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Two articles and a Triangle

Monday, 1 June 2020

This will be quite a long FP since I have two articles, one from Gavan Hennessy, who's been living and fishing in California for some years now, and another from Carol of Colorado Fly Fish on Catch and Release practises, a video from Lee on teaching his Triangle Method, all of which I shall be uploading throughout the morning and linking to in a wildly exciting and organic page that evolves while you are reading it....

But first a call for some help!

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Tropical downpour

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

When I grew up here in South Florida as a child, among other reasons, the end of May was always on my radar. For one reason, it was the time of year when school was concluded and summer vacation began. The exasperating thing was that it is also the time of year when South Florida commonly experienced a miniature version of a monsoon. Summer, the “wet” season as it became to be called, always seemed to start out with a bang. A few weeks of continuous rain was almost guaranteed.

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The One Big Pike

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Two and a half years ago I released a fine pike of 96cm in a small lake near my home. Since then my friend Hansi and I were fishing that lake many times without catching that one pike again. Of course we were wondering if that pike was still in there!?

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Aldi vs Co-op

Thursday, 28 May 2020

I must admit that, given the current situation here in Wales, getting the inspiration to write a front page is tough work. I could compose a decent comparison of the wine selection of our local Co-Op store verses Aldi – getting to both involves a walk down the river, Aldi being a substantially longer trek that is a good 2 hour round trip. As it is, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Aldi – their organic Pinot Grigio is a particular favourite and the Reisling is very quaffable. I’m perhaps not so keen on their red wines but I’m sure I’ll find a good one as I work through the various offerings. Oh, I should mention that their bourbon is pretty good too. But this isn’t particularly fishy or casting related.

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The Turtle Hatch

Friday, 29 May 2020

My 2 fishing trips since the rules were clarified haven't been great, partly because I was too excited to get back on the water and partly because of other factors.

First day out I decided to go to a river that holds nice smallmouth with Hiromiki - who I'm starting to think might be my Jonah. It's a tough river, but has regularly produced fish in the 22-23 inch range for me over the last few seasons. Conditions were great and I was feeling pretty good about things. Unfortunately, after covering a couple of hundred metres of river we rounded a bend to see a coffer dam and an excavator working away, and turning the water the colour of chocolate milk. Bugger.

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Orange Terror

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Orange Terror is the name of a fly that was high (and I mean highly) succesful on the end of the leader of its creator, Niels Jørgen Plougman. Niels Jørgen and I fished and tied flies together many years ago, and with this fly, Niels Jørgen would pull out 2-3-4 sea trout for every one to two I caught. And reluctantly I’d switch over. Reluctantly because I really think the fly’s horrible and I was (and am) always keen to catch fish in flies that looks somewhat like what I think the fish are feeding on.

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A Stroll---Part 2

Sunday, 31 May 2020

To the San Antonio River Authority, it's known as The Paritas Creek Dam on the Calavera Lake Watershed. On Google Earth, it's identified as Soil Conservation Service Site #10. To us, it was simply Boots Stuart's lake.

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Ronan's Report

The End of Lockdown…

After 5 weeks of lockdown I was itching to get back at the rivers. We dropped back to level 3 only three days before the brown trout rivers closed. I managed to get one full day on day 1, a brief session while walking the kids on day 2 and a 3 hour session on […]

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