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Water Water Everywhere, Troutbitten, & Mexico in the Rearview

Water Water Everywhere

No one is complaining about it being dry here this spring! Barry guided yesterday in rising water and steady rain. He pulled out a RIO 250 grain sink-tip for his friend and client, David Thiemann, and here's proof that you don't give up when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate!  For video clips of their days, see our Instagram and Facebook stories. 

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Life On The Water

We'd like to share an interesting web site with you. Domenick Swentosky, of https://troutbitten.com, blogs from central Pennsylvania. It's refreshing for us to find a Pennsylvania based writer when so often the pieces we share are about fishing outside our area.

Domenick's site is full of fishing information, but this week we'd like to share his Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #42 – Work into the Prime Spots (the others are good too). Thank you Domenick. Enjoy.

https://troutbitten.com/2018/05/21/fifty-fly-fishing-tips-42-work-into-the-prime-spots

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Mexico in the Rearview

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen a few photos from Mexico. We had 10 days of beautiful weather, warm and sunny, without wind. Yes, I said – without wind. 4 days at Grand Slam Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen and 4 days at Campeche Tarpon Bay. Grand Slam gave us all good shots at permit, snook, bonefish, and tarpon. Campeche delivered baby tarpon, lots of them. It was a exceptional week and we hated to see it end.

The day before we got home lightning hit our home and offices. No structural damage (thank goodness), but lots of electronic damage. Too much to go into here. We are still replacing things like our generator, servers, phones, lots of computer stuff, etc. We'll have a photo album from Mexico ready for next week. Here are a few cell shots until then.

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Spain Openings & March Browns

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Eastern Pyrenees, Spain
October 13-20, 2018

0344 Mountain lightFall in the Eastern Pyrenees is a very special season. Mountainous wild trout streams, small tail waters, and spring creeks. Enjoy cool crisp mornings, warm afternoons, gorgeous fall color on the hill sides. Non anglers have their own private vehicle and tour guide. Monasteries, cathedrals, castles and zebra, brown and rainbows. Come along, Spain is a wonderful adventure for everyone – anglers and non anglers.

For more information and prices.

To see more photos of our past trip to Spain click here

 

March Browns – The Misunderstood Mayfly! by Jim Kukorlo

In the first few weeks of trout season we have seen Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Early Black Stones and Caddis hatches. Along with great water levels the fishing has been very good. That is, if you don't mind fishing in a snow squalls and some very windy days. With more spring like weather the water temperature is warming up and the fishing is about to get better. I'm even starting to seen a few of my favorite mayfly - The March Browns! The reason it's my favorite hatch of the year is because it offers the fly fishermen so many different and productive ways to fly fish.

On Fishing Creek we usually start seeing the March Browns around Mother's Day and continuing into the first week of June. Water temperature near the mid-50s is necessary to trigger the start of the hatch.

brownThere are a lot of misunderstood things about the March Brown mayfly including the name itself. The name was adopted from a European mayfly that hatches in March that the early American Anglers were similar with, so they adopted the name even though our mayfly hatches in May.

In cold water you can expect to see them in late morning and early afternoon. Sizes vary from size 10 to size 12. March Brown Duns color vary from a pale yellow to a light tan. Many March Brown dry fly patterns are tied too dark to match the color we have here on Fishing Creek. The bold dark brown color on their back and legs isn't what the trout sees, but rather the light tan underbody of the mayfly.

The March Brown Dun hatch is sporadic throughout the day, which is a misconception by many fly fishermen who are excepting to see a blanket hatch that we usually see with Henderickson and other mayflies throughout the season. Seeing a heavy, steady hatch of March Browns is rare. But on occasions I have seen a steady hatch of March Browns especially on cloudy rainy days. A few years ago I woke to a rainy, dreary day and immediately decided I would not stay at work all day. By noon I finished all of the important issues and took the rest of the day off. Asked where I was going, I said fly fishing. I was quickly reminded that it was raining and I mentioned that trout don't mind water and if I was right I would have fishing stories to tell. The rain was very heavy by the time I got on the water and it was one of the best March Brown hatches I have ever fished. But don't be discouraged by the sporadic hatch because there is more to the hatch then meets the eye. Blind casting a dry fly is a very effective way to fish the March Brown hatch. I don't very often blind cast a dry fly but I will when March Browns are starting to get active. Once the hatch starts the trout are very aware of all stages of the mayfly. The nymphs are in the family of clingers and are found in riffles and fast runs. In high water the nymphs migrate from the fast water to slack areas around boulders and near the shore to hatch. Even though Duns may not be on the water the nymphs are very active swimming to these areas in preparation to emerging. Fishing a nymph or soft hackle wet fly along these areas can be very productive. The nymphs have a very wide almost flat body. I prefer a size 10 2x long hook and use the dubbing loop method for a flat body effect.  joni pyle

