NB:This report is based on my opinion and understandings from the meeting and not that of the Faughan Anglers, I was not given any figures or reports first hand this is all from my notes. If you find errors below please contact me to put them correct.
The Faughan Anglers had their AGM on 5th March 2014 to discuss the previous season and changes to the following new 2014 season. Of approximately 800 members there were no more than 100 present which was a poor turn out compared to the previous years AGM.
The meeting opened with a minutes silence for past members and was then followed by the introduction of Ross Brown from the Green party who has been working with the Faughan Anglers on the recent legal case with the DOE. Ross is one or Stephen Agnew’s researchers and introduced himself and explained his roll and the Green party’s role in the illegal dumping situation at Mabouy road.
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So in the last post we talked in general about trout fishing and what equipment is required to start off as a beginner. Now we shall go into more depth in each area so you can better understand the sport. In this post we shall discuss the differences in makes and models of trout fly rods.
First off each fly rod is stamped with a line rating on its butt section. This line rating is designed to allow you to match up the correct fly line and reel so the setup is balanced and suitable for casting properly.
Trout fishing is a great pass time and I find even better when using a fly fishing rod. Fly fishing is the sport of casting a fly using a fly rod out onto the water.
This is different than fishing with a spinning rod, bait rod or jerk rod as flies are tied using fur and feathers onto hooks and so don’t involve baits or spinners.
This is perfect for those who are a bit squeamish and don’t fancy hooking up bait onto hooks. So if you are intrigued lets go further and discover how to trout fish with a fly rod.
Trout are mainly a freshwater species and can be found all over the world in rivers and lakes. There are many different sub species including brown trout, rainbow trout, sea trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and many more.
Some trout species go to salt water for a few seasons returning to rivers to spawn and included in these are the sea trout and rainbow trout otherwise known as steelhead. As you can see from such a diverse species covering large areas and habitats there comes many forms of fishing for them.
Flambeau Outdoors is a subsidiary of Flambeau Inc who first started out in 1947 when they built the Halik Frog a fishing lure that has been used throughout the world. After WWII the owners bought new plastic injection equipment and went on to form one of the best plastic molding companies in the United States and their Flambeau fishing tackle boxes are simply well made and a pleasure to own. More history on the company here.
When I first started fly fishing all those years ago there was no such thing as barbless hooks, well not that I noticed anyway. Most of your catches were kept back then however as time has progressed things have changed.
It is now more the norm to release your catch back into the ecosystem you caught it so future anglers will hopefully have the pleasure of partaking in the sport. The only thing that wasn’t kept back thirty years ago was the small under sized fish that were deemed by the fishing agencies to be returned.
When I think about it, some of the small trout I caught back then went back bleeding and probably swam off to die. Well I was only starting out back then and didn’t know anything about barbless hooks. All the flies I tied were on fully barbed hooks as this was the norm. So my question is; barbless hooks are they any good for fly fishing? Let discuss to see the differences.
Many tackle changes over the last thirty years!
Fly fishing in general has under gone many changes over the last thirty years. Tackle improves every year. Fly rods are much stronger and lighter, same with fly fishing reels. Fly lines are now made with poly-coated layers with braided cores and the terminal tackle, the flies, are now made with chemically sharpened points hooks. To top this off most flies now are also made barbless.
The barb when first conceived was to hold the fish in place so it could not fall off the hook and escape. This was very important back when things got started as fishing was more of a necessity for feeding the family than a sport as it is today. (more…)