Daily Cast Archive

Fishing and instructing

Viking Lars - Saturday, February 28, 2015

I get off from work early on Fridays, and the weather was nice, and I just happened to have the float tube, a couple of rods, waders, flies etc. in the car, so I went to re-visit an old winter-spot I used to fish.

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Hat as Trophy

Easterncaster - Thursday, February 26, 2015

I won it, well sort of. A couple of years ago I placed first in a fly casting competition. My podium finish sent me home with a large glittery gold plastic trophy and a $100 gift certificate to a big box outdoor store. The hat was not in my winner's gift bag. It would come later after a phone chat to Michigan. It's pictured below in the Arizona desert during a recent trip.

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The HT4

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I'm covering for Bernd today which gives me the chance to talk about the Sexyloops Hot Torpedo 4. As I've written before we got pretty lucky with the 6-weight, with its action, feel and tip balance, and ever since then the problem has not been to design other rods, but instead to try to replicate the feel and action throughout other line classes and rod lengths. Having spent two years on this project now, I can happily inform you that not only is this not easy, it is in fact the greatest challenge I've ever given myself!

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Quick Jungle Call

Harps - Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Just a quick FP filling in for Harps today. It's been a crazy day here, very hot and humid. I've managed to break my bed from the boat (by standing on it while fishing!) and so I have two options, one is to build a metal cabinet into the boat and sleep on this and the other is to cut bamboo and build my own bed. Obviously the second option excites me the most too. However the four hours required to create it with a tiny handsaw, so far, has kept me sleeping in the bottom of the boat!

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The Long Haul

Paul Arden - Monday, February 23, 2015

The fishing here in North Malaysia has been extremely hard this year. My original plan was to spend six days/week fishing the protected Belum area, sleeping on the boat, and one day each week getting provisions, socialising and so on. It hasn't quite worked out this way, but it might just do so yet!

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Montana culture

Bruce Richards - Sunday, February 22, 2015

Some might not quite get the fly fishing/casting connection of this FP, it is kinda weak. I was driving 30 miles to fish the Ruby River in SW Montana on Saturday. To get there I had to go through the little town of Virginia City, where gold was first discovered in Montana in the 1860s. The town still looks much like it did then, it was a ghost town for a while but has been restored to a semi-functional state. Known locally just as “VC”, the town boasts a population of 190. But an interesting 190 it is!

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One more voice.

Ray - Friday, February 20, 2015

So I am a wee bit stubborn in thinking that I am the only one who gives a crap about how fish are handled when taking pictures ,and then I find my voice is not the only one shouting its whispers of what about the fish!! I was going to start a series of new “stories” as the most lovely lady flyfisher said “that I was being too serious and she missed my stories” Then I found this in one of my side web sites, Sexyloops is my main addiction, but a couple of others tug at me once in a while, This is fly, is a great collection of fly fishing and uber life stuff.

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Easterncaster - Thursday, February 19, 2015

For those not up on the board's recent activity, hats are all the rage - I wear a few - as licensed fishing guide, as casting instructor and another as a fisherman. Each of those job titles and activities is defined by obvious purposes and elements, but they also hold an often overlooked common thread, that of stewardship.

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Shaping Loops Reloaded 3D!

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When I was going to meet Paul for the first time ever, I was asking myself what I wanted him (being such a well respected fly casting instructor) to teach me. I was quite satisfied with my fly casting skills at that time, but I wasn't anywhere close to be able to control the final unrolling of a serious distance cast in windless conditions. Soon I had to find out about all rumors being true: Paul indeed was a fantastic fly casting instructor. It was just, that he had exactly the same issue in his final unrolling when casting to max distance in windless conditions either. The fact, that he didn't have a clue about the cause for the final unrolling to collapse din't help my casting at all. But hey - it made me feel much better about my own issue though!

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New FP

Harps - Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The new front page is still causing a few problems, and to be honest, I'm not sure if it's really live, but I think it is.

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New boots, old socks

Paul Arden - Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome to the all new all singing and dancing Sexyloops FPs. It's still work in progress, but it always is! It's taken a long time to get to this point but we are now ready to launch! If you missed Bruce's FP yesterday (everyone did apart from me!) you can find it to the left.

