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FF Competition – April 18th – Statistics

Before I  start with the statistics I would like to tell you that this competition  had very much the same caracteristics with the competition on Kvetonov Lake in Czech Republic, were this year the World Fly Fishing Championships will have it as a venue.

The only diference was that we came up with the score boards not having enough volunteers as controllers.

Now in the statistics you can see in the first columns(from left to right)  the rank and the names. Then it’s a separate column for Sessions ranking and the Sum of them. This is the key in a Fly Fishing competition. I noticed at the competition when I was posting the results after every session many of the competitors were  not too familiar with the marking system, although we posted this in the Rules. I tried to explain them there but for more clarity I will try to explain here again:

Everybody knows that you win if you catch the most fish. True, but this is happening only in a session and only in your group. So basically there is a small/short comp in every session but only between the competitors in the same group. At the end of the session according to the number of the fish caught we will have a ranking. This session ranking becomes points and at the end of the comp we will make the sum of them. That means less points means the competitor had achieved a higher position in the previous sessions. So whoever has the least points is the winner.

In case of session placings sum leads to a tie the first tie breaker used is the total number of the fish caught during the whole competition, in case the tie persists the biggest fish is the second tie breaker used. If the tie is still there the competitors will be awarded with the same placing and the next place will be empty.

For more details you can send me an email or shoot a question on our Facebook page or if you are an avid reader I would like to invite you to check out the http://www.innovativeflyfisher.com forum. You can find there all the competitions from Canada, US and more. We posted our comp here:

http://innovativeflyfisher.com/forum/index.php?topic=1511.0

These are the final results:

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More questions more answers

We got another set of questions from our competitors, which prompted us to come with some more clarifications regarding the rules, in a FAQ format:

1. Q: can you use bingo bugs?
A: you cannot use bingo bugs because those are not flies. they are not commonly fished with a fly rod and fly line. The only thing they have in common with a fly is the feather, but this is also true for some spinning lures.

2. Q: are stomach pumps allowed?
A: No. As a competitor you are supposed to limit the contact with the fish to a minimum. If you catch a fish that you want to have measured, the official will handle the fish, including removing the hook, reviving and releasing the fish. If the fish is not measured, you have to show it to your controller in the net, then remove the hook and release the fish, without getting it out of the net while out of the water. using a stomach pump can harm the fish and increases the risk of killing it.

3. Q: can we have barbed hooks on the premises and debarb them as needed?
A: you can, although is not advisable. First you will lose time trying to debarb the hook, and being in a hurry you might not do a very good job removing the barb. The hooks WILL be tested at random times and during every measurement of a fish. If your hook does not pass the test, you will lose all the points you have achieved until that moment. The test consists in passing the hook through a piece of clothing. Any snag and all your points are gone. This rule will be STRICTLY enforced. That’s why we recommend that you have all the hooks debarbed and tested at home prior to the competition, unless you are tying on barbless hooks.

4. Q: what happens if a fish is badly injured?
A: Per Lyndon Fish Hatchery rules, any badly injured fish has to be removed from the water an purchased at a rate of $6.50/pound. you do not get points for a fish in this situation

5 Q: Do I have to measure every fish?
A: No, you only need to measure one fish per session, and this is done by your controller. You can have more than one fish measured, but because there is going to be only one controller per sector, you might need to wait until he gets to your position, which equals time spent not fishing. If you catch a smaller fish than the one you already had measured, all you need to do is show it to the score keeper (while the fish is still in the net), then remove the hook and release the fish as soon as you got your point. at the end of each session, what counts is the number of fish caught and the length of the biggest fish.

Feel free to ask more questions. We will try to keep the info coming for the next 2 days, also make sure you get to the location in time ( 8 AM) because you will have the chance to ask questions in the morning before the competition starts. Happy tyin’!

Safety rules

Hello to all the contestants for Angling Sports Spring Fly Fishing competition! We want to have an uneventful contest and we put together some very important safety rules.

