The Big Wet
Monday, 26 October 2020
Here in the Malaysian Belum-Temenggor rainforest the Wet Season runs from November through January on a typical year and it pours down!! I’ve seen the lake rise 1 metre in 24 hrs and from the beginning to the end of the Wet Season there can be a 10m lake level rise. But that doesn’t mean it’s raining all the time. Usually it rains in the mid or late afternoon through until next morning. Sometimes, however, it does rain non-stop for a week!
One Fly To Rule Them All
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
The weather is cooling off a bit and I'm turning my eye on the seabass again. They're around most of the year but fishing is better in the cooler months and inshore areas around Tokyo in summer aren't that pleasant with the humidity anyway.
Dark Times in The One Man Office
Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Bernd has access problems today so I’m putting up this week’s photo collage for him. I know Bernd has had a lot of cancellations again this week due to travel restrictions.
“I am captured in the middle of new corona actions every morning trying to work out what is allowed and what not.”
Thursday, 22 October 2020
Scars are like tattoos, but with better stories
Friday, 23 October 2020
Mika is busy with reindeers today. As well as being a fishing guide he’s a reindeer farmer. I’m not sure how many others combine these two professions. As you can see from the PoD today he’s just had 30cm of snow. I suppose that means winter is coming.
Seasons are changing here too. This is build up time for the Wet Season where I am in Malaysia. This means we can get overcast days (highly usual here) and afternoon and evening storms. As I sit here in the boat at the moment, I can see a storm coming down the lake. Generally these are not the fierce midsummer storms that can overturn boats and knock over trees... but one never knows until it hits.
A tip for the tying bench III
Saturday, 24 October 2020
Last month I mentioned the Dalby Fly Tools "Glue Foot" in a front page. The "Glue Foot" is a precision machined magnetic foot that fits Zapa-A-Gap glue bottle (and probably more brands with similarly shaped bottles). Precision machining gives a tight fit and the stainless steel foot and magnetic bottom goes a very long way to help prevent tipping over your glue bottles.
Sunday, 25 October 2020
Despite the lack of competitions this year, due to the Covid situation, I’ve been continuing to practice my distance casting (as well as my all round casting I should add). With not having many specific events to train for this year, e.g. the BFCC season, the world championships, the Game Fair etc. all of which were cancelled, I’ve had the time to rebuild my casting stroke particularly my #5 weight distance one.
Looking back now I can see that I plateaued in trout distance some time back. At the only BFCC competition of the year, Devon in March before Covid got a hold in the UK, I did ok but still came away thinking that it was a missed opportunity to do much better. Sure, there was the excuse that the field we were casting in was a mud-bath which hampered body weight movement, gripped the lines and coated the rod rings in red clay soil. However, there was a good wind and I couldn’t help thinking about how far a truly great caster would have chucked on the same day.