The lull before the Snakehead Storm
Monday, 18 February 2019
This is the quiet spell on my local water. At this time of year you can cover great expanses of water looking to find only one or two shots at parenting Snakehead in a day. And sometimes you won’t find any. Gourami and Jungle Perch are rarely, if at all, seen at the surface. And free-rising Snakehead are either simply not surfacing at all, or if they do, they surface once and not again.
This is also the hottest time of year. We came out of the Wet Season approximately one month ago and it hasn’t rained since, daytime temperatures can be as high as 38C. The water temperature is still below 30C however (28.9C this afternoon). Free-risers are mostly seen by me when the lake water temperature approaches 32C.
Show and tell time
Tuesday, 12 February 2019
I call this time of year “show and tell” because I can take someone out and show them a ton of beautiful snook, but I will tell them their chances of getting one to eat are very small. Still, I can’t seem to stop torturing myself. I keep thinking that there has to be a secret to getting these exasperating fish to take my fly.
Fly Fishing Throughout The Seasons
Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Winter, spring, sommer and autumn - I love them all. Somehow the next one always seems to become the best one at some point!?
no more flies
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Tracy and I revisited Millom in Cumbria at the weekend to take part in the open challenge casting competition organised by Lee of UK fly casting sport. The weather was forecast to be windy, even by Millom standards, as the tail end of a weakened hurricane Eric was passing through. It turned out that the wind was perfect for the casting order, not enough to hamper the backcast with the salmon overhead outfits that we started with, and then dropping throughout the day so not as to interfere with the ST27 and trout distance events. As such there were some super impressive distances cast, unfortunately not by me though.
What to expect
Friday, 15 February 2019
You are planning fishing trip, exploring internet and maps. Maybe reading forums and asking tips about certain waters in your coming destination. Maybe thinking about having guide for few days and then fishing by your own. You find guide and contact him/her and you tell what you like to have, but can you trust that it will be worth of money. You have had bad experience earlier when having guide and you are not sure if it will happen again. You want to have transparency and honesty with your guide even before your trip.
Saturday, 16 February 2019
There is one standard in the manufacture of fly fishing gear - and that’s the AFFTA (AFTM) standard for the rating of flylines. There is no standard for anything else. Maybe one - the sizing of reel feet and reel seats. I remember even when I began flyfishing over 25 years ago, some reels had an odd sized reel foot and it wouldn’t properly fit your rod. I’m not even sure if it was the reel or the reel seat.
Distance & Direction
Sunday, 17 February 2019
Drive for show and putt for dough.
It's true...just like in fly casting, maximizing power and speed to send the fly line off into the deep horizon is not only an impressive display of skill, and strength, its a ton of fun as well. But as we all know, under most angling situations, precision, accuracy, and touch are what puts hooks in the mouths of fish.