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Contents
winter light at the cut bucktail deceiver....BTD Red 'n Ed mullet on the fly saltwater fly fishing the rocky shore Irish Angler Covers February and 2 days in Cork.. Redington Super Sport Series - now available at SEAi Lucky Craft Pointer Real Skin what we saw today the dog and I - Feb 11th what we saw today Giles and I - Feb 13th jack and the scorpion fish hipster - line tray basket type thingy some of the oldest rocks in the world saltwater fly fishing in estuaries predator and saltwater flies from Rod Tye sea trout from the sea on the fly Exciting Seabass Games - ESG Freshwater Lures from SMITH - Panish & DD Panish Troutin' Spin Interboron Rods guiding the guide.... people often ask me..... My sixth year of guiding for.....& the C+R competition 16 17 18 18 20 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 31 32 36 36 36 37 38 39 42 44

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Lure fishing techniques for saltwater - Ireland Salt Water Lure Fishing - Part 1 of 21 - Surface Lure Fishing I Saltwater fly fishing - Part 1 of 21 General Fly Choice what we saw today the dog and I - April 1 IWASHI Saltwater fly fishing - P2 of 21 - The instinct of the decision Engelse-drop or the English Drop what we saw today the dog and I what i say today - April 08 chasing saltwater silver - the elusive seatrout first signs of madness Bass Fishing in Ireland - An overview april evening at one of my favourite places Saltwater fly fishing - P3 of 21 - Where is my fly? Spring light at the cut Salt Water Lure Fishing - P2 of 21 - Retrieves for early spring and... Three days in the melting pot Your phone calls trout from a lake destination (wexford) fly fishing The Saltwater Guiding Service from SEAi. shad in the river

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Niall strikes it lucky - 10 days before close! still stunned by the colours let sleeping monsters lie Visiting anglers to SEAi and Wexford - 2008 the fish - the smiles ............take off larry makes loops at the river Boat Angling Ireland there are other places too what we saw today the dog and I - May 28th Saltwater fly fishing - P4 of 21 - Choosing a fly Salt Water Lure Fishing - P3 of 21 - Fishing Ultralight Lures Future posts scheduled for June Saving Lives At Sea - Sea anglers included Saltwater fly fishing - P5 of 21 - Fly casting for saltwater Just arrived at SEAi ......feeding activity aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhT LAST! At the SEAi SWFF workshop today. fly fishing the surf SWLF - P4 of 21 - Using and choosing micro lures some days are better than others Andrew and Philip - aka 'The Nolan Sisters'

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Saltwater Lure Fishing - P4 of 21 - Water Clarity (I) In 'BASS FISHING FILES' Now Saltwater fly fishing - P6 of 21 - Choosing the right fly lines Alans first of many on the fly! New Zealand girls - a can do attitude! Ger Potters Summer of Silver Continues In Bass Fishing Files Now - 'Guiding On The Waterford Coast' a sequence of inevitable events..... Saltwater Flyfishing in an open timber boat The Irish Times Today In Bass Fishing Files Now - Bass fishing on the Cork Coast Continued surprises WANTED - One weather repair kit In Bass Fishing Files Now - Attempting bigger bass on the fly wave landscapes today ...little things that mean a lot. 3 Days in the South East Allez les bleus - the continuation In 'Bass Fishing Files' NOW - Attempting bigger bass on the fly - F... Saltwater Lure Fishing - P5 of 21 - Water Clarity (PII). things can only get better!

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Post No 101 'Bass and B.A.S.S.' Big Fly-Big Fish - Do I need BIG rod? The Galleries Swimming with bass Mackerel on the fly - Childs play In 'Bass Fishing Files' NOW Fishing with a bycycle wheel! say hello then wave goodbye In Bass Fishing Files NOW letters and phone calls etc A week in September Jump for your lives Saltwater fly fishing - P7 of 21 - Where should I fish? A fishing report Daiwa Certate Bass Rods - 902ms / 802ms International Interest-Bass Fishing Wexford Dublin Bass on the fly - Ger Potter In a flap End of the week A day with friends on the boat remains an influence September evening at the river Bass Fishing on the Fly in Norway DVD

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Caught and released - Jonathan Autumn Bass at St Helens 83 cms of Solid Silver Landed Today on the FLY What people say about the courses Saltwater fly fishing in October The pier in Howth The Season 0f 2008 - a review! The Sloopy Droopy ! Bassfishing Files Now Open In Novembers Irish Angler Saltwater Fly Fishing Workshops Autumn Silver and Gold October Bass on the Fly and Lure - A week with SEAi 'committed' bass fisher - should be! Mackerel on the fly - Childs Play for Andrew and Philip Saltwater fly fishing - P8 of 21 - When should I fish? best bass fishing ? Holidays Over Can you 'dead drift' a surface lure? ALL NEXT WEEK IN BASSFISHING FILES FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PI FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PII FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PIII

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Do you find yourself dreaming? FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PIV Andys' Flies go on Holidays Thank you FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PV Winter scenes at the river Wexford Anglers on Irish Team The toughest bass fishing year yet! Be careful what you fish for! Salt Water Lure Fishing - P6 of 21 Surface lure fishing II

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Salt Water Lure Fishing - P7 of 21 - Micro lures for sea trout 148 Saltwater Lure Fishing - P8 of 21 - Surface lure fishing III 149 Saltwater Lure Fishing - P9 of 21 - Surface lure fishing IV 150 Saltwater Lure Fishing - P10 of 21 - Timings In Bassfishing Files 151 153

Saltwater fly fishing - P11 of 21 - Influences, Tidal Flow 153 Saltwater Fly Fishing - P10 of 21 - Where are the fish? 155 Ireland remains a Great destination NEW PE+ Crystal Line from Cortland Current surface water temperatures BASS FISHING WEEKEND WORKSHOPS 2010 Spring day in march 156 157 158 158 159

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Fly fishing for bigger bass - I Fly fishing for bigger bass - II On the Barrow with David Wolsoncroft Dodds What colour is the sun? Fly fishing for bigger bass - III First Workshop of 2009 Spring estuary bass Fly fishing for bigger bass - IV Surface water temperatures What we saw today the dog and I Next week in Bass Lure Fishing Files Summer Rainfall 2008 Surface water temperatures. Fly fishing for bigger bass - V Sometimes you forget Saltwater Fly fishing tips - summary Saltwater Lure Fishing P12 of 21 - Catch & Release All is never lost! Pike fishing with Peadar O Brien and David Wolsoncroft Dodds Alans start of season The approaching tide - Week 19/20. Bass Fly Fishing Season Begins Destinations Ireland - Coming Soon.. Easy like a Sunday morning....fly & lure

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A lifetimes ambition realised at todays workshop! Bass Fishing Guides Diary 2009 Saltwater Fly & Lure Fishing Workshops Fly casting for saltwater Pike - 30lbs plus on the Fly X-Layer Vs Clouser Minnow Recent rumours Wexford summer days Sunday, May 31, 2009 Tackling up for bass - Fly Fishing The Bass Fishing Flies Bass Fishing in Ireland Italian Video Opportunity with Angelo Piller - Fly Fishing for Bass... Opening Day 2009 Welcome to the DARK SIDE The remaining chapters of SWFF & SWLF tips - Bass Fshing Wexford splash, bubble and POP......... Latest Reports Andrews C+R - 79 cm's How difficult is SWFF for bass on the Wexford Coast? A great mornings fishing. Fly Fishing for Bigger Bass - VI Saltwater Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009 Colms superb achievement Waves of rock oooohhh baby I loved you so...... The Big White One To Shauna, Caroline and Eileen Allen strikes silver on home ground on the fly The Ones That Dont Make it Conditions Week 30 The Warmest of Wexford Welcomes! Ivan the terrible or not as the case may be! A Short Fairytale Hurricane season arrives late in Wexford Holidays 2009 West Cork Jellyfish Fish & Fly Going home This morning is marked forever Evening time and a close to a spectacular day Bass fishing neednt cost the earth! Saturday, August 08, 2009 Last Guiding Session of the week Glad to be away from it sometimes! Saturday, August 22, 2009

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Landing Gear new definition of summer madness biodegradable soft lures Forecasting the weather Get on down..........thats where its at! get into the groove Friday, September 04, 2009 Is this what we have been waiting for? Theres no doubt its nearly impossible ! Out of the brown and..... ......into the blue Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Autumn surface lure fishing The rod is loading and so is the weather! September satisfaction Two specimen fish on the FLY - during a Workshop! Sunday, September 20, 2009 Reflections and Refractions Ian's pesonal best - this morning. Saturday, September 26, 2009 Five Ninety Nine - Silver amongst Autumn Gold Fly Fishing for Bass - Considerations Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 Forecasting the weather Colins beautiful bass on the fly Daiwa Day Breaker performs at Day break! Eric le Guyader in Wexford Friday, October 23, 2009 T minus 20 and counting destination Andros T minus 19 and counting destination Andros A fishing movie about a fishing movie! Forecasting the weather Wednesday, November 04, 2009 David Wolsoncroft Dodds in Northern Manitoba T Minus 8 and counting - destination Andros T minus 7 and counting - destination Andros A Christmas present? Coming soon 2009 a review! Off today at last Who made it happen? Tuesday, November 24, 2009 A return to reality Day One - Andros South - Monday Nov 16th Saturday, November 28, 2009 Barracuda at the airport A Bass Fishing Guides Diary - the last issue!

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The end of 'A Guides Diary' Late Autumn Bass Flies - experimental Some summary stats from 2009 Back to (a) school at Andros South Forecasting the weather Seek and you shall find room for words Wednesday, December 09, 2009 What do we think about when we think........ Get Hooked Trained to Train Saltwater Fly Line

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winter light at the cut
Saturday, January 12, 2008
During my fishing days i spend a lot of time watching and thinking about different types of light. I notice the dramatic effects it has on the landscape and the way it can change our perceptions of how good or bad fishing co nditions will be. The light alters our mood and hence we react accordingly, as a result our fishing is affected. But is this change in our fishing brought about by our own conceptions of how we think light affects the fish we hope to catch or is there something else at work? Indeed some lighting conditions are better than others? Dull overcast days are favoured by many anglers as low light levels increase fishes confidence whilst bright sunny days keep fish 'down', or so it goes. The challenges of fly fishing lie in many places no more so than in convention. As the cold wet and d a r k weather stalks the land, sea fishing is very quiet. The sun is low in the sky and shadows are long. It is a while before the seatrout start running the estuaries and April seems an age away. Eager Salmon anglers sit fidgeting and fussing as opening day approaches. But slowly the days are getting longer, the sun gets higher in the sky, the light changes and I too wait in anticipation for the new season of Spring and the challenges of 2008. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:05PM (UTC)

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bucktail deceiver....BTD
Saturday, January 19, 2008
During the late autumn of 2006 i was given some flies by a friend of mine from the UK. These were the bucktail deceiver. I tried them and had some success, but it was during the 2007 season that the fly really came into its own - i fished almost exclusively with it and it has proved itself as an excellent bass catcher on the Wexford and Cork coast.

Easy to tie and easy to cast make it the ideal fly for many occasions and the fly tying variations make it a perfect all rounder. Tied skinny and you have a perfect sandeel type pattern, tied with more material and its a great baitfish. The enticing action of bucktail is hard to beat and my bass fly box now contains greys/whites and chartreuse of course. Originally created by Bob Popovic in 2003 the fly is tough and long lasting and can also double as a teaser.

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Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:40AM (UTC)

Red 'n Ed
Sunday, January 20, 2008
.....glad to know Jim had the good common sense to use the better looking person (Me) for a picture on the website. Wouldn't be surprised now if he gets overwhelmed with inquiries from lots of good looking women wondering who that handsome guy (Me) is. Again he showed good common sense and a good eye for business by leaving Ed out of the ad. Who knows the likes Ed would have attracted to the site. I've been to Ireland a dozen or more times over the past ten years. Getting to really see Ireland (Beautiful places Jim took us) while we were fishing made that trip my best! Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:56AM (UTC)

mullet on the fly
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Catching mullet on the fly is quite an angling challenge, not an imposible one, but one that takes a little patience and time. From as early as late March or the first few weeks of April these fish can be seen mooching, swirling and splashing about in our estuaries. As water temperatures rise and the days grow longer into late April so their numbers increase, where they spend their winter months maybe something of a mystery, but I greet them as the first sign of hope after a bleak January and February. These species are late maturing often as late as nine or ten years, and not only are they

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late developers but they also seem to possess an ability to spawn in which ever year they choose. Subject to the usual influences like water temperature and availability of food, it is suggested that they do not spawn until at least late April and spawning may continue into late summer. Fish tend to remain in one location over time especially if there is a local 'food supply'. Often to be taken advantage of by the fly angler! So what are we to do? How do we set about catching this fish? Like many of our approaches to saltwater flyfi shing in Ireland it helps to find a congregation of fish or rather where at specific times do fish tend to congregate in good numbers. Estuaries, harbours, tidal drainage systems and even the open sea, quite often close to shore hold large numbers of fish. Through simple observation we can judge when might be the best time to tackle our elusive quarry. During the early stages of a rising tide large shoals of mullet will sweep into the estuary moving further inshore with the flow of water. There is an interesting behaviour that you can observe during this time especially where there is a lot of bl

adder wrack. Fish will often swim in less than six inches of water and you can often see their dorsal and tail fins. Its important that you stay out of sight to avoid spooking them, if you do dont worry too much as they will return. With the rising tide fish will often swim under sections of the seaweed with a very much-exaggerated sinuous motion, almost snakelike. I often wonder are they dislodging food particles from the seaweed tentacles?

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Watch them move from bunch of weed to bunch of weed! Ok so we have found a few fish I here you say but what are they eating? If there is a local supply of food like an ouflow pipe or effluent from a commercial fishery or otherwise mullet will tend to gather at these locals - imitative flies of the food source can catch you some fish no doubt. Bread flies, worm flies, seaweed flies even grayling flies have been cast at this wonderful fish. The latest story I have heard is that in one locality during summer they have a weakness for ice cream cone! Now there's a tying challenge. Its probably best to fish and cast at them as effectivley as possible with a generic 'white fly' of bread type imitation at first then try fishing with more specific patterns. Some of the types that i have caught fish on can be seen here - and its worth remembering that streamer patterns, seatrout patterns and even small bass patterns have also caught me fish. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:13PM (UTC)

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saltwater fly fishing the rocky shore
Thursday, January 31, 2008
The rocky seashore is a dynamic world of energy sound and constant motion. Waves crash upon the shoreline and run towards you like a white and green freight train, hissing and roaring; spray is caught by the wind and blown into your face. Sometimes you are lost in a world where there is no other sound other than the booming surf; the air is filled with the strong smell of ozone and a salty mist. Far removed from the constant bickering and demands of mobile phones, television and computers you focus and become lost in the lonely and demanding environment of the rocky seashore. You are insulated from hectic modern-day life in a place where you will find you need your best fishing abilities, maybe not the best presentations, maybe not the best casts, and maybe not too many fish. But the rocky seashore presents the greatest challenges to the saltwater fly fisherman. You can fish through those many challenges, the clambering over rocks, the casting into the wind, the waves, the constant catching of the running line in rocks and weed. The balancing act performed with a line tray on slippery rocks. When you return to the car, and take off the gear, quickly now as it has started to rain, you sit in the front seat and before you start the engine you look over the distant shoreline through a foggy windscreen. Having learned another small thing today you smile to yourself, and glow inwardly at what you have achieved, and already you lay plans for the next venture. As anglers we are presented with a wide variety of rocky shorelines and each has its own demands and each offers its own saltwater fly-fishing opportunities. Rocky shorelines provide holding areas for fish between tides, feeding areas for fish, and cover for both ambush and hunting. Because of their erratic formations, rocky shorelines often create and help to enhance currents and rips. Slacks and eddies are evident at different stages of the tides and time invested by the fly fisher watching the water is a worthwhile activity. These features exist sometimes for hours sometimes for as short as a few minutes. Wave activity plays a hugely important role and they often can be used to determine where fish

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will lie. Whilst we fish these areas, wind direction and light levels affect how we make presentations and what type of fly we will cast I like to break down the rocky shoreline into three or possibly four types. Type one is the ‘dynamic’ rocky shoreline. By dynamic I mean that there are rocks on the shoreline that are moved about regularly by wave action. The rocks at this type of shoreline are usually trapped into a small cove and generally display rounded type features and shapes. These areas are often prone to catching rough seas and during such times you can hear the rocks rolling and knocking, as they grind into each other under the waves. Because of the constant motion they endure, no life can adhere to them or indeed to the base rock upon which they lie. They are often not affected by neap tides in respect of their positions and neap tides will generally not cover them completely. During spring tides however, seaweed will often become trapped between them and if the right conditions prevail maggot flies will abound. As the next spring tide arrives and water floods into and over the rocks maggots will be lifted into the sea often in their thousands providing food for bass and particularly mullet. This area is best fished in calm conditions The next type of rocky shoreline is what I like to call ‘mixed’. Mixed ground to me is where we have a lot of smaller rocks trapped between rocky outcrops with lots of rock pools evident. These areas are less prone to the dynamic changes discussed above and so life has an opportunity to ‘grip’ on here. Seaweed grows freely and offers cover for moulting crabs, butterfish and gobies. Rock pools are often full with shrimp, anemones and small fish. Rocks are covered with barnacles, limpets and periwinkles. These areas are a rich feeding ground for a lot of fish like wrasse pollack and bass and should be visited and targeted frequently by the salt-water fly fisher. This area is subject to some big wave activity and hence there is seldom any sand but because of the protection afforded from larger rock masses it remains protected to some extent from the rigours of tough weather. This area is best fished with an onshore breeze. The third area of rocky shoreline that we will look at is the area that I call ‘varied’. A ‘varied’ rocky shoreline consists of sand interspersed with rocky outcrops. These rocky

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outcrops are often not visible over high water but rather reveal themselves as the tide drops and recedes. Over wintertime a lot of high wave activity may create outcrops by abstracting sand or indeed cover these outcrops and a spring visit to many beaches can reveal some big surprises. On a day-to-day basis ‘varied’ rocky shorelines do not experience huge change and are not prone to strong currents. Only after a large storm or periods of prolonged strong winds is there a noticeable change. Activity is based more around and along the rocky outcrops. Covered in weeds with pockets of water and many pools they hold life somewhat similar to the ‘mixed’ area above. Trapped between rocky outcrops are often lugworm or small mussel beds another feeding ground for many of our predators. This area also fishes best with a slight breeze, which creates wave activity The last area of rocky shoreline that we can see on our coast is that which I like to call ‘permanent’. ‘Permanent’ rocky shoreline is often seen as vast areas of flat rock covered in barnacles up to the high water mark and interspersed frequently with small pools. By permanent I mean that generally on a year-to-year basis these areas remain the same and exhibit very little change. ‘Permanent’ areas of rocky shore generally allow us the opportunity to fish into deeper water from a height. It is often that just to the left or right of a ‘permanent’ shoreline you will see a ‘dynamic’ or even ‘mixed’ shoreline. Washed free of any sand and stone they provide a safe base for the angler to fish from but are often subject to large or even freak waves and should be treated with some degree of respect and care. Around the ends of these permanent structures there are often fast currents and deep water – more opportunities for the fly fisher with short leaders and fast sinking lines. How do we go about catching fish on the fly from such a wide variety of locations? What flies should we use? Should we use floating or sinking lines? When in relation to tide should we begin our fishing? What presentations should we make to increase our chances? In the previous series of last year we discussed tackle and flies and agreed generally that a #9 rod and line – floating and intermediate would fulfil most of our requirements. A stripping basket or line tray is essential. Flies tend to be the traditional type of white or white and chartreuse – deceivers and clousers. I would also add some brown or brown and red cockroaches and maybe a few sand eel type and crab patterns too. Timings are important in relation to tides, weather and time of year. Time invested in watching the rising and falling of tides will reveal where and when water activity takes place. Checking and understanding which way the wind blows and how this

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affects wave direction and hence our fly presentations will greatly increase our chances. Where there is moving water and cover you will generally find predators lurking and hunting but care must be taken in how we approach these fish. Tramping down the beach in our waders clinking and clanking and then proceeding to walk and clamber over the rocks and perching ourselves at the end of the nearest point will only scare every fish in the Irish sea away. By minimising our noise, visual and environmental ‘profile’ we can often creep up or stalk our quarry. Be aware of things like birds on or near the ground where you intend to fish. If for instance there is a lot of seagulls or cormorants resting up in the area and you manage to scare them off in one big flock by walking up quickly then any fish close by will also see their profiles as they all fly off together, he’ll swim off too. Walk up slowly stopping now and again and bit-by-bit the flock will take off. Cormorants will slide into the water rather attempting a panicked take-off splashing and flapping across the water. All these little things help. Fishing clousers on intermediate or sinking lines in shallow water in a rocky area will prove very difficult, it’s a tactic better kept for the deeper water around the ‘permanent’ shoreline. A deceiver pattern with a big profile on a monofilament leader and floating line will be easier to fish in the vast majority of circumstances encountered on the rocky shore. Presentations can be made along the edges of promontories where retrieves are kept to a minimum. When a fly is cast properly, wave action will simply lift and carry a good fly up and over rocks and back again as the wave recedes, once contact is maintained, the correct wave is chosen and slack is controlled this presents the fly very naturally to cruising fish. A constant casting and stripping of the fly, whilst it may be effective from time to time, will not appear natural in many occasions. Continuous practice and experience at casting into, onto behind and in front of waves will quickly teach you what works best in terms of line management and presentations. I have a preference to fish whilst positioned away from rocks or reefs and try to cast long onto or into them. I cast parallel to the shoreline and try to present the fly and line onto a wave as it rolls over the reef. Casting too early and you get a tumbling of fly and line which is not good, casting too late and the wave has already past and you fly and line don’t travel only to be met with the receding wave and hence pushed further out to sea. Fish will swim onto and around reefs through waves but not every wave will do this. They have a canny knack for measuring the ‘transport’ systems and they will take a wave that will assist them on the return journey too – they pass over the reefs in and out waiting for that big deceiver to swim in front of their noses. Make sure your there. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:44PM (UTC)

Irish Angler Covers
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I would just like to thank the staff at Irish Angler for their continued support and help over the last few years. I have had four covers with the magazine and quite a few articles. I am of the opinion that this not only helps my small business considerably but works wonders for the promotion of Ireland as a country where quality angling is still available. This is a

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recent comment i got from a friend of mine in the US who surprised me by saying he receives the magazine regularly.

...good looking and informative new magazine. And I just saw an article by you in the January issue of Irish angler, good work and fantastic photographs...Ed Ed Mitchell - USA
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:00PM (UTC)

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February and 2 days in Cork..
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Its remarkable really how quickly things can change - the top photo was taken on saturday morning the next two were taken 24 hours later virtually at the same location..... Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:24PM (UTC)

Redington Super Sport Series - now available at SEAi
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Our newest performance rod here at SEAi . Featuring the newest Redington technology.The SS Super Sport is an ultra light and ultra sensitive 4-piece performance rod that offers smooth casting, superb lifting power and balance with minimum weight. The blank is made with Redington™ Red.Core construction, which incorporates 85-

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million modulus Toray Japanese graphite, high-density resin coating and a layer of tape wound graphite, creating a super strong, super light blank. The series is completed with titanium trimmings and high-end appointments. Aluminum reel seat with graphite insert The finest grade cork grip available Titanium snake guides and titanium oxide stripping guides Alignment dots with rod length and weight indication on each section Comes complete with a unique blue woven graphite tube that features a laser engraved cap What Fly Fisherman Magazine said about the Super Sport WHEN WE HEARD THAT Redington’s new SS Super Sport series was made with 85-million modulus graphite - a material we’ve been told is too stiff and brittle for fly rods - we thought maybe there was just a little bit of the unusually light graphite composite in the butt section. But according to Redington Sales Manager Mark Andresen, more than 75 percent of the rod is made up of 85-million modulus graphite - from the butt all the way up past the third section and into the tip. How do they keep the light but brittle material from breaking? According to Andresen, the secret is the inner core that is made from a 3/32” strip of low-modulus graphite wound in a spiral around the rod mandrel like the stripes on a candy cane. The 85-million modulus graphite material is then wrapped on the outside in the traditional manner, with the fibers running lengthwise from the butt to the tip. Without this tape-wound inner core, Andresen says the 85-million modulus graphite would likely break under the strain of a large fish, but the combination of the core and outer fibers creates a light, fast-action rod with exceptional strength. The midnight blue rod has silver wraps, Pac Bay TiOx blue striping guides, and titanium snake guides. There are seven 4-piece models, 3- through 9-weight, plus a saltwater 6-weight. - FFM Staff Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:11PM (UTC)

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Lucky Craft Pointer Real Skin
Saturday, February 09, 2008
ARRIVING SOON AT SEAi Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:32PM (UTC)

what we saw today the dog and I - Feb 11th
Monday, February 11, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:09PM (UTC)

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what we saw today Giles and I - Feb 13th
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:49PM (UTC)

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jack and the scorpion fish
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I got this fantastic photograph from an e-mail friend called Jack. Jack saltwater fly fishes in and around the Dalkey area of Dublin. He caught this, his first fish of the season on a little shrimp pattern which he tied himself. It makes me wonder how many other species can be caught on the fly in Irish waters? and I also wonder was it the first saltwater fly caught fish in Ireland of 2008? - thanks Jack for a great first fish of 2008. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:19PM (UTC)

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hipster - line tray basket type thingy
Thursday, February 21, 2008
this is definetly the best line tray or basket that i have ever used. Here is the tecnical blurb....... Anyone who has used one of Stan Pleskunas’ line management devices (LMD) appreciates his attention to detail. Stan’s “Hip Shooter” (coined by Dan Blanton) is the most user friendly stripping basket available. Key design collaboration with Dave Sellers plus input from Ed Jaworowski, Dan Blanton and a host of others has resulted in this remarkably effective stripping basket’s construction and design. Some of the “Hip Shooter’s features are, extremely light weight and collapsibility for travel. The engineered “line coil separators” and outstanding comfort due to the soft foam construction. In addition the basket is easily converted for right or left hand use and the unique stainless steel clip allows it to be put on and removed without unbuckling your wading belt. In short its a great piece of functional gear. see http://www.aquatecfishing.com/

Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:31PM (UTC)

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some of the oldest rocks in the world
Monday, February 25, 2008

Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:16AM (UTC)

saltwater fly fishing in estuaries
Thursday, March 06, 2008
The magic, mystery and wide variety of life that often surrounds an estuary make them very special places to fish. These are the places where the sea sneaks slowly into the heart of our landscape twice a day, steals the rich deposits that lie there and runs away with them. Creeping over shingle banks, bubbling along sandy shores and sliding around corners onto mudflats, the tide fills and empties the estuary with its life giving nutrients. Protected from the full force of the open ocean estuaries provide a sanctuary for vast communities of plant and animal life and within the estuary you will find ‘micro worlds’ of shallow open waters, marshes, sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, mud and sand flats. All

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are protected from the full force of wind and wave by the nurturing arms of the estuary. These are places of transition where the land meets the sea in an intimate exchange of daily natural life. The estuary fosters an abundance of habitats that support marine mammals, seabirds, fish, crab, clams, worms, cockles and mussels. These animals are linked together and to an assortment of plants and microscopic organisms that form a complex food chain that is influenced by many factors. As the tide ebbs and flows over sandbars and mudflats, complex currents and slacks are created temporarily and then disappear or re-appear at different locations within the estuary. Fish follow and hunt the food using the tide and currents everyday. Fish are keyed into feeding opportunities that the fly fisher must learn to recognise. These are wonderful places where rivers meet the sea and the sea meets the land in a constantly changing environment. They provide without doubt some of the best opportunities and challenges for the saltwater fly fisherman. The water that flows into and out of the estuary is constantly changing. Because of the constant tidal flows that influence the amount of mixing between fresh water and seawater, things change on a day-to-day basis. Weather patterns like wind and rain further influence the temperature and salinity of estuarine waters not only during the different seasons of the year but also every day. Thus, daily tidal flows combined with changing weather patterns are responsible for fluctuations in water conditions in an estuary. This has a significant impact on the abundance and feeding patterns of fish. The fly fisher needs to get intimate with these influences before he has any degree of success in the estuary. Fish that live in and around estuarine areas are very interesting because they exhibit a number of patterns that are influenced by changes in daily, weekly and monthly tidal fluctuations and indeed these fish are affected by degrees of salinity, water temperature, current and tidal heights. For example, the daily rise and fall of tides creates flows which help to carry and distribute various food items that fish need. This food gets distributed into and out off estuaries in greater or lesser quantities depending on the state of the tide. Food items in tidal estuarine areas include shrimp, crabs, small fish such as immature mullet, flounders, as well as many types of worms that crawl or burrow on the rich, muddy bottoms of the estuary. For this reason the saltwater fly fisher should take advantage of tides by fishing when tides are high or just beginning to fall, when creatures that live near the shoreline are more active and fish are attracted by the availability of more food. Certainly, one of the key factors in successfully fishing an estuary is an understanding of the local tide and tidal current. One general rule, however, and I have found it almost always to be true, is that during a falling or ebbing tide the fishing will be better on or near the outside of an estuary. Similarly, the inside of an estuary is usually better with an incoming or flooding tide. This is simply due to where the bait is being carried and ‘condensed’ and how predators are also using the natural ‘transport’ systems provided by tides. The tides and tidal currents are complex phenomena influenced by many things, including the sun and the moon. By consulting tidal heights and tidal current charts the fly fisher can be well armed regarding this important information. Each estuary has its own particular rhythm and a fly fisherman with knowledge of how a local estuary works will increase his or her

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chances of success. Fish moving into and out off and sometimes through an estuary, will often not complete the journey in one go. Along the way the fishing paths that they have travelled for weeks or months on their daily journey for food will have several important ‘stopping’ locations. These locations are linked to the type of activity the fish is engaged in; indeed the fish may be exhibiting one or more activity types while at these locations. Resting, hunting or simply shoaling. Lets imagine we are driving along the west coast of some distant land. We have our fly fishing gear in the boot and we have a few days off work. We have no real plans other than to drive and fish. As we descend into a green valley and look out over some fields, a vast expanse of mud and sand flat, reflecting silver and gold in the summer sun, reveals itself to us. Naked and vulnerable we see an estuary undressed. We stop the car at the side of the road and take advantage of our elevated viewing position. At the narrow mouth in the distance the silent turmoil of pure white surf tells us the water is clear. We note the channels, the water that has stayed in the estuary and where it lies. The corners and bends and indeed some small rocky outcrops where we know rising tides will flow around in the next few hours. We drive to the closest access point we can find gear up and position ourselves midway along the shore of the estuary. During summer months some fish like bass will choose not to leave the estuary when the tide is exiting. Instead sometimes they will ‘lie up’ within the remaining water that stays in the estuary when the tide is out. These fish are often lying in deeper pools created where current has created ‘waves’ of sand. They may often lie along edges of bends where water is deeper and drop-offs exist. They are resting and maybe digesting and are very shy. One of the most exciting ways to catch these fish is with surface poppers. Now its often not easy to cast a bass popper with a long leader as turnover can be an issue. I would recommend that you try and fish one that is the longest you can. Lining these fish is an issue as they will either simply swim off or refuse to take. Polaroid glasses are always highly recommended. Watch as to where your shadow falls particularly late in the evening or early morning. The pools where these fish lie are often recognised by having a darker colour than the surrounding areas of water – this usually indicates depth. After much trial and error you will begin to recognise which type of pool holds fish. Try and place the end of your fly line at the edge of the pool whilst your leader unfurls across it or better still along the edge of it– easy! Wait and then pop and retrieve and repeat. There is nothing more exciting than watching the powerful shoulders of a bass create a bow wave in very shallow water, swimming faster now, towards your fly, hoping the next impact will be your popper – boom! All hell breaks loose. You can spend some time stalking along the estuary after these fish. You probably will have noticed the clarity of water, which is always good. Mullet can also be tackled at this very early stage of tide. As the tide begins to push into the estuary and further up your legs past your knees you will usually notice deterioration in the clarity of water. There is a lot of suspended particles and the water may be feel warmer and have a slight green or yellow colour. Apart from the tidal and current influences within the estuary the fly

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fisherman should pay particular attention to this water clarity phenomenon. During a typical summer this ‘unclear water’ moves in and out within an estuary on a daily basis under tidal and wind influences. During periods of very settled weather the amount of ‘unclear water’ can be very small – and as the tide pushes past the angler it may only take one hour or less for the water to become clear again. This of course depends on the location that the angler is fishing within the estuary. During this time fishing often becomes very slack and there is little or no activity. Then, if the angler has remained in the one spot, after some time the water will run clear again, the temperature will drop a little and usually the fish will follow very quickly. The incoming tide then usually remains clear until full tide. This ‘unclear water’ is subject to many variables, which affect its size, density and temperature, and hence the time it takes for the estuary to push clear. A few days of heavy rain before your fishing will increase this turbidity or a few days of onshore winds will also increase it. The lethal combination of heavy rain and strong onshore winds will often stop fish that would normally enter the estuary from feeding therein. And even as the weather improves their expected feeding patterns will have changed as they hunt closer to the bottom. Sinking and intermediate lines are often the order of the day. The type of turbidity also affects the timing of the estuary running clear which has a big impact on your bass fly-fishing. Onshore winds will throw particles into the water that are larger than say particles washed into the sea from a mud flat or rain fall. As a consequence clarity returns quicker to the estuary from an on shore wind than from heavy rain, generally of course. This phenomena was particular evident this year as the estuaries remained cold and grey and often brown well into the month of July. Excessive rainfall and cooling breezes affected many fisheries all over Ireland and indeed North Western Europe this summer. So now the water is pushing well over our knees, we can feel the tidal flow build and the water has run clear. By remaining in the one location we can catch bass and sea trout as they pass us by on their way into the estuary. Maybe we have local knowledge and information regarding a holding spot has been given to us. Bass will hold up for short periods behind sandbars or rocks or other obstructions. They wait to ambush their passing food items. As the tide pushes into the estuary it becomes more difficult for them to hold these stations so they simply slip away and move further up with the rising tide taking up another station. Again and again the process is repeated both on the rise and the fall of the tide. The technical issues of saltwater fly-fishing in an estuary remain of course as another challenge to the fly fisher. Type of line and presentation are very important, and these can be more important to some species than others. Shy fish like mullet and seatrout are often spooky and more difficult to catch whilst bass remain more aggressive and active. Tactics and techniques vary widely as does equipment and it is probably beyond the range of this article to venture down that road. The important aspects from a saltwater fly fishing point of view is for the angler to develop an instinct or feeling for the many and interesting influences within our estuaries that ultimately will influence his fishing success.

