Loops and haul.

Great 3hrs with Lee yesterday who’d traveled over from caerphilly, mainly to learn to double haul his 10′ #8 hardy demon (lovely rod).

Both hands.

Both hands.

 

Lee wanted more distance from his cast and better turnover into the wind at the ‘fancy Dan’ stillwaters he fishes like http://www.lechladetrout.co.uk/ and http://www.deversprings.co.uk/homepage/. He fishes more down to earth local fisheries like http://sevenoaksfishfarm.co.uk/ too, and seems to do quite well.

First we had to stop him overpowering his stroke, tighten his loops and then get him hauling. After 2 hours he was much sharper and able to hold up 40+ ft of line with a haul as a posed to 28ft unhauled. He was shooting line far futher by the end of the lesson, even by his own admission.

The last hour we spend learning to cast off the left shoulder, which allows Lee to fish banks with the lefthanders when the wind is ‘wrong’!

 

Well done Lee.

AAPGAI demonstration Caer Beris 2013

A few weeks ago in late october just after the salmon season finished I had the opportunity of demonstrating at the bi-annual AAPGAI open day at http://www.caerberis.com/ hotel Builth Wells, Wales. It was really refreshing to be part of a newbie team of demonstrators displaying game angling skills for the first time. 

Standing room only.

Standing room only.

I chose to explain how I fly fish for saltwater species from a sea kayak demonstrating the equipment needed, saftey aspects and fishing techniques that I use. Sharon’s sea kayak gave the opportunity to make an interesting comparisson to my purpose built fishing sea kayak (ocean kayak prowler big game).

All aboard the good ship lollipop.

All aboard the good ship lollipop.

Clothing, anchor use, stability, storage capacity, transportation, tackle, sonar etc were all covered. Karl Humphries explained how he fishes for pike from his kayak, demonstrating the use of a boga grip to hold the pike safely in the water (not much room in the kayak). Karl also talked about using the kayak at night and the proper fit and use of a dry suit.

Nothings as bright as a barrio SLX.

Nothings as bright as a barrio SLX.

Thank you to Karl for the organisation and everyone who helped with the loading and unloading of the yaks, they are quite a weight. It was a great day, the weather held and we were well catered for as always at the hotel. Thanks also to Paul who kindly gave me his room which made the whole weekend so much more enjoyable. Congratulations to all those who passed assessments over the weekend, its not easy!

I think ive got the bug now, cant wait to perform another demo next year (if im allowed).