Its once again that time when I think about the past year and what I learnt. This past season made me think more due to the conditions, weather and opportunities presented. It gave me a perspective and rough plan for my future fishing/tying and showed me a few things for consideration.
The first thing that this year as shown is that nothing is defined as it should be. Often we plan a trip and tell the people where we have booked what we are looking for in a trip. It hurts me to say this but some people don’t listen, why do I say this. Well its simple, some people I consider friends had told me that if I visited I would be staying as a guest but I had the wrong impression. I was still to be a paying guest! and I was going to be guided, despite telling them all I wanted was a place to stay, food and transport to the rivers so that I could explore on my own. It appeared that I was not going to get this. So the much looked forward trip was cancelled. I was not happy. In the end my weeks fishing was transferred to a week at the end of September and I had a lovely time exploring new stretches of river. After this I will be doing future trips where I will be based in hotels/hostels or camp sites and find my own way about, much more satisfying and fun.
In my search for new waters I was able to discover new small streams, some were close to home (under half an hour), even though one of these was in a built up area the fishing promises to be good to excellent. The club I belong to also got targeted for exploration, I fished some places that I either hadn’t tried or fished in years. So these are going to be targeted along with those that I missed in the coming year.
On the flies side of things, I found once again that most of my fish, where ever I fished fell to the same few flies unless there was a specific hatch or other food source. I also found that it was best to tye flies has I needed them to suit the conditions. Having said this, the dozen or so constant catchers wherever I am will be stocked up over the next couple of months. To save time during the season when all I need to tie is restocks and specials to suit the conditions. There is a possibility that a trip to Ireland will be made so the Irish boxes will require restocking. Either or and, Cape Cod is also a possibility. However, the passport needs renewing.
On a slight sad note, I have decided that I will no longer be tying for others as it doesn’t pay enough to make it worth while.