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Australia #58

Upskilling...Ben bought a much-used fly-fishing rod, and a box of hand-made flys, from a local op-shop, and tought himself how to perform the dance from YouTube videos.

 

Naturally, he then tought the dance to his Dad, who demonstrated great skill in releasing said flys into nearby trees.

 

Here is a likely stream not far from Ben's house...and with Ben demonstrating his interpretation of the basic dance steps.

 

Australia #58

Upskilling...Ben bought a much-used fly-fishing rod, and a box of hand-made flys, from a local op-shop, and tought himself how to perform the dance from YouTube videos.

 

Naturally, he then tought the dance to his Dad, who demonstrated great skill in releasing said flys into nearby trees.

 

Here is a likely stream not far from Ben's house...and with Ben demonstrating his interpretation of the basic dance steps.

 

comments (11)

it does make a colourful photo opportunity, Ray.
Ray: It is great fun, too, Ayush.
The flies are very attractive Ray, after that I have NO interest smile
Ray: Thank you for you comment, Frank.

Until Ben gave me the lesson I knew nothing about it and had no interest in it.

After the lesson I find I am still not much interested and am unlikely to do it again until I visit Ben again, but I do now have some understanding of the theories and practice.

But...I have to tell you that the involvement with my Son in this little exercise, and the pleasure I got from learning something from him, was a wonderful thing! smile
They are very pretty when sitting in a box!
I'm so pleased for you, spending that quality time with your boy!
Ray: For me, Elizabeth, it was all about the framework for 1:1 interaction.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2019, 05:57
I think I'm with Frank on this Ray, the aesthetics please me..
Ray: But...the ballet, Chris, the ballet! smile

Also, Matey, post-Brexit you Old-Country folks are going to need all the basic survival skills you can muster, and catching trout with a fly might make the difference between empty belly and full brisket. Better bookmark this post just in case you need to look at my video again! smile
Oh, yes, Ray. You're bringing back many memories of when my son, around 10 years old, was taught by a friend of ours how to make flies. It's really an art (with fabulous supplies for making them).
Ray: I am all for learning useful new skills, Ginnie.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Aug 2019, 06:11
I would love to try that with you too, Ray.
Looks good on the video. Ray, you do know that even "flying fish" are NOT in trees.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_fish
Ray: Ha Ha

If there are ever fish found in trees then I know how to catch them, Astrid.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 14 Aug 2019, 07:50
I, too, thinking I would be hooking birds out of the tree rather than getting fish to bite. My idea of fishing wa to find a heavy lead weight and use that to bash the fish on the head much to the anger of proper anglers.
Ray: I am quite happy to eat a fish if it is cooked, boned and on a plate in front of me at the table, Alan.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 14 Aug 2019, 08:12
I have never got involved with fishing but it looks quite a skill.
Ray: I learned quite enough in one lesson to be able to hooke the tree that was quite a way behind me, Chad.
No flies on him then!
Ray: Mostly up a tree, Bill.
My youngest is a catch and release, fly fisherman. I miss the old days when we dug worms and he brought me trout.
Ray: Turning worms into trout sounds like a useful skill, Mary. If Donald Duck gets a second term in USA then this skill may come in handy.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Aug 2019, 16:30
The cast is one thing - and everything aimed at making a plausible presentation. Trick the fish into thinking that an insect tripped itself and landed in the water. The next thing is to 'read' the water. What fly will fit the type of water, time of the year and time of the day? So that you can fool a fish (with no IQ) into rising to the lure.

Trout are actually easy to catch, but not when you apply fly-fishing techniques.

I see he has woolly buggers, Mrs Simpson and some damsel flies; among others.

Ben should invest in using these techniques to catch tiger fish in the Zambezi. That is exciting.
Ray: I am sorry if I misled you into thinking we were interested in catching fish, Louis...our interest is in learning the "dance".

If a dopey fish was stupid enough to hook itself then I expect we would then have to learn how to un-hook it and then throw it back in the water.

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