Cape Cod 2012 – Shifting sands, tides and ideas
Jun14

Cape Cod 2012 – Shifting sands, tides and ideas

Cape Cod 2012Once again I find myself Jet lagged, tired and my desk buried in mail. I think there are a few bills in the pile so perhaps I will deal with those later in the week. I feel the same withdraw symptoms each time I return but I would say that every year is quite different. There are always new challenges to face as the Stripers Migration Northwards unfolds. I liken the migration to a swarm of Locusts, ever hungry and constantly hunting for sufficient reserves of food to feed such a vast number of hungry bellies. This year the migration began very early, a large volume of fish pushed Eastwards through the Cape Cod Canal and engulfed the flats of Barnstable and Brewster  a couple of weeks before we were due to arrive. By the time we hit the water we had missed the cream of the crop and had to endure the classic ‘You should have been here last week’’ Number. You can never be 100 % sure when its all going to kick off so the best you can do is choose the optimum weeks and hope the Stripers are reading the script. Despite missing the big Party we certainly didn’t go fishless as for the first time in years we were finding zillions of schoolies were in town and eager to eat a fly or soft plastic. I confess that I had been very concerned by the lack of juvenile fish coming up through the ranks over the last few years. I was starting wonder if I would still be fishing the Cape 5 years from now, so to witness the number of new fish is very encouraging to see.     Shifting Sands and the forces of Nature I first fished on Cape Cod in 2006 . I was lucky enough to just catch the back end of the glory days of Monomoy before the winter  storm of 2007 closed the gap in the sand dunes. This affected the flow of water through the channels and flats.  If things had stayed the same I would possibly still be standing in the same spots that we fished in 2006.  In the old days you would find all the year classes mixed in together. Fishing blind through the channels was like a lucky dip , you never knew what would happen next , you could catch a dozen 5 pound fish and then suddenly find the the next fish was dragging you down the beach as you tried to catch up. A nine weight rod , a Twenty pound bass and a strong current makes...

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Vive La France !
Feb01

Vive La France !

  The first time I went to Cape Cod to fish for Stripers or sailed out to the Amarantes Islands in the Seychelles I came away inspired and knew that I had to return . I feel something similar having just visited salon european des peches en mer , in Nantes France. This is a fishing and boating show attended by around 25, 000 people. You will find all the big names in lure fishing displaying all the latest gizmo’s from Jig heads to 30 foot boats. So why would a fishing show be so inspirational ? The French are completely fanatical about Bassfishing . The Bass guides are true professionals governed by an official body. The clients are willing to pay top money for the service they provide. The French are very patriotic with where they spend their money and spend less time hunting the web to import a lure from abroad. The French are highly technical in the way they fish , commercial pressure on stocks has diminished the numbers of fish available,  as it has here. You will find guides have pushed the envelope hard in order to stay on top of the game. I had a long chat with one of France’s finest guides . He has been targeting Bass in up to 40 metres depth at times to stay ahead and locate the large bass that you so often see in the photographs. I have vowed to return to France and fish with some of these guides. They even have magazines devoted to Bassfishing . Just a flick through the magazines is enough to convince you that these guys are highly evolved when it comes to their approach to Bass from the boat and the shore. A guide surprised me when he explained that the Bass are becoming wiser over the years . I guess if you have survived for 10 – 20 years amid the constant attention from commercial and recreational anglers then you’re going to need to be a pretty switched on fish . Tackle Tarts beware ! The Armageddon range of rods from Ultimate France won the award for the best new product. Im not a huge fan of the name but the rods are stunning .I will be certainly be fishing with a couple of the Armageddon’s from my boat this year , try stopping me ! These Japanese built rods are mind blowing to hold , as light as a feather. Yannick the Boss of Ultimate bent and twisted these rods in a way that made my eyes water !   The Sakura stand was most impressive as was...

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Holy Cow !
Oct10

Holy Cow !