1. Eye protection is MANDATORY for safety, not just helpful
2. A hat would be strongly indicated, if you ever received a conehead fly in the back of your head you know why
3. Make sure you are not venturing within the casting range when the competitors are fishing;
4. We mentioned this before: no alcohol or any drugs/medication that would impair your ability to stay safe. Lyndon Fish Hatchery is a NON SMOKING facility, if you need to smoke you need to be off the property.
5. Wading is strictly prohibited. Please observe this rule carefully since the penalty for getting in the water for any reason is losing ALL your previous points.
6. If you are on any medication such as inhalers, epi pen, nitroglycerin, make sure you have them with you; also if you have an emergency contact we will ask you to provide it at the check in.
7. In case of a thunderstorm we reserve the right to pause or stop the competition. Check this video if wondering why.

Newsletter – Competition equipment

Equipment:
In this newsletter we will focus on the equipment.
Fly rod
First of all you need one or more fly rods. Only one rod can be used at any time, but each competitor can have multiple rods assembled, with the flies attached and ready to be used. That way you can use valuable time to fish instead of changing setups. According to the FIPS Mouche rules, the rods have to be fly rods, and they need to be fitted with a fly reel and fly line. One more thing: no floating or sinking devices can be attached to the line or the leader, unless they are incorporated into the fly. So sorry, but your split shots, tungsten putty, thingamabobbers, and so on are not welcome to the competition.
Waders
Waders are optional to our derby since we are going to fish from the shore. You are not allowed wade or dive in for the fish per our host’s requirements.
The net
The net is a very important piece of equipment. There are a few details regarding the net that can make or break a champion. Have you ever had the impression that you are playing tennis with a fish that you are trying to land??? If you did, that is not a net you want to use in a competition. Every second you fight the fish is a second that can cost you points. That’s why you want a net large enough to scoop the fish in one quick move.

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One more important detail regarding the net is the length of the handle. Here is another question: how many times you got the fish really close to your net and right before getting it in, it somehow found more energy to take another run. Competitors use long handles for their nets to get to the fish faster and avoid the extra run. The reason is pretty obvious. You are not in the competition to enjoy the fight with a strong fish. You goal is to get it into the net as quick as possible so you can receive your points and get back to fishing.
Rigs
We discussed about the flies, so I will not get into too many details. What was not discussed so far is the setup: you can use up to 3 flies, and the distance between them has to be at least 50 cm (roughly 20 inches), measured hanging. The reason for this distance is to decrease the risk of snagging the fish. As a parenthesis, the fish counts only if it’s hooked in the area between the opercle and the mouth (and obviously inside the mouth). FIPS forbids use of coneheads or dumbbells in the construction of the fly, but they will be accepted at our competition.
We’ll stop here with the discussion about equipment. Some other details such as use of pliers may be discussed in another newsletter dedicated to landing, handling and releasing the fish. Stay tuned, we have more news coming for you.

Sebastian Sabadis

Newsletter – competition hooks

The most significant difference between regular flies and competition flies resides in the hook. Competition flies are tied on barbless hooks. The need for barbless hooks originated in the fact that more and more fish were caught during increasingly bigger competitions and the burden on the fish population was huge. Using barbless hooks is one of the most important ways of reducing fish mortality.
Some competitions, including the Angling Sports Spring Derby, allow use of flies tied originally on barbed hooks, but the barbs have to be pinched. If you are going to use flies tied on hooks with pinched barbs, make sure you completely eliminate the barb, as using a partially debarbed hook can lead to significant penalties during the contest. The officials can test the hooks you are usingduring the competitions. The usual way of testing if the hook was debarbed correctly is to have it go through a piece of cloth. If it comes out without snagging, it’s good, otherwise the hook is still considered barbed.