Another characteristic of the March Brown Dun is that it struggles in the surface film to hatch. Rainy cloudy days contribute to this and the trout have many opportunities to feed on them. Once the dun hatches it struggles on the water to dry it wings to take flight. When fishing the dry fly be sure to slightly twitch the fly to imitate the struggling dun. Fishing a March Brown emergers can sometimes be more productive then fishing the dry fly. A good imitation of a cripple or a struggling dun trying to hatch is a March Brown soft hackle. Fish it just below the surface. So when do you fish the dry fly, emerger or the nymph? To solve that problem I fish tandem flies, I use a thorax style dry fly with a March Brown nymph as my second fly or I use a March Brown emerger as the second or drop fly. If I'm not seeing duns on the water I will fish a weighted March Brown nymph with a strike indicator so I fish the nymph at the water depth that I want.

The March Brown seems to be the problem child of all the mayfly hatches. It's does a lot of goofy things from the nymphs stage to the adult stage. So it will be no surprise to you that in the spinner stage it's not quite like other mayflies. Like all mayflies when the dun lifts off the water it flies into the tree to molt. Like all mayflies after the female and males mate, the female will lay it eggs and both will die on the water as spent spinners. In the spinner stage the March Brown body is a medium brown color. (A Rusty Spinner is a great spinner to use) Evening arrives and you see March Brown spinners high in the air. As darkness approaches they are lower to the water and then POOF. Gone! Back up into trees to mate another night. Due to hatching in small numbers daily the spinner fall is a collection of spinners over a period of several days. March Browns like most mayflies can live for a long period of time in the spinner stage. It is believed by some that the male / female ratio has to matcjimh in numbers before they will mate. So if are lucky enough to be on the water to see a March Brown spinner fall it will produce an evening to remember.

Hope this helps you better understand the March Brown hatch and how to fish it and the many different ways to fly fish during the March Brown emergence period. It will give you some of the most exciting fishing opportunities of the season.

I attached a photo of my friend John R with a beautiful Rainbow Trout he caught last May on a March Brown Nymph. There were very few duns on the water that day but the nymph was the fly of the day.  

 

Most Underrated Species on Fly Gear?

Angling Trade News is running a survey. Vote and view the results below. 10 species are in the survey. You might be surprised.

https://www.anglingtrade.com/2018/05/01/angling-trade-survey-what-is-the-most-overlooked-underrated-species-anglers-can-catch-with-fly-gear/

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Thoughts of San Huberto, Hendricksons, & Books and the Electronic Age

Thoughts of San Huberto by John Marcello

John & Jane Marcello joined us on a recent trip to San Huberto and I asked him to write a little bit about the trip and share some of his photos with us.   Below are his thoughts and you can see his photos by clicking here.

 

My wife and I fished the desolate and windswept Malleo River from the very elegant Hosteria San Huberto with Cathy and Barry Beck in March.  john m

Fly fishing on the Malleo was as invigorating as I would imagine golfing at St. Andrews can be. Both storied destinations draw seasoned sportsmen and both are gloriously wild, subject to nature’s occasional reminder of the rough conditions which carved the rugged landscapes.

Strong winds and blowing rains produced more wind burns than sunburns and set the fly fishing bar a bit higher on this trip. Every good cast however was still honored with a beautiful brown or rainbow. We used a full repitoir of dries, nymphs and streamers. Large fish were in the 20 to 22 inch category and there were many of them. However, “there are monsters here” such as the kyped 28 inch brown one of our younger colleagues landed before this adventure came to an end.

Cathy and Barry are consummate hosts. The Hosteria San Huberto is comfortably elegant. Asado barbecue and Malbec are a great pair. Stories by tired fishermen at the bar following a long day never get old. The Lanin volcano sees
everything. Caracara are weird. Old guides rule. Triangular dry fly takes and explosive jumps are unforgettable. The Rio Malleo is a changeable beauty.

Altogether, a grand memory.

Hendricksons

We've waited all winter for spring (which was very late in coming) and dry fly fishing. It was worth the wait and now we are in the peak of our Hendricksons. Here is a new take on an old favorite. Join us as Tim Flagler walks us through a new version of tying the Hendrickson. And then get out and fish, the beautiful spring hatches won't last long enough!