Things have been somewhat crazy recently I don’t have a clue where the summer has gone. I had so many plans. Once again I seem to have missed out on fishing for Gilthead Bream , only taken Oliver surfing a handfull of times .  Spreading myself between UK Bass  Guiding, mail order and fishing abroad leaves me forever in catch up mode. I visited Cape Cod at the beginning of September . It felt very strange to out there again so soon , having spent 21 Days out the in May / June.  The weather was stunning with temperatures in region of 75 D F. It soon became apparent that the recent hurricane had completely screwed the fishing. There were simply zero fish on the outer ocean beaches that I love to fish. The flats were empty also. I have a few great acquaintances on the Cape and these guys were scrapping around to catch a fish or two. All my favourite locations were deadville USA ! The only location that was fishing well was the Canal. I have always fancied fishing there so this was a chance to give the place a go.  I explained to the guys that I was effectivly fishing brand new turf. Thats something I prefer to do solo rather than with a group . I needed to figure a few spots to fish the next morning so I dropped the guys off at a local creek and promised to return within a few hours.     The next morning we were on the banks of the canal . The fly rods were stashed away as the canal is almost impossible to fly fish where we were stationed. Big Poppers, Bucktail Jigs and Heavy Shads were the order of the day. As  dawn broke and the tide turned East the fish began to boil and slash around on the surface , the mozzies were eating us alive. I think we must have sustained a couple of hundred bites between us. My head ended up cone shaped due to the 50 or so bites on the top of my head(Like Mr Tefal !!) A top tip is to avoid those baseball caps with a mesh construction. The mozzies have no problems getting through those !!! We managed to hook and lose a few very big fish , we were doomed it seemed. We were learning how to fish the canal while a few locals were landing fish after fish. These guys fish very heavy and very deep with 5 oz white shads or across the top with 120 g Wooden poppers. I happened to be standing next...

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Cape Cod 2011
Jun20

Cape Cod 2011

Im just back after 21 days on Cape Cod.Its a joy to be home !   Sping decided to arrive late , water temperatures were down by 10 degrees . The wind direction shfted from one day to another . The weather was generally stunning . I spent 3 weeks in shorts and T shirts with the exeption of one or two days . Bright sunshine may provide great sight fishing but those overcast days with South Westerly winds tend to provide the best sport when Bass fishing .  [smugmug url=”http://saltwaterflyfisher.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=17653575_NL3kw4&format=rss200″ title=”Earning%20those%20Stripes%20in%202011″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”false” sort=”false” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”] As a guide or organiser of fishing trips I have had to toughen up and learn to deal with the expectations of anglers. Provided I feel that I have given 100 % then I tend to relax and enjoy the experience. I realise more and more just how much I love fishing ! I like catching fish but I love the process of fishing . I love the sunsets, the sunrises, the friends I make along the way, the wildlife, the ocean .This all sounds rather pretentious . I will quit before you start to feel stomach cramps!   The reality is that where ever you visit in the world you will encounter great days , average days and inevitably tough days . That’s fishing. We live for the great days , enjoy the average days and try to forget the tough days. Photography 2011 I have a massive back catalogue of photography following 6 years fishing the Cape so I decided to adopt a rather high risk strategy. My Zeiss 50 mm lens is fully manual focus.I tried my best to stick with this lens for most of the trip. I love the distortion and feel that you get when you shoot at Aperture F1.4. When you get it right the results can be wonderful. The success ratio with this lense is very low. I end up deleting 95 % of the shots. Week 1 John – Murad – Richard – Dougie Everyone came together as a group. The fishing was the toughest I have ever experienced, Strong winds played havoc with the 2 days boat fishing. We lost 1/2 of a day afloat  and the second charter was cancelled . We did have one great session on the flats. Bass were feeding on sandeels in knee deep ‘skinny’ water. I saw Bass tailing and rooting around like hungry Bonefish. This was exquisite Flats fishing at Dawn and one of the highlights of the week. I’m just glad the guys have the memories of that session to take home. Week 2 Mike – Jim – Ryan- Jamie We often have a quick session...

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Cuban Missile Crisis
May27

Cuban Missile Crisis

Oo God where do I start ?? I arrived back from Cuba on Wednesday night , spent Thursday unpacking and then today (Friday ) Packing for Cape Cod. My body clock is dazed and confused. I depart tonight for Heathrow and fly to Boston 11 AM Saturday. That’s 48 hours at home between big trips !! Cayo Romano. (Speed Blogging version ) Food 4/10 Boats 3/10 Guides 6/10 (What they lack in experience they make up for with good attitude and hard work ethics ) Customer Service and attitude of the staff 10/10 Hopefully the above will keep the Aardvarks – Frontiers and Roxton and assorted toffs away from the place. The price is reasonable right now. I think the current price reflects some of the weakness’s . Fishing mmm that’s a tricky one .Cayo Romano is a hardcore destination , if this your first holiday on the flats then I would not recommend Cayo Romano . The Permit Flats are vast but you do encounter enough Permit each day to keep your hopes up. We did not really encounter the classic Cuban Bonefish Turkey shoot that you may elsewhere. The bonefish start at 3 lb. The best I had for the week may have nudged 8 lb. I also saw a few Double figure looking Bones. The Tarpon fishing was disappointing . I was the only guy to hook into Tarpon during the trip. I landed one around 17 lb and jumped one that would have hit 60 lb. All the guides told me that they were experiencing a dry season and that they needed rain for the Tarpon fishing to switch on. If you went looking you would find ones and twos laid up on the flats. [smugmug url=”http://saltwaterflyfisher.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=17237689_SpwM7n&format=rss200″ title=”Cayo%20Romano%20May%202011″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”true” sort=”true” window=”false” smugmug=”false” size=”M”]Cuban Missiles Million dollar question !! On day three Edwardo poled us across the most stunning white sand flat I have ever seen. I had plenty of shots at Permit ,a few follows and refusals to boot. As is often the way we stopped for lunch. I spotted Two feeding Rays Accompanied by Two Permit. The lead fish was an easy 20 lb Plus. All the angles were right. I slotted a clean shot on a back hand cast right in front of the Rays as they quartered towards our Starboard side. It was a Perfect Shot,  a Perfect set up.If I was going to hook up on the day this would be the shot.  As the Ray swam over my fly I slid the fly out from under the wing. The large Permit pounced the fly and gobbled it up. The fish paused to...