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Our own influences are also apparent within estuaries. Pollution from failing septic tanks, poor sewage treatment plants or under resourced facilities, storm water runoff from empty ‘holiday ghost towns’, industrial organic waste discharge, and contaminated runoff from farms using fertilizers or yards with animals can impact on our vulnerable estuarine systems. Estuaries also face loss of habitat due to our obsession with development in delicately balanced areas of natural beauty. Damage is caused by the continued and often-illegal overuse and plundering of estuarine resources. These have resulted in a continued reduction of even protected fisheries like bass, loss of habitat and wildlife, and the destruction of wonderful landscape. We all have a part to play to protect and maintain our valuable estuaries. Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:48AM (UTC)

predator and saltwater flies from Rod Tye
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Rod Tye based in Co.Mayo ties wonderful saltwater and freshwater predator flies in modern materials. All the pike i caught in February were taken on Rods flies. I look forward to taking many more fish on these and more superb flies. We will be collaborating to build a series of bass fishing flies later this Spring. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:57PM (UTC)

sea trout from the sea on the fly
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Its getting close to that time of year again where I look forward to seatrout fishing in the sea. Beware - it can become an obsession! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:51PM (UTC)

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Exciting Seabass Games - ESG
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Team the lucky Craft ESG 8'-6" with a daiwa Certate 3000 and you have the ultimate saltwater sportfishing combination - perfectly balanced for modern lure fishing techniques - especially Irish bass. Are you ready for summer ! Available now at SEAi - click on pics to enlarge Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:13PM (UTC)

Freshwater Lures from SMITH - Panish & DD Panish
Sunday, March 16, 2008
A minnow designed for twitching which is equipped with a near vertical lip and fixed weight. This lure produces rolling and wobbling that appeals to fish in confined areas, even if you use fast paced twitching. Consecutive hard twitch produces a fish running away, small short intermittent twitching reproduces a wavering small fish. The DD panish is intended for for trout and salmon fishing in the fast flowing midstream and downstream sections of rivers. Diving minnows that are high in resistance should be

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stable in water flow unless manipulated by the angler. The centre of gravity transfer system is designed to remain in place once the lure has achieved its position whilst in the panish it is a mobile system.

These lures are also suitable for saltwater applications Targeting sea trout, bass, pollack and many other species has never been more possible. Please call SEAi for more details.
These lures are available in the following dimensions and a wide range of colours and finishes DD Panish 95 SP and F 9.5cms - 12 gs - Depth 2.7ms DD Panish 80 SP 8cms - 7gs - Depth 2.2ms DD Panish 65 SP 6.5cms - 3.5gs - Depth 1.8ms Panish 85 F 8.5cms - 6gs - Depth 1ms Panish 70F 7cms - 4gs - Depth 1ms Panish 55F 5.5cms - 3gs - Depth 0.8ms Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:02PM (UTC)

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Troutin' Spin Interboron Rods
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Combine these rods with the range of Panish freshwater lures as featured below and you have a beautiful balanced freshwater application - casting lures from 2gs - 10gs the Interboron offers a unique fishing experience a combination of quality and excitement. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:28PM (UTC)

guiding the guide....
Monday, March 17, 2008
So you start the week on a Saturday morning by cleaning, polishing and hoovering the car, checking water and oil and diesel and placing some conversation pieces on the dashboard, a few flies or lures or something to spark a few words that will inevitably generate the first of many debates over the coming days. You get dressed in your best ‘guiding’ gear and of you go to the airport. This is always a strange time for me – mind games are played as you ask yourself ‘What will they look like’? ‘What will they be like to fish with?’ and then as you continue to wait for their arrival one of the party coming through recognises you with a smile that says so many things, and then the week begins. Introductions, hellos, flight ok? Hungry? No, ok, lets go to the car, it’s this way;

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I’m sorry what was your name again…seven days of intense focus and interaction. Its often that when the week is over I am left with a strange sense of anti-climax as I say goodbye to whom were once strangers but are now friends and close companions. Welcome to the world of the saltwater fishing guide. It is inevitable that the customer will often not know what to expect when he arrives. He will be quite prepared to ask lots of questions, questions you will have heard before and you will provide answers that are an integral part of the service that you provide. Questions in relation to tides and moon phases, weather conditions, temperatures and various other external influences will help you place the fisherman into a ‘category’. Other types of questions about local politics or the countryside or history will also force you to categorise the angler. Speed of questions, the number of questions, the type of questions, how the question is asked, and the often-animated conversations amongst the group in home languages before the next question follows helps you in forming and managing the customers expectations. And here we come to the greatest challenge of the next seven days – anticipating managing, and providing that expectation to the best of your abilities. Each customer’s expectation is unique and each customer is a fisherman. So when I met Steen Ulnits from Denmark at the airport in August not only had he a unique expectation, not only was he a fisherman, not only was he a fisheries biologist but as well as that he was an international fishing guide. A new challenge lay in front of me – how to successfully guide a fishing guide? For your information Steen is a fisheries biologist by education from the University of Århus but is now a full time outdoors writer and photographer. He works for a number of magazines - mostly the Scandinavian fly only magazine "Flugfiske i Norden" where, besides being one of the founders and present co-owner, he is on the editorial staff. He also has his own angling page in "Jyllands-Posten", the largest Danish newspaper with a

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circulation of some 250.000 during weekends. Being a fisheries biologist by education (and profession for some years) he has dealt a lot with environmental issues where and when they pertained to fish and water. He also specialises in fly-fishing and travel all over the world, sampling exotic fishing and thus obtaining new material for articles and books. Speaking of which he has written 20 so far - in his own name. Besides that he has translated 7 books into Danish and co-authored another 10 international books. Mmmmmmmmh…… Now here he was in Wexford looking to catch an Irish bass on the fly! After day two of gentle fishing I felt something was wrong. So what was it? I had made two mistakes. One, I assumed that because of Steen’s vast experience and knowledge that he would know exactly what to do and how to do it, and two, I wasn’t managing his expectations based on my assumptions, and hence he wasn’t catching any fish. Simple really. The fact was, he was not like any other customer and at the same time he was exactly the same. I had categorised him immediately as an expert who didn’t really need much interaction from me as I assumed he knew how to catch bass on the fly. Steen had had some experience of them in Denmark as they are now increasing their range into the Nordic countries. Or maybe they were already there and people just didn’t fish for them, and anyway he surely didn’t need me to show him how to catch a predator on the fly! However after four sessions Steen hadn’t hit a fish and I needed to put it right very quickly. Of course we had discussed equipment and flies and lines and fishing and tactics in detail but what had we missed? Steen was using a #8 rod and a #8 integra ted floating shooting head with a ten-foot leader and a traditional lefty’s deceiver size 1/0. There was nothing spectacularly wrong there as I suspected. His casting was what I like to refer to as a relaxed style with an equally relaxed retrieve of a slow strip and stop. The thing was, as I stood and watched him on the last session of day two he was continuously casting and retrieving to the same place and retrieving at the same pace with the same fly. Nothing changed in his almost robotic and yet effective technique. I say effective in as much as the fly was presented correctly, was fished correctly but it was monotonous, too monotonous almost without confidence and with a degree of uncertainty. He needed to change and so did I. On the third session I went into super guide mode. I didn’t care if he was a ‘world-class’ expert; from now on he was been treated as if he was a novice saltwater fly fisherman. I

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have as a preference started to use Varivas tapered leaders so I suggested to Steen that he do likewise. Our fly choice was my default clouser minnows in white and white and chartreuse, coupled to the same colours in a bucktail deceiver pattern that had proven successful all spring and summer long. I ensured he had sufficient supply of both types. This session was an evening one and as the wind was north northwesterly the sky was prone to dramatic light and colour changes as had been the case for many days. Temperatures were down slightly an d water clarity was incredible. However over the last few evenings I had noticed baitfish appearing in shoals along the coast often chased by hunting mackerel. As yet they remained out of reach of our flies. The venue was an open beach with some rocky outcrops. Recently I had picked up fish cruising along the outcrops as they hunted with the rise of the tide. Takes were fierce and often as not the fish were deep hooked so I also removed the barbs from the flies we were using. So I positioned Steen along one of the outcrops and explained in detail some of the observations I had made over the past few weeks. I drew in the sand some of my ‘theories’ not really knowing whether they were true or not but at this stage I wanted him to have a very positive attitude and feeling of confidence. So we began to fish again – fan casting over the outcrop and…. nothing happened. I moved up the beach to explore the next set, took a lazy cast and hit a small fish of about two pounds; whilst I was landing him I noticed another bigger fish hunting through the channels of the outcrop. I walked back down the beach and spoke to Steen telling him of the fish I caught and of the possibility of him catching the one I had also seen. We attached a grey and white bucktail deceiver pattern and Steen made his first casts in the direction of the fish. He stripped the fly and bang – was on, at last! During the evening as the light continued to amaze us and the evening sun began to set we were treated to more fish. Mackerel chased sprats onto the beach and I’m sure some bass chased the mackerel too. We changed our rods to #4’s and simple silver patterns and had some real fun. Just before the light disappeared Steen had another bass on the deceiver. It happens a lot like this. Sometimes it’s a little mysterious. I believe you can make things happen in fishing simply by talking and communicating to someone that they are doing fine and by making them feel more confident suddenly they catch fish. I felt I didn’t need to make Steen feel confident, I assumed he was more than capable and I’m sure he was. However, that extra ingredient, that last piece of the jigsaw was missing – you can never assume anything in fishing least of all that either you or someone else knows exactly what to do. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:53AM (UTC)

people often ask me.....
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
People often ask a lot of questions about my fly fishing. The one sure question you can be asked is about your choice in equipment and especially rods and reels. I dont like to make recommendations as such but i do know that what i use has been influenced by time and continued performance. When i am guiding i often use carbon composite fly reels - they are tough, resilient and hard wearing and dont need to much minding.

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When i am fishing by myself the reel i use is the Danielsson LW 6 nine. All i can say really is its ideal reel for use in Irelands saltwater environment with modern single handed rods and light two-handed rods for salmon, sea trout and all Irish saltwater applications. A drag system needs to be completely waterproof to be reliable, and must withstand any condition the angler might encounter, including exposure to saltwater, sand or dirt, and extremes of temperature. It also has to be easy to handle and should require almost no maintenance. Danielsson's extreme requirements as to function, materials and manufacture have resulted in exactly such a drag system, completely sealed to the highest industrial standards and impervious to the dirt and water that are the Achilles' heel of other reels.Tomas Danielsson also wanted to maintain the advantages of light weight and a large arbour and the result is the LW series. Almost as light in weight as the Original and FW models, and with an astounding braking ability, the LW is a superior reel for singlehanded fly rods that you can trust to get the job done.Danielsson LW features: * Waterproof and heat resistant bearing and drag assembly in Hi-End materials. * Works in wet or dry, cold or warm conditions, through the full range of drag settings. * Pressure chamber tested: waterproof down to 10 atmospheres. * Form and friction-stable drag discs withstand temperatures to 2000°C. * Corrosion resistant, anodized high strength aluminium. * Other components in stainless steel. * Large drag knob makes it easy to set correct resistance. * Min- and max- settings available within 330 degrees of knob travel. * Optional outgoing/incoming clicker (can be deactivated). * Easy-to-change spools. * Large arbour/fast line retrieve. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:24AM (UTC)

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My sixth year of guiding for.....& the C+R competition
Thursday, March 27, 2008
This will be my sixth year of guiding for bass on the Wexford coast - I have spent the last few days fly fishing for sea trout with some success and during that time I was fondly remembering the summer of 2003. This was the summer when i made my first editorial and it was with Voyages des Peches - one of Europes leading sportfishing magazines. The photograph above was made on the first afternoon of three - both fish hit at the same time on surface lures, an unforgettable experience. Like all the editorials that were to follow and still do, it was a fantastic 3-day succes. We filled 6 pages in the magazine and the stories are still heard in Paris. The latest article from SEAi is featured in the European magazine Vliegvissen. If you would like to read more editorial please visit my resource page on http://www.bassfishing.ie/ Here you can see articles from - Fish and Fly, Peche Mouche, Loup et Bar and many more. I had during the summer of 2002 'field tested' the business with some customers using modern lure fishing techniques and enjoyed such a high degree of success that I finally decided to take the plunge during that winter, and try guiding as a job. Now six years later I am witnesss to a growing popularity in lure fishing for bass all along the coastlines of south eastern Ireland. Bass fishing for six months of the year on the Wexford coast, five days a week for the past five years, I have seen some spectacular sites, witnessed incredible fish and learned an incredible amount of techniques and methods. But most of all it continues to give me great pleasure to be Irish and presenting this wonderful country to all my customers both foreign and national and the wonderful fishing we are lucky to have here. As i move into my sixth year I continue to learn and develop new techniques both in modern lure and fly fishing. This year I will concentrate more on developing flies and techniques for Irish saltwater fly fishing. I am looking forward to the season of 2008 and offer you a chance to enter my C+R competition. THE COMPETITON If you would like to enterPlease submit your favourite photographs of a catch and release fishing scene on fly or lure (made during 2008) to SEAi sportfishing@eircom.net - the final decision reagrding the winner will be made on September 30th 2008 - and a prize of 100.00 euros of tackle can be won. Photos will be posted to the SEAi galleries as they arrive between now and September. click on this link to view the gallery http://www.swsfd.fotopic.net/c1482798.html Good luck and tight lines Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:43PM (UTC)

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Lure fishing techniques for saltwater - Ireland
Thursday, March 27, 2008
During April I will post short daily (if possible) articles here on saltwater lure fishing techniques - this will cover a lot of aspects of surface lure fishing, jerk baits and soft bait presentations to bass and other species in Ireland. I will also cover lots of valuable fishing tips and techniques to help improve your lure fishing...... During the five seasons that i have guided for bass on the south coast of Ireland I have learned a lot of angling information. This information has been learned from or given to me by many mature and vastly experienced anglers who have travelled wide in their destination angling, and particularly those in the saltwater fly and lure fishing arena. Their exploits have brought many of them to places like South America, Japan, Europe, the USA and Africa - and it is this wealth of experience that i can share with you. This 'experience' covers a wide range of elements ranging from equipment, safety, techniques and observations made over not only the last five years but also how it has been succesfuly applied and adapted to Irish saltwater fly and lure fishing during that time. I have managed to 'track' a lot of anglers opinions in relation to the performance of various items and equipment, and as a lot them travel the world in search of new species and destinations there are a few common factors they all come to demand and expect from the equipment they use. Be it reels, lines, rods or lures - factors like the ones below are a few that are most regularly mentioned • constant reliability • fishing performance • endurance and longevity • balance • effectivity As a result of this monitoring I continue to work closely with companies who manufacture and distribute modern lure and fly fishing rods and reels. I want to continue to learn and understand new and emerging techniques and methods and how they might be applicable to my business here in Ireland. In respect to the postings please dont hesitate to make a comment on any of the topics, in fact contributions would enhance the pages, or indeed if you have any questions or aspects of lure/fly fishing that you might like to discuss here dont hesitate to mail me at sportfishing@eircom.net and I can personalise your question. I must add that everyone has an individual preference or experience. These different opinions and experiences that are expressed and discussed here have been condensed over a long period of time with a lot of valuable contributions from many people. They are not biased in any direction and are offered here simply as help or assistance to anglers. Jim Hendrick Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:25PM (UTC)

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Salt Water Lure Fishing - Part 1 of 21 - Surface Lure Fishing I
Monday, March 31, 2008
Of all the types of fishing an angler can experience in Ireland surface lure or ‘topwater’ lure fishing is without a doubt one of the most exciting, enjoyable, addictive and may I say simple techniques for catching predatory fish and especially bass. It is certain that if you are seeking the ultimate bass fishing experience, then surface lure (or fly)fishing is the way to go - the awesome visual action of fish strikes and attacks that happen very regularly are unforgettable. The added visual appeal and response that comes with surface lure fishing is very powerful in terms of angling pleasure. It’s very often that the result of a missed strike when a bass swims away unhooked after that mighty attack and hit is enough to produce a satisfactory experience for the angler – its an adrenaline rush and very addictive so be warned!

Using lures that float on top of the water is what makes surface fishing more of an exciting angling experience than any other style of fishing. Lures that are primarily used are specifically known as ‘topwater’ or ‘surface’ lures. These types of lures are quite simple looking; many are produced in realistic, baitfish type patterns with lifelike appearances and colouring to appeal to fish’s sensory receptors. Most surface lures are hollow-bodied and made from hard durable plastic or wood with a standard tail treble hook, and in some cases, two other treble hooks. Debarbing and reducing the number of hooks will help your fishing and protect the fish and YOU from unnecessary damage. So what are the tactics for surface lure fishing? Any angler despite their angling experience can attempt and even master the basics of surface lure fishing quite easily. It’s a little bit of work at the beginning, but it’s really worth the effort. The concept is simple, and basically involves being able to fish on the surface of the water. The trick though, is being able to manipulate the way one’s lure acts, floats, swims and reacts on the water’s surface. What you need to have is a decent ability to coordinate your rod, line retrieve, and the timing of each with specifically hand eye coordination. Surface lure fishing starts with your eyes and ends with your wrists and hands. You must watch the lure (particularly the way it reacts) as your retrieve and fish it. Secondly, using your wrists and retrieving line hand on your reel to control line pull, tug and twitch, and thus create lure action or animation. When the lure is swimming successfully on the water’s surface it is this enticing element that the fish beneath the water is fully drawn to. Techniques for fishing in a surface manner can vary from popping the lure to walking it or twitching it in a lifelike manner across the surface.

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All the above cannot be done with out proper line tension and control Without doing this, the way the lure reacts will not appear natural or act in the correct manner for which it was designed. Thus slack line in your cast and retrieve will yield sloppy and non-realistic fishing action. Keeping a ‘realistic’ fishing action as much as possible with your surface lure presentations is crucial, especially since bass react very positively to lifelike lure movement. Next month () - retrieves for early season lure fishing. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:35AM (+01:00)

Saltwater fly fishing - Part 1 of 21 General Fly Choice
Monday, March 31, 2008
Choosing Flies What fly should I choose for saltwater flyfishing in Ireland? Its not and easy question to answer in one sentence, and I guess its probably not possible. Saltwater fly selection can be as simple or as complex as you make it. You have so many choices and so much information that it can often become terribly confusing. You can buy flies at tackle shops, on the Internet, or indeed learn to tie your own often to no particular avail. I am asked all the time what the best fly to fish with, when making fly selction choices bear in mind the species you are pursuing. Saltwater fly patterns are relatively few in number in comparison to the huge number of flies used in freshwater so that makes things a little simpler. Saltwater flies are somewhat restricted in their scope - mainly baitfish and crustacean patterns, yes there are smaller bugs like slaters and hoppers and things so ‘matching the hatch’ is an option for the creative tier. The obvious answer is ‘.... Something that looks like a small fish!’, but we all know its not that simple and there are many factors other than a small ‘fishy’ looking fly that also need to be examined before making the decision to tie on a fly. Size, type, colour, and target species - when and what do I choose? I have caught several species on one pattern, I have caught bass on bonefish patterns, I have caught mullet on seatrout patterns, and I have caught flounders on rainbow patterns! What does this tell us about saltwater flies, or indeed about saltwater fish? Given the predatory instinct of the fish and the tactics of the careful and strategic angler the WHAT type of fly becomes less important (but not entirely so) and rather the HOW the WHEN and the WHERE becomes much more relevant and important. So the following are flies I would recommend for the beginner in Irish saltwater fly-fishing

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Deceivers – White and white and chartreuse, olive and brown and tan – size 2 – 2/0 Clousers – White and white and blue, pink and white and olive size 2 – 2/0 Others – Charlies in tan and brown, Fredes, Minkies, Gotchas in black and white and pink and white, oh and some surface Po ppers/Gliders/ Gurglers. Next Month ()- the instinct of the decision Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:37AM (+01:00)

what we saw today the dog and I - April 1
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:17AM (+01:00)

IWASHI
Friday, April 04, 2008
Ar e you ready for Summer? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:44AM (+01:00)

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Saltwater fly fishing - P2 of 21 - The instinct of the decision
Friday, April 04, 2008
There are times when you open your fly box and reach for a fly to tie on; and you have instinctively made the right decision. The fly fishes well, it casts well under the conditions and ultimately produces a result for you. This quick decision-making is done without any long gazing into the fly box and trying to decide on colour or size or type but rather extends from the confidence of experience that is now second nature to you and your fishing. You have spent your time on the water under many different conditions chasing many species. Some days are good and some days are bad - depending on your expectations of course. In terms of getting fish on a hook the reasons for not catching fish are equally as important as the reasons for your successes. Doing the same thing incessantly to no real end with no real result is soul destroying. While we don't need to operate like scientists, some analysis as to the reasons of success or failure is important. This analysis if you want to call it that, fine tunes us and focuses our attention on many factors. Wind direction, temperature, light conditions, tide, moon, time of year and fish behaviour etc and in this case the fly choice. We cannot wait for all of these factors to be in their optimal positions or 'best levels' and then decide to go fishing - it simply wouldnt happen, but we can learn the influences of each element and hence make valid angling decisions. So when does the Type become more important rather than the Where or the How? My 'go to' BASS fly is a white and chartreuse deceiver pattern on a size 1/0 hook. Nothing very revolutionary there, but it could also be a white and chartreuse clouser minnow. Already there's an option. Two very important flies - two decisions, and then more when you add colour and more when you add hook size! I have already said my 'goto' fly is a white and chatreuse deceiver - but it is only my choice on unfamiliar ground. When fishing a new area for the first time this is my choice.

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If i catch fish on this fly at a venue (never more than 3) then I may change to a different pattern. If the subsequent pattern doesn't provide results under a similar time frame, in the same conditions then i will change again, and again. This may result in you been able to determine an optimum fly for a particular set of circumstances. If you cast any fly and you catch some fish then its one of those days - if you cast only a particular pattern that catches fish (where others havent or in greater numbers or in an accelerated time frame) then its time to sit up and take notice. Visiting the venue on other occasions under similar circumstances may well confirm this for you. Now your 'goto' fly for your new favourite venue might be a cockroach or a black deceiver. Depending on the circumstances! So you arrive at your fishing you open your box and out comes your singular choice from a range of patterns - you have caught a lot of fish in your last two visits using this fly and you confidence is high - then something changes - you dont catch any fish - you try changing a little bit but no luck! Next month () - where is my fly? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:56AM (+01:00)

Engelse-drop or the English Drop
Saturday, April 05, 2008

We had some fun with this little surface fly last summer - the Dutch name of the Engelsedrop is derived from a sweet which is available in Holland called the English drop. The colours above are also the colours of the sweet (look closely at the pic) - this fly was given to me by Jos van der Wouw and the tying sequence will be available in the gallery at the following link in the next few hours- http://www.swsfd.fotopic.net/c1487770.html have some fun on the surface with them Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:27PM (+01:00)

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what we saw today the dog and I
Saturday, April 05, 2008
I'm afraid the dog was hit by a car today (driver didn't stop) and has a badly injured leg, bruised but not broken! So 'what we saw today the dog and I' will be reduced for a while to what I saw today - I'm not even sure if he pays that much attention to the things I see to be honest - he's usually off at other things. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:51PM (+01:00)

what i say today - April 08
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:11AM (+01:00)

chasing saltwater silver - the elusive seatrout
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
I had the opportunity to fish two times this week and decided to lure fish for seatrout. With cool northerlies and north westerlies plus bright skies it was never going to be too easy. The sea has run crystal clear and remains 'cold' so I felt that fishing slow and deep was the order of the day. A little lift and drop on the bottom and then I had a some luck yesterday with two little fish of 34 and 35 cm's - I fished with a Shimano tecnium 2500, Smith Trout n Spin 8'-0" minnowing rod (casting 2-10 grammes), 3kgs bs braid, fluoroflex plus leader, and Smith trout 'n surger lures - 6 grammes, 6.5 cms. Bendy Rods - Jim

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Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:15AM (+01:00)

first signs of madness
Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is a copy of a mail i got yesterday Heh Jim Just got one in ............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 'bout 45cms. Old guy there before me with that casting style where you have the lure just off top of rod got one first. But i felt if he can get one so can i. Spotted his lure a small black and silver, the fish he had caught had at least 6 green sandeels in his gob. I fished and fished, my hands cold my back sore, was gonna call you for some support, just then another lad came along and had a taz dev on and said he had some success with it last year, i had tried all my small lures at this point so i found a green an silver taz unopened at the bottom of the box and stuck it on. First time i ever used one, cast it out the wind hit it it was like a frisbee and went about 20 yds. I

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thought to myself " thats trying to make its way back to tazmanian thats some yoke" but then bang and i was on to this fine fish. He didnt put up a great scrap, i had clutch on very light following your advice and he was mine. I measured and tagged him and bagged him for the old man who will be trilled. Its 20 years since we caught seatrout in .............. so he will be delighted. BTW 1 barbless hook worked no problem. Im so exited. ADENDUM this is a follow up mail i got this morning from the same patient I mean person Morning Jim I was lying in bed last night just about in the transfer/twilight zone and i was dreaming about the seatrout catch, i has reeling in the spinner in the dream and then he took it, so i struck! i dragged my hand across the sheet at 200mph and the sound of this woke me and the mrs my heart was pounding i thought i was gonna have a coronary or something. She said what are you doin, i said nothing, she said were you dreaming about your seatrout so i admitted to it and explained that the brain files away the memories and events of each day when you sleep and that this was so exiting for me that my brain gave me another chance to enjoy the moment. We had a good laugh about it! TRUE STORY m8 Am i nuts?

I leave the diagnosis up to the professionals....calling soon I'd imagine. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:44AM (+01:00)

Bass Fishing in Ireland - An overview
Friday, April 11, 2008
Fisheries Science Services
FSS recommends that bass should continue to be managed as an anglers’ rather than a commercial species. Regulations that are currently in place should remain and should be enforced. FSS also advises that efforts should be made to obtain wider protection through the European Union for the species which is seen to be vulnerable in Irish waters. All agencies involved with fisheries management and angling should continue to cooperate in the management of this species.

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Bass in Irish waters are protected by a number of measures whose effect has been to extinguish the commercial fishery for the species. The Bass (Conservation of Stocks)Order, 1990, regulates the activities of Irish fishermen within ICES sub-areas VI and VII: commercial fishing for bass is prohibited, the taking of bass using nets is prohibited, and Irish fishing boats must not have bass on board or engage in transhipment of bass. This order also sets the legal size of capture of bass at 40 cm. Two further measures, hitherto reissued annually, were in 2007 renewed on an openended basis. The Bass (Restrictions on Sale) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 367 of 2007) prohibits the sale or offer for sale of bass (other than bass which have been imported into the State). The Bass Fishing Conservation bye-law No. 826 of 2007 (S.I. No. 368 of 2007) imposes a bag limit of two bass in any one period of 24 hours and it provides a ban on angling for bass during the spawning season (15 May – 15 June). The combination of regulations have the effect of confining the exploitation of bass to anglers. Bass is the only marine fish species which is managed in this way in Ireland.

State of the Stock
The bass stock remains greatly depleted since the 1960s and 1970s. Irish bass landings are dominated by occasional large recruitments. Fish of 1989 and 1990 are now becoming rare in the anglers’ landings and the 1995 year class, which is robust among UK fish, is not strongly represented in Irish waters. However, the 2002 year class which was the strongest in the series of 0-group surveys since 1996 is due to recruit to the fishery in 2009 and the 2007 survey of 0-group fish was encouraging. Source - The marine institute Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:08AM (+01:00)

april evening at one of my favourite places
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:05PM (+01:00)

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Saltwater fly fishing - P3 of 21 - Where is my fly?
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Flyfishing in cold, early springtime saltwater or late winter time can be very difficult and even downright disssapointing for the fisherman. Its my belief that of all the fishing conditions that exist (except maybe cloudy and weedy water) saltwater fly fisherman dislike cold water the most. I have witnessed a lot of fisherman become so frustrated over these early and late periods (Spring and late Winter) that it makes them stop fishing during these parts of the season completely. From December through to late April is often avoided by many saltwater flyfishers and in fact its not until the warmer months of May or June that many will begin their fishing at all. I can understand this and there have been several points in time when I felt this way too but through some perserverance and with a little hard work there are some good tactics that can greatly increase your chances. There are other apects to this early and late season fishing that are beneficial too -as you make and complete your early or later sessions, you also get back into or stay 'in the groove' much earlier and longer than your warm water friends! Sometimes over a lazy and slow winter, picking up and starting that fishing momentum can become difficult a difficult thing! A bit like the fish who are sluggish, probably somewhat slow moving and generally finding things a little bit difficult - shake off those 'comfortable' feelings and get out there....during this time you will undoubtedy hit some 'weather windows'. This might be a few hours of exceptional conditions that suddenly bring fish on and you have success out of the blue - mark it down as something to watch out for in the future. Its something to amaze your friends with. 'You mean you caught fish in the middle of February you hear them ask' - 'its not possible' they say. You know it may not be very frequent but it is very possible. The reason - you are actively engaged and in tune with your fishing. Fishing in the 'off season' always seems to be better when the water temperature is steadily rising as in Spring and not falling as in late Winter. This often means that weather fronts are becoming a little more stable and it’s often bright and sunny for a number of consecutive days. These types of conditions will increase your chances of catching bass, seatrout and other species. Bass will start to move inshore in the Spring and there are two reasons why I think they are moving inshore. One reason is to find the warmer water, the second, is to find food.

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Food sources have probably diminished over the long winter and forage has been greatly reduced due to lack of sunlight and cooler temperatures at sea. It may be one of the reasons that during 'weather windows' fish move out of and then back to their winter haunts. I look for shallower water, and I definetly start looking for water clarity. Its difficult to know exactly what is the most common food source for fish are at this time of year. Crabs, shrimp little sandeels are probables. Throughout the wintertime when water temperature is cooler, I suspect predators are on the deeper bottom offshore and most of the food sources have already been greatly reduced. During early spring I tend to use smaller flies that are trying to imitate shrimps and small sandeels that I see along the shoreline. Be aware that the type of fish strike or take you will experience will tend to be more reactionary and slower rather than the sheer massive hunger or hunter strike that you will experience during mid and late summer. To get the fly to fish it means fast intermediate or sinking lines with clouser minnow types fished on or near the bottom - inched along or fished strip and stop. The retrieve and the fly line will put your fly in the right fishing position. So where is my fly? At this time of the year it needs to be on or close to the bottom! There are two fishing actions to make. One is the long strip you make with your line hand to move and pull the bait through the water. This is the initial 'triggering' method helping to grab the fishes attention. The second action is the stop or pause. This will allow the clouser to 'drop' to the bottom. So the fish has seen the fly swim and drop, maybe once or twice. It is during this 'fly activity time' that a bass will make the initial decision to take the fly, more often than not on the drop or pause. Pausing for 8 - 10 seconds is a good idea - even more, and sometimes Inching the fly along the bottom after the drop can result in very delicate pick ups by fish - be ready. Remember fish are very lethargic and don’t swim around using lots of energy in cold water. Tactics to use in terms of the retrieve and helping to put your fly in the right place. • make longer slower strips with less time on the pause or stop • make shorter strips with more time on the pause or stop • increase the time of the bottom 'inching' • add some stopping and starting to the bottom 'inching' • slow down - A LOT! Next month (May) - Help - what type of fly? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:28AM (+01:00)

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Spring light at the cut
Sunday, April 13, 2008
You may have read the second posting I ever made to this blog back on the 12th of January called winter light at the cut - it was a cold dark miserable January day. These photographs were taken under different lighting conditions and just shortly after the cut had been made - 3 months later. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:11PM (+01:00)

Salt Water Lure Fishing - P2 of 21 - Retrieves for early spring and...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Since I've posted on SWFF tactics for cold spring water I would like to mention today some ideas for SWLF at this time of year. I have already mentioned 'weather windows' and this post is not specifically about watching weather patterns and then meeting with success (i'll do that later) but its more about a few ideas as to how. One thing is definite however and that is the amount of effort you will need to make at this time of year is considerably greater than the easy fishing of summer and early autumn when fish are more aggressive.

