one of the more interesting activities of the Sexyloops Gatherings is the demos we give to the group. most participants are casting instructors, guides, and fervent fishers of all levels and fishing specialities but more importantly, friends. this last part means we can get and give honest constructive feedback on each others ideas and demonstrations. it’s not just the usual clap, thank you and walk away.
the learning curve goes way high in these situations, specially after a while of consideration and testing and adapting and incorporating or not what has been learned to our own ways.
this year i did two demos, one on striking, fighting and landing fish using the rod’s potential to its maximum while maintaining as close-to-possible perfect tension on the fish and another on casting Tenkara rods.
photo: Al Pyke
the SF&L demo has been part of all my courses for the last year and the Tenkara was mostly to share this ‘newish’ style of equipment to several people who hadn’t had the chance to either see or try one out. it was an extremely easy demo because outside of exploring a different dimension of fly fishing there’s absolutely nothing to learn casting-wise because it’s just another fly rod. most where blown away however by seeing how easy it is to have extremely nice drifts with these rods in fast waters.
speaking of waters, i’ve been close to Glasgow for the last few days where the waters mostly come from above, it’s not so warm and i only managed three salmon yesterday on river Tay but those salmon happened to be babies that fit in my hand.
1 an assembly or meeting, esp. a social or festive fly fishing and fly casting event or one held for a specific purpose: the Scottish Sexyloops Gathering.
2 a set of printed signatures of a book, gathered for binding or: for the purpose of letting you all know why there won’t be a whole lotta posts on The Limp Cobra in the next few days.
1 [ no obj. ] come together; assemble or accumulate: a crowd gathered in the casting field.
2 [ with obj. ] bring together and take in from scattered places or sources: we have gathered all the fly casting instructor/geeks we could find. hopefully all this will happen without any intervention from the police or fire brigade.
• pick up from the ground or a surface: they gathered up their fly rods after tea.
• collect (cookies or other chocolate-filled foods) as a harvest.
• collect (coffee, chocolate-flavored energy bars, etc. because it’s all too easy to forget these vital things when you’re in the swing of things) for food.
• draw together or toward oneself: she gathered the fly rod in towards her shoulder to initiate the back cast.
3 [ with obj. ] infer; understand: her clients were, I gathered, a prosperous group of casters.
4 [ with obj. ] develop a higher degree of: blimey ! i had a feckin’ blast !
5 [ with obj. ] summon up (a mental or physical attribute such as one’s thoughts or strength) for a purpose: he lay gathering his thoughts together before he gathered himself enough in-the-groovness before trying to perform a VooDoo cast at the gathering.
apart from a lot of fishing on the way and back down (and testing a new tenkara rod given for review with the goal of landing a salmon with it !) , a lot driving on the left side of the road, kilt & scones shopping and tons of coffee, that about sums up the next two weeks for me and the casting part at least will be happening here-
(weather looks nice and clear and all’s green, not white. good sign)
with the hope there will be a decent internet connection to share some picks along the way as well as a few Scottish jokes (just kidding, we all know there is no such thing as Scottish jokes), i bid you all a great day. see ya soon !
one of the more interesting fish-behaviour concepts i’ve ever come across, an ever-present approach i’ve adopted no matter what species or water-type fished.
this goes a lot further than the simplistic and typical “Pattern vs Presentation” that most authors have re-hashed over centuries. something the dedicated angler should most definitely consider to add to their ‘bag of tricks’.
” Imagine the following situation: a brown trout feeding near the surface in front of you. Moreover, it’s large (this requires some imagination). You have the perfect imitation. You know that because, during previous hatches of this same species, this pattern worked consistently. With a careful, accurate cast, you make a perfect presentation. Drag-free, it drifts into the trout’s window at the right place at the right time. Everything is perfect. It couldn’t be better. But… (now you don’t have to imagine anything, just remember the many times you’ve experienced this) it doesn’t take your fly. So, what do you do now? You tie on a different fly, and then another and another. You lengthen your leader to see if it’s that darn micro-drag. You carefully move into a different position and cast at a different angle. Zilch.
During the two last seasons, I’ve verified that there is one more parameter that we generally don’t take into account or we simply don’t pay enough attention to. Consequently, we don’t deal with it as something separate from the other two. I’m referring to the trout’s degree of wariness in such a critical situation as feeding on the surface. Conditioned by a heap of circumstances, the trout passes through states in which its feeling of security or awareness of vulnerability vary constantly. These states enormously condition the trout’s willingness to take your fly, independently of the pattern or the presentation.”
posted years ago on Sexyloops but still one of it’s ‘hidden treasures’, click HERE for Carlos’ complete article.
Part 2 will follow shortly, enjoy !
” For most people they barely rival the discovery of a wad of bellybutton fluff in the grand scheme of things. In fact many would go so far as to call them boring, uninspiring and completely sexless. But why are we so keen to neglect this most wonderful of materials? Do they attract giant man eating Asilidae and no ones told me? There most definitely seems to be something wrong.
