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Thursday August 21st 2003 (11 years ago)
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New Zealand

Published: Thursday August 21st 2003 (11 years ago)
Updated: Thursday August 21st 2003, 5:54PM
by Martin Joergensen

I wanna go there!

Just watched a feature on New Zealand flyfishing on Danish television.

That to top my recent run through a couple of videos entitled "New Zealand Trophy Waters" submitted for review by Bruce Masson.

What can I say? I want to go there! I have said it before and will say it again. One day I will be the one fishing for those monsters in that clear water...

Expect the videos to be reviewed here on GFF real soon now.

Fishing and Cameras

Published: Thursday August 21st 2003 (11 years ago)
Updated: Thursday August 21st 2003, 10:41AM
by Bob Petti

To take, or not to take

This year, I have not taken a camera with me while fishing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Good: I was fishing the Beaverkill ealier this year and fell backwards over a rock and found myself neck deep in water and soaked to the skin. Unless I had a camera in a sealed container, it would have been a gonner. I've already ruined a nice 35mm slr and a really nice zoom lens in a canoe dunking. Don't want to repeat that again.

Bad: I kept fishing after getting soaked and hooked what likely would have been my largest river trout. It shot across and downstream like a steelhead before popping the tippet. If I had landed it, I would have regretted not having a camera.

Good: Once less thing to clog my vest and wear on my aching shoulders. One less distraction from actually fishing. No feelings of guilt for leaving the stream w/o any pictures for a GFF article. ;-) This season has pretty much been an exercise in back-to-basics. Minimal gear - minimal fly selection - minimal distractions.

Bad: I enjoy taking photos. However, I find that taking pictures in the "photography" sense doesn't mix well with fishing. Only enough horsepower in my head to concentrate on one thing at a time. When I want to take pictures, I'll leave the rod at home (but then I rarely find myself in the places I really want to capture on film).

Good: No worry about harming fish while posing them for photos. I see lots of pictures of fish on rocks laying next to neatly organized tackle. How does that happen? Once saw a fellow dash to his car to retrieve his camera while a fish flopped in his net. This in a C&R area!!

Bad: Memories fade pretty quickly. Pics last forever (or so we'd think).

A Man May Fish

Published: Thursday August 21st 2003 (11 years ago)
Updated: Thursday August 21st 2003, 10:05AM
by Bob Petti

Another book on the pile

A friend gave me a copy of TC Kingsmill Moore's "A Man May Fish" yesterday. Well - it arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon after a trip across the Atlantic. I like surprises in the mail as much as anyone, but this was extra special.

Mark says it is a must read for anyone who has a fancy for wet flies and wet fly fishing. Gosh, if only I could conjur up a cold clammy day, no household chores, no interruptions, a comfy chair, and a tall glass of something cold.

Sigh.

I've got a few other books on the pile to look at as well. Moutter's "Imitative Fly Tying", Klausmeyer's book on saltwater flies, the classic by George La Brance, and "Neversink" by Leonard Wright.