Let's start me from the beginning. I bought my Vision Sprinter wading boots about 2 years ago, but used exclusively only this year. By the end of it, the soles started to "flap" and the toe enforcement got cracked. Warranty over. I still contacted Vision, because they often fix off warranty products for a reasonable fee. Now, they agreed to fix the soles for free. I sent them in.
Today, I got a package. In it, brand new pair of Sprint boots and fixed wader. Thanks Vision! Top notch customer service!
In this gallery you may see some photos from this trip or watch here as slideshow.
UPDATE: Of course, Vision customer service replied to my request on the same day. They could send a new tip for a reasonable amount and recommended two of their new rods. As I wrote, the rod (and model) is quite old & not sold anymore, but Vision supports their products. I had couple of bad experiences with another brand, namely they told me that no replacement available anymore and I should buy one of their other rods. So, I respect Vision for their customer service and continue buying their products. I bought one of their kit (great price / quality) and a better wading jacket. Now, it's time to cast and drift some more flies.
Today I fetched my Sigma from the service. They told me that they changed the focusing chip - read the previous blog post about Sigma's recall of certain telephoto lenses. On my way to home, I stopped to take a couple of shots of this Great crested grebe pair. The focus now works fine (no hunting) and the photos look sharp.
However, a while ago I started to have focusing issues with my Sigma 120-400 OS HSM lens. It just started to hunt and even if achieved focus after about 10 secs it was often false focus. By time, the lens focusing deteriorated and during this weekend it went to non-existent. Of course, I could still shoot with manual focus, but in most cases, like hunting osprey, it was just luck or lack :).
I tried to work out in what conditions was the focus working (distance, light, aperture, ISO, etc.), but the whole thing was inconclusive.
A short consult of the mighty Internet revealed that Sigma announced some kind of design issue with their long lenses and offered fixes of those.
It is strange that the focus, in my case, deteriorated vs sudden failing. Anyway, I took the lens to the local Sigma service and they confirmed this issue. The estimated time to get the lens back is 3 days. So, I will update this blog soon and tell about my experience.
This is Sigma's announcement about the focus failure.
These are the affected models and serial numbers:
--- APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
--- Serial Numbers between 10633051 and 10972000
--- APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
--- Serial Numbers between 10574001 and 10972000
--- APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
--- Serial Numbers between 10674301 and 10972000
Image by sunnysuomi via FlickrImage by sunnysuomi via FlickrImage by sunnysuomi via FlickrImage by sunnysuomi via FlickrImage by sunnysuomi via FlickrImage by sunnysuomi via FlickrEPK - Fly tying w Mika Vainio-001, a photo by sunnysuomi on Flickr.
I uploaded couple of photos of Mika,the EPK club and the flies. Not all the flies, for that kind of information you should come to EPK events. ;) Only kidding. Enjoy and comment, I might upload some more.
Temp set for Blog, a set on Flickr.
Last spring looked quite different. Have a look at the photos attached from just one year ago. Here, spring is late! Will this mean a warm summer (or just the opposite)? Today, I do not care! I just wish to see some sunshine during the weekend.
Click on the blue drop-down box in the right-left corner.
It's soon April, which means less snowing here in Finland. Thus, it's time for tying some flies for the coming season. If you are like me, it's also time for mending your trusty flies which got weathered during last season. During the last couple of days, I have been doing both and here are some of examples. Now, I wait eagerly for opening on the ice to get these yummy flies wet. Tight lines and keep the river & bank clean!
I know this will get some reaction, but the current Catch & Release practice made me think. Are we doing any good for our fish population? (Note, I am not talking about stocked fish intended to end up on your plate!)
Catch & Release sure has pros and cons and thus followers and critics. However, as C&R is gaining popularity in every corner of this world, I wonder about those cons.
We love to catch fish and C&R should facilitate this joy by allowing us catching the same fish again and again (assuming, it did not outsmart us. :D).
Let's look at this practice from the fish PoV. By stalking food looking "thingies" they exert energy. When they are hooked and played, they exert lots of energy. Bye the time they are landed, they are half dead. After all this "exercise" they are released back (hopefully after sufficient revival). Indeed, they are much worse off after the release, since they had not taken food (no calorie = no energy) but exerted energy.
Following this reasoning, we should give back! We should have "Feed & Release" practice. I know this sounds strange, but just think about carp fishing where they use antibacterial sprays on the wound caused by hooking, before they release the fish. Is there a protein spray, energy shot, or other way to give back without even more hurting the fish? Is there a way to do this? I do not know. What is your opinion?
The other nymph, See-Through Blood Sucker :), is a favorite and it's simplicity deceived many (fish and fishermen :D). You only need three materials and less then a minute to tie this fly. Give it a try...
Remember, simple things often work & luck is an attitude! Tight lines!