The ideal fly should be quick and easy to tie. That doesn’t mean rough, sloppy or fragile, it just means simple. Biots epitomise simplicity, but unfortunately their reputation for being rather unwilling and stubborn eclipses this. Shameful indeed, as most problems are nothing more than by-products of the way in which the material is initially treated.
Get this right and the results are so realistic you may wet yourself. Segmentation is exceptional, durability is abundant and sexiness, well, it makes the playboy mansion look like Chatsworth house. “
hard to disagree with Master Ben, specially when it’s so eloquently put !
if you’re ready for a Biot-Bingo moment, click this pic for the full article. enjoy !
it’s been brought to my attention lately that good casters never make ‘wind knots’.
that’s a load of bull, it’s just not true. i regularly have the great joy of meeting and casting with what are referred to as some of the best fly casters in the world and i can assure you that it’s quite rare to see a ‘clean’ leader, specially during competion-style distance casts.
heck, i even specialize in figure-of-eight knots! (above and below)
these knots are a good thing. a blessing. they teach us.
they’re here to remind us that we can always improve and do better, but mostly to remind us that fly casting is an activity that no-one will ever truly master.
that might be a hard one for some to swallow. too bad.
the one below happened to me during a course.
i had a dozen or so beginning students in front of me, i lifted the line to demonstrate a cast, the leader or fluff got stuck in some mole turds (see the mounds in the background), jerkiness happened (i jerkied) and what happened next took around five minutes to undo.
of course this isn’t supposed to happen and of course it’s entirely my fault ! (i hadn’t taken the mole turds into consideration) and to make it even worse, what knotted so badly was the fly line…
however, what happened was all of a sudden, the dozen or so people smiled with even a few polite and well deserved giggles.
what happened was all of a sudden, the pupils and the teacher where on the same level and all of a sudden, the whole group was more confident and less intimidated. the day finished wonderfully and most left with enough casting skills to go out and catch a fish or two.
a big lesson there for both sides.
just like the Sexyloops sticker says: “sometimes it’s good to fuckup… “
a tasty tying tool holder idea from a friend over on the spanish forum ‘El Foro de Sexyloops‘. with this feature he assures me that there’s no longer any need for thread wax as (add a warm latinish accent for the full effect) “The sticky sugar deposit left on the tongue is better than any wax any day, give it a good lick and and it’s like super glue ! “
“Another thing to try doing is to watch the water where you think your flies are swimming. Since we are using light spider patterns, on a short line, in fairly fast water, the fish hopefully will have to bulge the surface on the take. With big fish you may actually have to delay your strike, but generally you should set the hook fairly quickly on these takes.
The best approach, however, is to enter a trance. Through intense meditation practices it has been proven that you can hook the impossible fish by leaving your worldly body, and becoming one with your mind. Wearing shoes with natural soles, or perhaps travelling barefoot, will help and is to be thoroughly recommended. What you are trying to attain, without trying of course, is a feeling that something is just about to happen and that you should do something about it and strike.”
sound good ? click Paul’s pic for more reading on what’s strangely enough, a somewhat obscure method of fishing outside of the UK.
Paul in his WC Stewart outfit: “Be stealthier than Stealth !”
here’s a very interesting photo sequence taken from a casting movie Paul Arden “Mister Sexyloops”, filmed several years ago. originally he had named this a ‘Snap-Lift Single-Spey’ but a lot has evolved in fly casting understanding and terminology in recent years so i changed the title because a single spey is a change of direction cast and this one doesn’t change directions ! it’s a Switch Cast (or Jump Roll) with a Snap Lift instead of the more traditional Lift and Sweep normally associated with the Single Spey.
a fun thing to do is to focus the eyes on one area of your screen and scroll down with your mouse or trackpad to sort-of see it as a film made in the early days of cinematography. i’m a sucker for watching fly lines dance in the air so that makes it specially nifty but it’s also very informative as we can easily see how the line evolves from varying rod tip movements, enjoy !
first published on the Sexyloops Board a few years back as an effective and logical approach to define fly casting terms, i thought i’d share this link here as well in an attempt to share this set with a larger public. there are other models within the fly casting community around the world but this one in my opinion surpasses the others in it’s thoroughness and compatibility with all styles of casts, not a particular school.
this model will also serve here in the future as a reference point for our readers.
” Are mermaids cold-blooded? They’ve got to be since they’ve got gills, right? Or maybe their hair is some sort of wierd respiratory filament like the little breathers on aquatic bugs. Either way, their blood flows by water acting as a gas and heat exchanger bringing both blood and water to thermal equilibrium. If you get lucky with a mermaid, try not to looked shocked when you plant a kiss on those clammy cold lips! ”
the Sexyloops Front Page is one of the best reads to be found each day (or almost each day, it is Sexyloops after all and organization isn’t well… ) with a different writer from around the Globe sharing his or her’s thoughts on fly fishing. be sure to bookmark this page.