Daily Cast Archive

Fuck up at all the fuck ups (part 3, being asshole)

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, May 27, 2022

Tuesday, coach took me back to his boat. After two days driving he probably thought that let's give one more try. Monday there was lot of heavy raining and when we came back to boat all of us were more less cold. Paul had some kind of gear issue on Monday evening and he missed the BIG Gourami. But that is story he should tell. So Tuesday morning we took off and target was gourami, there were lot of termites and things where looking good. We had decided that we will do turns and I decide that Paul can start, I really wanted to see how to do it right.

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It doesn't always work out

Martyn White - Thursday, May 26, 2022

Last week Chuck and I decided that even though the weather had been all over the place Monday would be the first float tube session of the season. After last season's puncture debacle I made sure to do a test inflation on Friday and watched the weather forecast jump around with a mix of hope and dismay.

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A week of fishing

Nick Moore - Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Last week i stayed with a friend up north, and we had a most enjoyable week of fishing, with some days out in between. However, the main purpose of the holiday (and i must say the icing on the cake) was to partake in the yearly Watendlath event. Now, those of you overseas might not know what and where this is. Watnedlath is a small Hamlet in the Lake district that features a beautiful Tarn that's incredibly deep, especially in the centre.

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Fuck up at all the fuck ups (part two)

Mika Lappalainen - Tuesday, May 24, 2022

First full fishing day is coming up. We move to south with Battleship. Paul parks us to nice bay. It is burning hot, we take Rocket C with Paul. Time for snakeheads. Paul explains and shows how snakehead fishing should go, I take few training shots. I feel everything but being ready, it is hot like in hell, well I don't really know how it will be in there. I drink water more than ever before in my life. Midday is getting closer when Paul see set of babies.

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Unspinning yarn

Andy Dear - Monday, May 23, 2022

Spinning a yarn is a slang term used to describe the telling of a story, especially a long drawn-out or totally fanciful one, as in "this author really knows how to spin a yarn". Or "whenever he's late he spins some yarn about a crisis". Originally a nautical term dating from about 1800, this expression probably owes its life to the fact that it embodies a double meaning, yarn signifying both “spun fiber” and “a tale.” ---definition from dictionary.com

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Tracy&James - Sunday, May 22, 2022

This is going to be a very short and last minute front page from me. Tracy and I are away from home staying in the Ashford area in preparation for tomorrow’s BFCC meeting at Willesborough cricket ground. We’re also just in from the pub where we were eating/drinking with the group of casters who have come over from France firstly to spend time with Mark and Mike running through the CI syllabus and other casting issues and secondly to compete in the competitions.

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Salmon Season Opening

Viking Lars - Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Norwegian salmon season opening is fast approaching, June 1st. Predictions are always hard, but right now there is a lot of snow, and I mean a lot, in the mountains surrounding several of the most popular rivers in Norway. On the mountains that drain into the Gaula, the snow pack is over 4 meters. That leaves two possibilities for the opening week: A lot of water with a risk for a serious flood, maybe even one of the dreaded 100-year-floods. If the temperature doesn’t rise too quickly, snow melt will be slow. The water level will most likely be fishable, in fact a good flow, but it’ll be cold and murky.

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fuck up at all fuck ups (part one)

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, May 20, 2022

We arrived Thursday night, well it was Friday all ready, Paul and Ashly kindly pick us up from Penang airport. Night over at house in Gerik, few beers, taste of jungle juice and sleep. In the morning some shopping, gasoline, stop by on welding place. They kindly offered jungle juice and I had in the evening and for breakfast so I thought why not. You need to be polite for people. When driving to boat started to feel... not well. They made jungle juice with mountain dew, and I really dislike mountain dew, so that had to be reason. Paul got us to the battleship and went to pick up Ashly and rest of the stuff. I had to get some sleep.

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Form Over Function?

