Tristan is one of our newest members joining up after the 2020 Fly Casting classes. He looks to be dead keen and had success on the fly already in the company of BJ – week before Lyle Knowles. Very good looking fish, especially for the Cotter so well done mate. Particularly memorable for Tristan since it was on a glass fly rod that he had made himself. All written up here … quite inspiring for uninitiated.
In the Sep 2020 Burley Line Jason provided some notes describing his efforts of renovating an old baitcaster reel and the full description was added to the gear blog … I thought the article seemed to end abruptly in a cliff-hanger. Little was I to know that a second part was in the mill.
Jason M recently acquired some second hand Abu Garcia level wind baitcaster reels. In Tackling the Trouble he describes some of the maintenance work he did to bring them back to good form. I’ve later discovered this work is actually in two parts. The concluding episode is here.
Mark has been raving to me for ages about how screws for ice-racing motorcycles can be used for studs in wading boots. Shaun has taken the plunge and bought some, his review is here – many thanks mate.
Especially if you go to another supplier, Mark tells me that the coarse or self tapping thread is the one you want. The fine thread has to be screwed into a nut or threaded hole.
“These are the ones I use (image from here). A couple of tips:
- Shoe must have a VERY hard sole. Soft sole and they will fall out after a while.
- When screwing them in put some glue (aqua seal or shoe goo) on the thread.
Shaun has provided a quick review of his success replacing his normal tie laces with those curly ‘lock’ laces. Just like reverting back to kindergarten days but they work.
Leon continues his search for carp on fly experimenting with interesting rigs. Here he discusses using Skagit heads in innovative ways including on single handed rods. We apologise but the yellow mono running line is a bit hard to see in the photo above,.
JM has been experimenting with home repairs of his precious sandals and hiking boots. He thinks he’s found the best so far.
JM got one of these TV special lures for Christmas and he’s provided this review – doesn’t seem totally positive about their utility
This is more of a description of the system I’ve assembled in my 4WD to carry my setup rods.