Friday, December 29, 2006

Fly Fishing in Lithuania

Photo: Ripley Davenport © 2006. Used with permission.Photo: Ripley Davenport © 2006. Used with permission.

Ripley Davenport has written an interesting article for Global Fly Fisher: Thin Blue Lines.

Beautiful countryside with small to moderate sized trout in rather inexpensive country. Looks like my kind of place - maybe even a place for next summer vacation...

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Kaamos Blues

So the Christmas is over and it was just about all that it usually is: long waited (for kids at least), too short (for a real vacation), peaceful (at least partly), and depressing (also partly).

About week before came the snow so we did have a White Christmas. For next 5 days weather forecast predicts temperatures from -8 to +4 decrees Celsius (or 18 to 39 decrees Fahrenheit). With snow and rain, that will guarantee to keep my car dirty.

Oh great, I still got the blues. Anyway I had to post something to drop that Christmas picture from top place of my blog.

I don’t remember have I posted this picture before, but this is a fly fishing blog and recycling is a good thing, so here you go:


From Grayling

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

My darkest secrets

Mike, a curry loving Scotsman from Asia and the author of Tamanawis blog, pointed his finger towards me in form of a challenge to reveal my darkest secrets. Or at least I should tell you five things that a handful of people around the world (=my blog’s regular readers) don’t know about me.

1. I think that you have already figured this one out: I am really not sure when I should put word ‘the’ or ‘a/an’ in front of other words when I write in English. I also have problems with other words like ‘on’, ‘in’ and ‘at’. It has been over ten years since I studied English last time and frankly I don’t remember much about these things anymore. I rely on how it feels, sounds, or looks – i.e. just plain luck.

2. My wife is a cyborg. When she was a child, a neighbor’s dog attacked my future wife and damaged her lacrimal duct which was later replaced by artificial implant. The scary thing is that there is no way to know this simply by looking at her - but deep down inside, she is a machine.

3. When I was 20 years old, my homeland required me to attend 11 month military service, which changed my life in an unexpected way: I learned to play and game master role playing games. That was what I did for better part of decade that followed and only in last 5 years or so I have not played any more. But still the friendships that I gained in that period remain.

4. I’m a psychologist by profession/education. I have never done a single day that work; instead I hang around at an Information Technology Company and do some consulting that is hard to describe as a job.

5. I have no idea what to do when I grow up. I hope that my family is involved and it includes some fly fishing.

The only thing left is to name five other persons to reveal their secrets:
- Jay / Fly Fishing and More
- Dave B / Fishing for Native Trout
- Fly Fisherman / Fly Fishing Journal
- The Mad Fishicist
- BCM / Musings of a Mad Fisherman

Thursday, December 14, 2006

There are lot of trout (species) to catch...

If you take a look at Dave's Lifetime Species List at his very nice Fly Fishing for Native Trout blog you can surely see that there are lot of trout species.

A few years ago I decided that my Lifetime Fly Fishing Agenda includes fishing,and hopefully catching, a wide range of different native trout species. The thing is that there are actually one native trout species in Finland: the Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta) and I have pretty well covered that by now. However I'm willing to count Arctic Char (Salvelinus alpinus) as a trout, but they can only be found in Lapland and I haven't fished them yet. There are stocked Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Lake Trout here but I don't really count them to my list as they are not native when fished here.

However, most of the trout species come from North America and that's where I must be heading at some point of my life.


Small creek in Eastern Finland
From Misc 2006

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

World Fly Fishing Championship 2007

27th FIPS-Mouché World Fly Fishing Championship will take place in Finland.

Here is a link to the official site.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Custom fly rod

A Custom fly rod should look something like this:



Dan Craft FT #4 9’ 4-pc by Antti Kymäläinen
Copyright (c) Antti Kymäläinen. Used with permission.

Dan Craft FT #4 9’ 4-pc by Antti Kymäläinen.

Check out his other rods as well...

Monday, December 11, 2006

Delivered!

opax-flyfishing announcement: International Fly Fishing Blogger Co-Operation Program (IFFBCOP)

Referring to this post, Ed commented:

Opax! I received your beautifully crafted flies this weekend, and THANK YOU! I can't wait to try them out, I think I'll get a chance this Saturday. Very generous of you to take the time, I really appreciate it.


You are welcome Ed! I hope that I can read some good news after Saturday at Ed's Flyfishin' blog.

For you others: Below is a picture of flies I send to Ed and Ian. I also added few streamers to Ed's package as it seemed so much smaller that Ian's. Let me know I you want take part in IFFBCOP. There may not be such thing as a free lunch, but you can get free flies from here. Legal disclaimer where I deny that I ever promised anything will be added later. It is possible to edit posts later with Blogger.


Hare's Ear Soft Hackles and Supertinseli Streamers
From Fly-patterns



EDIT 2006/12/12: Ian mailed me that he also has received the flies and will give them a try. I hope that he likes them.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Rod Building - Part 6: The Decision

I have ordered a Temple Fork Outfitters Professional Blank and Component Kit. My final choice was a 7 weight 9 foot rod, which is a compromise: I would had preferred a 10 foot blank, but the ones that I could find at this rather low price range (I don’t want to spoil anything expensive) were not reviewed anywhere.

The TFO Professional Reviews were easy to find and they were also rather positive. Other than that, it is a four piece blank which makes it rather transportable and it does have the no-fault warranty that might become useful. I also got a pretty good deal with local dealer on this one.

This rod building project of mine has two goals. First is to find out can a person who’s thumb is located in middle of the palm (it’s a Finnish expression, I don’t know is it used elsewhere) build a fly rod. The second goal is, if the first one succeeds, to have another useful fly rod.

The uses that I have thought so far are: streamer fishing for big trout, Atlantic-salmon dry fly fishing, and perhaps some still water fly fishing. I use a 9’ 5 weight rod almost all the time, but it is not at its best with big streamers.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Mental Health and Fly Fishing

You might want to check two good posts about of our cause of insanity: The Disease by Mike and In Good Company by The Mad Fishicist. EDIT: Hmm... Check out this Ed's post as well.

Here in Finland, where I live, the length of the day is currently just over 5 hours. That sure is a cause of depression. But there are nearly unheard of chances of quality fly fishing in December because the weather is so warm...


Brown trout
From Trout

Sunday, December 03, 2006

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Pending...

I am going to ship some flies to Ed and Ian as I mentioned earlier. Finally, this afternoon, when my wife and daughter were taking a nap and my son was watching Nemo, I had time to tie the flies.

EDIT 2006-12-04: Sent.

Friday, December 01, 2006