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Archive for December, 2013

Distant relations

Monday, December 30th, 2013

We had Emma’s younger brother and family for Christmas. Her brother is a serious cyclist. He does some of the legs of the Tour de France, commutes to work on a bike every day and goes on numerous ride outs over distances I consider a long drive.

In some respects it is sort of thing I like to do but replace the bike with a fly rod.

We were talking just before they left about kit. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of bikes, how they are made and what makes an exceptional bike compared to a good one.

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This was an interesting conversation and with top-end bikes being made from graphite we got talking about them and the comparisons between rod and bike production. He talked about the “lay up” of the frame which had my ears pricked up as it is a term many will know is also used in rod production.

As we talked some more resins came up and I thought I’d throw nano resins into the mix. He immediately knew what I was talking about saying how in the nano bike frames they have resins with silica particles that are small enough to flow throw the filaments of the carbon fibre.

Sounds just like some of the rods we have on the market doesn’t it?

I would have been a little naive to think that all this great technology is produced solely for us fly anglers but it was interesting to hear how these applications are used in a wider scale in something someone feels equally as passionate as me, but isn’t fishing. I thought this was cool.

I even mentioned to him about fishing gloves and how I have never really got on with them. He offered to send me a pair that were neoprene, thin and should do the job.

They turned up today and I think he might be right. I can feel the rod when I am wearing them. They are a little longer so they reach up and over my wrist which should stop water getting in and should keep my hands warm on even the coldest of grayling days.

All we need now is some fishable water to try them out!

 

The Vice

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I can’t remember enjoying tying flies more than I am right now. There are some really interesting materials to try, and right now, grayling to test them out on.

Sometimes they work, sometimes not. To me, fly tying is the search for perfection when it comes to patterns and having a box of flies that work, not just on a perfect day on the river, but in a variety of situations.

This means I have my “must have” flies but with subtle changes that might suit a particular situation. Thoraxes on nymphs is a great example. I might be doing something completely unrelated to fishing but suddenly think “I wonder if I used this dubbing as a thorax?” and rush up and knock up a couple of prototypes ready to use next time I am out fishing.

Varying weight and size goes without saying. I guess I am sticking with nymphs as they are what I have been fishing a lot of.  Recently, I have made a mental note of how often I snip off a fly in favour of something either lighter or heavier depending on the water in front of me. It is a lot more than I thought it was; it must be something I do subconsciously.

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I tied a few up on a recent trip to fish a new stream that you be able to read about soon and they worked really well. It’s nice when that happens.

We got Issue 24 of Eat, Sleep, Fish out recently. I can’t believe we have been going two years now. If you haven’t seen it I hope you enjoy it!

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