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At the time of writing sea water surface temperatures are roughly between 9 and 11 degrees at the moment and this is just over the effective operating temperature for bass fishing. In other words fish should be somewhat active. Again i can only speak out of experiences here at Wexford for the following water temp ranges as described to me some time back by a fisheries biologist as best as i can remember At 5 degrees its the minimum acceptable temp for their existence or range Below 8/9 degrees they seem to enter a state of suspension - slower metabolism (soft lures, suspended lures) Between 10-12 degrees you can catch them on DR diving lures and sinking fly lines Between 12-15 degrees you can catch them on surface lures and flies and most other lures Above 16 degrees oxygen starts to becomes an issue and they are not present/ or feed in cooler waters However winds have been predominantly Northerly and North easterly over the last few weeks and surface temperatures of the sea are a little down. I have a few notes from the archives that indicate my first surface bass fishing wouldnt generally begin with confidence in numbers until early May, and then its time to stop as the season is closed! Traditional methods of fishing at this time of year involve casting and retrieving - casting and retrieving with lots of different types of lures - tobies, krills, rapalas etc. But what if we were to cast and not retrieve or at least retrieve much more slowly and EFFECTIVELY - it could take us three minutes or more to retrieve our lure. So what are we doing? We are presenting the opportunity to the fish to strike the lure for much longer periods of time. Rather than casting and pulling lures at speed past slow and often sluggish fish we are giving them the opportunity to take at their operating factors and not ours. In order to achieve this we can fish with suspending jerk baits. These lures do not float or sink but rather suspend at the depth to which we fish them. We make our cast, tighten into our main line and feel the lure engage - a few deliberately slow turns of the handle will get the lure to swim and dive - and then we stop and wait and.........wait, but maintaining contact with the lure - gently we fish it home. Adding a little speed will drive the lure deeper and as we make the stop again and again the 'active roll' of the lure when suspended is enough to entice a cold water take. Next month (May) - fishing ultralight Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:21AM (+01:00)

Three days in the melting pot
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Sea bass on the fly! When I mention this to people who ask me about my preferred fish and fishing method, it is usually met with a number of various facial expressions and I’m sure some mental debate. I can see some people thinking ‘…. he said bass on the fly, he must be mad...’ the quizzical look or some anglers think ‘…I’ve heard about this but never actually given it a go…’ the thoughtful look and then sometimes you get the expert guy

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who volunteers ‘…I’ve caught permit and bones in the Seychelles but never tried my hand at sea bass...’ the waters too cold approach. Anglers are as varied as the fish in the sea! This summer I had the pleasure of fishing with an angler who really has caught bonefish, tarpon, permit and carangues on the fly. From Kamchatka to the Koala Peninsula, from Iceland to the Caribbean he had fished in some of best fly-fishing arenas of the world. They wanted to fish Wexford for bass! I met him and his friend one Sunday afternoon in July at Dublin airport in a cold force 5 blowing in from the Northeast. After establishing who everyone was I was told that one set of fly rods had not come off the plane and just to liven things up I noticed it had started to rain. This was day one of three – a nice, testing start to a hectic three-day schedule. The drive from Dublin to Wexford took about three hours in torrential rain and falling temperatures. One thing you don’t need for bass fly-fishing is a rapid change in temperature and you certainly don’t need strong winds. Oh and one other thing that doesn’t help is a customer with high expectations on a tight schedule in tough weather. I had already written off day one and once we made it to Wexford I would check the weather satellites and make some decisions regarding day two. I had 68 hours to get my client some fish. On the way down talk was loud and animated, discussion ranged from tactics and fly types to lines and depths, speed of retrieve, retrieve types and back to choice of colour – it shortened the journey and helped lighten the three hours of concentrated driving. At eight that evening I enlightened my clients that the wind was remaining in the Northeast but slackening somewhat. Temperatures were about three degrees below normal and we would have an early start at 5:00 am. They appeared happy with my decisions. 64 hours remained. In these tough weather situations it is essential to remain positive. I believe one of the measures of a guide’s strengths is his ability to get fish for his clients even when conditions are bad. Having done my homework and already spent nearly 600 hours at work so far this summer I felt confident that we would get a result, I had the locations that produced fish even in an easterly breeze, fewer mind you but they were there. It was down to the clients. 5:30 am – 58 hours left, first venue. A little more weed than I would like floated on the waters surface and in the mid layers, I felt it would clear in the running tide at about 6:15 and we would just have to fish through it. It’s seldom that you can pick up a fish in seaweed soup but it has happened. We persevered and we all got into fly-fishing mode after about one hour. The weed cleared and water clarity with it. Wind was from left to right at about fifteen to twenty miles per hour – not too bad but a little cold. Four hours later and we had no fish. I called an end to the session and suggested coffee and a break till this evening. During the drive back to Wexford conversation was a little quieter and questions a little more direct. ‘Why do you think there was no fish this morning Jim?’ ‘Do you think we will get fish this evening?’ ‘Are we going to the same place?’ When I first heard these questions from a customer I automatically assumed responsibility for not getting the client some fish. I would come home disappointed and disillusioned. Today things are a little different. It still hurts when you work very hard, you plan, you ensure that the flies are working, your support gear is ready, the timings and tides are optimised

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to venues, secondary options are evaluated and then you don’t get fish. But I have learned that even after all of these things and more, you cannot be responsible for fish, you can only optimise your client’s chances of catching them based on your abilities and continuous commitments. We were at the second venue, there was 52 hours left. The wind had increased slightly and moving to the south, temperatures were still down but rising slowly. The water was beginning to get coloured and I knew this was a bad sign I would have to resort to Wexford harbour and the shelter it offered for the next session. But lets get this one done first. As is often the case after a tough first session fish will come in the second or third attempt. After four casts my client was into a decent fish of about 4lbs, then his friend had one of about 3lbs and promptly lost it. After five more hours all three of us had no more. 47 hours. This was session three in a five-session schedule. We had one fish and the weather was beginning to improve. The tide on sessions four and five would be very favourable and I believed fish would come late in the client’s three-day visit. It’s a different perspective from the customer’s point of view, expectations are high, it’s the second early session and concentration is beginning to lag a little. Its cool and bones and muscles are stiff. It takes a while to get moving. But the prospect of bass on the fly is a great incentive. I had 39 hours, I was confidant that in the second last or last session we would get some decent fish, pull through this one and we would be ok. I had taken my two customers into a secret location in Wexford harbour. Tides were running a little faster and fish usually piggybacked a free lift. We managed three fish in the middle of the session, one each. After four fish and 38 hours fishing, pressure was building a little and conversations in the car on the way home had almost died, and then there was silence. Evening came around and there was noticeable lift in attitude. Heads were held higher, gear was assembled faster, and waders were already on before we got to the venue. There was no waiting around for instructions this time, the customers had heard them before and in the warm evening sun I knew what I had suspected would begin to happen. We had three fish each that session – exceptional fishing by any means and one ran to 5 and a half pounds weight. There were whoops and yells and photographs and all fish were magic and beautiful and I felt the pressure lift and could really enjoy myself for the remaining few hours of daylight and I was already looking forward to the last early morning session… on the way home the car was full of questions and chat and congratulations and the recalling of events and sights and splashes and shakes of heads and shaking of hands and exclamations and big 'No's' and looking and re-looking at the photos in the small screen of the digital camera and then eventually there was silence and vacant smiles. A different silence. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:37AM (+01:00)

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Your phone calls
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I’ve noticed that during periods of fine weather the number of phone calls I get increases dramatically. I guess it’s a normal thing, fine weather gets people thinking about fishing. Not all of the phone calls I get are in relation to business of course and for the past few years many of them are in relation to illegal bass fishing. During the last weeks of March for example I received 3 calls connected to this subject from different people. These are not what I would term or call ‘I suspect..’ calls; these are confirmed sightings of the regular illegal activity of bass fishing. Boxes of fish been landed, nets been shot, fish been sold, vans coming to collect. People, make these calls to me, whom have consistently witnessed this activity over the same periods for many years in the same places – and this year is no exception it seems, the theme of this years calls is no different. The general content of these calls is that the people who have made them have been through the correct channels of the fisheries boards, the gardai, some people have even contacted local politicians and STILL the activity continues unabated. The question these people ask me is generally something like ‘…maybe you might be able to do something Jim…’ I keep hearing the same names, the same descriptions, the same places, and the same activity, - the same exasperation and frustration is obvious from the tone of one caller to the next. As an angler I sympathise and listen to the calls that I get, make some notes. I cant really do much either. Then I get more calls or people stop me in the street! In few weeks time I will close my small business for four weeks – this is the closed season for bass fishing – May 15th to June 15th. Closing a business for four weeks seems like madness but its one of the factors that I need to work and plan around until I develop an alternative solution. During these four weeks I will see anglers fishing for bass quite openly – but what is really frustrating is the continued illegal netting pressure that operates openly during this time, closed or open the activity continues. This year, since Christmas, I have had 4 requests from potential visiting groups of anglers – two from Italy one from Holland, and one from France – to fish in Wexford during the period of May 15th to June 15th. These people are ALL fly fishers – single hook and have a C+R frame of mind. One of these groups would have had a significant impact on promoting bass fishing in Ireland. I have managed to re-negotiate one of the groups for guiding later during the year, the others I’m afraid will go to fish elsewhere in the world during this time. This is what the business has to deal with and absorb and it’s just an example. Dont get me wrong, I’m not looking for anything and I am not in any way advocating opening the closed season (god forbid) but maybe you can imagine my normal sense of frustration at

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turning away the business when its obvious that

The economic benefits from a personal point of view are good The impact that the 4 groups would have on the local economy are considerable The positive profile that would continue to be built around the bass fishery in South East Ireland through international editorial would be enhanced Remember its a sustainable practice with little or no environmental impact The promotion of Ireland as a world class angling destination would continue
but where it really hurts and the frustration is magnified is knowing that during this time of the closed season, and during the entire bass season that the nets are out there killing hundreds of fish, with no management, no foresight, no sustainability, no planning destroying another national resource with no consideration to any positive or creative possibilities. So please keep making the calls, I will do what I can, as anglers I share in your frustration. As a person trying to promote our country as a world class angling destination, with a sustainable plan with continued positive impact on local communities maybe now you can share in some of my perspective too ! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:47PM (+01:00)

trout from a lake
Sunday, April 27, 2008
David and I went fishing on Friday and Saturday, we were fly fishing for pike. Friday proved very difficult with wind and driven rain, the lake felt like a cold grey miserable place. There was a short window in the afternoon and we hit some fish more of which later. Saturday began a little slowly too but picked up speed throughout the morning and early afternoon. Unexpectedly a ferocius attack on Davids lure left us stunned and as he struggled to get his fine fish closer to the boat we could only guess at its size. Running repeatedly and fighting doggedly we imagined a considerable fish. Eventually landed, weighed and measured at 7lbs and 6 ounces going to 26 inches an incredible brown trout under any circumstances. Bendy Rods - Jim

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Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:55PM (+01:00)

destination (wexford) fly fishing
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
These are some stills taken from (above) a DVD I made with Marryat and Marc Petitjean... http://www.petitjean.ch/eng/home/default.as p as you can see his flies, material and fishing skills work not only in Wexford but all over the world. A great fishing companion, just ask him about my mothers home-made blackberry and apple tart!! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:13PM (+01:00)

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The Saltwater Guiding Service from SEAi.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Since 2003 SEAi has carefully developed and continues to build a customer base consisting of dynamic and progressive European and Irish saltwater sportfishers. My saltwater service continues to grow and develop and we constantly attempt to improve and provide the following for you to enjoy.

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1. Travel to and from your airport - Dublin, Cork or Waterford in ou r comfortable SUV. 2. On your arrival you can relax in our quality accommodations based in a quiet mature suburban setting, a short walk from our town centre. I can ensure your stay will be a comfortable and pleasant experience. Information is provided in our SEAi info pack and you can sample some of Wexfords local breads, cheeses and Jams from our welcome basket.

3. Your fishing is matched to the optimum weekly tides and a printed plan of our daily activity and fishing requirements including regulations is provided and discussed in detail on your arrival and on a daily basis. 4. Wexford town HERE and all of its amenities is easily accessible, you are less than three minutes walk from restaurants, shops, pubs and many places of local interest. All are here for you to enjoy, relax and play. I recognise that todays visiting anglers are not only interested in but expect the following from their guiding services o A modern approach to guiding coupled to a high degree of success whilst providing competent safe and insured angling solutions o An in depth knowledge of saltwater lure fishing, all its technologies, target species and maximum potential realised o An in depth knowledge of saltwater fly fishing, casting, target species and maximum potential realised o Educational facilities and opportunities incorporating leading edge methods and techniques with a view to improving angling skills o Availability of balanced quality tackle and equipment ensuring maximum fishing pleasure o Quality accommodation and hands on service and support facilities o Conservation and environmental influences and issues o Traditional aspects of modern Irish life and opportunities to experience and learn of local history and sites of interest. The Guiding Service offers the absolute highest level of professionalism and customer service. When you book a trip with SEAi for Saltwater, River or Lake fishing, you can expect an experience punctuated by, and emphasised around you, your safety and enjoyment. I am a fully insured professional guide with years of angling and guiding experience along the coastline of South Eastern Ireland. Whether you are a seasoned angler or someone who is interested in either learning the craft of saltwater fly or lure fishing, or simply improving your angling skills, I hope your visit to Wexford and the SEAi centre can exceed your expectations. My service offers a variety of bespoke solutions catering to your needs, for example.

• One night stay and one day workshop - two four hour sessions with lunch €275.00 • One night stay and one days workshop - one six hour session with light ref reshments €255.00

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• Two nights stay with two days guiding - bespoke to your requirement €465.00 • One week stay five days guiding - bespoke to your requirements - p.o.a Trips include provision of top of the range lines rods and reels, flies, lures and terminal tackle. please call for further details I genuinely take your safety, enjoyment and relaxation very seriously, and I will go that extra mile to ensure your stay is a memorable one - regardless of whether you catch one fish or fifty.

The Fishing Requirements Salt-water lure and fly-fishing along the south east coast of Ireland offers some of the most productive and unspoilt fisheries in Europe. There are many opportunities for not only catching some quality fish but also for catching some different sporting species like sea trout and mullet on the fly or indeed lure. Your hunting grounds are very special places and have proven over time to hold some excellent fish. By putting into practice various saltwater fly-fishing and lure fishing techniques and methods South East Angling Ireland will ensure that you can benefit from this knowledge. A committed customer service enhances not only your stay but our experiences also. Our principal target species is bass; sea trout, mullet and pollack are also available to the interested angler. Along the way we may also encounter garfish, mackerel, mullet and wrasse. Should you require any equipment such as rods reels or lines SEAi can provide them all. Simply inform us of your tackle needs and we will supply them for you. Saltwater lure fishing tackle considerations The equipment required for saltwater lure fishing should consist of a lure or spinning rod,

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length of between 8'6" to 10'-0" capable of casting lures in the range of 10-30 grammes. A good quality fixed spool reel in the 3000 to the 3500 range or size loaded with 8 or 9 kgs braid is perfect. A range of diving and surface lures is also required and lure decisions can be influenced by the time of year and weather - for more details please call or mail me for best advice. If you require a boat fishing session then a slightly different outfit can be used as we often need to cast larger lures in the 35-75 grammes range so a suitable rod is recommended.Braid strength needs to be increased too - about 15kgs is sufficient. Again advice on lures and lure choice and tackle can be had by mail or phone. Saltwater fly fishing tackle considerations Generally required is a #9 - 9’0” saltwater rod, a saltwater large arbor reel with 75 to 100 yards of 10kgs backing. Lines need to be of two types floating and intermediate and they need to posses the profiles necessary to cast large bulky flies. If we need to go deep a fast sinking line can be provided. The intermediate lines should have a sink rate of between 1 and 2 ips. Leader material needs to be a combination of tough hard mono and a fluorocarbon or mono tippet. If you require any of these items for your holiday we will be happy to provide them for you at the agreed tariffs. A line tray is essential. Flies can be provided as a complimentary addition to you holiday. All lines and tippets can be IGFA approved if required. The gear and accessories The outdoor clothing you will need should consist of breathable wind resistant rain jacket and a pair of breathable or very light neoprene waders. Felt soled or a combination of studded and felt wading boots, a pair of Polaroid glasses, a cap and if you are travelling in autumn some thermal underwear. We recommend a layering system. If these items are not available to you then any suitable waterproof system can suffice shorterm. Sunfactor, a hat or cap and a digital camera are also recommended. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:17AM (+01:00)

shad in the river
Sunday, May 04, 2008
These beautiful fish were taken on the river By Ollie today Hi Jim,thought I might try for these guys in earnest today,and was rewarded with three smallish but very feisty fellahs. Great sport on light tackle.............. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:54AM (+01:00)

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Niall strikes it lucky - 10 days before close!
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Vision XLA 8/9 reel Vision 3zone SW #9 Rio Outbound #9F Rio Hard alloy mono Rio Flouroflex plus Oceanflies chartreuse and white deceiver Whilst guiding for Niall this week he had a real treat - it had been blowing easterly most of the week but was still mild. Water was loaded with weed for the first ten metres or so but Niall picked the fish up at about 15-18 ms out. Hit the fly hard in a big current fished across and down with little or no retrieve, loads of wave activity so he was in 'good spirits' - went back fine too.

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still stunned by the colours
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
the colours of these shad when taken from the river leave a lasting impression, a truly special fish. These photos dont really do them justice. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:48AM (+01:00)

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let sleeping monsters lie
Monday, May 19, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:49AM (+01:00)

Visiting anglers to SEAi and Wexford - 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The following nationalities are represented in anglers using the guiding services ot SEAi this season. Most anglers stay for more than four days and less than seven. The highest number of anglers interested in learning about SWFF are Irish. Saltwater Fly Fishing Denmark (6) New Zealand (2) France (8) Italy (3) USA (2) Ireland (10) England (2) Belgium (4)

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Saltwater Lure Fishing England (2) Ireland (4) France (9) Holland (3) Belgium (3) Spain (1)

Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:30AM (+01:00)

the fish - the smiles
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:02AM (+01:00)

............take off
Friday, May 23, 2008
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larry makes loops at the river
Monday, May 26, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:14AM (+01:00)

Boat Angling Ireland
Monday, May 26, 2008
Just a short note to the guys from BAI to say thank you for your patience and interest at Saturday evenings 'workshop'. Its not often I get the opportunity to speak in front of such a large number of people about the many aspects of Bass fishing. I was glad to be able to help and encourage many of you into what surely is some of the best and most exciting fishing Ireland has to offer at the moment.

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Your positive questions and answers allowed us to develop a very worthwhile evening, and for me personally it created and confirmed another opportunity to help continue the development of SEAi. keep casting - Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:21AM (+01:00)

there are other places too
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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what we saw today the dog and I - May 28th
Thursday, May 29, 2008
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Saltwater fly fishing - P4 of 21 - Choosing a fly
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Although I have been saltwater fly fishing for a good few years now I guess I’m still in my infancy when compared to many other people. I have also realised my personal fishing tends to be very much limited to the beginning and end of the seasons. In between times I’m guiding for customers and I generally don’t like to fish when guiding unless asked. Because of my limited time, which must be similar to many other peoples, I like to make the most of any opportunities that I may have. It still surprises me to get a fish on the fly and I always try to go fishing as best prepared as I possibly can. This to some extent eliminates the factor of luck, but I believe you make your own luck in many things and fly fishing is no different. During preparation I inevitably need to make choices regarding equipment etc. One of the things I have started doing lately is travelling only with my jacket, waders, line tray, rod and reel, two spare spools plus some tippet material. And that’s it! My jacket holds two fly boxes, the tippet material and the spare spools. Of course I’m tempted to bring another fly box but where do I put it – in a bag? Then I’ll put more stuff in the bag that I don’t need. But what flies do I put in my fly box? How do I make my decisions? Size Does Matter. Size is a very important factor when choosing from your selection. Early spring time and summer I tend to choose smaller, skinnier flies whilst later in the year and towards autumn my choice is towards bigger fatter flies. Be sure that what you see out of the water in a fly is replicated when the fly is in the water. Many materials have different qualities whilst under water! Shape and silhouette. If you are seeing sandeels in the water then i would suggest that you fish with a sandeel type pattern - long and skinny. If you see baitfish then choose a broader denser pattern. Often a change within a pattern type ie changing a deciever for a different deceiver from a different tier or material may result in more takes. This seems to be related to the material type of the fly and its better representation of the bait present in the water. How is the natural behaving? Imitating natural motion. If you are witnessing lots of surface smash takes from bass then it might pay to fish on the surface with a popper or gurgler. If baitfish are visible and moving slowly in tight shoals then fish slowly with a deceiver pattern on a dead drift. Again softer materials fished slowly are often all that is needed. If fish are beyond visible range a clouser pattern might be succesful in reaching those that are closer to the bottom.

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What colour is the sun? Whilst color may not be considered by many to be a huge factor in fly choice there are some hard and fast rules - colours closer to the surface are more important than colours in deeper water due to light absoprtion and reflection. Choose a colour that is closest to the natural baitfish present if possible - grey/white - brown/tan/olive - pink black/grey/white and a good general colour for bass is chartreuse and white or just plain white. My two boxes are divided into quarters - reading the quarters from top to bottom and left to right the following applies Bass Box 1 Quarter one - small clousers of the colours above and some with larger dumbells - size 41 Quarter two - larger clousers of the colours above - size 1 - 3/0 Quarter three - half and half patterns of the colours above size 1- 2/0 Quarter four - various clousers of different sizes and material Bass Box 2 Quarter one - small deceivers of the colours above size 4 - 1 Quarter two - larger deceivers of the colours above size 1- 4/0 Quarter three - eel and crab patterns of various sizes and colours Quarter four - surface patterns - poppers and gurglers size 1 - 4/0 Next month (June) - how far should I cast? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:10PM (+01:00)

Salt Water Lure Fishing - P3 of 21 - Fishing Ultralight Lures
Friday, May 30, 2008
Fishing ultra light lure gear doesnt mean ultra weak - dispense with that other theory too big fish big lure - yes its true on occasions but big fish also eat little fish if given the opportunity. Heres another one - light/small lures restrict my fishing - take that one with a big pinch of salt too! The biggest opportunity for the saltwater lure fisherman who chooses to fish ultralight is that it creates access to many more species. Seatrout, wrasse, bass, mackerel, pollack, garfish, even mullet can all be taken on ultralight tackle by confining your fishing to larger heavier lures and gear you may be limiting your experiences and opportunities for enjoying these other species.

Ultralight lures also transfer to fresh water for perch, pike, brown trout and salmon
How many quality seatrout have you caught on saltwater lures intended for bass - some perhaps, but by scaling down and adjusting your lures and lure tackle not only can you continue to target bass but you can also put seatrout positively in the frame! And so many other species too. By opening the box of micro lures your fishing becomes instantly more

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creative more active and more involved. So what is ultralight? To me ultralight fishing is done with lures less than 10 grammes in weight - rods are often shorter than eight feet - reels are small in the 2500 or less style of things and braids are kept light too , less than 5kgs. My current ultralight set up is of the following Rod -Smith Bayliner boron - casting 2 - 10 grammes - length 6'-6" Reel - Shimano stradic 2500 Line - Powerpro Tippet - Varivas fluorocarbon No swivel or clips are used. With this setup its possible to cast a 6 gramme lure 50 metres and more. Light lure fishing does not restrict your fishing, with the correct setup it enhances it. Nor does a balanced and light setup mean excessive 'playing' of fish. The technology invloved in modern ultralight lure rods allow you to/or 1. cast sufficient distances with micro lures 2. work the lure properly 3. work across a range of different lure types 4. land fish quickly and efficiently 5. fish comfortably for long periods 6. provides access to many different species Next Month (June) - Choosing ultra light lures for differnt species Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:42AM (+01:00)

Future posts scheduled for June
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Salt water lure Fishing P4 - Choosing micro lures - equipment and tactics Lure actions and retrieves P5 - getting the best from you lure Saltwater fly fishing P5 - How far should i cast - the casting phenomena in Irish saltwater Using the right lines P6 - lines for different species and occassions Dermot won a days workshop with SEAi on http://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/ in the RNLI draw. I look forward to his visit on the 19th and many other people during June of 2008. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:07PM (+01:00)

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Saving Lives At Sea - Sea anglers included
Monday, June 09, 2008
RNLI Sunday June 8th - Wexford http://rnli.tripod.com/home.html Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:30AM (+01:00)

Saltwater fly fishing - P5 of 21 - Fly casting for saltwater
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
This is not a ‘how to post’. In other words I’m not going to tell you how to fly-cast for saltwater. There are plenty of other people who are more prepared to do that. What I would like to try to get across to you goes something like this….

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‘…On a good day I can cast ‘x’ number of yards, on a bad day I struggle to hit ‘z’ yards.’ Where ‘x’ is a lot and ‘z’ is not that many!

Rudy Van Duinjhoven in Wexford Sometimes your preparation for a fishing session is meticulous to the point of obsession. It makes you feel good, and in control. You have prepared well, with a nice range of flies, lines, tippet, gear and you have done some planning around weather wind and tides. You’re focused, and on the drive down you feel calm and look forward to some hours of saltwater fly-fishing, the anticipation builds nicely as it’s your first time out in 10 days. It couldn’t be better.
Then somewhere between the third and tenth cast of your fishing you decide you want to go home. The cast is dumping and crashing, tailing loops are of phenomenal quality and distance well....at its worst you want to turn the rod into a javelin aimed at the vile heart of the cruel sea, go stomping and muttering back to the car, kick the rabbit you saw on the way down the path, and at the top of lane stop the car and bite and punch the steering wheel whilst growling like a mad dog. The following words perversely go through your mind 'With good casting technique you can place the fly where you want it, effortlessly and with precision and grace,...' they dont do anything to improve your mood. The loneliness of the long distance fly caster (or not) as the case may be! If you are already a capable caster in terms of both distance and presentation, in most saltwater conditions, then you can usually weather these storms and pour some oil on the issues. But if you are new to the sea or indeed flycasting then its more of a problem. Without the experience or indeed a number of 'negative casting' experiences how can we learn to deal with the above? Or more importantly can we recognise the early signs of a bad day and find a middle ground, not X or Z but Y perhaps? I think the important thing to remember is that it happens to everyone, and it happens less often than you might think. When it happens to me I tend to stop fishing very quickly. And for a while, I sit and watch someone else casting or simply watch the birds go by. I know that I probably wont cast to 'x' this time out but when I try again I make short accurate casts with small flies - if it works out then fine, I might make the move to further and bigger but only slowly, and sometimes I have to retreat! This is where 'y' exists - I am flyfishing within my limits and still enjoying it. Rather than persisting with the agony of a poor casting day it pays to take time out and to think about turning it around. You can do this by using many techniques but my favourite is to start again after a while and push little by little until you move from casting mode to fishing mode and once again you begin to think and feel this might be ok - there might be a fish behind that rock over there - pull through the cast, stop, yes, not perfect but ok......coming around now.....was that a follow? some tips to use when things are not working out from a casting point of view • Only put the amount of line you want to cast in your line tray • dont put the biggest fly in the box on first

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dont try to cast to the horizon with your first casts if you are using heavy sinking lines or big flies - open you loops and slow down try to determine where and how the fish are feeding if they are blitzing on baitfish then presentation or distance wont be a problem if they are visible then they must be reasonably close - but wary! at night fish are very close - very! a current can often carry your fly to the fish! overlining your rod by one can often bring back that 'feeling' take you time and relax

Next month (July) - choosing the right fly lines Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:39PM (+01:00)

Just arrived at SEAi
Friday, June 13, 2008
The following lures (and more) are available at SEAi indeed why not pay SEAi a visit and be the first to own some of the best lure and fly fishing equipment currently available. Smith Troutin Surger - 3.0 and 6.5 grammes - from 40mm - 60mm (vertical, rolling, falling, twitching, even try tracing the bottom) This lure is fitted with a special single hook! Application - seatrout, bass, pollack, mackerel, wrasse - garfish Also transfers to freshwater Smith DD Panish and Panish - from 3.8 grammes to 18 grammes - from 55mm95mm (diving, deep diving floating and suspending covering the table from .5 to 2.5 metres - weight transfer and a wide range of colours) Application - Bass , seatrout, pollack and mackerel Also transfers to freshwater Smith Zipsea pop and pen - 18 grammes (surface) Application - Bass, pollack. When you need

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a slow retrieve and yet need to maintain a good action in breaking waves a good lure silhouette is often very important. By 'giving' the lure to the fish through many realistic presentations in tough conditions these lures can perform like no other. Watch the zipsea pop generate a 'bubble stream' like you have never seen! Smith Kacoon - 20 grammes (sub surface walker, distance caster) Application - Bass . A sinking pencil lure with a fixed internal weight and a superb distance caster. By combining retrieve rate and rod angle you can create various actions such as drift and soft twitching often deadly in an estuary. At the open sea a more constant retrieve with a faster twitch is more successful as a 'provocation' type attack.

Smith Wavy - 12 grammes 8.5cms (diving - sinking) Application - Bass. When fishing in rocky and reefy areas you require a strong lure that can withstand impacts with obstacles like rocks, concrete, etc. The lip of the Wavy is attached further forward than that of conventional lures thus protecting the lures 'line to eye' relationship and helping to minimise rough ground hook ups.

Above - Japanese Sea Bass not dissimilar to our own Irish fish - in many many ways! Coming soon - La luna, zipseapen, Wavy (5 cms), Jib, and the new range of SMITH bayliner boron specialist bass rods. see the aaaaahhhhhh LAST post Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:36PM (+01:00)

......feeding activity
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:28PM (+01:00)

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aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhT LAST!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Smith Bayliner Boron in Action Photo made by Julien Garbil Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:03AM (+01:00)

At the SEAi SWFF workshop today.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Scierra XDA #8/9 Vision GT4 #9 Rio Outbound intermediate

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Custom leader - Rio Hard alloy mono - and flouroflex 35 lbs > 15lbs Hand built half and half (olive/white) size 2/0 Mangrove hip shooter line tray Ger Potter from Drumcondra is attending a two day SWFF workshop at SEAi - after some casting tuition this morning we went fishing in very strong south westerly winds looks like the practice casting paid off as Ger landed his first bass on the fly! Ger also ties his own flies and this excellent example of a half and half proved ideal in the rough seas today. A great achievement under any circumstances. I will put the step by step guides to the fly and more pics in the gallery later this week http://www.swsfd.fotopic.net/ Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:06PM (+01:00)

fly fishing the surf
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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SWLF - P4 of 21 - Using and choosing micro lures
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
One of the most frequent questions I am asked is 'What knot do you use to join braid to mono?' When dealing with micro lures any hindrance in terminal tackle will affect its ability to 'swim' correctly so I use a very tidy and strong knot called the Reverse Albright. Form a six inch loop in your braid using the improved clinch. Run the mono and the braid loop side by side, then wind the braid loop around the mono at least 12 times pass the tag end of the mono back through the braid loop - pull both ends of the mono slowly whilst holding the braid firm (usually wrapped around a pen or something similar) then ease the knot down. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:46AM (+01:00)

some days are better than others
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Daiwa Certate Smith Blowshot B90 RS Powerpro - 8kgs Rio flouroflex Smith Zipsea pen

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Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:26PM (+01:00)

Andrew and Philip - aka 'The Nolan Sisters'
Friday, July 04, 2008
Andrew decided to give Philip his brother two days bass fishing and guiding with SEAi for his 40th birthday. This meant they would fish twice on Thursday 04th and once on friday morning. The days were sandwiched between two weather systems and I felt it wasnt going to be easy! Fishing, and working hard they both got the results they deserved in less than ideal conditions. I had great fun as the digs and slagging flew........and the fish were on! Landing Gear Rods - Smith Bayliners - 7'-4" Reel - Shimano stradics and twin powers Line - Powerpro 8 kgs Tippett - Rio flouroflex and fluoroflex plus 9 kgs Lures - Various Location - The south east Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:59PM (+01:00)

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Saltwater Lure Fishing - P4 of 21 - Water Clarity (I)
Friday, July 04, 2008
I'll try and post some thoughts on water clarity over the weekend. This foto was taken on opening day 2008. Water clarity is a factor that will strongly influence your bass fishing. The extent of that water clarity; be it too clear or too unclear are at opposite ends of the tactical fishing spectrum. Fish behaviour is different at both ends and hence you will need to apply different methods to catch them. In clear water fish are often visible when swimming and when hooked will often be ‘mobbed’ by other members of the shoal. Often as you bring your fish closer to hand, this activity can be clearly observed. Clear water fishing is often full of refusals whilst on the other hand ‘brownish green’ water is impenetrable to our gaze and we wonder what’s going on down there, are there indeed any fish in there? All of my guiding services operate below the point at Rosslare burrow shore. In other words I never go ‘up north’ to do any bass fishing with customers. The reasons for this are related to water clarity and the challenges it presents. As you move into the estuary at Wexford and North past the Raven point the sea is in constant contact with sand. The currents and wind are in constant interaction with this sand and depending on their strength and direction as well as longevity there is a lot of ‘suspended’ particles in the water for long periods of time. There is sand all along the East coast and this is further complicated by channels and bars and strange and complex tides.

