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Next piece of news is that the voting for last two finalists of the Great Hot Torpedo Competition will close next weekend on Saturday 3rd February. Here are your choices:
29 James Evans
28 Carl-Martin Vennefjord
25 Gavan Hennessy
26 Paul Harps
27 Mike Duzynski
24 Graeme Hird
23 Luca Prono
22 Brandon Ho
21 Marc Teng
20 Stuntman Ronan
19 An Ren Tan
18 Tim Kempton
17 Dr Ling
16 Piffen Hammenstig
15 Sean Geer
14 Mike Duzynski
I've been out fishing every day this week, which is entirely normal fisherman behaviour. Mostly I've been fishing the Great Lake here in Tasmania. The weather has been on the most part pretty fantastic with many blue sky days.
Something I have realised is that the fishing is more challenging than the previous time I visited. There is considerable more pressure, everywhere, which must have had an impact. For one thing I'm using smaller flies and finer tippets. I didn't start off this way, but have experienced a large number of refusals and "short takes" which I have now solved (to my own satisfaction at least) by fishing skinnier tippet (.14mm for midge feeders in the morning and .16mm for sharking in the afternoons). It's actually made the fishing more interesting.
I've been enjoying my time here fishing - mostly with Bruce lately (who divides his year between Miena and Broome) and I've found myself tying flies and getting more serious about my leaders, trout knots and fishing approach. This has been fun!
I have some "backcountry" fishing lined up to the Western Lakes, although the warm sunny spell we've been experiencing recently is due to crash out this week with a sharp return to low temperatures and overcast skies. This is the Miena I rememeber!
As well as trout fishing I've been busy starting to organise the up-coming fishing season in Malaysia. The fishing is of course all year round, but I still think in terms of seasons and a new one is beginning soon with "Jungle Springtime". Ashly and I are planning on starting a business on the lake hosting and teaching fly fishing. We have a small houseboat that we are arranging to buy. Hot showers!
All in all it's been pretty good. I have three weeks left now here in Tasmania. That will go very quickly!
Lots of new rod blanks arriving this week. We had a large number of post-Xmas sales that has seen us run low on many blanks. So just in the nip of time! Here in Tassie I was fishing the HT4 for all my trout fishing. I've since rigged up the HT6 for "sharking" and the heavier line has been useful for casting across the strong afternoon winds. I still haven't found a use here for the HT8 or HT10
Good stuff on the Board:
Sharking the Great Lake (great tip on the fourth page about scanning right to left)
Key Casting Drill (useful advice from John Waters)
Sexyloops is 20yrds Old Meet (Wow almost out of our teenage years!!!)
Have a fantastic week.
PS Today's POD is from the World Championship finals in Norway 2014. That's me versus Mikael Blomberg. Thanks Bernd for the photo!