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Fly fishing & photography magazine

Nยบ 8 August 2011

With the trout and salmon season already closed in Spain and with sights set on other fish, we bring you a number of favourite images, photos from the first 12 months of Flymage, the most liked by our readers. We also show how attractive it is fly fishing for gypsy barbel in Andalusian waters. The “rock snot” strikes back and so do the fishermen who, for all our sakes, can help prevent its spread. Finally, you can watch a trailer of our new Flymage fly fishing video project.

José H. Weigand, angler, photographer and TV fishing editor at Caza y Pesca channel on Digital+. Contributor to some international magazines, blogs and forums.

Antonio Goñi, fishing video producer, photographer and angler. Currently producing fly tying series “Thread corner” at Caza y Pesca channel on Digital+.

Revista de pesca a mosca y fotografía

Our cover is one of the many photos we have chosen to celebrate the images that we have most enjoyed in our first 12 months. Photo: José H. Weigand Contributors: Manuel Álvarez, Francisco J. Vázquez, Manuel y Vicente Orti, José Luís García, Paul Sharman, Juan Urán.

Nº 8 Agosto 2011

CONTENTS Gypsy barbel are one of a number of Iberian species inhabiting Andalusian waters whose value for fly fishing is being increasingly recognised.


Our rivers at risk. The “rock snot.” Fishermen can prevent its spread with a simple method of disinfection.


12 months pictures. A selection of some of the photos that have been most liked by our readers in our first year.


¿Flymage Fly fishing videos? We have started a new journey making fly fishing videos. Watch a preview.


It is one of the Iberian species of barbel and becoming increasingly more popular. The gypsy or Andalusian barbel is a fish for fly fishing. Forbidden for fishing during most of the year, more than ever we can say that it is pure

Andalusian Gold

A small stream in the Andalusian mountains whose water is dammed further downstream.

Barbel, black bass and bleak live together in these rivers. During the day it is common to see barbel and bass attacking the bleak and so fishing with small streamers is fun and effective.

Gypsy barbel, Barbus sclateri. Quite similar to common barbel, it was considered for years as a subspecies.

Like all Andalusian barbel species, fishing is good with large dry flies that imitate terrestrial insects.

Perhaps the most striking feature is its colour. The belly and fins are bright yellow, contrasting sharply with the back.

In crystal clear waters just a few inches deep, sight casting with a dry fly.

Most fishermen practice catch and release, in spite of this gypsy barbel have a period of closure for several months a year so you should check the order of each season closures in Andalusia.

During midday hours barbel look for shadows and deeper waters. It is in the early morning and last hours of the day as they approach shallow water and are easier to fish.

Like all the barbel species, the gypsy is an opportunistic predator and its food is varied, from fish and crayfish to terrestrial insects or fruit. In some areas of Andalusia is fished with figs in summer, when the fig trees on the banks begin to drop off.

Hundreds of bleak form a dark spot in the middle of the river. Among them, barbel, who constantly attack them. In their panic to escape, some leave the water and are stranded among the pebbles at the mercy of herons, foxes and magpies.

Thousands of bleak in a river pool. Since its illegal introduction into Spanish waters and their subsequent distribution, bleak have colonized most of the regions reservoirs and rivers. Many fishermen believe that has been the “manna� which was required for the increase in populations of pike and bass. Barbel and carp also feed on them. What is not yet known for certain is the environmental impact of these small cyprinids, but it surely it is very high. An example of how easy it is to commit environmental crimes.

Vicente Orti, one of the most prominent fishing and hunting video producers of Spain, with his first fly caught barbel.

ArtĂ­culos de pesca a mosca/Fly fishing products

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Didymo Another danger for our rivers. Text: Francisco J. Vázquez Photos: Francisco J. Vázquez, Antonio García Escudero, Carmelo Villar, JCYL

Fly fishermen have always been committed to the conservation of rivers. Proof of this are conservation associations worldwide, such as Trout Unlimited in the U.S. or AEMS in Spain, and these are just two examples. Lee Wulff one of the pioneers, said that “a large trout was too beautiful to be caught only once.” For the places I know at least, we the fly fishermen are the ones who have struggled for stretches of ourrivers to be designated as only “catch and release” So I turn to you through Flymage magazine, to ask for your help. The reason is a new pest that plagues our water, the diatom Didymosphemia geminata, known as Didymo or “rock snot.” Its proliferation in the Southern Hemisphere: Chile and South Island of New Zealand and the ongoing expansion of various rivers of the Iberian Peninsula in areas as diverse as Aragon and Castilla Leon, forces us to take certain measures. More than likely the proliferation through the southern hemisphere is due to the fishermen carrying the algae spores on his boots, waders and tackle..

Nothing could be more obvious than comparing these two pictures to realize the effect of Didymo.

Didymo effects are devastating, and it can cover miles of river which directly influences the macroinvertebrate community, reducing its biodiversity and its number. It also reduces the number of shelters for fish, which have seen their diet reduced. This should lead us to take a simple series of measures to curb the spread of this species. First step you can take is to replace felt with rubber soles, because the algae spores can only survive with moisture and felt that can stay moist between trips is often enough. Second is disinfecting our tackle in one of the following treatments when changing between watersheds: - 5 minutes in hot water (60º C) - 5 minutes in sodium hypochlorite-bleach-2% or higher - 5 minutes in a 5% or more sodium chloride solution - 5 minutes in a 5% or more biocide detergent solution * It´s recommended that you subsequently rinse with tap water.

