It’s the little things

having a nasty knee injury at the peak of fishing season leaves one with several options:
get mad, frustrated at everything, everyone, take up religion as a way of thinking that it’s all just part of a greater scheme and/or that i probably deserved it for having stolen candy as a child at the local 7-11 but, that’s dumb.
or, it can be just like all the other times where there’s been physical constraints and you just take care of it the best you know and wait it out and try to turn down-time into something positive because the ex-hippie (i never was a hippy btw) tells me that somehow, some way, just about every situation in life can be turned around into a positive one. at least that’s the plan.

so, this time, the idea was to finally rework TheLimpCobra’s layout and navigation parameters to something that:
a) i really like and feel more at-home with.
b) something you’ll really like or at least find more enjoyable and user-friendly with any viewing device.
c) well, in the same sense that it would be boring to always eat the same things or brush your teeth with the same toothpaste or have sex in the same way over and over, a little change is a good change.

instead of having to open the menu to access behind-the-scenes stuff, you’ll find all the different pages at the top bar while categories, search tab, top views and comments, email subscription and maybe a few other future adornments by simply scrolling to the bottom of any page within the site. photo and video size and resolution have been upped. i’m particularly happy about the photo part as most of my own images are about textures and minute details within the frame and this way you’ll get to see them closer to how i see them and closer to how they where intended to be seen. i hope.

along with the memory that the last time i was out fishing (initially, the plan was to try to seduce a blubber-lipped carp but… ), it was hard to keep an exact count but a conservative count concluded to more than sixty perch landed in what, maybe three hours. none of them where big even by perch sizes but i felt like a kid and was one of the most fishy-related fun i’ve ever had. when Monsieur Knee gets better the plan is to get to a triple-digit perch count. it doesn’t matter if it is or not but if i do i’ll consider it a world record and something i can silently boast about, at least until the next injury pops up¬†which once again reminds me that it’s all the little things that count and make life special and every day and moment are worth celebrating so, here’s some zip-bam-boom fireworks for you that i hope you’ll enjoy.

13-7-15 fireworks 2 m.fauvet-TLC

“Sometimes things goes a way you did’nt expect them to do.”

wonderfully unpolluted by intense music and images of big fish, this aesthetic short from Stefan Agren ends in a smile and its a really nice one. enjoy !

‚ÄúThat‚Äôs about as big as a fish that big gets‚ÄĚ

i have no idea who the author of that quote is but it fits this fish and it’s story quite well.

smallest fish¬†for the last couple of years over on a fly fishing forum we’d been doing an annual challenge on who will post the biggest, ugliest, deadest (found dead,¬†not killed by the angler),¬†prettiest and just about anything ‘est’ fish you care to post. two years ago i had won the ‘smallest’ category and had gotten a really nice Rio 4wt LT line as prize. cool. the fish was a cute baby yellow perch but catching it was a bycatch whilst trying to catch something a lot bigger.

sl 'smallest contest

now, last year i decided to turn things around and tried to catch the smallest fish i could but this time on purpose and this turned out to be the hardest fishing challenge i’ve had so far… i was living in Sweden at the time and this little creature and all it’s billions of sisters and brothers are extremely abundant in any lake and there’s millions of lakes in Sweden. probably more.¬†(i don’t know what species it is. someone once told me what it is in swedish but that of course, like anything else in swedish, is impossible to remember… )
anyway, the hard part was actually hooking up to the fish. getting strikes was very easy and just a matter of plopping the fly near a pier. most of the time i could see dozens of them fight for it. the problem was the shape of the fish’s mouth and how regular hooks designed for ‘trout-type’ fish where incompatible so it meant reshaping the smallest flies i have with tweezers until i could find the right shape. i can easily state that it took several hundreds, maybe thousands of strikes before i finally hooked this one fish. it took three months.

the fish was approximately 55mm/2.16inches long and the fly was a size 30 chironomid rusty-red nymph made by my great friend Andy Baird.
even though it was the smallest fish of the year’s contest i didn’t win anything but that’s ok, the prize was a pretty lame, dorky looking cap…
this experience was a very interesting one and i’m glad i did it. it is however a ‘been there, done that ‘ affair and i’m quite certain i won’t be doing this again and will stick to targeting bigger fish, they’re a lot easier to catch.

one and six

as much as i tried, don’t always make seven.

as waters at home are all frozen, yesterday was my first fishing outing of 2012. i was after perch trying out some new streamer designs on a little lake in the Pyrenean foothills (southern france) and although i got a few follows, the only thing i caught where trout. go figure…

here’s no 1
¬†and here’s ¬†no. 6 !
life doesn’t always go as planned but i won’t complain…

the year of the perch

1perch

noun¬†\ňąp…ôrch\

Definition of PERCH
1
: a bar or peg on which something is hung
2
a : a roost for a bird b : a resting place or vantage point : seat c : a prominent position
<his new perch as president>
3
chiefly British : rod 2

Origin of PERCH

Middle English perche, from Anglo-French, from Latin pertica pole

First Known Use: 14th century

Other Birds Terms:
aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff,skein, zygodactyl

Rhymes with PERCH:
birch, church, Church, curch, lurch, merch, search, smirch

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hmmm, seems they missed out on the most important…