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I'm a Jerseyman!

Monday, 23 November 2015

It's been an interesting few weeks with, at times, some rather vibrant discussions. "It must be about fly casting!", you say to yourself - and you'd be right! It actually comes down to the British Casting Team. Following the last World Championships where three of us attended from Great Britain, Lee and I, inspired by the progress made by other teams, such as Norway and Finland, decided that we should start a British Team to hopefully try and match them, if not in numbers then in spirit. However for one reason or another we have now split into respective countries. It is felt by a few people that this route will result in more participation. Time will tell - let's hope so!

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Paradise on Armstrong Creek

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Lately I’ve been exploring spring creeks around the world and how to fish them. I’ve become so enamored; I even wrote an article about three endangered streams in New York State, published in Fly Fisherman Magazine. When I travel, I like to combine trips to destinations like the International Fly Fishing Fair and sneak-in some fishing. The last time I attended, it was held in Livingston, Montana. Livingston is a college town with character and some history. It is home of the headquarters of the International Federation of Fly Fishers, famous authors, Jim Harrison and Tom McGuane and several artists and chefs. It also has the famous Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop and George Anderson’s Yellowstone Angler for guidance and equipment.

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Fly Fishing For Pike

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Last week simply was a hell of a time fly fishing for pike in German Pike Wonderland. Several of my guests caught their first fish on fly rod or their first pike on fly ever!

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

After some fishing with older fly tackle - say a couple of 40-or-more years old fly rods, close to the same age or maybe older reel, plus a modern variant of a "traditional" natural silk fly line, I found that its all perfectly OK to fish, despite the rods being a bit heavy. The truly modern parts were the nylon mono leader and the tippet, also the two tungsten bead nymphs rig. A book on history of fly fishing was claiming that some 100 or so years ago , the fishing line of use at the time was equal to a modern nylon line with a diameter of 0,25mm , but with a breaking strength of a modern 0,12mm mono. I made my calculations and decided that with no doubt the most important advance in fishing not only for our time but even for the past centuries of rod and line fishing is the invention of the nylon fishing line.

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sexyloops fly tying school part 8 - books

Friday, 27 November 2015

Fly tying books … I have not so very many new ones. I likes old ones, like Skues for example. These guys did actually fish and catch fish - in the hundreds. I am more sceptical towards some of the new books … 50thousand patterns for grayling isn´t a title getting my attention. Who "needs" this?

To me that sound just like another one in the „50 shades of olive“ series. Anyway, very impressive such books - given the fact that the author surely has tested all these flies intensively ... yeah, right. Very nice to look at and maybe even inspiring … but how about an entomology book? …. nough said - don´t want to get into more trouble.

Some material (books & videos) I´d recommend ... read on in part 8 of the SFTS

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Fishing vest

Saturday, 21 November 2015

I think I've tried just about every carry system there is, and currently, I'm back at the good, old fishing vest (apart from when I'm in the float tube, pontoon boat or kayak). Salmon season has just ended, and last weekend, I was packing the gear away, including emptying the fishing vest, and I took this snap shot of the contents, and here's what I carry around.

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Back in Europe everything seemed much easier. When planning a fishing trip I knew if I would be targeting Trout, with the possibility of hooking a Grayling. Other times I knew if I was going after Pike - heavier rod, bigger flies -easy. All this saltwater fly fishing business is giving me a headache.

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Ronan's Report

Onwards and Upwards… (and Iza’s curved cast!)

I’m adjusting well in to my new lifestyle. Not working as a woodworker for 44 hours a week means I have time to think, time to consider my new job as a fly-fishing guide and do whatever it takes to make it work. My guiding season has been slow to start as I expected, but […]

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