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Some of the first hook makers come from Europe, such as the Czech manufacturer Knapek, which is producing these hooks since 1989. As a parenthesis, the third prize for the Angling Sports Spring Derby consists in 10 packs of Knapek hooks, thanks to our sponsor Elk Trading Co. This should be enough for at least a few of the next competitions our club is preparing for you.
Using barbless hooks has a significant advantage over the use of debarbed hooks. Competition hooks are manufactured with a longer, (most of the times) curved tip, which is also angled specifically to help retain the fish in the absence of the barb. The longer tip also allows them to be sharper than the short tipped hooks. These features are going to be absent in a debarbed hook, therefore your risk of losing a fish during the fight is higher with the use of the pinched barb hooks. So this is probably going to be one of your dilemmas: “ am I going to use the flies I already tied, with the risk of losing some important fish or should I run to the store and buy some barbless hooks to tie my competition flies”. Make sure your decision is the right one.
That is it for now, feel free to ask questions.

Sebastian Sabadis

The Rules

SPRING OPEN

FLY FISHING

COMPETITION RULES

If there is any doubt or dispute over any aspect of the Competition Rules, they will be resolved by interpreting the spirit of the Rules.

INTRODUCTION

Competition sport fly fishing is angling with a conventional fly rod, fly line, fly reel and artificial flies among competitors who are observing a standard and an approved set of rules, for no financial reward.

Competition sport fly fishing is a doping-free sport practiced in order to promote health, fairness and equality for all competitors worldwide.

ARTICLE 1: BANK FISHING

1.1 A competitor may only cast or fish their flies within the marked boundaries of their beat and they must remain within the boundaries of the beat during the whole competition session. No wading allowed. A competitor may not fish from, nor use, any form of bridge during a Competition Session.

1.2 If a hooked fish swims into the adjacent beat, and the angler in that beat does not object, then the competitor may play the fish from inside their own beat and it must also be landed within their beat. If the angler in the adjacent beat does object, the competitor has a maximum of five minutes to bring the fish out of the adjacent beat, and into either the buffer zone or their own beat.

ARTICLE 2: DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND POWERS OF THE JURY

2.1. It will be the duty and responsibility of the Jury to:

(a) Review any reports of infractions and take any appropriate action.

(b) Receive any formal written protest, and take any appropriate action.

2.2. Disciplinary measures are:

(a) Warning

(b) Censure

(c) Disallowing all or part of a competitor’s catch

(d) Disqualification of the competitor

ARTICLE 3: CONTROLLERS.

3.1 Controllers will be responsible for accurately recording on the competitor’s scorecard of each eligible fish. All unused portions of the scoring section of the card must be crossed out by the controller at the end of the session.

3.2 Controllers are not allowed to enter the water during a competition session.

3.3 Controllers will be responsible for warning competitors if any breach of the Competition Rules and their Modifications appears probable.

3.4 Controllers must record any infraction of the Competition Rules or their Modifications and report this information to the Judge.

ARTICLE 4: CARE OF FISH CAUGHT

4.1. If a competitor wishes a fish to score, they must land it in a net and show the fish in the net to the controller for recording.

4.2. If a competitor thinks that they have a larger capture they must land it in a net and call on the controller for measurement and recording. The controller must remove the hook, revive the fish and release it, taking care not to damage the fish.

4.2.1 By the end of the session every competitor must have recorded their largest capture with the controller.

4.2.2 It is up to each competitor to decide which fish they want to record as their largest capture.

4.3. If a controller or any other competition official determines that a competitor has negligently injured a fish, that fish will not be scored and the competitor will be penalized the number of points attributable to a fish. The incident must be reported to the Jury for consideration of further action.

ARTICLE 5: ELIGIBLE FISH

5.1. All species are eligible. For measuring purposes, the length will be from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail.

5.2. Only fish hooked in the mouth area, i.e. in front of the rear edge of the gill cover, will be eligible.

5.3. A fish hooked inside a competition session is eligible if it is landed not more than five minutes after the end of the session.

