Footloose and Heading In
Monday, 3 August 2020
Been a another hectic day for me, chasing around town picking up provisions and tackle for the Sungai Tiang Orang Asli (although, rather smartly last week I gave them cash to do their own food shopping, which has saved me a couple of hours trying to fulfil a weird - and rather sweet - shopping list!). Anyway the river is respectably clear again, I have screwed and glued some felt to my boots and I feel ready to rock and roll.
It has begun
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
This past weekend we here in South Florida dodged a bullet, but there are undoubtedly more rounds in the chamber. Tropical Storm/ Hurricane Isaias came right at us, then veered north and spared us most of the wind and rain, but not the prep work. It is now on its way up the east coast of the US, which is good news for us, but not so good for our yankee friends who don’t have as much practice with these darn things.
This is just the beginning. For the next three months we will be right in the center cut of the meat of hurricane season. It feels like we have been marinating for about the last two or three months. It has been one of the hottest and wettest early summers that I can remember. I believe I have fished less in the last 6 months than any other similar period in my life. Seriously. That includes my diaper days – no, not these days, the early ones!
Matching Fly Line Speed For Fishing
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
90% of fly fishermen I watch fishing are using a significant extra line speed for bringing their fly to the fish. That extra line speed usually comes along with some clear disadvantages!
The Kindness of Strangers
Thursday, 6 August 2020
One of the great things about working professionally in the outdoors industry is the myriad of interesting people you get to meet. Some of them are more "interesting" than others, but most of them are wonderful people, and in many cases, are insanely talented as well. I have been very fortunate over the years, in that many of these folks have been generous enough to gift me some stunningly beautiful, angling related items. One of those individuals is a gentleman from Spain named Joaquin Sospedra.
It is getting better
Friday, 7 August 2020
Like you might remember August is my favourite month for fishing. After high water in June and July with changing temperature, August is not failing. Water level is dropping little bit, temperature is settling and fishing is getting better. Some good hatching etc. Life couldn’t be better.
Saturday, 8 August 2020
I bought Stu Tripney’s book, “Jungle Blues vol 3”, which is an account of his travels with Paul in the Malaysian jungle. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend you buy the book. It’s a very different fishing book (and a slightly mad one too), but just how we all like it.
Living Afloat in the Jungle
Sunday, 2 August 2020
I feel incredibly fortunate at the moment and really seem to be settling into this “boat life”. Living on a bigger boat is certainly a damned sight more comfortable and offers considerable advantages over how I was living before, on a small boat or camping in the trees! For example I now have five days’ supply of ice, food for about a month, space, a roof protecting me from the elements, a fantastic place to watch storms refill the lake and it’s simply all-round good fun.