Boring? Are you kidding?

It happened again yesterday. While having a wine with some friends it was mentioned that I like fishing, and even travel far away to practice it.

—Fishing? —said somebody—. It is so boring!

When people hear the word “fishing” what invariably comes to their mind is some guy sitting at the sea shore, listening to some football match in the radio while waiting for hours for any sign of life in the rod planted in front of him.

Trying to explain that the fly fishing approach is exactly the opposite is normally a waste of time. However, I remembered a couple of clips I shot in New Zealand recently and decided to edit them and keep the video in my phone. Will it succeed in showing all those laypersons that in fly fishing there is no time to get bored? Great job by outstanding fisher Álvaro G. Santillán.

South Island. New Zealand. 2019

¿Cañas Spey?

Ninfeando con caña de una mano y lances Spey

Hasta hace diez o doce años, cuando alguien que se iniciaba en la pesca a mosca se compraba una caña se podía estar casi seguro de que sería una 9’ #5. Si había que hacerse con un repuesto podría ser una 9 pies de un número menos o de un número más, para cubrir alguna situación distinta.

Con el tiempo el mercado se fue saturando peligrosamente… ¡y llegó al rescate la pesca a ninfa al hilo! Fue una bendición, porque de la clásica caña 9’ #5 hemos pasado a todo tipo de medidas que van desde los 9’6” a los 11’, con numeraciones desde #1 a #3 o #4. El mercado de las cañas que fueron “tradicionales” ha caído en picado. Como me decía un importante distribuidor hace unos años:

Ha venido Chris Rownes a ofrecerme distribuir su nueva Guideline Fario CRS, ¿pero a quién coño le voy a vender una caña de 9 pies?

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The Four Stages of Enlightenment (I): Translation/Rotation

Om mani padme hum

One of the greatest things about fly fishing, in comparison with other sporting activities, is that it can be practiced through our whole life; old age not really being a serious obstacle. In fact one of my fishing buddies is 70+ years old now, and it takes some serious effort to follow his rhythm on the river. Paradoxically, aging as a fly fisher is a sort of advantage, as it is the passing of years what makes our experience and technical abilities grow.

I think that, apart from extreme distance presentations, the same is applicable to fly casting, an activity in which you never stop learning and improving. In my view, along this path there are some significant milestones, like steps in the ladder of proficiency. Thinking about it I distinguish four of these “stages of enlightenment”. There are probably more, and you surely will have your own list if you reflect about it; feel free to comment your views.

So let’s go with the first stage of enlightenment.

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Bloody L (bird’s-eye view)

Fishing on Gaula

Bloody L is the name that Simon Gawesworth gave to that line configuration in which the anchor of a Spey cast is at right angles with the rest of the fly leg of the D-Loop. It is a very inefficient anchor shape as it wastes energy from the delivery cast as the fly leg of the delivery loop tries to lift the anchor from the water; it may make the fly to fall short of its target.

Here is a bloody L in full glory, although it didn’t make that short cast fail. The dolphin nose is a nice one, though.