Well, I am back from my trip to New York and most enjoyable it was too if absolutely freezing. It was so cold I think I might have got frost bite on my legs (Claire says this is impossible but I am convinced I am damaged in some way)I picked up a new rod and reel (more on that when the season starts) and gained around a stone in weight.
I think I will point you towards a little site I stumbled across in my travels through the forums. It is a post by a chap who is webmaster of www.palewatery.com. He detailed the fly hatches of the area in which I live and I think is a lovely guide for those people just starting out or for those brushing up (or people who just call em bugs )
Read his post over at Smallstreams.com
Edit: The link will not work as that part of the forum is invite only. You will have to wait until I convince pale watery to put th econtent on his site.Â
It is 22 days to the opening of the trout season.
A few weeks back I told you about the Vosseler reel scandal
Well this is a good time to start looking out for those reels.
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Some pretty amazing underwater photees are available over at the Fish Eye Guy.
Sadly my underwater photees never turn out quite as good.
I dont know about you guys but I keep forgetting what has been commented on and what has not. That is all about to change – By checking a box in the comment form, youll be able to receive email updates whenever a comment is added to any post to which youve subscribed. Great eh
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You know, fishing for trout with a fly rod is like an addiction- a serious addiction. It was Robert Traver my most favourite author who said:
“The true trout fisherman is like a drug addict; he dwells in a tight little dream world all his own, and the men about him, whom he observes obliviously spending their days pursing money and power, genuinely puzzle him, as he doubtless does them.”
I donâ€™t want to belittle people out there that do have a drug addiction but I often think that my friends and I might just be addicted to fly fishing for trout. A lot of people I work with in the course of my job have serious drug/alcohol addictions; at the start of my involvement with them I must undertake an assessment of their needs. A lot of the time we discuss what causes there addiction and how it makes them feel. One thing they always talk about is the fact that their drug of choice is always at the back of their mind, they constantly wonder about the next time they will get it. If they have not had it for a while they cannot think about anything else and if they have just had it they talk about the calm that can come over them before the need for the next fix begins to itch.
My Self Assessment
It was after a conversation with a couple of pals the other day that I suddenly realised we are addicted to trout fishing. Big trout, small trout it does not matter as long as it has been caught on a fly rod with a fly then all the better. Over here in the UK we still have another 30 odd days before the season opens, this is after around 4 months of no trout fishing at all. It focuses the mind somewhat on the symptoms which I shall list here for your convenience:
- At least once an hour you imagine a trout sipping down a dry fly.
- You try and have an in-depth conversation regarding entomology with your wife.
- Weather forecasts take on a whole new meaning.
- You book your wifes surprise 30th birthday holiday in New York before you leave you order a Sage rod from The Urban Angler and tell your wife you have to go and pick it up the day you arrive.
So maybe what I am saying here is that people with such a serious trout addiction such as ours just donâ€™t think straight â€“ we get our priorities in life mixed up. But then I always say any addiction that forces you to get out in the fresh air, think about the environment, maybe catch a trout and possibly even keep you out of serious trouble cant be all bad.
All true my friends, all true – we go to New York on Friday.
So you get to your local loch, you are thinking to yourself “I wish I could get in that water to see what kind of real features there are that I can fish toâ€ (knowing that features are notorious trout holding areas) but of course the water is too choppy or you have left your manly Speedos at home so you are left using guesswork and heaven forbid a bit of watercraft.
Ha- suddenly you remember you have your trusty U-Boat Worx C-Quester handy!! (I am not an affiliate)
The C-Quester is based on the idea of and ‘underwater boat’. This means the craft is easily launched and operated in all waters, regardless of depth, and a support vessel is not required.
Yes, you are looking at a U Boat â€“ fantastic. I was toying with the idea of getting one of those float tubes but this baby takes it to an all new level. All it needs is some torpedoes and I could take out some Jet Skis on Loch Lomond.
I am a sucker when it comes to a recommendation and last night I was given some advice that I might just take up. I was at the Milngavie Fly Tying night and Neil Sinclair (of Double Decker fame) was giving a little presentation on the types of flies he uses for competitions and in general river fishing. Anyway, the advice I am going to take was on tippet material. You might remember that I wrote about the problems I was having a while ago.
For those that do not know what a tippet is, it is the section you add on to you tapered leader which extends the life of your leader and also aids â€œturnoverâ€ which is a fancy way of saying your fly doesnâ€™t land in a heap. It also means that when you change flies (or like me cast into trees) you are not shortening your leader.
The advice was to use a brand called â€œStroftâ€ which Mike uses as well. I must say when I was handling a sample it seemed to a have a very low diameter – Should be good for those spooky trout. Mike in my original post about my dodgy tippet stated:
Personally, I think you want you tippet material to be pretty limp. You get the turnover from the main leader length, but itâ€™s much better to have a nice soft tippet (at least for dries) to reduce drag. This is especially true down our regular other river.
Our other regular river is one where the trout are very spooky and is part of the reason this season is being dedicated to stealth and minimal tackle. It has to me minimal if you are crawling along on your knees in 2 feet of water.
If we get the stealth thing right the last thing we want is messing up the drift of the fly with dodgy tippet material.
Well, Neil Sinclair essentially stated the above when discussing his own tippet material so that is good enough recommendation for me.
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