Daily Cast Archive


The Ladyfish of Langkawi

Paul Arden - Monday, April 19, 2021

I was over in Langkawi last week for filming a forthcoming TV show. I had an absolute blast. I’m not going to talk too much about what happened and what I learned because that would spoil the show, right? :) But what I will say is, man, those fish really know how to run! The biggest we had to the boat were around 5KG and I’m not exaggerating when I say some took 200m of line on the first hectic rush. Luckily I took extra backing!

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Sewage Petition

Tracy&James - Sunday, April 18, 2021

We’re just back from another great day on the river Dee, an unusually warm and sunny day where we saw a large number of sedge flies in flight and caught lots of fish. For me all my fish today were on dries, even though I only saw a few rises. Besides the fishing, the location is great for spotting wildlife such as otters, squirrels, herons, kingfishers, pheasants and we could hear a woodpecker though couldn’t spot it. The river is very low at the moment, so wading is easier than normal, although there were still a few moments that I thought I might end up taking a dunking as the stones on the river bed were very slippy with algae. The beat we picked today had a cold wind blowing initially against the flow, which then switched 180 degrees, meaning casting could be a little tricky, so it helps that James and I can cast a #3 easily in such conditions. The tricky wind meant I needed to practice curve casts to make sure the fly was drifting ahead of the leader.

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Opening Day

Viking Lars - Saturday, April 17, 2021

Yesterday was the opening day on the Danish salmon rivers. It’s always a big day with a bi-zillion fishers out and a few really big ones have been caught, including a 124cm/19kg giant from Varde River. The rule of thumb when fishing salmon in Denmark is to fish deep, almost tickling the salmon on the nose with the fly. I know it’s possible to rise a salmon to a small fly and an intermediate line and I think it’s mainly fishing pressure keeping the fish down.

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movie rivers and "reality tv"

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, April 16, 2021

I have been doing last fixing before snow is gone and reindeer are back in the wild. So it means driving with snowmobile and working on snow, I found some areas where we have about 1 meters snow still but it should be gone fast now when we have wind and almost +10 celsius, where sun can do it macig it was +18 celsius. I have noticed that when watching movies or tv anyhow, I do like to watch ”reality-tv” from Alaska etc. Anyway nature related programms.

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Half Arsed

Martyn White - Thursday, April 15, 2021

It's turning into another strange spring. I was looking forward to the end of the smallmouth spawn over the next week or so, I've some new streamers to test on the hungry post spawn fish. But that might not work out as planned after all.

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Crazy Times Again

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Usually I would be fly fishing for Sea trout in Sweden now. But no, the Covid situation again is completely out of control making it nearly impossible to well organize any hosted fly fishing trips within Europe.

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The Trout Anti-opener

Easterncaster - Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April first, opening day of trout season in New York state can be somewhat of a big deal, especially in the Catskills with all the fishing history and traditions. Is it bigger than a Stones concert? Yeah no. Do the non-fishers even notice? Maybe. The local newspaper probably had a back page article about it that some glanced at as they flipped through the pages looking for information on baseball's opener. While out on errands they may have noticed a few guys standing in the river. Maybe not. If opening day falls on a weekday, it's a soft opening; Saturday draws the numbers, and then the non-fishers would notice a handful of cars lined up next to a well known pool for the traditional 'First Cast' where a politician or dignitary throws out the first fly as a bundled-up, coffee cup holding audience stands off to the side behind the local paper's camera crew. SLP is never mentioned.

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Chasing Sea Torpedos with HotTorpedo

Michal Duzynski - Monday, April 12, 2021

What a fantastic day I had on Saturday. Me and one of the Saltwater Fly Fishing Forum member from Brisbane decided to chase some Tuna out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. We were just cruising parallel to the shore- not far from it as you can see on the clip- between Moolooluba and Noosa. I was perfectly equipped for that trip: inter line, 25lb fluocarbon leader, 4210 reel, and HotTorpedo 10wt. Let me tell you that I am super happy to be a distance caster and that I spent time on practice.

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Car Wash!

Tracy&James - Sunday, April 11, 2021

I’m writing this having just got in from fishing, it feels good to write that after being locked down for so long. Tracy and I had a great day on the Welsh Dee despite an overnight frost and a bitterly cold wind suggesting that the fishing could be tough. To be honest, it was hard when we first arrived but things got going as the temperature climbed (albeit to only 7 degrees C) during the day. During lockdown Tracy and I bought a car specifically for fishing as our other car is quite low and prone to grounding, plus it has very fat, low profile tyres that offer little in the way of grip on some of the muddy access roads. Actually not long ago I remember having to get some passing walkers to push me backwards off some level wet grass as my wheels span uselessly.