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-parachute-hendrickson/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b066480da9-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-b066480da9-18929377

Will Books Survive the Electronic Age?

We hope so. Reflect on Steve Raymond's interesting take on the subject. Most of us share his sentiments and we may even pick up a copy of his latest book.

https://midcurrent.com/books/calm-cool-and-collected/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=82e03e176c-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-82e03e176c-18929377

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New Nikon D850, A Deliberate Life, & Stream Report

Nikon D850 Update from Barry

I can't tell you how many images I’ve made with a Nikon camera in a lifetime of shooting, but I will tell you that from the first frame out of my new Nikon D850 I knew that I was shooting with the best camera ever. The D850 is incredibly fast at nine d850frames per second with the battery grip and the En-El18b battery, and the color and clarity of the images are over the top thanks to the 46 MP CMOS sensor.

Cathy and I have just returned from a month of hosting fly fishing trips in Argentina, so I put the D850 through its paces shooting in low light to fast action situations. It’s a dream to work with this camera. We will soon take a group to Mexico where we hope to shoot jumping tarpon shots, and I look forward to also shooting action video with the D850.

If you’re serious about photography, in my opinion there has never been a better Nikon. For questions and more information, contact Jody Grober at Roberts Camera This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the Nikon D850, you’ll be glad you did.

Here's a link to a small selection of images that Barry shot with his D850 for you to check out

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A Deliberate Life

We found this video on MidCurrent. It's a very thoughtful introspective look at what makes us happy in life – really happy, content....what feeds the soul. It's about 33 minutes and it took me all afternoon to view it because I kept getting pulled away from it with other things. But, what keeps coming to my simple mind is how do they pay the rent, eat, buy gas.....

I'd love to know more about these people. Who are they? Are they guides? What is their story – beyond the video? We seriously admire each of them and would love to know how they do it.

Someone out there must know these folks, they're obviously sensitive, gentle....focused people. Please give us your thoughts. Let us know what you think. Send us a sentence or two.

It's a very well done beautiful video. Makes me want to run off and pitch a tent on the river, but maybe I'll wait until summer.....

Stream Report

Hendricksons and Blue Quills are hatching here on Fishing Creek and the weather man promises that warmer weather is on the way. Spring is late in coming, but the stream is in great shape and fishing is good. Some warmer nights will kick our hatches into high gear and we'll soon see grannom caddis join the line-up of spring hatches.

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Argentina Review, Soft Hackles, and Down & Dirty

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We spent most of March in Argentina and for most of that time we had sunny days and mild temperatures. Lots of beautiful fish were brought to net, miles and miles of exceptional trout water were fished, and many great memories made.  

Here are a few images from the three lodges we visited, Estancia Tecka, San Huberto, and the Limay River Lodge. Thanks to all of you who joined us on this amazing trip and thanks to the lodges, the incredible guides, and great staffs. We will be back next year.    Click here to view photos

 

Skip Morris on Soft Hackles

What About Soft Hackled Flies 640During the spring hatches is a perfect time to fish soft hackles. We recently gave you a short video by Simon Gawesworth at RIO where he introduces a new specialty line for swinging soft hackles and streamers (take a look back), and today we have a very good short article by renowned fly tier and author, Skip Morris, about soft hackles and fishing these flies – with a great dressing for a March Brown Spider. It's perfect timing!

https://midcurrent.com/experts/what-about-soft-hackled-flies/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97a0e3d763-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97a0e3d763-18929377

Down & Dirty

Barry is featured currently on the RIO Blog with his Down & Dirty fishing techniques. Fishing conditions aren't always what you want them to be. Here's some tips when things don't go your way.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/down-dirty

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Season Opener, Spring Guiding & Spey for Single Handed Rods

Season Opener

As you might expect, we are in high gear around here this week. Trout season opens this Saturday and it looks like we are finally going to have some warm temperatures for opening weekend. The water on Fishing Creek is in great shape, the guides have been seeing a few early black stoneflies and the others will soon follow. Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, and Grannom Caddis usually usher in the season but this year have been slow in showing, but with a couple days of warm temperatures the hatches will get going.

