Fine-tuning the fly rod action (or what I want for Christmas)
Monday, 19 November 2018
I'm often asked to describe the Sexyloops Hot Torpedo action, ie "what's it like?" And that's a very good question indeed. To answer this let me explain the rods that I have particularly enjoyed fishing and casting with in the past. There are quite a few and I'm sure you'll be familiar with some or all of them: Loomis IMX, Scott STS, The Sage XP, Sage TCR (not the 5, but the 4, 6 and 8). These were the rods that I used for many years. In fact the Loomis IMX was the blank that I spent my University allowance on, before dropping out and heading out to New Zealand!
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
A few weeks back I pitilessly needled a fishing friend for his unconscious reaction of lifting his flyrod when attempting to set the hook into the case-hardened mouths of small tarpon. It is a habit he has ingrained from years of trout fishing, and one that is unbelievably ineffective to the uninitiated.
Once the flexible rod is introduced into the equation it doesn’t matter how many times you “sock it to ‘em” – the rod/line system just absorbs the jabs and very little extra pressure is applied at the hook point. Meanwhile, you are actually helping the tarpon with realizing that whatever it just ate is not a tasty little morsel, but some strange throbbing alien thing. At that time the small tarpon goes ballistic, flying into a series of acrobatic jumps and head shakes that throw additional slack into the line. The results are predictable: the fly is flung free and the tarpon swims off to calm down and wonders what the heck that was all about!
Brilliant Fly Fishing Week
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Our past week was as simple as that, just brilliant. We caught many fine fish and had a hell of a great time in German Pike-land.
Thursday, 15 November 2018
We’ve not been up to much lately, finishing work when it’s already dark limits our fishing and casting activities somewhat – I’m not a fan of this time of year. We did manage a day on the Dee last week and it was fantastic to find rising grayling in a shallow, easily waded glide. We took turns presenting small klinks in a stretch of water that was no more than 150m long, as outside of this area we didn’t see any rises at all. We both managed lots of takes and quite a few fish, nothing big but good fun none the less. Tracy limited her fishing to maybe just 30 minutes as she’s determined to rid herself of the tennis elbow that’s been plaguing her for some time now, this means no casting practice for the remainder of the year.
Reading current and water environment
Friday, 16 November 2018
You should fish around rocks and stones. End of currents and starts are good spots to fish. Also remember to fish mirrors. Don’t forget to fish edge of the streams. Also fishes might be under the bank or if there is branches making cover over the river, under those might be nice surprise fishes. Deeper spots gives bigger fishes. And sometimes you find fishes from heavy current. And where currents meets or there is brook coming to river. Have you heard or read all this from somewhere? I have. When I started fly fishing, I read all the books available and all of them where telling these things. And those things are true but if you can’t read the current and water environment at the time it won’t help you at all to know those things.
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Classic salmon are things of great beauty, history and tradition, all of which I love and have a great interest in. I love flies with history, which is one of the reasons I have a great interest in the North Country style of trout flies, which I’ve written about many times.
The Return Home
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Life has a very funny way of adding and subtracting things out of your current circumstances that don't necessarily fit the need of the moment. Then, without warning dropping them back in with the sole intent of seeing how you'll react. After 12 years in product development in the fishing rod industry, I decided to sell my business in 2008 and focus on being a husband, and more importantly a new father. I was perfectly happy (or so I thought), not doing ANYTHING whatsoever related to angling. One day about a year and a half ago my then 8 year old decided he wanted to learn how to fish. We started out with spinning gear but very quickly graduated to the fly rod. During the process of teaching him to cast, something reignited a spark in me to pick up the long rod again. I found myself going out in the yard in the evenings, for no other reason than to watch the loop unroll from the tip of the rod. It was a strange feeling at first because I hadn't picked up a fly rod since October of 2010.