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Ferrules

Viking Lars - Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ferrules - you know, where the sections of your rod meets, are important. Far more important than most fly fishers realise, I think. I’ve asked around in the rod industry (and had answers from Sage, Scott and G. Loomis - funnily enough, I’ve never asked Mr. Sexyloops. Hey Dude, what’s most common cause that causes HTs to break? There, done). One said “user mistakes” and included car doors, falling over, heavily overloading rods, not putting the rod properly together, high-sticking big fish and was honest enough to even include the (of course very rare) manufacturing problem. The two others also included a list, shorter, but both had not putting the rod properly together on top of their list.

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guiding again

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, April 9, 2021

It has been almost 7 months from my last guiding trip. Last week I had one group and this week it will be 2 groups. We have had visitors at the farm, that I consider more like hosting than guiding. I didn’t realize how much I have been missing guiding until today.

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The Lull

Martyn White - Thursday, April 8, 2021

The spring fishing has been good to me so far this year, unseasonably warm days from January onward meant some nice carp were caught, along with some big prespawn smallmouth before the maruta arrived which meant good fishing for them as well as the carp and barbel that were following them in the hope of getting some eggs to feed on.

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Tailing Loop, Dangling End and Violating the 180 Concept

Bernd Ziesche - Wednesday, April 7, 2021

On the Sexyloops board as well as on facebook there was (and is) a discussion about violating the 180 concept causing a tailing loop or not. In that discussion the terms dangling end and tailing loop got significantly lost (mixed up) for some participants. So I put this clear now!

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FISHING FOR RED DRUM (RED FISH) WITH HOT TORPEDO 10

Tim Kempton - Tuesday, April 6, 2021

We fished for Red Drum in Louisiana at the Chandeleur Islands and the Louisiana Marshes in the USA in October 2017. The Chandeleur Islands were so named by the French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville in 1700. These Islands are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. The islands are shrinking after being battered by severe hurricanes such as Georges in 1998 and Katrina in 2005. They are now uninhabited, and only accessible by boat. We flew into New Orleans and sailed from Pass Christian.

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Tracking The Board

Paul Arden - Monday, April 5, 2021

This week I am off to Langkawi chasing and hopefully catching Ladyfish (Giant Herring). I’m looking forward to this and it will be nice to see the sea!! I’m in a bit of a mad rush today, in town and heading back to the Battleship for a couple of days. Mondays are always chaotic for me. I have two Zoom flycasting lessons tomorrow. These are going very well! I thoroughly enjoy teaching flycasting using this medium. By the sounds of things I might even have fly fishing guests again soon. Malaysia will shortly be allowing people with two vaccine shots to travel and without quarantine. Yay!!! No idea when I can get my inoculation, but it will be great to be hosting guests again!! Both for the soul and the wallet!

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It's been a long wait

Tracy&James - Sunday, April 4, 2021

Tracy and I finally got to go fishing this weekend. I don’t think I’ve ever had such a long gap between fishing trips before so it was really great to get out. The restrictions on movement within Wales were lifted last weekend but the high water levels meant we had to wait another week before we could fish the river Dee.

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Fiery Brown

Viking Lars - Saturday, April 3, 2021

If you want to open a heated debate, try discussing the colour fiery brown with other fly fishers. Most colours we can almost all agree on instantly. Blue - yes, a blue might be dark, light, dusty etc. (and discussion might become a little excited when a blue gets to dark it begins to go purple). Yellow? Most will a agree on what’s yellow and then we might begin betting when others would say dark yellow or light orange. We’d still share a pint afterwards and have a laugh.

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accomandation

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, April 2, 2021

As I told last week we are planning some accomandation. Friday evening we got that to the goal. So I’m really happy to open this case little bit. It is opening some great possibilities to you as fisherman when visiting our area. And not just for you but if you have companion with you, there is change that she/he is not so worried about you spending so much time in the river, because she/he will love to hang out in our logde.

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Spoiled

Martyn White - Thursday, April 1, 2021

I have a Japanese friend who's always trying to get me to go fishing with him on mountain lakes and streams for tiny yamame trout and iwana char. I can't really motivate myself to do it when there are other species that are so much more interesting to me here in Japan.

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