Daily Cast Archive

Recognise Anyone?

Tracy&James - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Of all the fly casts available for the angler to perform it seems the ‘distance cast’ is the one that prompts more internet discussion than any other. I’m not sure why this is, as in my book it’s just another cast – useful when needed but not the be-all and end-all of the subject. (I write this whilst acknowledging the irony that I’m adding to the distance casting internet cache – and that many of the web-based conversations I get dragged into are distance related). I suspect it might be because the distance cast is easily measurable, so there’s a simple metric from which comparisons can be made, targets set, derision poured, egos boosted etc., etc. This is much harder to do when talking about something like a snake roll – what’s to compare, prettiness?

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Hosted Fly Fishing Trips 2018

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

We are working on our schedule offering several hosted fly fishing trips in 2018 right now. Lots of fine trips to come for sure!

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Casting aspersions

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

I did not fish over our holiday weekend. I usually stay home on holidays to avoid the crowds, even though I seldom find other anglers where I fish. The “outdoor enthusiasts” who flock to the sun and fresh air primarily on holiday weekends, I prefer to avoid, but mostly I hate the traffic. My usual drive is along the same route as those partiers heading for the Florida Keys, and the traffic congestion, especially on the drive home is a real buzz kill. Luckily, my backyard is a more natural environment than most seek for their weekend entertainment. There are no jet skis, or sailboats, or offshore sport-fishing yachts, and unfortunately no bathing beauties (lately), but I find it a welcome oasis from the above. And, my backyard affords me direct access to a wonderful casting field. So, what I did manage to do this past weekend was cast quite a bit.

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Paul Arden - Monday, November 27, 2017

First up, Ashly and I are heading to Australia soon. We will fly to Perth on the 13th December. My good friend Graeme Hird and I will be giving a weekend fly casting course on the 16-17th December. One day will be freshwater fishing casts and the other day will be saltwater fishing casts. I'm organising the course structure (and handouts) at the moment. I have no idea when I will be back in Perth, so if you are interested in a fly casting day - or two - with me in Perth, then this is your best opportunity for the foreseeable future. Course numbers are limited. Sorry it has to be first come first serve. Please contact Graeme for more details (he's the organised one)!

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How to tie... a easy tube fly

Daniela Misteli - Sunday, November 26, 2017

I finally found the time back to my flying desk after moving, not all my material in order and it's still quite a mess but I've tied a easy tube fly for a coming fly tying demonstration in a shop. I'm not sure about the name, just that I'm fore sure not the first one tying this pattern, just a easy hair wing tube for salmon or maybe also a trout. Here the pics and hopefully someone can tie this pattern as well.

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Pike preparations...

Viking Lars - Saturday, November 25, 2017

With around three weeks to the upcoming Germany-trip, I'm keeping a keen eye on the long term weather forecast, because as I mentioned, the Baltic freezes over with just a few degrees of frost over a night or two. But it's a knife's edge - Bernd also says that as the water gets colder, the really big ones come into reach. Let's see what happens.

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simple mayfly nymph

t.z. - Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanks for all the good comments on the last fridays FP about my little winter project. Some asked on how these nymphs are tied ... SL readers wish is my order so I pointed a camera towards the action ... happy tying ..

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A problem the size of Switzerland

Tracy&James - Thursday, November 23, 2017

On our saltwater trips Tracy and I get to fish some incredibly picturesque areas, in fact because we don’t mind a challenging hike (through mosquito infested swamps, miles of sharp lava rock, deep channels that require us to swim etc.) we access some spots that few others can be bothered with. Once there the effort generally pays off, often (but not guaranteed) with great fishing but almost always with a sense of ‘getting away from it all’. This feeling of being away from humanity is only ever spoiled by one thing – plastic!

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Puzzles, puzzles, everywhere...

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I got down to Everglades National Park again this past weekend. I joined TA on his flats boat which, after last week, he had stripped back down to tarpon fishing form. There will be no trolling motor on the bow for the next half-year or so, and soon no lightweight flyrods onboard either. The 8’s and 9’s used for babies will grow cobwebs. It will only be full-on, big winter poon fly fishing until past the next equinox. I’m not kidding: he did not earn the title of “tarpon addict” without cause.

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Sexyloops Video Manual

Paul Arden - Monday, November 20, 2017

I managed to miss last week's page! I've been spending a few days this week down in Kuala Lumper, trying to have my Yamaha motor fixed. However Yamaha Malaysia won't cover the fix despite the engine being less than 5 months old. Consequently my next two outboard motors will be Hondas assuming that I can find them in this country. I'm heading back up to Belum today and taking the motor into a repair shop about 90 minutes from the lake. Maybe it will be fixed today - we shall see.

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Axe in the making :-).

