Monday, 21 May 2018
Ashly and I are having a short break in Thailand. We've been here a few times by car (with the Rocket Condom) but this time we flew up to Krabi. It's been a very long time since I've been this far north, almost 20 years in fact, and CHRIST!!! It's busy now!!!! And this is currently low season!!!! I'm pleased I saw this part of Thailand before it changed and became the tourist herding place it is now. I had the idea that we might drive up with the truck and the boat sometime, drive through Thailand and visit Vietnam and who knows where else - but I'm not sure I can do this nowadays... I like people but can't stand crowds. To give you an idea of how things are now, we did a couple of tours. On one tour, on one small beach, I counted over 50 speed boats and that was just a small snapshot. The mind boggles to think how it must be in high season.
A tarpon leader
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
In the next few weeks, I’ll be down in the Keys for a few days of continuously targeting large tarpon. To be honest it is not my favorite way to fish for them but it is fun none the less. It is the epitome of sight fishing and there are plenty of targets. The downside is many, actually, most, are hard to feed. The water is clear and the fish are usually visible although often the shots are rushed as the fish are on the move and quite often not detectable until very close. Sometimes you get lucky and a fish or two from the school will roll at the surface giving away their approach. Other times, especially in the morning you can find stationary “laid up” fish, which is more like the way we find them up near the Everglades.
There is a lot of preplanning involved. Water depth and clarity, tide phase, sun position and bottom structure are all components for choosing where to be at certain times. And then you hope someone else did not beat you to your spot. Tarpon fishing this time of year is very popular and there are many other boats on the water doing the same thing.
Fishing as usual
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
During the past days we have been fishing every day as usual.
Thursday, 17 May 2018
The Sportfish show last weekend was a lot of fun, Tracy and I caught up with a number of our fishy friends. The BFCC instructors were busy pretty much all weekend with a mix of absolute beginners and improvers, as always the feedback was universally positive from those who had just finished a lesson. Unfortunately the rain that was forecast for late Saturday evening came in early and essentially called an premature ‘end of play’ to outside activities – although some of the demonstrators felt obliged to stick to their allotted timeslot even though there were only one or two people willing to stand and get soaked in order to watch them.
the Z knot ...
Friday, 18 May 2018
knot knot .... who's there? During my recent visit to Jan Siman in the Czech Republic I learned more about the amazing skills needed to be in the top league of competition flyfishing.
One thing is reading the water, understanding aquatic insects and what triggers fish. The other is to fish heavily weighted flies. To be on top of the game, one must be able to change / tie on flies very quickly. In a competition there is not time for fiddling about. I also learned that Jan does not hold his cards close to his chest. rather the opposite. He is sharing his knowledge in calm, yet witty way - which suited me more than well.
He showed me two knots, which i like very much because one does not have to rely on the eyes that much. Comes in handy when fishing at dusk and very much for an old mole like me.
The Z knot looks like becoming my new favourite. Funny enough they have named it after me, even before we met ... very smart ;-)
Flyfisher's top season
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Top-season for flyfishers in Scandinavia is right now. There are salmon and sea trout migrating, pikeseason is open again, and they're hungry for food, mayflies are hatching in numbers, garfish and sea trout along the coastline, and when you're like me and enjoy them all, you can end up a bit frustrated.
2-handed Rods for Stillwater Fishing?
Sunday, 20 May 2018
If you know me, or if you’ve gotten to know a bit about me through my writings over time, you know that two of my favorite types of fly fishing are stillwater trout fishing, and casting 2-handed rods to swing flies on big rivers. I think if you dig deep, there are a number of shared traits that these types of angling have in common. The joy of casting a long line. The relaxed pace of a slow stillwater retrieve or tight line swing. The sudden jolt of a grab from a hidden fish. But the standard gear that these two types of fishing utilize are radically different. On the big rivers, I’m typically casting 12 to 14 ft 2-handed rods, rigged with some type of shooting head and sink tip system or long floating line designed for Spey casting. On the lakes, I’m usually reaching for a 9 or 10 ft single hand rod and either a floating or full sinking line of various densities. But there is one instance where I can think of where I will reach for a 2-handed rod when fishing stillwaters, and it solves a very specific angling “problem” for me.