Regular visitors to this
site probably won't know what's hit them this month.
'There must be some mistake', 'this can't possibly be
the Paul Arden Fly Fishing Experience', 'where's all
the psychedelic purple gone?' and 'hey look I can
actually navigate around without waiting for pages
and pages of stuff to download' and other surprised
No, you are not in the
wrong place, this is the sexyloops website.
Completely rebuilt, and hopefully for the last time.
Finally I've worked out how to build these damn pages
and I'm not doing it again. However, if you've got
any tips... (but please, no commercial stuff; I'm not
paying for something which I can reasonably work out
how to do myself!)
Also, I spent one
evening submitting the various pages to some of the
most popular search engines, so I'm expecting a huge
increase in hits. And if you are one of these recent
discoverer's; then welcome! - nice of you to drop by.
Here is my
Although I don't
really consider myself to be a guide, as such, more
of an instructor (this way I actually get to fish
myself - which in a strange way actually increases
the pressure - but it beats just watching),
principally because it doesn't 'feel' right to charge
for companionship, I do understand some of the
difficuilties guides face:
On the one hand a
guide has to have integrity - it's no good saying how
wonderful the fishing is, when it's diabolical, just
to get the business, because that's one client who
sure won't be ringing you again.
But on the otherhand a
guide also has to be optimistic. When times are tough
he has to have enough optimism for himself and his
client. Because every angler knows that pessimism has
to be avoided at all costs. As soon as you lose
confidence you may as well pack up and go home.
Basically what I'm
saying is that the fishing over the last couple of
weeks has been crap. Not crap in a 'well it could
have been a little better' way. But crap in the worst
possible sense in that on some nights it couldn't
have been any worse (well not in any conceivable
This is not to say
that it's gonna be crap next week. July might be
fantastic. (I'm hoping, if not actually expecting it
to be so).
So the question has to
be asked 'why is the fishing so bad right now?' An
entriguing question especially when you consider that
it is a purely local phenomina. Local to Ardleigh
We are currently
getting none of the large buzzer hatches we normally
get at this time of year. It could be that they are
late(!) and if this is the case then fantastic, July
is going to be a fantastic month (best ever,
heaps of optimism). If they are not late, then they
are dead; which is a really worrying thought and one
that I will only deal with if necessairy. So for the
purposes of angling I shall, of course, take the
optimistic approach and continue this report with a
forecast based on good things in genaral and late
buzzers in July.
Please note that if
you require up-to-the-minute fishing reports on this
venue then you can either email me or even try
ringing me - sometimes I am close to a phone.
One thing that always
appears this month, is the pinfry explosion. And
right on queue they are currently being taken by the
fish - in small quantities. So (optimist) we can
expect sport even without the midge hatches!
Here's a short
clipping from my book...
first week of July is somewhat akin to the last
of June<oh-oh>. However at some point
during the month we are going to have to get
involved in some deep fishing if we are to take
fish during the midday period, especially under
windy conditions. This restricts bank fishing to
dams, although it can be possible to take fish
A mine of information,
but how do we take trout from weedbeds? A little
later on the book tells us...
sometimes hold trout. You can sometimes see them
if you drift your boat over them and spend your
time looking sub-surface. Try floating fry the
other side or in the gaps between weed. Or the
dry fly. A big Wickham's comes recommended by
some. I have also read that you can make your own
little holes with rakes attached to ropes and
expect the fish to arrive rather quickly. I have
never resorted to this aquatic pruning, but I am
known to be rather lazy in my approach to angling
and so that may account for this.
I then go on to
describe dam fishing and specific techniques for
catching fry feeders. What a wonderfully exciting
book this is (even if I do say so myself) you really
must buy a copy. It even has a money-back
Hopefully I can sell
enough of these books this month and then I won't
have to do any guiding... unless, of course, the
buzzers are only late, in which case the 'Float
Tubing Experience' may well be particularly busy.
Time will reveal all...
Feel free to email me
- I'm usually pretty quick on the reply - also if
you're having problems, or not had a reply, please
resend, my ISP had a few difficulties recently.
I reply to every email. But only the ones
that get to me...
And finally here's a
few dates for your diary:
Sat 10th July.
Tendring show at Manningtree, Essex. I'll be
there doing some casting and looking after
the Ardleigh Reservoir stand from 10am until
2pm. Hope to see you there.
30th July to
1st August. CLA Gamefair. This year is in
Yorkshire (which for all you Southerners is North
of the M25 - I know this because I used to
live in York). I'll be on the AAPGAI casting
clinic wearing my thermals.