Daily Cast Archive


Selective Dogma

Martyn White - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Recently I've been tying a small box of North Country and Clyde style wets for myself. So I have been re-reading Edmonds and Lee's ‘Brook and River Trouting’ which I've been enjoying thoroughly. The book is thankfully now easily available thanks to a few companies doing reprints.

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Big Storm

Paul Arden - Monday, August 19, 2019

Last week while I had a new guest here - Michael - and Tonio, we had a fucking big storm. Everyone had said goodnight but I knew a storm was coming and that we’d see each other again before long,, what I didn’t know was just how big. It was a storm of tree-breaking proportions.

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Fishing Trucks

Andy Dear - Sunday, August 18, 2019

In my opinion, nobody paints a more accurate picture through the written word, of what fly fishing should be, than John Gierach. He's insightful, emotional, witty, and most importantly relatable. I first discovered John's work over 20 years ago, and since then have digested much of what he's put out there for public consumption. To be honest, I don't think I've ever actually read a bad Gierach essay. There are however a few that for me stand out above the rest. One of those is from the 1988 publication, The View From Rat Lake entitled "The Fishing Car".

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More biographies

Viking Lars - Saturday, August 17, 2019

Before summer I wrote about the Skues-biography by Dr. Tony Hayter, which I thought was new (ut is from 2013, so in fact a few years old). The book is nothing short of exvcellent on all points, and much to my surprise, I found out that the same author had also written a Halford-biography, in 2002. I don't know how these books managed to slip past me. I don't read copious amounts of flyfishing literature, but I am quite fond of most of the historical stuff - mainly because it's enlightening to get a few glimpses of how far we've come in the last 125 years (or how not-far).

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river scouting

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, August 16, 2019

It has been great week for fishing. Conditions has been challenging now and then but it hasn’t make fishing bad. Some heavy rain showers but hatching is going on and dry fly fishing has been good. Sunday we had quests on our lake and we caught totally 5 rainbow trout, what is making me especially happy is that german kids had success. Monday I guided german gentleman on river which I know and I has been fishing but not lately. Tuesday we had rafting and fishing on Kitka river, long day and excellent fishing. Despite rain shower in the end guests were able to land nice 37 cm graylings with dry fly. Yesterday I had time to in the evening to go scout river little bit more. I had guiding evening and I knew that my guest don’t mind me fishing also because it is more like friend thing, so……. I decided to go river where I was on Monday.

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Staying Dry

Tracy&James - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tracy and I are not long back from the BFCC meeting in Jersey, Channel Islands. There is a small group of casters there who are dedicated to fly casting sport and their results show how significant improvements can be made in a relatively short time – it’s great to have one of the Jersey Fly Fishers names written across a number of BFCC records. I know this will spur them on to more practice and more records in the future (we met up on the day after the competition to cast together).

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Common Knowledge On Asp Behaviour

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

It's hard to find some detailed proven information about asp behaviour. That is of course because that species of fish other than for us anglers yet isn't discovered to be a pretty interesting one.

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Something different

Gary Meyer - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Hell… the fact that I actually went fishing was different! That we went “out front” was different (for us). And that we fished out of a canoe was definitely different – at least compared to all the other folks who were crazy enough to go fishing out of Everglades National Park this past weekend. The last few weeks have been like living in a tropical rain forest. Of course, it is not unusual for it to rain in South Florida during the summer, but the weather of late has been crazy wet.

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Manage your expectations

Martyn White - Monday, August 12, 2019

In my last FP (the Okinawa trip report) I only mentioned two of the three anglers. This was because the third rod made me think a lot about what people expect and the impact it can have on a trip. He spent a lot of the time complaining about how the island wasn't very fishy or how the flat was empty, which was in complete opposition to my experience of the fishing. I found it a bit perplexing and a little annoying. As the week went on I was running it over in my mind, but it wasn't until a conversation later in the week that everything really clicked.