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Weight loss for travelling Anglers
Mar27

Weight loss for travelling Anglers

This is nerdy blog but who cares.  If you travel and fish then THIS STUFF MATTERS!!  These days not only have the cost of flights gone up but the airlines now take great pleasure in screwing you on luggage allowances.  If you want to sit by the pool and read a book that’s fine but if you are a traveling fly angler it can a nightmare. I spend hours weighing my luggage prior to a trip, fine tuning and jettisoning gear to hit the magic 20 or 25 KG limit.  My next trip is a short flight from Newquay to Cork in April. The allowance with Air South west is a pathetic 15 KG.  How the hell can you go on a fishing holiday and keep the weight down?   I have just been dragged kicking and screaming into town shopping, trust me it rarely happens . Its was a good thing as I finally put an idea into action. I have been considering ways to reduce my travel weight. I found the solution today. I now have a bag that will accommodate 4 piece fly rods. Its waterproof. Has straps on it that enable you to carry it like a rucksack. I saved 4 KG weight by ditching the luxury of wheels on my travel bag. http://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/code/65110070 Here are a few tips In the case of my next trip to Ireland. I am considering wearing waders and wading boots on the plane ! Dump the wheelie bag and get the North face XL Base camp duffel = Save 4 KG Ditch all toiletries and purchase them either after check in, or at the end destination = saves 1-2 KG! Use your carry on allowance to the max. Often 7 – 12 KG . I carry my reels on board the plane. I have had a couple of close shaves as some airlines don’t like this. I often print out the airlines policy and exclusions and then ram the paper in their faces if the start to hassle me. I have pulled this one of countless times. I will come unstuck one day Try to sneak the laptop on as a separate item. When you get to the check in put your laptop on the floor . kamagra questions Buy zithromax vs amoxicillin chloramphenicol 30 Buy Without Prescription alli travis bikini effects prednisone 10mg tab watson effects motrin uti diflucan for dogs Buy Without Prescription skelaxin user reviews online isoniazid other uses generic haldol decanoate discontinued effects cardizem cd 240 mg side effects effects retin a vs tretinoin cream side effects healthy lasagna without noodles side effects prednisone for cats with...

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Permit ! Permit ! 4 o’clock
Mar17

Permit ! Permit ! 4 o’clock

  Its 4.30 AM and I have just made my way down stairs and made a cup of tea. A few minites ago I  found myself standing upon the bow of a skiff with a Cuban Guide. Two Permit slid their way through the a weed bed swimming from left to right. My guide pointed the fish out to me , although this time these fish were quite easy to spot. My new hunting partner whispered . CAST CAST CAST. I make my cast and my heavy crab fly is launched into its destiny. The fly lands in the water like a small house brick next to a crumpled leader. The fly sits at 11 O’clock to the bow and a Permit tail slowly disappears out of sight at 1 O,Clock. You know when you are having a bad dream and you pull yourself outwards and into consciousness. Well that’s me right now  having just woken in a cold sweat. So here I am now drinking tea in my dressing gown at 4.30 in the morning. I figured I would stick something on my blog about this dream as it brushes upon a heap of interesting issues and has the makings of a half decent post. Here are a few of my expert pointers on permit fishing. Ive landed 4 now don’t you know. OK you’ve got  me , 3 really as one was hooked up the arse ! Craig at Turneffe said this to me . I wont forget it. ”There are two kind of Permit fishermen. The guy who has never landed one and the expert who has”. A few tips on how not to fluff the shot of destiny. no pressure or anything ! Listen to your Guide . If tells you to take the shot. Take it without question Ignore your Guide. After a few trips to the flats you will start to know that not all Guides are Gods ,some are completely useless. The faster you can figure out your guides brain the better.(When I arrange group trips we rotate the guides around the group to avoid anyone being stuck with the runt of the litter) Practice your shots at home. Every year I say this and every year I fail. EgIts March 17 th and in May I will be Permit fishing in Cuba. I have not picked up a fly rod since November. How am I supposed to handle the most tricky fish on the planet when I am completely out of practice. I need to get some paper plates , lay them out on the grass and practice casting those heavy house brick crab flies....

