Sunday, December 28, 2008

Earth Eaters Come In Schools

Earth Eaters Come In Schools
My mobile phone alarm sounded, but I was too deep in my sleep to hear it. So the missus threw her shadowless kick on me. I was up and out of the house in 10 minutes, army recruit style. Uncle Wong and Jimmy had asked me to join them for a fly fishing session on Christmas day. But the maid’s on home leave and the missus wanted to bring the kids out.
There was no rain today and the weather was just fine. A perfect day for fly fishing. The construction site had made the place a bit muddy. Uncle Wong had a miner’s lamp on his head. Adi and I tagged along the path he walked. Imagine 2 young men letting him lead the way. Okay okay I hear you guys, middle age men.

The river was flowing at full force and the water was clear as gin. I caught 2 peacock basses. Uncle was at the further end of the river and as usual catching most of the fishes. I saw a school of Earth Eaters swimming pass. I casted ahead of them and let the fly drift towards them. Four of them, maybe five swam toward it in a frenzy. The fly line straighten and one of them was at the end of the line. A small one. I lifted it out of the water, had a few quick shots with my Canon Ixus and released it back into the water. Good catch for my rusty arms and reflexes.

Adi had joined Uncle Wong at the far end. I moved over to take some photos of Adi.

Adi landed another Peacock Bass.








The fly came off after some trashing


Here's the fly again.