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A glimpse of trout secrets

Published: Thursday April 3rd 2014 (15 days ago)
Updated: Sunday April 6th 2014, 2:28PMMore about: Coastal fishing | Denmark | Sea trout | Video |
by Martin Joergensen

Yesterday I went and saw a preview of the new videos on coastal sea trout fishing by Danish Niels Vestergaard, and they are pretty exiting to put it mildly

Secret preview

Danish fishing film maker Niels Vestegaard is a household name here in Denmark and large parts of Scandinavia and Northern Europe. He has been producing fishing videos for more than a decade, and is almost an institution in Danish fishing films with a production that dwarfs what other Danish filmmakers have made.

Yesterday he screened his two latest videos in Copenhagen as part of a tour he has done in Denmark together with the danish fly-shop Go-Fishing. The event is a merry gathering of anglers and apart from the videos shown on big cinema screens, there was a small exhibition area with fly tying, lodges/guides, magazines, shops and much more, so you could hang around before and after and browse the goodies and chat with other anglers as well as the filmmaker and the participants from the video.

Niels has no specialty as such. He's a flyfisherman himself but has a very broad background, and his videos feature all kinds of fishing from carp and pike fishing to salmon. But one of his really strong is coastal fishing for sea run browns – also known as sea trout.
He has made several videos on this subject, and the latest have been the series “Sea Trout Secrects”, which have been changing the way we look at sea trout fishing, not least because of Niels' groundbreaking underwater filming where he has been able to deploy static cameras underwater in the area fished, enabling us to see some of what's going on under the surface while we fish.
One thing that these glimpses into the depth has revealed is that the number of fish we cover is probably much larger than what we think. Time and time again Niels' cameras show fish where the angler has felt nothing.

In the most recent two videos – Sea Trout Secrets 5 and 6 – the Danish instructor and filmmaker has upped the ante and shows us unbelievable footage of fish following and taking lures and flies. Using a camera literally cast out with the lure, he manages to film the bait as it moves through the water and documents how the fish behave when they see the fly or spoon.
Video 5 covers spin fishing and number 6 covers flies. Both contain the usual large number of tips on fishing give by Danish coastal veterans Thomas Hansen (spin) and Claus Eriksen (fly), who takes us through the seasons, but they also contain mesmerizing and exhilarating video of the camera passing over big schools of fish and shows how some fish are unaffected, others follow the lure curiously and a few “taste” or even take it.

Snaps from the fly video

What's so exiting about this is the unique view into something that we never see otherwise.
I was seeing the preview together with my good fishing friend Henning Eskol, who noted that we often “feel that the fish are there even though we get no takes”, and Vestergaard's videos definitely confirm this.

As Niels himself noted it's not sure that the fish will behave in the same manner where there's no camera in front of the lure, but the videos still show us things which are indeed sea trout secrets – or at least was until now.

I expect to get the DVDs and do a review sometime this month when they get released, and to all the sea trout angler out there I can only say: this release is something to look forward to!

Preview Sea Trout Secrets 6 - fly

Preview Sea Trout Secrets 5 - spin

GFF made a nickel in a day!

Published: Sunday January 26th 2014 (12 weeks ago)
Updated: Sunday January 26th 2014, 6:46PM
by Martin Joergensen

The Global FlyFisher has just gone through one of the largest changes ever, and the money is rolling in... sort of

As I announced a week ago, I had been toying with the idea of covering some of the expenses I have running GFF by hosting banner ads. I asked you to comment and mailed around to the GFF partners and the reply was positive with no one saying “no way”. So I went ahead and signed up for Google's ad program and did some code to integrate banner into the site.
It wasn't easy, because I wanted to give everybody an opportunity to opt out, and not see banners, and it turned out to be a bit more tricky than I thought. You can't just hide the banners, but have to do all kinds of tricks to enable user to disable them. I made it work without breaking Google's Terms of Service and started rolling out the banners.
And we started making money! Woot!

We made 5 cent the first day!

The amount is slowly rising now after a couple of days with banners, but I'm still not sure where it leads. It might cover the expenses and then some, so for now the ads will stay until the amount stabilizes and I can estimate the potential income.
Unfortunately I can't control what Google shows, and here on my version of GFF I get both fishing ads, traveling ads and ads for bank loans and mortgages. I have also seen a surprising number of contact ads offering me Thai girlfriends, Russian girlfriends and even Muslim girlfriends! I have no idea wherever Google got the impression that I need a girlfriend. I've been happily married for decades and I'm definitely beyond the girlfriend phase. Google says it uses the content of the page half of the time, and the user's profile the other half. And my browsing and search history obviously left the impression of being desperate for a new woman in my life. Beats me!

I hope to be able to exchange to Google ads with some more relevant ones, and have implemented our own ad server, which can serve custom ads if the interest should be there. Soon I'll finish a page with some facts about ad sizes, placements and prices, and we'll see if anybody is interested in advertizing on GFF.

If nothing happens and the income stays in the cent range per day, ads will have a short life on GFF.

The Blue Marble

Published: Tuesday December 10th 2013 (4 months ago)
Updated: Tuesday December 10th 2013, 5:30PM
by Martin Joergensen

We have used an image of earth shot from space in our logo for 20 years. The picture has a fascinating 40 year story

The classic Blue Marble

In December 1972 the Apollo 17 was launched and put the famous “last man on the moon” in the sense that no one has been there since. Astronaut Eugene Cernan was the last one to leave the lunar surface where he had been together with Harrison Schmitt while the third astronaut, Ron Evans, remained in the orbiting command module.

The famous photo of our blue planet was shot during their mission, and oddly enough it's not quite certain who of the three astronauts actually pressed the shutter on the specially modified Hasselblad camera that took the image. They are officially jointly credited by NASA, but both Cernan and Evans have been individually credited by different sources and Schmitt is quoted for saying “I was taking a broad series of photographs to document weather patterns” and claims to have shot the image in that process.

The specific picture was taken on December 7th 1972, as the spacecraft was on its way to the moon. It was shot with one of the famous Hasselblad cameras, which NASA or Hasselblad themselves converted for space use. No viewfinder, large buttons and levers and of course fully manual and mechanical and using film. In 1972 there was no such thing as a digital camera – not even in NASA. The image has been shot again many, many times, and even though photographers in space are few and far between, there has been plenty of the crew members on the space shuttles who have shot amazing pictures of the earth seen from space using state of the art digital cameras.

Camera and more earth

No matter what the first one is a truly fascinating picture, and back then it made people realize that earth really is a small ball in space, and did give a lot of people an impression of earth that started them thinking about our planet as the fragile entity it has shown itself to be.

For me as biologist and angler the image of the blue (water), white (clouds), green (plants) and red (sand) planet hovering in space has always been a very clear symbol of earth as a small, closed and inescapable system. In spite of the vast physical size of the globe, it suddenly seems very tiny, insignificant and very volatile. I think that a lot of people who have seen this image have felt the same way as I did, and maybe the image has induced a bit of conscience about the place that we live.

The GFF logo

Of course the fact that we at The Global FlyFisher have the word global in our name also made it an obvious choice to put the image in there. The main GFF logo was created quickly almost 20 years ago, and the following years several derivatives were made to use in different contexts. We needed a square logo, a vertical one, one in really simple colors for caps and T-shirts and other variations.

The image has remained in them all in one form or the other and will probably do so for a long time to come.