and heaven in a wild flower ～William Blake
i’d be inclined to say that sand and heaven don’t exist but i’ve had enough sand in my swim trunks to know that its not some novel concept. i could go on to say that i’ve had heaven in my swimming trunks too but there’s no rash to prove it, besides, that’s a really boring topic that distracts from this lovely wild yellow Iris that lives its beautiful life on the banks of river Clyde, Scotland.
it didn’t get anywhere near my swim trunks but i still think its heaven.
by Steffan Jones via Fulling Mill blog
lists of fishing tips get bandied about regularly but its rare in my opinion to find one that gets a 10 out of ten grade. written as a guide for river fishing in the UK, i can’t think of a single area in the world where the same tips wouldn’t prove to be invaluable.
here’s a few extracts:
1. Time of day; simply put – don’t be hungry when the trout are hungry! You often see people heading off the river between 1-3pm early season when any hatch to speak of is likely to happen. You also then see people coming off the river at around 7pm in the summer, when the main action has probably not even begun yet – certainly in dry fly terms anyway. Be on the water when the fly life is most abundant; the trout may well be dormant before and after these times, awaiting and feeding hard when the banquet arrives.
10. Paraphernalia; don’t laden yourself with accessories, but some bits are vital and should never be left at home. In my jacket I would always have; fly floatant, mucilin, sinkant/leader mud (more for taking the shine off the leader than actually sinking it), amadou for drying flies out, leader material in 0.10-0.18mm, forceps and snips, then some spare leaders and tippet rings. Leader holders can also be of great use, and I would always advocate the circular ones to avoid leader kinks. (don’t forget your net !)
be sure to click the image to access the complete article. use it as a starting guide for beginners or as a refresher for the more experienced, there’s more than a few somethings for every angler of every level to adapt to their particular location and needs. enjoy !
rarely do we get such in-depth research on fly tying materials such as what Martin Joergensen has recently put together for us to learn from and help decide which product will be best suited for our needs.
“A lot of flies – salmon tube flies in particular – use different discs or cones, and the market is full of them. Here’s an overview of some of the many types.” calling this an overview is really an understatement. with all the research of different types of cones and discs, their origins, history and detailed effects on the finished fly, i would consider this more of a thesis on the subject…
“Cone heads and discs are the rage on salmon flies. Basically all tube flies tied for salmon fishing feature some kind of cone or disc these days. On hooks it’s much more uncommon to see cones or discs – for reasons which may become obvious later” and for all that obviousness and a whole lot more, be sure to click either image to access Martin’s fantabulous article. enjoy !
‘Will he hook up, take yet another coffee break or maybe make a nice tailing loop the whole herd can laugh at ?’
who knows what cows think and i’m not going to put too much thought into it (ok, i probably jinxed myself there… ) so for now i’ll just remember this as another one of those unexpected visual treats that pops up now and again on days by the water. Scotland, it’s such a special place.
Bubbles reminded me of being a little kid in the local lake just sitting there, feeling the water, head just above the surface blowing little bubbles because blowing little bubbles is tingly, they make a heck of a lot more noise underwater than above and it just feels good and exciting.
Bubba is more than comfortable with subsurface bubbling. i’m told it’s a skill that just gets better and better with age so, i guess i’ll just have to go see if that’s true.
he didn’t actually say it but it was implied by his stature and presence. his good mojo helped me catch three gorgeous jewel-like brown trout in the tiny mountain brook not five metres behind me but the best part was a comment from a lady that walked by as i was taking his photo; “This one’s funny, it looks just like my husband’s…….. “ and walked away hands over mouth with what i thought i saw as a little blush.
a nice, vibrating little chance encounter that changed the tone to the outing for the rest of the afternoon. nice.
today’s great tips and tricks comes to us from Brad Harris via FlyLife.
as we’d seen previously in Understanding how fly rods break: “so, why do rods break ? it can be through improper use under load or by banging it with a fly (vulgarly referred to as ‘Clousering’). another reason i suspect and something i rarely hear about, because nobody wants to admit it… is a lot of anglers damage their rods when they’re not even fishing or casting. bings and bangs during transport, throwing them down (yes, throwing them down… ), the ever-present beer and it’s consequent mind-numbing and slipping and sliding effects and who knows what else, must account for a lot of “huh ?! WTF happened ?” reactions when they’re using them for real later on. in a sense, they’re recreating a ‘Clousering’ without even having the fun of casting ! “
in Brad’s well explained and thought out Racking It For The Road article, we’ll see several options with their respective pros and cons on how to avoid at least some of life’s misery with as bonus, a simple, effective, practical, inexpensive DIY option featured in the image below which particularly caught my eye. click on the pick to access the complete article, and safe travels !
this is probably the most beautiful fish film i’ve ever seen.
no more words are necessary nor could they do it justice… enjoy !
found on Fly Lords facebook page, here’s a more than welcome change from the usual, virtually always the same, and getting boring as hell trend in fly fishing videos.
there’s no droning higher ground morals or self-validating or ethics speech. no fancy, costing an arm and both legs travel to what once used to be an exotic location nor brand names being hashtagged down our throats.
just a simple, normal T Rex catching a catfish with a fly rod: nice, nice and nice… enjoy !😄
bringing the littles ones for a fishing outing usually entails a lot of fishing downtime: attention wavers, tiredness sets in quick and then there’s all those cookies that need to be eaten… but all that’s normal and just the way it should be.
as a bonus, all that non-fishing time can be a great reminder to the adult that there’s so much more to fishing than just trying to catch fish. as i often remind myself, it would be an awful shame to travel to these wonderful places without taking some time to appreciate their wonderfulness so, seeing how eating cookies and watching birds go hand in hand, why not use that time and see if they can recognise, count and discover other fauna/flora lifeforms that complete the waterway’s ecosystem ? presented as a game this can be a lot of fun for all.
this short film by Will Rose is about riverside birds and there’s just a few of them but that’s good too as we’ll have to fill in all the blanks and then there’s all those things that aren’t birds. mom’s and pop’s work is never done…
with the hope that this might inspire, enjoy !
Isonychia Emerger from Matt Grobert via Tightline Productions
Isonychia… cool name.
torn somewhere between the desire to go fish these critters in their home waters and lavishly repeating that word in some lovely redhead’s ear, i guess for today we’ll (well, i’ll… ) have to just enjoy this creature and tying video from afar.
Primarily an East coast, Midwest (US) insect, this rather handsome emerging ‘Slate Drake’ pattern is simply awesome by it’s simplicity, sturdiness and general profile. in a sense, a mayfly is a mayfly is a mayfly and as such, by changing colors and sizes, the basic pattern will make an all-over all-around great emerger for any waters.
as always, the Mat Grobert/Tim Flagler team make an excellent tutorial displaying excellent technique and know-how well worth paying special attention to.
” Their nymphs are among of the fastest-swimming mayflies in the world. They can power their way through fast riffles with ease, and their imitations should be fished with fast twitches.
They are unique among mayflies in that they have extra tuft-shaped gills at the base of their fore legs, a structure normally found in stoneflies. ”
images and nymph quote from TroutNut.com. be sure to click either pic for more info on this sexy bug. enjoy !
with all the ugly going on around the world it’s a little too easy, at least for myself, to get caught up and let it drag me along but, without outright dismissing the ugly, little reminders such as this lovely Dog Rose found on the bank of the Clyde in Scotland last week helps restore that precarious balance, at least temporarily.
having just geared up to enjoy an evening on the stream, i left the van and nasty thunder rolled in close by so i rolled back in to wait it out. the storm didn’t last long but sure was pretty.