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First published August 15th 2003 - More than 10 years ago
We're chained to our computers, thinking about fly fishing.
Teaching and tying in the US
|Published: Sunday May 5th 2013 (3 weeks ago)|
Updated: Sunday May 5th 2013, 10:36AM
by Martin Joergensen
I will be both teaching and tying with the GFF team at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum May 18th. Drop by if you're in the area.
In a couple of weeks I will go to the US. I will visit friends, fish a bit and do the tourist thing, all in the New York area for a couple of weeks.
Almost Gone Fishin'
|Published: Friday April 12th 2013 (6 weeks ago)|
Updated: Friday April 12th 2013, 2:30AM
by Martin Joergensen
The coming week I will be off fishing a bit. This year's first trip for me. My fishing sure isn`t what it used to be.
There was a time where I'd be out fishing 70, 80 and 90 days a year – not counting my traveling to places like BC, Mexico, Norway, Sweden and whatnot.
I invested in a pontoon boat some years ago, but even though it seemed promising being able to get out where the big ones are, I must admit that my fishing has never been worse, and that I downright detest the boat and long for the days where I could walk and wade as I pleased.
The pontoon boat might be a nice alternative to wading if you can use it when you want to, but a true curse when there's no alternative. It's cumbersome to bring and to assemble and inflate, it's a pest to fish from, drifting in the mercy of wind and current and it has an amazing ability to grab the fly line when I cast or in the unlikely situation of hooking a fish.
I rarely complain over my situation. I'm a lot better off than many other MS-patients not to mention people with serious diseases like cancer, but sometimes I admit that I can turn slightly bitter over my situation.
Well, enough complaining!
Come Monday I'll be outta here. Whaddayasay?
Our annual spring trip for sea run browns will be to the southern part of Denmark by Haderslev Fjord, a place that I never fished before. I have no big expectations, but certainly look forward to the trip.
Not even the worst fishing or the most rusty pontoon boat in Denmark can take the joy out of being away, together with good friends, close to the water, fishing every day if you want to, indulging in good food, wine, beer and whiskey, tying flies and taking pictures and just goofing around.
I have no idea whether I will have an Internet-connection. Most houses have one nowadays, but if not, well then GFF will have to sail its own sea while I'm gone. I will bring a computer and might be able to connect, but if not the machines will have to take care of business while I'm gone.
I will make sure to shoot some pictures and do a little writeup when I get back home.
|Published: Wednesday April 10th 2013 (6 weeks ago)|
Updated: Thursday April 11th 2013, 4:32AMMore about: Books |
by Martin Joergensen
I have been writing about expensive books before, and still maintain a list of ridiculously priced books. Now I bought one of them – at a “normal” price.
I have written about this subject before.
Fly Patterns by Randall and Mary Kaufmann. Priced at 1,003.87 UKŁ or more than 1,500 US$ or close to 1,200 Euros. Used!
The River Behind the Hill by Philip Weigall. That one is 1,170.57 UKŁ which is almost 1,800 US$ or 1,400 Euros.
In other words books priced as (cheap) used cars!
These aren't books from the 1800's craved by collectors and connoisseurs, but absolutely normal books, published within the last decade or so and at one point quite commonly available at normal prices. They are all large format and many pages, and today they are not quite as common, but I'm sure a lot of the people who read this will have one of these titles on their shelves, and my guess is that they didn't cost thousands of dollars.
I have followed this title for a while, and one day it was there at a “normal” price. I ordered and it was mine. It's still available used at prices varying from just under 100 US$ to the above mentioned 1,800 dollars. Used!
I have no idea what mechanism keeps these books at such crazy prices, but it can't be the buyer's willingness to pay that kind of money. It's also very typical that the books are priced very closely from different sellers. They obviously look at each other to set the price, and price the books very similarly. Borger's presentation is 1,269.13 UKŁ from one seller in the US and 1,269.19 UKŁ from another in Japan. Coincidence...? I think not.
I have no idea what mechanism keeps these books at such crazy prices
Well, I'm just observing and wondering and not buying – unless the price is right. My Weigall book is priced at almost 1,200 UKŁ new, so selling my brand new copy should give me a nice profit of about 1,180 UKŁ or a good 6000%. I sincerely doubt that anyone want to buy at that price, but should that be the case, I'm selling!
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