Bob Frandsen Flies

Atlantic Salmon and other flies

"RANDOM RAMBLINGS"   Or just things that come to mind

Just thinking the other day about my first fly outfit if you could call it that which I acquired at about 14 years old. A home built split cane rod more suitable to bait fishing  and a very well used second hand KIngfisher silk line with more bits out of the coating which made a helluva rattle going through the rod guides. This wound onto an old Cussons Fly Reel that had had a very hard life . Had a bad spot between the drum and the frame that almost jammed on every turn of the reel. Could never straighten the B----y thing . 

Used to go down to Gardiners Creek (Near my home in South Camberwell) which is not much better than a drain these days . More concrete than anything. Anyway used to go down there and practice casting and drifting flies . Used buckets of Ceroline line floatant to keep on the go. This was my outfit for  a couple of years till I won A proper  fly rod in Club competitions. Was a member at Ormond Angling Club in those days. Actually took my first fly caught trout with this lot  in the Tyers River near Tyers Junction here in Victoria. A 12" fish on a dry March Brown . More fluke than anything  with a line that didn`t want to float and kept dragging the fly under at the wrong moments.  this would have been about 1952.     10/1/2010

 

I`ve been thinking the last few days about part time work and why one does it. And, as it happens I was discussing the same thing with a mate today as for the last two or three years I`ve been working Saturday mornings in a local Tackle shop to help finance my tying and fishing.  This prompted me to recall that as a 12 year old kid I used catch yabbies (crawfish) in Gardiners Creek Monday Tuesday and Wednesday after school and into Melbourne with them Thursday after school where I sold them to Alcock and Pierce Tackle shop  for sale as bait. From memory I was paid a shilling ( 10cents )a dozen.  While there I would spend a lot of time drooling over the fly counter which was a terrible mistake as it turned out as I was afflicted with the disease badly and still suffer to this day. More about this later. As time went on this wasn`t enough to feed my affliction so the next step was to help our local baker with deliveries as well on Friday mornings before school.  This paid a princely 2 shillings for a couple of hours with a 6am start. Next up was grocery deliveries on my bike Thursday and Friday after school. Bewdy 6 shillings for the two nights .  I reckoned I was well off. Then during my working life it was tying flies professionally of an evening for several years and then a big break for quite a while. Anyway it seems that after a lot of years nothing much has changed except that I`m a little older and my tying is a lot more expensive and I`m back to doing part time work LOL AND LOVING IT !!!!!

31/1/2010