Martyn White - Thursday, May 19, 2022

A lot of my fishing here is for smallmouth bass, I really like them and have a pretty decent success rate and often outfish conventional anglers I see on the rivers. Largemouth bass are a different story though. I do catch them, but not in the numbers I'd like and I'm certainly no threat to the gear guys. With largemouth being so popular pressure is an issue here, but I used to catch more largmouth with conventional gear than I ever have on fly.

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Fishmail… blast from the past

Paul Arden - Wednesday, May 18, 2022

For more recent Sexyloops readers I thought today I would share a blast from the past when my good friend Six-Pound “he’s no vicar” Sean wrote for Sexyloops with his Fishmail column. Sean can actually write and is paid to do so (not by me of course! :))) and I have always thoroughly enjoyed his musings.

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Fishing with Mika and Satu

Paul Arden - Tuesday, May 17, 2022

It’s great, having our good friends from Finland, Mika and Satu, over for a couple of weeks with us here in Malaysia. So far, at the time of writing this, no fish have been caught!! Satu has been close; she had one Snakehead eat and two other Snakehead chases. Tomorrow (today, when this goes live!) I certainly hope that Mika will have landed a fish because that will just make life very much easier for him. If Mika catches just one decent-sized Snakehead for the week, then that is the achievement we are hunting and I will be over the moon. If he can catch one tomorrow then maybe he will stick a few more as well!!

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Ray Scott

Andy Dear - Monday, May 16, 2022

“I didn’t invent catch and release, but we did make it popular in bass fishing, and that changed the sport in so many ways. We preached that a bass is too valuable to be caught only once. We helped fishermen learn how great it felt to catch a 5- or 6-pound bass and then lean over and let it go and watch it swim away, hopefully to be caught again.”

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Don't drink the water

Tracy&James - Sunday, May 15, 2022

Fishing on the Welsh river Dee is one of my favourite activities. If I could, I would fish several times a week. It’s not just the chance of catching a beautiful brown trout, but the wildlife that you might see, kingfishers for example are fairly common sight. It’s also the times you catch up with another angler that you haven’t seen for a while. However besides the ‘pros’, there are some ‘cons’ of fishing the Dee, or most rivers in the UK today. Sadly James succumbed to one of these ‘cons’ and spent last week (unfortunately his birthday week) feeling pretty grim, not eating and not wanting to be more than 30ft from the nearest toilet.

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Preparing materials

Viking Lars - Saturday, May 14, 2022

I have been tying some salmon flies for a friend. He travels 6-7 weeks every year in Norway, so he needs an assortment of different flies. I’ve been busy, the season is approaching and I’ve been brilliant enough to tie the season-opener-flies last. It looks like it’s going to be either a really serious flood or cold, murky water, so big, black tube flies is his order.

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Mika Lappalainen - Friday, May 13, 2022

You have read about us getting ready to fishing trip to Malaysia. Now we are on the point that we are finally travelling. Monday evening packing and getting last things done. Tuesday morning hitting one more Donald Duck-experience and then finally on the road.

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Miserably Fun

Martyn White - Thursday, May 12, 2022

After the public holidays were all out of the way, it was time to get fishing again. Usually after Golden Week, Chuck and I head out on the float tubes in search of the early topwater largemouth bite, but this year it wasn't to be.

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Online coaching

Paul Arden - Wednesday, May 11, 2022

I thought I would write a proper FP today, since I’ve been covering a fair bit – and also in a chaotic rush these past few weeks, with hosting Dirk and soon-to-arrive Mika and Satu. I would like to talk a little about my online flycasting coaching. This is not because I want any more students, because I don’t! With open Malaysian borders I’m busy again hosting trips and with this, the TV show and my current students, I simply don’t have time to accept any more students. Sorry about that; but I will accept more in the future I’m sure.

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Imminent arrival

Paul Arden - Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Mika and Satu visit us this week arriving on Thursday night. The plan is a week on the lake, followed by four days in Taman Negara fishing for Kelah and then a couple of relaxing days in Penang. Mika sent me a recent photo from Finland showing me that they still had snow. We don’t have snow here in the tropics, so that will no doubt be a refreshing change! Here it’s probably about 40 degrees warmer. They’ll love it!

