Thursday, 26 July 2012
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Got a Guideline switch line from Clonanav yesterday. Its a #9 with a 25gram head which suits my Echo #7 which takes a 25-29gram head. It is mainly for the local rivers in my area which are small and where a shooting head can spend alot of its time inside the rod rings. On giving it a test trial I found the line very very responsive to overhead casting, infact probably the easiest line I have ever cast overhead. The line is very smooth and subtle and the integrated running line is nice and thin. It took a bit more getting used to with spey casts and I found the Snap T the hardest to get on with. Im going to try it with a 6ft intermediate polyleader and see if it makes it any easier. I did get used to the line after a bit of flirting with it but havent realised its full potential yet. In terms of comparison to a shooting head the distance achieved is only slightly less but it is noticeable. The length of the line is not long at all infact with a spey cast I nearly put out the whole 24m. I found the wallet and tips of good quality although the sink tips have no way of identification on them. The loop to loop connections are very nice and smaller than other guideline fly lines. I have to give the setup a proper trial on medium and small rivers but initial prospects look promising.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Fished the fane 3 times since friday and all is quiet. Its dropping below 2 and still very clean. A little flurry of fish friday but nothing more reported since. High tides probably helped last week. Heading for the Finn this weekend and the forcast is good for fishing but bad for sun bathing. We're staying in the lodge at Glenmore so should be good craic!
Friday, 6 July 2012
Here is the Park shrimp that did the damage, completely in contrast to the big frances that connected on Tuesday. I tied it for the Finn in Donegal but I decided to employ Summer tactics on the Fane. Its about an inch long. Im still happy with the single hooks, they are barbed but still have damage limitation and are far easier to remove than doubles and trebles. So far they are better hookers too, we'll see how my season pans out though (touching wood).
Oh yeah! christened the Echo with its first fish aswell, it has far more power through the blank than my Lpxe, hard to explain, it flexes like crazy but doesnt feel under tension. Handled the fish with ease. Hate to say it but it is a superior rod to the Lpxe, so far. But it is a heavier gram rated rod and is more designed for spey casting. Im torn!
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
What ensued was a bit of frantic chaos as I had no net and it was my biggest fish to date. Rod was struggling with the current and power of the fish and as he tore up river the rod bent behind a tree and snapped with the fish still pulsing upriver. Didnt think too much about it till later but I've got a replacement part before from guideline so fingers crossed it will work out. After alot of struggling and running up and down the bank I tailed the fish.