This is a last minute newsletter.
Cutting-edge on-the-fly Sexyloops excitement. It's not that I've been fishing (although I will be tomorrow). It's that I've been very busy sorting out complicated sexyloops stuff and having a good time as well I always ensure that I have a good time call it Arden Philosophy, spiritual enlightenment or just flagrant hedonism; I'm going to enjoy myself (not at the expense of others of course, but in the company of like-minded people) and if it involves a few fins and some unexpected adventure then all the better.
I've been back in the UK for about a week now and to be completely honest I'm finding it a bit difficult. I mean I know that rains a lot but come on English people; you're alive
isn't that fantastic? I think so and whether or not you believe it, this world is an amazing place. You are very lucky and should be perfectly happy; if your choice is to be unhappy then fine just don't try to take me down there with you.
I just had to write that. I don't feel that it's a negative comment I'm saying: "wake up! Spring has arrived! Buy a fishing rod!"
I'm writing this from the City. I rarely visit cities since everyone seems to be in a rush to get to tomorrow and I kind of enjoy being here today but I popped in to do a day's teaching, visit my sister and catch up with Sean.
Sean has been quite busy since he has been back from New Zealand and although he writes for the Economist and various other big publications he has recently realised the error of his ways and has now chosen to write for Sexyloops.
In this latest work he reveals that he actually quite likes the Noosa River and, unlike many other anglers, actually catches fish from its' waters. On Friday I uploaded his recent article Bass on Noosa.
I am currently sitting in his flat in Barnes being continually distracted by all the good-looking women who walk past his window. Whether Barnes is actually full of good-looking women and this is why Sean (sensibly if you ask me) moved here, or whether I've just had too long a break and all women have suddenly and miraculously become good looking, I cannot say. But I intend to find out.
Tomorrow we are going to go fishing (for trout:-)) in Bewl. We had planned on heading to Hanningfield last Thursday but they were closed. Luckily we rang before we travelled (since it's very embarassing turning up to a fishery when it's shut - especially when you are a professional).
Bass on Noosa
Amazing Technocolour (intended)
Steve has been busy. Since we actually appear to have Sexyloops up and running effectively (weekly newsletters, daily front pages) Steve has been investigating animation. Videos are good, but Vector images and line drawings can reveal so much more since videos can detract from the subject with their inconsistent background, whereas drawings actually enhance them.
Steve has been playing around with some new software and we are both very excited by this new stuff. I now need to find some time and a plain background. No one else to our knowledge is trying to do this in flycasting and so this really is a Sexyloops first.
I really believe that we are going to reveal knowledge and demonstrate flycasting clearer on this website than anywhere else. That has always been the intention. Yes we give it away; and that is because we can :-)
have a look here!
There have been lots of emails back and forward between Nick Hart and I, trying to get Nick ready for his AAPGAI examination next month. It has been quite revealing in many ways and hopefully we will manage to bridge the gap between the two qualifications but failing this, we at least will produce content that everyone can learn something from.
A few comments from Nick have completely taken me aback; that must be said. Anyway I shall put more of this content up this week and we'll see what happens. If that doesn't enliven your curiosity then nothing will :-)
Break the self-imposed mould
Look, here's something I feel that I should write. Fly fishing is not about catching fish. It is about so much more and almost everything but. It is about the whole process of fishing. Being there, being a part of these great things that we call nature and life. If all that interests you is casting to catch fish then all that interestd you about living is death. It is not about any end result; it is about the process. Everything matters because nothing matters. Why some people cannot get this is completely beyond me. I don't put down people who miss this point, I just cannot understand them. You will never find happiness tomorrow if you can't find it today. The mind is such a powerful thing; it can either liberate you or shackle you. It is your decision.
Why do you think we are here anyway?
This week I fly to Berlin. I have to meet Carl (Berlin) from the bulletin board and catch up with an ex-girlfriend. Both should be pretty interesting. Carl and I will be travelling very fast (nothing to do with the ex-girlfriend btw) up to Lars (also from the BB) to catch some seatrout.
"Gents, I've booked a car (Good one too!) and I'll be picking it up at 4pm on
Thursday I'll drive back to pick Paul up at my place and then, as it's a hire car, we will be driving it as fast as it will go, all the way to Denmark. It should be good for about 230km/h :-) Are you ready for Autobahns Paul?? Two hours to Hamburg, three more hours to Lars place. (depending on German old people getting in the way, driving at only 160km/h) Flies are underway now and we should be ready. All the best, Carl"
To which I replied, "will I be needing a crash helmet Carl?"
Still, could be worse; maybe I'll get to drive :-)
I'm really looking forward to Denmark as it's (probably) going to break my drought in terms of saltwater fishes and the Panel have been getting a bit nervous that I'm never going to catch anything out of the salt and that I may very well be responsible for destroying their international reputations as flyfishing gurus.
And besides I like travelling to places where I don't understand a word (reminds me of Australia actually).
Teach the Teacher
It's going to be an interesting week since Lars is taking his FFF the following week and wants to dazzle them with sexyloops, Carl wants to take his Stanic and AAPGAI and Christopher Rownes, who I teach with in Europe, is keen to take his AAPGAI or FFF Masters. Frankly I think this is fantastic since we are all pretty young, reckless and open-minded (well Chris is and judging from the emails so are the other two) and this is what flyfishing needs right now (I think :-)) more excitement and fresh thinking.
We'll be back in Berlin the following Tuesday and Chris and I take a course the following weekend. Apparently women go free whose idea was that Chris? and the course is full apart from one place. These courses are always great fun since they involve two and sometimes three languages and everyone ends up confused at some point. Especially me.
Fish on Five
Lastly, I have been sent a very large microphone and MD player so that I can record "funky" flyfishing stuff for Radio Five. This will be a regular feature (assuming that they don't realise that I am in fact completely twisted and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a mike, radio, or even outside) and it should prove to be very interesting indeed. I'm already later than intended with my first piece, but that's OK since I was born late and therefore have a valid excuse.
So, that's it; the season starts here on in. As of tomorrow I am back on fishing :-) BTW one can eat a very nice vegetarian curry opposite Sean's house if interested (and the waitress is quite nice too).