Casting Arm Blues

Published Mar 19th 2014

I have traditionally published a collection of images before the season to heighten the Cabin Fever, and this year's Casting Arm Blues also gets a stimulus package



As I write this, late February 2014, the sun is shining from a clear sky outside and temperatures are breaking records here in Denmark. The winter has been a very mild one - what we refer to as a green winter - and because of the lack of ice cover and really cold periods, the spring fishing season has already started. It actually never really stopped, and people have been catching nice, coastal fish all during the winter, and already in early January, the reports started ticking in with regular intervals.

My own cabin fever isn't raging as badly as it used to because of my health, but I certainly have been casting sideways glances out the window while working and thinking of the days when such conditions would have made me work night shifts at the keyboard and fish during the days.
Many of the guys I fish with have complained about the strange twitches in their casting arms and some have even been out and felt the first spring fish.

Coastal catches

But these days really cold water isn't a thing I'm drawn to because I will have to sail on it rather than wade in it, and my physical health keeps me from taking too many chances there. My newly bought kayak will not be carrying me on a any trips before the water is above lethal temperatures.
I might haul out the pontoon boat. It is after all a bit more stable and safe to fish from.

But as I said: people have been catching here for at least a month, and fishing seems to be both good and stable, so I look forward to getting my flies wet again.

Breaks in the sun

And speaking of flies, I sure do need to tie some, because my well stocked fly boxes are not anywhere near being well stocked, and I direly need to tie some plain coastal flies. I have experimented quite a bit the later years with absolutely no success, and I think I will return to the well known and tie me some Grey Fredes and some Red Tags. I do have some ideas that I want to try, and I have ordered a bunch of Pulse Discs from Brinefly Innovation that I want to try on my flies when I am trolling them after my pontoon boat or kayak.


But until these contraptions hit the water and hopefully catches some fish, you can enjoy these pictures from times gone by.


Water and light

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