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Bruce Richards - Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thursday's FP about Joan Wulff got me thinking. Usually that leads to trouble, but hopefully not this time. I agree 100% with Craig’s kind words about Joan. She’s been a friend of mine since sometime in the 70s. Back then I spoke more often with her husband Lee. He had an idea for a unique new line taper that eventually turned into the Wulff Triangle Taper. That was a very interesting project, early on in my career at Scientific Anglers, and taught me a lot about fly line design.

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Festival planning

Viking Lars - Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Danish Fly Festival 2015 takes place on April 11th and 12th. As usual, we expect this to be a great event with lots of great flytiers and flycaster, exhibitors and talks on flyfishing.

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The Watery Rave, I like the sounds of that

Ray - Friday, February 13, 2015

In my last Front Page, I lamented that there was no WORLD organization strictly for the protection and enhancement of the fish, lots for protect the environment and the waters, but they did not seem to go far enough . Then while consoling myself by checking out a few of my favorite web sites other than Sexyloops...

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"Catskill Style"

Easterncaster - Thursday, February 12, 2015

"Catskill Style"... sounds like the name of a magazine, which makes sense seeing as I'm writing about the area. Most fly fishers in my neck of the woods would assume by the title I would be discussing 'tying Catskill style flies' , but I'm not. Today's FP is about Catskills' resident Joan Wulff. I considered calling it "Catskill Royalty" but Joan would more than likely disapprove saying, ''Just too much"... but at least I got the thought in

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Defining Stopless

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Paul still did not manage to define the "stopless stop" based on any difference in the rate of deceleration nor based on any difference in positioning the rod straight position at the end of the rod straightening due to us stoping it. His main statement to me seems to be about "the stopless stop to feel different" (from the stoped one) though.

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What I should be doing

Harps - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I'm filling in for Harps today. An idea that came up a couple of days ago was to research some of the river fishing to be had here, which will mean hiking through the jungle, for several days, camping out in the oldest rainforest in the world (just has to be done!) and exploratory fly fishing. I believe there are Mahseer to be had - I'm not sure which species, but the bar I'm working at is called Tor Tambra, which is Soro Mahseer. If there is good Mahseer to be had it's going to be remote and I may have to keep to a small secret. Certainly while the lake is high this could be a good option, and it hasn't rained in a month, so the bush density is less than, well a month ago.

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Jungle in the Rumble

Paul Arden - Monday, February 9, 2015

It's taken a very long time indeed, but the new Sexyloops template is almost ready to launch - just a few issues to fix and then ready to roll. It's an improvement because it has a professional design, has a content management system, and takes over the Front Page, Pic of Day and Shopping sections. Perhaps the greatest feature is that it is mobile, tablet and PC friendly. The next big move will be to build a management system for existing backend Sexyloops content. This will take another five years.

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Test Casting....

Bruce Richards - Sunday, February 8, 2015

Today, if it doesn't get too windy, I'm going to get to test some new fly rods. Tom Morgan, a dear old friend and neighbor designs and builds glass, graphite and bamboo rods as Tom Morgan Rodsmiths. Tom was born and raised along the Madison River in Montana and grew up fishing there in the 50s and 60s. He owned and ran Winston Rods from 1973 to 1991. He builds amazing fishing rods, mostly medium to medium slow, silky smooth casting, flawlessly built, gorgeous fly rods.

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Kayak rigging

Viking Lars - Saturday, February 7, 2015

I've bought a few add-ons for my kayak. A simple anchorline management system (or - a simple nylon plate) from YakAttack. I saw one at a friend's and I think it's a great and simple way to manage the anchorline. And it even attaches to a small rail, so I can keep it away from the bottom of the kayak. I've yet to figure out the optimal placement, but that'll come.

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How to start a fight, or how to make guides feel butthurt.

Ray - Friday, February 6, 2015

So a couple of weeks ago I challenged some people, that included a few guides to "keep em Wet" , this got the reaction that I was hoping it would not, I would say that if this was the 1700 or 1800s I would have been burned at the stake, or at the very least run out of town as a heathen devil worshiper.

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Bugs of NY

Easterncaster - Thursday, February 5, 2015

I fish and guide in the Catskill region of New York state (USA), an area laden with volumes written about it's rivers and history, natural as well as human - fascinating stuff and if given the opportunity to write another Front Page, I'll make it a topic.

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