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nature really is our best friend – bees and flowers in the city


When I wrote my first blogpost (appreciation and sharing) I wrote the following:

“Conservation and appreciation of Nature is the primary focus of my blog – sustainable use of the outdoors with a view to unearth and hopefully master long forgotten traditions, celebrating experiences and, through teaching others, paving the way for new pathways into the future.”

It seems fitting to post something that brings all these elements to the fore amongst the hustle and bustle of London’s Sloane Square. I salute people who think in terms of flower superhighways and who take the trouble to hand out seeds that will help build them…

respect to J. Crew for taking the initiative and building walls of flowering plants on their Sloane Square outlet... If you are in London, go and get some of their seeds and plant them this summer...

respect to J. Crew for taking the initiative and building walls of flowering plants on their Sloane Square outlet… If you are in London, go and get some of their seeds and plant them this summer… Photo – worklondonstyle http://worklondonstyle.com

I thank my Darling Wife for her infinite patience and support of metiefly over the last 15 months. As we sip our Twinings English Breakfast, I wish to share a strong message on behalf of fauna and flora all over the world… Thank you J.Crew for this fabulous project!

a picture tells a thousand words... What can you do to make your own little corner of the universe a better place for all living things?

a picture tells a thousand words… what can you do to make your own little corner of the universe a better place for all living things?

Lastly, on my 100th blogpost, I wish thank you, my plethora of very special readers for joining me in my little adventure… I look forward to your next visit.

27 July update... Fantastic to see the flowers opening, just in time to help the bees through the late stages of summer and into autumn. Please share your results if you also grew some this year!

27 July update… Fantastic to see the flowers opening, just in time to help the bees through the late stages of summer and into autumn. Please share your results if you also grew some this year!

August update - a picture tells a thousand words!

August update – a picture tells a thousand words!

once in a blue moon…


Last Saturday we visited Orvis – at their newly opened flagship store on Regent Street. True to my high expectations, they have created a fine space, befitting of their core values, their trusted brand and exemplary service. Silver Birch tree trunks bring the Great Outdoors right inside, wooden fittings and tasteful decor sumptuously punctuated by stylish apparel and accessories lead shoppers through to a full range of fishing rods. A floor to ceiling bank of fly tying materials on the left hand side, lots of well crafted flies, literature and DVDs to the right, then follow round to spacious fitting rooms.

Jimmy Boyd and his team bustled about, expertly navigating the fine balance between ensuring everyone was catered for and affording them the space and time to browse and make wise choices. My Darling discovered and treated me to a much coveted DVD – click on this link for the award winning clip http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A4pOOMpFW_8

...the title says it all!

…the title says it all!


The story from 2009 is one that has fascinated me for some time now: once per decade a population explosion of mice in New Zealand’s most remote hideaways causes strange behaviour amongst a variety of underwater giants. Now a global phenomenon, On the Fly Productions has been lauded for their filmography: majestic landscapes and breathtaking underwater sequences make this a visual feast for fly fishers and non fly fishers alike. Definitely a wonderful treat if anyone is still looking for a last minute, fully worthwhile stocking filler.

Who knows how many times my copy will be watched and studied during winter nights as I indulge in my love of the great outdoors from the comfort of my living room…? If you have already seen it, or if you have caught trout in New Zealand I would love to know your thoughts – please drop me a comment below.

Thank you for reading, I look forward to your return!

Orvis – grand opening in Regent Street


Last week I popped in to the Dover Street store, only to find a closed door and empty premises. I recalled resident fly fishing expert Jimmy Boyd explain that they were due to relocate when I last visited, so I tracked down their new premises, 11b Regent St, a short hop downhill from Picadilly Circus.

Although the website http://www.orvis.co.uk/regentst is not specific, it states they will be opening in December… For those of you still undecided on where to do your Christmas shopping, wait a couple more weeks and you won’t be disappointed.

The website has a picture of the external facade, however I managed to snap this shot in a rare moment between the hordes of passers-by:

Trading since 1856 and still completely in touch - drawing on a rich heritage, Orvis are equally at home on the cutting edge of new technology and forward thinking... Straight down the hill from Piccadilly Circus, on your right hand side.

Trading since 1856 and still completely in touch – drawing on a rich heritage, Orvis are equally at home on the cutting edge of new technology and forward thinking… Straight down the hill from Piccadilly Circus, on your right hand side.

I wish the team the very best of success in their new premises.

Thank you for reading, please come back soon!

sea bass on the rising tide…


As yesterday was a whistle-stop tour of discovery, I did not pack my rod, however that did not stop my pulse from quickening when I spotted two decent sized sea bass (circa 1.5 to 2 pounds) in the shallows. They come into the harbour on the rising tide, in the likely hope of eating the scores of baitfish that thrive in the clean water. I stopped in at the local tackle shop to meet Keith – a friendly man with a lifetime of the outdoors sparkling in his eyes. When I return, I can fish anywhere on the rocks or in the surf – my Environment Agency licence is sufficient to cover me in all parts of Cornwall.

