Monday, 17 January 2022
Jack and I wrapped up the 2021/2022 deer season in spectacular fashion this evening. Tonight's stalk was a textbook lesson in why I love fishing and hunting so much....and it has little if anything to do with the harvesting of an animal.
Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Just a reminder that we are currently taking orders for the new and very exciting HT5, our latest Sexyloops flyrod, which we will start delivering mid March. It’s a great time to order this, or indeed our other rods, because we are building up quite a waiting list for when the blanks arrive! We do have standard rods in stock, ready to ship, and can currently get straight to work — or at least very quickly — with custom orders. You can also order blanks; we have quite a few blank orders at the moment.
Gene, one of our latest Board members to join the throng (from Bermuda), apparently had a good laugh at my video when I said it took 8 years to develop, because as he said “I was fishing in the jungle all the time; of course it took 8 years!!”
C & R
Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Pet Peeves. C’mon, admit it. You have them. Maybe it’s about anglers who invade where you’re fishing. Or perhaps it’s people who monopolize the launch ramp because they don’t know what they’re doing and create a boat jam. Or maybe it’s that rude raft of rafters who blare music and “harsh on your mellow.” My pet peeves often have to do with anglers handling fish poorly. Why? Because it negatively impacts the fisheries we love.
The sad thing is that often the anglers don’t know what good fish handling means. But let’s cut them a break. After all, catch and release (C&R) science is relatively young, and many anglers don’t know much about it.
Thursday, 13 January 2022
Last week I wrote a bit about Tummel flies and made a video fo Tod's No.1, a friend sent me an article by Dave Westwood from a Dutch website (although it does look have the look of FF&FT from the late 1990s) which seems to be about the only other modern information available. It's fairly good so I thought I'd share it here, the more people know about them the more chance this stuff has to be preserved.
The day you should have stayed in the bed
Friday, 14 January 2022
It is not 13th and Friday, it is side hit, Friday. It have been insane and busy week. Satu has been sick and had no voice, so I have been working a lot at farm. Yesterday evening I had great idea for FP and I thought that in the morning I can finished it easily. I went to bed at 8pm all ready and woke up at 6.30 ready to write.
Saturday, 15 January 2022
I’ve never used them. They are available in most shops ready-made, ready-to-go. Available in most colours and colour combinations and different materials to achieve different end goal. Somehow, irrationally as I often am, I’ve always considered them cheating - a bit like buying flies (irrational, I know). Besides I’ve always found that conventional dubbing loop techniques achieve the same.
Sunday, 16 January 2022
January here in the Malaysian jungle is usually a slow time in the lake. In fact it can be so slow for sight fishing that I don’t take guest bookings from Jan through to mid-March. That’s on normal years of course, when guests can actually get to me! Here the Malaysian borders are still shut for International guests (apart from Langkawi I believe) and that’s despite a whopping 98% of adults being fully vaccinated! I really hope that borders will reopen this year.
I’ve taken on a few more Zoom Casting courses in the meantime. So if you are interested in a course of 6 (£300) or 12 (£500) video conferencing lessons over the next months, then please get in touch. I’m happy to add a few more clients. I have two lessons today (Austria and Bermuda). Two is about the maximum I can do in one day (I don’t want it to feel too much like I’m working! :))