ARTICLE 6: COMPETITION FLY RODS

6.1. One conventional fly rod may be used at one time.

6.2. Competitors may have spare fly rods.

6.3. Competitors are responsible for carrying and protecting their own equipment.

ARTICLE 7: COMPETITION FLY LINES

7.1. Any factory-made floating, sinking or sink tip lines may be used, except for lead core lines.

7.2. Shooting heads are allowed.

7.3. Neither sinking nor floating devices may be added to fly lines. (e.g. float indicator, split shots)

ARTICLE 8: COMPETITION LEADERS

8.1. A single monofilament leader, tippet included, may be used, with a maximum length of twice the length of the rod used.

8.2. Leaders may be knotted or knotless, and continuously tapered down or leveled. If the leader is knotted, the minimum distance between the knots is 30 cm, hanging freely.

8.3. Neither sinking nor floating devices may be added to the leader (e.g. float indicator, split shots)

ARTICLE 9: COMPETITION FLIES

9.1. Competitors may use floating or sinking artificial flies.

9.2. Each fly must be dressed on a single hook.

9.3. Weighted flies are permitted, provided the weight is hidden within the dressing. A single visible bead, not more than 4 mm in its maximum dimension, is also permitted. Painting alone does not constitute dressing.

9.4. If one fly is used, the length of the dressed fly will be at the discretion of the competitor.

9.5. A maximum of three flies is permitted which must not be closer to each other than 50 cm, measured eye to eye, hanging freely.

9.6. All flies must be attached to the leader in such a way that neither they nor their droppers move or slide along the leader material.

9.7. All flies must be dressed on hooks which are barbless.

ARTICLE 10: PROHIBITIONS

10.1. The following are prohibited:

(a) Lack of sportsmanship towards other competitors, organizers or officials.

(b) Any action by competitors, organizers or officials which would produce fraudulent or biased results.

(c) The use by a team member of a fish/depth finder during a session.

(d) Use of any prohibited substance(s) constituting doping, according to the anti-doping regulations set.

ARTICLE 11: LOST FISH & FISH POINTS

11.1. In the event of the loss of a fish by a controller before measurement, the competitor will be awarded the number of the points for one fish.

11.2. One eligible fish caught = 1point.

ARTICLE 12: SESSION PLACINGS

12.1. All competitors will receive a placing in their group according to the points they obtain on each sector and for each session of a tournament.

12.2. Any competitor who fails to make a valid catch in any session will be awarded a placing equal to the number of competitors in the sector for that session. The same placing will be awarded to any competitor who fails to participate for any reason.

12.3. Any competitor who is forced to retire for any reason from a session of the competition shall have their catch up to that time included in the results.

12.4. If there is a tie between competitors in the same sector and session in the number of points received, the tie breaker will be the longest fish caught. If the tie persists, the competitors will receive equal placings and the immediately following placing(s) will be blank.

ARTICLE 13: INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS

13.1. The positions will be determined as follows:

The first position will be awarded to the individual with the lowest cumulative number of placings, and similarly for all other positions.

13.2. If there is a tie for positions between competitors, the first tie breaker will be the largest number of points received and the second will be the largest fish.

13.4. If the tie persists, the tied competitors will be awarded equal positions and the immediately following position(s) will be blank.

Adapted from the 2013 Competition Rules of FIPS-Mouche

(Federation Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche)

Remembering 2013

Some other random pictures, unpublished , from the last year, with a few comments.

Early October morning on my favourite spot for autumn steelhead

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Geometrics

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Spey fanatics trying new gear

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The same gathering but on the shore

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Flies from the background tent

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New water for me … late October

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Before the battle

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Walking in the park…ready for action

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Swinging on high water, admiring the autumn colours

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Swinging a new sweet rod in the local river, close to downtown, and this silver hit the fly

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Preparations for Cuba

No, I am not going to Cuba. But I will send my flies to fish for me 😀

One of my friends is going down to the south, so I decided to help him with my resources. First were the flies. My experience with salt fly fishing is pretty limited but after studying couple of blogs and forums I came with a few patterns that I think will work there.