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Andy Dear - Monday, May 9, 2022

Last week I re-ran a Front Page detailing a set of handmade fly tying tools that a gentleman named Joaquin Sospedra gifted me over the course of several years. Although Joaquin and I have never met, his generosity and thoughtfulness have never been overlooked or forgotten.

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Problem Solving

Paul Arden - Sunday, May 8, 2022

For about four years now I’ve been working on a problem I have here missing Snakehead eats. Sometimes I feel that I’m going forwards, other times backwards. I’ve experimented with flies, leaders, timing the hook set. Last week I missed six out of the first seven eats. A change of fly and I caught another fish. But Dirk missed one on a similar fly later that day, so I’m not sure that’s the answer. But it is a problem I must solve because when I do I will possibly triple my success rate. And that’s why I am spending so much time experimenting! You know it’s hard to experiment on an already tough fishery and it takes time. However for me experimenting and learning is half the fun of fly fishing.

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Viking Lars - Saturday, May 7, 2022

It’s spring and everything is waking up, the may flies, the stone flies, the sedges - and the terrestrials. When you on the river and there’s no rise, it sometimes pays off to spend a little time splashing a large terrestrial over potential lies. Even when the fish aren’t on the surface as such, they sometimes can’t resist a large protein-bomb.

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Getting ready and stressed

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, May 6, 2022

Reindeer are out in the wild, some boys still home. It has been snowing, raining and sun shine. Spring is coming even we still have almost 50 cm snow. Yesterday I took snowmobile ride and went to check how reindeer are doing. You could even walk on top of snow. Today things are different. We (read Satu) have been getting ready for our trip.

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Martyn White - Thursday, May 5, 2022

What is creativity when it comes to fly tying? I don't think it's what most people seem to think it is. I certainly don't think it's swapping out a colour of material, or using a similar but slightly different wing or hackle material. For me it's doing something that makes a functional difference to the fly or solves some kind of problem.

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Shoot Versus Carry

Nick Moore - Wednesday, May 4, 2022

How much line do you need to carry to hit 100’ with a #5? This is a great question that was asked on the board, but it’s not quite so simple. It depends on the line, the casters ability and conditions. There are other factors such as ring wear etc, but I believe they are the 3 most significant ones. Short headed true to weight lines are really bad for distance, and some won’t even reach 100’ no matter how hard you try.

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Fishing with Dirk

Paul Arden - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

It’s great to finally have a guest again! At first it looked like we were going to have a blinder when we found eight sets of Snakehead babies on the first day. Dirk had a bunch of “almost eats” on Snakehead and was broken by two large Gourami in his first two days. Unfortunately a long day trip to one of my usual hotspots revealed absolutely nothing! However Dirk knows the score here only too well and is not perturbed :))) I think I might stop calling it a “one fish a day fishery”. Because it’s not!! Occasionally of course, you can catch one, or even more per day. But that’s not normal. Every single sizeable fish matters here!

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The Kindness Of Strangers---Revisited

Andy Dear - Monday, May 2, 2022

Due to intermittent power caused by inclimate weather, I am re-running a Front Page from a few years ago. My plan was to follow this up with a second part about the subject anyway, so stay tuned!

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Thwarted by an onion!

Tracy&James - Sunday, May 1, 2022

Tracy and I had planned on going fishing today (Saturday as I write) but an onion thwarted our intentions! To be fair, the onion was almost entirely innocent in disrupting our plans, it’s only ‘crime’ was to be sat in a dark, under-worktop cupboard awaiting to be called into action as an addition to a Friday night pizza. However, the act of bending down to retrieve the aforementioned allium put Tracy’s back out to the extent that she looks like she’s walking around in a stiff suit of armour. As such, we thought a day on the river was out of the question given that her first thought was to go for the pain-killers this morning.

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