Monday, 29 November 2021
Well, another visit to Powderhorn is in the books. I always say that if I can get one day out of three where the wind doesn't blow 15 knots or better, I consider myself lucky.
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
It’s funny, for decades I used to think that the Induced Take by moving dry flies on Stillwaters was a form of cheating! It’s not that it was “cheating” exactly, but when a fish ate the moved fly it meant less to me, because it wasn’t naturally fooled into eating my fly, but instead attracted to the movement first.
I had the same feeling with nymphs and wets too. It’s often far easier to “knock a fish off” with the induced take, than a static presentation.
Anyway while those days have mostly long gone now (although I definitely have self-restrictions in my jungle fishing), they were undoubtedly very important in my development as a fly fisherman at the time.
Elitists and the Bung
Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Fishing has been rather poor recently, with the trout moving a considerable distance from the bank whilst shoaling up. If you don't land the fly within a few feet, you have no chance at all, and this isn't exaggerating. I often hear that still waters are "too easy" and an elitist will come along and say "proper anglers fish rivers". This snobbish inherent attitude is more common than you think, especially when it comes to fly choice and tactics. I think it's fly fishing in general.
The Method Isn't The Problem
Thursday, 2 December 2021
Both Nick and Paul's posts this week chimed with something I've been thinking about recently, a lot of people criticise methods, it could be the bung, Euro nymphing, the booby or anything else. Often it's a sort of knee-jerk response because they don't understand it, or maybe it's envy at the success of another angler, sometimes it's because of the way a lot of people use the method in question.
Frost and dark days
Friday, 3 December 2021
As usual my FP is coming late. I had beautiful plan for this morning to feed reindeer do some small things, normally it would take 1 hour. When taking tractor and going to pick up bale, I noticed that clamps where not opening or closing. There was electrical problem, what comes electrical issues.. well when smoke is gone I check connections. I checked fuse etc, but couldn’t find problem so I had to make plan B and give bale different way. I lost maybe 30 min for that, but trying to figure where the problem is I would probably still be there.
Saturday, 4 December 2021
This week I’m heading into Sungai Tiang (River Tiang) with the Aslis. We are finalising the planning of two FFing campsites on the river, as well as routing the walking track on the True Right bank. Im taking a couple of rods with me, just in case (you know how it is!)… although in all likelihood the river will be the colour of milk chocolate at this time of year, however I am very interested to see if there is a Jungle Perch spawning run — and whether they might be inclined to eat a surface popper on the way up.
Sunday, 28 November 2021
We had planned to go casting today but events transpired against us. I had planned to start a casting experiment to be reported here so I’ll have to save that for another day – hopefully it will be an interesting one but without actually going out and testing I’m not sure if what I’m planning will work. Instead we spent the day shoring up the fences in the garden which had been blown down, or nearly blown down, in the extremely strong winds we’ve had this weekend. When I say we ‘shored up the fences’ I should point out that in terms of practical DiY skills I’m pretty lacking, so actually I watched Tracy’s father do it – although I did hand him all the right tools at precisely the right time when needed.