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This week's Vortex.

Hmmm, OK so I've been thinking about other things recently. Which is why I'm not thinking about day to day Sexyloops stuff. In short I've met a woman, which sucks of course. How the fuck am I meant to go fishing now? So basically I'm buggered and to make matters worse it's the sister of good friend who's the boyfriend of another good friend and in fact I know all the fucking family and have fished with some and smoked seal's fur with others. Fuck man, sometimes I think I am the family. So it's really fucking complicated and I've had to think about it quite a bit.

So yeah, had a few other things on my mind. So what do you do? I've been travelling - like homeless travelling - for the last 12 or 13 years and I like it. I like the fact that I can do whatever I want... whenever I want... however I want... well you get the picture; I fish pretty much as often as I like. Does she fish? Well no, but she's learning - and always wanted to - but not enough to give everything up and spend her life chasing fish with me, assuming that I'd want that; I mean I can't know until I've tried it.

Anyway I know one thing; I could never live in city, not for anything - no amount of love or money. I need a view and *space*. Of course I knew that before, but it was interesting to have it reconfirmed. It doesn't have to be travel - I don't think - but it has to be a no-people-at-all view. Living in a house share - which I did, on and off, for a couple of weeks - sapped all my creativity. It's nice to be back in my own environment again. Which I am by the way, having run off, to Hamner; I'm parked on a remote peak, doing my own thing. Yeah, I know, but I always find myself up mountains - as I guess does Carlos, who flycasts up them.

So what do I do?

I don't know. She's a pretty cool chick and she'd be fun to hang out with for Christmas but it means singing Christmas carols the night before, with all the family, together, in one room, and I just don't know if I could bring myself to do that.

So what have you been up to?


Essential Bush Skills

The start of any flytying good flytying sequence involves squirting The Light of Apgai on your polyprops
Both alarm and curiousity set in when the polyprops start melting
Putting the lid back on the jar to stop *that* happening again
The flytying proper is underway
Notice the composure, that's true class that is
A difficult bit, you can tell that from the vacant expression
Essential bush skills: the third hand
Notice my hat here, it's quite daring
Snip, snip
I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here, but it's cool
Trimming an oversize hackle that appears to have become trapped in the whip finnish manoevre
Delicate precision work, the hallmark of any good flytyer
A sexy catch...

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