Of Fly Fishing Right NOW!
Of Fly Fishing Right NOW!
Fly fishing from a boat can take many forms, whether it be sight fishing from a flats skiff or drifting the rapids of a wild river. Along with the wide range of boating possibilities comes a plethora of presentation techniques. In stillwaters, one of the simplest, but sometimes most useful techniques is the Countdown Method.
August 19th, 2016. Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) announced the closure of the Yellowstone River and nearly all of its tributaries, from the point where it exits Yellowstone National Park downstream for over 180 miles, to all types of water based recreation. Fishing. Rafting. Tubing. Swimming. Paddle boarding. Soaking tired feet. Everything.
To be stranded for a few days!! I managed to flatten the truck battery last night and of course I have no jumper leads. Looks like I have a small hike today. There was a time when I would always flatten the battery uploading Sexyloops, then the tag line was "Sexyloops - coming from a hill top near you" because after uploading I would bump start the truck. There aren't many hills in Estonia.
The technical world is always in a development - which direction one never really knows. Sometimes it feels new technology makes things go counter productive, specifically with communication. As much as I like the written word, email an texting can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, specially in a tuition. In the the good old days face to face tuition was the standard. Showing others how things are made. Let the steal with their eyes and watch them try themselves and correct them … fantastic. Sometimes I am not too happy writing about fly tying and fishing. It sure feels much better to show it. Be together and try together. The teacher learns a lot as well as the student. So I have started to teach fly tying via Skype quite a while ago. It´s really cool as one has so many possibilities, specifically when using small cameras or smartphones for the task. I am sure this type of work will increase over the years. When you follow Sexyloops you have sure not missed the World championships in Flycasting in Estonia. What an amazing event. I really would have liked to be there to watch. I was particularly impressed to hear how well Ashly did. What an achievement after such short time in the sports. Paul truly is an remarkable teacher. Wonder if he could give lessons via video conference?
Having not long returned from the World Fly Casting Championships in Nelijarve, Estonia, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers. The whole weekend was run very professionally with the timers, distance judges and scrutineers all doing an excellent job. The casters themselves played their part to, being ready to walk on to the platform as soon as the previous competitors had finished, thus ensuring the day ran efficiently and to time. This is in stark contrast to a typical BFCC competition where sometimes people seem surprised that they’re even in a competition when they’re called (yes, we have to call them). This sort of conversation is often had:
Worst case: You arrive in the perfect destination of your fly fishing dreams, but your most important fly fishing tackle never does! Of course you can't buy any new tackle in these destinations. How to avoid all this to happen? I'd like to offer my experience.
When flats fishing, “making the cast” often means “right there, right now!” While there are a number of skills that one can practice for flats fishing (either wading or from a boat), this FP will focus on casting to a series of lawn targets. These exercises are based on American Casting Association (ACA) competition games, as well as the games presented in Jim Chapralis’ book, Master your Fly Casting! Practiced with focus, these exercises can help you be faster and more accurate when you need a cast to be “right there, right now!”.
Unfortunately the wind dominated the world championships again. Some great performances from up and coming stars Maxime McKormick and Gard Thomson. Outstanding to watch Glenn McKormick and Chris Korich. Huge performances from Tellis Katsiogannis, Mikael Blomberg and Dmitri Borovkov.
A step-by-step pattern of a shrimp for seatrout or what ever likes to eat shrimps. Instead of the expensive spey capes, there are used some simply and cheap pheasant feathers. Take a look and try it yourself
If you like to fish salmon - and if you're up for a little quick trip, then I'd recommend visiting Denmark. We have four prime salmon rivers in Western Jutland, and there are plenty of salmon right not and only few fishermen.
By the time this is posted Tracy and myself should be on our way to Estonia to participate in the World Fly Casting Championships. We’re both really looking forward to the weekend, to be amongst the best casters in the world, catching up with friends and hopefully meeting new ones (or ones that we know through internet forums or FB etc.).
I just spent some awesome fly fishing days in Switzerland joining team Fly With Us! My schedule included lecturing about fly fishing for pike - demoing fly casting - lecturing about fly fishing for Sea trout - teaching single hand fly casting - fly fishing for coarse - teaching double hand fly casting and fly fishing for trout and more. Great days with the experts in fly tying - thanks a lot to team Fly With US!
One of the realities of fly fishing is that trout anglers lose flies—a lot of flies. The problem is obstacles—such as boulders, logs and weed clumps. Trout like to hang out next to such obstacles. Anglers must cast around or over such obstacles to get to the trout. The rest is a familiar tale that ends with yet another trip to the local shop’s fly bin. There is, however, a flip-side to that story: using obstacles to make your presentations work better.
