Daily Cast Archive

More Action Please!

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fly Fishing for asp often asks for the highest possible amount of action in one's fly. Otherwise the asp will refuse nearly all of the time! One way to increase action is to learn the best retrieving techniques. The other (very important) way goes down the road of fly design.

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Paul Arden - Tuesday, July 16, 2019

When I first became a fly fishing Instructor I used to run weekend courses at Ardleigh reservoir for beginners. Now the problem I had is that flyfishing stillwaters is a huge subject, you have methods, you have seasons, knots, flies, flyline densities, trout behaviour. It’s a huge subject. And how to convey even part of this information along with learning to cast and going fishing? And so I wrote a small book.

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It's all about to happen...

Paul Arden - Monday, July 15, 2019

It's been and excellent and thoroughly enjoyable six weeks. I've done a massive amount of the hidden work that keeps Sexyloops running and have really put some miles into the bike. It's interesting how much time one hobby takes - fly fishing for example takes up an enormous amount of time, so much so that I don't even think of it as a hobby. In fact it's really a way of life. After all, like many on Sexyloops, it's also a full-time job for me. Triathlon is another major time-grabber. Even as a hobby and very much of amateur status, it still takes up around two to two and a half hours of training time every day. That's also a pretty major commitment. There are so many things I would like to do in life, like learn to play guitar, or learn some new languages, but I just don't see how I can fit these things into a life that's already very busy. In fact I haven't fished properly for a month, and that's the longest lay-off I've had in a very long time!

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Powderhorn Lake

Andy Dear - Sunday, July 14, 2019

Every angler has fishing spots that will always hold a special place in the deepest recesses of their heart and mind. It may be because of an extraordinarily special catch, or because of a unique, memorable past experience. In my case, however, it's neither.....it's something much more.

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Thunder & Lightning

Viking Lars - Saturday, July 13, 2019

The name alone - Thunder & Lightning - is enough to let you know that this is a fly to have in your box. It's also a very old fly (I know I've been going on about old flies, but it's just another fascinating facet of this wonderful hobby and lifestyle, and there's *always* something new (or old?) to be (re)learned). Just imagine the feeling of catching a good fish on a pattern that's been catching fish since 1850, or earlier.

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Silver linings

Martyn White - Friday, July 12, 2019

When I first came to Japan, I thought I'd really get into bass fishing the lakes nearby but it just never happened. I tried, I really did, and despite catching a few largemouth I just couldn't really get into it. and I spent several years fishing almost exclusively for carp. I do fish for largies now and then from my float tube but they don't do it for me the way their little cousins do.

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Competition schedule for the Game Fair

Tracy&James - Thursday, July 11, 2019

Tracy is currently organising things for the Game Fair, this year to be held at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Again the BFCC will be running the fly casting competitions and have assembled a great team of volunteers to help over the course of the weekend.

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Fly Fishing Smöla 2019

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Last week we hosted a fly fishing trip to Smöla island in Norway. Fair to summarize we all had a blast catching a lot of excellent fish!

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Wishing, not fishing

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, July 9, 2019

I would love to have something exciting to post, but that is not the case. Despite having an extended weekend off from work thanks to the US July 4 holiday, I never got close to fishable water. The weather is getting on my nerves. I suspect I could not survive in the northern latitudes where winter puts an end to fishing for some finite period of time. It’s not cold, but rain, that is driving me out of sorts. I imagine these last few weeks are a minor version of what it is like living in a tropical rain forest.

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Ask any question

Paul Arden - Monday, July 8, 2019

Today I'm working on the Sexyloops 'datatables' which will be a reader's database of fly line weights and a rebuild of the CCS rod database that is on Sexyloops. Both of these will be available and live sometime in the week. I'm also working on the Sexyloops Newsletter Snapcast. I've been upgrading the software that operates behind the newsletter... and I'm also having my truck rebuilt! Yes this is clearly a time of rebuilding and upgrading all things in Sexyloops world. When I've accomplished these last few tasks then I'll be free to relocate back to the lake and retire. I've missed the place but Sexyloops needs a little bit of extra attention sometimes.

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Breaking The Weed Barrier

Andy Dear - Sunday, July 7, 2019

Yesterday Jackson and I spent the day fishing for Largemouth Bass on a private lake here in South Texas. The plan originally was to fly fish, but the unrelenting wind had other ideas. When we arrived at our destination just after daybreak, we also became immediately aware that the recent rain runoff and summer heat have initiated the growth of what looks to be an invasive species of aquatic plant known as Hydrilla.

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First night (in my new hammock)

Viking Lars - Saturday, July 6, 2019

I've been looking for an addition to my tent - not as such, but in fact an alternative in the shape of a hammock for some time. I've spent many nights in my cheap garden hammock, and nothing beats sleeping under open skies. Unless it's raining, of course. Hammocks seem to have had quite a revival over the last years, and new developments have sparked my interest - not least after I looked into it and saw all the hammocks that come with dedicated tarps.

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My favourite knot

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, July 5, 2019

I found this knot in end of 1990’s from flyfishing magazine. I think it was fly tying & fishing or something like that. It is really simple knot and I have use it since that when fishing grayling and trout. Dries, nymphs, wets and even with small streamers. Tippets from 0.12 to 0.28, monofil. I have memory that it was called mexican knot but I wouldn’t bet my head for that. It is easy to tie even in dark and it had hold really well.

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Tracy&James - Thursday, July 4, 2019

I was going to re-visit some FPs that I’ve written previously about casting mechanics and modelling this week, however I’ve been completely scuppered by a problem with my computer. I’m writing this on Tracy’s laptop as even after a couple of evening’s worth of effort I haven’t got mine recovered sufficiently.

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Rolling thunder

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, July 2, 2019

I have little to report after this last week. Our typical early summer rains continued, and while sporadic, they left very little space in between for comfortable fishing. Calling the recent weather “rainy” does not do it justice. Quite frequently the gentle rains turned into downpours creating localized flooding, provided lots of exciting electricity from above, and even some miniature hail. I had to back off on calling some of my acquaintances who forgo fishing when it rains “sissies” because even I felt it was a rather good time to have a roof over my head.

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Getting things done!

Paul Arden - Monday, July 1, 2019

Yesterday Sexyloops moved from a dedicated physical server to a dedicated cloud server. There are some benefits to this, a particularly appealing one is that we should now be approaching light-speed! The migration actually became necessary because the server database software was not upgrading. So a new server became essential to keep things tip top. Consequently we took the opportunity to upgrade the server at the same time.

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