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Friday 24th June, 2011

I got a email from a friend some months ago, saying “Hello how are you etc. Something about hippies and the stink down wind. Hay do you want to fish opening weekend at that river you know the one, yeah at that spot, you know that spot, crafty Geezer was planting the seeds of his triumphant schooling of yours truly the Hippy, Well after a few subtle hints and reminders, from me to him of course he finally called and said he and his wonderful spouse were coming down to fish –my first thought was sure just like last time you said you were coming down – Left me standing at the crossroads watching some stoned construction workers gear up and walk off in a cloud of good BC Gold Smoke to fly fish the run we were supposed to, keys locked in the truck sure, sure got lost at the Kmart hunting for the Blue light specials right! As I drove toward our meeting spot scanning the horizon I counted four lightening strikes and saw a great sheet of water falling.

This is not good I remember thinking, I will probably have to tow them out of the ditch or I will find them dancing naked in the wheat field just like at Woodstock in 69. Nope both of them snoozing in the Pickup, enjoying the rain, peace and quite.

The thunderboomers moved on and had no effect on the river which had dropped about three feet since the last time I had been there. We waded through the wall of mozzies I managed to swallow two, could not tell the difference between male and female, but I know that there is not a single mosquito in Alberta or Belize for that matter not a single one those bastards are all married and have a million kids. Well we get geared and up everybody knows that you fish this river with big rods and small flies, the smaller the better and of course in the right colours and right hackle length presented with a aged SAGE rod and Hardy reel, and only on the quarter moon. Right you all know that river right!! Well somebody forgot to tell the damn fish or maybe this fish migrated from the Sloppy Bowtie River. You never know about the sewers in this place they could be interconnected for running rum or something so it could happen. So check out the POD for the little steelhead that the Geezer caught right out from under my nose and with a PINK Sexdungen fly at that. It was humbling and enlightening to fish with such an obvious master, if he will have me I would fish with him any time, although I may have to let him cool off after he reads this..

Ok how about that generous group I had the pleasure of attending the Calgary Hook & Hackle clubs year end Casting Clinic and Bar-B-Que. I still have not figured out everybody’s name or which are the Hook and which are the Hackles but man it was a great time, they raised and donated over $700CND for PHWC Thank you Ed Ramsay (damn fine man), Daniel De Prez, and of course all the Hooks and Hackles who ever you maybe.

Of course while typing this up my mind started to wonder as I imagine an old mind would if an old mind could, would it ? Well would it Walter? HEHEHE so here are some wonderings. And do not forget to check out the POD

Idle Thoughts of a Retired Person Whose Mind Wanders... (Author unknown)

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it.

I had amnesia once -- or twice.

I went to San Francisco. I found someone's heart. Now what?

Protons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic.

All I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

If the world was a logical place, men would ride horses sidesaddle.

What is a "free" gift? Aren't all gifts free?

They told me I was gullible... and I believed them.

Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he'll never be able to merge his car onto the freeway.

Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.

Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.

One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.

A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.

My weight is perfect for my height -- which varies.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

The cost of living hasn't affected its popularity.

How can there be self-help "groups"?

If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?

Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants off.

Is it my imagination, or do buffalo wings taste like chicken?


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