Shrimp or crayfish?

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Gotcha my variation

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…another one…

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…and another one…

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…and the last one

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Shrimp simplified

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Similar but different

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Groups

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The  Dink

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The Pink brothers

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My favourites

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Remembering 2013

Hey Guys,

 Happy New Year! to everyone. I hope you will have a great 2014 and you will … still read my blog 🙂

Now you can find me on Facebook too at   https://www.facebook.com/sottoflyfishing.canada

Doing a cleaning in my photo camera I found many pictures I forgot about. So I’m gonna start a series of posts with these pictures remembering moments of 2013 fishing season. Hope you’ll enjoy it.

In the last days of the Trout Season me and my friends went out for a day-fishing trip. The water was high because of a three days rain.

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First fight

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…the end of the fight…

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…and the release

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Fishing in high water was not easy

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…but we can manage… 

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After lunch…

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…two guys were behind me … giving directions and drinking coffee 🙂

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Autumn colours

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I was asked to use certain flies only 

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live demonstrations 🙂

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the prize

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Then I tried some micro streamers

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Amazing colours

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Four more months before we can fly fish on this river…pffffuuu!

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Pe zapada

Am iesit pe rau in ciuda temperaturii de -15 grade Celsius si a zapezii care pe alocuri depasea 30 de cm. Am intrat plin de speranta si chiar am incercat la inceput cateva tehnici de spey

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Un singur atac/ratare pe un run pe care eram sigur ca sunt pesti la ora asta. Nu-i nimik macar am avut o confirmare de la “adversar”.

Prin padure eu si un iepure

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Raul era de nerecunoscut, gheatza pe maluri era mare

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Zi frumoasa de iarna…cu soare

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Am luat temperatura apei care curgea

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In unele locuri raul diparea complect

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Prin zapada

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In ciuda frigului si a raului aprope inchis de gheatzuri am reusit sa strecor o nimfa in locuri cu pesti. Rezultatul:

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…nu toti erau trofee, dar pentru conditiile vitrege in care am pescuit eu le-am considerat asa.

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Bineinteles firul ingheta bine de tot, cu toate solutiile aplicate…inclusiv salamo-strategia 🙂 (prietenii stiu de ce)

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inca cate unul

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Inapoi pe propriile urme

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Cautand locuri fara gheatza

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…am ajuns “la cuptor” (prietenii stiu de ce) 🙂 . Gheatza era ata de groasa ca imi sustinea greutatea corpului fara probleme. In multe locuri am pescuit asa…pur si simplu “plantam” nimfele la buza ghetzii. Urmele ce le vedeti aici sunt ale mele:

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cei care erau aproape de”cuptor” erau mai incalziti si luau nimfe la lunch

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A fost o zi frumoasa de iarna, cam frig cei drept dar am reusit sa prind cativa rainbow ceea ce m-a facut sa nu mai simt frigul asa de tare. Faza haioasa, trecand printr-un parc sa ajung la locurile bune pe rau erau vreo 5-6 muncitori care taiau copacii cazuti. Cand m-au vazut cu lanseta, minciocul si echipat de intrat in apa s-au oprit din lucru si au inceput sa imi strige fiecare “Good luck!” “Take care!” “Tell us if you get something!”…ba cativa chiar s-au urcat pe o colina sa ma vada ce fac in apa. Hehehe!

De cand s-au intamplat astea situatia s-a schimbat dramatic. Un front de caldura a urcat din Texas si a adus temperaturi de +2 grade C si ploi masive. Asta nu ne-a impiedicat pe mine si prietenul meu Hari sa iesim azi. A fost o zi interesanta cu capturi de multe feluri si carlige indreptate…O sa pun un articol despre asta in zilele urmatoare

Continuarea…continuarii :)

Ramasesem cu poveastea aici:

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Apa mare vant si … pesti putini, tot ce nu vrei cand te duci la pescuit. Pe drumul spre casa bineinteles ca discutam despre partida tocmai incheiata si despre conditiile meteo care nu prea ne-au ajutat. La un moment dat zic eu:

“Ma rog la Dumnezeu sa inceapa ninsoarea si sa vezi dupa aia pescuit!”

