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China Fly Fishing Festival 2017

Monday, 18 September 2017

It was my first visit to China and it certainly won't be my last! When I applied for my VISA I was given a 2yr multiple entry business pass and so I will most certainly be visiting a few times in the next couple of years. The fly show was organised by Wang Yong who is China's first FFI Casting Instructor, and was well attended by instructors and fly tyers from Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. Apparently there are some 5000 fly anglers now in China, which for such a large population is a relatively small number, but it is quickly growing and I hope that many of them will find the time to fish with me in Malaysia once Ashly and I have set up our fly fishing guiding business over there.

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Death by 1000 cuts

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The enjoyment for “cracking the code”, solving a puzzle, and deliberately seeking a challenge are inherent character traits of almost all of the fly anglers I personally know, and apparently, a lot of others that I have “met” only through electronic communications. There are obviously a lot of easier ways to catch a fish! Why, even the act of casting a fly rod is a continual challenge - one that in all probability will confound me for the rest of my days.

Considering the list of the associated challenges, like accumulating the necessary gear, tying flies, mastering esoteric knots, and fighting fish on deliberately manual tackle, the game of tricking a fish into eating a synthetic substitute may actually be one of the easier tasks. One must simply understand their habits and preferences then recognize and mimic their prey, but of course that is much easier said than done. Before getting one to eat though, the angler must first find the fish. Personally, I think the latter might be getting tougher. Which is troubling considering all the advancements to modern electronic equipment, the systematic scientific study of the species, and the easily available shared information, it would seem that finding them should be easier now than ever. That of course presumes the populations are somewhat stable.

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On the run

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Just back from our fly fishing trip to Denmark (Viking-land) I am into fly fishing for asp again. And then I need to plan the next trips in detail.

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Keeping it low

Thursday, 7 September 2017

There is an interesting thread running on the board at the moment regarding the ‘lifting power’ of fly rods. This is a subject that I’ve had many conversations on over the last few years, both on internet forums and in person. These conversations usually start as follows:

“Nice carp, must be nearly 20lb, what outfit do you use for them?”
“My normal #5 weight that I use for reservoir trout fishing”
“You what, that’s crazy, you must play the fish for hours. I’m going to report you to the fishing police and mock you mercilessly on this forum for ever”.

Or something along those lines…

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Leonardo

Friday, 15 September 2017

And again - the simplicity "thing".

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

It is. No kidding. But it takes rather much to find that or these few elements which do the job. The quote implies that the chosen simple solution is more than just an activity, it has to solve a problem. "Do the job", if you so will and prefer a simpler, more direct language.

Sorry for the repetition - I thought it was the easiest way of getting my point across, even though I repeat myself. But though - who doesn't?

So let´s talk a litt about the fly I would like to fish more. Like??? -- say what? Can´t you just do what you want? - well, I often "preach" the simplicity concept but when by the water I become nervous. What if that thing is actually too simple? Honesty, it feels odd to use a fly which just took 5 minutes max to make. Anyway ... here is what happened ....


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Deep - but how deep?

Saturday, 16 September 2017

That is often the question, at least if you, as I, often fish from float tube, pontoon boat or kayak. If the water's a little murky it goes without saying that gauging depth is impossible (unless you use a rod or another deivce). But even in gin clear water, I find it's hard to tell if the water's 3 or 6 meters deep below me.

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Snowshoe! A awesome material

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Yeah, just got a new delivery of a friend who lives in the upper part of Switzerland - there where the big mountains and the rabbits are. Because we have in a few parts of our country still a big population of them they it's allowed to hunt for them. I'm lucky that my friend gave me the show-shoes - in top quality.

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Ronan's Report

The Possum and Marabou Streamer…

A quick pre-prepared blog while on the road / wing! This winter I didn’t use any streamers but this one. It’s been excellent so I thought you might like to know the tying. It’s simple to tie as the pictures below show. I always try to design my flies to be as easy to tie […]

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