Monday, 19 February 2018
I got a message on Facebook yesterday - from Mrs. Sexyloops, becasue Paul has, once again, drowned his phone and needed an emergency front page today. So - Paul's out of reach and I'm covering today.
Enlightened but dimly
Tuesday, 20 February 2018
Well, after spending the last two long weekends rubbing shoulders with the great-unwashed horde of avid anglers and fly casters I guess I should not be surprised that I picked up one of the circulating viruses. For my sins of ignoring them, the fish gods made my penance a week of suffering through a nasty head cold.
Of course, this trough in my personal health cycle coincided perfectly with a long weekend of spectacularly unusual beautiful weather. At least I did not have the dilemma of having to choose between the large tarpon bite that was off the chain or canoeing out for what was likely the finest backcountry snook fishing of the year. Instead, heavily medicated, I sat home and researched and planned for my spring camping trip for yet another stab at trout fishing up around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Preparing for a tropical saltwater trip
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Flies, leaders, lines, backings, reels, rods and much more - all that needs to be planned in detail right now. The fish we will be after can get pretty large and are very strong fighters. That doesn't leave any room to not have our equipment updated and best possible prepared.
How many times can I hook myself in one day?
Thursday, 15 February 2018
This week the focus of my knot testing has switched to hook/fly attachments. Before I get into the results I wanted to emphasise that these tests are never going to tell you which is the strongest knot for your circumstances. I’m simply presenting data from knots which I’ve tied (sometimes for the first time), in the nylon I’ve selected (chosen because it’s cheap and I’ve got loads of it that I wouldn’t use for anything else because it’s brown) under test parameters that are governed by the equipment, i.e. the strain rate is a fast as the Instron will go, but not ‘shock’ conditions. [In a previous FP I’ve written about the effect that strain rate has on pretty much all materials – it’s quite substantial]. These tests are however all identical, well controlled and I get to record the stress/strain response along with the exact failure loading.
my dear deer hair fly
Friday, 16 February 2018
Oh my dear deer hair fly. I really love this pattern. It is so versatile and can be fished for so many different hatches. Pretty much anything from small to larger caddis flies and it even seems to be taken as a mayfly. Tie a slimmer wing and a darker body and the finned fellows take it as a stonefly or even a terrestrial.
However, as a novice fly fisher I really struggled with getting the wing securely fixed onto the hook, but the small trick of cutting the deer hair wing to length before tying it on saved me. Thanks to Hans Weilenmann, whom I learned this from many, many .... many years ago.
Saturday, 17 February 2018
When tying flies there are many roads to choose from. You can tie imitations, provacative flies, general representations of edible things, blobs of nothing that somehow gets eaten anyway, and on top of that, you can add some overall principles of for instance always incorporating contrast in your flies.
local tv news and nail design
Sunday, 18 February 2018
I had the funny question if I would talk about fishing on the national TV daily show this week. So I met the TV team at the river and "fished" for them. Maybe the withe sneakers weren't the best choice for outdoor but they did a good and after 3 hours, repeating each step a few times we're done for 1 minute local tv news. And last week my new uv nail studio lamp arrived....