Go ahead and see if you can spot the fish that caught my eye – they’re given away by their shadows!

These two sea bass were not part of a much bigger shoal I saw minutes later in the back of the harbour... About a hundred fish all circa 1lb to 2lb had swum in on the rising tide to clean up on the myriads of baitfish swimming in the shallows...

These two sea bass were not part of a much bigger shoal I saw minutes later in the back of the harbour… About a hundred fish all circa 1lb to 2lb had swum in on the rising tide to clean up on the myriads of baitfish swimming in the shallows…

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Saving the best for last!


My test fly passed with flying colours this morning! One 2lb, followed by two 3lb - all in pristine condition and fighting fit. Even still it's make-up hasn't smudged a bit!

My test fly passed with flying colours this morning! One 2lb, followed by two 3lb – all in pristine condition and fighting fit. Even still it’s make-up hasn’t smudged a bit! (photo – metiefly)

This morning I had to be quick… Temperatures dropped well below zero and by the time I was finished I could not pack my rod away due to ice buildup on the line guides… It only melted when I got home.

Freezing conditions - best to let the ice thaw rather than risk damaging the eyes of your rod by snapping it off...

Freezing conditions – best to let the ice thaw rather than risk damaging the eyes of your rod by snapping it off…

On my sixth cast a convincing take meant the trout hooked itself… After losing three fish yesterday I played the fish patiently and landed it after 12 minutes – victory! In honour of my father and the fact that today is his birthday I hereby pronounce my test fly’s official name: “JLM Special” – Happy Birthday Dad!

First fish ever caught on the JLM special - Happy Birthday Dad!

First fish ever caught on the JLM special – Happy Birthday Dad! (photo – metiefly)

Each fish seemed to grow bigger and fight harder… By 10h15 I had landed my third fish of the day and the final one of this Season. When I posted my fish tickets I scrawled this note: “Andy – thanks for an awesome season! Please visit my blog on metiefly http://www.itieflies.com – best regards Mark.” Because my hands were so cold I had to write by holding the pen in my fist. I wonder if he’ll be able to read it!

I’ll be filming a tying video for the “JLM Special” next weekend, so lots to look forward to.

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Chemistry lessons… Fluid dynamics and respiration


Saturday
Chance of Snow

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4
°C | °F
Precipitation: 50%
Humidity: 84%
Wind: 17 mph
Precipitation
Wind
18 mph

18 mph

In the immortal words of Billy Connolly there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor choice of clothes!

Tomorrow the fish will hopefully agree and get dressed for the occasion. All jokes aside, let’s spare a thought for those less able to get warm and sleep comfortably during this latest spate of  inclement weather

…Thank you.

I strive to maintain a sunny disposition in my approach to life, and here’s my spin on catching fish in cold water:

If you look at the molecular structure of water and are familiar with hydrogen bonding, you are probably aware that Oxygen saturation increases as  temperature approaches zero. There are countless benefits of this phenomenon to aquatic, oxygen dependent life forms. I have made a mental note to expand (no pun intended) on this in a separate posting, for now let’s keep it simple with the following formula:
cold water = more O2 = harder fighting fish

For sake of elegance I’ll say no more… I’ll be at the lake in the morning!

 

All the lessons are in Nature


This is how it's done... Easy

This is how it’s done… Easy

Big respect to the person who captured this moment. WOW!!!

I have often said if you want to see real truths, hang out with animals (not human animals!) Nature is the product of an infinite number of battles won and lost – aeons of repeated actions driving instincts down through the generations on tightly woven strands of DNA… The offspring of this Osprey have a lot to live up to though. I wonder if this skill will pass on in the same way that baboons teach each other to use rocks to open shellfish? Do you think it was just a lucky accident or do you prefer to believe it was carefully planned?

Several times I have been fortunate enough to witness fish eagles catch bream and tigerfish right in front of me on the Zambesi River… Take a moment to imagine it right now, from the top of the swoop to the moment of liftoff from ruptured waters. Did you remember to factor in the sound of the wind rushing though feathers…? I remember being shocked at how loud that sound is. In London the closest thing that compares is the sound of the swans in full flight (I’m deliberately failing to mention the noise of jumbo jets passing overhead as they drop the last few hundred metres into Heathrow).

If you are a reader out there who has witnessed an Osprey or a fish eagle or a bald eagle catch fish in front of you please drop me a line via comments and share the experience.

If you ever want to find out where the fish are lying, watch out for their winged predators and Nature will provide all the tips you need.

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