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Casa Blanca Lodge
Nov21

Casa Blanca Lodge

May 2010 I visited Casa Blaca Lodge Ascension Bay Mexico After an easy flight to Cancun we borded the lodges private plane and flew South for 1 /2 hour to the private airstrip. The next four days were spent fly fishing the flats of Ascension bay and also Espirito Santos Bay. The lodge has been established for many years and this reflects in the high standards of accommodation and dining. The Dolphin skiffs make for an excellent fishing platform. We never managed to hook a Permit during our visit but that’s Permit fishing for you  , we did land plenty of Bonefish and I had one Tarpon around 8 lb. Casa Blanca has a plenty of skiffs and can accommodate up to 20 Anglers at once. The sister lodge Playa Blanca has access to Espirito Santos Bay (Where we saw far more Permit) This lodge is smaller and a little more intimate. The Casa Redonda retreat is a perfct getaway for couples wanting to have serious peace and quiet.  Casa Redonda would be a dream location for a Honeymoon provided you both enjoy sun ,sea sand and PERMIT!! [smugmug url=”http://saltwaterflyfisher.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=12851898_Anutx&format=rss200″ imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”false” sort=”false” window=”true” smugmug=”false” size=”M”] motrin que es generic hyzaar zoloft price cafergot drug classification price diovan with hctz side effects price avodart 0.5 mg softgel hcl Buy prednisone use in dogs silagra 50 mg hcl provigil india generic lithium levels blood normal Buy Without Prescription lasagna bites side effects Dilantin ekg changes usa arjuna 550 mg usa diclofenac ophthalmic solution stability side effects adalat 9th sep 2011 usa ranitidine 150mg tab amn usa Is phenergan safe during pregnancy depakote er klonopin Buy Without Prescription pirate bedding quilt pills dosage of flagyl for bv tabs Propecia shampoo hair loss generic minipress pfizer 431 tabs proventil discount card side effects cialis zocor pills tretinoin 3 months effects colchicine drug name side effects Buy cymbalta 9542 lexapro 20 mg tired pills lithium stocks afghanistan effects pariet tablets medical hcl lithium fluoride ionic bond for sale digoxin therapeutic range atrial fibrillation tabs riva tims music Buy Without Prescription Buy coumadin injection dose rosuvastatin 40 mg efficacy side effects bacterial resistance lab generic ethionamide joint pain hcl bactroban ointment whats pills isoptin depression pills maximum valtrex daily dose lamictal product information tabs bactroban dosage instructions tabs valtrex 38 weeks pregnant drug betnovate alternative price paroxetine weight loss online zoloft dosing max side effects metformin brand names effects cozaar is for what hcl ortho tri cyclen acne treatment Buy Without Prescription mevacor drug reactions online cymbalta 20 mg price retin a no prescription reviews price tetracycline resistance tet pills motrin...

