Well, I'd been promising some new flycasting stuff for a while and this week it came along with the introduction of the Arden Flip-Flop Style. Now some people think that I am taking the piss naming something as important as a flycasting technique after my left shoe. Not a bit of it. I'm a very serious professional flyfishing dude.
True I don't wear a tie but that's not because I am an anarchist or a rebel, it's because I don't own a shirt. You can't wear a tie without a collar – now that would be taking the piss.
Talking about taking the piss, the Salmon and Trout Association are currently very good at it.
There is a hell of a lot of politics and underhandedness going down with the introduction of a new “coach licencing scheme”. The AAPGAI have clearly been marginalized (although I am sure that they won't like me saying this) and it looks very much like the STA are now in control and with government backing (if you remember I mentioned this back in my Socks Newsletter... in fact as you read this one of my socks is on it's way to the STA and so I will in fact save the day).
Let me make myself quite clear (for once): I do not support the new scheme. We have a qualification in the UK that works very well. It is the AAPGAI. The fact that the AAPGAI have lost their way in this matters not; I will not be joining the new scheme. It will undermine instruction in the UK because it will support instructors who clearly are not good enough. If I believed that integrity lay behind the introduction of this qualification then I would, perhaps, feel differently. I do not. And finally it appears that the management of the AAPGAI have realised what is happening and have recently advised us to “have nothing to do with it”.
Don't worry Michael, it's all under control: I have saved the day.
Until this gets sorted, if you want some professional flycasting instruction either visit an AAPGAI, CNL Master, FFF Master or me. It's that simple. (BTW free lessons for any STANIC Instructors wishing to sit the AAPGAI exam).
Anyway what do I know - I name casts after shoes and send socks to people.
BTW you really have to check out their website, it's a beaut and explains everything that I'm talking about: www.fishcoach.org
For all those who are concerned about the integrity of the MBANIC qualification in the face of this current threat, fear not; we will in fact be raising our standards and reassessing all the members on a yearly basis – just as soon as I can find out where Jim has disappeared to (I sent him a potato through the post about a month ago and he hasn't been seen or heard from since… I hope that he didn't eat it).
You may actually be wondering about the Mugwai (and Bullhead) Association and what our achievements have been over the last six months. Well, they have been numerous. For one thing we were concerned about the low-water levels in the UK over the last few summers. Mugwai are big fish (probably) and as such require sufficient water for swimming about in. After intense consultations with the important dude(s) in charge we have arranged for a particularly wet UK summer.
We were also concerned about rumours that some anglers, disappointed with their inability to catch Mugwai in their local waters, were insisting that Mugwai be stocked, putting various existing native Mugwai populations (not to mention the surrounding livestock) into jeopardy. Once again we came to the rescue and pointed out that no one has ever caught a Mugwai before and therefore the roe was completely unobtainable. Another Mugwai (and Bullhead) Association success.
You can join the Mugwai (and Bullhead) Association any time you wish. We believe in free fishing, catch and release, fly only, right-to-roam, right-to-live, flip-flop, Mugwai flyfishing. Our instructors are the best in the country: we eat well and have clear consciences – well I do, although I'm not too sure about Jim. We will not be having a tent at the Gamefair this year, although we may have a portal. If we were to have a tent we would serve chillibeans and red wine… good wholesome food.
I will in fact be supporting Crocodile. Carl (from Denmark or Bust) has asked me to hang around his tent and talk about fishing, do some flycasting stuff and generally enjoy myself. I am not sure what the tent is called but it's in the middle of Fisherman's Row and no doubt will have a giant helium-inflated plastic crocodile floating above it (there's an idea for you Carl :-)).
Crocodile, in case you don't know, is a flyline lubricant that also repels mosquitoes. I am going to check out its incredible properties next week in Lapland. Apparently there are a few mosquitoes waiting for me.
I am well armed: Carl sent me Croclight! (a very smelly candle), Crocodile! (herbal bug discouragent - their words, not mine), roll-on Crocodile! (good for under the arms), Crocodile! Hand and body cream, a mini pot of crocodile (useful as a back-up) and Pesky Potion! for Pets.
Why exactly he send the last one I am a little unsure… maybe for the reindeer.
I'm looking forward to Lapland; it will be nice to meet both Vegard and Svein. I met Svein in Berlin a couple of months ago and he seemed like the sort of dude you would want to fish Lapland with. For one thing he plays the bass guitar - very useful for those long campfire nights… you know the ones where you sit around the campfire wearing sunglasses.
I am a little concerned about the temperature however. It's quite far North, is Lapland, you know; inside the Artic Circle and I'm beginning to wonder what it's going to be like. I know that I shouldn't worry about it and just let it happen, but what should I pack? A quick search of the Internet seems to suggest that I may experience daytime highs of 10 degrees max. Yet another site suggested 30 degrees during the day and 20 degrees at night. Raising the question has anyone actually been there?
Anyway it doesn't make any difference; I don't have very many clothes and so I will just take them all and hope that I have enough.
All of the sites I checked suggest that I will encounter mosquitoes. This is excellent news and will allow me to put Crocodile and Pesky Potion for Pet to the test.
Last weeks Sexyloops Theme (we experience “themes” now at Steve's request) was flycasting and the Arden Flip-Flop Style. Next week I'll be Laplanding. Once again Steve is in charge of the frontpage (what will happen this time?) and unlike in Spain I will in touch on an almost daily basis. I fly to Alta on Tuesday. Vegard reckons there are Mugwai in the area.
In case you didn't download Spanishfly here is one of the clips used in the compilation.
This from José, co-ordinator of the CNL and one of the flycasters on video: "The videos are really excellent because there you can see each one´s
individual style and the things one has to improve. I repeat, amazingly helpful stuff for all your readers. I really think this is the way to follow for really good instruction. With this sort of stuff your web page will be not just the best
one but the most complete one. A really must to visit."
There is one more video I have been saving of another CNL who has only recently passed. I shall be making this one live shortly as well.
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