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FP Archive

Pier Pressure Part 2

Monday, 25 September 2023

“A pier is a disappointed bridge; you stare at it for long enough and you can dream it to the other side of the Channel.”
― Julian Barnes

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The next 25 years

Tuesday, 26 September 2023

It’s quite exciting when you think of Sexyloops in terms of 25 year blocks. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick around for the next two at least!! I am actively dodging lightning strikes as we speak…

I’m on an Ironman Taper. The Malaysian Ironman is less than two weeks away. So this is time to allow the body to recover from the hell it’s been given for the past 6-12 months, and more specifically the past 4-6 weeks, which has been very intense. This doesn’t mean doing nothing of course, but by comparison it certainly feels like it!

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How it began 25 years ago

Wednesday, 27 September 2023

Last week I was asked how Sexyloops started, which is a good question. My usual answer is “by mistake”!!!

To answer the question more fully, I need to tell you a little about me. I started fly fishing at the age of ten on Ardleigh Reservoir, in the SE of England. At the age of 15 I got a job in the fishing lodge. Even back then I was fishing often; over 100 days/year. I dropped out of University, twice, both times at the beginning of the trout season. It was then I realised that I didn’t want to become an engineer – and besides I would never be able to finish the course unless they abandon the third semester. And so I went travelling the next winter to New Zealand for six months of fishing.

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Almost A One Trick Pony?

Thursday, 28 September 2023

Although it's still a bit early and still a bit warm Hawaiian Dave talked me into a Seabass night on Monday. It was a bit weird being out on the bay when it isn't freezing, but we had a decent night with fish to the boat and a good laugh catching up with Masuda.

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it is not easy

Friday, 22 September 2023

I just arrived after 800 km drive to cabin. This is my last fishing trip for this season, if lucky I will have some days around home but not really counting on that. I cut Finland and basically Sweden. This is where roads begin, Ammarnäs in Sweden.

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Saturday, 23 September 2023

For many, many years I’ve been nearly obsessed with leaders. I’ve tied my own since I began fly fishing, but newly I mostly use the tapered ones. It’s nice to rid of the big knots in the thick section of the leader. I still tie a few of my own for special applications. Leaders can be really long, delicate, have a hard turnover for big flies, complicated patterns and finally, very simple. In fact, hardly a leader at all.

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Garish and never to be used

Sunday, 24 September 2023

This week I've been getting stuck into fly tying for our upcoming saltwater trip. Tracy has also been getting involved by emptying our fly boxes, inspecting and sorting their contents. Over the years we've amassed a large collection of bonefish flies, however I suspect some of the older ones are still in the box purely because they've never been used, nor are they ever likely to be in the future. A lot of these unused flies are quite brightly coloured in stark contrast to the drab brown and green flies that I tie these days.

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Ronan's Report

Restoring the Boat!

I find it easy to start on a project if its small. Large projects can be a little daunting. Because of this I trick myself into large projects by doing a small part, convincing myself that that’s all I’ll do. Hence, I frequently don’t have ‘before shots’. By the time I think to take a […]

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