Monday, 21 January 2019
I’ve been gathering together a group of like-minded fly casters in Kuala Lumpur for the past few months. The plan is to meet every month to cast, compete and share ideas. I’m doing this partly for their benefit but also for personal reasons - namely the best way to stay up to speed and improve your game is to compete regularly.
Tuesday, 22 January 2019
This past weekend the weather gods served up a “can’t miss” opportunity. Our South Florida weather has been rather benign of late: dry sunny days with high temperatures approaching 80 F, cool nights, and little wind. Saturday night that was all expected to change, dramatically. The strongest cold front of the season was expected to come through and usher us into our version of semi-tropical winter. But Saturday during daylight hours was expected to stay the recent path: a last opportunity before things changed. It was also a curious moon phase: full moon and at perigee – meaning strong, almost extreme, tides.
I headed out in one of my canoes, solo, to check on the snook status. The upcoming drop in water temperatures will pack the backcountry with snook, but some early birds should already be back there. And, since the weather has been gentle, they likely would not be in their semi-hibernation lethargy yet.
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
The simple fly is not always the best one. But the best fly is ALWAYS simple. Finding the best fly is everything, but NOT simple!
BFCC 2019 Calendar
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Tracy and the committee of the BFCC are starting to put the calendar together for this year’s casting and competition days. The current plan is to have 7 full events plus a presence at a few shows e.g. the Game Fair. As normal we hope to be able to offer top class instruction as well as an enjoyable set of competition events. The rules for these remain unchanged from last year; perhaps with the exception that the ‘fly’ used for the accuracy event now must be an un-weighted piece of fluff. At the last event of 2018, a number of competitors used flies that were to the world championship specification, i.e. brightly coloured palmered flies with the hook bend cut off. These are great over water, producing a pattern of concentric ring waves where they touch down allowing for easy marking, however over grass they were a nightmare, bouncing significantly on contact with the ground and generally being hard to spot.
Wading belt and sizing
Friday, 18 January 2019
You probably know why there is belt in waders and you are using it. But there is different kind of belts and sizing of waders is issue also. I have find out that it does matter what you wear especially if you are spending more than 8 hours in waders few days in row. I had to use few brands before I found (I accept that it will cost) good ones. And with this I mean that they fit and I’m comfortable in those. Satu had same issue but different reason earlier but now she is also happy.
Saturday, 19 January 2019
Behind “plastic in the basket”, both the concept and the hashtag, is Danish angler and writer, Nikolaj Korsholm. The message and the goal is simple - raise awareness of the general plastic-problem that we all know, raise awareness to the fact that there’s a lot of plastic on our own, Danish beaches, and most importantly, that we can all make a difference.
The similarities between the golf swing and fly casting
Sunday, 20 January 2019
It seems like nature made it rough to be a good caster because all of the movements in (fly) casting go against what a person would normally do.
Reverse every natural instinct, and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having the perfect golf swing.