Poppers, the Pause and the Shotgun Strike
Monday, 11 November 2019
I’ve been experimenting a lot recently with both popper design and setting the hook. When Flavio was here I managed to miss six Snakehead in one week. Or maybe it was five with one straightening the hook? Anyway, looking back over the past years there has been a large number of Snakehead missed at the strike.
The Joy of Wets
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
I'm pretty sure that you if you asked most fly fishers which freshwater method they liked best, they'd say dry fly. I'm not talking about most effective, but most loved. Folk seem to love watching a fish sip down a nicely presented dry, the literature is full of it and it's a passion that is driving the avian eugenicists to produce ever longer and crisper hackle. Not me though.
Brilliant Pike Catching Week
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
We truly had a fantastic week catching around 500 pike during the past 14 days!
Many great moments included!!!
Thursday, 7 November 2019
Now the clocks have gone back in the UK there’s no daylight left after work for any fishing or casting practice – unless using lumi-lines of course. This is far from my favourite time of year and will only get worse, soon I’ll be going to work in the dark as well as coming home in it. It’s about this time however that I start to think about what I’d like to target next year, it’s also when I do the bulk of my fly tying.
The beginning of the end.
Friday, 8 November 2019
It's October, I've been fighting off my annual anticipatory depression about the coming winter for weeks now. The insane Indian summer we've been having has helped a lot - we had 2 days over 30 Celsius last week.
(Actually it’s November, Martyn sent me this last month in preparation for the next free slot.... Mika is “tracking a wolf” today!)
Saturday, 9 November 2019
When Paul got the first lumi lines over 15 years ago, we had a lot of fun with them and casting them in the dark was a bit of a revelation, even though they’re weren’t particularly easy to see and the luminescence didn’t last that long. We spent a lot of time running back and forth from the field to the big lamp to keep the line charged, but it worked and we had sp much fun.
Fishing and Pipes
Sunday, 10 November 2019
The pipe draws wisdom from the lips of the philosopher, and shuts up the mouth of the foolish: it generates a style of conversation, contemplative, thoughtful, benevolent and unaffected.
----- William Makepeace Thackeray