Doua zile mai tarziu ma trezesc dimineata si imi citesc mailurile sorbind din cafea. Gasesc un mail de la unul din prietenii mei:

“Hey cred ca te-ai rugat prea tare … ai vazut cum e  afara?”

Nu sunt pozele mele dar asa ceva era afara

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Intr-o noapte a cazut 2 feet de zapada

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Si intr-adevar, a inceput o periada buna de pescuit. Doar ca de data asta nu mai voiam sa ma lupt cu raurile mari…era destul pentru sezonul asta. Acum era timpul sa trecem la categoria rauri mici si nymphing fin…dar pregatit totusi sa fac un dril cu un posibil monstru.

Care au fost urmarile inzapezirii subite? Pai in primul rand au inghetzat malurile si apa s-a limpezit a chiar inceput sa scada dupa cateva zile. Era exact ceea ce asteptam. A urmat o sptamana cu capturi de genul asta:

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Nu sunt pesti mari dar prefer sa am action cu 15-20 de dinastia decat cu unul de 50-60cm. Ei, o sa ziceti ca fac pe mofturosul…poate ca da, dar ce am invatzat aici e ca trebuie sa prioritezi. Cand iesi dupa pesti mari sunt sanse mari sa …nu prinzi nimic. Nu e deloc simplu sa pescuiesti migratori, e frustrant de cele mai multe ori. Se intampla totusi sa vreau sa prind neaparat unul dinala, atunci se schimba total regula jocului. Intru intr-un … hunting mode ii zic eu, in care nu fac altceva decat urmaresc toate raurile (conditii meteo, nivel de apa) si cand totul se aliniaza …bum, ies pe o sectiune de rau pe care bineinteles am vizitat-o in vara si stiu gropi, bolovani copaci in apa, stiu exact unde sa insit si cu ce fel de muste, culori, monturi, fire. Si cand in sfarsit se intampla atacul, sunt 20% sanse ca pestele sa rateze, alte 10% sanse sa indoaie carligul/rupa musca/montura, 60% sa il pierd in drill(intra in copaci scufundati, bolovani underwater, scuipa carligul). Deci am 10% sanse sa il scot la mal. Cel putin asa vad eu situatia…in procentaje 🙂 . De asta pescuind dupa  20 cm e mult mai fun …

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Apoi a mai plecat din zapada

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Asta se intampla acum cateva saptamani. De atunci a mai vanit un val de zapada si frig de -15 grade C. Am mai facut cateva iesiri si incercat muste noi despre care o sa va povestesc… in episodul urmator 😀

Continuarea discutiilor…

Tot asa cum spuneau si feedback-urile pe care le-am primit la articolul precedent, spun si eu:

Nici o iesire nu este ratata.

Aceasta discutie a “iesirilor ratate” a inceput cu cateva luni in urma cand am anulat o iesire de trei zile programata in a doua jumatate a lui Octombrie. Cum toata lumea e ocupata si prinsa in vartejul vietii cotidiene totul a fost organizat cu saptamani inainte. Cottage rentat, muste legte, lansete si echipamente pregatite. In ultima saptamana inainte de iesire a venit un front urias si a adus o ploaie ce a durat trei zile incontinuu. Raul pe care urma sa pescuim a crescut un metreu si jumatate. Era imposibil de pescuit acolo. Cum deja eram in periaoda de sezon extins nu puteam organiza nici un plan B pentru ca in acest sezon aici sunt deschise numai anumite segmente de rau, restul sunt sanctuary. Ce sa facem? Am anulat cu o luna. Dupa o luna apele au scazut si totul parea ok. Am plecat in excursie plini de sperante. Bineinteles ca a venit un alt front urias a doua zi si a adus o ploaie de o noapte si o zi urmate de vanturi de 80km/h. Raurile aratau cam asa

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Nu a fost nici decum o ratare. Vinurile au fost indelung degustate,trabucurile aprinse si barbecue-ul  a ars mai multe gratare. Absolut si implicit au inceput povestile despre “monstri” si teoriile pescuitului la musca

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A 3-a zi am intrat in apa, hotarati sa prindem un peste orice ar fi. Am incercat tot ce se putea incerca, am folosit toate mustele si strategiile pregatite pentru situatii deastea.