River Dulce River Lillas

A river completely lined by “rock snot.�

1 YEAR OF IMAGES Celebrating that Flymage magazine has already completed its first year, we want to show again some of the images that have delighted our readers in the past 12 months. Professional photographers, fishing guides and anglers have worked with us to show the wonders of fly fishing and photography. From Flymage we want to thank everyone again for their collaboration.

Justin McCarthy He is one of the best photographers we have met and have had the opportunity to work with as fishing director of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve in Kola Peninsula, so for several months every season he takes pictures in Kharlovka, Rynda or Litza rivers, gathering in recent years one of the most complete Atlantic salmon photo files.

Justin McCarthy

In one of our visits to the ASR in Kola I was able to take a whole series of a descending helicopter to pick up the anglers, getting a stunning photograph. On the left, crossing the coast by helicopter in the Barents Sea to avoid the fog. JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Using a super wide angle added drama to the mouth of this huge barracuda to highlight its teeth. A very forced backlighting with a small stroke of flash to dimly illuminate the head and eye of the fish. Belize. JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Graeme Field, professional guide, sent us several pictures of a giant barracuda that was finally captured after seeing it for many days. Both photos are some of the best we’ve ever seen on cudas.

Juan and Candido Perez, anglers and photographers from Extremadura, sent us a whole story about fishing with wing ants. A selection made ​​after many years of fishing with spectacular photographs, as this shows taken at the crucial moment.

Sequence of a barbel taking a fly on the surface.

Candido trying to get a wasp away while posing with the fish.

The Pellet is the trendy nymph in recent years. It was one of the articles most followed by anglers out of Spain.

Antonio Go単i

The best way to carry the pellets.

Antonio Go単i

Gammarus tied by Mikel Elexpuru.

Antonio Go単i

Permit! Our cover in issue 2.

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Despite its deserved reputation as elusive, this permit stayed close for over 10 minutes. Seldom can they be photographed in these conditions. JosĂŠ H. Weigand

For many anglers it is the quintessence of fly fishing. Trout in English chalk streams such as the Test or the Itchen, at the height of the emergence of Mayflies. Paul Sharman

Extended body ephemera danica.

Paul Sharman is a freelance photographer, writer and consultant specialising in fishing, travel and the great outdoors around the globe.

How to give the reader an idea of ​​the actual size of the smallest flies? We decided that photographing them with objects and everyday products could be the key. A match, dice or a coin could be used, and it was. Several anglers sent their favorite micro flies and we got down to work.

Spent Caenis on #26 hook over a match

Antonio Go単i

“Jassid� on a #22 hook, over rice grains.

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Black bass with a deer hair bug.

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Green Jobfish, Islas Andaman.

Nicola Zingarelli, fishing businessman, photographer and writer in national and international magazines. He created his own style through the careful lighting with a flash in his photos.

Belize, in search of bonefish.

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Órbigo trout captured by the protagonist of our story, José Miguel Matilla, “Minister of Órbigo.”

Antonio Go単i

Issue 3 cover. Seatrout in the Barents Sea

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Wels catfish from the Ebro. Markus Stegherr Ebro and the angler, Jose Diaz, got a big catfish for Flymage issue 4. Markus works as a fishing guide at Bavarian Guiding Services. www.

Antonio Go単i

New Zealand, South Island Nick Reygaert, from Gin Clear Media is one of the major producers of fly fishing videos. Highlighting their work on Tasmania, Iceland, New Zealand or their last movie, entitled “Hatch�. To view a trailer of his latest work, click here.

One of our regular contributors, Mikel Elexpuru, offered to ride your desk into the river as the cover article “The World Upside Down�, which showed his inverted flies.

Antonio Go単i

Caddis emerger, inverted fly.

Antonio Go単i

Dorados in the Yunga forest in Salta, Argentina. Chip Drozensky, from Andes Drifters, revealed one of the world’s most beautiful places for dorado in clear waters.

DNA Flies, article cover.

JosĂŠ H. Weigand

Keith Rumble-32kg GT. Self guided, stalked and landed form the beach at Diamond Islets in Australia, using 6/0 tan back bush pig.

He is one of the greatest underwater photographers, especially when it comes to capturing scenes of free swimming billfish hunting. His photos are published in leading journals in the world of fishing and also National Geographic. Want to see you can achieve similar snapshots? Click here. Visit Marc’s website:

A shot in a million. A trout chasing dragonflies in flight. Javier Fernandez del Rivero published a portfolio of Chilean Patagonia, one of the articles most followed by Flymage readers. In addition, Javier has just released his first video recorded with the same camera, worth a visit, click here Visit Javier´s website:

Cholo flies, cover article. Cholo is one of the major fly tiers in Spain, internationally recognized for his realistic flies. Visit the Cholo´s website:

Antonio GoĂąi

Shooting with just a compact camera and still getting the maximum performance, that’s what takes years of practice according to Santi Serrano. In addition to their photographs, Santi revealed to us (Flymage Issue. 6) his secret fly “Ipurdi” so prized amongst competition anglers.

Cover of the article “Tierra del Fuego. Land of sea trout “ Leonardo Ramírez

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