Faster faster faster!!!
Monday, 24 June 2019
I have two months to go before my next triathlon. So that’s focussing my attention! I wouldn’t say I am triathlon fit right now but I hope to be quite a lot fitter, come the starting gun.
And so I’m taking this opportunity to spend a little bit less time on the water, a bit more time in it, and a lot more time on Sexyloops. We have a bunch of great things happening, not least of which will be the flyline database I talked about a few weeks ago. This should be up and running later this week.
Don't go, don't know
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Last weekend’s trip provided a few surprises that were unexpected, which I guess is sort of implied in the definition of surprises. A buddy and I took his canoe out with minor expectations. It is a transition period for the Everglades coast right now and fishing can be tough, at least when fishing inside and from a canoe.
A deluge of rain like we experienced over the last weeks has a strong effect in the backcountry. Not unlike what I understand a trout stream might experience after a heavy rain event upstream, the mangrove creeks get “blown out” from the sudden surge of outflow. The salinity plummets, the tannin levels skyrocket, and the water color turns to dark amber reminiscent of a sweet top-shelf rum. Unlike the trout stream, however, the water clarity actually improves. In strong sunlight over the sand bottom, the water appearance is spectacular. The problem is, the fish do not care for the change at all, and the majority of them move “outside”.
Brilliant Nature And Lots Of Fish
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
That's what fly fishing in Norway is all about!
Off to Oswestry
Thursday, 20 June 2019
This will be a brief FP as I am writing it as James is driving us up to North Wales to prepare our house for friends who will be staying with us to support this weekend’s BFCC Meeting.
The car is fully packed with all the BFCC gear needed to run a Meeting, even down to a portable table that we use to help run the competition – and no, we don’t use it to stand on for one of James’ experiments!
The Beetles are overrated!
Friday, 21 June 2019
Normally I don't get particularly stressed about things, but this week got to me a bit.
Last Sunday I decided it was time to tidy up the tying room. The most onerous of tasks made all the worse by knowing it would be a a chaotic mass of feather and fur about 37 seconds into the first fly tied after the cleaning.
As awful as it already sounds, that's not the worst of it! Starting on the job I picked up a chicken wing, or tried to at least, it disintegrated in my hands. That's right, I'm under attack from dermestid beetles.. Panic!
Old flies and new tactics
Saturday, 22 June 2019
I’m sorry - I’m going to be talking a little bit about old flies again. This time a spey fly. Not as old as the “really” old ones. This one appears in Pryce-Tannat’s book, “How To Dress Salmon Flies” from 1914, where many of the older spey-patterns are from the first half of the 19th century. I’m not sure exactly how old The Gold Sylph is, but it’s pre-1914.
Sunday, 23 June 2019
Sometimes seemingly random, unrelated things come together in such a manner that you can't just chalk it up to chance. Take today for example; my old mentor in the anthropology program at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Dr. Dan Gelo and I finally got to fish together for the first time in 20 years. Although the fishing wasn't what I would classify as epic, the serendipitous, peripheral experiences we shared today were about as epic as they come.