Monday, 19 August 2019
Last week while I had a new guest here - Michael - and Tonio, we had a fucking big storm. Everyone had said goodnight but I knew a storm was coming and that we’d see each other again before long,, what I didn’t know was just how big. It was a storm of tree-breaking proportions.
Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Recently I've been tying a small box of North Country and Clyde style wets for myself. So I have been re-reading Edmonds and Lee's ‘Brook and River Trouting’ which I've been enjoying thoroughly. The book is thankfully now easily available thanks to a few companies doing reprints.
Common Knowledge On Asp Behaviour
Wednesday, 14 August 2019
It's hard to find some detailed proven information about asp behaviour. That is of course because that species of fish other than for us anglers yet isn't discovered to be a pretty interesting one.
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Tracy and I are not long back from the BFCC meeting in Jersey, Channel Islands. There is a small group of casters there who are dedicated to fly casting sport and their results show how significant improvements can be made in a relatively short time – it’s great to have one of the Jersey Fly Fishers names written across a number of BFCC records. I know this will spur them on to more practice and more records in the future (we met up on the day after the competition to cast together).
Friday, 16 August 2019
It has been great week for fishing. Conditions has been challenging now and then but it hasn’t make fishing bad. Some heavy rain showers but hatching is going on and dry fly fishing has been good. Sunday we had quests on our lake and we caught totally 5 rainbow trout, what is making me especially happy is that german kids had success. Monday I guided german gentleman on river which I know and I has been fishing but not lately. Tuesday we had rafting and fishing on Kitka river, long day and excellent fishing. Despite rain shower in the end guests were able to land nice 37 cm graylings with dry fly. Yesterday I had time to in the evening to go scout river little bit more. I had guiding evening and I knew that my guest don’t mind me fishing also because it is more like friend thing, so……. I decided to go river where I was on Monday.
Saturday, 17 August 2019
Before summer I wrote about the Skues-biography by Dr. Tony Hayter, which I thought was new (ut is from 2013, so in fact a few years old). The book is nothing short of exvcellent on all points, and much to my surprise, I found out that the same author had also written a Halford-biography, in 2002. I don't know how these books managed to slip past me. I don't read copious amounts of flyfishing literature, but I am quite fond of most of the historical stuff - mainly because it's enlightening to get a few glimpses of how far we've come in the last 125 years (or how not-far).
Sunday, 18 August 2019
In my opinion, nobody paints a more accurate picture through the written word, of what fly fishing should be, than John Gierach. He's insightful, emotional, witty, and most importantly relatable. I first discovered John's work over 20 years ago, and since then have digested much of what he's put out there for public consumption. To be honest, I don't think I've ever actually read a bad Gierach essay. There are however a few that for me stand out above the rest. One of those is from the 1988 publication, The View From Rat Lake entitled "The Fishing Car".