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One week or so then I'm outta here. Couple or three weeks in England then back to my truck in Canada. Not sure where I'll head there after, but either middle and up for lake trout in the margins in the far north or, most probably, the Rockies – perhaps Canada or else I'll border hop over to Montana. I'm in need of some heavy Spring fishing.

It's been an interesting season for me here in NZ. The first three months were possibly amongst the best I've had out here, certainly if numbers of 6lb plus fish are to be counted. I didn't catch a double this season, although I lost two that would have pushed the mark. I had a few fish just shy of nine pounds. There was a brown early on, just above a gorge and a rainbow just after Christmas.

The last two months however have been the poorest I've known. But that's ok because, the way things work, I met a really nice girl and taught her to flyfish. Sometimes instructors do that and I am an instructor. Even I forget that bit occasionally and it's cool to teach fishing and not only the cast.

The filming of the Revolution has gone well, although there's still a fair bit to be done. Some of which may or may not be done in Canada. For one thing I have to meet up with God but he's not been much in evidence recently.

Strange that.

So yeah, interesting season. Three months travelling on me Tod, which was great of course – always is – and then for the last two months I've been sharing the Red Herring; first with Stuntman Ronan, then with Carla and last week again with Ronan. I can't remember ever spending so much time in others' company. Not that I'm complaining of course; neither Ronan or Carla snore (much).

I don't normally spend time looking backwards, although I went through the Transition PoDs recently, just to remind myself that fish do sometimes eat, and once again I'm looking forward – Canada/Montana – with a spell inbetween of casting/family/getting casting fit again.

Hey it's a new season in Canada and I'm looking forward to nailing fish everywhere.

I'm “planning” – and I use the term in its loosest sense – to skip next Feb/March here in NZ and fish West Australia instead. This is going to take cash – because I'll need to buy another bloody 4x4 (and boat) and possibly find Internet connection sponsorship – but I reckon its well worth doing because I love Australia, deserts, Australians (well apart from a couple on the board perhaps), kangaroos, snakes and of course Imaginary Saltfly.

If it works I'll leave the truck there and have three homes on the road. Some day I may settle down, but I'll probably die first – so maybe I'll have a wooden house in the next lifetime.

Getting Enlightenment out has been an interesting challenge – it will happen now and within the next two weeks. I have to design some cover art for the sexy boxed cases that we're going to provide. This is my task for the week in fact and one I'm going to enjoy – it's a bit like creating a PoD really. I know you'll find it worth the wait and I'm looking forward to having DVDs out there that actually work this time.

And I have a working copy of the Instructor, which I'll get out to the guys who joined and haven't received their copy yet. I know, I know. Not everyone knows how to live at the Sexyloops pace. Not even us.

And if you think that's complicated you should see some of the other communications that go on behind the scenes. Talking of which we'll be shifting over to a dedicated server this week and we'll be installing a new board – either a step up from the one we have now or else a completely different script with lightning speed capability.

Over on the Board we have new moderators: Eric, who writes the Sat page is coordinating the Beginners Forum, Bob Wyatt is in charge of the Flyfishing Forum and Magnus Angus is dedicating his life to the Tackle Forum. No one knows what a moderator actually does of course. If you think you know be sure to get in touch.

There's some other stuff happening too and in particular I have an idea of epic proportions that will push Sexyloops way out there into unexplored territory. Watch this space for exciting developments.

Have a great week and make sure you get out fishing as much as possble. You know it makes sense and you'll feel better for it. Oh and be careful with bombs; Ronan nearly blew himself up last night.

Cheers,
Paul

from South to North...

Essential Bush Skills

The start of any flytying good flytying sequence involves squirting The Light of Apgai on your polyprops
Both alarm and curiousity set in when the polyprops start melting
Putting the lid back on the jar to stop *that* happening again
The flytying proper is underway
Notice the composure, that's true class that is
A difficult bit, you can tell that from the vacant expression
Essential bush skills: the third hand
Notice my hat here, it's quite daring
Snip, snip
I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here, but it's cool
Trimming an oversize hackle that appears to have become trapped in the whip finnish manoevre
Delicate precision work, the hallmark of any good flytyer
A sexy catch...

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