Monday, 19 March 2018
I’ve just dropped Piffen off at the airport. It was a great two weeks of fishing and camping with the odd evening of bar pool thrown in. Piffen managed a Gourami which was great and was unfortunate not to have landed a Snakehead on the penultimate day. He had one follow and another eat (a free-riser no less!) but unfortunately it smashed the wire connection to the leader. So very close! However it is very hard as you will know by now but by the end of the trip Piffen lifted his casting shot game and started to look a little dangerous.
Winter, Spring, or Summer?
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Last weekend I made another trip into the Everglades backcountry. This trip was much further from the shoreline and up near the northern end of Everglades National Park, which is a location far removed from the previous area I visited. Also different this time is that I requested the company of a fishing friend. Common sense dictated that the buddy system was necessary as I have little experience in the area, it is far off the beaten path, and a very complicated terrain. I was curious to see if the sad conditions I experienced on the previous trip were widespread. Luckily, they are not.
The weather leading up to our trip was actually rather seasonal. After the record setting heat of February, this month has returned to the more usual cool air and water temperatures, although many city folks thought was unusually cold. It is amazing how so many only remember their immediate past! I cannot help but wonder if this shortsightedness is not a crucial human flaw and one that is easily taken advantage of by the unscrupulous, like our current politicians.
Coming this week!
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
I'm covering for Bernd today who is fishing in a Mystery Location for imaginary tropical SW fish at the moment, together with Holger. It reminds me of a story of a Croatian friend who went fishing in the USA but didn't tell his wife that he was going (because she wouldn't have let him!). Perplexed at finding him missing she rang another friend of mine, Milan, to ask where Rudi aka "the Professor" was. "Erm, I think he's gone to Montana!"!!! Apparently that wasn't all, because after two weeks in Montana he disappeared again to go fishing in Canada. It's this sort of dedication to fly fishing that we all admire!
Thursday, 22 March 2018
At long last it’s time for Tracy and I to pack for our bonefishing trip to the Bahamas. Previously we wouldn’t even start planning our spring fishing until the New Year, however with the duration of our trips getting longer (6 weeks this time) it is necessary to book the accommodation early in order to stop someone spoiling our plans by reserving a week in the middle of when we want to stay. As such it’s been a considerable wait.
Now that the fly boxes are packed, my output of the last few months doesn’t look as impressive as when they’re spaced out on foam mats. Splitting them between mine and Tracy’s fly boxes makes me think I should have tied a whole load more. My tying was curtailed by a lack of hooks though, so I’ve made a mental note to bulk buy next time I see them in stock.
Tracy’s contribution has been one fly! She assures me this is a killer pattern and it’s all she’ll need for the holiday. My money is on it unravelling after her first fish though (maybe before), as I don’t believe it was tied with sufficient tension (that’s if a cuda doesn’t get it first). Talking about the first fish, this year I intend to secure a hat-trick of curry wins (the prize for our first bonefish of the year competition). I have a plan that involves me asking Tracy to park the car whilst I sprint off in the direction of the flats.
Klinkhamer hi-speed video
Friday, 16 March 2018
Fly tying, like in any other craftsmanship. can be understood as an assembly of modules. This basic concept makes it also “learnable”. Approach each module on it’s own until mastered, and then put these modules together.
The Klinkhamer is regarded by many as complicated. I tend to agree as this pattern consists of several modules and lots of steps. However, breaking it down in digestible steps helps to learn it.
Wing / wing-post: Antron yarn tied as underbody
Abdomen: Dubbed and ribbed over the antron underbody.
Thorax: Peacock herl wound around the thread and onto the hook-shank
Hackle: Parachute hackle whip finished under itself by the wing post.
The biggest hassle is to get the wing post stabilised. Nope, you do not need glue!!! That’s rather counterproductive in my eyes. The trick is to use the thread reinforced peacock herl “rope” as a base to pinch the wing-post with.
Another important factor is the amount of antron yarn for the wing-post. Many don't use enough and then struggle with the lack of stability cause by too little material.
Make note of that the thread is used to keep the fly under tension. Do not break the tension is my mantra to a good fly. Try to imagine the thread’s way on the fly in your mind.
Have a look at the video. I think the hi-speed video format helps to see the various modules coming together. However, practice all the modules separately before. Step 3 and 4 are the same modules as in the Red Tag and partly in the Griffith’s Gnat.
A can of worms
Saturday, 17 March 2018
There are so many events that the flyfisher needs to be aware of. An important one for Scandinavians is the hatch of rag worms in the salt. They hatch over a lengthy period, but it peaks around (the first) full moon in March. Rag worms are big and slow and hence an important food source that even appears as many sea trout are still in a relatively poor post-spawn condition.
two nice birds!
Sunday, 18 March 2018
At the moment I'm still quite busy with getting my hunting license, but there are also good things about! We had a lot of work to do with the local wildlife police and so I finally got two beautiful birds that you normally don't get. Of course I had to fill out papers and it's all legal that I have this birds. The owl found not enough food and sadly died but the bird was in that good condition that I decided to let her preparation (not sure how you say that in English) but soon she will have a space in my flytying room and will sit next to me.