Fly Casting

Loops and lessons

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Fly Casting, Fly Fishing | 0 comments

Loops and lessons

The loop is something that has captured the imagination of many, for some it is a by product of the effort to get your flies to the fish, there’s not much thought about it, it is just part of the process; for some it is the focus of everything, a good loop is the key to good casting and attempting to master control of it is what keeps many of us searching and learning as full control is but an ideal but we can always improve; some even see it as an art form, you’ve no doubt seen many lovely pictures and cinematic shots of unrolling loops. Whatever you see it as, it’s the...

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GAIA Scottish Open Day

Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Blog, Fly Casting | 0 comments

The Scottish region of GAIA are holding an open day event on the 22th of April in Stirling. The event is a CPPD day for members and all members of the public are welcome to come along. There will be an opportunity for one-to-one tuition from instructors, a number of workshops, demonstrations, casting games with prizes as well as the opportunity to try out all sorts of tackle. I even get to make a shameless plug here as I’m giving a demo on single handed speys along with Brian McGlashan. Here’s the flyer for the event, if you’re interested let Brian know as soon as...

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Fishing, beer, lots of laughs and the BFCC

Posted by on Sep 13, 2011 in Fly Casting, Fly Fishing, Scotland | 2 comments

If anyone has been following this blog for a time, you will remember about a year ago I fished with Steffen from the Sexyloops board whilst in New Zealand. We fished for a week with limited success on a particularly heavily fished river – Steffen Part 1. Apart from the lack of fish landed for a week’s fishing we had a great time and a few weeks ago Steffen informed me of his plans to come over to Scotland to fish for 10 days. He arrived on the 1st of September and we set off the following day. I should warn you now, this is going to be a long one. First plan was to head to Durness...

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Big Splash Aviemore 2011

Posted by on Aug 24, 2011 in Everything Else, Fly Casting, Fly Fishing, Scotland | 3 comments

I’m back from the big splash weekend! I gave a lesson on Monday, had to visit the dentist yesterday and tonight it’s off pike fishing with Paul. Tonight is feeling good, I have a mixture of big flies and small flies and hopefully the water is going to be crystal clear with the pike in a hungry mood! I haven’t fished as much as I would have liked in the last 2 weeks, this only being my second outing but things on the casting front have been busy and Big Splash obviously just had to be done! Will get a report up from the pike bash later tonight or tomorrow. Here’s the...

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The BFCC comes to Glasgow!

Posted by on Aug 18, 2011 in Fly Casting | 0 comments

The British Fly Casting Club is coming North of the Scotland/England border for the first time in September. The event will take place on the 11th of September at Lochinch Police Ground in Pollok Park. There will be casting competitions, casting instruction and a good chance to meet a whole load of like minded people. It’s quite exciting this, I’m certainly looking forward to it. If you are thinking of whether you should go along or not – you might as well, what have you got to lose? Click on the link for more info from the BFCC website.

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Fishing at Last!

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Fly Casting, Fly Fishing | 0 comments

I was teaching a client yesterday morning and I felt that since I was already out, afterwards was a very good opportunity to get my first half decent days fishing done this season! I had the notion of trying to tempt some perch on the fly in the canal – the canal in only a few hundred metres away from where I was teaching. I had tied up a makeshift lure before leaving in the morning, a red tag tail, lead underbody, big dumbell eyes and a matuka style hackled wing/tail. I thought it would have a good chance of success…… I ventured along to the canal with a #5 weight rod, #6...

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