Next stop Estonia for the World Championships in Fly Casting with Fly Fishing Tackle - I think we need come up with a shorter catchier name! Anyway we've all been really looking forward to this since the last one. This year I'm representing Jersey, Channel Islands along with fellow competitor Ross Bannerman. Team GB split last year although surprisingly not into home nations but instead UK and British Islands! We shall see how this pans out for 2018.
I'm back from Russia (FP on Monday), currently fishing in Sweden having fished Finland yesterday. When you have to fish you have to fish! Anyway it's a late FP because you never get to bed before 4am when fishing this far north at this time of year. And this FP is announcing the new HT10 which is now fully developed. For those of you who I know have been waiting a long time - sorry about that but I think you'll find the wait worthwhile. This rod is without doubt our most expensive build particularly with the Torzite Titanium rings throughout. It comes with a black Sexyloops Aluminium rod tube and we have a very special pre-launch offer where you can save 100 pounds if you order your rod today. The HT10 blanks are in production and the finished rods will be available in early September for 750 pounds. It's beauty and the beast rolled into one. Fishing with Stefán tonight. He's a bit of a beauty and a beast as well.
I believe that, as a flats-fishing target species, the barracuda doesn’t often receive the same kudos as other fish e.g. bonefish, permit, tarpon etc. Sure, baby cudas can be a pain in the arse if you’re after something else, whipping in and nipping off your fly as you attempt to reposition it, but the bigger ones, double figures plus, are smart fish that won’t be caught on a fly easily and are just as much a trophy as the more ‘glamourous’ species.
Today there are many excellent single handed and double handed fly rods available. And then there are a lot of fly rods labeled to be a SWITCH rod available as well. I think it's time to switch BACK the hype for most of these fly rods!?
Last monday we saw the last sign of life of Paul and Ashley ... the great book of faces gave away that they got stuck at the russian border but than found new friends helping them along ... so what is going on? what will happen next? Did they ever made it to Kola and the Varzina River? Where they eaten by a bear, mosqitos or both? We do not know ... but we are not worried. ;-) However - stay tuned ... it´s sexyloops. It´s happening only here and nowhere else
Intermediate flylines are great - let me say that to begin with. I use them in all of my fishing. A friend once said: "If all intermediates floated, I'd never use anything else". He was of course referring to the casting - nothing is as nice to cast as an intermediate flyline!
So summer in the mountains is sort of over. I fished a lot in rivers and lakes and it was great fun, even though the water was very low this year, Very little hatches (apart from those d....m mozzies). It was good still. So I´m coming home soon, my heart filled with amazing memories ... and a plan. I will use the natural materials I got from the hunters up north (mainly artic hare) and learn how to dye fur and tie flies for seatrout with it. Stay tuned ... sorry for the short FP. Gotta run as I have to drive 1300km for doing sound on a concert. One of those last minute calls. P.S. - if you are interested in a fly tying class ... get in touch
Last weekend was another busy one for James, myself and a number of volunteers from the BFCC, three days of running the single handed casting competitions at the Ragley Hall Game fair – four if you include setting up on the Thursday. Things didn’t get off to the best of starts when we were informed by the organisers that we’d be sharing the casting platform with the demonstrators, this prompted an immediate re-planning of our casting schedules around the demos (yes, we had a schedule!). This left us with less time than expected and resulted in us having to turn away some people who wanted to enter but didn’t arrive early enough.
In the past 25 years I have come across many fly casting instructors. Some of the truly well-respected ones told me to teach the best fly casting style of all styles. Roman Moser favored the Gebetsroither style. Göran Andersson tought the Underhand style. Hans Ruedi Hebeisen explained the Hebeisen style to be most effective. And then there was Charles Jardine demonstrating all these and many more styles in an excellent way of summarizing that there is no best style in general.
Last Saturday was the best day of my fly fishing life. Caught nothing but bluegills and pumpkinseeds. Barely even caught any myself. My daughter caught a pile, though, including her very first fish by herself on a fly rod.
It's been hectic to say the least, but Ashly and I have arrived at the Russian border according to plan despite losing half a day waiting for a new fuel filter, causing us to miss out on a Shootout with Lasse. Fortunately however I got to meet up with Joakim Karlsson, Roger Hakansson and Staffan Dahlbom for casts on the way to Pitea, and with more time in Pitea we cast and hung out with Ulrik, Magnus, Bernt, Anna and Bernt's girl, Kerstin. So there's been casting, but mainly just a hell of a lot of driving!