I have several times expressed my immense joy in designing a new fly in pattern in my mind, bringing it to life on the vice and then testing it’s effectiveness… Last year I generated many happy memories indoors and outdoors. Along the way I produced a couple of real winners. The “failures” or the “partial flops” were an added bonus for my casting prowess as there is no substitute for uninterrupted casting in real life situations to really hone one’s skills. In this way, I put in serious training on the banks of the Thames at low tide.
In 2014, one of my many experiments will be to come up with a suitable fly to cater for Southern Africa’s flying tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus) that recently took centre stage in social and print media, all the way from Mapungubwe National Park.
Pioneering fly fishermen are uniquely advantaged when it comes to the final frontier… the very nature of fly casting might unlock what could be perhaps the most ambitious of all piscatorial attempts so far: false casting a large, dark fly inches above the surface could take dry fly fishing up a level, literally and metaphorically. There is no telling how valuable the first beautifully shot, high definition video footage of such an impossible task would be – especially if placed in the hands of the right international marketing team.
The race is on – who is going to win this challenge?! Please share this link and drop me a comment if you want to participate.
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