Monday, 25 October 2021
Last year I wrote a Front Page about a friend of mine named Jared Ducote. Jared and I's friendship began through my search for a custom fishing lure painter to test some epoxy clearcoats I was developing for fishing lures. It just so happened he was based here in San Antonio, and through our collaborative effort on this resin we have become good friends.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
I currently have two projects that I’m planning. One is a comprehensive teaching guide. I often read things like, “I was trying to teach such and such and nothing worked, in fact everything went downhill from there”. And it’s something we’ve all faced but there are ways to identify the hole before falling down it, and techniques to climb out the hole if you inadvertently find yourself in one.
That’s a big part of teaching, but equally important is what actually to teach specifically, and how exactly? None of the exams actually deal with this properly and it takes decades of experience to become a half-way good instructor. So I will start writing the outline for a Sexyloops teaching section (it won’t be front pages). Don’t hold your breath however; I need at least a week of doing nothing else to write it. And right now that’s not possible.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Bernd has a group of ten students and is flat out teaching this and next week. Ashly and I are going fishing for a few days. I have a Zoom casting lesson on Thursday afternoon, so that gives us two morning sessions and a possible afternoon/evening. Evenings are a bit dodgy at the moment with the Wet Season fast approaching.
Japan has 2 seasons
Thursday, 21 October 2021
Japanese people often seem obsessed with seasonality, you'd be amazed how often people tell me that Japan has 4 seasons. Sometimes they even say it's a unique feature of Japan's weather! The thing is, it doesn't. It has 2; Hot/wet and cold/dry. There are about 2-3 days between them. Temperatures have been down towards single digits from up in the thirties last week. Which despite being a bit of a shock to the system, is good.
From the jungles…
Friday, 22 October 2021
Quick one from me because our usual Friday FP writer is hunting a wolf. Now I don’t know how many other FFing publications have this sort of problem, but here at Sexyloops nothing is unusual when you have contributors from around the world. Mika’s life always springs up surprises however! So a quick round up on events that are happening my end.
Stocking up the usuals
Saturday, 23 October 2021
I suppose every fly fisher has a number of flies that she or he trusts and uses on a regular basis. The ones one would never be without. The vary of course depending on when and where you fish - and what you fish for.
Sunday, 24 October 2021
James and I have been discussing a potential trip to the Bahamas next Spring. Before the pandemic we would go the Bahamas every year. We have been reminiscing about the last trip in Spring 2019, where even though it was pretty windy, we had an amazing trip with lots of bones and some great stories about cudas and sharks. Our memories are enhanced by the fact we keep extensive notes of every day’s flats fishing.