Monday, 17 July 2017
It's been an eventful week for me. Flavio has returned to Switzerland after a fantastic 8-week stay on Temenggor Lake with me (and he's seen a lot more of the country besides, as well as Thailand and the Maldives). For the final three weeks he was concentrating on Giant Gourami. Having lost three, Flavio finally landed one early one morning. And then to prove that it wasn't an accident, he caught one on his own that was stumping mid-morning.
Eyes on baitfish flies?
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
Does tying you own flies drive you crazy? Just how important are fine details, say like antennae on a shrimp fly? They sure make the fly look better to the human eye, but do fish even have the visual acuity to see these details?
In particular, what about eyes on the flies, painted or otherwise imparted the the creation on the vise? Just about every saltwater fly, for sale, in a flyshop that is supposed to represent a small fish has some gaudy eye. Usually these eyes are disproportionate to the real thing, and many times they are visually enhanced with reflective materials or lense-like clear coats. But do they make the fish more likely to attack?
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.
Summer time = fresh fish on the table time
Friday, 14 July 2017
English language is funny, so is fishing. Fishing started originally as a means of gathering food. Seriously — who would have thought of that nowadays. Seriously - one comes across enough people who thing fish one wants to consume should be bought in a shop. Beste wrapped in plastic or already “smoked” and canned.
Bon appetite ….
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,
A Fishing Story from July 2017
Sunday, 16 July 2017
I wanted to share this fishing story from a recent outing, just because I don’t think this sort of occurrence gets as much attention in the angling literature on the internet as it should.
It happened just like this...