Sunday January 26th 2014 (6 weeks ago)
We're chained to our computers, thinking about fly fishing.
GFF made a nickel in a day!
|Published: Sunday January 26th 2014 (6 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.
The Blue Marble
|Published: Tuesday December 10th 2013 (12 weeks 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 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.
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 image has remained in them all in one form or the other and will probably do so for a long time to come.
|Published: Wednesday October 9th 2013 (5 months ago)|
Updated: Thursday October 10th 2013, 8:34AM
by Martin Joergensen
I was growing really tired of my old pontoon boat and decided on getting a kayak again. This time an inflatable one.
As many of you know I have been dependent on using a pontoon boat for fishing the last few years because of my MS and the inability to walk far and keep balance that the disease causes.
The net result was that I have staid home and haven't fish much when I was out, and let me explain why.
I have always been packing light when I fished. A rod, a small chestpack with some flies and tippet and a camera and I was off. Walking long distances and roaming banks and coasts to find new spots, being able to move freely and react on whatever I saw, be it good looking water or a fish moving.
That ends with a pontoon boat!
I have to bring a lot of gear – not only the boat, which weighs about 20 kilos or some 40 lbs., but also ores, anchor, rope, dredge, pumps and whatnot.
Preparation takes a ton of time, and to make it worse I can't handle it myself, but get too tired from the strain, and wouldn't be able to haul the inflated boat to the water anyway. So I need help for the task, and even though everybody is very kind and helpful, it would be so much better if I could handle it myself.
Once I'm out on the water things appear to be fine. The boat is stable and easy to maneuver and even pretty fast when moving around. The wind can be a hassle, but mostly it works OK. The problem is not moving, but not moving.
Once I have found a spot that I want to fish, I want to drift over it slowly and in the right direction. That's not how it works in the boat. The drift is as the wind blows – literally – and I turn around like a cork, turning here and there and very rarely where I want to.
I can use the anchor to put myself in a fixed position, but for one who has always fished one step one cast, sitting in the same place for 10 minutes is torture. I can use the dredge (drift anchor), but then I'm still drifting as the wind blows, just slower.
Casting and fishing where I want to is not easy, and in most cases I end up rowing around with a fly trailing after the boat, which is neither efficient nor fun.
...a pontoon boat consists of nothing but line eating protrusionsSnags!
Once in position, I can start casting, but I soon learned that a pontoon boat consists of nothing but line eating protrusions. No matter how much I try to arrange the loose line, I will inevitably end up snagging it on a split, an ore, a pipe end, the seat or something else. It's a law of nature, and a pest.
I have brought a shooting basket for the loose line and that helps, but I honestly hate using a basket, which limits my stripping pattern severely, and having it stuck on a boat does not make my hatred less. Still it's better than having the loose line stuck all the time.
But all this is nothing compared to the decay of the boat. Rust, leaks, stuck zippers and whatnot – all things that makes using it less satisfactory and makes me deplore it even more.
Considering that it's made for saltwater use and allegedly built out of stainless materials, a surprising number of things are simply breaking down and have stopped working due to the salt.
The stainless frame is rusting, pipe splits are rusting, zippers are totally stuck because of salt and the ores are barely able to come apart due to rust.
I'm not known to be a nitpicker when it comes to gear. Rather the opposite, actually, and a few scratches and a bit of rust has never spoiled my good mood. But this is simply too much! It's not a pleasure to put the boat together or to take it apart, and sitting on a pile of decaying metal isn't what you want to on the ocean.
Add to that that one pontoon is leaking and the zipper that leads into it is so stuck that there's no way I can fix it... not good!
A new boat
So I was on the lookout for something new, and wanted a boat with no or at least as few metal parts as possible.
I looked at frameless pontoon boats, on more expensive pontoon boats, on small rubber dinghy’s and much else, but found nothing that I liked, could get my hands on or wanted to pay for.
I need something that packs down so that I can put it in my car and bring it on trips where there's lots of other stuff in the trunk – bags, gear, dog and whatnot. I can't fit in a boat anywhere and can't handle anything that has to go on the roof.
So I bought a Straightedge Angler Kayak from Advanced Elements through the Danish dealer Oppustelige Kajakker (litarally Inflatable Kayaks), and have now been sailing it quite a bit in my local waters in the harbor of Copenhagen, but only fished from it once, and not seriously so.
It's comfortable, it's stable and it seems to be durable enough – even though it had a couple of very small leaks in the seams. They have been easy to repair and the seller has also followed up with some excellent service on a defect part.
So now I just need to get out for real and try it out on some coastal fishing.
It will never be as productive and efficient as wading and walking as I used to, but it will be better than sitting indoors not fishing.
Here's video of me sailing in my local harbor and canals