spey, 8wt and 10wt rods. Loomis' Senior Rod Designer Steve Rajeff blended the best of the existing trout rod actions to make a perfect "one-rod" in each weight. In other words, they have the stiffness needed for wind and distance and the responsive tip action so you can have feel and tippet protection. These actions lie between the NRX and the NRX LP.

The 8wt and 10wt saltwater rods I tested had similar actions to the NRX but maybe a little bit stiffer and lighter. I would say they cast like the Loomis Crosscurrent GLX but much lighter. They had very fast recovery. The 8wt is the perfect bonefish rod and the 10 is a "perfect ten" for permit. I can't wait to test the rest of these rods and see how they do playing some big fish.

Rod Review- Sexyloops Hot Torpedo 4wt, 6wt & 8wt

John Testing the New Hot Torpedo Rods

I enjoyed casting these new rods on a hot day in Hungary, with Paul Arden, owner of Sexyloops. I've known Paul for about eleven years and he's tough on tackle! Paul has made some serious high performance rods that will stand up to use like his. He's designed these rods very carefully to give them the proper action to cast tight loops into the distance but still protect average tippets associated with their line weights.  He admits these rods are on the faster side and with plenty of backbone. The HT4 and 6 are especially suited for fishing nymphs and streamers. The HT6 is also available in white for demonstrations and instruction. The HT8 is designed for distance and strength to overcome wind. It can even be used with a 9wt line. This one brought the biggest smile to my face. The appearance of these rods is first rate with neat wraps and coatings and great components, sparing no expense.

Paul is proud of the ingredients he's selected to make these rods attractive, functional and durable. Sexyloops- "We have our blanks finished in England using the finest components with an absolutely exceptional builder. Hot Torpedo rods feature the best Portugese cork, either H&H rings or REC recoils. Our reel spacer is our own, machined and black anodised in the UK. We use REC reel seat fittings and titanium stripping guides." Visit these rods at the Sexyloops store. You can even get them custom made for no extra cost.

(I'll add more tackle reviews, recommendations and tips with you when I get a break from writing and traveling. So much tackle, so little time. I have an affinity toward creating tackle systems for my own fishing, based on target species, location and conditions. This has increased my capabilities but also filled my house. I try to have a very practical approach to my tackle and especially, fly selection. I'm going to include recipes, instructions and photos of some great flies.)

Book Reviews

Fleye Design- Techniques, Insights, Patterns
By authors: Bob Popovics, Jay Nichols
ISBN: 9780811713238
Dimensions: 8.5" x 11"
Pages: 270
Illustrations: 6 illustrations, 600 color photos
Since Bob’s first book, Pop Fleyes, appeared fifteen years ago, I’ve been able to learn how to tie every fly described in it because the explanations and illustrations are that good. The patterns were groundbreaking. At the time, I wasn’t living far from Bob and I would see him on Island Beach State Park, or in a friend’s boat fishing, so I was using his flies for the same fish and conditions he designed them for. I finally met Bob a few years ago when I asked him for big squid patterns for a squid article I was researching for. I’ve learned from his problem solving approach and open-mindedness to new materials and ways to assemble them into practical flies. (READ MORE)


Here is where I'm going to recommend or review angling destinations, agencies, lodges, airlines, guides and pack horses. I will be covering the spring creeks of the Rockies and Europe for trout and grayling and some little-known parts of the Caribbean for flats species. As you may know, I've been following the spring squid run in search of big stripers and I've been keying-in on Nantucket. Let's see how the run is this year.