With early season in mind I’ve asked Jim Kukorlo, our head guide, to give us his thoughts on fishing at this time of year. 636 WINTER FLY FISHING JKThanks, Jim, for sharing these with all of us:

Early Season Fly Fishing

Traditionally with the Opening Day/Week of Trout season most streams are running high, fast and cold. This year's Early Season will certainly live up to that and then some. Today I saw some snow in spots and ice clinging to tree branches along the water edge. When the weather decides to act like it's Spring and not Winter it will still take some time for the water temperature to warm up.

So it's not surprising that I'm seeing very little insect activity. Early Black Stones are spotty and I haven't seen any caddis or mayflies to get excited about.

If you’re going out, be sure to dress for the occasion with long johns and wool socks. Don't forget fingerless gloves and hand warmers. Hand warmers are a must if you plan on fishing after releasing a trout or two. It's always a good idea to dress in layers for warmth and it's easy to take off layers as the afternoon temperatures rise. I don't mean for this to sound all dark and gloomy. Cheer up. Trout Season is here. “Let's Fish”

Nymph fishing will probably be the name of the game and there are a few things to remember when fishing in cold and fast water. The most common mistake most fly fishermen make is not fishing deep and slow enough. One rule of thumb I tell fishermen is when you think your fly is deep enough add one more split shot. I believe you are one split shot away from catching trout. Detecting a strike can be tough in these conditions too. I highly suggest to fish with a strike indicator. Even with using an indicator the strikes can be very supple. One of the most common mistakes I see fishermen make is misreading a strike. If the indicator stops or just looks funny set the hook. I have a early season fly box with heavily weighted nymphs and streamers. I use tungsten bead heads on my nymphs and on a few flies I even add some additional weight. Off color water or muddy water scares off some fly fishermen. But in this kind of water darker color nymphs work well as does a pink or brown Squiggly Wiggly Worm pattern.

For extremely high and fast water I switch to fishing streamers. A sinking tip line works best in these conditions and I prefer the RIO Streamer Tip fly line. Once again “Slow and Deep” is the name of the game. If you are not bumping off the bottom of the stream with your streamer you’re not deep enough. Use a streamer that is big and heavy and moves water when you retrieve it. Cathy's Super Bugger is my go to fly in high, fast and cold water. The last thing I change is the color. I prefer to start with darker streamers and change to lighter colors. Carry an assortment of colors in your fly box. Black, Olive, Brown, White and Yellow all can catch fish under different water conditions.

Early season conditions can be frustrating at times, but hopefully these suggestions will help you to have a more successful and enjoyable day on the water.

Spey for Single Handed Rods

For Soft Hackles & Streamers

Are you wondering what all the hype is about spey lines for single handed rods for trout fishing? Here's the short version from Simon Gawesworth at RIO. For roll casting, swinging soft hackles, fishing streamers, the new InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D, in line weights 3-8, might just be the answer. We love listening to Simon and here he tells us all about the new line. Thank you Simon & RIO.

Spring Guided Fishing

The guiding season is ramping up for us. Three of the four best months of the year for fishing are here — April, May, June & October. Fishing Creek is freestone so the summer fishing, while good, can be quite technical with low water and spooky fish. So, this is it, right now!

If you’d like to come and fish, look at your calendar and give us a call (570-925-2392). Early season fishing can be very special as these photos show.

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Season Opener Ug Special, Simple Nymph Tips & Trip Availability

Season Opener Ug Special

season specialIn keeping with the season, we're offering a special on our Ug Nymphs. This is a perfect pattern for early season fishing. Weighted to sink fast, segmented and with life-like legs, the Ug looks like a big stonefly, or anything buggy. Fish it alone, in tandem, or trailed behind a streamer, these flies work!
Regularly $2.00 each, get a baker's dozen Ugs in a good mix of online colors, all size 8.

$19.95

Limited time only. Regular shipping applies.

Click here to purchase from our online store

Simple Nymph Tips

Spring fishing can often mean cold water and lethargic fish, so nymph fishing is often the most effective way to catch fish. Nothing beats simple....yet effective. This short video clip offers some great tips for getting started in tandem nymph fishing. Thank you Stream Outdoors for a great tutorial.

Hosted Trip Availability

We currently have the following available on upcoming trips. Itineraries & pricing are on our website. 1214 GRAND SLAM 2015Please let us know if you have any questions. Hope you can join us!

