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Monday 10th August, 2009

Pretty busy week coming up. Hmmm, let's see. Plumbing goes into Latohead. Cellar and terrace is built (hopefully). We move in - I know hard to believe. And I get to fish a whole lot more, finally!

I have a fishing theory. It goes something like this: after 15 years of one type of fishing it's time to try a new sort. Now I think Steve Parton has a theory like this too because he wrote that after about 10 years of one type of fishing you should have figured out almost all there is to know. Well maybe for Steve, but I reckon it takes me about 15 years!

Of course even then you don't get to figure it all out, but the learning curve tapers away - and I don't know about you but when I'm not learning much I'm not really fishing.

So I've had two of these massive chunks of experiences in my life, one has been UK Stillwater trout fishing and the other New Zealand trouting. I'm learning stream fishing in North America but no way have I put enough time into that. And of course Saltfly for me is still and maybe always will be imaginary. Anyway right now my target is warm-water freshwater fish species. Carp, Asp, Barbel. So far almost all my carp and barbel have been sighted first, which let's face it is only the icing on the cake - and I want to know what the cake tastes like.

This Saturday is the Hungarian Ironman. The swim starts in Lake Gyekenyes, which is one of my local fishing venues. I'm really looking forward to this year - last year at this time I was shitting myself! This week is about stretching, mental focus, light runs, some biking, swimming, digging cellars and so on. At the moment my computer is forecasting a high of 28 degrees C. So that's about 10 degrees cooler than last year.

My goal is to go under 12 hrs. I don't know if I can do that yet, but that would be 1hr 40 quicker than last year and I'm a year down the track. My other goal is to survive.

I'm really enjoying this stuff, right now I'm way fitter than I've been at any time in the last 10 years. And maybe next year if I'm even more organised and book in time I'll be able to do 3 or 4 competitions. I see that the NZ Coast to Coast is a week after Chris' marriage so I'm looking pretty closely at that now too. I have to go back and nail that one.

Why do I do it? I have absolutely no idea. But you could ask me the same question about fly fishing.

Next Monday/Tuesday we have FFF Certifications here in Hungary. Currently we have 6 CI candidates - all Hungarians. If you're interested in testing please let me know today because I'm booking rooms at Latohead.

After the testing we'll probably go fishing somewhere for a couple of days, maybe Croatia or Bosnia. And then on the following weekend 22/23 we're having an open invitation weekend at Latohead. We'll have casting demonstrations, competitions - distance for the men and accuracy for the girls, wine-tasting, flytying, fishing, campfires and it's going to be a great time. This is the official opening of our Sexyloops International Flyfishing School of Hungary. If you're coming let me know. I'm allocating beds at the moment. We have 16 beds in a wine tasting lodge/cellar, four cabins without beds and lots of camping - all on the hill. Saturday will be the casting day, flytying night and Sunday we'll go fish.

Hope to see many of you here!


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