What's going to be the next big thing, and where will it come from?

luke troutstalker

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Just thinking that we as anglers seem to be in a hiatus at the moment, and I'm nervous that there isn't going to be anything coming up that will prompt me into a tackle buying frenzy.

I just can't help thinking fly fishing has completely stalled. I have always been an 'early adopter' of new methods ( if it was in total flyfisher I'm all over it ), but recently there hasn't been a sniff of anything new for ages.

In the last decade we have had various forms of European nymphing, tenkara, and there has also been a large upsurge in popularity of pike fly fishing.

But what now? Are there any predictions from futurists of "fly fishing in the year 2020"
 

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The year 2020 could be quite a surprise to us all as I can see a return to traditional methods and flies, after people get bored catching vast numbers of trout using alien methods currently being used. I can also see far more room being available for fishing from the bank,as more fly fishermen get to the stage where they are no longer able to carry their cumbersome boxes about,thus stopping them from taking up a spot for the next 8 hours or so :eek:mg: Also all tackle manufacturers will come to an arrangement where all rods and reels will be at a fixed price of under £100 so their will be no more tackle snobbery,the downside to this,will mean we will no longer be able to discuss the benefits of whether expensive is better !
All these events and happenings to take place on fantasy island of course. :wine:
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As I consider you to be a bit of an innovator Mike, everyone's probably awaiting your next sublime creation mate,so come on get that engineers brain ticking away:thumbs:

So Paul you appear to have given up on the joke front and gone into fiction writing;)

Regards and seasons greetings to all

David
 
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There is very little that's actually new, even the things you mention are modern adaptions of older methods. Advances in materials technology may filter through into applications suitable for fishing tackle but it will take longer than I perhaps have to see it or benefit from, besides the older I get the less inclined to change I am, I go fishing for sport, not necessarily to catch fish, the game is more important than the result.
I hope the next BIG thing will be proper protection of our environment, rivers and fishes and all that that implies.
 

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Whoever designs an affordable alternative to lead acid leisure batteries is on to a winner closely followed by non flash,self de-greasing leader which hovers just beneath the film . Here’s hoping....:whistle:
 

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Nano technology in flies? Imagine a nymph that wriggles or a dry that vibrates.
The technology is already with us. I remember Peter Anderson talking to me about this a few years ago.
 

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I suspect we'll be having increasing amounts of bollox spoken about graphene.

It's surprised me how little tech has kept into the sport - thank god - but I bet mini drones and fishfinders pop up now and then.
 

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Invisible flies.

Self casting fly lines.

Dark matter rods which weigh less than their own weight.

Kuvua samaki or "Somalian nymphing" as it is more widely known.
 

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Following the initial excitement about Tenkara, has it really got a foothold? There seems to be much less discussion about it now and I rarely see anyone with a Tenkara rod on the bank these days.
Every man and his dog seem to have taken up 'Euro-Nyphing' though.
 

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Whatever these new developments are, I am going to try to stick to my last year's resolution not to buy any more gear. I did last out some quite considerable time this year.:thumbs:
 

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i hear the chinese are developing fishing robots that we can send out to fish in our place leaving us free to view them through our smart phones and thus leave us free to be on social media or forums so we do not miss any gossip or the latest argument:D:D:D
 

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Following the initial excitement about Tenkara, has it really got a foothold? There seems to be much less discussion about it now and I rarely see anyone with a Tenkara rod on the bank these days.
Every man and his dog seem to have taken up 'Euro-Nyphing' though.


From what I have seen, yes, there seems to be a strong following of people that have tried it, get it, and enjoy it. And very much a worldwide thing, I look in on a couple of tenkara FB groups, and the following seems very diverse. I also noticed from PG&JP's output, there is a shift towards merging or adapting some of the more refined tenkara methods into the more popular styles, which is good. My nymphing certainly improved from the little tenkara tuition I had.
 

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The year 2020 could be quite a surprise to us all as I can see a return to traditional methods and flies, after people get bored catching vast numbers of trout using alien methods currently being used. [...].

Beaming them up to the mothership and anally probing them? Well, it takes all sorts, I suppose.
 

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I would like to see wet flies,nymphs, and lures with built in miniature cameras so we can see how they are behaving in water and whether there is an interested from following fish about to take. Images could be displayed on the lens in sunglasses.
 

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I have a feeling that the next big thing will be the targeting of new species via fly fishing. Carp are now a much sought after target by American fly fishermen with guides specialising in targeting them on the Great Lakes with dedicated lines and flies but over here they are only occasionally targeted on the fly and often with a glued on dog biscuit. Multiple species of course fish could be targeted but at the moment only a few of us seek them out and then it is often because trout and greyling are out of season.

Take care

Terry
 

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But what now? Are there any predictions from futurists of "fly fishing in the year 2020"

I imagine Sage and Loomis etal are paying lots of people to come up with a new name - nano borene graphine carbonite - for the same pieces of carbon they used to make the RPL+ twenty years ago in their same factory in South Korea. Then they'll pay lots of people to come up with an advertising campaign to convince anglers it's worth paying £1200 for a trout rod.

Not that I'm cynical or anything.

Reg Wyatt
 

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Genetically enhanced game fish. Capable of withstanding high water temperatures while at the same time enjoy the U.K. winters.
Probably cost so much no one could afford to stock.
 

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Rod technology has done an about turn i.e. the Zenith and Helios which were considered superb casting rods have been replaced with rods with softer tips that are more forgiving and better all round rods.

Reels you can pick your design from China.

The Fluoro debate after 20 or so years is still on-going with pro fluoro and anti fluoro advocates which is surprising considering it was going to revolutionise fishing and what we would catch :whistle:

For me you can keep the latest flies such as the snake, squirmy, mop fly and that abortion of an indicator called a thingamabobber.

Nymph fishing techniques have come on leaps and bounds however we've about peaked.

The next big leap I can see would be in line technology whereby if you could halve the diameter of a 7# and keep the floating properties without impacting memory, you'd have a winning product that would cast easier and further than any current lines.

Other than that enjoy 2018 and whatever it may bring you.
 
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