Daily Cast Archive

Can you swim?

Paul Arden - Monday, November 18, 2019

If you go fishing with me then this is the first question I always ask. Never assume your clients can swim! If they can’t then you really need to be aware of this fact. If the answer is that they can, then I want to know how well, and when was the last time. But what I really want to know is can they swim. Because if they can’t then I need to be very much aware of this fact.

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Andy Dear - Sunday, November 17, 2019

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness. ---Henry David Thoreau

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Surf Candy

Viking Lars - Saturday, November 16, 2019

There are thousands and thousands of well established fly patterns in the world. Some are not necessarily known world wide, but are still well established “local” or “regional” patterns. I’m certain, for instance, that there are many well established Danish and Scandinavian salt water flies that would do extremely well in tropical settings, if they ever made it across the pond. There are also plenty of patterns specific to a river, a lake or maybe a region that of course would do well in other rivers and lakes, and yet never seem to “move away from home”.

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Childhood memories

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, November 15, 2019

Last Friday when my daughters were coming to visit me we talked about my childhood. No smartphones, computers etc, just playing with friends and some fishing. After that I started to think about which are my first memories about fishing. In FP photo is my first official catch when I was 2 years old. (I can’t remember that one) With fast check I couldn’t find so much photos about fishing even I know I have them somewhere. You know ones which are old fashion ones. But there is four memories which always popup on my mind when I think my fishing history.

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Winter Meetings

Tracy&James - Thursday, November 14, 2019

This Saturday will be the first BFCC Meeting in Yorkshire, at the Northern Fishing School run by Marina Gibson. We will be running the usual casting competition events starting with accuracy as this is always a good event to get everyone together and support each competitor. The tuition will be provided by some of our top instructors, who will be available during the day to advise anyone attending whether a beginner or experienced caster. It’s currently predicted to be dry that day, with light winds, but very cold, so hopefully we’ll have plenty of hot drinks available to keep us all warm.

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The Joy of Wets

Martyn White - Tuesday, November 12, 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.

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Poppers, the Pause and the Shotgun Strike

Paul Arden - Monday, November 11, 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.

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Fishing and Pipes

Andy Dear - Sunday, November 10, 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

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Chop chop

Viking Lars - Saturday, November 9, 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.

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The beginning of the end.

Martyn White - Friday, November 8, 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!)

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Tracy&James - Thursday, November 7, 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.

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Easy does it

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

After almost an entire summer of practice, last week I put away my fun rod and decided it was time to switch over to a more serious fishing practice mode. I had spent quite a bit of effort lately on casting with my other hand and, as often happens after long periods of frustration, somewhere along the line things finally started to click. I wish I could identify just what caused the improvement but there was no major “A Ha” moment. Repetitions and dedication get the honors once again. Fluff casting with a tournament grade rod and long belly line sure is fun but I have found that it does not represent the tackle I use on the water very well at all. In fact, I find it is almost self-defeating to rely upon it for fishing practice purposes.

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Making Shots Happen

Paul Arden - Monday, November 4, 2019

You’ve just flown halfway around the world. Your guide has just set you up for the perfect shot. Up from the depths the Snakehead suddenly appears - it’s a big one, of course! Quick! Only 2 seconds! You lift, shoot, deliver - but on the fish’s back, or short, or 2 metres too far to the right, or left, or too long... what the hell??? And now your chance is over and it’s time to think about where you went wrong, while the search continues...

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Infectious Enthusiasm

Andy Dear - Sunday, November 3, 2019

Every year our local town has a handmade market for local artisans to sell their wares. Last year they decided to let kids participate as vendors, so my son Jackson decided he wanted to sell handmade flies. His first show was such a resounding success, so this year he decided to participate again.

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Nothing about fishing

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, November 1, 2019

Headline tells everything. There is nothing about fishing now. I have been spending lot of time in outdoors and passing lot of rivers. Thinking about how to write this FP but when I got thought and red line…. Well then I have to conctrate for something else. So I tell shortly what I have been doing past 3 weeks. It is all about reindeer now.

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