Monday, 15 January 2018
Ashly Arden (my wife!) has headed home to Malaysia. Flavio is here until Wednesday. And I'm here for another 6 weeks of flyfishing in the Central Highlands of Tasmania (unless I decide to do something different). As you can see from today's POD image there are many lakes to be fished (and that is just a small portion of them). There are many guys to fish with too, but mostly the plan now is to put my backpack on and explore this region, mostly on my own and as thoroughly as possible. I've realised that I'm not really seriously into my trout fishing anymore (Gourami and Snakehead kick any trout's arse - particularly after you've fished for trout as much as I have), however exploring this region is something that I would like to do at least once in my lifetime and so this is my current strategy. Ronan and I managed a little fishing here some 8 years ago. Ashly, Flavio and I have since visited another small part since. Flavio and I are currently on a fishing trip (I'm writing this Saturday evening) hitting some lakes around Julian's, but "The Walls of Jerusalem" are beckoning soon. Possible political references could be inserted here but I won't go there because I'm sure you've all heard enough about that wanker president.
Anyway, I'm thoroughly looking forward to disappearing into a relatively remote area for days at a time. It's been a while since I've done this for trout.
Buckle and bight
Tuesday, 16 January 2018
I had no on-the-water fly casting time this past week. Instead, I spent a good portion of my non-employed hours restoring my laptop after some scumbag hacker tried to hold it hostage. It appears I lost nothing of value data-wise and I guess it was a lesson on how important backups are, and probably good practice. I assume it will not be the last time something like this happens.
That does not mean I did not entertain myself with thoughts on fly casting. Even though I had to follow along on my tablet I found some of the discussions scattered about on the Sexyloops Board to be quite thought-provoking. We are very lucky to have such passionate and educated fly casting theoreticians who are willing to share their ideas.
I am afraid I might be in the minority? Not everyone seemed to enjoy the dialog. Could I follow the entire discussion? No, of course not. I am ashamed to admit that once the equations reach the dx/dt level I must abandon ship and channel my inner Millennial– label it tl;dr and blame the author for not making it simple enough for me. Even though I had a full plate of college-level calculus classes I never had any need for that knowledge in my career and all that I learned turned to rust and crumbled into dust. Besides, even though I am a scientist by career and design, I am pretty sure I likely fall into the category of “Poets” when it comes to fly casting.
Fly Casting Tuition - Fly Fishing - Fly Tying
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
We had a brilliant week teaching fly casting and fly fishing for pike and perch in the days, while tying Tarpon flies in the nights. Couldn't have been much better!?
Thursday, 18 January 2018
So how many flies do I need? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself quite a lot recently having already spent many hours at the vice in preparation for our next trip. There’s rarely a day’s flats fishing that passes without me losing at least one fly, the most common reason for this is a baby cuda nipping it off as I’m lifting to reposition the fly. They can do this without registering even the slightest of tugs, the first you’ll know about it is a tell-tale whistle from your leader as you cast a bare tippet at an 8lb bone that’s just come into view. Then there’s the losses due to fish running through obstacles, such as mangrove roots or rocks, you can almost guarantee that if there’s such a structure within 100 metres of where you hook a bonefish it will make a bee-line towards it at some point. Even on the most seemingly clear flats it’s possible for a fish to snag you on sand ‘lumps’, usually when it has taken a lot of backing on its first run and then decided to kite sideways, dragging all the line through the water with a dramatic ripping sound (this was a particular issue in Exuma where I lost a number of good fish because of this).
fly tying basics
Friday, 19 January 2018
The “trickiness” (or lack of it) of a fly is directly related to how much tension you are able to apply to the thread while tying.
This is based on technique and experience, as well as on proper tools and materials. This term is rather self-explanatory, but I would really like to emphasise on the subject. The quality of fly you are able to tie is directly proportional to the tension you are able to apply to the thread and so the material. The control over this is essential. You, the tier should have control over the material at any stage in the process.
An objective why?
Saturday, 13 January 2018
I had a bit of a think last night. Sometimes that's good and productive, sometimes I get spun into rather useless trains of thought and argumentations. Well, I suppose that's never really useless - if nothing else, it excerises the little grey cells, as Hercule Poirot would put it.
Late Season Thoughts, By Joe Moore
Sunday, 14 January 2018
This week I decided to bring in another guest author for my FP slot. Joe Moore has been a fixture among the fishing guide community of West Yellowstone, Montana since 1999, when he began guiding clients on the Madison, Gallatin, Missouri, and Yellowstone Rivers and on the waters of Yellowstone National Park. I first met Joe around that time when I was working for a different fly shop in town, and always appreciated how well regarded he was by all of our veteran guides. Joe later founded an outfitting business called Big Sky Anglers (2004) which has grown and expanded to now include an awesome fly shop in West Yellowstone. Joe and I have become friends over the years, and I’m still impressed by his friendly nature, professionalism, strong work ethic, and outstanding skill as a guide. A day spent in his company on the water is always a learning experience for me. When he talks fishing, I listen, and I was excited when he offered some of his words for today’s FP. Without further ado, here are a few of his thoughts on autumn on the Madison River, and patience on the water in general. Matt