So I’m back on the lake. The Wet Season is definitely closing in fast around here. This is some of the best fishing of the year; I’m fishing in the mornings, when it’s dry, and boat fitting in the afternoons, even if it’s not raining, because this is a job that needs finishing before I die!
I’m also working on the HT5 - man what a tool!! And preparing for the potential reopening of the country with clients coming to visit me to go fishing again! I’m very excited for when this actually happens – and hopefully before the year’s end. January and February are typically not great fly fishing months for Snakehead on the lake, which is good news for my involvement in the Sungai Tiang project, but not so good for the bank balance, so the sooner borders open the better!
Now that I’m back this week, I’ll be able to finish a fly fishing video that’s taken a long time to start editing, and I hope to be able to promote the HT rods as well. As you’ll no doubt know, we make some of the finest fly rods in the world today, at least as good as anything else, and MUCH better than most, and so I need to keep talking about them, so that when you buy your next top end rod you buy one from us!
I don’t like to hype and truly dislike a lot of the crass marketing that exists in product advertising. So I try to avoid all that nonsense. Sexyloops simply makes an awesome product and I don’t think you’ll ever feel the need to replace it in search of a “better” one! It’s still very difficult for me to imagine replacing any of our rods for something “better”. If we can ever do it, then we will of course, but I think it will take some new technology or material to come along that doesn’t exist yet. I don’t mean new for the sake of being different, I mean new that actually leads to a real improved difference. And to be perfectly honest, even then, I don’t think that it could be better! I’m not even sure what that would feel like. They already feel “other-worldly” as it is. :))
Which is good news for you!!!! Because then you don’t have to replace rods; willy-nilly; instead you can buy different line weights and rod lengths, knowing full well that you have one of the best rods available in its class. And then you can spend time working on other things, like learning to make the best use out of it and going fishing and enjoying yourself, having fun in life and becoming a better fly fisher!
One of the days this week, or possibly next, I also plan to do a 1/2 Ironman distance as well. I couldn’t complete it last month, because of fallen trees, leeches and maybe just not being fit enough for this climate. I’ve since thought of a better place to run, so it’s a good idea. I quite fancy a bit of a blow out – and if you want to stay young and sexy like me, then you have to train for it!
And finally… I had a message from Stu a few days ago who has now finished writing his second book, Chasing Tigers, and like last time he needs some upfront cash. I’m looking forward to reading this book; I certainly enjoyed the last one, Snakehead Blues! So get in there and help him out… :))
Have an awesome week! I’m not sure if Bernd is back tomorrow. I know he’s been insanely busy lately. Which is great! I’m looking forward to hearing how that’s gone and hoping to have a bit of that myself soon too. :)))
PS the Five Essentials of Trail Building, for those of you who must know everything :)), are the Half Rule, the 10% Average Guideline, Maximum sustainable grade, Grade Reversals and Outslope. If you are interested you can find out more here... http://crgov.com/DocumentCenter/View/1430/Sustainable-Trail-Development-Guidelines-PDF?bidId=
PPS thanks to Lawrence for the photos today. :)