Given this is on our Blog I'll have to keep it brief. I've been multi-day hiking since I was 14 and cut my teeth carrying around 15kg for a weekend out and upto 30kg for a week. When I could afford to get better gear I purchased a huge expedition pack, so I could carry heaps and heaps, and I did.
Something began to change after a float boat expedition into the middle of the central plateau back in 2003 where all those in attendance suffered greatly under very heavy pack weights.
I began to look into lighter gear and things have changed. Now my 3kg pack has been replaced with one around 0.7kg, my 3.5kg 2 man tent with one around 1.6kg, my 1.6kg sleeping bag with one around 0.8kg. You will be getting the idea, without even trying with two up for a weekend I go out now with less than 7kg on my back (thats what you can carry on a flight as hand luggage). Thats with a full first aid kit and safety gear - if the weather is good we might leave the tent fly and rain coats behind and get closer to 5kg two up for a weekend. Its easy to do with light gear and not taking anything you won't use.
I am a convert, light is more comfortable, less taxing, and safer. It enables you to fish on the move all day and I know I cover better water this way.
Come and give it a go.
At the end of each season I usually reflect on a few things. Things like season highlights, what I've learnt, what flies have worked best for me, how can I buy more fly rods without being divorced, who lost the most of my flies (usually Justin)........ this reflective list goes on and on.
Tying has always been a passion of mine, and given the success of one particular fly this season, I thought I'd share it with you. That fly is the Buckland Destroyer.
I designed the Buckland Destroyer with 2 things in mind:
It's a bit fiddly to tie, but I have to say - the fish LOVE IT! Download the tying instructions below and enjoy tying some over winter.
Fish it as a deep dropper and start catching more fish :)
Dave showing Luke how he can hold his hand still
We had a wild camp out with Luke and Ken this week. It started with a caravan malfunction before they left home, but it belonged to Luke's Brother, so we decided it didn't matter :). The rain came, the wind blew, trees fell over the road blocking the way, but despite this, and the fact that they were both new to fly fishing - Luke and Ken still managed to catch their first trout on fly!
Tough conditions, but a great weekend. We hope to fish with you fellas again.
Check the gallery for pics of their first fish on fly.
Well we did it.
It turns out three relatively un-computer-savvy fishermen can make a decent web site.
We expected the process to be challenging but wanted to do it ourselves so we would understand how to change the content in the future and save a few bucks. How did it go? Well we think the site looks pretty good and it was easy which is saying a lot about the tools that are out there to help.
We are still tweaking the website so it displays well across all devices - PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android etc, so please let us know at email@example.com if you are having any trouble with the site.