Friday, March 26, 2010

The Battle Of Kattegatt

The Battle Of Kattegatt - Expo Varberg 2010
Martin Falklind, Tellis Katsogiannos and Stephan Dombaj

Annual Sportfishing Fair in Varberg (Sweden) opens it´s gates once again. The int. Pro Team is hitting that spot - so don´t miss this chance to blasts some casts with us. Cheers!


(Klick the pic to open the link)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fake Punks

Fake Punks
BassBooster Tales

It´s really funny to see what other guys are doing as soon as you leave the stage for a couple of days. I got a request from a friend asking me about the BassBooster Series, which was quite amusing since there were just a couple rumors about it and nothing really specific. I should know it because I was spreading them while getting my hands on the very first design-type. The BassBooster was supposed to be an addition to our PikeBooster Series - almost the same design features except the EVA-fighting grip, lighter and shorter though.

(Down with the syndicate)

The first design-types are still 8-9ers, so not lighter at all since we built them up on short and high modulated versions of the "PikeBooster" blank, supposed to be for intern use only. BASS BOOSTER wont be released! The most fucked up thing... this wrong information were spread by formerly hopes that got it all wrong now... Anyway, all the rumors about the BassBooster Series are fake - don´t listen to the fakies and wannabes out there...stick to a reliable source: Either to official Loop Page/Blog or to the one and only Guerilla-Page since oh7! Down with the syndicate! If you wanna see real prototypes - check this out:

(Evotec G4 5/8 Stealth limited edition)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fuck Of The Month

Fuck Of The Month - Hall Of Fame

I'd like to propose a toast to all the sick moments in flyfishing, all the crazy guys that crossed our ways, of course to the magnificent countries we fished in and never the less to the all the fish out there...Cheers guys! The Hall Of Fame is a tribute to all of them. Monthly updated, rude and unspoiled just like this whole thing here. Love it or hate it.



Shortly after my arrival in Rio Gallegos (Argentina) I felt this irrepressible urge and desperate longing for some chrome... so I took my 5# 9ft. Loop Yellow Line. Long Story short. This 84cm Chromer was the initial of a long history of seatrouts that crossed my path in the Argentine desert. Why fish of the month... well the story behing that fish is pretty cool. Check it out (Bad Guys Fish The Night)

Rod:LOOP Yellow Line II 5# 9ft
Reel: LOOP CLWC 5/8
Line: LOOP Opti Stream WF5F + 150yds Backing (20lb)
Tippet/Leader: 0,22 Crystal Dense Fluo
Fly: Hotcone RL Spey Bugger Black tied on TMC 777SP

Crime Scene: Rio Gallegos - Cojones Pool - Argentina

(Desert Chrome)


February was a hard decision cause I had do decide between two PBs: A 10,5kg Seatrout on 6wt Switch or a magnificent Kingsalmon. As you can see below the Kingsalmon made it because we allready got a Chromer in the list just one month before. Anyway I liked the story behind the Kingsalmon much better. This Kingsalmon is a part of 14 fishes that are (still) the living proof that there are some pacific Salmon on the atlantic side! It was a urban legend and big Papa LOOP Tackle Design sent us out to scout this uncharted water. Well, we let you know when the season is over... just a little hind, this is the sickest stuff you can do to your DH-Equipment! This super-mean male fish gave me 15minutes a hard time! Before I forget, we are talking about the only Creek that holds Kings in Argentina!

Rod: LTS X1 9wt 13,6ft.
Reel: LOOP Opti Megaloop
Line: Prototype SH - 0,32 Runningline (Opti) and some 50lb Backing
Leader: 0,40 Crystal Dense Fluo
Fly: Pollo´s Revenge (articulated fly by S.Dombaj)

Crime Scene: Glacier King - Argentina

(Mean machine)


What´s missing to round up the Argentine Grandslam? You are right, a fat resident Trout! And here we go, the picture below shows a beautiful Bow taken on a 5wt on sight at Rio Barrancuso. It was not the biggest fish of the 3day trip but anyway - this adorable vicious buck gave me a hard time on my MultiPWR. I could tell you something about numbers and averagesize at Jurassic, Barrancuso and Laguna del Inferno but you wouldn´t believe me anyway... Ah, before I forget: 2 minutes wrestling - down&dirty (what else?) Fight a fish like a man! (Toast to all the sissyguys who are fighting fish like a frightned little pansy - and believe me... there are a lot!)

Rod: LOOP MultiPWR 5# 9ft.
Reel: LOOP Opti Dryfly
Line: LOOP OptiStillwater WF5F - 120yds. 30lb.
Tippet/Leader: Multi Light + 0,20 Crystal Dense
Fly: Copper John Size 6

Crime Scene: Rio Barrancuso - Argentina


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Artificial Creek – Dope for a Trout Addict

Artificial Creek – Dope for a Trout Addict
By: Paulo Hoffmann


Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Kansas – at least from a flyfishermen’s point of view who is greedy to get his periodic dose fresh trout-smell on his fingers.


(Ready to go...)

Fortunately, a group of geniuses once came together to establish an artificial creek for these men and women who wander around in the sunflowerstate with their rods and reels in order to find a place to fish for trout. The approx. 2 mile long and 15 ft. wide creek is stocked every other weekend with new rainbows of about 10-15 inches, where however occasionally trouts are hidden that measure up to 20 inch. The season restrains on october thru april due to the heat that would warm up the water dramatically and kill the trouts later anyway.


(The Rules)

Trying to build up structure in the water, the creek runs in a dam system which helps to create pools and different water levels in flowing speed and deepness. It really helps to figure out the good spots and often gives you a huge advantage. The fly selection is not that big of an issue for the most parts since the trout are not used to live in a natural environment, thus, not used to nourish naturally. The only ingredient that usually helps is tungsten to get down to the ground where the target sits, often with little nymphs or bugs. Concerning fly color, natural colors like gray, brown, or olive always work, but sometimes on these breed-trouts, irritating colors such as pink and violet bring miracles.


(Damn dam)


The enormous impact on the water caused by fishermen coming from all around to satisfy on this construction has the interesting effect that the fish only feeds when it doesn’t hear, see, or feel an angler approaching, although it stays in its spot watching you crawl on the ground trying to bow-and-arrow the fly in front of it, there is no way it’d eat your fly - it can be damn frustrating.




Equipped with a 7 ft. #4 weight, a box of random flies, and a Kansas-trout-permit, I started to graze the water upstream. Tied on a tungsten emerger, I had luck with 10-12 inchers – not enough for a troutbum from across the pond. Tungsten caddis for the win and a big old fat 19 inch rainbow for happy Paulo. It really felt good to hold these wet creatures in my hand after so long, even though there is no comparison to a wild stream with graylings and mean brown-trouts waiting for you to set the 20-size CDC emerger right in front of them.


(19 inch)


(Tungsten caddis for the win)


(Fishermen's friend...questionable)





('till the last sunlight)






(...and longer)