Freedom is Offline!
Monday, 1 March 2021
Being online is all well and good with the Board, but with whatsapp, messenger, emails, faceshit, reading the news and all the other never-ending time-consuming and often-bollocks chatter that being online entails, I find it difficult to get the actual important work done and consequently the constant chatter often makes a full day’s fishing impossible. It wasn’t like this for me before, but lockdowns has meant that my life has been significantly more “online” this past twelve months than ever before. Thankfully now the lake is now open again. I hadn’t fully appreciated just how important it is for me to be remote.
Fishing with Guides
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
I suppose I am privileged that I have been able to travel the world and fit in fishing wherever possible. Hopefully I will be able to travel again. If I’m travelling, and I don’t have a friend there, I will find out who is the best guide and engage their services. I now have a lot of guiding friends around the world and I thoroughly enjoy their company. I go back when I can.
This raises the age old comment “Oh, but he uses guides”. Yes I do and I’m better for it. I have caught a lot of species that I would never catch without a guide, and I have developed skills learnt from those guides to enable me to catch those and many other fish. Some don’t use guides, some do and it’s a matter of preference and circumstance. There is no right or wrong, just do what suits you.
The Best Fly Rod Ever
Wednesday, 3 March 2021
All big fly rod labels (and most smaller ones as well) offer at least one new fly rod series EVERY year! I wish my favorite label would start a vote for everyone's favorite rod series of all times and then bring the winning series back to live!
The Fish KIll
Thursday, 4 March 2021
As many of you read on a previous Front Page, the week before last, the state of Texas, among many others went through one of the worst cold weather events in recent decades. One of the unfortunate byproducts of this weather system was a fairly sizable fish kill along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Good new for trout
Friday, 5 March 2021
I had other subject in my mind for this week. One new and things can really turn around. This headline was something that it can not be passed in anyway. There is long journey still ahead but first steps are taken in real world. Some really extra ordinary things can /will happen in future. I never thought that it would happen in short period and I had doubt if ever. This is for sure time to be happy that I was wrong. Dam is not going down yet, instead they will close it.
Elaborating on the shallows and hover flies
Saturday, 6 March 2021
It happens several times a year and often it’s predictable and sometimes it’s not. That stillwater trout, be they freshwater or saltwater, fourage in really shallow water. Even the bigger ones. There aren’t many coastal anglers in Scandinavia who hasn’t experienced spooking one of several trout on your first two foot steps into the water. On lakes in Norway I’ve seen the same behaviour - if your approach is careful enough, sometimes you’ll find feeding, even rising, fish right up against the shore.
Sunday, 7 March 2021
There was an interesting comment posted on the board during the week (or maybe it was the week before, they’re all blending in to one for me these days), regarding the cross-over point between fly casting and fixed-spool (spin) casting. For me this is quite an intriguing question and I sense I’m going to end up on a field trying to get some empirical data at some point in the near future. I’m sure we’ve all seen chicken-chukka Lasse’s videos showing what sort of mass it’s possible to cast on fly gear, but I’m pretty sure that plastic fowl would fly further on spin gear, but as things get lighter there must be a point where fly casting wins out.