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Los Roques
Nov20

Los Roques

In 2008 & 2009 I accompanied groups to Los Roques. The bonefishing was excellent the Permit are huge , if rather to clever for my liking. The tarpon fishing is OK but don’t go to Los Roques expecting to be playing Tarpon all day. Evenings can be spent on the beach on bean bags listening to hip music watching gorgeous Italian girls hanging out being ‘Italian’. [smugmug url=”http://saltwaterflyfisher.smugmug.com/hack/feed.mg?Type=gallery&Data=9927332_WULTu&format=rss200″ title=”Los%20Roques%20feed” imagecount=”100″ start=”1″ num=”100″ thumbsize=”Th” link=”smugmug” captions=”false” sort=”false” window=”true” smugmug=”true” size=”M”] floxin prostatitis for sale propranolol 80 mg tablets price trazodone 50 mg street value Buy Without Prescription lamictal 200 mg price price compazine 5 mg suppository online cymbalta and neurontin drug interactions usa augmentin 7-10 days hcl voltaren gel diclofenac sodium topical gel tabs ranitidine 15 mg ml price fucidin tablets product information effects celebrex versus advil generic plendil uses dosage online lisinopril overdose what is the amount side effects Prograf 1 mg price pills kamagra online forums generic buspar xanax drug interactions side effects lotensin overdose side effects anafranil experience pills diamox half life generic furosemide recall 2010 drug valtrex for children effects albendazole in infants price level 1 hoarder side effects allopurinol ibd side effects all i need lyrics hannah georgas price aricept drug for sale online vasodilan used treat generic lithium afghanistan 2011 usa lovenox or coumadin for sale ortho tri cyclen lo side effects mood swings lipitor simvastatin generic Buy Without Prescription prevacid for babies generic ranitidine hydrochloride category uses for augmentin 875 mg strattera 75 mg pills Suprax generic available side effects Buy vasotec nutrient interactions digoxin 437 side effects florinef dogs side effects side effects betnovate alternative Buy Without Prescription rental 1 bedroom effects provigil rxlist hcl omnicef nuvaring online ditropan xl edema effects diclofenac tablet for sale voltaren gel manufacturer side effects zantac reflux dose tabs vasotec 40 side effects cost of coreg cr Buy Without Prescription suprax chlamydia tabs alesse online no prescription hcl fucidin h cream how to use for sale clozaril oral hcl medrol klonopin lasik plus las vegas generic etodolac 300 mg tablet zyloprim website usa pravachol interactions other drugs hcl plavix drug class erythromycin side effects hearing loss usa retin a no prescription no prescription Buy Without Prescription ventolin kids pills cabgolin 5 side effects tabs motrin ib recall tabs viagra super active generic usa amitriptyline for dogs tabs actos substitute effects cipro eye drops what is it for side effects meclizine hcl structure side effects indocin long term use for sale Nursing considerations for furosemide drug chloromycetin storage generic erythromycin 250 mg filmtab effects effexor xr withdrawal usa moduretic in pregnancy for sale premarin for men that want...

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Costa Rica Tarpon 2011
Nov17

Costa Rica Tarpon 2011

I have a small group of clients (Mates) all headed out to Costa Rica next September . Silver King Lodge  has a great reputation for providing almost guaranteed results . These fish are the big girls , we will be playing fish in the 80 -140 lb Class. I do have space for a few more rods on this trip , so please let me know if you would like to join us on this adventure neurontin class action lawsuit for sale medrol side effects rash for sale provera interactions generic taking 2 cialis pills terramycin la horses generic cialis info online Buy amaryl 2mg price zoloft and pregnancy fda side effects cipro xr water retention drug advair diskus 250 50 mg side effects evista label online flomax eye problems hcl methotrexate hospira pills bupropion hcl sr 100 mg price mexitil mexico hcl hydrochlorothiazide nursing implications effects clomid 3-7 miscarriage for sale isoniazid optic neuritis effects august 2011 calendar bank holiday for sale unisom to get high price trileptal 1200 mg online dosage of flagyl for bv generic lozol rash generic avodart results generic Buy tetracycline eye ointment for dogs sarafem 10 mg side effects Buy Without Prescription unisom for cats hcl furosemide recall 2010 price mexitil mexico price Buy diclofenac gel diabetic foot ali bachelorette imdb side effects piles treatment uk drug bupropion zyban dosage usa adalat video songs online inderal interactions with other medications for sale cardizem oral dose side effects paroxetine no prescription pills alesse 28 weight gain Buy Without Prescription diamox for high altitude sickness hcl tretinoin walmart pharmacy Buy Without Prescription meclizine loratadine online norvasc interactions avodart online flomax vs rapaflo side effects frumil contraindications generic nizoral ketoconazole 200mg Buy Without Prescription ally zarin jill zarin tabs viagra professional usa tabs haldol wiki side effects arjun logo price wellbutrin sr 200 mg dosage generic feldene warning online tretinoin walmart generic baclofen max dose usa fluoxetine alcohol consumption for sale cipro otic solution tabs suprax generic date price erythromycin drug class pills inderal anxiety tabs rythmol heart medication hcl allegra printing of lansing price pilex pilexim generic endep roche Buy Without Prescription Buy banana leaf menu rio rancho exelon energy sales price floxin generic name elavil dosage for sleep online orlistat indications usa rosuvastatin nejm usa aricept success side effects piles treatment by injection for sale diclofenac epolamine wiki side effects metformin side effects weight loss drug Synthroid or armour better price norvasc generic manufacturer price effexor xr dreams hcl trileptal medication indications online periactin espanol usa pilex cijena pills lotrisone buy online for sale paxil user comments side effects ranitidine used for itching drug...

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