Fly Fishing Gear
Eddie took only one rod with him on the trip.
A 9´ single hand rod #8 with a WF Floating #8 and that was a perfect all-rounder for there.
As a woman, I changed from spending my money on Haute Couture and designer accessories to fishing rods and reels instead some times ago.
Admittedly, I am loyal to Winston Rods company. I love the action of their rods and incomparable quality of workmanship. I feel the same way about the fantastic reels of the Abel company.
I vary the fly lines.
For casting with my single-handed rods I am very impressed by the casting quality of the Norwegian Arctic Silver fly lines.
With my double-handed rods I love to cast with the OPST Skagit Lines and then use shooting heads with changeable tips and sink rates.
"Chapeau" to Ed Ward - I am a huge fan of him!
During calm weather conditions I mostly used on the Falklands a 11 ́ switch rod with a (17 gram) WF Floating line.
Because I prefer to do underhand casts in strong winds I then switched over to double handed rods. I had two rods with me in the length of 12,3´ and 12´9 in different weights and changed between shooting heads of 22 gram upwards depending on the winds. These switch or double-handed rods were also very pleasant to cast when wading in the rivers with high banks. I never had a fly stuck in the grass behind me.
We almost never used or missed lines/ tips with very heavy sink rates; the fishing areas are usually very shallow and wide.
However, as it is also practiced on the Faroe Islands, it is very useful to fish with a tapered leader plus tippet in the double rod length.
And this page is not destined to dictate a dress code, because you yourself are the best judge regarding your personal weather resistance.
These guidelines are intended for those readers who are still unsure how to prepare themselves for the Falklands weather.
The Falkland Islands have – to put it mildly – "fresh" weather.
There are many sunny fishing days, more than you would expect, but very strong winds are likely to come up with the sun.
That means your clothing has to be not only waterproof, but also windproof.
When fishing on the Falkland Islands, depending on the weather conditions, you need the entire line-up.
From wading clothing (you very often fish and wade in the water) to multi-layer outdoor clothing. Modern Gore-Tex jackets from Simms Company are my first choice here.
And of course headgear and polarized glasses.
On top of that, the clothes should still be comfortable, because you will have to walk long distances in order to reach some waters or pools.
Suncream with a sun protection factor of 50 and a lip balm belongs in your luggage like your toothbrush!
You hardly feel the influence of the sun on your skin because of the wind. And due to the thin ozone layer at these latitudes, you are burned in no time.
Hard-nosed men might think "Humbug!“. Like Eddie did in the first few days. But a few days later, being a walking lobster, red in the face and hands he was not so hard-nosed then…
You often hear about the "onion look".
I cannot confirm that either. We were always wrapped from head to toe, never to warm to strip off our jackets. And believe us, we are used to fishing in rough weather conditions in a light shirt.
On the Falkland Islands, sea trout feed on small squid, krill, other small fish, crustaceans and insects in all stages of development.
It is very useful to adapt the fly to the current menu according to size, colour and shape.
- white flies with "lively" hair / feathers to imitate squid
- orange classics like General Practitioner or Ally's Shrimp to cover everything in the direction of krill and other crustaceans
- if "smelt" (Odontesthes nigricans or Odontesthes smitii) are being hunted, this prey fish should be imitated, ideally with a tandem or second hook at the end (in this phase the fish like to test the fly at the end, but do not take it)
Flies with a silver body have always proven their worth.
- Teal, Blue and Silver, Stoat Silver or Hairy Mary (with a silver body and squirrel hair wings).
- small and short tubes flies in silver / black / blue
We only used flies in sizes between 8 and 12.
CDC in size 12 are very successful when the fish are very suspicious.
If you want to tempt a "mullet", red to orange colored flies have proven their worth, as this fish primarily reacts to the color.
(Odontesthes nigricans oder Odontesthes smitii)
Stomache contents of a sea trout
Crab claw – stomach content of a "Mullet"
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