Viking Lars - Saturday, November 18, 2017

I'm hoping that winter stays away for a while yet, because a friend and I have plans to go to Rügen to fish pike for 3-4 days with Bernd, which I'm really looking forward to.

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the nymph box project – part 1

t.z. - Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter has arrived. It started snowing. For me that is a clear sign to get going with fly tying. That´s my way to adjust to the cold & dark season. sure, winter has it´s good sides and days, but just the transition is very hard as I feel I have not have had enough time to flyfish, even though I did it all summer. Still, it was not enough. So I get to the tying desk ... and dream about all the fish I will catch with the flies ;-)

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Next Year… definitely

Tracy&James - Thursday, November 16, 2017

Looking at the many FB posts recently from exotic shores has resulted in James and I discussing our target species for the next year as we’ve already booked to go back to the Bahamas in Spring 2018. Primarily my target for our salt water trip is to catch a large shark, that is not just hook and play one (as I have previously done) but actually get it to shore and have a photo with it (and not lose it due to the leader being cut somehow). I also want a big barracuda; I have caught many small ones but have yet to hook and catch, what James calls, a decent sized one, typically above 10lbs. Once they get to this size they are extremely difficult as they’ve seen many lures and flies and have probably been caught more than once.

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Fishing Every Day

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I can't remember when I had my last none fly fishing day. So things are just about right!

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Sick humor

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Last Friday, November 11, I got down to Everglades National Park for another look around. Hurricane Irma hit on September 10. Considering it has only been two months some things are recovering nicely. The park itself is now open 24 hours a day which is a new return to normal. Only a week ago the public could not enter until 7 AM and had to be out before 7 PM. I’m guessing, but I would suspect that change was primarily to appease the anglers as there are no facilities or campgrounds functioning yet. Only the anglers were bothered by the 7 AM opening: it is 40 miles to the boat ramps from the main gate so, at best, anglers were on the water around 8, which is well past sunrise. The hard-core anglers and guides prefer to launch in the dark to be fishing when the sky lightens. Environmentally, there are signs of recovery also. Some mangrove trees, the ones along the sides of the raised roadbeds, the canal margins, and the river shores are flushing out with regrowth leaves. I say some because there are different species of mangroves and those that grow on higher ground (the Black Mangrove and the White Mangrove) are the ones that appear to be recovering. The Red Mangrove, the iconic species with spiderlike roots, that grows at the lowest elevation, usually right in the water, does not appear to be sprouting new leaves. If that is the case, and it was predictable, it is really bad news. The Red Mangrove is a cornerstone species of the entire food chain. During the 1960’s the Park’s main biologist was Frank C. Craighead, Sr. He started to write a book to describe the trees and plant communities in the Park, but he was distracted by two large hurricanes the pummeled the Park (Donna and Betsy). His book, in turn, documented quite a bit of the initial and subsequent environmental devastation. During that period large swaths of Red Mangrove were unable to recover due to inches of Florida Bay mud that was spread by the storm surge. When the mud settled it strangled the mangrove roots by starving them of oxygen. Irma and Donna had almost identical paths across Florida. Hopefully, the unnaturally heavy rains during and since Irma will have washed much of that mud away. Fishing wise, things are also looking up. TA and I managed to find a good number of juvenile snook. These fish were only one or two-year-olds, and although not trophies they were a very welcomed sight. South Florida was hit by a devastating freeze in 2010 and the snook stock suffered a severe decline. These little guys are a sign of good spawns during the last two years. Juvi snook were once considered a plague, and then for a while, they were AWOL. Other good news is we found some large tarpon, and I even got one to eat, but we will not talk about the rest here. The sad results probably would be better discussed in the knot thread on board. We drove out of the Park during daylight. No matter how many times I drive that road I am always in awe and learn something new. This trip even caused me to chuckle…

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Tracy&James - Thursday, November 9, 2017

James’ recent knot tests have made me think about our next saltwater holiday and about our preparation for that trip. Besides improving our tackle by using stronger knots, albeit ones that are quick and easy to tie on a windy flat, we also need a lot of flies since we are away for six weeks this time. Having previously agreed to have a go by tying at least one saltwater fly, I have considered that maybe whilst I am recovering from my arm injury, I might tie a few more. It’ll give me something to do as I’m not fishing and hardly casting at the moment.

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Fly Fishing For Pike At It's best!

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Last week we had a blast on Rügen island. We caught more than 300 pike with our guests within 6 fishing days. It truly was a catching-week. Pike were in their best feeding mood!

