Monday, 18 October 2021
This last week has seen the temperatures here in South Texas drop significantly, ushering in the first hint that Fall is on the way.
Tuesday, 19 October 2021
I currently have two projects that I’m planning. One is a comprehensive teaching guide. I often read things like, “I was trying to teach such and such and nothing worked, in fact everything went downhill from there”. And it’s something we’ve all faced but there are ways to identify the hole before falling down it, and techniques to climb out the hole if you inadvertently find yourself in one.
That’s a big part of teaching, but equally important is what actually to teach specifically, and how exactly? None of the exams actually deal with this properly and it takes decades of experience to become a half-way good instructor. So I will start writing the outline for a Sexyloops teaching section (it won’t be front pages). Don’t hold your breath however; I need at least a week of doing nothing else to write it. And right now that’s not possible.
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Bernd has a group of ten students and is flat out teaching this and next week. Ashly and I are going fishing for a few days. I have a Zoom casting lesson on Thursday afternoon, so that gives us two morning sessions and a possible afternoon/evening. Evenings are a bit dodgy at the moment with the Wet Season fast approaching.
Thursday, 14 October 2021
Although I fish for carp year round, I usually expect things to have slowed down quite a bitby mid October. Certainly as the days get shorter the amount of good light is reduced which limits the sight fishing. Temperatures have usually dropped too, moving the carp to different parts of the river and slowing their metabolism.
Just before winter
Friday, 15 October 2021
It has been busy week. There are so many things which needs to be done before winter. We have been fixing round up fences and making things ready at the farm. Round up season has started and tomorrow again we are back in the forest.
Saturday, 16 October 2021
I was saddened to hear that Roy Christie died last week. I’m sure I first met Roy prior to Sexyloops. Quite a long time ago anyway. We’d often bump into each other at various Fly Fairs. A quite outstanding and innovative fly tyer and a conservationist as well. Roy attended at least one Scottish Meet. He once sent me a whole bunch of flies too, many of which I still have. Upside-down, back-to-front, inside-out! A kind man and an interesting mix of an anarchist and a gentleman!
Sunday, 17 October 2021
As well as the overall records in the seven disciplines that are routinely cast at each BFCC event, there are also age related records, with two classes for juniors (under 14 and under 18) and senior classes for those who are 50 plus, 60 plus, 70 plus and 80 plus (if you’re still tournament casting in your eighties like Mike Marshall is). As such, even if the overall records look a bit daunting it still may be possible to get into the record list by beating the many age category bests. Looking back over the year, we’ve managed to hold five BFCC meetings spread across the country and had some great casting competitions. Records were broken (and re-broken) at all of the meetings this year.