A Fly On The Wall Part 5
Monday, 28 November 2022
This week we'll wrap up the "Doctor John" series of Tarpon flies with The Orange & Badger Doctor.
There is a Hot Torpedo in my stocking, what a surprise
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Yes indeed. It’s almost Christmas again. The year just flew past. I’m just recovering from the last one. And that’s just how life is nowadays.
Anyway the great thing about this, is that if you want a Xmas to remember, then now is the time either to order a Hot Torpedo for yourself, or alternatively drop the hint. After all, if you don’t say what you want then you might get a cardigan.
No Shortcuts, Especially for Twits
Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Have you ever thought about how few shortcuts there are in fly fishing except, perhaps, for using forceps to tie some knots? Whenever I try to take shortcuts, something bad happens. For instance, during practice last week, the fluff came off the leader. I reeled up the line but left the leader out to work on it and brought it inside the house. I set the reel on the end table. In the meantime, the rug needed a good vacuum. I saw that most of the tippet was rolled up. I didn’t see it, but there was sufficient length still out to reach the floor. The vacuum found it, quickly sucked it up like a largemouth inhaling a minnow. It ate the tippet and the entire front taper with the reel flopping around before I could kill the power. Toast.
Thursday, 1 December 2022
At last I have managed to get enough materials together to start on the classic salmon flies again. I started with an "easy" one, the Kelson version of the Durham Ranger (POD).
Friday, 2 December 2022
Still not snowing, first groups are coming this morning and winter season is really taking off on Sunday. Ice fishing trip was just distance dream.
Saturday, 3 December 2022
It’s winter and for many in the northern hemisphere that means it’s time for something else than fly fishing. Further north that me in Denmark, it’s so cold that you definitely can’t fly fish and that another matter. But here in Denmark, that rarely happens and if it does, only for shorter periods of time. That means that we can fly fish year round, unless species are protected for spawning etc. sea trout in the salt and pike and perch fishing is loss I left. But many choose to stay home as they don’t like the cold, particularly in combination with rain, sleet or snow.
Sunday, 4 December 2022
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a bonefish that fought way above its weight, the Usain Bolt of the species than ran an extraordinary amount of backing. I also mentioned that something happened to my reel during the last few metres of this run that meant I had to manually strip some backing off the reel to avoid over-tensioning the line and possibly breaking the tippet. At the time I thought that perhaps a loop of line had slipped on the spool and was preventing the outgoing line coming off smoothly. I also thought that I’d find this loop when I got home and stripped the reel – actually I was quite looking forward to measuring how much backing was used. However, my immediate concern was in recovering the line, so the issue was quickly buried on my reel as I whisked it at speed to keep in touch with the fish that was now coming back at me. Two days later something occurred that made me rethink what had happened though.