This is what I did yesterday. Cleaning the line ........But can you see whats happening on my cleaning cloth?!?!?!?!?! The coating of the line is coming off! Sorry not just the coating, it's actually the line itself!!! I have been using it 4, 5 days a week for 2 months (quite a bit of fishing ah) but this is not good is it????? The ridge construction (or formation) is all gone (YES, IT'S AIRFLO AGAIN!) and it feels like a normal round-shape level line. Disapointing...again :-(((
I have already ordered a couple of new ones from RIO. They never let me down, never...
It was freezing cold this morning, standing in the river waist deep for about 2 hours with Gore-Tex waders gave me a hypothermia :-) The fish tend to be moving quickly through the river again.One pool was holding more than 30 fish yesterday afternoon, but nobody home this morning. Caught many dark fish, they took my flies in the fast current! Striking the fish 60~70 ft away and fighting with them is pretty exciting!!!! Imagine if I was using a 5 weight...!!??
My new sword, TFO DC 7110-4 is sooo nice to sweep, easy enough to deliver big flies to the fish in Tongariro. I especially prefer to use this rod rather than the TCX 7119-4 in windy conditions(funny???), the sharp narrow loop will cut through the air and I never have to stop fishing. Believe it or not, Tongariro's famous strong south-westerly blast feels like a breeze with this rod :-)) 480 grain head is OK but slightly lighter is better I think (all depends on the tip I use anyway).
Caught a lot of dark fish again, the river seems to be holding a lot of fish this week.
A lot of fish in Blue and Sand pools.
Heaps of pumice still floating down, a school must have gone up the river in the weekend.
Half the fish I caught today were dark, which I haven`t seen many of in the last week.
Anyway, another nice day down there. Tie some more flies tonight, and get ready for another day:-)
The river is even lower, fish seem like they are reacting to certain patterns and colours of flies.
Always respect elders, they know where the fish are, just add our 21st century technology to catch them efficiently .... Even catching just a few fish this morning, I learned alot from them, it's like worth a 1000 fish :-)
They have already lived and fished 30 years longer than I have.
First of all, I would like to make a disclaimer that I didn't know such a fly tying tool existed, thought it could be handy to make one. (YES yes, I know, there is a tool called a magic tool, but I want have a more simple, easy to use tool for myself.)
I went to stationery warehouse this morning, and bought these big clips to make the fly tying tool for myself. Luckly, the clips were in the plastic case which I also needed for the project.
What I did was ...
I cut the plastic case in these shapes, looks like duck beaks.
Once cut up, it's time to glue them onto the clips.
UV glue comes in handy for this type of job (of course I don't have to wait for long!!!)
Only a moment to get hardened, let's test them!
I can imagine so many ways of using this tool, this time I grabbed a strip of antarctic fox.
Hold the material like this, and...
Cut the skin off, and...
Put them into a dubbing loop. Don't forget to wax the thread!!
Spin it with dubbing twister.
So far so good.
When finished, tie the material on the shank.
Beautiful isn't it!! and it's so easy!!!
Remember I made 2 of them, one has a shorter beak.
The shorter one is ideal for shorter material, such as rabbit fur.
Do the same thing, spin and hackle to make the head.
It's sooooo easy, and makes a beautiful fly.
Those clips were only $2.90. What a creation ah!?!? I have heaps more of those useful ideas, I'll tell you when I'm onto the next project.