Daily Cast Archive

The Dreaded Slump!

Paul Arden - Monday, October 14, 2019

“The Slump” is always very difficult to deal with - it’s that feeing of being “fished out”, of being in a hole where nothing quite comes together in your performance and of not being on peak form. The origin of the word “slump” is Norwegian and means “to fall into a bog!”

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Addicted To That Rush

Andy Dear - Sunday, October 13, 2019

Not long ago I was rummaging through a book of printed photographs that dated back to the mid/late 1990s. Digital camera technology hadn't yet matured to anything even remotely close to what we see today, so everything in my archives from that era were all taken on film. Mixed among the photos of various hunting and fishing trips was a photo of a singular Redfish lying in the marsh next to a fly rod.

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Viking Lars - Saturday, October 12, 2019

It's hard to claim that a fly design is one's own. There are only so many materials, so many different ways of combining them and so many different ways of tying them on. It's not that long ago I tied a yellow, oversized Irish-style mayfly for salmon that I thought was very original. And just a few weeks ago I discovered a similar, yellow mayfly-style salmon in Jan Grünwald's famous little book on salmon flies.

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Storing fishing gears

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, October 11, 2019

It is time to pack and store my fishing gears. First snow came this week and winter is pretty much behind the corner. Reindeer round-ups are starting and then sleigh ride season. There is lot of things to do before winter season and working with reindeer, but most important is now to store my fishing gears.

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Competition PBs

Tracy&James - Thursday, October 10, 2019

We had a busy weekend with a very well attended BFCC Meeting; lots of UK and international casters, some who had travelled from afar. We started the day with the accuracy event that got everyone involved, though an annoying cross-wind led to quite a range of results. Bart had the best score and Larysa who is new to the casting competition world took the ‘ladies’ title – well done Larysa and look forward to seeing you at more Meetings. Mike H very kindly followed the event with a master class on accuracy casting – though some of us could have done with the brilliant advice before the event. I certainly need a lot more practice.

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Planning time

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Finally! The weather is beginning to change. The air temperatures have dropped a tad, although many folks likely lack the dedicated scrutiny to notice. The humidity is still way up there, and in fact it will rain for the remainder of this week. And, the winds have been blowing. All that might not sound so great, but it really, really is! This is how it begins, and it means the best fishing of the year is just about to start!

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New season, new flyrod

Paul Arden - Monday, October 7, 2019

First up, there is a small increase in our Hot Torpedo flyrod prices. Basically I want to pay our incredible rod craftsman Lee Martell a few more beans! Building a HT takes both incredible skill and time and I fully respect that. Lee didn’t want any extra beans but I insisted on it! :)))

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Anticipation & Insomnia

Andy Dear - Sunday, October 6, 2019

There are very few things in life that still hold the power to keep me awake at night. Fly fishing for record size Redfish with a fly rod is one of those things.

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Small variations

Viking Lars - Saturday, October 5, 2019

Often it’s the small things that make the difference. Sometimes they’re obvious - sometimes not. When the trout takes a dry fly after the fourth drift over its lie, who can tell what the difference was? Maybe simply that it was the fourth time? Maybe just a few inches off to either side is all it took for the fish to react? Sometimes when covering a salmon lie, it also takes 4-5-6 swings to get a reaction, sometimes not until you’ve changed the fly.

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Closing the season

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, October 4, 2019

After last Thursday I was pretty sure that it was it. For Friday forecast was kind of okay but not sunny anymore and much colder. I didn’t know how wrong I was on that time. In the morning I bought license on same strecth than Thursday. Also another guy was there. I will call him now Håkan. (name changed and Håkan is common name in Sweden). At had slow morning, long coffee in the GC. I was not really rushing to river because there was lot of mist and I had feeling that fishing is not coming until later.

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Armchair experts

Tracy&James - Thursday, October 3, 2019

Climate change has been in the news a lot again this week, and I suspect the subject is going to be given a top billing for many years or decades to come. The headlines routinely generated produce an outpouring of opinion on social media and other platforms that, at times, lead me to despair.

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Welcome to Pike-Land

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Fly fishing for pike Germany offers fantastic water - Rügen island that is! Right now I have started my hosted fly fishing trips for October and November.

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Breaking Wind

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I finally got out and went fishing. One thing after another had kept me landlocked. The things responsible were not small - they were more like climate anomalies: record- breaking monsoons, massive hurricanes, and week-long wind events that seemed like hurricanes only different. As it turned out, fishing felt more like yanking out a large splinter: it was something that had to be done even though I knew it wasn’t going to feel good doing it.

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