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Further south past the southeast corner, there is of course vast quantities of sand, but I

suspect this sand and the geography has different qualities than that on the east coast. There’s not as much of it – no long golden beaches of fine grains The sand particles have different qualities on the southern coasts There are rock platforms and deeper water closer to shore Currents tend to be stronger and faster There are less straight lines We are talking strictly shore fishing at the moment – bear in mind that estuary fishing has its own complexities like run off from the land and rivers. After a long period of say North or Northwesterly breezes the water clarity is often amazing on the south coast. A westerly breeze doesn’t affect this clarity adversely but as it swings further south towards the southwest or south then this breeze or wind begins to have its affects. The longer the wind blows and the greater its strength the more unclear the water becomes. Waves crashing and rolling puts particles into the water, the weather changes the environment! If you witness a lot of seaweed deposits on the beach its usually an indication of previous high wave and wind activity. This seaweed will rot and will often decompose into the sand where you are walking. When waves hit this sand it adds these smaller often-minute decomposing particles to the water and then you can witness quite a vivid two-colour scenario of blue and green (or even brown) at the sea close to shore. The water clarity and its longevity/components and causes are not an easy thing to understand. Because I’m exposed to it on an almost daily basis I try not to rationalise it but have developed a ‘sense of conditions’ based on experiences. Unclear water on the south coast is a different phenomena than that on the east coast and hence the fishing is different and you’re expectations should be too. You arrive at you fishing destination – its warm, a little cloudy and misty, high tide is in about 3 hrs and it’s a spring tide, wind is from the southwest force three. Perfect. Then you walk into he water and you can’t see your feet. Not so perfect! The cause of this unclear water has been wind force, wind direction, and the previous number of hours it has blown for. Combine this with heavy rain and you get miserable water conditions. One of the reasons I emphasise the need for anglers to tune into the weather systems is to try and enable the elimination of surprises and often disappointments. Taking the example above and applying it to today July 05th for example. It’s a nice sunny day here; it’s a bit breezy the tides are good I might go fishing! But. Already the water was murky, the wind blew very strong from the east in the last 12 hrs, and its still blowing at 4touching 5. It will get worse this afternoon. There has been no settling period for particles to descend. Sunday looks like a calm day with winds dropping this evening and all day tomorrow so by Monday morning or maybe even Sunday evening – fishing will return somewhat as particles descend, barometric pressure builds again and the water clears. The nature of the particles are heavier than those along the east coast, I believe they

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descend faster. Can you calculate the extent and the longevity of the unclear water?

The table above is a representation of wind force and a recovery rate for fishing. Please do not interpret this as 'definitive' or 'carved in stone' in any way. Its based around observations and experiences of the last 6 years or so. The way it works as a guide is that any number below three has a negligible if any effect upon the fishing. So for example if it blows force three for 4 days its value is 2 and has no effect real effect on your fishing (we are not considering direction). If it blows force 4 for four days its value is 3 and this does have an effect on your fishing or rather - water clarity and fish behaviour.

It should be noted that if it blows force six for 2 days its value is 2 this is in fact a 2+ and probably closer to three. The table values for force 6 and 7 should be treated with this in mind.
The values also give a rough indication of the number of tides it takes to recover so if it blows force 5 for three days we have a value of 3. Multiply this by 12 and this is the recovery time for water clarity from the time of the decrease in windspeed on your forecasts. A sudden drop in windspeed may increase the clearing process.

Please bear in mind this is an indication from clear to unclear on the south coast - it does not take into account the current clarity of the water. In other words if the water is already unclear this table is meaningless. It is also based on a slowing of wind speed to the negligible end of the table for a period of time, the 'future wind' on your current forecasts will decrease in speed from the value you are now taking.
A value of two is merely an indicator and can often be a heads up to change. Any value in the range of 3 or 4 and water clarity is affected and consequently so is your fishing beyond the factor of 4 fly fishing is generally impossible and even at 3 it can be downright difficult. Lure fishers can expect to fish up to a value of 4 and even an early session at 5 but not for any extended periods. Because the south east coast is subject to so many influences - water depth, current speed, geography, weather, its possible to locate areas of 'clearer' water even when winds are blowing hard. This is where again, ground work and perserverance pays of. By constantly fishing in the one location you may well become accustomed to its patterns but you are also subject to its negative influences. You need to find fallback locations when your favourite is full of weed and brown sandy dirty water. You learn more by exploring and expanding your fishing - I dont know exactly what a bass does when the water is dirty but i know they hunt differently and in different places - change your techniques and strategies and you will find them! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:00PM (+01:00)

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In 'BASS FISHING FILES' Now Saturday, July 05, 2008
Water Clarity and Bass Fishing - causes, effects, and how to adapt you fly & lure fishing techniques. Tight lines - Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:46AM (+01:00)

Saltwater fly fishing - P6 of 21 - Choosing the right fly lines
Sunday, July 06, 2008
To be successful when targeting early season bass or sea trout or indeed throughout the variable summer season in Ireland then your presentation or depth of fishing is going to be key. Slow steady retrieves are often the norm while fishing as close to the bottom as possible. At the early times of year bass are still somewhat lethargic and still in their energy conserving mode. Their noses are down as they root through muddy estuary bottoms in search of small marine worms and other tiny invertebrates. Here is where a variety of sinking and intermediate lines will greatly add to your success not only in the early part of the season but throughout the summer as well! Many fly fishers however don't carry the right equipment, in this case lines, to get the job done. As we grow in the sport the majority of us have spent our time or money accumulating a wide assortment of flies that we have to choose from. Deceivers, clousers, poppers, half and half’s, on and on and on they goin so many different colours…we've already discussed this in part 5 and 4. If you're like some fly fishers I know you probably have so many flies that you can't find room in your box to carry them all. You probably also carry many flies that have never been cast into the water at all. These are the flies we label for that "just in case scenario", or "I like it so much i dont want to fish with it". With the new season now well underway I think it is time for many of us to change our way of thinking or the approach that we take. We need to start to measure how effective our time spent fly fishing at sea actually is. Do you keep a mental note of any of your success? Or do you just move along casting and casting, putting in another bad day where you say the fish weren't there or they weren't hungry or the sky was too blue ? Or does this sound familiar? The fly fisher next to you is catching fish and you are not. You cast just about every fly in your box but each one yields the same result, nothing. Or how about this, you move from a spot and another fisher comes along steps in and catches a fish on the very first cast. I think all of us can honestly say that at least one of these scenarios has happened to each one of us sometime in our fly fishing career. I know they have to me and it can be rather frustration especially if they repeat themselves. Dont worry though, there arent that

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many saltwater flyfishers for this to become a normal occurrence!
So what is the answer? What should go through your head when you are not producing fish and you know that you should be? One of the big keys to your success in saltwater fly-fishing is going to rest with your presentation at different depths. You will need to look at two components of your presentation that are important. One is the retrieve that you are using and the other is putting the fly in the right place. In other words putting the fly where the fish are. Which of these is more important? Well, I think it is safe to say that putting the fly where the fish are should be your first and most important consideration. If you have the correct retrieve but there are no fish anywhere near your fly then good luck, because you are going to need it. I would recommend the following lines as essentials for the Irish saltwater flyfisherman to cover all presentations at many depths. Rio Outbound - #9F Rio Outbound - #9I Rio Outbound - #9S (rate as needed) Rio Aqualux Striper Bass line -(Recommended) or Scientific Anglers saltwater mastery series fast and slow sinking lines plus a floater Plus Jim Teeny - Ts-350sw Jim Teeny - Ts-450sw Jim Teeny - Xd- 300 Plus Custom built shooting heads Next month (September) - where should I fish? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:16PM (+01:00)

Alans first of many on the fly!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Scierra BW 2 9'-0" #8/9 Snowbee XS Rio Aqualux striper line #9 Varivas saltwater tapered leader Home built chartreuse and white deciever Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:38PM (+01:00)

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New Zealand girls - a can do attitude!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Ger Potters Summer of Silver Continues
Friday, July 18, 2008
Whilst guiding Ger Potter on the waterford coast on friday his summer of bass on the fly continued with this beautiful fish. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:58PM (+01:00)

In Bass Fishing Files Now - 'Guiding On The Waterford Coast'
Friday, July 18, 2008
I have been doing a lot of work on the Waterford coast recently - I travelled to guide some customers late yesterday evening and today - you can find the flies, the techniques, the strategy here later this weekend! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:01PM (+01:00)

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a sequence of inevitable events.....
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:03PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Flyfishing in an open timber boat
Friday, July 25, 2008
SEAi has aquired an open timber boat - 17 feet long and constructed from larch and oak, it is my intention to use her for Spring seatrout fishing, and summer and autumn bass fishing in and around Wexford harbour. A team of 'painters' and 'shipwrights' have been gathered to perform the neccessary repairs and I personally will pursue the qualifications and insurances needed to operate her safely over the next few weeks. It is hoped to have her operational before the autumn season begins.

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Not built for speed I bought the boat to create an 'experience' of relaxed estuary fly fishing. I feel it will also add a new dimension to 'the one day' fly fishing visitors as we will have the opportunity to reach fish offshore in tidal rips from sandbars and sandy shores.

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The Irish Times Today
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Link to article Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:37AM (+01:00)

In Bass Fishing Files Now - Bass fishing on the Cork Coast
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Guided Bass fishing today between Kinsale and Crosshaven! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:40PM (+01:00)

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Continued surprises
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Eileen, my wife is a Cork woman. Her father and mother are both Cork people, we were married in Cork and we have holidayed quite a lot on the Cork coast, in fact we spend a lot of time in Cork. We have our different reasons, Eileen having spent long summers at the holiday house as a child finds a connection, I on the other hand at some time try to connect with fish, Dan and Ruth are 100 metres from the beach and the rock pools! Circles. Its inevitable that the times we spend in Cork are usually based around neap tides, thats the rule in our house, we live our lives around the tides - no its not quite as bad as that. But yes if I dont have workshops on a neap tide week and Eileen can take one or two days then we are gone. The fishing gear goes too amongst all the other stuff, a small amount at least. Its a small amount but its a good amount. I never plan my fishing times or anything and often, just after a weeks guiding, I don't want to fish for a while. The urge always creeps back though, usually after about 48 hrs. So my fishing in Cork over the last ten years or so has always been a hit and miss affair or more of a miss I think. Last year I came across a location that held mullet, Gilthead bream, (small) bass and garfish and had a good day with light lure fishing - this year I planned to try them all on the fly. And as they seemed to be present on a neap tide that was exciting too. I went there this week and the fish weren't present - simple. There is part of me that is resigned to not fishing for bass on neap tides with any real conviction, the other part (the sad one) says different. So on Monday having been to Fota wildlife park with the kids and knowing I was fishing a falling neap tide, in the afternoon mind you, I went fly fishing for bass. Heavy rain, high humidity, strong westerly winds I

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trudged over to an unfished venue, well at least by me anyway. Sometimes you just know the fish will be there. Suddenly - gone was the water seeping up my sleeves, gone was the sweat and sluggishness, gone was the resignation. I walked down along a finger of rock and watched the waves roll over them going whiter than white against the dark sky and the green and blue water was fizzing with oxygen and the water was clear and the tide wasnt as far out as I thought and after 20 tough casts I had a fish or a rock no it was a fish - and I was surprised again and again! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:31AM (+01:00)

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WANTED - One weather repair kit
Friday, August 01, 2008
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In Bass Fishing Files Now - Attempting bigger bass on the fly
Saturday, August 02, 2008
Catching big bass is not easy and the added dimension of the fly adds another degree of difficulty. I am not neccessarily a big fish hunter but through incidences of having caught a few I have learned a little that I hope I can bring you through 'Bass Fishing Files' over the next few weeks. I will keep each section reasonably short too. 1.Casting 2.Retrieves 3.Location 4.Timing 5.You in the 'Bass World' 6.Behaviour 7.Weather and tides 8.Flies 9.Gear (possibly) 10.Fish handling (possibly) Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:38AM (+01:00)

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wave landscapes today
Saturday, August 02, 2008
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...little things that mean a lot.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Jim I think I can speak for the three of us when I say that the guiding, education, accommodation - the whole package - exceeded by uncountable orders of magnitude anything we could have hoped for and I sincerely hope that you got as much sheer enjoyment out of it as we did. Two specimen bass to lures/fly for the lads and two personal bests for me on consecutive days is not to be sneezed at at all, especially given the conditions we had to deal with - well, you had to deal with. You're the one who had to do the hard work - we just did our best to follow your advice. I know that Andy and I had a certainty from last year that you could put us where the goods could be produced, god willing and weather permitting, and I think Gerry (globally experienced angler that he is) is in absolute awe of your abilities. His comment as we stood on the roadside with his knackered engine was 'well, could have been worse it could have calved on the way down - and I wouldn't have had my specimen bass'. Once again, we have returned from our stay with you enriched by the experience and with much to ponder and practice in the next year and a couple of days, which, believe me, we will be counting. And thanks for putting up a prize for the SWFF competition - I'll not be taking part sadly as I'm taking a few friends out and introducing them to fishing for blues, porgies and tope that day and since I have to drive them there and back and entertain, I can't even sneak off for an hour to get the fly rod out. Give my regards to you lovely wife and teach your children what three generations of the Hendrick clan already know. The world will be a better place for it.
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3 Days in the South East
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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Allez les bleus - the continuation
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Dear Jim,

I just would like to congratulate you a new time for the top level quality of the pieces of information and the marvellous galleries that you propose on your blog. They are like "parts of dream". We hope to visit you next year, we will do our best in order to inform you ASAP (when it was not the case last time...). We keep in mind the very pleasant wexford fishing areas. Chris is still very proud due to your (very good) choice to introduce his "photo" at the opening page of your website. Please give our very best regards to Paul who was also fantastic during our fishing trip. Just for last, we were very disapointed not to meet you during the last sport fishing exhibition in Paris (February 2008). The irish guys that were present on the "Irish fishing booth" were so friendly and also seemed very tired (we have visited them around 2:00 PM). For sure, when you travel from France to Ireland (or the opposite), this trip cannot be without strongs effects for your health!!! Fred. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:08AM (+01:00)

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In 'Bass Fishing Files' NOW - Attempting bigger bass on the fly - F...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Having had a look at some casting techniques we now move to Big flies
Fly choice is important when targeting bigger bass, of that there is no doubt. So when making choices I tend to favour bigger flies, when I say bigger I mean greater than 6 inches in length.........this often means big lines too! Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:25PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Lure Fishing - P5 of 21 - Water Clarity (PII).
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The sun is beating down from directly above your head, the sky is the brightest of blues and the water's as clear as Gordons. Theres only the faintest of breezes cooling the sweat on your back - On the other hand what happens when you are fishing in cold chocolate? The following notes could help your fly and lure fishing under both circumstances.

Dealing with cloudy water - tactics for bass on fly and lure. The photograph to your left is now a common sight on the south east coast, and has been especially visible and regular over the last few weeks. The lethal combination of continuos strong winds and heavy rain adds 'colour' to the water, combined with large deposits of rotting seaweed it spells tough times for the fly and lure fisherman. Circumstances like the one to the left are at the extreme end of the range and as the first thirty meters are brown I am often asked, especially by flyfishermen, as to what to do.

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There are two major types of fish - the predatory type and the scavenger type. Predators tend to want to catch and eat most of their prey when its alive, although they will scavenge if they need to. Using their highly developed senses of smell, sight, sensitivity and hearing they locate their prey easily. Sight is a very well developed sense in most fish and is especially sharp in those that are predatory. Fish can see either binocularly with both eyes forward or monocularly with eyes on both sides of their heads. Bass tend to have them high on their heads looking forward and somewhat to the side. Because of water clarity in Ireland and its normal restrictions, fish tend not to see beyond twenty or thirty feet. They have good colour vision and they have excellent night vision too. Predators rely on sight as the major tool in the hunting box. But what happens when they cant see!

The extent of the turbidity of the water is usually indicative of whether bass will be present or not. In the photograph above they are most definetly not present, this photograph was taken after some days of very strong winds and rain. The photograph to the right was taken after the wind had blown but the weather was improving and the sea was 'fining down' or settling. Bass would be present in the circumstances to the right even with the suspended particles and seaweed present. The camera visibility here was reduced to about two feet. Tying up subsurface visibilty, the weather and its impact on your fishing has been discussed in Part One. Here are some pointers to help when the sea is murky.

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1. Try to fish as early in the change of wind direction, increase in strength or deterioration as is possible. 2. If this is not possible re-plan you fishing to attempt the latest set of tides in the cycle that correspond to an improvement. In other words after wind and rain dont go fishing just 'cause the sun shines - it takes time for the fish to return. 3. If the change in weather that is causing the 'breakdown' is a big one the first two tides of this period are often excellent at producing BIG fish, if you can deal with conditions! 4. If the change in weather is a fast moving depression that comes and goes very quickly, fish immediately the next tide when the barometric begins to rise - a key time!

5. Do not fish after extended periods of strong wind 6. When the sea is 'fining down' dont be dissapointed not to get fish on the first tide you try - try the next - they'll be there and hungry too. 7. Avoid fishing areas close to runoffs or river inlets, estuaries, where weed is gathered on the beach, or the windward sides of peninsulas or rocky points. 8. Check the visibilty of different areas of water by dropping a fly into the sea and estimating maximum distance at which it remains visible - often fish can be concentrated in the optimum areas of 'bad' conditions. Use a brightly colored or very dark and noisy fly or lure! Do some combat fishing by creating impacts with structure with the fly or lure. 9. Fish a black or purple or 'BLURPLE' fly as this contrasts sharply as the bass view it against the skys lighter background. Try black or dark poppers or fish heavy flies close to the bottom where visibilty is often slightly better 10. Try and find current and watch and wait - often different phases of the tide produce clear conditions just for a short period - fish are often condensed in these areas and travel with the clear water. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:10PM (+01:00)

things can only get better!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
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Post No 101
Sunday, August 17, 2008
I've reached post number 101 for this blog. Over the past few weeks I have been adding some material to the Bass Fishing Files section. Now that I have material added and some commentary going it will be accessible to all readers of Saltwater Fly & Lure early this week. I hope to keep Bass Fishing Files as informative and interesting as possible with 1. 2. 3. 4. weekly weather predictions fishing reports and predictions help and information up to date techniques and methods

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5. local information for the visiting angler www.bassfishingfiles.blogspot.com or on the link to the right If you would like to see anything added to the files please dont hesitate to contact me at sportfishing@eircom.net Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:55PM (+01:00)

'Bass and B.A.S.S.'
Monday, August 18, 2008
A refreshing new book from the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society, with over 70 articles drawn from the Society’s magazine over the years. Covering the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and striped bass in the USA, it deals with every aspect of the fish, the fishing and the Society. From people who genuinely know and understand their bass fishing and have done so for years - this is a must for every serious bass angler. http://www.anglersbookcase.com/ Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:08PM (+01:00)

Big Fly-Big Fish - Do I need BIG rod?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Does a big fly mean a big fish ? How can i cast a big fly in strong wind? How do I land a big bass on a light fly rod quickly and without stressing the fish? A fly rod is a casting tool and I am often asked the above questions and many more - retrieves, fly choice, presentations - how does it all fit together? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:32PM (+01:00)

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The Galleries
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I have been neglecting the galleries somewhat http://www.swsfd.fotopic.net/ over the last few weeks. This is because i've been concentrating on the 'bassfishing files' blog and another project which is cooking for the winter. I will over the next week or so bring you up to date with some nice photographs I have made over the last five weeks or so Bendy Rods Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:14PM (+01:00)

Swimming with bass
Saturday, August 23, 2008
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Mackerel on the fly - Childs play
Monday, August 25, 2008
Dan and Ruth (aged 8 +6) have had great fun catching mackerel on the fly this week I'm told the next fish Ruthie wants to catch is a Bass! Its fantastic fishing for early beginners in saltwater fly fishing and the only real assistance is a little casting help, making sure they both dont fall in and minding sharp hooks! They learned retrieves, knots, fish handling, a lot about nature - plus had loadsa fun! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:34PM (+01:00)

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In 'Bass Fishing Files' NOW
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Fly and Lure fishing tactics for when you and the fish are faced with poor subsurface visibility. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:58PM (+01:00)

Fishing with a bycycle wheel!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:18PM (+01:00)

say hello then wave goodbye
Monday, September 01, 2008
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In Bass Fishing Files NOW Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The eleventh specimen of our season was recorded last evening - see all the details, rod, reel line and lure in Bassfishing Files later this week. Plus after a years fishing I review of the best bass fishing reels currently available Daiwa Certate and the Daiwa Exist Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:07PM (+01:00)

letters and phone calls etc
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I met some people at the weekend who spoke to me about their frustation at not having had any reply to their letters or phone calls regarding illegal bass fishing in Wexford. This is nothing new and all I can say to you is to continue to send the letters, make the phone calls, make copies of them and send them to politicians and anyone else whom you can think of ! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:58AM (+01:00)

A week in September
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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Jump for your lives
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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Saltwater fly fishing - P7 of 21 - Where should I fish?
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Here we are a third of the way through the SWFF section already. Looking back over the previous six sections I can see where some posts need to be re-written and indeed more information added. That will be done in time, at the moment I want to keep moving forward at the rate of one posting a month. That will mean by next Spring we should be up to post number 14 or 15. SWFF - Part 1 of 21 General Fly Choices SWFF – Part 2 of 21 – The instinct of the decision

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SWFF – Part 3 of 21 – Where is my fly SWFF- Part 4 of 21 – Choosing a fly SWFF – Part 5 of 21 – Fly-casting for saltwater SWFF – Part 6 of 21 – Choosing the right fly lines SWFF – Part 7 of 21 – Where should I Fish Where should I fish? In the articles section of this blog you can find detailed descriptions of how you can attempt saltwater fly fishing both on the The Rocky Shore and within and around estuaries Estuaries . Perhaps you can use these quick links to access the articles at a later time, Looking at all that water around the coast its a big place – this is where you are going to flyfish and isn’t it a pretty big place? What I want you to look for and indentify are places like The mouth of estuaries. Rocky headlands. Points of land that stick into the sea. Long stretches of beach that suddenly stop. Deep patches of water that lie close to shore. Where rivers flow into the sea. Circle these places on your map – these are all possible fish holding areas. Pick some that are relatively close together but offer different types of topography and concentrate on those. Open your tide tables look for the next low tide, and then when the time is right pop the children in the car and tell your wife/partner that you are taking the smallies on a picnic/treasure hunt, hence the map and compass. Remember you will often be travelling to these places early in the morning so a long distance journey is not recommended. Look at the maps in the weather section of the newspaper and note the wind direction. When you arrive at low tide look for deep pools, rocky patches and reefs, holes and gullies, water colour, try to imagine when the tide is rising where does the water flow and how does it flow around and within the area. Are there any ambush sites where predatory fish will be lying in wait? Is it possible to access these areas as the tide is rising and are these areas a safe place to fish? Note what way the wind is blowing and how is this going to affect your casting ability/range/accuracy. Keep visiting the areas with the children or for long romantic walks with your loved one and as the year moves closer to summer, activity in the water should increase, baitfish should appear, sea trout, bass and mullet will show themselves on or above the surface. Keep constant notes of wind direction, temperature, tides, phases of the moon, natural activity. These notes will, over time become your fishing reference Of the areas that you have chosen perhaps two or three will have most if not all of the

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following A strong geographical feature – like rocks, headland, or river mouth etc. Will have displayed high levels of natural activity – bird life, and fish life. Is prone to tidal currents like slacks and fast eddies Is easy to access and safe to fish Is fishable in different wind directions. This is where you are going to fish. Let these three places be your own private hunting grounds, get to know them like your back garden. Begin to feel comfortable there in all conditions and begin to anticipate the effects of the combinations of wind, tide, and temperature on your fishing environment and the wildlife that inhabits the area. There is always the opportunity with time spent at the water either fishing or simply observing to add to that vast database that is necessary for success. For instance, you will learn that a sudden drop in temperature (by two degrees or more) or a sudden change in wind direction, or a slight combination and change of these factors will turn fish off for a while and make them harder to catch. Weather will also play havoc with your casting and mood, its difficult to get motivated at times but no one else can make you pick up that rod and get out there! Next Month (October) - When should I fish? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:08PM (+01:00)

A fishing report
Thursday, September 11, 2008
There are a number of things going on in this REPORT - probably working on levels that can only be discovered over time and a re-read or two I can’t say thank you enough (to all of you) for what is a glowing example of what I am trying to achieve through SEAi, this report alone represents to me what the Bass fishery in Ireland is about. Having fun, catching sporting fish on new and challenging methods, staying safe, camaraderie, memories, all done in a perfectly sustainable environment. I worked hard those three days - no harder than normal mind you - I felt I needed to get the message across to somebody to demonstrate that SEAI is not just an 'aspiration, a bring somebody fishing type set-up’. It is a proper angling guiding service that has operated around the bass fishery in this country for six years now. Whilst this post maybe written around SEAi - it’s really much more than that. Here in Ireland we have a bass fishery to rival any in Europe or indeed the world. However we as anglers seem to pay scant attention to the protection, exploitation, development and the conservation of the species. Its time, as IRISH sea anglers, to start thinking constructively and positively about the

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future. To think about and act about this resource and those that need protection, resources that have the potential for continued development on one hand and exploitation on the other. Rather than ignoring the in-action, rather than ignoring the inability or lack of will to prosecute illegal offenders, (this only empowers them to continue), rather than listening to and following blindly the rapidly emerging experts - you must realise as Irish Sea anglers that this fishery is here and needs your support. Nobody else can do it! It’s down to you to drive and change the in-action, to ask questions about protection, to do something and realise the value of what we have - the potential, the expertise, the challenges, and to acknowledge these things and do more, for ourselves and by ourselves, for a change and indeed, the future of bass angling in this country. Thank you Pat, Andy and Gerry. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:31AM (+01:00)

Daiwa Certate Bass Rods - 902ms / 802ms
Friday, September 12, 2008
You might be familiar with the Daiwa certate spinning reel - a true gem - but have you fished with the Daiwa Certate Bass Rods ? Last week I fished with both the 902ms and the 802ms - and had great fun landing some serious fish. A review is scheduled later this weekend in Bassfishing files. Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:26AM (+01:00)

International Interest-Bass Fishing Wexford
Sunday, September 14, 2008

Daniel la Raux - Jounalist & Angler - Peche en Mer - France Nico de Boer - Journalist & Angler - De Roofvis - Holland

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Wijm Brassar - Angler - Holland Brian Mc Ardle - Angler - Boston - USA Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:13PM (+01:00)

Dublin Bass on the fly - Ger Potter
Monday, September 15, 2008
Hi Jim Just to let you know that I caught this beauty this afternoon at 12.45pm.(h.w.+45mins.) wind= s.e.3/4 onshore,100% cloud cover Near ................ co.Dublin. water clarity=good. Bass=60cm,5lbs.6ozs. Landing gear Fly size#1/0 razzle dazzle fly,(I got the recipe for the fly from Ray Bonderew's book,"Stripers and Streamers".)The fly measures approx. 6"and is coloured blue,green,yellow and white! Line Rio striped bass intermediate #9. Rod Vision GT4 sw 9' #9. Reel Loop evotec clw 5-8.This in my opinion is an excellent composite reel that is reasonably priced and won't corrode unlike the innards of the scierra xda it replaced! Thanks again for all your help and advice Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:02AM (+01:00)

In a flap
Thursday, September 18, 2008
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End of the week
Friday, September 19, 2008
There is no doubt in my mind at this time that this week has been particularly difficult for bass fishing in Wexford. SEAi continues to develop its well established relationship with French bass fishermen and this week Daniel from Peche en Mer magazine (55,000 copies per month) was here to sample the fishing and make some articles. Journalists also joined us from Holland for the week. Through some tough days of flat calms, north easterly breezes and sunny skies I think we've done Wexford and indeed Ireland and its wonderful fishing proud again. Constant comments were made about our fantastic coastline, the nice town and all its shops and pubs, and the friendliness of the people. This is just a few of many. To all the people invloved during the week - Sandra, Ryan, Danny, David, Ashley, Jonathan, Neville, John, who helped in more ways than they can imagine - many thanks. Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:54PM (+01:00)

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A day with friends on the boat
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:58AM (+01:00)

remains an influence
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
With, without And who'll deny its what the fightings all about Out of the way, its a busy day I've got things on my mind For want of the price of a tea and a slice The old man died.

Richard Wright Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:49PM (+01:00)

September evening at the river
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:58AM (+01:00)

Bass Fishing on the Fly in Norway DVD
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Would anybody be interested in helping me put together a team to do something similar to this for Ireland in 2009? - it looks excellent. Bass Fly Fishing - Norway Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:10PM (+01:00)

Caught and released - Jonathan
Sunday, September 28, 2008
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Autumn Bass at St Helens
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Clive takes a lovely fish in beautiful conditions Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:42AM (+01:00)

83 cms of Solid Silver Landed Today on the FLY
Sunday, September 28, 2008
In Bassfishing Files Now How I caught this Bass on the fly - flies, techniques and strategy used

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What people say about the courses
Monday, September 29, 2008
Hi Jim, I just wanted to say thanks very much for a very informative days fishing with you. Improving my casting and approach to fly fishing in the sea will hopefully help me catch a bass on the fly eventually either this year or next. I will have to start tying up some of the flies that you have showed me as well and try them out around dublin. Thanks again Jack Prendergast my-nameisjack@hotmail.com ________________________________________________________ Hiya Jim, Thanks so much for the days tuition last week and the course notes etc. I certainly learned a lot. Some of the information makes so much sense when you hear it, yet you would not put it together without attending. It was well worth our while. Thanks again. Hoping to put some of the techniques and knowledge to use in Dublin soon before the water temp drops. Any tips for locations and times of tide etc etc?? Hope all is well with yourself,

Gareth Hayden garethhayden09@yahoo.com ______________________________________________________
Thanks very much for the notes and the invite to the blog. Thank you again for a very interesting day yesterday. I am now a lot closer to achieving a life's ambition and now funnily making new ones!! I have been practicing knots and reading the notes over the course of the day (in between bottles and nappies). The blog is very interesting. The more I read about SWFF the more intriguing it is. I will hold the line and try to catch fish on the lures and build up my sense of it all next season. I will get down to Clonanav in the Spring too and start the

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ball rolling on the casting etc. Hopefully, by this time next year I will be ready to cast a SW fly in anger!

Dave Clarke dave.lena@gmail.com _____________________________________________________
Hi Jim Then I feel very happy to get an invitation, Jim! Thank you very much! :-) I am going to tell all my frieds who are fishing about your site, and I think many of them have already been surfing around and really enjoyed your pictures and articles. Since the bass is a pretty new specimen in our waters it is really informative to read all your articles about the subject. The season for bass has been bad back here this year, but know it seems to be a little bit better, but only for a short wile since the watertemperature is approaching 10 degrees celsius, and then the bass will be far gone. Actually I am just waiting for the workday to end right now, because today we are going to try to catch some bass :-)

Thomas Gjeterud - Norway t-gjete@online.no _____________________________________________________
Hi Jim, I took your advise and I went down to the beach you brought me to. I left the house at 4am last Saturday morning. I got there at about 5:45am. What a brilliant time of the day. I stayed there until about 12 noon. I had a great time. I brought the spinning rod that I purchased off you - what a rod. I also brought the fly rod but it got a little breazy to use. Please find attached my prize. I returned it back to the water straight away. Any idea what weight it is? I caught it on a floating plug. In fact it stayed about a foot under the surface.

