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The working man’s tool box

Monday, 2 December 2019

Flies have always fascinated me. Once again through misadventure, I find myself virtually fly-less; a mid-summer tropical storm upturned one of my boats about four months back and, of the many things that disappeared, I lost a critical fly box.

It does have a card inside offering a handsome reward but I suppose that the other things in the fishing box were of greater value to someone and/or they couldn’t read the language - no problem; here in the jungle I use very few patterns anyway and now that we are smack in the middle of the Wet Season, I finally have some time to whip up a few flies.

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Out of sorts

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Well, this might be interesting? For me anyway! If you are looking to read about fly fishing or casting, you might just skip to the Board as I cannot promise I’ll get there tonight.

I’m writing this on a laptop whilst sitting in front of a fire in my backyard, celebrating the change of seasons. Neither activity is new for me, but the combination is a first.

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Season ending

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Almost 10 weeks in a row fly fishing for pike every day. That means walking 5 to 10 Km in the water day by day, making me stronger and younger constantly.

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Still Improving

Thursday, 5 December 2019

This is the first year I have had several casting competitions in the UK with other female casters and not just been the sole lady amongst the men. I am hoping 2020 continues in the same thread with perhaps more of the girls casting at the same event so we can start working together in preparation for the next Worlds in September.

I’ve been competition casting for over a decade and whereas a few years back I was happy to cast a 5# over 90ft, I have worked on my technique with some great advice from my coach (James obviously) and others associated with the BFCC, and can now cast frequently over 120ft. Although this year I did not achieve this in competition, and only exceeded 115ft on three occasions (I did however cast 128ft with a 7#).

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Duck tape and super glue

Friday, 29 November 2019

I have always hated hook holders on rods. For my use there are wrongly placed, too sharp and ironmade. Few times I have hurted my finger with those, So I started to cut them off if rod had one. I put line around reel and hook on first ring. That how I have always my starting line out when coming on the spot. Interesting to see how sexyloops get they magnetic holder work, that could be something for me also.

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From wet to spey

Saturday, 30 November 2019

I’ve written about converting old (salmon)flies to modern hairwings for years. And this is far from something I’ve come up with. Since the late 1980ies/early 1990ies Swedish Mikael Frödin has been spearheading this discipline and has in many ways set the standard. I’ve tied plenty of Frödin’s designs, both new and old, and I’ve also made some of my own.

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Knockout In Round 2

Sunday, 1 December 2019

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.”
---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Ronan's Report

Lough Corrib

No trip to Ireland is complete without a few days on Corrib. It’s a lake that has rarely been very kind to me but that does not stop me wanting to go back. It’s an amazing lake. It would take a lifetime to get to grips with the entire 44,000 acres. Maybe multiple lifetimes. There […]

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