as mentioned in the previous post, i’d give you more details on this very new ADELAM casting organization in Spain.
problem is, and after a five day trip where three of them where passed with a crew of approximately forty other ADELAMers  i still don’t have a clue what it means.
even if i just became a member.
it probably has to do with how very little i understand spanish, or.
either way, i’ll find out soon because this is exciting stuff for the international fly casting community !

in the meantime here’s one of the participants doing his thing at sunset.
Paul Arden sunset ADELAM 10-13

fly line testing (a postcard from Spain)

we’d already seen the making of a fly line and here’s a sneak preview of how they’re carefully tested and evaluated !
brought to you from one of the deepest-darkest of secret testing grounds/Barrio Team vacation camps in Spain, Mike Barrio himself  “well, doing what’s gotta be done because that’s what I like to do, besides, once it’s doned I can start all over again… “

” Just back from doing some top secret trials of a new fly line coating in Europe.
The coating appears to go very well on pretty stiff rods, producing tight loops and good distance !

if you’re not familiar with these lines yet, do yourself the favor of checking out the page below. yes, as Pro-Team member i’m quite partial but i wouldn’t be on the team  if i couldn’t fully endorse the products. they’re that good.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

quote by Dr Seuss

driving back from a carp & bass day in northern Spain.
good thing the driver stayed awake to dream of the fish !

In Spain, no one can hear you scream…

very sad news from Spain and around the Mediterranean…

“Mediterranean fish under threat from gruesome ‘Alien’ parasite which eats their tongues then lives in their mouths.”

‘Betty is quite gruesome and does remind you of the Alien films, but it’s a highly adapted and specialised animal which is very successful.  Unfortunately, over-fishing upsets the balance of parasite and host and interferes with the whole eco-system.”

“Named Betty by the scientists, ceratothoa italica breeds by entering the mouth through the gills. A female parasite will then take up position on the tongue, virtually replacing it, and feeding on blood as it grows to adulthood.”

read more here. 

Chupa-Bobbin-Chups !

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 !

Feathers from Coq de Leon – Indio and Pardo

these gorgeous feathers have been quite the thing over the last years but a lot of tiers aren’t aware of the different types available as most distributors only carry the basic Pardo in maybe three tints; dark, medium and light. these fibers make fantastic tails on dries and nymphs but also as wings and whatever the creative tier can imagine. an interesting aspect apart from their appearance is that they also vibrate in the water differently than the average hackle and we all like things that vibrate !
here, Lucian Vasies gives us a veritable catalogue of the distinguishing characteristics and specific names to these unique feathers. enjoy.
“In the Leon area in Spain we currently find two main families of roosters : Indio and Pardo.

The feathers from both families must be very bright on the front and it must preserve this bright on the back. The speckles, the fleshy leaves, penetrate the feather and should clearly be seen on both sides. It is also important that the background of the feather is similar on the front and the back and that the back is not whiter or lighter in colour. The barbs of the feathers are fine but really straight and elastic.”

be sure to click the pic to see a full range of these special feathers on his site

mon amie Pyrène

In classical mythology, Pyrene was a princess who gave her name to the Pyrenees mountains, the natural frontier between France and Spain. According to legend she was the virginal daughter of Bebryx, a king in Mediterranean Gaul by whom the hero Hercules was given hospitality during his quest to steal the cattle of Geryon during his famous Labors. Hercules, characteristically drunk and lustful, violates the sacred code of hospitality and rapes his host’s daughter. Pyrene gives birth to a serpent and runs away to the woods, afraid that her father will be angry. Alone, she pours out her story to the trees, attracting the attention instead of wild beasts who tear her to pieces.After his victory over Geryon, Hercules passes through the kingdom of Bebryx again, finding the girl’s lacerated remains. As is often the case in stories of this hero, the sober Hercules responds with heartbroken grief and remorse at the actions of his darker self, and lays Pyrene to rest tenderly, demanding that the surrounding geography join in mourning and preserve her name: “struck by Herculean voice, the mountaintops shudder at the ridges; he kept crying out with a sorrowful noise ‘Pyrene!’ and all the rock-cliffs and wild-beast haunts echo back ‘Pyrene!’ … The mountains hold on to the wept-over name through the ages.”