IPhones have multiple uses, some practical such as the alarm to wake you to go fishing.
Leaving my dream of landing a 45cm Bass I eagerly jumped out of bed looking forward to the day ahead. I had arranged to meet Roberta at X spot (hot hot she said) in the Forster locality for a day chasing Bream on surface fly. We had been trying to tee up trip for several months however the weather was against us. A quick coffee and a bite of breakfast serial got me leaving Muswellbrook about 4.30am for a 7.30 meet up. The mining traffic at that hour is horrendous and there was hardly a break until I turned off the freeway just past Maitland. The lack of traffic from then on was appreciated and I arrived on time.
As I arrived Roberta was already on the water casting her home made popper which she assured me was dynamite on Bream.Quickly unloading the Hobie I was soon joining her on the water. She then gave me a quick rundown on where we would be fishing and the type of weed we would find Bream in. And we found plenty of this weed during the day.
I would love to say that we caught heaps in the combined 13 hours we were on the water but I would be more than stretching the truth. We worked the weed and the sandy spots and must have raised between us at least 50 Bream (no exaggeration here ) however only 1 was hooked and lost (sorry Roberta).They became the fish of a thousand casts. I have no explanation of why they were playing with the flies. Short takes were considered along with grabbing and releasing the fly. We tried all types of strips including Bass style and slow Trout retrieves to no avail.They were just not playing.
Some have given up the fly because "it is too hard" but that is a defeatist attitude. Nothing is impossible, some things just take a little longer to achieve. I like Walt Disney's philosophy applied to Fly Fishing - Dream, Believe, Do , Achieve. That is certainly what we were trying to do and failing is only part of the learning curve.
Incidentally I was using the new Flymen Double Barrel Popper with a small bunny hair white tail and a splash of red hackle. Also used one of Roberta's poppers.
At the end of the day (yesterday) I bade Roberta farewell and due to our lack of success only paid her half her guiding fee. Ha Ha ! Sorry there are no Grip and Grin photos .
Incidentally Flyday came about some time ago when I asked my wife what day it was with me saying it was Flyday, the day I received my weekly Midcurrent newsletter which includes a fly tying video.She misheard me and argued and then realised what i was saying. Every Thursday I now call Flyday.