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Monday: Andy Dear
Tuesday: Paul Arden
Wednesday: Chris Avery
Thursday: Martyn White
Friday: Mika Lappalainen
Saturday: Viking Lars
Sunday: Paul Arden
FP Archive

Fancy Footwork

Monday, 22 April 2024

“Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player.”

--- Mike Krzyzewski

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Structuring multiple lessons

Tuesday, 16 April 2024

One of the things I’ve been experimenting with over the past years is ordering the sequence of lessons differently in my long term courses. And I haven’t got a definitive answer if one sequence is better than another. I think that’s partly because if it does make a difference, then it’s not the same for everyone, and possibly that it actually doesn’t matter in the end.

One thing I have been surprised about, is that we hardly ever go forwards one step at a time, but often have to keep making the same or similar step many times. It takes a lot longer to learn fly casting proficiency than I had in the past believed, when I was giving single lessons. This also applies to advanced casters too of course; long term stroke changes often take many months of training. When it doesn’t, and changes appear rapidly, then I’m suspect that the changes aren’t permanent. Fast gains are often fast forgotten!

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Parting Ways

Wednesday, 17 April 2024

The Willow Brook fly fishing club, now had a common goal at last, a flow, an accepted momentum, the cogs of it turned in sync and rarely did anyone need to wind up the spring to revive its impetus. A mechanism coordinated with the seasons of the Brook and specifically on the year of those Wild Trout of the stream. Also the toil of the farmers year was accounted, and even the birds in the trees, had their influence on these schedules of the club’s work, its functioning and timing.  At the merest whiff of coming autumn, when the fishing season’s end crept into view as the signs appearing inscribed in the worlds around the waters portended. First those verdant boughs of foliage above the Brook looking now tired and shabby, dusty and done; the berries and fruits then ripen and bejewel, and those glorious summer blooms transformed now into browned, crinkled, rattling seed heads, the stalks amongst the soft, long waving grasses along the banksides and the paths.  The day lengths shortening and that sun on your face now a gentle welcoming warmth again to be relished and savoured, no longer that fierce squint and sweat inducing zeal of just a few months previous; and our thoughts wander away from pursuit and the preparations begin.

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It's good to sit down

Thursday, 18 April 2024

Things have settled down a bit here and although the bass are all bedding up, the carp spawn seems to be well finished. The spring post-spawn is some of my favourite fishing, once the fish have had a bit of recovery time the urge to regain condition coupled with the warmer weather really makes the carp switch on and start feeding with gusto.

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Freaking stress

Friday, 19 April 2024

Last weekend was absolutely amazing, great ice fishing for guests and it was really tight competion. It was not about amount but weight, basically it was one fish competion between two gentleman. Some good food and drinks were involved and they booked next year also.

Monday we have one more ice fishing group coming which will be nice day also. This week we have been doing office work and a lot. We have some building projects coming this summer and there are lot paperworks around that. At the same time we make preparations for our trip to Malaysia and getting reindeer back to the wild.

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Don’t you mud?

Saturday, 20 April 2024

That was the question from Paul many, many years ago. I don’t think I replied with anything but an empty stare. “You need it to take the shine off a fresh leader and to make it sink on the first cast!” I then remembered reading about applying “mud” to your leader and I honestly thought it was something done in a pinch - with actual mud from the river bank. I had always thought with small particles of quarts and many other types of rack that it would harm a thin leader. Which I’m sure it will.

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Signature Flies

Sunday, 21 April 2024

I’ve been reading a very interesting book that shows the same person’s writing but written with dominant hand, dominant hand with wrist immobilised, non dominant hand, pen gripped with the teeth (Jimi Hendrix) and the pen gripped between the toes…

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Ronan's Report

The Fishing Gods.

As fly fishermen we often refer to the fishing gods. Good luck or bad, the fishing gods are there. I think for many of us its mostly in jest but with a little belief in there too. Maybe even a lot of belief. After a great moment or a great day I frequently find myself […]

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