Monday, 17 May 2021
I first ran across Kerry Burkheimer’s name back in the late 1990s in a copy of Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. They had published a piece titled “Fine Rods From Small Makers” if I remember correctly. There was something about Kerry’s design philosophy that intrigued me, so I called him up to order a few blanks.
How are Sexyloops Blanks designed?
Tuesday, 11 May 2021
It’s a long process! I work closely with a friend I know in Spain I’ve known Alejandro for over 20 years. We first met back in the very early days of Sexyloops. He was one of the first instructors in Spain — as examined by Mel Krieger no less. I first met Alejandro and his wife, together with Chris Rownes, when they were living in a huge mountain village with only about 6 people and a few chickens for company. That’s Spain for you. I actually think that I might move there at some point in life and have a village of my own. They are all mad in Spain and I will fit right in.
Slow Start In Pike Fishing
Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Pike season has started since the first of May in Germany. Yet few proper catches happened!
Crisp & Dry
Thursday, 13 May 2021
Last week I wrote about wets for the mayfly. Their appearance is imminent and may even be starting in some places, so I thought I'd suggest a few dry patterns to compliment them this week.
Friday, 14 May 2021
It is 13th of May, Thursday when writing this. On Monday I was still snowmobiling and we had winter. Today it is summer or spring at least. Wednesday we had +20 celsius and today +25 celsius. (Friday should be back to normal +10 celsius) Still snow but hot like in hell. This is also my annual day off. Every other day during the year you can book me or I’m doing something, not today. Today is my birthday and as usual we go fishing (if there is any circumstance for fishing), this is my way to spent day off.
Saturday, 15 May 2021
Yes, you have to endure another front page about an old fly. This time the Lady Caroline, a classic Spey fly, featuring the two most characteristic elements of the classic Spey fly. Low set strip wings of brown mallard and a long, grey flowing body hackle.
It's not all about the comps
Sunday, 16 May 2021
The committee of the BFCC are hopeful about putting a number of casting events on this year, three are already confirmed and options for a couple of others being discussed. Obviously these things can be scuppered pretty quickly, especially if the ‘Indian’ strain of the Covid virus takes hold and forces further lockdowns.
Things kick-off in a couple of weeks’ time in Willesborough, Kent – a staple venue for a BFCC event in Mike H’s back garden (effectively). Unfortunately Mike himself won’t be casting due to having a hand surgery but he’ll be there to offer advice to anyone wanting to improve or to hit monster distances. Mike’s name appears a number of times in the BFCC records list so there really is no one better to get distance casting advice from.