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FP Archive

How to weigh fish!

Monday, 23 September 2019

Following on from Mika’s page about how to measure fish by length, I thought I would write something about how to measure them by weight. It’s interesting how we are a little bit different in this regards. Certainly when it comes to trout, continental Europeans and strange people from the USA measure fish by length (cm and inches respectively). In the UK, NZ and the rest of the world we tend to go by weight. This is not a new thing by any means; books I’ve read written hundreds of years ago in England had authors measuring fish by weight.

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Praising Wood Work

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Anglers in South Florida have been whining about the weather for weeks now, or at least those that I know. The entire summer has been rather uncomfortable, first mostly wet but lately just damn hot. The other day a weather announcer on TV noted that the daytime high temperature around the Miami area hit or exceeded 93 degrees F for 45 days in a row. Recently, of course, we had to deal with Hurricane Dorian. To continue our misery, last weekend we were in somewhat of a shit-weather sandwich. We had another tropical system growing into a hurricane (Humberto) right off our Atlantic shores (more bad news for the Bahamas) and another big storm brewing to our west in the Gulf of Mexico. This time of the summer is not called the “mean season” without cause, but geez, give us a break!

If it was not for teaching, I would not have touched a fly rod for over two weeks.

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Hundret Thousands Of Mullet Are Killed!?

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Not too long ago every summer we had hundret thousands of large mullet migrating into the Baltic sea in order to eat plankton. Since three years now they don't come anymore!

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American Eagle

Thursday, 19 September 2019

I was away on business last week so there was no fishing or casting for me. I was visiting Albuquerque, New Mexico where I lived for a short time a while back. It was here that I first cast a #5 weight over 40m assisted by the thin air (the city is around a mile high) and the steady winds that funnel past the mountains. This was in the days of casting the MED on noodles such as the TCR#5 and while I was still improving my distance casting pretty rapidly. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to go out for a practice on this trip, I’d have been interested to see how far I’d cast these days with a more honed technique and a much stiffer rod.

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How to measure fish

Friday, 20 September 2019

It might sound that it is no big deal how to measure the fish. In the long run it does matter how you do it. It will protect fish, you can release fish earlier or faster. And it is saving your time to fish more. Why you want to measure fish? One wants to measure all of them, maybe because of photo, there might be mininum size to take etc. Many reasons and all of them are fine. During the years I have learn something and I will share it with you. You might know it all ready but if not I hope you find some useful tips.

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Simple and durable

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Traits one could wish for in every fly, and indeed anything in life when I think about it. In order to keep this to less than a Ph.D.-thesis I’ll stick to the flies. More specifically an sedge-fly I tied earlier this year.

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Horses for Courses

Sunday, 22 September 2019

In last week's Front Page I laid out the architecture for my latest "casting course". As I described, the use of 2x4 lumber has really accelerated the learning curve to better accuracy and precision. However, the layout is only the beginning. Finding creative ways to utilize the layout is really where the fun begins.

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Ronan's Report

Two Days Afloat – Winter!

A lot has happened since my last blog. Lets see, I went to Malaysia after Snakehead and to catch up with Tonio and Paul, Ireland to fish Corrib and catch up with family and friends – I got married while I was there (more on that later!), a week in New York (no fishing) and […]

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