In the shadow, something

When I’m not running here and there in Netherlands to see my former students becoming doctors, sometimes even getting a say in the process (my first PhD commitee, if I’m allowed to boast a little), I try to make this project a little more real. It’s a fairly fast 5wt, that I’m wrapping whole black (as in: black). Struggled a little to get the decal right, first I went with stickers, to no avail, then I got a splendid opportunity to get cold peel decals made for me (thanks Nico !!). This cold peel stuff is just the dog’s bollocks, really, but it’s not cheap (as in: arm and leg). Seems that the guys have to do them serigraphic style, looks like a major pita. That’s how the rod looks now. decal domus 1 Ie: good. I’ve wrapped the ferrules, l have to mesure the blank, place the guides, wrap them, and finish the whole thing. I got creative on the grip, can’t wait to show you. And while I’m at it: beloved readers, if any of you is aware of a technology allowing to print cold peel decals, please O please make yourself known, be that by PM or in the comments. You’ll be rewarded karmatically by tighter loops, better water reading skills, and overall enhanced sexyness.

cul de canard

Here’s a sedge, tied in a peculiar way. I love the antennae, and the simplicity. That thing looks quite buggy to me. And if it weren’t enough, you get Selah Sue on the soundtrack. Fantastic! Here’s what the tier has to say (translation after the vid):

Cela fait depuis une saison que je ne possède plus de cou de coqs pour monter mes mouches. En effet j’utilise désormais un maximum de matériaux que je n’achète pas. Connaissant quelques chasseurs ça aide … Le prix d’un bon cou de coq étant relativement élevé, j’essaie de m’en passer. Voici donc le montage d’un sedge en cul de canard dans sa version à flottaison basse. Le dubbing de lièvre utilisé pour ce modèle ayant tendance à s’imbiber vous ne pourrez pas pêcher avec tout un après midi. Elle s’avère parfaite pour pêcher sur gobages

I’ve been tying my flies without a cape for a season now. Indeed, I use as much as I can materials I don’t buy. Knowing a couple of hunters helps… The price of a good cock cape being relatively high, I try to do without. So here’s the tying of a CDC sedge in a version which stays low on the film. The hare’s dubbing tends to soak, so you won’t be able to fish this fly a whole afternoon. It’s the perfect fly to target a rising fish.

Glass, again

This glass thing is strangely insistent.

Very cool loops here, and a rather random video edit, especially without any proper end. But what do I know? I hear that even for fly casting, the stop is quite an overrated notion.

Speaking of glass, the tadpole blanks should be somewhere along the Morbihan’s Gulf anytime soon. With these I’m gonna build me a fun little glass thing. And, modulo a couple of stylistic adjustments, what I’m going to do when it gets warm again is that:

Of course tadpoles are no Kabutos, they aren’t bright yellow with cool white spigots for instance. But I don’t care. They’re cheap, and very chic. Or vice versa.

Going on

Thanks to Harps on SL, a chance to read some Tennyson.

And draw them all along, and flow,
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

Which conjures images from the Hudson River school. Such as this one

Trout Fisherman, oil on canvas, John Frederick Kensett (1852).

Trout Fisherman, oil on canvas, John Frederick Kensett (1852).