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Smoky Mountains

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

I’m back from my humbling yet exceptional trout fishing trip up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If trips are graded on the number or size of the fish caught, well… thankfully they are not! Truth is I am almost clueless on how to catch trout, and I proved it, but I do know when I am enjoying myself, and without a doubt, I had a blast. Actually, on the first night, at our “last supper” as we called it, when we were in this historic old Inn and enjoying their delicious dinner (and maybe the fine beer from the local microbrew a bit too much), I found myself out of breath and unable to talk since I was laughing so hard at a funny story I was recounting. Obviously, I can crack myself up. I don’t even remember if my fishing partner was laughing or not, just that I was, already, probably having too good of a time. I usually try to refrain from making a public spectacle of myself, but the fact that the dining room was packed with a full complement of stodgy old grey haired yacht club types only made the situation that much more hysterical.

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Paul Arden - Monday, November 6, 2017

Matt wrote an excellent FP yesterday on the mess that the old AFTMA system has become. And it really is complete nonsense, labelling a line that weighs an 8WT at 30 feet as a 6WT? And the problem is two fold IMO 1) most anglers shop rod first and then look for a line to match and 2) the level of casting amongst many irregular anglers can be pretty abysmal. And so there you have it, crappy casters buying rods that are too stiff, consequently many line manufacturers make lines that are now heavier than standard... where will it end? One thing I disagree with in Matt's FP is that if you are regularly making short casts you should (or can) use a heavier line. This is simply not true, a well-designed flyrod will be comfortable flicking just the leader around and should feel very nice with a short length of the correct AFFTA line weight outside the tip - assuming (and this is the problem) that the caster has the ability to modify his stroke. I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you feel the need to upline your rod in order to make it function in the way it should, then you have bought the wrong rod! It is certainly the case that there are rods on the market that I believe are too stiff for their rated line number - many of them appear in the "Salt Water" market - but on the most part I believe it's because anglers (not Sexyloopers of course) are buying rods with the idea that fast and stiff is the hallmark of a good caster and because they can't cast the bloody thing end up requiring heavier lines to make them work. This incidentally is one reason why I believe that crappy fibreglass rods have made a resurgence, simply because many anglers have been buying stiff graphite rods when they would be better off purchasing softer rods or learning a better casting stroke.

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Flylines and the AFFTA Standard – What’s in a Number? or When is a 6wt line really an 8wt line?

Matt Klara - Sunday, November 5, 2017

The short answers – NOT MUCH, and MORE OFTEN THAN YOU THINK. But the long answers are much more interesting, and hopefully quite useful to you as an angler, so here goes nothing. It starts out with a history lesson, of course. Once upon a time, long, long ago, the physical weight of virtually all manufactured fly lines was done according to something called the AFTMA (American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association) Standard or the AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association) Standard. Those standards were developed around 1959, to ideally bring some standardization to an industry which had, according to accounts I’ve read, run rampant for a while, creating confusion among anglers and manufacturers alike. The idea was that the physical weight of the first 30 feet of a fly line (excluding level tip) would conform to an industry standard for the given line rating. For example, this would make all 6-weight fly lines, in theory, more or less the same weight for the first 30 feet. In a perfect world, this system would also serve to bring some standardization to the labeling of fly rods, making rod/line pairings (more on this later) easier. As far as fly line taper, head length, and overall head weight, though, all bets were off. But in the early days of synthetic fly lines, double taper lines were king, and our modern complex tapers were barely a dream, so it didn’t matter much.

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Viking Lars - Saturday, November 4, 2017

It's called fly *tying* for a reason - we tie stuff to a hook. I learned fly tying by tying the old classics, feather winged wet flies and a lot of that still sits in me. They were never able to make me wrap thread clockwise, so I still tie "backwards", but so does Oliver Edwards, so I'm cool with that.

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Knot testing, part 2

Tracy&James - Thursday, November 2, 2017

Continuing from last week’s FP on tippet knot testing I have some more data to share. First up, some myth busting – we’ve all read BS about 100% knot strength from certain quarters, however based on last week’s numbers, where a simple overhand ‘wind knot’ loses 40% of the nylon’s strength, then 100% is surely an impossibility? The most widely talked about ‘perfect strength’ knot is the Bimini twist and it was suggested that I should test two of these loop-to-looped. I must admit to being more than a bit rusty when it came to tying these loops, in fact my first 4 or 5 efforts went straight in the bin as I didn’t think they were worthy of a test. Once I’d figured out to clamp the spool between my knees for tensioning, thus giving me two hands free to hold the loop, compress the twists and feed the tag end back in, then I started to produce some reasonably good looking knots. They did still have the odd stray twist in the loops but they were, in my mind, acceptable to test.

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A very fishy week for Bernd

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

I'm uploading for Bernd today, not because he didn't have a Front Page ready but because the FP wasn't ready for him! Yesterday we moved Sexyloops from one server to another, and we hadn't finished the job in time, but there was time for Bernd to send me some photos. Apparently yesterday was brilliant (85 fish) and the day before was crap - obviously not zero because Bernd never gets zero, but it might have been one. "Fishing is like that" apparently, which is true of course.

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