Daily Cast Archive

Six Seconds

Paul Arden - Tuesday, January 18, 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!!”

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Beautiful Behemoths

Andy Dear - Monday, January 17, 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.

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Paul Arden - Sunday, January 16, 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! :))

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Dubbing Brushes

Viking Lars - Saturday, January 15, 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.

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The day you should have stayed in the bed

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, January 14, 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.

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Silky Smooth

Martyn White - Thursday, January 13, 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.

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C & R

Carol CFF - Wednesday, January 12, 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.

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Busy busy busy!

Paul Arden - Tuesday, January 11, 2022

So it’s the 11th Jan and I’ve managed to fish all 11 days so far, not all day every day, but every day. As many of you will know Bernd always tries to fish more days than me in a year and for the past three years he has managed it. One year I think he managed 358 or something ridiculous. This won’t do at all of course and so this year I am aiming for the full 365. It’s actually quite challenging to do them all, especially if you have a long haul flight. But I shall endeavour to do my best :))) If I get arrested at Singapore Airport, fly fishing for Koi Carp, then you know the reason why.

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Harry Spear

Andy Dear - Monday, January 10, 2022

Back in August of 2020, I wrote a piece about a Florida Keys fishing guide turned skiff builder named Harry Spear. Over the course of numerous conversations spanning close to 3 years, I've come to realize that Harry and I have a lot in common that go far beyond our love of fishing.

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One Down

Tracy&James - Sunday, January 9, 2022

I wrote last week about setting myself a target of beating the BFCC T38 record in practice this year, as well as hopefully casting over 200ft at a competition. I managed to achieve the first part of that this week, much earlier than anticipated, when I recorded my first ever cast over 70 yards with a single handed outfit. Obviously the weather played a big part as I had a great following wind of 15-18mph, but I will say I’ve beaten my PB four times in the last month so I think I must also be improving somewhat.

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Scientific Anglers Regulator Spool

Viking Lars - Saturday, January 8, 2022

I don’t often mention new products, but every now and then something comes on the market that I really like. Something I believe solves something that have not really been solved before, or a real improvement to solutions fly fishers have hacked before.

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New start

Mika Lappalainen - Friday, January 7, 2022

Last year was what it was. It is time look forward again. We just finished Christmas season with Spanish. Well we had also , German, Dutch, Belgian, French, Brittish etc guests, still mainly from Spain. Now it is turning to German season.

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Extreme Style Choices

Martyn White - Thursday, January 6, 2022

I've been tying river wet flies for a friend this week, mostly spiders. I really like tying them and was particularly pleased when he asked me to stick some Tummel style flies in with the rest.

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Windy Fishing

Nick Moore - Wednesday, January 5, 2022

40mph winds can be quite uncomfortable to fish in, especially when it is followed by rain. I see quite a few people heading to the bank when the wind is behind them (tailwind), but late/early season, the fish are downwind. Now of course there are exceptions, but it’s a good idea to start there first, especially on the larger reservoirs. For some reason, anglers seem to think that the bank with the wind behind them is the easiest. In fact, I think this is the hardest bank to fish, because you have to push that line into a tail wind, and the fish aren’t usually there. Learning to distance cast gives you the skills to deal with the wind better, and switching to either a long belly or DT line will help as it’s incredibly difficult to shoot line into a head wind. With the wind behind they are amazing.

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What’s it all about? And the HT5

Paul Arden - Tuesday, January 4, 2022

There are two questions that many people ponder over. The first is what is the meaning of life? And the second is who they are? The answers to both, I think, lead to choices. The meaning of life is of course whatever we want it to be. Similarly, who we are, is whoever we want to be. The number of people who are “searching for themselves”… For goodness sake! And as for the meaning of life, it can be “fly fishing”. The great thing about life, is that not only do we get to choose who we are, as well as what it’s all about, but we can also change one, or even both, at any time. I’ve always fly fished but I’ve certainly changed some major things about my personality in my life. For example, about 20 years ago I chose to become an optimist. This is turn paved the way forward to allow me to become a Snakehead fly fisherman. It would have been completely impossible otherwise.

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Angling Resolutions

Andy Dear - Monday, January 3, 2022

I've never been a big fan of the whole "New Year's Resolution" thing that everyone does. I've kind of always believed that if you know you should do something, or if there is something you want to accomplish, there's no better time like the present to do it....no need to wait until January 1st.

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No New Year Hangover

Tracy&James - Sunday, January 2, 2022

Mine and Tracy’s plans for the New Year celebrations didn’t work out quite as we’d hoped as a friend of ours started feeling ill during the evening. As such, our festivities were cut short and we found ourselves at back at home and pretty much sober as midnight struck. Usually New Year’s day morning is a bit of a write-off however this time, due to the lack of hangovers, we were both up (relatively) early and feeling good. We therefore decided to have our first casting practice session of the year.

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Happy New Year

Viking Lars - Saturday, January 1, 2022

I hope you all had a safe and good New year's evening? We spent a quiet evening at home with he kids, had a nice tapas, a wonderful créme brûlée for dessert and just relaxed the rest of the evening.

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