How did I get to be a rod designer?
Monday, 19 October 2020
Well firstly, before I begin to answer this, there are various parts in the rod design process that I don’t do. I don’t design the shape of the carbon templates for example. I don’t pick the mandrel. I don’t decide which cloth we are going to use. And of course I don’t work in the factory!
The 100’ fishing cast
Tuesday, 20 October 2020
What is a long-distance fishing cast? I think that it’s a nice round 100 feet (30m) with a #5 line (140 grains at 30’ excluding the level tip). A lot of anglers will say "you can't hook fish at those distances", but this isn't true. It's possible to hook AND land fish at great distances, remembering that a trout’s mouth is fairly soft, and if you maintain the tension, you can land them. A great fellow caster said to me that distance comes down to three main things. Tracking, line speed and tight loops, in that exact order of importance. Most anglers I see that want to cast far have one common issue, and that is a tracking fault. Tracking is the aerial view of the rod tip path during the casting stroke, and the back and forward casts must be 180 degrees from each other for a straight-line cast. With all else being equal, you will get parallel loops. Good tracking is essential if you would like to cast accurately, as well as throw a long way. Distance casting is more about focusing on the little details, which add up to the larger whole. Think of casting as ballet, gentle precise movements, like a Swiss watch. Your inner Arnie will only hinder your progress. You need to remember to work smarter and not harder! I will assume that you are an intermediate caster that can throw a reasonable distance, understands the variable arc, has fairly tight loops and can double haul and cast to around 65-70'.
Tough Conditions In Pikeland
Wednesday, 14 October 2020
Really tough today!
Streamers Of Consciousness
Thursday, 15 October 2020
I would rather bomb playing my own songs than be successful playing someone else's music.
---Eddie Van Halen
Friday, 16 October 2020
Sunday we had picnic and fishing day at our lake. Great day but not much to tell about fishing, few perch and good time. Wednesday I had river guiding day, that was last for this season. Reindeer round up are starting and weather forecast is that there could be even 50 cm snow coming this weekend. So winter could be here fast.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Flies, that is - not fishing wet, even though that happens when you fall over, tour waders leak or you get caught in the rain with out a rain jacket. Fishing wet flies is an art as diffifult and refined as fishing dries or the upstream nymph in my opinion.
Sunday, 18 October 2020
Recently I tied up a batch of stalking bugs for a friend who's been getting the same order every year since sometime in the 1990s. After I finished it I didn't sit down at the vice for almost 2 weeks.
It completely killed my motivation to tie, whether for myself or others. Previous to that I was tying a lot and putting out about 3 tying videos a week so at first I thought I had kind of burned out. But I don't think that's it, unlike many I thoroughly enjoy time at the vice. I even fairly enjoyed tying those stalking bugs, weird little things and not what I usually tie.