Wednesday 15 Mai, 2013
Fishing for Atlantic salmon often is all about presenting the fly all day long hoping for a single salmon to take it, while knowing that it mostly will not happen. Salmons don't enter the rivers to feed, but to spawn. Due to that they are not much willing to take our fly mostly. It often means hard work first to luckily force one salmon to take our fly during the whole week.
The past two seasons (2011 & 2012) the Skjern Au (river) in Denmark offered a fantastic (outstanding) fishing. Many salmons of amazing sizes (upto over 20Kg) were landed within April and May. A lot of anglers though were hoping for a similiar fishing this year of course, but yet not much salmons have entered the river. Within the past 4 weeks hundrets of anglers have landed no more than 25 salmons (upto 15Kg).
I am just back from a week teaching a group of beginners how to fish for Atlantic salmon in the Skern Au. We could manage to hook up with two salmons, but unfortunately lost both. Every day we started to fish at 5 in the morning and finished at around 9 in the evening. We had a lunch break inbetween, which mostly ended up in another fly casting session. In the late evening we tied our flies for the next day. All in all it was a week full of fly casting, fly tying and of course presenting the fly in all different strategies hoping for the one (magic) strike.
When a big salmon takes, nothing matters anymore! It will make all the hard work being worth it within a second. Personally I think to be a successfull salmon angler one first has to become a bit fanatic about salmon fishing. In most rivers one usually will not be successfull without spending most of the day (and often the nights either) on the river and presenting the fly over and over again. To me the main part in this kind of fishing is HOPE! And of course there is a lot of joy for being part of the nature as well as fly casting involved, too.
This time we could not land a single salmon. But I already have planned the next trip in the end of May, and am really looking forward to it. Just being part of the water flowing down its path right into the ocean and knowing that a nice big salmon may take my fly is fantastic to me. It simply is magic - with or (mostly) without catching one.
Since this season is so much different from the last two ones at the Skjern Au, I am afraid too many of the CORMORANTS entered the river during the past winters. The Ringköbing fjord (in which the Skern Au flows in) was frozen and so the river was the only place to feed for them. The biologists told me to have seen many of them entering the river.
I hope that one day we anglers really unite ourthelves in order to force a much better permission to shoot a serious number of them, when they enter these rivers, that can't handle much of them without loosing almost the complete stock of one or another species of fish.
Right now I have to run and get ready to leave for a long weekend of Sea trout fishing on Aero island in the Baltic sea tomorrow. Hopefully you will have a weekend full of fishing, too!?
All my best
p.s.: Please sign the petition about the cormorants HERE!
THE SEXYLOOPS HOT TORPEDO - Available Here.
It's taken more than eighteen months from conception to production, numerous prototypes and experiments, two explosions (!) and many rebuilds and finally we have an outstanding flyrod. There are some truly exceptional rods available, in the high end of the market, so the benchmark is high and there is no question that we want to try raise that standard. That has been a very tall order - but a great rod is built first on a great blank.
I look for several things in a blank. It has to be fishably fast (maybe someday we'll produce a slower rod, but not for me!). It has to have feel; flex for short range accurate casts, with feeling, and yet it has to have action that allows it to flex deeply for long range casts too. There must be smooth progression between these two elements. Finally I have no compromise with regards tip stability, if the tip wobbles or bounces putting a series of waves along the fly leg of the loop then I am not interested. The Hot Torpedo has the best tip recovery of any 6-weight I have cast.
I've been working with Alejandro in Spain who is a tremendously experienced rod designer and one of the finest and most knowledgeable flycasters in the world, to produce an exclusive Sexyloops' rod that we can launch upon the market. Our blanks are carefully manufactured in Spain using four different types of high-grade carbon to our own exclusive design.
These blanks are then transported to Hungary and built by Gampi, a massively experienced rod builder who gives supreme attention to the smallest details. We fit the very best cork handles to an exclusive Spanish design (maybe living next to Portugal gives them access to the finest cork, I don't know, but I do know these are the best production handles on the planet). We use Hopkins and Holloway Single Legs on the Competition 5 and Instructor 6 rods, and Single Leg Recoils on the Pro 6 rod. Our logos have been designed by Al Pyko. Our reel seats are manufactured and anodised for us in Hungary. Our rod tubes are (currently) manufactured in the USA.
My white prototype Instructor rod has been in literally hundreds of casters hands, some of the best distance casters on the planet have thrown it. The feedback has been outstanding and despite six months of incredible abuse there are no ferrule cracks, and believe me, this is very important! Stefan broke one of our prototypes in Scotland in May. The rod went straight back to Spain, with the idea that the broken section should be strengthened around the ferrule. Alejandro's response and action was to strengthen the entire second section. Something that actually went to further improve the action of the rod!
When Mr Hardy first built his company he did so on an idea that nothing was too good for a fly fisherman. That's my philosophy too. You have my word that we will never compromise over performance. We are working on several line weights and currently we have one blank ready for release. With that one blank, we have the Competition 5, the Pro 6 and the white Instructor 6. We have no planned release dates for other products - we are working on many! - they will simply be released when they are right.
The Sexyloops Hot Torpedo... Fly Fishing Without Compromise
To assist me, I have a full-time Retail Manager, Akos Szmutni, who has been busy working on rod production for me in Hungary, as well as filming and editing our soon-to-be-released Flycasting mobile phone App (three hours of downloadable flycasting instruction video, which has taken most of the summer to prepare!). Akos has been working for me full-time for the last two months. I also have a part-time Assistant Marketing Manager, Djordje Andjelkovic. Djordje is a new addition to the fold. Welcome Djordje!
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