Finger Food

Ok unless you are a keen fisher I have been posting rather booring stuff of late, so for a total cange of topic

Korean Nibbles

One of the great things about traveling and living in new places is discovering new things. I have been living in Seoul for almost three years and I am still finding new and wondrous things, I discovered these little beauties at our local Mini Emart (mini supermarket) in the beef jerky section.

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I just had to try them, I had all sorts of questions going through my mind like, “is it really beef and Cheese or has there been a translation mistake?” “what will it taste/look like” so I bought a packet along with all the other staples I had been sent to get.

When I got home it was happily Gin and Tonic o’clock, and I have concluded that a good G&T is the best thing to have to hand when trying new food in Korea. If the food is on the positive end of the scale it is a nice accompaniment however if the food commits sensory assault you can quickly gargle some of your G&T and it removes most of the offending tastes and odours, it was a saviour when I tried eating steamed silkworm lava!!!!

So… the G&T was a nice accompaniment, the individual pieces were about 1x3cm and tasted of Cheese and Beef Jerky however they had a very definite processed/plastic taste. I rate them 2.5 stars out of 5. edible, not offensive but would not bother buying them again.

Birthday Nibbles (and Bubbles)

As I have alluded to in a previous post my wife has a broken leg, it happened as I would expect while I was traveling, she was walking home, just outside our apartment complex stepped off the curb and bang a clean break of the fibula just above the ankle. Korea makes very few allowances for disabled people, this has meant that she has been for eight weeks and is getting rather sick of it and also no BIRTHDAY PARTY. To help her through this awful occurence I spent a week or so gathering some of her favourite food.

On her Birthday we fed the children early and banished them to their bedrooms and settled down for some great nibbles and bubbles.

The food consisted of baguette, Trout eggs, Cream Cheese, Tomato tapenade in truffle oil, Serrano ham, Palma Ham, Salmon Moose, and Manchego cheese. This was all washed down with a bottle of 2006 Dom Perignon. It put a smile on her face.

The winning food was Baguette, cream cheese and the Trout eggs. The looser was the Tomato tapenade in truffle oil, however it came to life a bit on bread with the Manchego cheese and either of the hams. We had a blind tasting of the hams, the Serrano was defiantly the best, it was less salty, sweeter, softer but the ham flavour was as strong or stronger than the Palma ham, both were very good.

It was just Yum Yum Yum!!!

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Waders, accessories but no Flies

It is debatable which is the single most important piece of equipment that I will be taking to Kamchatka, while the rods, reel and flys are cool toys, the clothing that keeps me comfortable if far more important. Of all the clothing the piece that will be worn the most will be my waders, spending 2 weeks wearing ill fitting, damp and smelly waders is the stuff nightmares are made of, so I will start with the waders then go on to other bits and pieces.

I currently own a cheap set of Diawa boot waders which have served me well but they are not breathable and I have to be very careful about how I put my socks on as it only takes a matter of minutes to rub my ankles raw if the socks are not done correctly.  Because of the pain I put myself through during my trip to the Pyrenees I have convinced myself a new set of good stocking foot waders are a necessity for the trip.  Unlike most tackle I was not prepared to by the waders on the internet, I needed to be convinced that they fitted me correctly and the matching boots fitted properly and were comfortable (I find buying cloths on the internet difficult, for starters in Australia I am a L and in Korea I am a 2XL and the US sometimes a M ).  So during my visit to John Norris in Perth I tried on every set heavy duty of stocking foot waders that they stocked, The two best filling were the Simms G4 Pro £699 (of course the most expensive ones in the shop) and Vision Ikon at £199 these were every bit as comfortable as the Simms so at les than half the price it was them. The waders came with a set of Vision hopper boots with felt soles, which are the recommended soles for wading in Kamchatka.

 

Jacket, I have several nice waterproof jackets however none of them are totally suited to fishing, there was a wide choice varying form about  £50 to £500 jackets, I chose the  Airflow 3/4 jacket at £99.99. It fitted me well and had al the functioality that I require and not the Simms price tag.

Air Flow Jacket
Airflow 3/4 Jacket – not a fashion item

Bits and Pieces

Nail Knot tool, £11.99 John Norris, as small but invaluable tool to help a person with not so nimble fingers tying a nail knot to attached backing to a fly line or a mono filament leader to braid.  I spent a couple of hours practicing with my son and we can now tie a reasonable nail knot.

Knot Tool

Floatant & Sinkant John Norris £5.99 each, Gink and Kink absolutely nothing remarkable about either, I have used Gink before, Kink is the same brand and they are reasonably priced.

Gink

Tippet (and leader if necessary) Maxima 10lb, 12lb and 15lb, John Norris £2.99, each, I just bought clear nylon tippet material as according to the advice on various websites the fish in Kamchatka are not leader shy so fluorocarbon is not necessary.  Fluorocarbon Vs Nylon; Fluorocarbon is thinner for the same strength, has higher abrasion resistance, less stretch and is stiffer, this stiffness means that fluorocarbon has lower knot strength. I am just summarising several articles that I have read and what I have been told in fishing stores, I have done nothing to verify the accuracy of this information.

Tippet

Glue, to fix any holes in my waders, the waders were supplied with a couple of patches so I didn’t need to purchgase those.

Glue

Head net and DEET from Millets, protection from the nasty Midges and other such critters

Bug Spray

Flint (Millets) and spare bootlaces (John Norris), because I would like to be a boy Scout.

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Camp pillow (Mountain Warehouse) and Travel towel (Millets), essential for a comfortable trip, They are a fraction the weight and volume of conventional Pillows and towels.

Pillow & towel

Gloves John Norris £24.99 to keep my fingers warm,

Gloves