The Sexyloops Leader Resource
Monday, 11 December 2017
Viking Lars had an idea yesterday and was a good one. He had the idea that we should start a page on different leader recipes. I'll kick the page off with a couple of "different" formulae that I'm using here in the jungle. As well as the current Snakehead leader I'm using I'm also experimenting with a twisted leader that was shown to me by a Singaporean friend, Qwek. Flavio made one up that was fantastic and so I'll repeat this and post that formula later sometime when I'm in Tasmania.
Tis the season
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Down here in South Florida the seasons have finally changed. The summer of 2017 was not kind and I personally am glad to see it leave. It was a hot summer with rainfall totals that had not been seen in decades and then we were treated to Hurricane Irma. Finally, this past weekend we got some cooler air come through and the air temperatures dropped down to near 40 degrees F. It appears the cooler air will stay around for the remainder of the week.
It this was a normal year I would be hopping up and down with excitement. Cooler air means cooler water and that changes everything in the Everglades. Fish move all over the place when the water temperature drops. Some species move off shore to the reefs while others move into the backcountry. Those that move back are the ones that I really appreciate as they create a fishery that I find to be perfect for sampling with a flyrod and a canoe.
Another fine week in Pike-land
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Last week we were still fly fishing for pike on Rügen island, Germany. Fair to say we had an excellent time again!
Thursday, 14 December 2017
My annual foray into competition fly fishing did not go at all well at the weekend. I’m not sure what position I finished in as they didn’t embarrass me by publishing the full results sheet, but I must have been near the bottom in a field of 20 odd.
Things actually didn’t start too badly. I wasn’t overly enamoured when I arrived at the first peg that I’d drawn at random, it was a shallow bay which, on a freezing cold day, I’d normally walk past due to the lack of accessible deep water. However whilst getting ready I saw some fish move, and my newly found optimism was bolstered by a take on the second cast. Unfortunately I lost this fish after a few seconds. I started with a hare’s ear pattern on a long leader with a floating line, this tends to be my default setting on small still-waters unless something obvious makes me kick-off with some other tactic, e.g. hatching buzzers or seeing fish taking dries etc. Not long after the lost fish I got a nice solid tightening which resulted in a fish in the net, but subsequently I pulled out of another, annoyingly right at the net. I quickly added a second fish landed, however again this was followed by a distance release. So three fish lost and two landed, whilst telling Tracy about my bad luck (she wasn’t fishing as she’s still suffering with her injury – plus she doesn’t really do ‘cold’) I also managed to miss a solid take, which probably serves me right for not concentrating.
pill box 4 hooks
Friday, 15 December 2017
short and painless ... the most affordable and compact form of storing and sorting hooks is ... (drumrolll)
- the pill box. Thanks Konstanse - I have not looked into the medical direction when thinking about a solution for the ongoing problem how to store and sort those hooks. She did ...
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Yes, it's tying-pike-leader-day today. And yes, that means the Rügen-trip next week is ON and I'm really looking to it, hopefully catching a few big ones, fishing with Bernd and just getting away for a few days.
How to tie... and flytying demo
Sunday, 10 December 2017
A busy week with flytying demonstration in a shop and fishing for grayling without any success. The time in the shop behind the vise was really nice. All the customers we're friendly and there are a lot of passionated flytyiers around. I was tying only Tubeflies and here is another short step by step tube pattern, this time a simple and cheap pheasant streamer. The Grayling fishing the next day was sadly without any sucess but with a lot of snow :) have a nice sunday