Ray O'Toole ray@devlinotoole.ie ______________________________________________________
Hi Jim, Well done on the 83cm fish today. Must have been great on the fly. Fished the last 3 hrs of the rise this afternoon at St. Helens. Cloud cover was great, but the northerly breeze made it cold in the water and not very optimistic for success! No joy anyway on fly or plug. One other angler had a fish on a piece of free lining mackerel strip over some shallow water. Remembered that it was this weekend a year ago I had my first session with you. Thanks for introducing me to this exciting sport. I’ve nearly gone fly only in me last few session but today it was also very enjoyable to fish the Sammy with the plug rod. Hopefully will have a few more enjoyable sessions before the season ends. Would be interested in doing any off-seasons sessions, e.g. winter species or even just working on

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casting technique, if you were available. Alternatively, I would also like to meet at some stages to review some of things which I have learnt and observed about bass fishing this year and may answer some of those puzzling questions which I can’t seem to find the answer to!

Patrick Molitor jpmolitor@eircom.net ______________________________________________________ Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:19AM (+01:00)

Saltwater fly fishing in October
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Despite the cold Northerly and North westerly gales, we're having a pleasant week of bass fishing on the fly. The winning combination of Rio's streamer lines and grey and lavender bucktail deceivers cant be beaten. Edouard, Dominic and Jacques from France have not only taken several bass on the fly but its also their very first bass of any description. A challenging and very interesting week so far! Species landed - bass, pollack, and sea trout at the sea and pike and brown trout from the river - all on the fly! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:31PM (+01:00)

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The pier in Howth
Monday, October 06, 2008
If you drive onto the pier in Howth right NOW you will see a blackboard with the following details outside a well known fish distributor Fresh Line caught sea bass @ 19.95 euros per Kilo inside the plant is the following blackboard details Wild fresh sea bass 24.95 euros per kilo Farmed sea bass is also available at 12.95 euros a kilo

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Does anyone know the actual source of the fish? In the face of the report below - what exactly is going on? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:05PM (+01:00)

The Season 0f 2008 - a review!
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Coming Soon Wind, rain, more rain, and then some more wind, followed by cloudy cold water - the experiences and the lessons learned in the toughest year yet - 2008! From one extreme to another - a challenging and interesting season!

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Denmark/France/Italy/Holland/UK/New Zealand/Ireland/Scotland - I share theirs and my own experiences on fly and lure! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:12AM (+01:00)

The Sloopy Droopy !
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Is this my favourite Bass fly? It certainly is one of four at the moment - more in Bassfishing Files during October. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:27PM (+01:00)

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Bassfishing Files Now Open
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Hello and welcome to all of you who are reading this post. I'm glad you have found your way here and thank you for your continued interest not only in SEAi but in Bass Fishing in Ireland. Over the last few months I have been busy slowly building a resource for my website visitors that is a little more oriented towards bass fishing. I n particular I would like to share information that is relevant to bass fishing on fly or lure in Ireland. Included in many observations will be many topics like those below tides phases of the moon wind and other weather influences including water clarity and watercraft temperatures fish activity methods, techniques and equipment flies and lures used and tested The 'fishy feel' factor for days ahead - my best opinions on chances If you have a specific area of bass fishing interest or would like to see something here or on these pages then please do not hesitate to post and share it with us. I will try and answer any questions as best I can or at least point you in a good direction if I cant! By making this 'blog' more live and interactive it will help fishing experiences for all of us. Bendy Rods Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:35PM (+01:00)

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In Novembers Irish Angler
Friday, October 10, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:10PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Fly Fishing Workshops
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Bassfisherman - Saltwater fly - two-day workshop Tariffs available on request from Jim @ sportfishing@eircom.net Do you want to experience and face a new angling challenge? A challenge that will see you develop your fishing instincts and skills further than you ever believed possible, a challenge that will reward you with consequences that may change your life forever. If so then bass fishing on the fly is for you! For those starting fly fishing in saltwater there are often many skills and numerous equipment requirements and choices to be made. This can prove daunting to the beginner or even the experienced freshwater fishermen. My saltwater fly fishing courses are designed not only to help you understand fully the equipment and your required applications, but you will also learn about casting, advanced saltwater fly fishing techniques and watercraft. Why it is important to understand various species their habitats, life cycles and all of the influences. You will also learn how and where to purchase and use the best equipment. Having completed the courses you will have a comprehensive understanding of this intriguing and fast developing aspect of saltwater sport fishing and all its dynamics. I hope too we can have some fun along the way as we fish in some of the best bass fishing locations this country has to offer. Please be aware these courses are not for ‘Experts’. I do run Advanced courses on request but this series is designed to make the sportfishing angler feel safe, comfortable

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and relaxed and to help remove some of the barriers that may exist especially when saltwater fly-fishing. There is a comprehensive set of notes supplied and continuous email support after completion of each course. Saltwater fly Fishing Day One Summary Part One - Introducing Saltwater Fly-fishing o An introduction to Bass o Behavioural patterns and ‘water craft’ o Discover how to read tides and the effects they have on our fishing. o Fly Rod types and their applications o Suitable reels o The technology of a fly fishing line o Leaders, loops and lines o How best to stay comfortable and safe when fishing o A brief look at some flies o Accessories like the ‘stripping basket’ o Learn to apply your skills to a range of different saltwater fish. o Short questions and answers session. Summary Part Two - Introductory Saltwater Fly casting o Safety when casting o The types of rods and their effects on casting o The fly line profile and its role in casting o The cast as it unfolds o Basic efficient casting style for saltwater o Casting and you—common errors to avoid and positive aspects to enhance o Making your first cast o Tangible evidence of rod line and leader working together o Confidence when casting o Brief intro to various types of cast o Roll, overhead and single haul. Saltwater fly Fishing Day Two Summary Part Three -Beyond the basics o Various knots their uses and how to tie them o Places to find fish and how and when to fish them effectively o Correct decisions regarding fly selection o Effective retrieves and how to use them o Casting techniques when conditions are tough o Casting big flies for big fish with safety in mind Summary Part Four - Intermediate Saltwater Fly-casting

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o How to improve your casting, fishing skills and knowledge. o Techniques for big flies and strong winds o The single and double haul Conclusion and summary of previous discussions, the future, you and SWFF. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:36PM (+01:00)

Autumn Silver and Gold
Friday, October 17, 2008
A very busy week spent saltwater flyfishing so far- with many great fish fish landed in different conditions and with different flies. See more details HERE Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:12PM (+01:00)

October Bass on the Fly and Lure - A week with SEAi
Sunday, October 19, 2008
A nice surprise in a holding area - Day One Oct 12 The week got off to a great start as I took this nice fish on Sunday morning. I was working with a good friend of mine demonstrating a ‘how to’ approach regarding fish holding areas on the fly. Eventually after I got my cast going away from the key area we made a stealth approach to a nice lie and suddenly the fish was on! Its always much more fun when demonstrating when something like this happens and I think Paul was flabbergasted. And that was it for our very short session the hollow fleye works again. Landing gear Redington CPS #7 Vision composite - #6/9 Rio Striped Bass Aqualux - #8 InterBassFlies – 2/0 White, grey and lavender hollow fleye from Andy Elliott

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Rain, more rain and then some wind - and fish, oh and flies! - Day Two & Three Oct 13,14 Colin Rigney from Blackrock joined me on Sunday evening, we had two days of guided Bassfishing on the fly lined up. Monday morning was spectacular with bright blue skies but a chilly westerly kept it a little cooler. We fished the rising tide over a normally prolific area and a family of seals closely accompanied us. Up to six seals were present at any one time – normally one or two wouldn’t bother the fishing but a family posed us some serious problems. We enjoyed the company though. Colin and I fly-fished on Tuesday in extremely wet and windy but considerably milder conditions. As the wind reached force five and even six during the afternoon we weren’t to be deterred. Persistence paid of and we landed several bass in challenging conditions. The fish were again taken on the lavender and grey/white hollow fleye. Landing Gear Redington Super Sport #9 Vision 3-zone carbon composite Rio Aqualux Striped Bass Intermediate #9 Rio Hard alloy mono and Flourflex + handbuilt leader Hollow Fleye - 2/0 Lavender/Grey and White tied sparse from Andy Elliott.

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Conditions although mild were particularly tough. It blew hard all day (4-5 bft) and the rain fell very heavy, the fish were at 25 meters or more. Double hauling and casting backwards is a skill learned by right handers who want to catch bass whilst fly fishing on the Southern coasts - prevailing winds tend to be South or Westerly so its both safe and efficient. Waves were running increasingly bigger as the day progressed and as the tide rose the water was fizzing with oxygen, it remained clear for most of the afternoon. A patience game ensued in the heavy rain - it was just a question of when! We took all the fish on the same pattern. Cooling conditions and chilling out! - Day Three & Four Oct 15,16

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Andrew dropped in on Wednesday evening far a late season session of surface lure fishing. We had a quick chat and a cup of tea with Colin before he left for home. The fish were played hardball on Wednesday afternoon probably because of the sudden downward shift in temperature. After Tuesdays warm, wet and windy conditions things were now very much different and a little difficult with a fresher cooler feel to the air. We had seen some fish and missed a few on Wednesday, but on Thursday morning we landed a number of beautiful fish as they got used to the 'newer' conditions and they returned to form a little. We managed to avoid going sub surface; a risk given the conditions but Andrew is a surface lure addict. This is Andrews account of his experience in a mail to me really really had a great time wed and thurs. I dont know how you can keep going tho your a fit man. you will defo be knocking on the presidents door for the 3k grant when you hit the 100! Imagine the lures you will be able to get in 60 years time. Will the swim themselves on remote control?

i really appreciate you trying so hard for me in the two sessions. And as usual it paid off. i was wrecked yesterday and struggled on the drive up. but im fine now. in fact im thinking of doing a runner this pm. hw at 1.30 if tide change brings the expected shift to southwesterly...................... love the fishing corners strategy. enjoyed seeing them lunkers swim by got good crack outa shifting that near in seal. was amazed at the moon rise sunset moment, the dark sea and the white water fizzing over the rocks near sunset. the company the meal and conversation the tips the autographed articlefrom the kids The quiet moments even tho i never really shut up

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cuda done without: falling down(again) loosing bonnie bending xwrap 13 walker getting shock from fence rolling in cowshite having a stitch in every muscle in my body getting lures stuck in the bumper of the car Funny thing is the cuda done without things were down to me, the good things were down to you and eileen and the kids. looking at the lists above isnt it amazing what you can pack into 36 hrs? was driving home yest and everything looked and seemed weird, i cudnt talk to people on the phone. it was down to me trying to step back into the "real" world. It knida takes 12 hours or so doesnt it. dont forget, its the overall package.
Landing Gear Smith Blowshot Smith Bayliner Shimano Stradics, powerpro with fluoroflex leaders Surface lures - sammy, spook and tanto. A Galway man in Wexford! - Day Five & Six Oct 16,17 Seamus Hartigan the Galway salmon fishery manager WRFB arrived on Thursday evening in time for the opening of the Wexford Festival Opera. Eileen Dan Ruth and I accompanied Seamus to the opening ceremony fireworks, which were spectacular. Earlier that afternoon I had walked Seamus to a potential bass fishing location, taking him through fish lies, current developments, and fishing strategy. We were ready for Friday’s fly-fishing. Friday morning was spectacular. Seamus was new to saltwater fly-fishing and over four hours slowly managed to get into the swing of things. I managed a fish of about 3.5 kgs

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just to keep things interesting and Seamus on his toes! We finished the session and had a short lunch at The Yard restaurant before session two. Friday afternoon and things were looking different as winds increased from the south and west. We had changed to a completely new location and a different fly-fishing strategy. Seamus had borrowed an integrated shooting head for this afternoon’s session and this helped his casting and presentations no end. I managed a nice fish in the early part of the session just to keep things interesting but as wind speed increased the water clarity diminished the fishing became more difficult, the sunset however was spectacular. David Byrne from the CFB joined us on Friday evening for a chat and a pint or two. Landing gear Redington CPS #7 Vision composite - #6/9 Rio Striped Bass Aqualux - #8 InterBassFlies – 2/0 White, grey and lavender hollow fleye from Andy Elliott. Comment Its not always easy to catch bass on the fly. It can be a difficult task at times due to line management, casting, wind, footing, big flies and distant horizons. However, all the customers who visited SEAi this week either caught or witnessed the catching of bass on the fly. For many people who visit SEAi, realising and discovering the techniques and strategies creates the urge to try it again and again and then to succeed - it can be done!

3 Wexford men get lost in town! - Day Seven Oct 18 Three enthusiastic and beginner saltwater fly fishers attended a workshop on Saturday at SEAi. MJ, Michael and David (aged 16) whom are avid freshwater fly fishers now wanted to learn the requirements for fly-fishing in the sea. We spent three hours between 09:30 and 12:30 at the theory of Bass fishing on the fly and then we took ourselves to the sea to practice casting, techniques and strategies. After some initial difficulties in locating my house we had a wonderful day and the craic was mighty. We covered topics like -tides,locations, safety, biology, timings and many many more! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:30PM (+01:00)

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'committed' bass fisher - should be!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Hi Jim On Saturday morning I walked down to ......... with only the light of the moon. I could hear but not see large fish moving (probably large mullet). I had a few casts but with nothing happening I decided to catch a few Zs in the field where the hawthorns end, while I waited for the tide to turn. I dozed off but was woken a few times by the sound of very big fish near the edge. it all felt very fairytale. It definitely wasn't the real world, where I assume people are certified for sleeping in fields. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:06PM (+01:00)

Mackerel on the fly - Childs Play
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The surface of the water boiled with hungry mackerel, baitfish jumped for their lives and they swam as a tightly knit group believing in safety in numbers. But they had nowhere to go as the mackerel had them cornered in the little coves, they tear through the massive bait ball time after time, hammering the shoals, picking off dinner almost at leisure. Here they come again cruising at flank speed up one side of the little bay; the sprats momentarily turn the brown rocks silver in an attempt to avoid the saltwater tigers, they jump out of the water to escape. A Mexican wave of tiny jumping and frantic fish spreads along the side, then across the shore and down the other side of the little cove. The water is full of tiny flashing scales, and green and blue striped merciless hunters. The vast mackerel shoals on our shores during late August and September are a great example of a migratory fish. Mackerel don’t reside inshore but rather take advantage of bait movement. Here in Wexford the shoals generally don’t arrive until the first spring tides in September but further south they can be caught much earlier. If conditions are favourable they can be caught right through until late October. Of course it’s a great time for many anglers and the beaches of the south Wexford coast are often at their busiest.

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Because of their vast numbers, suicidal tendencies and sheer ease of accessibility, mackerel fishing is great fun for children who like fishing or would like to catch fish in the sea for the first time. Often within spitting distance, casting to hundreds of fish with the simplest of flies’ life can be fun in the middle of a blitz. The whole phenomenon is a big visual fishing treat. Standing and watching the water with my two guys, Dan aged eight and Ruth aged six, they would literally scream with excitement as the shoal moved along the surface of the sea towards us. ‘Here they come again Daddy, look. Look.’ And sure enough as the fish came closer not only could we see the surface of the sea boiling but we could hear it as well. The frantic baitfish swam as best they could, hundreds of mackerel charging at the shoal fleeing for its life, it sounded like the heaviest downpour you could imagine. They swam and hunted past us and were gone again. We turned all three of us and looked back up the shore anticipating the arrival of the next shoal and the excitement of it all. Eileen had phoned me earlier that week from Cork to say Dan had been catching sprats in his swimming trunks during the evening and both he and Ruth were eager to get their rods from Wexford. I had two days off and decided I had better head down that way as they both sounded like things possessed on the end of the phone. They both told me stories of swimming in mackerel shoals, ’..the fish were all around us Daddy’! I had a light spinning rod and some spinners and a #5 seven-foot fly rod loaded with a floating line that we used regularly for ‘exploratory fishing’. I’m not the kind of person to force the situation and both kids will tend to sometimes want to go fishing and sometimes they don’t. Admittedly spending a lot of time fishing with people, when you arrive home and are asked can we go fishing Daddy can we, can we? It makes me smile a bit. Ne ither do I force them or encourage my children towards any particular aspect of fishing but rather tend to steer them towards the activity itself. Fly or lure who cares at this point its better than sitting

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in front of the TV on a grey summers day! What I want and would like them to learn is to carefully catch some fish, handle them with some respect and either kill one or two for eating or return them to the sea. I also want them to have as much fun possible doing this. Last year Dan had a problem with the killing of some mackerel that we had caught, so much so that he stopped fishing for the rest of the summer. I didn’t want this to affect his fishing adversely and had little chats here and there and let him reason it all out for himself, answering questions (when prodded by Eileen) regarding his ‘fishing logic’, farms, trawlers, etc. He arrived at a position where this year he instructed me that we needed only to kill two fish per person and only if we wanted them or we knew somebody else who did. So off we went that evening on our great mackerel hunt. Ruthie with her light spinning kit and Dan with the rod with the ‘backwards reel’ as he calls it. I had been watching the wind and knew that in this bay as it blew westerly and offshore the sprats would ball up and swim tight to the shore. Personally I was thinking a little ahead I knew it would swing and increase southwesterly in the next few days, this created white water and confusion amongst the baitfish and fired up the BASS. We’ll leave that to later. Walking down the slope to the beach Ruthie said rather matter of factly, like a seasoned striper fisherman on the east coast of the US ‘they’re there all right’. She had learned to spot individual fish as they cruised and picked off wounded or confused sprats, they were visible as individual splashes on the surface. I was impressed. ‘We’re not after those guys’ said Dan ‘we’re going to the creek to catch them’. The Creek as its known locally is a deep gully with high sidewalls that forms a natural collection area for sprats. Dan said to me that he could see the seagulls flying over the creek and that was a sign of fish. ‘That’s what grandpa says Dad!’ Good man Jim Powell. It’s only a short walk but it takes us of the beach, which can become a little crowded and somewhat dangerous at times. But its somewhat easier and anyway a little walk never did anyone any harm. We arrived and sat down and watched. The seagulls had fallen back to another feeding spot and the bay was a dark mass of hundreds of thousands of sprats. And here they came, leisurely feeding at will, swimming through the bait ball stuffing themselves on small fish. I cast at first for Ruth and she retrieved the spinner, almost immediately a vibrating fish was on. The little rod rattled and shook as if electricity was passing through it and Ruthie fought her fish valiantly! I can feel him, he’s a big one Daddy a HUMUNGOUS one I think.

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Then it was Dans’ turn, a fish every cast. I had de-barbed the hooks for safety and ease of release. I wanted them both to get used to feeling the fish in their hands and been able to hold them properly and not be afraid. With wet hands and a gentle grip they managed this many times although its not easy with a vibrating, electro fish like a mackerel. From then on we released all our fish simply by shaking them of the hooks and not touching them at all. Then I introduced the fly rod, Ruthie from a practical point of view said she preferred spinning. At this point in time Dan can lift and cast the head of a #5 and retrieve – enough to hook a mackerel and enough to get that ‘feeling’. He very much takes it or leaves it and that’s fine. We huddled together over little pools and I explained to them both how the flies and lures we were using fooled the mackerel into believing they were sprats. We examined the mackerel we caught closely, marvelling at the colours, their big eyes and Ruthie remembers that mackerel have a spike too! We put one in a big pool and watched it swim around and around and I explained that they never stop swimming, we watched him powerhouse his way through shallow water back to sea and Dan says I’m going to catch him again and he made a cast and caught him again…. And then we had had enough, and already as we walked up the hill to the house in the autumn dusk the questions were fired, the conversation was fishing. ‘Where will we go tomorrow?’ ‘Do you think I caught the biggest one Dan?’ ‘Did you see me casting far?’ ‘How many did we catch Dad?’ ‘I’m not touching anneee tomorrow Dan’. Its funny now, listening as we neared the house, with the porch light on, I had heard similar words earlier that week, but from people a lot older than Dan and Ruth. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:03AM (+01:00)

for Andrew and Philip
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The importance of time is at its most obvious at births and deaths. A small, new baby has all of its vast time ahead of it, and a new child will also need large amounts of your time. When someone has died sharing you time with that person is no longer possible. At such moments of realisation, thoughts about your own allocated time and how you spend it can become both sombre and very personal. Our everyday life is filled with events, people and places. Now and then we claim to live for the present, or at least want to strive to live in the present. But unless you know exactly what you are going to do tomorrow, next week, next month, next year your grip on the present can become weak to the point of invisibility. A modicum of expectation is essential for living in the present. Then, now and later are pivotal concepts to movements within life. Each moment comes and goes, and only at the time of your choosing will or can you attach a signifigance. The smell, after rain in a dusty summer street, the distant sound of a train as it approaches

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the station to bring you to the city, the flock of birds arriving for the winter tired and glad to land. The smiles, the words, the fun the sad times - each moment that you have shared has defined you, not by what you are going to do or what you have, but by what you are because of these valuable moments. Memories are formed in the present, in your time. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:35PM (UTC)

Saltwater fly fishing - P8 of 21 - When should I fish?
Friday, October 31, 2008
When is often a more important question than where if you are fly fishing for bass on the south coast. Not only must we be cognisant of season, but also time of day, time of tide, time of moon phase and even ‘time of weather’. Within these parameters there are also the questions of when should I use a particular line or a particular fly? When should I begin to make my first casts, when will the fish be here? So many whens !
There is no doubt we should fish as often and whenever possible, if only life was that simple! And of course if the activity of fishing is more important to you than actually trying to quantify your catch rate or success then when is a considerably smaller priority. Some of us just like to get out there and spend some time fishing full stop. For those of us who take things with a view of continuous improvement then when plays a more important role. Below are some simple rules for people beginning to bass fish on the fly in Ireland Ask when for season Season is April to December - with key times of June to October Ask when for time of day A good time is during a change of light from dark to bright or bright to dark (dawn and dusk) Ask when for state of tide Spring tides produce more fish than neap Tides Ask when within tidal run Some locations fish best at the beginning of the tidal phase other at the fall of tidal phases - always look for water movement and motion. Ask when during different phases of weather Bass are susceptible to changes in weather conditions, temperature, barometric pressure, wind direction. GET IN TUNE WITH THE WEATHER Ask when do you change your fishing tactic, colour of fly, type of line..... Never stay doing the same thing in the same place - keep on the move, observing, learning, changing and adapting and most of all enjoying the freedom that flyfishing creates Next Month (December) - Seven over looked tactics Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:34AM (UTC)

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best bass fishing ?
Monday, November 03, 2008
Arguably the best month (and most difficult) for a big fish on the fly, November is here. This week looks a little cooler with sharp northerlies and north easterlies blowing. However tuesday and wednesday morning look very good and present a a good opportunity to the big fish hunter. Water temperatures are dropping slowly and are now at 11/12 degrees. Its a long way from the cold of February and March so we still have a great chance especially in the next 7 days. It wont last forever and this is probably obe of our last chances! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:09AM (UTC)

Holidays Over
Sunday, November 16, 2008
My sh ort holidays are over! So its back to the grindstone. Will update the blogs over the next few days - please keep an eye on the new SEAi winter guiding service Pike Fishing on Fly & Lure. I'm also already looking forward to next spring when I shall introduce my new service for 2009 - Saltwater Fly & Lure fishing for seatrout - this will be done from my new timber boat which is currently been re-built. Surely there is no stronger fighting fish in our local estuaries than these trout and the service is grounded in two years of research and development. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:07PM (UTC)

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Can you 'dead drift' a surface lure?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Dead drifting is a tactic used in fly fishing where the fly is allowed to drift with no drag in the current. This year whilst fishing with George and Marc we 'dead drifted' surface lures in a local estuary, catching lots of bass. More in Bassfishing Files later this week. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:39PM (UTC)

ALL NEXT WEEK IN BASSFISHING FILES
Friday, November 21, 2008
HOW TO FISH THE RACE HERE in six parts ! I will discuss tactics and best methods for bass fishing in this fast deep tidal water

• Vertical jigging • Surface lure fishing • Diving Lures • Soft lures an approach Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:45PM (UTC)

FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PI
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Part One - Lines In a tidal race like the one to the left there is no room for errors regarding basics like knots, line, rods and reels. Bass (like the one below) and pollack fighting in the fast moving tide will test gear to its phyical limits MAIN LINE : Your choice of line is very important from a BS point of view, the

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amount you will need and the type required in order to fish successfully. I tend to fish with the same size reel but I have 3 spools loaded with different breaking strains of braid for different applications. All the spools are fully loaded with braid straight through, in other words I dont use backing behind 100 metres of braid. The breaking strains I use are 8 kgs, 12kgs, and 16kgs. TIPPET/LEADER MATERIAL: Tying a short length of tippet or leader material to you main line can be helpful from a number of different aspects. Lets dicuss the joining of the two materials first. My preferred knot is the reverse allbright, not only very simple to tie, it possese s a slim profile, is protective of the braid plus I dont think that in all of my fishing time have I ever had this knot open or deteriorate. Your material choice be it fluoro or mono and its BS will influence the formation of the knot. The 'harder' fluoro material will need a few more turns for the knot to 'grip' the leader. Mono been slightly softer is gripped better by the braid and thens to bed in somewhat easier.

Be careful when 'tightening in' the knot and ensure that the twists do not overlap. Take your time pulling the knot down and ease the loops into position if needed.

The last connection is the leader or tippet to a conector of some kind. When I'm fishing from the shore I dont normally use a connector or link of any kind and simply tie on my lure using the rapala knot. Out here on the boat when we often need to change lures very quickly a good connector is essential. The strength of the connector is vital. Use a uni knot to tie the leader to the connector. The link that has consistantly worked for me over the past years has been the illex hyper 8. Its almost a fail safe locking mechanism and is a definite must for this type of fishing. It

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is better to keep things very simple and I have found that over complicating things with swivels or traces does nothing to improve your experiences or chances of fish, in fact they may not work at all. Recommended super lines: Daiwa Tournament, Stren Super braid, Nacrylan Evolution, Power Pro, Xorus Monster. Recommended leader material: Gamma, Rio Fluoroflex, Seagaur, Variva, Frog HairBlue. Keep it simple, strong, and yet balanced! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:01PM (UTC)

FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PII
Monday, November 24, 2008
Part two (Monday) - Rods When I first started fishing in this tidal race I used only one rod. Today like my braid solution I now use three different types. The type I use wil depend on the application I am fishing. The rods are specifically designed for modern lure fishing techniques and are generally multi modulus carbon with high quality fittings.

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• A longer rod for distance casting from the boat (2.7m) • A shorter rod for closer and deeper lure work (2.4m) • A rod for jigging (2.1m) It is of course possible to use one rod for all three applications im just getting more demanding as I get older! Depending on the type of fishing you would like to do or if the fish have determined the technique that is required to catch them, having the correct rod is essential to make the correct presentations neccessary. In other words fish may be on the surface at 80 or 90 ms from the boat or on the back of the reef ,10 meters deep. It is important to remember that tidal races will produe speeds of 5 or 6 knots and some are even stonger. Playing and landing a strong species like a bass can be very difficult in such a tidal stream and the fish will use all of its strength and guile to use that stream to the best of his abilities. Using a poor quality rod or reel will lead to the inevitable loss of tackle. Recommended Rods: Illex, Zenaq, Wando, G-Craft, Tenryu, Smith, Jackson. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:55PM (UTC)

FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PIII
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Part three - Reels To your right is Julien LaJournade, editor for Voyages de Peches. Pictured here during the summer of 2003 at the tidal race in Wexford, Julien was and continues to be of great help to SEAi. It was though his inspiration and support via his magazine and the many lure fishing techniques that he gave me, which helped SEAi develop in its early days. Now even today, six years later on, he is still very interested. I distinctly remember the first day we fished on the boat, it was the first time I had seen a Shimano Stella. It was also the first time I had held a fixed spool reel of such high quality and state of the art engineering. Today I can see why its still the main choice of the worlds top sportfishermen.

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Out here, the fixed spool rules for advanced lure fishing and only quality will survive. I'm not saying you need to rush out and spend 800 euros on a FS spinning reel but some time spent and invested wisely before your choice is made will pay off in the long run. Recommended Reels: Shimano Twin Power, Daiwa Certate, Shimano Stradic. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:51PM (UTC)

Do you find yourself dreaming?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:13PM (UTC)

FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PIV
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Part Four- You, your boat and the fish Over the years you meet a lot of very interesting people. I happened to meet John Devereux owner of the Celtic Lady when I was much younger (12) when I was deep sea fishing with my father. I met him as an adult for the first time during the early autumn of 2003. At the same time I was guiding Clive Gammon for bass fishing in Wexford. Not that Clive needed it of course - for he had been fishing here with Des Brennan since the early nineteen fifties. I was fishing in the company of legends. John is the oldest serving coxswain in the history of the RNLI and Clive well......we were fishing the race using live sandeels. John and I have fished the race ever since aboard the Celtic Lady, regularly catching some superb fish, having great fun and even experiencng some scary and of course frustrating

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moments. We learned and probably, for the first time in these waters witnessed a lot of new fishing together. For us working at the race, it was about boat positioning, lure choice, presentations and then re-positioning - a constant learning process. In all the years we have bass fished so far, with so many fish and experiences, we have learned that the boat and its presence and position is the singular most important factor for success. Not only does it influence your fishing but it also influnces the fishing around you, and other boats also affect you. Very few people understand this and hence the fishing is o ften not at its best or even non existent. Fish are spooked and driven elsewhere by many simple factors - so simple sometimes people cant see them and then everyone looses. photo of Clive courtesy of Terry Thomas. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:45PM (UTC)

Andys' Flies go on Holidays
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Thank you
Saturday, December 13, 2008
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FISHING THE TIDAL RACE! PV
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Part Five (techniques) Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:29PM (UTC)

Winter scenes at the river
Friday, January 09, 2009
A short trip to the river today to see some salmon spawning. You can see more HERE Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:42PM (UTC)

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Wexford Anglers on Irish Team
Monday, January 12, 2009
News is reaching me of James Gordon and Barry Roche - two Wexford anglers who competed at the weekends master shore competitions. Barry finishing first and James second places them on the Irish Team - a fantastic achievment. Well done guys. Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:16PM (UTC)

The toughest bass fishing year yet!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
South East Angling Ireland A year in review 2008

2008 shall be remembered as a difficult year for bass fishing. Since I officially started with a full time guiding service the year produced somewhere in the region of 50% less fish than 2007, and 2007, whilst good, was down on previous returns. It was also a year where numbers were less than 50% of the five-year average. Summer catches in the estuaries and along many parts of the southeastern coast were hampered by the runoff from heavy rainfall and the constant strong wind and waves stirred up sand and mud. Water clarity was almost a constant issue right through the summer and it wasn’t until late September that some consistency was achieved. The autumn months of September, October and November produced some spectacular fishing and we were rewarded with bigger fish on the fly than I would have previously experienced. In fact the entire season produced a better quality of fish than any of the other previous four years experiences. Because of the considerable challenges we experienced, fishing was at times very difficult, and fly-fishing was often impossible or dangerous. I would like to say thank you to all the people who persevered

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and often got their rewards after what seemed like an impossible situation, I also apologise to those people whom I cancelled but sometimes its better and safer not to fish at all. What is becoming apparent to me is the increasing interest in saltwater fly-fishing. Numbers of people visiting SEAi are up in the following categories 1. Saltwater fly fishing 2. Instructional days 3. Visitors from within Ireland interested in saltwater fly and lure fishing Numbers of people fishing with lures from international destinations has decreased somewhat, this may be indicative of other aspects of the marketing strategy of SEAi. Because of the difficult and challenging nature of saltwater fly fishing for bass, and whilst there are an increasing number of people interested in this aspect of the fishing, it may also have contributed to the drop in numbers of fish returns per day during a difficult season. This is not truly reflective of the saltwater fly fishery and in fact after two consecutive years of tough fly-fishing conditions we hope that the weather will improve for 2009. The weight distribution of fish is not available for 2003, 2004, or 2005 – I was using these periods to capture a reasonable sample of actual weight against length, very similar to the B.A.S.S. measurements/conversion table. It is available for the years 2006, '07 and '08. It must be said that that in any ‘scientific analysis’ this report would not stand up to scrutiny. Whilst numbers of fish are reasonably accurate a lot of the weight distribution numbers are based upon quick ‘visual guestimates’ of length based over hours of experience. Fish are also often measured against a rod enabling quick return/release. Bigger fish are measured using the BASS tape. Numbers available on request. Lure fishing returns do suffer during bad we ather conditions however the impact is not as severe as that placed upon fly fishers. Over the five year reported period, numbers of lure fishing visitors has decreased. This is part of the active marketing strategy based towards a more fly-fishing oriented guiding service. As a consequence of the increase in

