Taking quick shots
Monday, 14 January 2019
A current discussion on the Board reminds me that I haven’t mentioned the latest when it comes to taking shots. It’s funny, in some ways every single cast I make nowadays feels like a shot, but what I’m really thinking about is sight fishing for moving targets. As most of you will no doubt know by now, I’ve planted myself in the middle of the most difficult, most time-restricted, sight shot-fishing that there is: free-rising Snakehead that are air breathing.
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
What if you don’t catch a fish? It happens. I expect it happens to all of us. Well, at least it happens to me, and it just happened this past weekend. It's not like I scored a complete zero. I caught some non-target species, but I did not catch “the” fish. The one I was hoping for. The supposed reason for the trip. The prize.
Most of the hype one hears about fishing for large tarpon centers on the big schools during the spring migration. Unknown to many except south Florida locals with an incurable tarpon addiction, there are fish to be had throughout the year. I do not know whether these fish are permanent residents or if a small percentage get separated from the herd and decide to hang around until the next tour, but there are usually tarpon, big tarpon, to be found if one looks hard enough. At this time of the year just finding some is a minor victory and one that should be savored, because getting them to eat a fly is an even more daunting task.
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
The simple fly is not always the best one. But the best fly is ALWAYS simple. Finding the best fly is everything, but NOT simple!
BFCC 2019 Calendar
Thursday, 17 January 2019
Tracy and the committee of the BFCC are starting to put the calendar together for this year’s casting and competition days. The current plan is to have 7 full events plus a presence at a few shows e.g. the Game Fair. As normal we hope to be able to offer top class instruction as well as an enjoyable set of competition events. The rules for these remain unchanged from last year; perhaps with the exception that the ‘fly’ used for the accuracy event now must be an un-weighted piece of fluff. At the last event of 2018, a number of competitors used flies that were to the world championship specification, i.e. brightly coloured palmered flies with the hook bend cut off. These are great over water, producing a pattern of concentric ring waves where they touch down allowing for easy marking, however over grass they were a nightmare, bouncing significantly on contact with the ground and generally being hard to spot.
Wading belt and sizing
Friday, 18 January 2019
You probably know why there is belt in waders and you are using it. But there is different kind of belts and sizing of waders is issue also. I have find out that it does matter what you wear especially if you are spending more than 8 hours in waders few days in row. I had to use few brands before I found (I accept that it will cost) good ones. And with this I mean that they fit and I’m comfortable in those. Satu had same issue but different reason earlier but now she is also happy.
Nylion vs. fluorocarbon
Saturday, 12 January 2019
It’s an old discussion, and one that has manu sides depending on your stand point and reasons for using, or not using, fluorocarbon. I have two main reasons for not using it. 1. It never breaks down if you loose a leader or a tippet, 2. I really think nylon casts better.
A Review of Rowley and Chan’s Stillwater Fly Fishing App
Sunday, 13 January 2019
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review of Phil Rowley and Brian Chan's Stillwater Fly Fishing App for the blog over at Big Sky Anglers, the fly shop I help out at here in Montana. I figured this might be a group who might want to hear my thoughts about this new bit of angling "literature" as well. And, if anyone out there has some cool stillwater fly fishing literature from over there across the pond in the UK or the rest of Europe, feel free to get in touch with me. I'm always interested in new takes and approaches.
Take Care and Fish On, Matt