Here we will be tying flies, eating Latohegy Pizza and drinking the local Palinka mosquito repellant. There will be a roof, because once a month it rains in Hungary during the summer and when it does you certainly need one.
Yes I know, but the pictures speak for themselves…
Well apart from the complete fuckup in not making it over to Italy for the weekend, it’s been a good week. I have a new fence, steps and alarm system installed. This week while the Drava is dirty we’ll be extending my roof slightly for a covered outdoor eating area. on Friday, Peter and I fished the Drava. Peter caught a nice Asp on dusk, I missed one!
One nice Asp for this section and a couple of tiddlers!
Here’s one method of tying rabbit zonkers wrap-free. You can of course tie on a mono-loop (which doesn’t really work well, unless you insert the mono inside the strip, which is better). Also there is the String Leech (Matt has a great sequence on Sexyloops) – I used his method to tie the Wine Fly, so called because it fell into a glass of red wine overnight… I lost this fly and then several days after losing it on a strike (this is a true story) I somehow miraculously landed it between fish. It’s still in my box. The problem – maybe – with this method is that fish that hit the front third don’t get hooked, however I’m beginning to suspect that more fish will be hooked with a rear hook – something to trial.
Oh and capers are best eaten with honey. That’s a Sexyloops’ first (maybe)…
Contrary to popular belief I’m not living off my Stuntman salary. In fact it doesn’t pay well at all and its a risky business. I’ve been lucky in general in that imaginary career although only today I nearly cut my thumb off. Only a bloody nick but I could just as easily have put my thumb farther under the blade and lost or mangled it. I’m a cabinetmaker so this is an occupational hazard. Generally I’m extremely careful. I always know where my hands and digits are in relation to the blade. Today was a first! Anyway, I went away from my reason for this report! All I wanted to say was that if my last few pieces of furniture mated and had a baby it would be a really cool fly-tying desk!
Take care! Ronan..
I had a really great time fishing the Gacka. My days were emails in the morning, hill running and cycling in the early afternoon, fishing the evenings. Sasha joined me for one day, and I gave a course with local guru, Tomo, on Saturday.
Snow is falling over much of the south island right now so it’s clear that Winter is well and truly here. Queenstown woke to a fresh, frosty morning with some snow on the ground. I got up and prepared a hearty beef and venison stew and left it simmering in the slow cooker. With dinner taken care of I had a substantial breakfast of bacon, eggs and beans and then went fishing. The Kawarau River is open all year round so I decided to give it a try. It’s a big river and I have not cracked it yet. I went to a spot where a small river flows in and had one great fish on a woolly bugger fished deep on a slimeline. I didn’t spend long on the water. It was freezing cold, I didn’t see any fish, frankly I didn’t want or need to be on the water all day. I left happy with my lot and went to another part of the river to get some firewood. A few minutes with the chainsaw and I had enough for 2 nights free warmth. Before I went home I caught up my friends Mike and Raywin over a beer. It’s important to stay in touch with your friends! I got home to a perfectly cooked stew and got the fire cranking….
The season is over now on the majority of waters but a few are open all year round. I’ll be checking those out regularly over the winter. I’m also going to tie all the flies I need for next season over the winter. I’ve started already!
Its getting cold and firewood is expensive so I bought a chainsaw. It lives in the truck so whenever I see a dead fallen tree It’ll be cut up and loaded into the back. As they say, firewood warms you twice!