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fly fishermen there is a significant decrease in catch returns. However these numbers are influenced heavily by two very difficult summers in a row. Lessons Learned - 2008 GEAR; I operate the guiding service on average for 10 hrs per day – over a 7 month season that can add up to a lot of hours in mny different environments. The weather this year placed untold demands on rods reels and lines but also on waders, jackets and other protective gear. I realise the average angler may not spend as much time on the water as my customers and I – but I would strongly recommend that you buy the best you can afford especially in relation to protective gear like jackets, boots and waders. FISHING; I learned a LOT this year about bass fishing in very difficult weather, most of it in relation to fly-fishing for bass. On the south and east coast there is a multitude of variables that will influence the fish, wind, temperature, tide and rain to name only a few. Understanding and observing these influences will help you no end in your fishing. DO NOT be surprised where and when you will find fish even if the window is only very small. Yes there are some hard statistics that are always associated with the words like ‘never’ or ‘always’ or ‘must’ – I will say to you now -you find the boundaries for yourself, you will be surprised! Its not about the moon, or tide or wind, its about the amalgamation of these influences by you and then using the information tactically. CUSTOMER CARE: Because conditions were often very difficult during the season customer care was of utmost importance. This extended from two sources that wouldnt normally be as demanding. At times with strong winds and heavy rains, fly casting was very physically and mentally demanding. Extreme care was needed. I emphasised regularly both from a stable footing point of view and the travelling fly line, that it was neccessary for me to watch the customers fly/fly line and its path during strong winds, and to be extremely vigilant of waves. The second aspect of customer care was constant communication and encouragement when things were tough as was often the case. I normally fish very little if at all (unless invited) when guiding and most of my time this year was spent demonstratng wind beating techniques while trying to fish effectively. Its very important to me that YOU catch the fish not ME! TACTICS; Soft lures, BIG flies and sinking lines – the hot items during 2008. In muddy water wait and watch the situation develop over a tide - water tends to be a little clearer near the bottom! Bendy Rods for 2009 Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:16AM (UTC)

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Be careful what you fish for!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Shark on the fly - here Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:53PM (UTC)

Salt Water Lure Fishing - P6 of 21 Surface lure fishing II
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Often imitated, impossible to duplicate, the Super Spook is just as deadly as the original Zara Spook introduced decades ago. Oversized eyes and the trademark walk-the-dog action make everything from bass to redfish attack with a vengeance. Fish don't simply bite a Super Spook, they attack it. HERE
Thats some of the blurb on one of the most successful lures of all time. When you consider that the lure was first created back in 1939 by the Heddon company and called the zaragossa 6500 it was made from wood. Following the development of the plastic version Heddon changed its name to the zara spook 9260. It has continued to evolve for nearly sixty years with a 4 inch three hook version released in the mid nineties - its still marketed by the Heddon brand after all this time. Available for less than 10 dollars it has proved time and again an indispensable lure for my cutomers and I. Due to its long existence its often overlooked in favour of more 'advanced' lure types and is often considered 'obsolete' or 'forgotten'. The biggest mistake you can make is to forget to add it to your collection. The lure has occupied a place in my top 10 for many years now. Its unique 'clunk clunk' sound and wide walk the dog action creates a target that many bass simply cant refuse. The lure is not the worlds greatest caster but it more than makes up for this with its own unique credentials. When water is colder and a little 'off' and fish are not responding on the surface - then reach for the spook - it can often be the one that gets you the adrenaline rush of a surface hit that you might hve missed. Remember your fishing with a lure that started life 60 years ago and has remained very little changed since then. Some things dont need fixin'. Bendy Rods - Jim

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Salt Water Lure Fishing - P7 of 21 - Micro lures for sea trout
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Before you begin fishing for seatrout with these lures I would ask you to consider replacing the treble hooks on these lures with single barbless hooks. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:42AM (UTC)

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Saltwater Lure Fishing - P8 of 21 - Surface lure fishing III
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Cutting up the surface clock. There is a technique used in fly fishing called fan casting. Imagine you are standing at the waters edge and rather than making your first casts straight out in front of you and then retrieving back, you make a short cast almost parallel to the shore line to your right hand side and then retrieve. Lets call this the three o clock position, you then cast again to your right to the same distance but at an earlier position on the clock face - some what before the imaginary little hand is on three. You continue in this fashion from right to left past two o clock, past one and twelve which is straight in front of you and continue across to your left, past eleven and ten to nine o clock, always at the same distance. Where there is no current running you could begin to cast again at nine and at a slightly greater distance and work your way back to three and then back again to nine, again at an increased distance - slowly working you casting from right to left and left to right further out to sea with each pass. If there is current on your location lets say flowing from right to left I find that generally fish point into the current if holding, so casting from nine back to three is often less effective. This technique allows you to cover all of your fishing ground in front without going into the water, to a range of say 30 metres. The next phase involves you stepping into the water away from the shore line for about two metres and beginning to fan cast again, right to left, wade a little, then fan cast right to left and continue until you reach a safe wading limit. If you have done this slowly and carefully a cast behind you is often worth a try. Return to shore, have a sit down and then move down the location a little and begin again. So how do I apply this to my lure fishing? Of course casting with a lure is considerably easier but that doesnt mean you should be less patient or less careful. Simply flipping your first casts to thirty metres along the shore and working out and around in the fan cast fashion works equally as well from a lure perspective. In fact you may be suprised to learn where fish lie, and covering them like this gives you the opportunity to find them without spooking them off. NEXT - Tidal timings and our presentations Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:16PM (UTC)

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Saltwater Lure Fishing - P9 of 21 - Surface lure fishing IV
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What time are the fish? In the diagram to the right the anglers cast is made perpendicular to the beach. There is a current flowing from right to left and in the next three diagrams lets assume the current flow and speed remains constant. The anglers lure is represented by the small black oblong shape and the path of the lure is indicated by the large blue arrow. This is the path the lure will take with a constant normal retrieve. The important thing to remember in this situation is the diection and motion the head of the lure is taking - take a look at the red arrow. This is CAST A. In the next Diagram or CAST C all things remain the same except the speed of retrieve the angler imparts on his lure. In this instance the speed of retrieve is slowed down and the path that the lure takes is much wider. Take a look at the red arrow in this instance and the difference is clear. The head of the lure is travelling in a different and wider presentation. This is CAST C. In this last diagram again the current remains constant, but this time the angler increases the speed of his retrieve - the presentation is different as the head of the lure travels differently and the path taken is much tighter to the perpendicular. This is CAST B. Simply by varying the speed of the retrieve you can make three simple but very different presentations. Not only is your lure swimming differently but its sound will also be different. In this simple situation all things remain constant but in reality its not that simple. As tides rise and fall so the speed at which they run and flow increases and decreases, the direction in which they flow changes over many hours, the type of surface wave activity changes constantly as it interacts with local wind speed, direction, barometic pressure and even the type of ground which the water is running over. If we were to take CAST A over a normal tide rise and fall where the angler doesn't vary his retrieve but we applied local tide flow, the path of the lure would be different at different times during the tide. The following rule may help you determine maximum flow of water over any time of tide at a location during that tide. Fish activity and especially that of bass will coincide with this water flow at different intervals .

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In the first hour of the tide 1/12th of the total tide or water would move. In the second hour 2/12ths of the water moves. In the third hour 3/12ths have moved. So after the first three hours a total of 6/12ths of the tide has moved. For the remaining half of the tide the system works in reverse during the fourth hour another 3/12th of the water moves in the fifth hour 2/12ths and in the last hour 1/12th moves. During Spring and Neap tides this volume can be greater or smaller, speeds are reduced or increased, and ranges are wider or narrower. It is interesting to note that at the end of the fourth hour 3/4s of the TOTAL tide has pushed through. How does this affect our virtual angler who hasnt changed his speed of retrieve? For the first and early second hours of the tide the lure would travel in a path resembing CAST C for the later part of the second hour and early part of the third it might look like CAST A. As the tide moved into the late third and fourth hours it would look like CAST B, and for the remainder of the tide it would begin to resort to CAST C. So not only is this tidal flow timing affecting our presentations it also affects the timing and the behaviour of the fish WE want to catch and also the behaviour of the fish THEY want to catch too! Understanding how our target species behaves in this sequence is a vital part of your success and this is based around how their prey behaves, swims, hides, feeds, moves around and generally behaves in the tidal sequences, flow and movement of water. Vary your retrieves and presentations to match that of prey rather than simply pulling lures through or across the water. In other words small fish like gobies in some locations might be active in the first two hours and the last two hours of tide - during the rush hour they seek cover from strong currents. Thats two different presentations you will need to make. NEXT - Which of the twelfths is the best for fishing? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:44PM (UTC)

Saltwater Lure Fishing - P10 of 21 - Timings
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Two weeks goooood - two weeks baaaaaaad This is not a miss-quote from some talking farm animal but it is a very accurate indicator you can use for bass fishing in Ireland. In fact you dont really need to know much more than the following short list

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1. Spring tides fish better than neap tides 2. The new moon often produces more fish than the full moon 3. Good weather conditions means good bass fishing 4. Fishing is better when the water is clear or clearing 5. Fish early in the morning or late in the evening 6. Fishing will deteriorate over time if the wind blows from the east What this doesnt mean 1. You cant catch fish on neap tides 2. You cant catch a lot of fish when the moon is full or at any other stage 3. Bad weather produces no fish 4. You wont catch fish in dirty water 5. You cant catch fish at 15:30 on a hot bright summers day 6. All easterly breezes are bad Below is a chart of the tidal instances between the 4th and 11th of July 2009. Saturday the 4th of July to the 11th of July is currently reserved here at SEAi by a group of three Dutch flyfishers. They expect 5 days of good bass fishing with a seven night 6 day stay in Ireland. Arriving late on saturday we will begin fishing on Monday which is period 7 on the x-axis. This plan has already been discussed with the group in detail several times. In other words these customers are here at a very good time to fish for bass (point one above). During this period there is a full moon (tues 7th) (point two above). July is the middle of summer (point three above) so conditions are normally good (point four above). Clients are more than willing to experience a work free environment that allows them have wonderful encounter that often go beyond fishing. (point five above). I cant influence the weather (point six and three above). During the five days of guided fishing, plans will be made initially for the week, and then often re-made as weather and conditions dictate. Discussions and decisions are made after and during each guided session. What I like to do during a five day period like this is to introduce people to venues early in the week when we are not fishing - I walk them through locations creating 'visibility' and discussing location 'development' over tides. As the week progresses we return to these locations ready to fish - flies, lures, presentations, locations, timing of effort, safety concerns, positions have already been discussed and clients are ready and eager to fish. I try to emphasise advice afterall is only advice and people are free to take or leave it - the only time I am particularly 'tough' is when safety is an issue. Each day that I guide I am attempting to place people into safe locations where they have the maximum opportunity to catch fish! This is done in respect of weather, tidal conditions, equipment and experience. In other words I don’t simply bring people fishing every day, I hope to guide them into situations where they can learn and achieve something from their angling experiences in Wexford – i.e. They successfully catch and

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return a number of bass! I can’t make them catch the fish but I can assist and demonstrate and facilitate but ultimately it’s down to the angler to take full advantage of the situation.

If as an angler you are continuously adding more variables into the equation that only serve to restrict your fishing and fishing times rather than enhancing them then you are learning nothing. There is one only one-way to boost your chances and that’s to do it and learn the craft for yourself. Bass fishing is not about an ever-increasing number of exacting situations that prevent you from going fishing. It’s not about counting fish; it’s not about catching the biggest fish, and I hope it never becomes competitively fished for in this country. Yes there are many, many factors involved that influence the fish but on any given day, on any twenty different locations, during a spring tide in summer with reasonable conditions you can expect to catch bass!
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:31PM (UTC)

In Bassfishing Files
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Fly fishing for bass is not always about casting and retrieving, you need to control how your fly and fly line are affected by many and various factors - waves, current, wind, eddies.. coming soon Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:29PM (UTC)

Saltwater fly fishing - P11 of 21 - Influences, Tidal Flow
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tidal flow and fish position relationships There is a significant relationship between tidal flow or states and the positions that fish take up during that flow. Not only do they take up different positions but they do so at different times in different locations often within very localised areas. This is especially true for bass and learning these relationships is one of the major keys to success for the fly and lure angler. One of the first of these tidal influences that the bass fisherman learns is that fom the shore neap tides are often not as productive as spring tides - simple. You can follow that with something like full moon tides are not as productive as new moon tides, equally as simple, and reducing tides over a moon are often better for bigger fish. Before you synchronise your watch and go fishing to the latest

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fashionable tables rest assured you dont need to now much more than the above. What can bring you much more success than any 'galactical optimisation software' is learning and understanding fish behaviour in the phases of a tide over a location within any lunar cycle. In the diagram above we are at a hypothetical rocky point at low tide. Water is indicated blue, sand yellow and rocks are a darker colour To your left the diagram indicates the same location much later in the cycle of tidal development. Tidal streams are in full flow and currents, eddies and back washes are all in action. Fish are to be caught here too. Below is the tidal data for Rosslare during July 2009. Spring and neap tides are indicated and the early spring tide is clearly visible as been somewhat less active than the later spring tide of the month. The locations indicated in this example will fish differenty on each day over the spring tide cycle and indeed differently within the same month. The diagram of the full tidal flow above would look similar on both spring tides but in fact the water flow, strength and volume would be completely different.

Reading the p revious posts HERE regarding tidal flows could help you determine when to fish your favourite location. With the third and fourth hours of any tide coinciding with maximum activity, bear in mind each location has its own patterns and its own reasons for fish to be in its vicinity. Food, shelter, breeding, resting some locations provide them all others just one or two. If you would like to discuss these or any of the other similar posts below or indeed the many other aspects of bass fishing in detail then why not try one of my courses - HERE or HERE or maybe even try a one day guided fishing trip. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:21PM (UTC)

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Saltwater Fly Fishing - P10 of 21 - Where are the fish?
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Lure fishing for bass in the sea whilst difficult at times, and fly fishing too with its greater challenges should not to be viewed as impossible tasks. They do however require some particular skills. Casting yes, presentation yes, patience yes, but the essence of this post is based around the knowledge of 'where the fish are'. If you spend some time with succesful fishermen and you happen to have found one of them who will talk sensibly about his experiences over time, you will quickly learn that they have several unique abilities. One of them is that they instinctively seem to know where the fish are, or rather they know where the fish are going to be! The 'where' is not specifically like what we have mentioned before HERE but rather the 'where' along many miles of coastline (be it estuaries, current, rocky headlands, open beach) at any particular point in time during the day. This of course doesnt mean that ALL the fish gather in one location that is privy to only a few people, but it does mean that at certain times under certain conditions, you are more likely to catch fish at location X rather than Z. Lets go back to our 'virtual' rocky point - its 5 in the morning (June) and the wind is blowing easterly with a rising tide. This means that three major influences are sourced

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from a singular direction - the rising sun will shine from the anglers right hand side, the wind will blow from the anglers right hand side and the current will be flowing from the right hand side. This little scenario presents a particular set of circumstances to the bass angler 1. At this time of day the sun is low on the horizon for some time. When currents flow, fish tend to point into the direction of current and in this case when they point into the current they will also be pointing into the sun. They will experience lots of light in the water in the direction they are facing for the first few hours over dawn. Their field of vision is bright. 2. Wind blowing in the same direction as current flow tends to 'flatten' the water and if atmospheric pressure is dropping both the volume and speed of the moving water may increase significantly as a result of this. 3. Depending on the strength of the wind and whether the angler is casting lures or flies his mainline will be affected by both wind and current. As a consequence so will the presentations he makes to the fish with the fly or lure. A lure moving in a head on collision with a predator does not induce many takes! During the periods of dawn and dusk contrast should play a significant role in your lure and fly colour choice. With fish staring into the sun against a lighter bckground a darker lure or fly will appear more visible. Bass tending to hunt mid or low water in these conditions may need to change position more frequently to view prey from different angles to make determinations. Having to change and jostle for position will expose them to the strengthening current, this current as I have mentioned may be stronger because of lower atmospheric pressure and wind force and hence the fish may not spend as much time as they would hunting in this local as they are expending energy. In other words this simply may not be the place to fish today! Fish holding lies are often volatile and based on subtle external influences that can change from hour to hour and day to day! Appearing to have what can seem like the fishing powers of a Jedi Knight is based over years of experiences coupled to a high level of sensitivity towards many of these influences. Next - Making the best of the circumstances Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:07AM (UTC)

Ireland remains a Great destination
Monday, March 09, 2009
Just published Partir Pecher (march-april-may edition) features NINE pages on bass fishing in Wexford, Ireland. Ireland holds its own as a unique location against more exotic destinations like the Bahamas, Greenland and Alaska, because of the quality of the bass fishing, combined with the unique attractions of the South East and all of the amenities available. The journalist (Daniel) involved in making the article spent a week here in Wexford with my family and I and got a first hand experience of what the fishing and the guiding

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service provided. For those of you who care to remember the ' difficult' season of 2008 this week proved no different. Although at times the sun shone, it blew north easterly for five days....interesting! The article is both realistically balanced and mature in its approach to bass fishing in Ireland and all of the aspects involved. It also does a fair, accurate and brilliant job for Irish angling as a whole. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:18AM (UTC)

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NEW PE+ Crystal Line from Cortland
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
A new crystal clear FLOATING fly line now available from Cortland for fishing warm water only! Surely a cold water solution is not far away.......... This is what Cortland have to say The all-new Precision PE+ Crystal is formulated with a proprietary blend of polyethylene and special copolymers. Built on a nylon monofilament core, the PE+ Crystal’s patentpending crystal-clear jacket is naturally lighter than water, eliminating the need for microballoons or other agents to make it float. The hard, ultra-smooth PE+ line jacket finish has a lower coefficient of friction than any production floating line ever built, so it shoots silently through the guides and casts faster and farther than equivalent PVC-coated floating lines. The tough, new PE+ line jacket is also much more resistant to cuts / abrasion and is fused to the monofilament core with an almost unbreakable bond so nail knots hold securely and there is never any separation of jacket and core. It’s high tensile strength virtually eliminates stretch for instantaneous hook sets and incredible sensitivity. The PE+ jacket is also UV stable, will not absorb water, is highly resistant to chemicals -and won’t soften or dissolve when exposed to DEET, gasoline or most other solvents. And, unlike PVC-coated fly lines, they are 100% recyclable. www.cortlandline.com Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:17AM (UTC)

Current surface water temperatures
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
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BASS FISHING WEEKEND WORKSHOPS 2010
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Details For 2010 will be available soon! This 2 night and 3-day on the water and residential project will be held at SEAi’s premises in Wexford and will run from Friday morning through to Sunday evening. Introductions will take place on Friday afternoon and then its straight into instruction and fishing, each afternoon or early morning we will fish for bass at some of my preferred locations along the Wexford coast. Every attempt is made to apply on a one to one basis, what we have learned in the ’classroom’ to your fishing during your day. Evening meals and lunches will be provided at a local restaurant and our facilities are self-catering and approved. You will be staying in a mature central and quiet location never more than 5 minutes walk from all the amenities provided by Wexford town centre. This weekend is limited to four people. Take a look here for more details www.bassfishing.ie/house.htm SEAi is fully insured, certified in first aid and group facilitation. Each day, personal course notes will be provided on the many aspects of bass fishing amongst the varied topics we will discuss some are listed below.

Safety, the species an introduction, equipment - function and decision making, saltwater fly fishing techniques, advanced saltwater lure fishing, seasons, water clarity and temperature, tides and the influences of the moon, daily influences and variations, pressure changes, weather fronts, feeding patterns, colours and fly and lure choices, presentations and secret tactics, fly and lure fishing at night...During our fishing time we will delve deeper into the topics we will have discussed at 'class' and a more hands on and practical approach is taken.

For more details please e-mail me at sportfishing@eircom.net or call me on 086 3444557 Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:15AM (UTC)

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Spring day in march
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Andrew enjoyed a nice spring day today with some beautiful sea trout landed in midafternoon. Taking our time, we waited for the strategic state of tide and suddenly the fish were there. All fish were caught on single barbless hooks retro fitted to the lures. Trebles can really damage these fish very easily. . . Landing Gear . Rod: Smith Troutin Spin Interboron Line: Varivas supertrout advance braid Reel: Shimano tecnium 3000 Lure: Sinking minnow details available HERE Remember sea trout are a designated sport fish, it is neccessary to have a licence to fish for seatrout irrespective of your fishing in fresh or saltwater. Go HERE for more details. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:36PM (UTC)

Fly fishing for bigger bass - I
Thursday, March 19, 2009
001 January Fly Tactics for Bigger Bass Publish at Scribd or explore others: Promotional Brochures & Catalogs fly fishing for bass Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:50AM (UTC)

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Fly fishing for bigger bass - II
Friday, March 20, 2009
002 February Fly Tactics for Bigger Bass Publish at Scribd or explore others: Brochures & Catalogs angling in ireland wexford ireland Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:51PM (UTC)

On the Barrow with David Wolsoncroft Dodds
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:07PM (UTC)

What colour is the sun?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
In Bass Fly Fishing Files tomorrow - what bass see and how your colour choice of fly or lure is more important at some times rather than others. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:29PM (UTC)

Fly fishing for bigger bass - III
Thursday, March 26, 2009
003 March Fly Tactics For Bigger Bass Publish at Scribd or explore others: Promotional Brochures & Catalogs saltwater fly fishin fly fishing Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:05PM (UTC)

First Workshop of 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
David Norman at the first LURE Workshop of '09 HERE Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:49PM (+01:00)

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Spring estuary bass
Friday, April 03, 2009
When spring seatrout hunt and smolts seek sanctuary in the nursery area of estuaries BASS know where to find an easy meal! Can you match the hatch? - Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:54AM (+01:00)

Fly fishing for bigger bass - IV
Saturday, April 04, 2009
004 April Fly Tactics For Bigger Bass Publish at Scribd or explore others: Brochures & Catalogs saltwater flies saltwater fly fishin Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:49AM (+01:00)

Surface water temperatures
Saturday, April 04, 2009
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What we saw today the dog and I
Monday, April 06, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:43AM (+01:00)

Next week in Bass Lure Fishing Files
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Application - Rigging & Fishing SOFT BAITS FOR BASS Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:16AM (+01:00)

Summer Rainfall 2008
Saturday, April 11, 2009
A significant impact on bass fishing in 2008 Rainfall totals were above normal everywhere and were more than twice normal in the east and southeast of the country. Except for a few parts of the west and northwest, each of the summer months was wetter than normal. There were some exceptionally heavy daily falls throughout the season, particularly in the period from late July to mid-August. This summer’s rainfall was caused by a succession of unstable low-pressure centers moving slowly across the country. The summer weather of 2008, though unusual, was far from unprecedented. Similar summers in the past were those of 1986, 1985 and 1958. The extreme rainfall experienced during the summer of 2008 cannot be attributed to climate change. The totals recorded fit within the range of natural variability, which is greater that the global warming ‘signal’ at our geographic location. June Rainfall totals were above normal almost everywhere, with around twice the normal June rainfall measured in the south and southeast of the country. Relatively little rain was measured between the 7th and 16th, but some heavy falls were recorded at other times. Many stations recorded their wettest day of the month on the 21st, when a band of heavy rain was followed by widespread thunderstorms; 50mm of rain was measured on this day in some places. July July rainfall totals were near normal in parts of the northwest, but it was an exceptionally wet month over most of Leinster and Munster, where rainfall totals for the month were more than twice the July normal. Heaviest daily falls this month were in the periods 1st to 6th and 28th to 31st. late on the 31st; exceptionally heavy rain caused significant flooding

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in parts of County Limerick. August August rainfall totals were above normal everywhere, the third successive month of wetter than normal weather. More than twice the normal August totals were recorded in parts of the east, northeast and midlands, while some stations recorded over three times the normal. The number of rain days recorded during the month (days with 0.2mm or more rainfall) was also well above normal; there were between 20 and 30 rain days at stations this month compared with the August average number of between 14 and 19.

A More Detailed report is available from Met Eireann HERE Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:57PM (+01:00)

Surface water temperatures.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:08PM (+01:00)

Fly fishing for bigger bass - V
Sunday, April 19, 2009
005 May Fly Tactics For Bigger Bass Publish at Scribd or explore others: Brochures & Catalogs saltwater fly fishin Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:17AM (+01:00)

Sometimes you forget
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
You get on with things that are 'related' to fishing on a day to day basis. Site admin, posting, writing articles, e-mails, customer planning and suddenly a week of tides has gone by and its a friday at lunch time and the children are off school for two days and

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your wife has the weekend off too. You do normal things, shopping, DIY, the garden, play with the children and go for a picnic or two. You manage to leave the PC off for almost a whole day. Then its monday and the three are gone again and if its sunny the phone starts to ring, and you post some letters and re-arrange and maintain the fishing gear and prepare notes and files for workshops and you go to some meetings and another week goes by. Then you run three workshops in a row and you talk and communicate with people for 24 hours non stop about bass fishing. You get further and further away from the fishing and then you just stop and go. Today was like that. I stopped working hard at doing nothing that was important and went fishing for four hours - I missed it badly. I may have forgotten but I remembered just at the right time. As I stood and looked over the water that I really hadnt seen properly since last year I heard terns, saw Gannets diving, swallows arriving along the coast, small waves breaking crystal clear, then white under blue skies. And then you catch some fish I ask myself is there a better job? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:23PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Fly fishing tips - summary
Friday, April 24, 2009
Im just about to post on catch and release practices which will be part 16 of this 21 part series. Below is a quick 'quick link list' to all the postings so far that I have made over the past few months. I have also indicated 'provisionally' what the remaining six postings will be and I hope you will continue to enjoy them. Bendy Rods Jim SWFF - Part 1 of 21 - General Fly Choices SWFF – Part 2 of 21 - The instinct of the decision SWFF – Part 3 of 21 - Where is my fly

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SWFF - Part 4 of 21 - Choosing a fly SWFF – Part 5 of 21 - Fly-casting for saltwater SWFF – Part 6 of 21 - Choosing the right fly lines SWFF – Part 7 of 21 - Where should I Fish SWFF – Part 8 of 21 - When should I Fish SWFF - Part 9 of 21 - Influences I – Tidal Flow SWFF - Part 10 of 21 - Where are the fish? SWFF – Part 11 of 21 - Casting for bigger bass SWFF – Part 12 of 21 - Water conditions and bigger bass SWFF – Part 13 of 21 - Presentations for bigger bass SWFF – Part 14 of 21 - Flies for bigger bass SWFF – Part 15 of 21 - Influences II and bigger bass SWFF – Part 16 of 21 - Catch and release practices Future Postings are based predominantly with Wexford in Mind

SWFF – Part 17 of 21- Influences III Weather and the fishing environment SWFF – Part 18 of 21 - Gear and equipment SWFF – Part 19 of 21 - Wexford - Challenges of the Estuaries SWFF – Part 20 of 21 - Wexford - Challenges of the Rocky Shore SWFF – Part 21 of 21 - Wexford -Challenges of the Open Shore Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:22AM (+01:00)

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Saltwater Lure Fishing P12 of 21 - Catch & Release
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Catch and Respect There is skill in a proper release. Please limit your kill rather than killing your limit. Catching a fish is a skillful process, releasing one successfully back to the sea alive and healthy also requires skill and good techniques. Before you start fishing look closely at the area where you are angling and search for lies that you suspect a fish may run to for cover and use to his advantage for escape or possible hang up. Plan regularly as you move and consider how you will play land and return your fish under the circumstances you are in. Check for your safety and a path to bring the fish through. Some helpful tips for good catch and release. Handle the fish as little as possible and try to keep the fish in the water when removing hooks. Avoid lifting or touching the fish if you can. If you do need to touch the fish make sure your hands are wet. If you do need to lift the fish make sure he is supported evenly. Avoid lifting the fish out of the water unsupported. If you are using lures and are nervous of hooks consider using a boga grip. It is often not necessary to use a boga grip when fishing single or barbless hooks, cut down or eliminate its use as you grow in confidence. Have a plan for releasing a fish before landing it Because time is crucial in keeping a released fish alive, work quickly and eliminate any over exposure to air. Avoid using landing nets. Do not drag fish over dry sand which clings to its slime. Handling the fish with wet hands helps to avoid removing the beneficial fish slime.

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Remove treble hooks carefully and quickly using pliers and try to avoid lip or flesh ripping, also avoid any contact to the red gill plate area. When taking photographs make it very quick and always plan ahead. Revive an exhausted fish in the water by passing water over the fish's gills by using a gentle back and forth swimming motion until the fish recovers. Points to Consider Cut down on the number of hooks on your lures De-barb your treble hooks De-barb your single hooks Try to land fish as quickly as possible to avoid overstressing them Overplayed and overexposed fish die after release A quickly landed bass will still have a lot of energy and is very inclined to shake his head from side to side – a dangerous time for both fish and angler for potential damage especially with multi hooked lures Longer lures with multiple treble hooks cause greater damage to fish than shorter ones If you intend to kill and keep a fish from time to time then carry the proper tool do the job. Don’t leave fish gasping and flapping on the shoreline but use a salmon priest to dispatch him quickly. If keeping a fish consider keeping one that has spawned a number of times > 45 cms. Try not to kill the fish that everyone wants to catch i.e. return bigger fish.

Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:09PM (+01:00)

All is never lost!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
‘One last cast’, I cried across to my friend. We had been fly fishing for three hours and things were beginning to wear a little thin, it was now much later than we would normally stay in the tide, three hours of intensive fishing and we had nothing to show. During the previous evening we had made the following agreement for the next days tactics. We would only fly fish; we would fish barbless hooks, we would not bring any lure fishing equipment with us, and we would catch whatever tide was necessary and travel to the

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remotest venues! Previous experience had thought me that at some localities fish only feed at specific moments during the tide, I knew that this locality was one of those areas and we were now way passed the optimum time. Hence my call for one last cast. Stripping back the fly for the last time, I picked some seaweed of the line, hooked the fly in the keeper ring and head down I slowly made my way back towards base camp. Defeated. My friend stayed on for a few more casts then he too repeated the procedure. Pouring coffee and opening some biscuits and cakes I remained slightly dumbstruck at the fact that we had caught nothing. Both of us quietly ate our cakes and drank our coffee not saying much but absorbing our surroundings in a way that is often difficult to do when you are fishing intently. The odd comment was passed about the peace, the colours and the sheer beauty of nature. We both avoided the obvious for the moment and rested for some twenty minutes or more. Sometimes during these silences two things will happen, one – I will begin to feel intensely uncomfortable and loose some faith in my abilities as an angler and return home to prepare for the next tie I go fishing, or twothere is a passive recharging of some inner battery, and some times an unspoken communication with my friend or even someties a client which will often lead to both of us standing up at the same time to continue fishing. Now at this venue, to do this, was, for me very unusual. Many times I had fished and re-fished over various tides and times and weather conditions to establish some patterns. Thousands of hours spent casting different flies and lures in different ways at different times had lead me to believe that we would not fair any better than we had before. I have a habit of changing my leader and tippet after every session and when I was doing this over my coffee I also attached my favourite all round bass fly, the white deceiver. Above the deceiver on a dropper I attached a much smaller baitfish type pattern and so was fishing what I call a ‘chase team’. This often works when fish are well fed and it will often induce a response that provo kes a take on the smaller fly. I advised my friend or rather he suggested to me that he try on the surface with a brightly coloured popper fly. I agreed and said that we should fish closer together to cover the layers more effectively. Fishing a popper fly and a deceiver as a team will often bring fish to the person on the deceiver!

