Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Marryat Tactical Pro rod

NOT many Marryat rods have passed through my hands so I was looking forward to testing out the new Tactical Pro 10ft 7wt model.

As soon as the rod was in my hand I knew that this was a nice piece of kit. I like a reasonably fast action rod and this is what it turned out to be. Loaded up with a 7wt floater to start with the rod lifted and loaded cleanly, loop size was small and the delivery on the forward cast was precise with pinpoint accuracy.

Working back and forth between short and medium range I only needed a very short arm stroke to generate a wickedly fast line and even with a slight cross or head on wind the rod just cut the line straight through and onto target.

When it came to lifting long lines and hitting those distance marks the blank was well up to the task with plenty of reserve power and I just had to ease into the cast with a slightly longer arm stroke to produce the goods.

Handling floating lines alone doesn’t make a rod great so I moved onto midge-tips and intermediates and they were dealt with in exactly the same way. Even when it came to sunk line work with Di-3s to Di-7s I could feel the rod working that much harder but it was never out of its comfort zone.

While the rod is true to its line rating I also tried a 6wt floater for lighter dry fly fishing and it was extremely competent. It will also handle a dual rated 7/8wt line. The Tactical range goes from a 9ft 4/5wt to a 10ft 6in 3wt and there are eight rods in total.


I quite happily boat-fished all day with this rod with no more fatigue than normal. It falls within that exclusive category of rods that offer the sensitivity for top-of-the-water work and also has that reserve power and casting ability for sunk line work. A real treat.

This is guest post of Matthew Schade from Hunting-Tips.Net.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Léon: The Professional

I loved everything about this movie.


Also, I actually finished my January film list in less than three weeks. Awesome. Love old movies.

Not quite sure what Chinese New Year is supposed to mean when all I do is stay home and watch webcasts of lectures I've skipped and movies on my movie list and hardly remember to feel any guilt or sadness about it at all

Anime with best friend tomorrow!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time,
Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
It's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye


Plans in motion now, I pray they do not fall through. One thing at a time yes, but time is finite and so is this world, and how mortal our tiny selves are we know only too well.

But when plans are in motion and the best cat in the world is sitting on your lap yawning into your tummy as you re-read your favourite Austen novel and listen to some Leonard Cohen after getting home from a day of watching anime with perhaps the only person who loves you even when you are at your most wretched, I think... I think, that days like these are worth fighting all the monsters for

Friday, February 11, 2011

He was a friend of mine, he was a son of a gun


Anticipating free time and people time (♥ you two March babies)

Till then.

Stay gold x


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

One hand clap parade

Monday was a slow morning, had a real breakfast and studied some till dinner time, which was spent checking out the new Thai restaurant near my house with Z.H., my spicy food company. Then met R for a late-night movie The Green Hornet.

Suffice to say that Seth Rogen annoyed the crap out of me so please, for the love of all that is good and sane and capable, do not watch it. Unless of course you like the whole stereotypical stupid, socially-inept and inappropriate rich, spoiled Asian sidekick-abusing American heir to a wealthy newspaper company gig.


Survived the whole day at school today on a mere three hours of sleep last night; slept on the train there and back, and ho boy did I sleep on the way back.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


I must say, Benedict Cumberbatch rather does grow on you very nicely. Ah London, London. Makes me want to re-read all the Sherlock Holmes stories

Friday, June 19, 2009

Do you suit your guitar?

For somebody that is thinking about taking up the guitar, or that hasn't been playing long, it's characteristic to make inquiries like 'Have I exited it past the point where it is possible to learn guitar' or 'Are my hands too little to play guitar' with some best beginner guitar songs.

Hands and guitar playing 

Physically we are all somewhat diverse to each other. Some of these distinctions bring a couple of little points of interest in particular regions and some get little drawbacks others, yet few are inconceivable. Somebody with little hands will most likely be unable to extend as far along the fretboard as somebody with bigger hands, however, they may think that its simpler to play harmonies with close-grouped notes than the bigger gave guitarists.

Case of guitarists with little hands 

Today and all through history there is case of performers of all shapes and sizes that have accomplished an abnormal state of musicianship. Sovereign and Angus Young are both purportedly 5' 2" in stature, with hands of relative size, and have made gigantic progress with their guitar playing.

Are my hands too little to play guitar - childTake a brisk look on Youtube and you'll soon go over a small kid playing out an amazingly decent version of an established piece on an apparently gigantic guitar (also on full-size pianos). These little wonders make bigger hand developments along the fretboard, yet it doesn't give off an impression of being a lot of an obstruction.

The most striking guitarist hands ever? 

One of the best cases of conquering an honest to goodness handicap is the guitarist Django Reinhardt. At 18 years old, Django's third and fourth fingers of his worrying hand were deadened amid a flame. In spite of this conceivable vocation finishing mishap, he kept on building up his guitar aptitudes, adjusting to his new confinements, performing performances at break-neck speed utilizing only his first and second fingers. Django went ahead to wind up one of the best guitarists ever.

Guitarist Django Reinhardt handsDon't pass judgment staring you in the face too early 

For the vast majority, the net impact of their physical make-up on their guitar playing is comprehensively unbiased. Much more noteworthy is that they are so ready to learn great strategy.

Numerous apprentices discover the harmony G an extraordinary test and close erroneously that their hands are too little. The issue for this situation is about constantly because of off base thumb position and an immature fourth finger. Numerous others locate the little F harmony an extraordinary test and reach other off base determinations about their hands and fingers. This is generally down to thumb situation and deficient quality. Quality, similar to great procedure requires some investment to create.


Whatever your hand size, it's to a great degree unrealistic to have any real bearing on your advancement as a guitarist. Attempt to put these musings and inquiries to bed. Having questions about our appropriateness to an instrument we are attempting to ace can just conflict with us, especially in case we're having an awful practice day. Be persistent, stay focussed, get the great educational cost, and appreciate the voyage.