Rod Flash & Other Matters
Monday, 6 April 2020
A question came up on the Board about glossy/matte rods and so I thought I should write about this for a while. Then I’m going to tell you about two new Hot Torpedos and finally I’m going to explain how to “dial in a rod”. But first let’s talk about lipstick...
Lipstick is something that women paint on their lips. It is supposed represent the lips of the vagina which can turn slightly red when sexually aroused. And so to make themselves more seductive to us fly fishing chaps, they paint their lips red too.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Despite all the recent commotion, last weekend I was determined to go fishing. And, why not… my preferred style of fishing is the epitome of social distancing. The local rules “urged” folks to stay home, but at that time is was not yet mandatory. Despite the closure of the State and Federal parks I still had many places that I could launch a canoe. A different closure, however, back-doored me. Due to recent “Spring Break” activities, after COVID-related closure of beaches and bars on the lower east coast, the college kids (and plenty of locals) decided to party on the water, flotilla style. Videos made it to the internet and then, local officials simply closed the boat ramps and waters. Why would that bother me? I was heading to the other coast and never use a boat ramp anyway. The problem was just about every other avid angler saw the opposite coast as the only option too. The crowds were epic. I’m glad I stayed home. I’m still thinking of ways to get out. Isolating has now become mandatory, but I have the credentials to be on the street… I’m just at a loss on how to explain the canoe strapped to the top of my van.
Instead I sat home and tried to think of something to write about. The following, although not fishing related, is what showed up… I apologize.
The Art & Science of Fly Fishing
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Paul Arden - ever the inventor!
I have fished with Paul in many places throughout the world. We fished the Gacka river in Croatia, the Ribnik and Pliva Rivers in Bosnia, the Brown trout part of the Varzina River in the Kola Penninsular in Russia, and of course Lake Temmengor in Malaysia. He is a 24/7 fly fisherman.
Thursday, 2 April 2020
A couple of weeks ago Tracy wrote a FP about a particularly memorable fight that she had with a shark that ultimately broke off – so close to an elusive 100+ pound fish caught whilst wading (actually she was on the beach). Being as we haven’t been doing any fishing due to the lock-down here in the UK, I thought I’d continue on the same topic with a few of my most memorable fish. There’s also a thread on the board if you’d like to join in.
Not even close to spring
Friday, 3 April 2020
Tuesday it was snowing more, again. So now we have about 1,5 meter snow in here. So spring and first signs are far away in this point. No because of this lock down and etc it might be possible to start fly fishing season more early than ever before. Why? Because it looks like that we have time to do that. We had to close farm from visitors and our own ice fishing trip has been cancelled also like wrote last week. But we had idea about using snowshoes to go flyfishing, it is still just the thought but maybe it will turn as action.
Saturday, 4 April 2020
Knife… Knives… Man’s oldest tools are not knives, but cutting tools made of flint, which one can argue is also a knife, but I’m not going to do that. I am going to go on about knives, because I like knives and I always bring one when I go fishing. Sometimes two :-).
The Search Part X---In Conclusion...
Sunday, 5 April 2020
Well, 10 weeks have now gone by since we started this journey in search of the reasons why we fish. To be honest, I am not exactly sure what it is that we've figured out! It has, for me, however, been an interesting and introspective exercise into a very significant part of my life that I've actually never given much thought to....at least not 10 weeks worth of thought.