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Am intrat in locuri care alta data erau imposibil de pescuit,

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am pescuit pe trei rauri diferite

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To be continued….

Discutii

Excusie ratata? …sau nu

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Un subiect care se poate dezbate indelung. Sunt convins ca multi dintre voi au incercat sentimentul unei excursii “ratate”. Daca da, atunci veti intelege despre ce vorbesc aici. Probabil cel mai potrivit cuvant  a descrie acest feeling e …frustrare. Pescuitul poate fi asemanat cu un drog, la un moment dat depasesti stadiul de pasionat apoi de impatimit si ajungi…dependent. Ca un fost fumator cunosc senzatia… vrei o tigara, o vrei acum si nu ai nimic la tine, cu cat trece mai mult timp o vrei tot mai mult, la un moment dat nu mai poti sa te gandesti la nimic altceva decat la tigara, te obsedeaza gandul asta. Cand in sfarsit ai una in coltul gurii, ii dai foc si tragi primele doua fumuri…Aaaaahhh!!! e bine, te simti eliberat. Cam asa e si cu pescuitul.  Cand pleci intr-o excursie mmai indepartata e la fel. Cu cat trece mai mult timp cu atat te “incarci” mai mult. Ajungi pe apa in sfarsit si…nu prinzi numic. Apoi urmeaza frustrarea….

In ultima excursie de 3  zile pe unul din cele mai bune rauri din zona asta asta a fost singurul peste pe care l-am prins

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A fost  o excursie  ratata?

Brook trout la sub zero

Hey guys, m-am intors doar ca am avut nevoie de o saptamana de recuperare inainte sa pun pe blog ceva. Dar sa incep cu inceputul :

Aveam programata o iesire de trei zile la steelhead pe unul din raurile din nord dar ploile din ultimele zile au ridicat apele la un metru peste nivelul normal. Situatia era la fel pentru tot sudul provinciei. Erau doua solutii  fie cancelam totul fie alegem alta locatie. Eu am ales alta locatie, mult mai la nord foarte remote, aprope de zona in care mai fusesem acum un an in primavara. De data asta insa voiam sa vad un grup de trei lacuri pe parcursul a trei zile. Stiam ca nu va fi usor, nici vorba de plimbare de duminica, totul trebuia pregatit cu atentie pana in cele mai mici detalii. Decizia luata doar cu cateva zile inainte ma lua prin surprindere putin … nu imi pregatisem muste pentru un pescuit pe lac la pastrav. Asa ca am pierdut o noapte legand si am umplut o jumatate de cutie. Am decis sa ma axez pe leech-uri, pattern cu care am prins foarte bine cu un an inainte si ca sa incerc ceva nou am legat cateva crayfish patterns. De ce crayfish? Cu un an inainte am vazut crayfish in apa foarte devreme in primavara asta inseamna ca sunt o sursa substantiala de hrana pentru pastravii de acolo. In rest am pregatit totul pentru a fi cat mai light sa ma pot deplasa repede si eficient. Lucru usor de zis dar destul de greu de facut avand in vedere temperaturile la care urma sa campam. Prgognoza pe urmatoarele zile temp: -5/-10 grade C , vant: 30-50 km/h, ploaie si ninsoare. Arata ca si vreme buna de mers la ski nu flyfishing trip hehehe.