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During the next forty minutes or so I began to believe that things were just as I believed they would be when there was a loud surface splash followed by a shout from my right as I watched John hook into a plump bass of about two pounds. His rod arched over into a pleasing, powerful fish. I retrieved and cast in his direction and suddenly both of us were into fish! We fished for another hour until the action slowed and eventually stopped. I caught three fish the other guy had four, we kept one to eat the rest were returned alive to the water fit and well. Now where is this leading to you might well ask? Firstly – you don’t always have everything figured out! Just because it doesn’t look or feel right to you doesn’t mean it’s not right for the fish or indeed if you think it is right it doesn’t necessarily mean it is. I have often heard it said that ‘you need to think like a fish’. Sometimes I find it hard to think like a human never mind a fish. The general influences in a fish’s life are tide, temperature, and time of year. Coupled to this is a natural instinct for survival, reproduction and opportunism regarding availability of food. Clever uses of these factors will more than often lead you to success, there are times when none of it makes any sense at all. One thing I am sure of – hard work will produce results, it’s a question of try and try again. Combine these factors with a few ground rules regarding fly selection a nd you are bound to increase your chances at least twofold. If I was lost on a desert island and presented with a choice of bass saltwater fly patterns I think there are only a few I would choose. Firstly the all white deceiver with a little flash would be my number one choice, this and patterns like it have caught me the most fish. The second choice would be similar with the exception of adding some olive/chartreuse/lavender and a maybe a bit bigger than the previous pattern, and my third fly would definitely be a small surface popper (just for excitement). It is interesting to note that this summer I have fished some combinations or teams of flies and indeed lures that have helped increase the number of fish caught. A combination of two poppers one bigger than the other is very exciting even if a little difficult to fish with. Deceivers or sand eel patterns of different sizes fished in teams also present plenty of opportunities with ‘induced’ take more often on the smaller fly. The right choice and combination can often be critical so can sticking at it when you believe all is lost! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:40AM (+01:00)

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Pike fishing with Peadar O Brien and David Wolsoncroft Dodds
Friday, May 01, 2009
A pleasant days fishing in Carrigmacross with Peadar and David - the first signs of summer - see more HERE later today Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:04PM (+01:00)

Alans start of season
Sunday, May 03, 2009
This is Alan from Waterford learning fly casting at a saltwater fly fishing workshop today. I met him on home ground last saturday morning after I had taken the greyish colored photograph below. The net was strung about 150 - 180 metres along the coast. LAST FRIDAY evening I started to receive some calls from a few people about the net, I duly rang the ERFB whom had already received calls in relation to it and its location. I was told it was been looked after. I went to Waterford, then across to Kerry, back to Wexford and up to Cavan and arrived back home on saturday. Allen called during the week, asked me if he could come up to do some practice casting and fishing as he was having a little hassle with the intermediate line. I brought him to the location where I bring a lot of people to learn, which happens to be the place where the net was reported to be 10 DAYS AGO. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:45PM (+01:00)

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The approaching tide - Week 19/20.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Bass Fishing Outlook for the next fourteen days HERE I have these new Rhode Island flatwings to try and a bunch of new lures from Japan Its the first real opportunity for bass on fly and lure - cant wait! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:06PM (+01:00)

Bass Fly Fishing Season Begins
Thursday, May 07, 2009
The first swifts of summer have arrived and can be heard screeching around the twin church spires in town. This to me, is my annual indication that I can truly be confident of attempting bass on the fly in Wexford coastal waters. A living indicator. You may ask what has a bird that spends its time in our towns and cities got to do with Bass fishing!

During approaching cooler and windy weather parent swifts can spend long periods sitting on nests close together, or on top of each other with bodies hunched and feathers ruffled for warmth. In abnormally cooler and damp weather swifts may throw out complete clutches of eggs before themselves congregating in clusters on walls. Swifts will take shelter in their nests in heavy rain, even staying in for much of the day.Last summer they seemed to be totally absent.

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If you cant hear them screeching or see them whirling above you house in town then consider the weather before going bass fishing!. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:38PM (+01:00)

Destinations Ireland - Coming Soon..
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Destinations Ireland - a new service from SEAi I am pleased to announce a new service as provided by SEAi – I call it Destinations Ireland. Over the past few years I have travelled to some of the remotest and most scenic areas of Ireland searching for quality angling destinations. These are destinations that can provide outstanding fishing, new and challenging environments, dramatic scenery and quality casual accommodations. With Destinations Ireland I hope to share some of these elements with you and your travelling companions. More later. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:28PM (+01:00)

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Easy like a Sunday morning....fly & lure
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Andrew and I took some wonderful fish on this mornings tide. Andrew fished the lure whilst I fished the fly. One or two of the eleven fish landed and returned ran to over 6o cms one > 65cms. Success came both on fly (5) and lure (6) more details of the landing gear, flies, lures and tactics now in Bass Fly Fishing Files

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Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:40PM (+01:00)

A lifetimes ambition realised at todays workshop!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Dave realised a lifetimes ambition today at the last workshop before the close of season. Some excellent bass landed - first time bass mind you! More details in Bass Lure Fishing Files later today! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:44PM (+01:00)

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Bass Fishing Guides Diary 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
I have compiled the articles written for Irish Angler about life as a bass fishing guide working and living in Ireland onto a seperate section of my blog. You can view them here at this link. I hope you enjoy them - Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:53PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Fly & Lure Fishing Workshops
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Bassfisherman - Saltwater Fly or Lure - One-day workshop Tariffs available on request from Jim @ sportfishing@eircom.net For those starting lure or fly fishing in saltwater there are often many skills to learn and numerous equipment requirements and choices to be made. This can prove daunting to the beginner or even the experienced fishermen. With more than 30 years of bass fishing experience and working at my eight year as a bass fishing guide my saltwater lure & fly fishing workshops are designed not only to help you fully understand the equipment, but also to help you learn about casting, advanced lure fishing techniques, and why it is important to understand various species their habitats, influences and life cycles. You will also learn how and where to purchase and use the best equipment. Having completed the courses you will have a comprehensive understanding of this intriguing and fast developing aspect of saltwater fishing, each customer is provided with over one hundred pages of notes and continued e-mail support - plus I bet too we can have some fun along the way as we spend as much time as possible with practical application on the water. Options - bespoke to your requirements One night stay at SEAi HERE Tea/Coffee and light breakfast Saltwater Lure Fishing Workshop Lunch at The Yard Restaurant Total Fee €265.00 per person – group rate available on request – 3 people maximum. Summary details ONE-DAY WORKSHOP Session One at the SEAi Centre – 3hrs morning Bass, mullet and seatrout a species overview · Season · Breeding · Timings · Feeding patterns

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· History of, in Ireland · General behaviour in locations like estuaries, rocky shores, open beaches · Discover how to read tides properly and the effects they have on our fishing. · Understanding the finer points of weather influences on the Wexford coast · Winds · Rain and its effects · Air temperature · Water temperature · Discovering and understanding location development and bass patterns Lure fishing gear · Rod types and their different applications · Suitable reels · Braids, fluorocarbons, mono and clips · Line loading · Unique fluorocarbon and mono knots for braid · Lures fishing and rigging · Lure choice and type (recommendations) · Surface lure fishing · Sub surface lure fishing · Surface baits and jerk baits · Softbaits · Metal baits Break for Lunch at The Yard Restaurant Session Two on the water – 3 to 4 hours afternoon and evening On the water · Safety and a quick location audit for your safety and fish handling · How best to stay comfortable and safe when fishing · Learning 'Location development' over a tide · Watercraft and ‘running down the fish’ · Correct presentations · Lure choice and selection for any given time and location type · Catch and Return – its much more than returning fish (discussions) · An emphasis on returning fish even before and after the designated 'closed season' as conditions dictate · An emphasis on NOT killing mature fish but returning them · Fish handling regarding Leaving the fish in the water when releasing Playing and then landing the fish - what to do over sand, rocks and other difficult areas De-hooking, Handling, Photographing Returning and recovery

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OR proper dispatching of fish and reviewing the legislation · Reviewing the different types of rods and their applicability to different types of lure fishing · The lure profile, colour, its action and its role in fishing when conditions are tough · Fishing and you—common errors to avoid and positive aspects to enhance · Advanced fishing tactics and strategies · Confidence when handling and returning fish and making super photographs · Learning to apply your skills to a range of different saltwater fish. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:34AM (+01:00)

Fly casting for saltwater
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Let there be no mistake about it - fly casting for bass in the saltwater environment can be a challenging task! But too often that task is created by ourselves and the search for distance. Somewhere at the beginning, and often far too regularly, our objective becomes 30 yards as quickly as possible. And yes we measure it with footsteps and tapes and strips and congratulate ourselves when we get there, but we forget to look how we got there. Satisfying your ego with distance often can make you both blind and deaf. Blind to your wide ripped open loops, blind to the broken wrist, blind to poor turnover. All we see is our tag and leader crash landing some distance ahead of us and we are happy! The poor hearing is a result of the shouting done by the voice in our head - we must cast further. The rational and cool tones of self analysis are drowned out - we cant hear ourselves think never mind remember the words of our instuctor. Casting 30 yards in the local park to the background sound of summer blackbirds is different than pushing big flies into a headwind whilst terns hover overhead and you lean into thee foot waves. But we want personal satisfaction immediately and too many times we are not prepared to listen to our instructor and do as he or she says. We dont practice enough (short periods - regularly) and then wonder why we havent mastered the technique that we paid a lot of money to learn. We dont listen because we think we know better or somehow, magically we will assimilate the ability to fly cast before the next time we go fishing. Some things I look out for Rod - when double hauling over long periods of time a more mid action rod rather than a super fast version will help with your timings - you dont need to be as accurate ALL of the time. Line - dont extend the overhang beyond your ability to control it - be aware of where the rear taper ends and the running line begins Hauling - hauling wont make a 70 foot caster into a 120 foot caster - it will however make

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your casting much more effecient, and when blind casting to bass over long periods hauling will 'sprad the load', leaving you less tired at the end of the day. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:26PM (+01:00)

Pike - 30lbs plus on the Fly
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Guide and pike fly fishing specialist David Wolsoncroft Dodds took this spectacular fish on Tuesday. Click Here to view! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:20PM (+01:00)

X-Layer Vs Clouser Minnow
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Some thoughts on flies and soft lures in bass fishing. THE BLURB

XLAYER is hand poured jerk bait with reverse rib design, which makes XLAYER’s stop & go action more precise and deadly. With an offset hook set in a certain way XLAYER will dog-walk under water, and set it in a normal way it instantly becomes a falling bait for dead-sticking. You can also shake XLAYER with a 1/32 or 1/16 oz jig head for sight fishing. In another words, XLAYER is the all round soft jerk bait you have been waiting for. THE BLURB The original Clouser Minnow, developed by Bob Clouser for smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River AROUND 1984, was designed to keep moving through the water no matter what the angler was doing. Clouser’s rationale was that baitfish, when pursued by bigger fish, don’t stop to look at the scenery. The Clouser Minnow sinks quickly when it hits the water. When you start a retrieve, the fly swims through the water. But if you stop moving the fly, it keeps moving as it sinks deeper (falling). The only time it stops is when it’s lying on the bottom (sticking) or

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being grabbed by a fish. Building an offset head can create an interesting walking motion!
This is not a post where one method is elevated in superiority above an other. I would like to demonstrate the similarity that exists between two different approaches to a particular aspect of bass fishing. Lefty Kreh has caught over 86 different species of fish on clouser minnows of many different types. Im sure if you were to take all the anglers in the world currently fishing soft baits you would probably find that that there have been as many species taken on plastics. This simply demonstrates that both presentations are extremely effective and are essentially very similar - they both imitate 'prey' fish darting around foraging or indeed escaping a predator - there may also be other circumstances exhibited like prey 'behaviour' that predators find attractive. Both clouser minnows and soft baits exhibit these characteristics very effectively. The essential difference between the two techniques (apart from material) is of course delivery - one method of delivery is by a lure fishing rod and fixed spool reel, the other with a fly rod and fly line. I have put heavier clouser minnows on my lure fishing gear, cast, and caught bass and I have also 'fly-rodded' with soft baits to much success. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:37PM (+01:00)

Recent rumours
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The commercial lobbyists are a strong united powerful and cohesive force that constantly tease at the commercial restrictions pertaining to Bass fishing. This is done not only in Ireland or the UK but at European level at EVERY opportunity that is presented to them. This type of message rings out at this time every year but only since the change in the necessity to ‘re-invoke’ the commercial ban every year has it taken on a new note or variation. It may keep us on our toes for a while but soon disappears over the horizon – most of us forget about it, while this group never takes its eye off the ball and invents and re-invents new strategies to appeal to politicians. They get closer and closer. Having attempted to make a living from Bass guiding in this country for the past seven years, approaching the month of may was always a nervous time as the bye laws needed to be re-considered by the relevant minister, I mean how could you forward plan your business if your resource could be destroyed in a very short space of time? A double whammy a national resource that you hope are carefully exploiting by been sustainable coupled to something that you loved doing could be destroyed in a flash. And not only for you but for thousands of others too.

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June was always met with a sigh of relief. So its no different this year – the rumours will

start and hopefully go away as nothing but rumours, the illegal fishing will continue, and as I have worked very hard this year to sell an angling experience to people from Denmark, Italy, France, Ireland, America, Holland, England and Spain - whom will leave thousands of euros in the local Wexford economy, come the year end I will submit my numbers as I have always done in the hope that this information is in some way a preparation for some war chest to counter the lobbyists. Because I’m afraid some day it may well happen – how well prepared in hard facts and figures will anglers and other organisations like the IFSA, Bord Failte, the CFB be on that day, how strongly united, cohesively proactive and energised will they be, to stand up and protect what is a national resource and not just the imagined property of a reckless few who are quite prepared to destroy it? Doing it on that day will be too late! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:04AM (+01:00)

Wexford summer days
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:44PM (+01:00)

Sunday, May 31, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:40PM (+01:00)

Tackling up for bass - Fly Fishing
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Below is list of material suitable or needed for fly fishing bass in Ireland, please find that the following items are all very suitable, budget, recommended and even top of the range. Fly Reels Loop Evotec CLW8-12 Okuma Airframe 7/9 Danica Traditional 6/9 Temple fork outfitters TFO 429 Danielsson Lw6-9 _____________________________________________________ Fly Rods from #7 - #9 – occasionally #10 in late Autumn Vision 3 zone sws €155.00 Lefty Kreh TiCrX €185.00

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Scierra BW2 €275.00 Redington CPXsw Sage Xi2 _____________________________________________________ Fly Lines #7- #9 – occasionally #10 in late Autumn Floating and Intermediate Rio Aqualux striper Rio Outbound Inter and Rio outbound short for estuary wading/surf fishing Teeny TS XD Scientific anglers mastery series _____________________________________________________ Suggested Leader material Rio Flouroflex Frog hair deep blue Varivas Frog hair deep blue Rio saltwater tapered leaders Rio Bonefish/permit tapered leaders ____________________________________________________ Backing Dacron backing 100ms 12-15 kgs Flies – Deceivers/clousers/poppers/sliders – white/white& chartreuse/ Olive/white – grey/lavende/blue/white – from 3cms – 20cms Stripping Basket ____________________________________________________ Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:50PM (+01:00)

The Bass Fishing Flies
Sunday, June 07, 2009
For those of you who asked, the bass flies that are displaying in the post below have been tied by the following people Andy Elliott - visitor 2008 Rudy van Duinjhoven - visitor 2007 Enrico Puglisi Ed Mitchell - visitor 2004 Marc Petitjean - visitor 2006 and Rod Tye Sadly Rod Tye is no longer with us. The flies average in length from 6 to 9 inches,

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because of good design and a clever use of material most can be cast to bass with a #8 and even a #7 on good days! The Puglisi works really well in the surf and I use a GLoomis stinger double hander to cast 35-40 yards overhead with a Rio outbound short. Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:36PM (+01:00)

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Bass Fishing in Ireland
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Flyer Costs Publish at Scribd or explore others: Brochures & Catalogs bass fishing in irel Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:23PM (+01:00)

Italian Video Opportunity with Angelo Piller - Fly Fishing for Bass...
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I'm really looking forward to the 19th of June - Angelo contacted me recently about the possibility of filming fly fishing for bass in Wexford - we will work together for seven days in Wexfords many different locations. These are his words..... ....am planning a holiday with my girlfriend, probably June. I was thinking to bring her in a warm place (where obviously I can fish), but your website is so good, I can try to convince her to try Ireland. Consider that I live in the italian dolomites, where it's warm only in summer. I have recenly started a new activity, a kind of Flyfishing Moviemagazine: http://www.reelvideo.eu/ Next monday I'll send you one copy.

In Italy interest for sea bass has recently started, and it would be great if I could make a short film about you and seabass fly fishing. How are the chances...is there a possibilty to film the capture of three or four sea bass?
I am responsable for the magazine section of Pipam: http://www.pipam.com/ which is the nr.1 italian webpage in Italy with almost 5000 subscribers, I am interested in writing an article about this experience too. I can only hope the weather holds up, its a real opportunity to demonstrate the techniques, flies and the wonderful venues and fishing challenges that the south east offers to the saltwater fly fisherman. http://www.flyfishitaly.com/ Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:46PM (+01:00)

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Opening Day 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Tight lines to everbody for the coming seaon of 2009! Its a nice day for opening, lets hope it stays that way for the rest of the season. Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files will be updated regularly from today until the end of the season. bendy rods in 2009 Jim Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:16AM (+01:00)

Welcome to the DARK SIDE
Friday, June 19, 2009
Fly fishing at night! - I discuss tactics and techniques in Bass Fly & Lure Fishing Files later this week. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:50PM (+01:00)

The remaining chapters of SWFF & SWLF tips Bass Fshing Wexford
Friday, June 19, 2009
The remaining 5 posts planned for Saltwater Fly Fishing tips and Saltwater Lure Fishing tips will be written and completed over the next six months or so. The previous sixteen posts of SWFF and SWLF tips are currently been re-writtten and this project although somewhat behind schedule is nearing completion. The thirty two posts have been condensed into 5 chapters and I then expanded upon them to provide almost 110000

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words. These remaining SWFF and SWLF tips will be posted to Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files. They too will be expanded upon and re-written for completion during Spring of 2010. These completed and re-written chapters will give me another 100000 words. I then hope to combine these words with photos from an archive of over 10,000 to produce a book, working title FISH THE WHITE WATER - Bass Fishing Wexford fly & lure. The remaining chapters will be similar to the following headings and will complete this blog at the end of 2009 or early 2010. SWFF – Part 17 of 21 – Wexford - Water, wind, moon, sun, sky, the elemental forces that shape our fishing on the south east coast SWFF – Part 18 of 21 – Wexford – The coastline is a map at the centre of my life SWFF – Part 19 of 21 - Wexford – Challenges and opportunities in the Estuaries - Fly and Lure SWFF – Part 20 of 21 - Wexford – Challenges and opportunities along the Rocky Shore Fly and Lure SWFF – Part 21 of 21 - Wexford – Challenges and opportunities of the Surf Shore - Fly and lure

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splash, bubble and POP.........
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Theres more to poppers than you might think! Certainly casting a popper and working it back in the much described 'erratic fashion' does work, but do you find yourself wondering why some days are better than others?

Traditional technique - simpy cast you popper and let it land. Tighten down to your lure by winding a little line and when you see your lure moving a little then simply move your rod tip in a sharp pull - provided you are using braid and a reasonably stiffish

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rod you lure will generate a 'bow wave'. This bow wave is related to the type of movement you make with your rod arm and the size and shape of the concave face of your lure. Shorter snappier movements make different waves than longer strokes. Experiment with movements and lure shapes. Often an exaggerated or uncontrolled motion will see you lure turning end over end and fouling upon the mainline, with braid minimal movements create the most effective fishing.

Stop and go - Combining these movements above with periods of stopping the lure give the fish the opportunity to locate the source of all this disturbance. Constant popping with constant retriving whilst on occassion does produce fish will also cause you to miss many opportunities. Adding a stop creates a longer retrieve time and hence your lure is fishing for a longer period - time for fish to find it! Add stops for as long as twenty seconds if you can stand the suspense! Bubble stream generation - Creating a bubble stream can often produce results where popping wont. A buuble stream is simply a long pull of the lure through the water causing a 'whoooshh' followed by a stop often just subsuface. Bass locate the lures through their well tuned senses and this technique creates both longer and different sounds coupled to a visual stream of bubbles. Can you 'walk' a popper? - If you own the new generation of poppers then not only can you perform all of the above but you can also combine it with the 'walk the dog' technique. Some poppers are more difficult to walk than others, some are downright impossible but when you can achieve the combination of walk and pop its often unbeatable. Not all poppers are created equal - The concave face of your popper is unique to the particular model. The angle that this face is presented at is also different across ranges of lures. Owning one popper doesnt mean 'you have a popper and dont need any more'. Sounds, shapes, splash types, even static presentations all make differences to your fishing on the day. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:12AM (+01:00)

Latest Reports
Sunday, June 21, 2009
With lots of fish now showing in all the systems plus the prospect of a great weeks weather and tides ahead its all systems go. Mike hits and returns an 8-pounder confirming Richard is a Jonah! All details of the latest catches, techniques and tactics in BASS FLY & LURE FISHING FILES tomorrow!

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Plus Allens SWFF Journey - Bass Workshop May 5th, Casting WorkshopGlenda Powell June 01st, Refresher bass fishing techniques June 12th - JUNE 22 first bass on the fly (see above)! The first of many. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:13PM (+01:00)

Andrews C+R - 79 cm's
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A full report in his own words in Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files NOW

.....The fish swam over again and by the lure. He was heading out past it again and had actually gone past and behind it., i thought im not letting him away a second time so i gave the lure 2 quick jerks, he turned like a flash and nailed the lure...... Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:49PM (+01:00)

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How difficult is SWFF for bass on the Wexford Coast?
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The reality is of course very difficult - you may be a capable fly fisherman but as conditions dictate the fickle nature of the fish, many factors are beyond your and indeed my control. This 'grip' that elemental forces have on the fishing is particularly evident this week and sometimes, as I have often seen before, a deterioration can happen quickly and is often not perceived as possible in having a negative effect on the fishing. A breeze blowing from a particular direction, I mean how could it? I distinctly remember an angling journalist remarking to me last September that he felt that he had been brought to Ireland in the wrong season for fishing 'seabass' and was very dissapointed with the fishing. He knew more about bass fishing in Wexford than I did. I asked him how was his fly casting this week - he said it was the best it had ever been. He was a right hander. The 'difficulties' and the 'positives' of the fishing influences are the subject of the next post in SWFF tips. This is not a post on the technicalities of casting, line management, presentation or similar subjects but of those ingredients that are beyond our control and how we must deal with them too. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:59AM (+01:00)

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A great mornings fishing.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Paul provided the thunder with his snoring whilst Nick did a great job on the silver lightning - Bill caught his first ever bass. A day I will never forget, great company great fishing. Landing gear and a full report of the week is dicussed in Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files later this weekend. A classic mornings bass fishing at todays workshop with Nick, Paul and Bill - with over twenty fish landed it proved to be a great ending to a very up and down week, but one with lots of nice fish! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:08PM (+01:00)

Fly Fishing for Bigger Bass - VI
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Fly Tactics Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:17PM (+01:00)

Saltwater Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Summary Links to the Irish Angler Series Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part I Casting and presentations Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part II The clarity of conditions

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Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part III Fishing deep with big flies Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part IV Big flies – big fish? Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part V Influences and you Fly Fishing For Bigger Bass- Part VI Five Fundamentals Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:57PM (+01:00)

Tuesday, July 07, 2009
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Colms superb achievement
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Dear Jim .................. I have tried to add more sense to my fishing sessions for Bass to max my chances. Last weekend it came to fruition with a superb 10lb 7oz Bass from my local spot. I have taken on board your tips including.............................. all the words in Bass FLY&LURE fishing files Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:16AM (+01:00)

Waves of rock
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
A look at the weeks fishing ahead in Bass FLY&LURE fishing files now Bendy Rods Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:00AM (+01:00)

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oooohhh baby I loved you so......
Thursday, July 09, 2009
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The Big White One
Friday, July 10, 2009
The BWO continues to produce fish - today I had a 7 an 8 and a >10 all on this fly. Its been an excellent week. When a sandeel or launce swims which part of its body moves the least? The head is the prime target area for any hungry bass looking to attack immobilise, kill and eat one. DO NOT worry about bass nipping the tail, or applying stingers or more hooks........ Listen to very few! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:49PM (+01:00)

To Shauna, Caroline and Eileen
Friday, July 10, 2009
Returning a NUCLEAR SUB . Thanks to Rolfe and Andrew for taking the opportunity to realise a dream I've had for quite some time now. But a special thanks to the support team at home, the invisible people who make it happen for us. Today will certainly go down as one of the best - for me the smiles continue to say it all. Fish came both on fly

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and lure - a report later. . .......the flyline snapped tight against my fingers at the rod handle, it hurt, the Danielsson whirred into life and seconds later the albright went clink clink clink out through the rod rings. This was a BIG fish and as it powered downtide I saw its tail push it faster and further away from me. The redington #9 was almost horizontal, the fight of my life was on, I thought this surely is the best way to catch these fish, this is an experience of a lifetime! Ten minutes later..... A full report in Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files later today. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:22PM (+01:00)

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Allen strikes silver on home ground on the fly
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Allen asked me to work with him on home ground for a short tide session today. So I drove south to meet him. In very difficult conditions he landed this beauty on a white deceiver. His persistance is paying off as he works at his casting his fishing his presentations - its all coming together. Landing Gear Redington - 9'-0" #9 CPX Rio Outbound #9 Inter Rio tapered saltwater leader Oceanflies - White Decever Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:45PM (+01:00)

The Ones That Dont Make it
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Conditions Week 30
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Details of tides, weather and predictions for bass fishing now available in Bass Fly&Lure Fishing Files Files. One if the great things about this job is repeat business. Pictured to the left with a nice fish is Jean Yves from France who was last here five years ago in 2004. Jean Yves is back today for a weeks guiding at SEAi with his fishing companion -allez les bleues! Strawberries New Season Potatoes Cheddar cheese Jam Brown Bread and during the week lets hope for some of the things these travellers come here for - BASS! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:24AM (+01:00)

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The Warmest of Wexford Welcomes!
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was working with two French customers today. We went fishing to a local spot this morning at around 09:00 and fished the drop and anticipated the rise in the afternoon. We chose a 'hot spot', one of many in the local and decided to concentrate our fishing there during mid afternoon. Twenty minutes into our fishing another angler arrived in the area, walked up to where one of the guys I was fishing with (within two feet) and cast straight over him. No hellos, questions, any fish, hows the weather, nothing. He caught my customers line and lure, and I asked him what he was doing? The french fisherman cast again and the guy cast over him and fouled the line - AGAIN - I asked him what the hell? He said 'Yoose have the whole bay to fish in, this is where I'm fishin'! Several pleasantries were then exchanged, I decided to move. In a country where tourism might prove to be one of its small saving graces - I guess ignorance is still in abundance. Not that I expect any privileges for visitors but fair is fair when you have a whole system to fish in! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:59PM (+01:00)

Ivan the terrible or not as the case may be!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Ivan continues his great summer of 2009 working hard this is his first season of lure fishing. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:29PM (+01:00)

A Short Fairytale
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Once upon a time, a guy asked a girl 'Will you marry me?' The girl said,'NO!' And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and went fishing and hunting and played golf a lot and drank beer and whiskey and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted. The end Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:38AM (+01:00)

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Hurricane season arrives late in Wexford
Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Holidays 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
....and though the course may change sometimes all rivers lead to the sea - gone for 10 days! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:16AM (+01:00)

West Cork Jellyfish
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
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Fish & Fly
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
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Going home
Friday, August 07, 2009
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This morning is marked forever
Friday, August 07, 2009
This mornings short session before breakfast was a wonderful experience - I shall leave it to the lyrical Mr Boyle to describe it a later date, much better than I ever could!

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In fact Gerry, Andy and Pat had a great time here Last Year as well - recalled at this link HERE ! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 11:01AM (+01:00)

Evening time and a close to a spectacular day
Friday, August 07, 2009
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Bass fishing neednt cost the earth!
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Gerry friel from Donegal landed and returned 13 bass on a short session on friday morning - he easily missed half as many fish in the same session. Landing Gear Reel - Shimano nexave - €45.00 Rod - Shimano Stradic spinning 11102 - €35.00 Lure - Aile Magnet - € 12.00 Line - 150 metres powerpro €25.00 All for less than €125.00! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:56AM (+01:00)

Saturday, August 08, 2009
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Last Guiding Session of the week
Sunday, August 09, 2009
For the second time since wednesday I witness an angler catch more than 10 bass between 4 and 8 lbs in one session! Well done Andrew and Gerry. Whilst creating this blog I try to portray Ireland and Wexford in a very positive light. I do this by making the most interesting photographs that I can, not only of the fish but of the people who are fishing with me and also the environment and time in which they find themselves. There are many other things other than fishing that make any trip to Ireland and Wexford worthwhile and its important for me to remember that when I’m out there. Not only am I looking to capture that ‘trophy’ moment but I’m also hoping to record the influences that are shaping peoples experiences of the country in which they are investing a lot of personal time. The more that I do this it becomes more obvious there are times when I don’t see what visitors marvel at or appreciate and I find myself missing the moment for them. Its possible to see the same thing so many times that you don’t

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appreciate it any more. I am always conscious that over selling a product could have a negative impact on any business, its true also of a fishing guiding service. Fishing is often very tough and contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of days when we dont see many or indeed any fish. The Wexford environment doesn’t possess dramatic jaw dropping scenery, it doesn’t have the ruggedness or sense of wilderness that you get on the west coast. It doesn’t have outstanding architecture. What Wexford does have is a multiplicity of different smaller environments that are much more complex and which interact in a way that is so subtle it can almost be overlooked. You must look closely at each one to experience the detail. And not only is it important to realise each one is unique, but spending time in many different fishing environments forces people to realise the interdependence and influences one environment has upon another and the angling challenges each one presents. Ultimately this ‘impact’ is what I try to create for my customers the readers and visitors to my blog. By facilitating people into a multiplicity of venues, the sanctuary of estuaries, the excitement of rocky shores, the thrill of fast moving powerful currents, the more likely they are to see and feel the ‘Wexford experience’ that I try to create. Not only do I hope that this provides a positive environmental impression and experience of Wexford and indeed Ireland, but it also creates a realisation that even after spending a lifetime of fishing for bass in these venues that you are simply scratching at the surface of the sheer number of methods, techniques and presentations that you could make to catch them. There are no experts, but there are many who think they are ! Today was the last guiding day of the week - a week of difficult days and fantastic days depending on how you looked at it - fishing was tough and became easier - the company was superb and the shared experiences continue to make it a great bass fishing destintion. Thanks to all the people who went through here this week. Tony and Paul - Cork - Two Days - Saltwater Fly Fishing Workshop Bass Pat and Gerry - Donegal - Three Days - Bass Guiding Fly & Lure Phil - Dublin - One Day - Saltwater Fly Fishing Workshop for the tropics Andrew - Dublin - One Day - Bass Guiding Lure Im off to Ballina for the week - a long drive ahead! Monaghan for three days pike on the fly and home just in time around the seventeenth of

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August for bass on the tides again all in the company of dutch anglers. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:20PM (+01:00)

Glad to be away from it sometimes!
Friday, August 21, 2009
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Saturday, August 22, 2009
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Landing Gear
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
For those of you who asked, the gear used in the sequence below was as follows Line - Rio Outbound short (tropical) intermediate Reel - Danielsson LW6/9 Rod - Redington CPX 9'-0" #9 Leader - Rio Tapered Saltwater leader Fly - Blurple - hollow fleye variant from Andy Elliot Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:14PM (+01:00)

new definition of summer madness
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
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biodegradable soft lures
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
.......There are estimates that as much as 20 million pounds of soft plastic are being lost in freshwater lakes and streams annually in the U.S. The average life expectancy for these soft plastic lures is more than 200 years. see more HERE Bendy Rods - Jim

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Forecasting the weather
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I came across a little book recently - Signpost to the weather by D&K Barlett. First published in 1949, I have extracted their forecasts for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy their theories over the next few months - savour the September days ahead! The Month of September according to D&K Barlett There can be some fairly good, warm weather during this month, particularly in the east and south of Ireland. Thunderstorms can still be experienced and one unsettled period is probable near the middle of the month The weather in the North and West can be fairly good but intervals of unsettled weather can bring rain and wind at times. The days are shorter, the nights begin to feel cooler, and occasional night frosts occur in the Highlands of Scotland, but generally the summer heat continues to affect the sea and land. The weeks of September 1st to 7th-A number of warm, sunny days are probable, but there is a danger of occasional thunderstorms. The alternative is very cloudy, changeable conditions. 8th to 15th-This week is usually cloudy at times but a fair spell is probable. 16th to 24th-Generally a few good days of calm, sunny weather, but one very changeable period. 25th to 30th-There is a tendency for the weather to be more unsettled. The first autumn rains occur and there is less risk of thunderstorm Bass Fishing - My favourite month of the year. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:30PM (+01:00)

Get on down..........thats where its at!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
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get into the groove
Friday, September 04, 2009
You definetly know when you have been trying hard - too hard sometimes! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:33AM (+01:00)

Friday, September 04, 2009
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Is this what we have been waiting for?
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Looking towards the weather horizon things are looking very good with a little stabilisation appearing in the systems mid/late week next - these predictions might boost the fishing performances on the next tidal sequence later in mid September. More details HERE This is what I have been waiting for and I guess you have too - fingers crossed! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:30AM (+01:00)

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Theres no doubt its nearly impossible !
Monday, September 07, 2009
Anyone visiting on the Wexford coast in the last few days will know how far away we are from 'normal' September weather. The grip that the wind and rain now has on the sea will take some time to 'settle'. Of course today is a nice day but tomorrow there are gales forecast so theres little chance of stability or indeed fish on the fly in the next few days. After a day like yesterday......... but then its part of fly fishing, the challenges are not like any other fishing - its not always about catching. As Stefanie, Hani and Cedric whom have come from Switzerland ride the roller coaster of weather - spirits are high and we chat and sit and watch, maybe even make a few casts - who knows? After three seasons at this level of difficulty for fly fishing maybe its time for a new strategy ! Its looking good from wednesday onwards though with a return to better conditions - lets hope it stays that way and we could have a spectacular Autumn! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:47AM (+01:00)

Out of the brown and.....
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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......into the blue
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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Autumn surface lure fishing
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
We visited a little estuary in Cork yesterday, just to be out of the wind! See the sequence below - I had taken some time out from fishing over the last few days so was excited about getting out there. Our intentions were to make some shots of mackerel taking lures on the surface hence the micro lure gear. We ended up having some real fun with several bass who seemed to be enjoying the early Autumn sun. All fish taken on the surface within 30 metres. In the stillness and peace of the afternoon the explosive takes were magnificent – especially at such close range! Landing gear

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Rods: Lucky Craft ESG’s – 8’-7” casting 2-16 grammes Reels: Shimano twin powers, tecniums Line: Varivas super trout braid – 4kgs. Leader: Rio powerflex 3 kgs Lures: Bevy pencil, Bevy popper, Skinny pop, Shirashu minnow, Camion, Wavy, chinupen, and mebapen. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:29AM (+01:00)

The rod is loading and so is the weather!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Like most things in life its a question of timing - getting it right is the key - bide your time, its not that far away! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 05:28PM (+01:00)

September satisfaction
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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Two specimen fish on the FLY - during a Workshop!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
John Weir from Ennis Co. Clare had spent Thursday and Friday with me working at a Saltwater Fly Fishing for Bass Workshop. Conditions were improving all of the time and this morning was going to be one of those days. I convinced John to stay for just one more short morning session of fishing. I took the fish in the post below just at high water at a local mark on a lavender white and grey sloopy droopy built by Andy Elliott. Measuring in at 81 cms he proved to be a worthy adversary and was returned after a few photographs. Its not often that I post photos of myself and many thanks to John for taking the time out to make them. Brian whom was also on the two day workshop returned to cork mid morning after a big breakfast at cuasnog, convinced more than ever that fly fishing is the best way to catch bass! This afternoon John, having seen the fish of the morning and having caught some himself, decided this was the last shot of the weekend as he was returning to Ennis – whilst John battled on I managed another good fish for the day at 79 cms. It was great to have someone there to witness it – two specimen bass on the fly in one day. A big thank you to Brian and John for the company, the fishing, the pints and all the craic! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:52PM (+01:00)

Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Reflections and Refractions
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Reflection As light travels through water it can give us some information about the content of the water. On calm days the water surface acts almost like a mirror. But look straight down, and the mirror disappears. Instead you see what is under the surface. If you look further away, your viewing angle increases, and the surface reflection becomes stronger. At the same time more of the light from under the surface is reflected back down. Refraction Have you ever put a stick into the water and watched it bend at the surface? You know it's straight, so what you see is an optical illusion. The reason is refraction. Light from under the water is bent as it passes the surface into the air. As a result the underwater part of the stick seems to be in a different place from where it really is. Refraction can also make things in the water appear larger than they are. It is also the reason why waves often focus sunlight into patterns of light and shadow on the bottom. Once in the water the light continues to travel downwards, gradually growing weaker. How deep it goes depends on the type of water and on the angle of the sun. There are two reasons for the loss of light as you go deeper: Absorption - photons disappear and the energy they contain is turned into heat or used for photosynthesis. Scattering - photons change direction, but do not disappear. Often the new direction is upwards. Absorption is what gives water its colour. Open ocean water is usually blue because the blue photons travel furthest before they are absorbed. Water with lots of phytoplankton (microscopic plants) is often bright green. Chlorophyll in the plants absorbs blue light, so now the green photons travel furthest. Pure or clear water scatters very little light. When the water is clear and clean most of the photons disappear into the deep. That's why clear water seems quite dark when you look straight down. Small particles in the water (plant cells, decomposed matter, sand and mud) scatter much more light. In this type of water many of the photons change direction and travel upwards. Seen from above when you are looking down this type of water has a much lighter colour. In sea water, particle scattering and absorption has a BIG effect on your fly and lure fishing. Just as in fog, the scattering and absorption blurs details, and if you were a fish you might only see a short distance ahead. The light also fades faster as you go deeper. In water with lots of small particles, it can be dark at just a few metres depth. Tiny

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particles in the water scatter light and make everything look blurred and indistinct. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:40PM (+01:00)

Ian's pesonal best - this morning.
Friday, September 25, 2009
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Saturday, September 26, 2009
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Five Ninety Nine - Silver amongst Autumn Gold
Saturday, September 26, 2009
To Ian and Martin who made life easy and fun for two days - thanks guys! We experienced some great fishing and Martins battle with a > 10 was a series of images I will never forget. Personal bests, quality fish, great weather and superb locations all combined for a change. All fish were taken on surface lures - we felt why look for numbers when you can have such visual angling treats! You can see some of the great experiences we had over the last two days in the sequence below - both have already booked for Autumn 2010. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:05PM (+01:00)

Fly Fishing for Bass - Considerations
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Could you catch a big silver fish here on the fly ? Considering...

