THE PURSUIT OF FINS
Monday, 24 July 2017
I don't know if other pursuits have the same sort of all-encompassing meaning of life. I know for some life is about the pursuit of money, and while it's handy or essential even to have some, having more than you need seems to me like a waste of precious time that could be better spent fishing, instead of working. In fact when I have any amount of money in the bank I think to myself, "Paul, slow down man, you're working too hard!" Not that this happens too often you understand, and that's because I have this work ethic distraction well under control.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
This FP most probably belongs in the “Manshit” section, but since I did not get out to fish last weekend I don’t have any recent fishing experience to draw from. I wanted to fish, actually had planned to do so, and had the perfect opportunity. My “editor” was out of town and all I had to do first were a few things on the homeowner list. So, on Saturday, after mowing the yard and scrubbing the kitchen floor - something that had to be done according to “she who must be obeyed” or… well, lets not go there… I began packing up the van. It was then that I found the leak, or more accurately, the evidence of the leak. The top gasket around the van’s back door had a problem, which is not good during the wet summer of South Florida.
Fly Fishing For Carp - The Essence
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
A fair number of fly fishermen asked me about important details on fly fishing for carp lately. I'd like to share the essence to answer most of these questions now.
‘Casting and a bit of fishing’
Thursday, 20 July 2017
The next few weekends are busy with casting events for Tracy and myself, plus other members of the BFCC. This weekend we are attending the Devon County Show near Tiverton. Here we will be running a couple of free to enter competitions, probably a trout distance and accuracy event, plus Mark Surtees will be on hand to provide expert tuition. We’ll also be joined by Matt Tonkin who is currently leading the race to become the BFCC British champion for this year. I’m presently in second place, not mathematically out of the running but I think I would have to win almost all the events at the last meeting of 2017 in order to overtake Matt. This year the club changed how the champion will be decided – an individual’s best two results in each discipline count, for example if someone comes 3rd, 1st, 4th and 2nd in the #5 trout distance event over four meetings then they will score 3 points (1 + 2, with the 3 and 4 being discarded), obviously the lowest points scorer wins.
Friday, 21 July 2017
OK, I have to admit I am wimp. Camping in a tent with a few degrees above freezing in rainy weather isn´t exactly my cup of ice-tea. The fishing sucks too in such conditions. Not an insect, apart from the annoying mozzies and no-see-ums in sight. well, no-see-ums aren´t visible either - they just itch. All that and no fish put´s me off … off as in “renting a hut”.
Hut´s are nice really. Warm shelters with cast iron stoves. I like these old cast iron stoves. They are very cool, cool as in warm. So one can sit inside, enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the storm outside ... and watch the wildlife. Yesterday I had a visit of Thelma and Louise, two moose cows. They stayed around the house for quite a while. However, they seemed very careful and always checking what´s going on. Maybe there was a bear or a wolverine after them?
Flaming Red Sandy
Saturday, 15 July 2017
Red has been gaining some momentum as the main colour in salmonflies in Denmark the last few years. I've been meaning to tie up some of my own for a long time, and I finally got around to it a few days ago. Even though red is relatively new as a "popular" colour, I do remember my old friend, Peter Terndrup,
The Underrated Bonefish
Sunday, 23 July 2017
It’s hard for me to believe that it would ever be the case, but have bonefish become an overlooked and underrated game fish to pursue on fly rod? Let me make my case.