Snakehead are Monsters
Monday, 31 August 2015
Temenggor is a world-class sport fishery. I came to that conclusion this week. It's also incredibly hard to be consistently successful. I'm still right down near the base of my learning curve and I recognise this. A big change happened last week, when I suddenly realised I was expecting to land Toman/Snakehead - and big ones, I stopped taking shots at small ones (2KG) when there are big ones around, 3KG Snakehead are nothing to get excited about and I want 5KG+ Toman - and not off babies. I've smashed two rods now in the last 3 weeks fighting these bastards, I've been snagged, I've had wire bitten off, I've had so many "almost" moments - fuck, these fish are incredible. And they have personality like trout do, but more so, and with attitude, they fight like monsters, you need stealth, you need to try to read the next rise location, the shots are the hardest imaginable - don't even bother if you're not in the top 1% - and they are cagey... fly matters (although how much I don't know yet). So many unknowns... how far do they roam? How long do they stay in social groups? How do they communicate? How do they sleep? Together?? Do they run one big giant territory? Yes... Toman are Monsters. I came to that conclusion too. No wonder Ashly is scared of them! Hell I'm sacred of them and have stopped swimming in the lake!!!
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
There are few fish in fresh water that stalk their prey and charge with such ferocity as a pike. A pike resembles and behaves like an inland version of a barracuda. Pike and muskies are related but the pike has a much faster metabolism and needs to feed much more frequently, depending on the water temperature and fish’s weight. Where pike are abundant, guides call small pike; snakes, big pike; gators, and when they dislike them; snot rockets.
Fly Fishing For Asp
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Last week I was teaching fly casting in the day time. In the evenings Marina and I fly fished for carp and asp. We had a great fly fishing week with some fine fish involved.
organizing tying materials
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Flytying stuff, and/or stuff in general is very connected to the big question in life. Where do you put your stuff? George Carlin did a very nice piece about that.
My approach is minimalistic. I try to use very few materials to generate the flies I need. It´s my thing. Others do have different approaches, which is nothing wrong with. But my simple mind needs to have overview. I feel my flies get better than too.
So over the years I have (and still am) perfecting my kit. I will give you a quick run through which materials and tools I use and how I store them.
leaders for trout fishing
Friday, 4 September 2015
I dug out an older text I wrote quite some years back. I recently heard from a quite respected flyfisher from Ireland that he found my artcile in 2007 and it was an eye opener to him. I think this text should be in the s-loops archives.
Generally speaking (in fishing-lingo that is) a leader is the piece of line between the hook and the main line. This piece of line is normally somewhat smaller in diameter than the main line. Various sorts come into play, level line monofilament for bait fishing, wire (for pike and the like), a shock leader for fishing in the sea - and the so-called tapered leader for angling with the fly.
That’s it. There's not much more to say, is there? Well if it were all so simple you’d not be on this web site, would you?
Saturday, 5 September 2015
It's strange how the furhter one gets into the salmon season, the more effective smaller flies become. The colour scheme of the best catching flies also seems to change quite a lot.
Rehab - finally cleared!
Sunday, 30 August 2015
It's been a good week here... I'm 6 weeks into a Pilates rehab class with physio, been attending physio appointments for about 2.5 months now and finally I received the news I've been waiting for. I've been cleared to get back to all gym work and exercise as long as I don't run straight back into playing rugby.