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Legacy

Andy Dear - Sunday, August 11, 2019

In 2017, the fly fishing world lost one of it's most revered icons. Tom Morgan, former owner of R.L. Winston Rod Co. and founder of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths passed away two years ago this past June. Anyone who has ever had the privilege to lay hands on a Morgan fly rod knows all about the dedication to the highest level of craftsmanship and performance. There is however a much deeper level to Tom's story....one that we can all learn a valuable life lesson from.

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Portable fly tying

Viking Lars - Saturday, August 10, 2019

Most fly fishers travel at some point in the course of their flyfishing life. Some travel far, some go on weekends in their home countries, some travel a lot, and some travel occasionally. Some move into a dingy on a jungle lake, but that's a bit of a different story.

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Training camp

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, August 9, 2019

It is coming on my dreams. I woke up in the early morning with these thoughts and thinking about coming trip. We still have one year to go before we take off and go back to Varzina. That year will be loooong one if it will keep going like this. Reason why it is kind of haunting me is that I know what to wait and I know what need to be improved for Satu but also for me. I didn’t know how to practise Satu with those kind of fishery. Grayling fishing is good and you get lot of contact and landings but you don’t get same kind of power than with trouts. After few nights I got it.

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Will I fall in?

Tracy&James - Thursday, August 8, 2019

The casting competitions at this year’s Game Fair in Hatfield House, Hertfordshire were once again interrupted by the weather; a couple of the mornings were written off due to passing storms with the group decision made that waving conducting sticks about whilst we could see lightning flashes was perhaps not a great idea. This also allowed quite a few of us to shake off the morning grogginess caused by the previous night’s drinking. What’s undeniable is that fishing is having a tough time of competing with shooting and other country activities at the Game Fair. I think the attendance of those purely interested in fishing is still waning, and being as the number of people interested in the casting competitions is only a small fraction of this decreasing group, then it’s no wonder that we’re not seeing crowds of people watching anymore.

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Wobblers and Flies

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, August 7, 2019

In the age of 8 years I became a big fan of Rapala wobblers. Ever since I have realized wobblers to often outfish many other sort of lures - our flies included. Combining both the pros of wobblers AND flies of course are resulting in the ultimate lure!?

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Great times on Belum

Paul Arden - Monday, August 5, 2019

I’m in the middle of a one month fishing trip on the lake with non stop guests and friends. The fishing is normal, ie hard! Usually getting 4-6 money shots in the morning session and the occasional evening play. While I’ve been fishing all the time I haven’t had the rod in my hand very often! I did manage one morning session last week where I had three chases, one of which ate but missed the fly. But then everything came right the following day, with one cast, one fish!

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The Hat Situation

Andy Dear - Sunday, August 4, 2019

My first trip to the Florida Keys took place way back in 2002. It seems like a lifetime ago, but the details of the trip remain as sharp and clear as if it were yesterday. Unfortunately, we had very windy conditions, and the fishing was less than stellar. The closest I came to laying hands on a fish that weekend, was watching the "pet" Tarpon roll inside the seawall at Bud & Mary's Marina in Islamorada

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Okinawan Adventures

Martyn White - Saturday, August 3, 2019

Last week in Okinawa was a much needed break from the hectic life of Tokyo. I left on the 6 am flight on Monday, got a ferry to the island I like, had checked in to the guesthouse and made the 30 meter walk to the flats by noon. Wonderful stuff. It was my fifth trip to this island and as it's all DIY fishing I've been slowly building up a picture of where fishes best when. Pretty handy for my fishing mates as they didn't have to prospect so much.

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take that dam down

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, August 2, 2019

Something similar was said 198?. And world was chancing forever. Every year there is more demands to take dams down. They are doing that in US, France and Sweden. Or if not daring down they are building fish ladders. There have been lot of talk in Finland around this issue past 6 or 7 years, but last week something big happened.

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