With the weekend fishing very much determined by the gauge height on the river, I’ve decided to start fly tying. I’m very much hoping that Tracy and I will get somewhere tropical next year, but at the moment we’re not confident enough to book anything (because we travel ‘independently’ there’s no ABTA insurance to fall back on if a trip is forced to be cancelled). As we didn’t get away this year our fly boxes were not depleted as they normally are over the course of a month’s fishing, however I don’t think there’s a fly angler out there who complains about having too many flies, so I’ll crack on. First up may be shark flies – I always put these off because, to be honest, I’m rubbish at tying them. Usually I get something that I’m mildly satisfied with after half a dozen monstrosities have left my vice.
Just a quick update on the PULD competition; firstly a big thank you to those who have entered to date, there are some huge casts flying down court. Secondly, a huge call-out to Bernt Johansson who has taken pity on us casting mortals and offered a fantastic prize for the runner-up position – a day’s fishing with Bernt in Northern Sweden, accommodation in a camper van or a tent, food prepared by a world champion (caster, not chef – but I’m sure it will be excellent) and beer. Currently TC is holding second place, but I’m sure others will be out trying to beat him. First prize is a day’s fishing in North Wales, accommodation, a home cooked meal and a pub crawl – however I think Bernt may have that one sewn-up as he leads by over 8ft.
Have a great week, James.