It's all about to happen...
Monday, 15 July 2019
It's been and excellent and thoroughly enjoyable six weeks. I've done a massive amount of the hidden work that keeps Sexyloops running and have really put some miles into the bike. It's interesting how much time one hobby takes - fly fishing for example takes up an enormous amount of time, so much so that I don't even think of it as a hobby. In fact it's really a way of life. After all, like many on Sexyloops, it's also a full-time job for me.
Triathlon is another major time-grabber. Even as a hobby and very much of amateur status, it still takes up around two to two and a half hours of training time every day. That's also a pretty major commitment. There are so many things I would like to do in life, like learn to play guitar, or learn some new languages, but I just don't see how I can fit these things into a life that's already very busy. In fact I haven't fished properly for a month, and that's the longest lay-off I've had in a very long time!
Tuesday, 16 July 2019
When I first became a fly fishing Instructor I used to run weekend courses at Ardleigh reservoir for beginners. Now the problem I had is that flyfishing stillwaters is a huge subject, you have methods, you have seasons, knots, flies, flyline densities, trout behaviour. It’s a huge subject. And how to convey even part of this information along with learning to cast and going fishing? And so I wrote a small book.
More Action Please!
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Fly Fishing for asp often asks for the highest possible amount of action in one's fly. Otherwise the asp will refuse nearly all of the time! One way to increase action is to learn the best retrieving techniques. The other (very important) way goes down the road of fly design.
Thursday, 18 July 2019
All models are wrong, but some are useful. I’m sure many of you will have come across that saying before, particularly if you work within a science, engineering or technological industry. I’m fortunate enough to work in one of the country’s top scientific establishments which has an operating budget of getting on for £1 billion a year and only one customer to worry about. With such a budget I’m sure you can imagine how much we spend on our modelling efforts (especially these days when people get a bit twitchy about us wanting to actually test our product ☺ ). As such, you could reasonably expect our models to be perfect, right? Well no, because as already stated – all models are wrong! (They are certainly useful though).
Friday, 12 July 2019
When I first came to Japan, I thought I'd really get into bass fishing the lakes nearby but it just never happened. I tried, I really did, and despite catching a few largemouth I just couldn't really get into it. and I spent several years fishing almost exclusively for carp. I do fish for largies now and then from my float tube but they don't do it for me the way their little cousins do.
Thunder & Lightning
Saturday, 13 July 2019
The name alone - Thunder & Lightning - is enough to let you know that this is a fly to have in your box. It's also a very old fly (I know I've been going on about old flies, but it's just another fascinating facet of this wonderful hobby and lifestyle, and there's *always* something new (or old?) to be (re)learned). Just imagine the feeling of catching a good fish on a pattern that's been catching fish since 1850, or earlier.
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Every angler has fishing spots that will always hold a special place in the deepest recesses of their heart and mind. It may be because of an extraordinarily special catch, or because of a unique, memorable past experience. In my case, however, it's neither.....it's something much more.