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Fly Fishing in Colombia - Neusa Dam, Punta Faro, San Andres and Tayrona National Park - 2007

When you think of Colombia, fly fishing, or any kind of fishing for that matter, does not spring to mind. But there are many opportunities if you find yourself in the country. Colombia has a coastline on both the pacific and caribbean oceans, a stretch of the Amazon and numerous river courses and waterways. I went to Leticia many times which is Colombia's port city on the Amazon. Commercial fishing dominates and the local fish market is full of unusual (to us) species such as the massive Pirarucu.   Travel to Lecticia from Bogota is easy by commercial airliner. The flight is almost as enjoyable as the destination. Make sure you get a window seat so that you can watch...

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Fly Fishing Belize, Quay Caulker - December 2007

Belize is great for fishing nearly all year round. You can go after tarpon, snook and jacks off the beach or river mouths. Bonefish and permit are common on the grass flats and the reefs are home to snapper and barracuda amongst others. Although I was there for fly-fishing, I had a great day trolling for barracuda. Tarpon were a lot of people's primary target and there were some whoppers around. See the photo below of one I saw whilst diving. In 2007 they were relatively easy to catch.     Belize is home to numerous islands and Caye Caulker and Ambergris are two popular destinations. I stayed on Caye Caulker which has a charmingly ramshackle feel to it. There are...

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Home Made Outdoor Bench - For Mountain or Riverside

Making a commemoration bench at home. The bench I made was destined for the mountains in Scotland but it would be an equally good memorial to a fisherman on a riverbank somewhere.   Mum wanted to put up a memorial for Dad who died last year. I had the idea of buying a commemoration bench, but my wife suggested I make it myself. In his early life, Dad was a carpenter so it seemed fitting. Unfortunately, my only experience of woodwork was at school when I made a photo frame that fitted no known size of photo, and many years later sanding and staining (badly) a kitchen worktop.   Below is a description of what I learned about outdoor furniture;...

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Fly Fishing for Salmon on The River Orchy in Scotland – September 2013

    The River Orchy – September 2013   I try to fish the Orchy at least once a year. It is a river I have good fortune on, despite my woeful skill level. When I was young my Dad used to ask the then owner of the Bridge of Orchy hotel if I could fish for trout in the hotel's stretch of the river and he used to let me. These days I am happy to make a contribution to the local economy and I buy a permit for one of the Dalmally beats from Loch Awe Stores for £50.   Fly and spinner are allowed on the Orchy. I usually stick to the fly as I find it...

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