Monday, 22 October 2018
It’s the end of an era. It was maybe 12 years ago when I set the British Fly Casting Club record for the 5WT at 130’6”. That record stood for a long time. A couple of years ago James beat it but I was there too and beat James and recovered my record a few minutes later. I’m not sure what the distance was - 132, 134? Anyway that’s not important because King Bart smashed it last weekend with 138’ and some inches!
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
I’m sure anyone who has been reading this section is tired of me moaning about hurricane damage and lousy fishing weather. I know I am tired of writing about it.
So, with great anticipation, I was looking forward to getting out of town (S. Florida) and heading up to the Smoky Mountains for a welcome change of scenery and some trout fishing. I was almost drooling over the weather reports predicting low temperatures in the 40s and highs only in the 70s. After months with daytime temps hovering around 90 degrees, that just sounded fantastic. Sleeping in a tent after sipping bourbon around a campfire, I thought, was just what the doctor ordered.
So, what do the weather gods send me this weekend? A (censored) hurricane is brewing in the Caribbean and heading north up through the Gulf of Mexico! Thankfully, it is not predicted to have a big effect on where I live. But, can you believe it… it is predicted, as of now, to travel right over the area I was planning to fish!
At this point in time, I think I’m going anyway. It will be long gone before I get there, but the streams will likely be at flood levels. Besides, I’ve got hundreds of dollars in reservations already committed. Turn baby, turn!
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Last year we put our rod warranty price up to 70GBP per section from 70USD (the lower value of the pound was the culprit). We were losing money at 70USD/section. And unfortunately we are now losing significant money at 70GBP/section! Other manufacturers can afford to replace sections at these low prices - and still make a profit - but their costs are lower both in terms of the blank and fittings. And anyway if you break a Sage rod (for example) outside of the USA it costs you considerably more than 70USD for a replacement section!! For example in Australia it costs 165AUD (approx 90GBP).
Brentwood BFCC Meet
Thursday, 18 October 2018
This Saturday sees the last BFCC competition and tuition day of the year (the iFish show has been cancelled for this year so please ignore that one on the calendar). The competition promises to be a good one with a number of casters coming quite a distance in order to throw. I’ve mended the T120 line again so hopefully it will last the course of the event, unlike last time. I made a slight adjustment to the joining technique that failed – as before I’ve tied and glued to cores and then whipped over the tag ends, however this time I also folded the tag ends back towards the knot and over-whipped the whole lot. It’s a bit bulkier than last time but I’m hopeful it’s strong – if it isn’t then I’m all out of ideas.
Explore and find your Eldorado
Friday, 19 October 2018
There are plenty of groups and pages for fishing in Facebook. I’m just talking about those which are in Finnish. There is one for fisherman, flyfishing, flytying, flyfisherman, fishing, responsible fisherman etc. It is endless list. I’m not saying is not good but there is other side of coin which is ruining something. Or maybe it is just me and me being old-fashioned and asshole.
Small and black
Saturday, 20 October 2018
I just read an article in the Danish Sportsfishing Association's magazine about catching the often difficult September/October seatrout and salmon. The article was great, written by Claus Eriksen, one of Denmark's best saltwater guys and a sea trout legend.
No. 126 Alligator Gar
Sunday, 21 October 2018
It’s been quite a while since I did one of these “new species profiles”. My original quest to land 100 species of fish on flies ended in February 2015 and was immediately upgraded to a quest to land 200 species. A dream trip to Australia added a bunch of species to the total, but since then additions to my life list have been more rare. To be honest, I’ve not been focused much on new species recently, but a trip down to Louisiana to hang out, eat amazing food, and fish with my friend Capt. Greg Moon put me back on track.
Truth be told, the alligator gar was not really even a species that I had in my mind going into the trip, but in terms of surprises, this was a pleasant one.