Fishing with Piffen
Monday, 12 March 2018
Piffen is half way through his Malaysian Jungle trip and has caught one Gourami. It is our mission that next week he catches a Snakehead. We are getting shots at Snakehead but not the numbers I would expect at this time of year. There is one very exciting thing: the Cicadas are shagging! Which *may* mean they’ll starting dying soon and become trout food. Piffen and I have both tied up a dead cicada patterns although neither look like they had a natural death.
A picture's worth
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
I have been fishing throughout the Everglades mangrove fringe seriously since the 1980s. Previous to that, there were many trips to Everglades National Park and the Keys during my childhood, and that was all fun and games, not a rigorous study. My father and I fished all over Florida. For a while, after graduating college I seriously fished the Florida Keys for a few years but the open waters lacked something, or maybe they reminded me too much of my part-time stints as an offshore commercial fisherman that helped with my education costs. It seemed every time I drove down to the Keys I could not help but feel the allure of the mysterious mangrove labyrinth that I was passing. Eventually, I gave in and turned right at the bottom of mainland Florida and headed into Everglades National Park, wondering if someday I might actually have a clue about the famous unknown waterways and backcountry.
Once I started I never stopped. I guess I am either a home-body or a simpleton, but I really have had little interest in fishing the famous places around the world. I like to defend my choice by saying I would rather have an in-depth knowledge of any one thing than a general overview of many other things. And while I do not believe that a single person, in a lifetime, could ever know and understand all the waters and secrets of the Everglades, I am pretty sure I have as good an understanding as anyone else alive today. I know I have covered (and fished) all of the major waterways, and I expect I have explored much more of the intimate areas than most.
Anchored Fly Casting
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Traditional or Modern Spey style, Underhand style, Scandinavien style, Skagit style, Fulcrum style, Modern Ness style or whatever style you prefer, it all doesn't have to be as complicated as it may seem.
We’re going to need a bigger boat
Thursday, 15 March 2018
This week I finally got round to using the ticket for a free day’s fishing that I won at the competition that I entered in December (for catching a tagged fish). Having a day off from work whilst Tracy was required to go in gave me the perfect opportunity to fish my local trout lake, despite the forecast of a cold easterly wind and afternoon rain. The fishing was tough going until I found a very localised group of fish that were rising some distance out from the bank (30 yards plus). Assuming they were taking some early season buzzers (chironomid pupae), I tried a small Diawl Bach pattern with some success. With the continuing rise I then switched to a black Shipman’s buzzer (a very simple dry pattern for those who don’t know it) and took a number of fish off the top. I probably missed as many takes as I hit mind you, most likely due to a bit of ‘rustiness’ on my behalf. If there was any day that proved the usefulness of a distance cast then this was it, I’m not sure of the other catch returns for the day but I didn’t see many other fish caught than the ones I landed.
Klinkhamer hi-speed video
Friday, 16 March 2018
Fly tying, like in any other craftsmanship. can be understood as an assembly of modules. This basic concept makes it also “learnable”. Approach each module on it’s own until mastered, and then put these modules together.
The Klinkhamer is regarded by many as complicated. I tend to agree as this pattern consists of several modules and lots of steps. However, breaking it down in digestible steps helps to learn it.
Wing / wing-post: Antron yarn tied as underbody
Abdomen: Dubbed and ribbed over the antron underbody.
Thorax: Peacock herl wound around the thread and onto the hook-shank
Hackle: Parachute hackle whip finished under itself by the wing post.
The biggest hassle is to get the wing post stabilised. Nope, you do not need glue!!! That’s rather counterproductive in my eyes. The trick is to use the thread reinforced peacock herl “rope” as a base to pinch the wing-post with.
Another important factor is the amount of antron yarn for the wing-post. Many don't use enough and then struggle with the lack of stability cause by too little material.
Make note of that the thread is used to keep the fly under tension. Do not break the tension is my mantra to a good fly. Try to imagine the thread’s way on the fly in your mind.
Have a look at the video. I think the hi-speed video format helps to see the various modules coming together. However, practice all the modules separately before. Step 3 and 4 are the same modules as in the Red Tag and partly in the Griffith’s Gnat.
A can of worms
Saturday, 17 March 2018
There are so many events that the flyfisher needs to be aware of. An important one for Scandinavians is the hatch of rag worms in the salt. They hatch over a lengthy period, but it peaks around (the first) full moon in March. Rag worms are big and slow and hence an important food source that even appears as many sea trout are still in a relatively poor post-spawn condition.
two nice birds!
Sunday, 18 March 2018
At the moment I'm still quite busy with getting my hunting license, but there are also good things about! We had a lot of work to do with the local wildlife police and so I finally got two beautiful birds that you normally don't get. Of course I had to fill out papers and it's all legal that I have this birds. The owl found not enough food and sadly died but the bird was in that good condition that I decided to let her preparation (not sure how you say that in English) but soon she will have a space in my flytying room and will sit next to me.