Asadar prima dimineata cu 15 minute inainte sa intram pe drumurile forestiere

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…exact cum spuneam…vreme buna de …mers la ski

Am lasat masina la drum si am inceput sa cautam valea prin care urma sa ajungem la primul lac. Dupa prima incercare esuata si un hike de 30 de minute am gasit directia cea buna ne-am intors la masina am luat backpack-urile si am pornit spre lac.

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Am mai facut cate o pauza din loc in loc…pentru fumatori 🙂

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si la sfarsit am vazut asta

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Un loc de campat superb pe o peninsula cu firepit deja facut, un gratar, o tava, un mic raft pe un copac si cateva lemne taiate. Semn clar ca aici mai vin oameni sa campeze.

Ca sa vedem urmatoarele doua lacuri trebuia sa il traversam pe primul si apoi sa urcam prin padure aproximativ 500 de metri sa dam de al doilea. De acolo la fel trebuia sa traversam  lacul sa il vedem pe al treilea. Asta e ceea ce se numeste aici portage sau portaging si se face cu un canoe.

Planul era sa pescuim aici prima zi iar a doua zu sa intram pe urmatoarele doua lacuri. Zis si facut. Am pus corturile

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am sarbatorit evenimentul cu o dusca de wihskey vechi de 12 ani

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apoi bineinteles ca am iesit la pescuit…vazusem activitate pe apa in timp ce puneam cortul.

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Primele capturi

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Pestii, brook trout toti, erau nu foarte grasi dar lungi semn ca mancarea nu e chiar abundenta si nici usor de procurat in locurile acelea.

Bineinteles ca a venit si captura cea mare in acea seara…un brook mascul, la 50-60 de cm gros in corp, rosu pe burta cu falca incovoiata. Nu adusesem nici un mincioc aveam doar o  “manusa”  la mine…l-am land pe mal dar pestele foarte puternic s-a desprins din calig si a plecat inapoi in apa la mai putin de un metru distanta de mine. Nu e prima data cand nu am minciocul cu mine si scap o captura capitala…dar de fiecare data experianta e la fel de “dureroasa”.

Noaptea care a urmat a fost destul de agitata, vant de 50 km/h si un “vizitator” care a trecut in fuga prin golful din spatele cortului meu la ora 2 noaptea…am banuit ca a fost un moose.

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A doau zi dimineata la cafea sub 0 grade intr-un loc de vis

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Ne pregatim pentru prima lectie de casting 🙂

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in fata taberei

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apoi in larg

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Pat in actiune

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Eu pe celalalt mal sub niste pini

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Apoi am iesit sa vedem urmatoarele doua lacuri. Am decis sa mergem doar in hike si sa exploram zona. Am luat totusi lanseta cu mine sa dau doua trei linii in fiecare loc.

Lacul a doilea

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Funny story: am gasit o barca ascunsa intre stanci, bineinteles ca am “imprumutat-o” pentru o plimbare pana pe cealalta parte

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Intre lacul doi si trei era un rau scurt

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Beaver dam pe lacul trei

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Enjoy the wild

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Cateva cast-uri de pe mal

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Prin padure inapoi spre camp, uita-te cu atentie printre crengi

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si aici sub bolovan

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Domnul “inginer constructor” la inspectia de seara

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Back in the camp

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…unii incearca sa isi panseze “ranile”

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Si poate totul s-ar fi terminat frumos daca nu auzeam lupii in valea vecina…de unde tocmai veniseram. Cel putin trei se miscau de pe un versant pe altul…la 1 km distanta de camp. Altii au raspuns de mult mai de departe…a fost…interesant sa ii aud asa aproape. Ultima data cand i-am auzit aveam 10 ani si erau in spatele gradinii bunicului meu…intr-o iarna grea. Venit acasa am cautat pe internet si am flat ca noi campasem fix pe teritoriul unui grey wolf pack…si astia nu cresc mai mari de 170-200 pounds.

Anyway totul a fost pasnic nici o intalnire face to face, am facut un foc putin mai mare si a doua zi dimineata pe o zapada cu soare am mai pescuit cateva ore in jurul campului

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