Sunday, August 28, 2011

Custom build nets and rods.

It has been a while since I have posted anything. With our river season still closed (3 more days to go), work keeping me busy and trying to get my online shop up and running I haven't spend much time on the blog, fishing or tying any flies.

Today I thought I would give a shout out to a very talented rod and net maker. Mario Geldenhuys of Custom Fly Rods has help me quite allot in the last few weeks to get my website up and running. Apart from being a guru on the computer Mario is also a master at making custom rods and fishing nets.

Mario make his Japanese style curved nets from scratch. He even goes out and collect and cut his own pieces of wood and is always looking for that next piece of wild wood with the perfect grain.

Each net starts of by laying out the handle shape on a piece of wood to best incorporate the grain of the wood in the final handle.

One of Mario's net in action

It is well worth giving Mario a shout if you need that one of a kind net or custom build rod. His craftsmanship and attention to detail is superb.

Give a visit and check out the gallery section of the site for some more samples of Mario's work, including hand crafted reel seats, grips, custom build rods, and more.

And of course if you need help building a website or a place to host it, then Mario is also the man to speak to.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Blue Gum Grove 01-08-11

Had the day of work today to attend to some things. I managed to finish early and decided to go down the Blue Gum grove for the evening hatch. I tied up another Fish Skull fly over the weekend and decided to try it out. This fly had a awesome action in the water and I with the dam settling and the water very clear I could see a couple of fish giving it a look and a follow but none committed to it.

There were some fish rising around the dam and I think they might have been more focused on the hatch. I tied on a small nymph and first cast it was fish on. The little bit of wind dropped and the dam was transformed into a mirror, which together with the clear water made thing a bit difficult. I did manage to land another few fish though.

The was also a Fish Eagle competing with me. This was actually quite amazing to watch as he was sitting in a tree and every now and then he would launch himself and dive for a fish. I actually spend a good hour just sitting on the bank watching him. I shot a little movie on my point and shoot camera but it came out terrible. I really wished that I had my bigger camera with me as I could have taken some awesome shots.


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