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14. Time of day 15. Retrieves 16. Position 17. Presentations 18. Timings 19. Casting strategies 20. Safety Go Here for bespoke solutions Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:19PM (+01:00)

Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Thursday Morning Landing Gear Rods - Smith bayliner boron BRF 66ML 6'-6" casting 2-10 grammes for 4-10lb line Reels - Shimano tecnium 2500 Lines - Powepro - 4kgs Lures - Smith Chinupen floating 8.8 grammes - clear Leader - Varivas Power Finess Fluorocarbon 0.235.mm Several bass all taken with surface lure fishing techniques Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:29PM (+01:00)

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Indian Summer Workshop - with Fran and Ger
Friday, October 09, 2009
Thursday Afternoon Landing Gear Rods - Lucky Craft ESG 8'-7" casting 3- 16 grammes for 6-14lb line Reels - Shimano tecnium 3000 Lines - Powepro - 6kgs Lures - Smith Sticky 12.8 grammes - 08 Leader - Varivas Power Finess Fluorocarbon 0.3 mm Several bass all taken with surface lure fishing techniques Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:21PM (+01:00)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:42PM (+01:00)

Forecasting the weather
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I came across a little book recently - Signpost to the weather by D&K Barlett. First published in 1949, I have extracted their forecasts for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy their theories over the next few months The Month of October according to D&K Barlett. The temperatures now begin to fall more quickly than in any month of the year, although there can often be a late fine warm spell of several days. The nights will be noticeably cooler. The first frosts are more likely inland. The depressons over the Atlantic are deeper and a greater deal of wind can be expected, but there are not usually more than one or two severe gales. The good spell, if prolonged delays the autumn change into November. and this, of

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recent years has often occurred. The sea remains quite warm but the land surfaces cool quickly, and some fog and mists can be experienced in many areas. The weeks of October 1st to 7th - Fair, cloudy days at first becoming more changeable with a little rain later in the week 8th to 15th - Usuall there is cloudy weather with light rain intermingled with fair days 16th to 23rd - A calm, fair and quite warm period can occur during this part of the month 24th to 31st - During this week the weather becomes more unsettled fair days will bring frost but rather changeable Bass fishing - Arguably the best month of the year for bass fishing Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:04PM (+01:00)

Colins beautiful bass on the fly
Saturday, October 17, 2009
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Daiwa Day Breaker performs at Day break!
Sunday, October 18, 2009
... Rolfe Deppe took several bass this morning - all on surface lure fishing techniques Landing Gear Rod - Daiwa Morethan Branzino 82 ll Reel-Shimano Stella Line Powerpro Leader - Seagaur fluorocarbon Lure - Zipsea pop Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:46AM (+01:00)

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Eric le Guyader in Wexford
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Take a look here Orion Lures Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:40PM (+01:00)

Friday, October 23, 2009
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T minus 20 and counting destination Andros
Friday, October 23, 2009
I guess at some time I had to really start thinking about it - for the first time in months its finally started to hit me. Location, location, location. No amount of preparation, equipment or planning can replace the natural bounty that I expect to experience at Andros South . It is, most definitely, the location for bonefish. In twenty days time that’s where I’ll be.

South Andros Island is widely known as the Bonefishing Capital of the World. With the island's endless, diverse flats, the opportunities for my fly fishing and photography are boundless. I expect to find and to fish to schools of bonefish that average 2 to 4 pounds, with larger fish apparently swimming with the schools. I will also hope to make many shots at tailing and cruising bonefish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds plus. These opportunities will come while wading hard sand and marl flats or being poled along in one of the fully equipped flats skiffs. One of the pieces of equipment that I used last year and this for my bass fishing will travel with me to Andros. The simms Dry creek flats pack is an indispensible piece of equipment. Holding my two fly boxes, tippet material, first aid, spare spools, pliers and camera its a great piece of comfortable gear. Long lasting and tough. I guess i'll just have to include insect repellent, lip balm, high grade sun factor and water on the list..... Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:54PM (+01:00)

T minus 19 and counting destination Andros
Saturday, October 24, 2009
The books I have been reading for the past twelve months in preparation for Andros are as follows Bone Fishing - Randall Kaufmann Fly Fishing for Bonefish - Chico Fernandez

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Innovative Flies - Bob Veverka Not only are these books full of incredible photographs but they also contain information that takes time to digest, learn and apply. Incredibly I found myself using many strategies from these books in my bass fishing in Wexford this year. I highly recommend them to any saltwater flyfisherman. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:59PM (+01:00)

A fishing movie about a fishing movie!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
"Hustle and Fish" Trailer V1 from Rollcast Productions on Vimeo. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 06:24PM (UTC)

Forecasting the weather
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
I came across a little book recently Signpost to the weather by D&K Barlett. First published in 1949, I have extracted their forecasts for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy their weather theories over the next few months The Month of November according to D&K Barlett. There can be a good deal of changeable, rainy weather during this month. However, short odd periods of calm weather can also occur, with sunshine, although nights are often chilly and frost, accompanied by fog near coasts and inland towns. The sea still retains its warmth but the land surfaces are definitely cooler, and this helps

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towards the changeability of the weather. The days are shorter so there is less sunshine, and the cool but often clear, nights are longer. Gales are possible particularly near the end of the first week and during the last week of November, but overall it can be a fairy calm month. The temperatures continue to fall faster than at any other time of year. The weeks of November 1st to 7th – The latter part of this week is unsettled, with rain, but extremes of calm mild days and frosty nights can occur with some fog. 8th to 15th – The days continue to become colder. The first effects of the coming winter can now be felt with frequency of wind and heavy rain increasing. 16th to 23rd – Usually a fair to changeable period followed by unsettled and rainy conditions. 24th to 31st - During this week the weather becomes more unsettled, rainy weather and strong winds at times but often milder. Bass Fishing - Best month of the year for bigger fish on the fly if you can take a short weather window of opportunity. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:53AM (UTC)

Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:35AM (UTC)

David Wolsoncroft Dodds in Northern Manitoba
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Below is a small sequence of photographs from my friend Davids visit to Manitoba earlier this year! You can visit his website HERE . Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:45AM (UTC)

T Minus 8 and counting - destination Andros
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Preparing for a trip to the other side of the world in order to fish certainly makes you focus on making correct decisions regarding a number of items. Working as a fishing guide in my own environment I have every aspect covered, timings, gear, fly choice, line type, casting distance, in Andros I will be in the safe hands of Bruce Chard

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Getting there : I started with my luggage requirements. I need to bring four rods as not only will I be fishing the flats but I will also have the opportunity to spend two days offshore. This immediately increased not only my luggage demands but also line and reel choices which I will look at later. Considering that my living is made from my fishing equipment I needed something to transport all this gear safely around the world whilst carrying, clothing, reels, flies and camera equipment. My choice was the Fishpond Rolling Rod and Gear Bag This unique, wheeled travel piece stores four 33” rod tubes in its bottom-moulded compartment. Top compartment stores vests, chest packs, clothing, waders, etc. I felt that the Chinook’s rugged construction and materials would ensure that my gear will arrive safely and in one piece. I got this tip from a guide - cover you luggage with a bag and tape down - it wont be targeted as a bunch of fishing tackle! www.deneki.com Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:01AM (UTC)

T minus 7 and counting - destination Andros
Friday, November 06, 2009
The question of gear!! : I think I must have read and re-read so many books and journals and forums regarding what gear to bring to Andros with me that I eventually just stopped. This is what I have finally decided upon. click on the names to link to the products specs Rods – T wo #7’s – Redington CPS saltwater Two #9’s – Redington CPX saltwater One #9 - Bloke XL50 One #10 - Bloke XL50 Reels Two Danielsson L5W 6nine with spare spools Two Danielsson L5W 8twelve with spare spools One Orvis battenkill LA Mach IV Lines - Rio bonefish lines Rio tropical intermediates Rio tropical outbounds Rio deep sea lines Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:58PM (UTC)

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A Christmas present?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thinking of a Christmas present then look no further than Out of the Blue - take a look HERE

photo of Chris courtesy of Matt Spence " As I reeled up my line and shouldered my bag, I glimpsed a subtle swirl 50 yards in front of me. It was as if the water had been touched by a slowly meandering draught of air which faded almost as soon as I noticed it. After a few moments it re-stirred, advancing towards me, weaving left and right, trailing a row of shallow impressions on the surface, like a ghost's footprints." Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:53AM (UTC)

Coming soon 2009 a review!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
When I get back from my trip I will have compiled a summary of the season for A Year In Review 2009. With people visiting from Switzerland, Belgium, France, America and Norway it proved to be a truly international season. I met lots of very nice considerate anglers whom I placed a lot of trust in. As is usual in this business that trust is repaid in many ways. For data and photos from previous years of Bass Guiding in Wexford please take a look at the links below. I also have the .pdfs for 2005, 2004 and 2003 - these are available on request only. A year in review 2006 A year in review 2007 A year in review 2008 Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:55AM (UTC)

Off today at last
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This is the view to my back garden this morning, cold wet and a little miserable! In less than twenty four hours I will begin day one of five days at a Tropical Saltwater Fly Fishing School with another 4 days of personal fishing to follow both inshore and offshore.

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Its a unique opportunity for me and SEAi to develop and learn, meet more people and discuss strategies, techniques and methods with experts and experienced anglers alike- I intend to bring as much of this home as possible and incorporate it into SEAi for 2010. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:18AM (UTC)

Who made it happen?
Monday, November 23, 2009
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:05PM (UTC)

A return to reality
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I have returned from my fishing trip to South Andros in the Bahamas. The words neccessary to describe the experience are within my grasp but it might take some time to shape them into how I want to try and best describe the last 12 days. Has it been the fishing experience of a lifetime? Yes it has. But its been much more than a singular fishing experience - in many ways this fishing trip has changed my life and again I now find myself moving and thinking in other directions. Over the next few weeks I shall make some postings here of my experiences - from the people I met, the fish that I caught, the things that I have seen and learned - I hope you

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will enjoy them. Below is a sequence of photos I made on saturday morning - 14th November. We went Kite fishing for sailfish on a short charter off Fort Lauderdale before we flew to South Andros in the afternoon. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:50AM (UTC)

Day One - Andros South - Monday Nov 16th
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Target Bonefish Guide Sparkles Partner David Location Somewhere west in the Bahamas Landing gear Rod – Redington Cpx #7 Reel – Danielsson – LW 6/9 Line – Bruce Chard Bonefish line Backing – Rio 250 metres 20lbs Leaders – Rio IGFA hard alloy mono – 4 section tapered 12’-0” Flies – Gotchas, charlies, clousers and variants from Bruce Chard The anticipation that I felt on Monday morning was almost at times overwhelming. We had been in the US for 24 hours before flying across to Andros and then I attended the bonefishing school with Bruce on Sunday, more of which later. What I had been waiting for was here at last, this was the real thing, my first days bonefishing on the fly. Everybody from the lodge in our group was up and about each morning at 05:30 for a quick coffee and orange juice from the dining room, breakfast was served each day at 06:15. I had a quick coffee then followed my strict regime of sun factor application, the last thing I needed was a bad burn. The flyfishing gear, our lunches in cool boxes, and all the safety packs for the guides were loaded on the jeep and we were bussed to the little harbour about ten miles away. Arriving at the quay we waited for our guides to arrive in their flats skiffs. We donned life jackets and speculated as to our locations and weather conditions and fly choice. Our guide for the first day was ‘Sparkles’ and David having had the experience of Andros before, spoke about our requirements to him – as an intro we would stalk some individual

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fish in the morning and then try to locate a school in the afternoon. The gear was loaded on the skiffs, everything expertly managed by Rick, the rods slid into their little chutes already loaded with leaders and flies. Out here things happen so fast you don’t get second chances! I removed my cap as the guide and the skiff fell away from the little quay and accelerated into the tidal rip that was pushing west – this was our ultimate destination – a ‘run’ for perhaps one hour through the middle of the island at break neck speed in shallow water to find the fish feeding in the gleaming flats – the adventure had begun and as we sped along into an unexplored wilderness the temperature had already risen above 25 degrees, the sky was blue, the water was crystal clear, the low green mangrove jungle lay in miles upon miles of impossible tangles. It was 07:45. One hour later David was on the casting platform of our little skiff. The silence descended. Sparkles poled us along the margins of the mangroves. He said couldn’t see properly as the sun was hidden behind some cloud cover. We persisted for a while and then he told us to jacket up again – we would run further west over the ocean flats to a distant island where the sun was shining. This time I was on the casting platform. The skiff coasted to a stop in a slow tidal rip running downwind behind a little island, sparkles poled me down the length of the white sandy beach and at the end of a little sand bar he swung around and began to pole back up the other side, 20 metres from the shore – against the wind. The next twelve minutes of my life I will never ever forget I held the fly in my left hand and about 10 feet of fly line outside the rod tip, I had about 50 feet lying in the bottom of the boat, I stood rocking slightly, scanning the impossibly blue and clear water for fish then Sparkles spoke very quietly over my left shoulder the words that I will never forget and in some strange way was almost afraid to hear

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‘Big fish comin’ straid atcha - eleven o clock – fifdee feed’ I oriented myself on the clockface and peered into the rippling water’ Do ya see ‘im ? No Twelve o clock, goin ride, fordee feed’ Do ya see ‘im ? To say that at this time that my level of attention and focus was high is one thing. I was so hyper conscious I could hear the guides pole sliding into the sand and out again, the water dripping from the end, the gentle flapping of my shirt in the warm breeze, the fly line tapping against my fingers, the call of a disturbed bird in the midst of the island, the peppery smell on the wind, I couldn’t see the fish and waited for Sparkles words again.. then Make a cast for me – one o clock fifdee feed I did my best under the circumstances Pik id up an doo id agin More ride Led id sink Now I saw the fish, and two more! Strip the fly – I saw the fish move to the fly – excited, almost cat like - Sparkles said Stop Strip Keep strippin – mon hes a big fish he whispered (just what I needed) Stop Strip, strip agin Hes comin atcha – and then, fish on he said – His voice had never risen above a gentle conversational tone, the word ‘on’ was spoken loudest, but still as quiet as a priest in a confessional. The big wheel of the loop opti spun at an incredible speed as the fish realised he was hooked, I applied gentle pressure to the line to let it slip evenly and within two or three seconds I heard the clink clink as the bimini passed out through the rod rings. Then the reel spun into a halo of orange mist as the fish accelerated upwind away from David Sparkles the boat and I, this was the first run into

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the backing. At eighty yards the fish stopped. I wound, he swam and my knuckles were rapped HARD as he accelerated again for ten yards more. He turned and swam at the boat, at speed, I wound frantically. The fish passed us and Sparkles whispered ‘mon dats a gud fish ade pounds Id guess'. The fish swam away again and Sparkles poled us downwind towards him. I could not comprehend the speed and the power, the ability to accelerate was incredible. Ten minutes later he was at the side of the boat, I got his head up a little and the perfection loop passed over the tip ring. David reached for the leader then he swam away again, unbelievably for another thirty yards, I wound and then Sparkles spoke again from over my shoulder, I heard the chilling words expressed calmly and low but also containing a sense of frustration. ‘Shark comin ad im’ I bullied the fish as best I could but there was a sudden fierce flurry of red and white and dark yellow as the fish on my line was eaten by the shark. The line went slack the fish and the fly were gone. I replay it again and again - the experience of the first bonefish that I ever caught, I will never forget it. We had a long day ahead of us, my life was changing. We ran to another location.......only eight days left. This surely was the greatest fly fishing in the world! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:06PM (UTC)

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 07:48PM (UTC)

Barracuda at the airport
Monday, November 30, 2009
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.It's not warm when she's away.Ain't no sunshine when she's gone and she's always gone too long anytime she goes away. And I know, I know, I know............
Fred sang all day. He was the happiest and the funniest guide I fished with all week. Fred loved barracuda fishing and here we were at location B, a barracuda shopping mall where they cued up to eat Bruce’s special fly. At a barracuda fly fishing primer Bruce Chard discussed his theory that the fish hit the fly half way down the body rather than at the head, he reckoned long flies produced less fish due to ‘tail biting’. ‘Cuda cut their prey in half, then turned and came back to ‘mop up.’ All these points were discussed at length but when I hooked and fought my first ‘cuda on the fly these finer items of the take were not at the forefront of my mind believe me!

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It was a long run to location B, just a little over an hour for a distance of some fifty miles. The further south we ran the greater the sense of sheer isolation. There was no Monday or Tuesday here, no production meetings, no shirt and ties, no schedules or timetables, and the more I considered the vast expanses of the ever changing flats, watching them light up and disappear only to re-appear again in vastly different colours the more I realised how far I had moved away from the ‘normal world’. I was completely unplugged. We were way south of Andros Island. The next stop was Cuba. We were charging towards a green horizon with no visible landmark insight, Andros was already left far behind. Fred pointed at something that only he could see ‘Dats where we’re goin’ he said, de ariport! Slowly a bright bar silver appeared in the distance. As we powered closer I realised the tide was fully out and just beginning to rise over a long single sandbar of impossibly white tough gritty sand. In the distance on top and slightly to one side of the bar lay the ruins of a twin engined light aircraft. Long rusted into a hulk of barely recognisable metal. ‘Now ya know why day call id de airport’ Fred said, and he laughed and sang a few bars from a John Denver song. ‘Lets get oud an wade to the bones’ Momentarily I wondered was he referring to the crew that had perhaps remained in the cockpit and were now nothing but skeletons in ragged blue uniforms, the heat does strange things. I shook my head. The skiff scrunched to a stop and I picked up my trusty number 7 ready to do battle with some bonefish. Earlier Fred had instructed us that later into the morning as the tide flooded was perhaps the best time for ‘cudas as the bonefish schools streamed over the sand bar. I wondered how fast something had to move to catch a bonefish! In the first few hours we could wade and hunt a few single bonefish in the glittering silver flats. My casting was off and I insisted on trying to put my crazy Charlie into the fish’s mouths from sixty feet. This did nothing for my chances and of course I spooked every fish I cast

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too, Fred grumbled several times (who could blame him). I went and got my camera. David was catching a lot of very good fish; I sulked and took some photos! Some days there is no point in forcing things. I pointed and clicked and made my way back over the flats towards David and Fred. As I got closer to the pair I whispered to David excitedly ‘Two fish, eleven o clock at about fifty feet’. Dats ok Mon , said Fred – dares aboud five n half thousan of em at one o clock – at fordee feed. I looked Slowly I became aware that the darker underwater patch that lay waving and moving slightly in front of me wasn’t some grass or seaweed or different sand colour, it was a vast school of bonefish, and as my eyes adjusted I could see thousands of tails and fins flashing in the sun, fish moved towards me and away from the shoal, groups broke off, swam away and returned, feeling scared. It was a shimmering pool of biological silver. The school of bonefish stretched as far as I could see both left and right and into and over the horizon. David smiled at me. Fred chased away a six foot lemon shark with a crazy splashing dance; he hummed the theme – dun dun, dun dun, dundundundundundun. My brain was short-circuiting; I needed a sit down under a tree. I couldn’t speak for a long time. We had a lot of fun that morning in the middle of nowhere – the three of us. It was a very special moment. Fred said the sharks were coming too close now as the water was getting deeper and they would start eating our fish, or us. Apparently they had the advantage when the water got to ‘calf level’ I looked behind me a few times on the way back to the boat, not sure whether my wading was attracting them or putting them off. As I was leaning over the boat washing the sand out of my shoes Fred advised me to keep my hands out of the water. He smiled! We went on the hunt for ‘CUDAS as the tide was ripping over the sandbar and down the gullies.

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Fred manoeuvred the little skiff into a shallow channel through which the tide was flooding. He took his position up on the poling platform and asked me to be ready to cast. I was fishing with my number nine and the Bruce Chard ‘cuda special fly. Bruce had already explained to me to strip fast. I simply wasn’t ready and didn’t know what to expect – Fred called to me that he could see a fish holding at two o clock at about 120 feet. For me it was always going to be easier to distance cast – I made the cast (couldn’t see the fish) and began to strip roly-poly style, faster said Fred. My hands disappeared into a sewing machine blur. Then what I saw next left me dazed and confused (as if I needed more sensory overload). The fish was swimming not from behind the fly but rather charging from the left hand side, at least I assumed it was a fish. A closer description might have been a prototypical silver torpedo with teeth that also had the address of my fly in its memory. I simply couldn’t comprehend the speed of the fish travelling more out of the water than in it, and then he had hit my fly and the reel screamed in terror at the prospect of what lay ahead. In the shallow water the fish ran for maybe fifty yards and then decided that going vertical might achieve more in terms of an escape plan. There was an explosion as the fish jumped from the water and shook his head far from the boat – so far I wondered was that MY fish? And then he ran and jumped and tail walked again and again This went on for ten minutes until finally he was brought to the side of the boat and expertly handled by Fred. These were the little ones. Fred said lets go to fish quay! I agreed, David smiled knowingly; he was in one of his ‘been there done that type of moods’ that meant – you don’t know what you’re in for Hendrick. At the back of the tiniest sandbar in the lee of an island where two lemon sharks snoozed in the afternoon sun I cast and hooked another renegade torpedo. The take was fierce and I was pulled over and had to take a step forward and plant my foot, then lean back a little. The reel was emptying rapidly, screaming in protest and even though I had the drag nailed tight it made little or no impact on the fish. One hundred yards later it stopped suddenly, the silence was deafening and then out of the sea jumped the barracuda, again and again! Swimming at speed, jumping with ferocity, head shaking and finally, finally giving up. I landed him on the beach as Fred had poled the skiff up to the little island. He told me to step out of the water as I had one big and angry ‘cuda on the end of my line! I looked at David baffled and searching for words that I still cannot find. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 12:00PM (UTC)

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A Bass Fishing Guides Diary - the last issue!
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
IA_12_Guides Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:01AM (UTC)

The end of 'A Guides Diary'
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
I have reached the end of A Guides Diary for Irish Angler magazine 2009. Its been an interesting and at times challenging opportunity for me to write some words that try to express what it means to work at something that I love doing. Not only do I love doing it and working at , but it makes me feel as if I am accomplishing and achieving something that is probably somewhat unique in my own country. Its easy to bring people fishing, its easy to tell them where to go and provide information, its easy to tell them that you must be fishing with this or that or else face the terrible consequences! – providing a quality Irish Angling Experience is of course another matter. One of the greatest challenges that I face as a fishing guide is maintaining the momentum that you need to provide a credible profile. That profile is evolving and improving with each passing season. Its based on angling experiences, qualifications, customer satisfactions, new and returning business, learning from other people. After seven years of bass guiding the SEAi profile is founded on a genuine history of experience and quality. Experience based on years spent bass angling on the Wexford coast, experiences with anglers from around the world whom have brought their time, money and breadth of knowledge to SEAi, this country and the bass fishing found here. This weblog is a continuation and sharing of those experiences. The quality is provided through the service, the environment, the fish and the customers that choose to fish with me. The people whom have helped me to achieve those things and much more are mentioned HERE The twelve articles can be found on the side bar of this blog! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:18AM (UTC)

Late Autumn Bass Flies - experimental
Thursday, December 03, 2009
These are Andys latest ties for me - a late Autumn or early Winter bass fly - tied to imitate coalfish! These flies and much more are available at his website http://www.chasingsilver.org/ More later for fishing techniques and methods!

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One of the huge benefits of working with a creative fly tier like Andy is his ability to build and then re-build flies according to specific requirements. Different materials behave differently at different times so its a constant process of fishing trial and error met with exceptional failure or success. Andy has an intuitive and artistic understanding of material relationhips and behaviour and combined with my specific colour and movement emulation requests he has managed to produce the best bass flies I have fished with. I will continue to work closely with him on this adventure continuously searching for the Wexford Range - such is my confidence combined with hours upon hours of work, that at this stage of my bass fly fishing I will very seldom fish with any other fly other than one we have worked on together! Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 10:48AM (UTC)

Some summary stats from 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
Book 1 Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 08:34PM (UTC)

Back to (a) school at Andros South
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 04:11PM (UTC)

Forecasting the weather
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I came across a little book recently - Signpost to the weather by D&K Barlett. First published in 1949, I have extracted their forecasts for each month of the year. I hope you will enjoy their weather theories over the next few months -

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The Month of December according to D&K Barlett. Although there is a good deal of storm, cloudy and rainy weather, this can be accompanied, despite short days, with a good deal of intermingled sunshine. There are often several gales during this month and northerly winds can bring blizzards and snow fall in Scotland and the North of England. There are often two short bright fine spells although frost an fog is probable at such times – particularly near the third week. The coldest weather of the winter seldom occurs in this month. 1st to 7th – Generally unsettled rather mixed weather. There are cold and mild days intermingled with rain and wind, and often snow in the North. 8th to 15th – Usually there are fair intervals and sometimes frost and fog, then unsettled weather. 16th to 23rd – Some of the best winter weather with fair days, some frost or fog, often mild during the day with a possibility of a later gale. 24th to 31st – Changeable weather, fair and unnsettled with an inreasing risk of gales and heavy rain. Bass Fishing - some fish can be caught in the weather windows but it becomes increasingly difficult from here through to March or April. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:20PM (UTC)

Seek and you shall find
Monday, December 07, 2009
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room for words
Monday, December 07, 2009
Hi Jim, Dan Smith here, I've just finished your last bass fishing resource email, and I have to say your contribution to the understanding of angling as a whole has been inspiring .Your website is fantastic and you've rekindled the enthusiam I had for lure fishing for bass. Now that winter is here I'll be turning my interest to catching big perch but like everything in fishing, conditions will dictate what happens. Stretchy lines D Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 03:22PM (UTC)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009
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What do we think about when we think........
Thursday, December 10, 2009
What do we think about when we think we are thinking, acting or behaving like a predatory fish? In other words, based on what we know as humans do we carry our experiences into the 'fishy world' just because thats all we can apply and then expect fish to behave accordingly? We go into our local tackle shop and whilst we are looking around we see the latest range of lures with the hyper-realistic finish that cannot be mistaken for anything else except a sandeel. There's no mistaking it this time they've got it right at last, this lure is gonna catch me a whole stack of bass. Why do we make this assumption? Its because we think that what we see and interpret as a reflection or portrayal of 'reality accuracy' will in fact be experienced in exactly the same way by a hunting bass! Part One - What do fish see that we dont? Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 02:57PM (UTC)

Get Hooked
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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Trained to Train
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I have always recognised both the advantages and the rewards of continuous professional development. I was challenged again recently on a full time Train the Trainer course which I have now completed. In this constantly changing world, skills need to be frequently up-dated and readjusted and even here in the angling arena its also true. I wanted to learn how to improve my own skills, insights and knowledge to manage training and development in a professional manner through the SEAi angling workshops. This training course developed within me the awareness of the context for training and development, and the key issues that impact on its planning and delivery in my role as an angling guide/instructor. I learned how to train and instruct, but also much more. I can now utilise my own ‘new found’ expertise to re-design and re-evaluate my existing angling workshops within SEAi and I will offer a new exciting development for 2010. Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 01:45PM (UTC)

Saltwater Fly Line
Monday, December 21, 2009
Whilst I was in the Bahamas I had the great privilege of been able to spend a lot of time with Captain Bruce Chard, a full time Florida Keys flats guide, FFF casting instructor and fishing photographer. Bruce has designed a fly line that best handles the conditions needed to cast, present, and fish a heavily weighted fly to the almighty permit (and many oter species) . The most prestigious fish deserves the most prestigious line. You need a long cast and a delicate, accurate presentation when you have calm conditions versus shorter casts with a powerful tight loop that will drive a longer leader with a heavy fly hard into the wind. The hard “HPC” (high performance coating) coating and stiff mono core will help in creating tight loops and turning over long leaders, while minimizing line tangles. This line does it all and is available in the Teeny professional series!

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Also excellent for many similar types of fishing, ranging from Tarpon, Bonefish, Shark, Barracuda and anything else that requires a great presentation with a large fly. Guess what, I took some home and I have been casting/testing them here in our cooler waters and boy do they work - looking for a superb once in a lifetime presentation to a cruising bass at distance then this line will do it for you. Available in sizes 8 - 11 wt. Color: Sky Blue Bendy Rods - Jim Posted by Jim Hendrick at 09:13AM (UTC)

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