May 8-13   Grand Slam Lodge, Mexico 2 rooms                                
May 13-18    Campeche Tarpon, Mexico Sold Out
June 18-28   Ireland, trout/salmon Sold Out
Aug. 3-12    Kenektok, Alaska, silvers/etc. Sold Out
Aug. 18-25    Bighorn River, Montana Sold Out
Aug. 25-9/3    Bighorn River, Montana 2 rooms
Oct. 13-20    Spain, Pyrenees, trout, 3 rooms
Dec. 1-8    Tres Valles, Argentina, trout, 2 rooms

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Grand Slam, Mexico, Get the Right Line & Wyoming's Drug Ranch

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Grand Slam, Mexico

Looking for a few days in salt water, but can't get away for a week? We've got the answer! Come along with us to Grand Slam Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen, Mexico. Timed for good weather and good fishing, May 8-13. Four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, snook and maybe baby tarpon. Excellent modern accommodations on the water, great guides, great timing. Get the details here.

 

 

Get The Right Line!

We've mentioned this before, but as spring approaches and we start checking our gear and replacing lines, be sure to check out the RIO Line Selector on their web site. Match up your rod with the perfect line. Rodline selectors from most manufacturers are represented. Having the proper line for your rod can make all the difference!  

https://www.rioproducts.com/    

 

Wyoming's Drug Ranch  

Sometimes I have to stretch to find articles that I think our readers will find interesting. Well, here's one that was news to me from the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River in northwestern Wyoming. Thanks to The Drake magazine for bringing this one to life.    eagle

http://www.drakemag.com/featured-content/daily-drake/1910-cocaine-smugglers-clarks-fork-river-property-enters-public-lands-dispute.html

 

We wish you all a blessed Easter Weekend!

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Report from Argentina, Facial Scanning & Spring Fishing Tips

Report from Argentina

Barry and Cathy are finishing up in Argentina as I write this week. They had a beautiful week of warm fall weather at Estancia Tecka the first week but the second week proved to be more difficult with wind at San Huberto. The volcano had fresh snow almost everyday and through it all, some very nice fish were caught. We will have a report from the Limay River next week, but click here to see a few shots from the first two lodges.

Check out the new rotisserie video clip.

Facial Scanning at Airportsfacial scanning

An interesting new screening process is coming to U.S. Airports. We've used it in several international airports this spring and it's fast and efficient. Read more about it here.

 

 

10 Spring Fishing Tips

1. When possible, cast down or use a reach cast so the fish see the fly before they see the fly line. Your fly line in the water will alert the fish to your presence.


2. The deeper pools will have a warmer water temperature than the riffles. In the spring trout will like these areas better. As the water warms, they will begin to spread out.


3. Water on the surface moves faster than water underneath so when fishing nymphs be sure you have enough weight to get the fly down. Consider using tungsten.


4. Don't be discouraged if you find off-color water. Fish feed often and muddy water can mean that more food is in the water and you can often get away with using larger darker flies. Pay attention to areas where muddy water is mixing with cleaner water.


5. During spring hatches when many fish are feeding, pick one and concentrate on that fish. You will catch more fish this way than by shot-gunning the water with random casts.


SPRING FLY FISHING 17506. Fish are less active when water is very cold. Slow down your retrieve when fishing streamers and be sure your fly is on the bottom. If you're not occasionally picking up debris off the bottom you may not be on the bottom. If you're hung up continuously, switch to a slightly lighter fly. 


7. Dry Dropper. When fishing a dry fly, add a dropper about 10-12 inches by using a clinch knot off the bend of the dry fly. This will increase your odds of catching fish. On a larger dry use a spring nymph like a quill gordon, Hendrickson, or march brown. On smaller flies, or if the dry is being pulled under by the nymph, switch to a small bead head pheasant tail, BWO, or caddis pupae. Slow down the cast and stop for a second longer on the back cast to prevent tangles.


8. Use the appropriate tippet size for your hook size. Generally speaking, use 3X for hook sizes 10-14; 4X for 12-16; 5X for 14-18; and 6X for 16-22. For heavier flies, err on the heavy side and for lighter, go lighter. The dropper should be a same size or one size lighter than the lead fly.


9. Stalk your fish. Wear neutral earthy colors and approach carefully from behind or downstream. Fish have very good eyesight and can readily pick up movement on the bank, especially when the water is clear.


10. When blind casting always start with short casts and then add a little line to each cast so that you cover the water near you first. Fish are often closer than you think. Learn to spot fish in the water.

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Lefty Kreh, Braided Loops & Looking Back on New Zealand

Lefty Kreh Dies

Lefty Kreh 2010 1119Lefty died Wednesday March 14th. There are many memorials on the internet but we will link two of them here. He was bigger than life and there will never be anyone else quite like him. So, this spring when the fishing is good and it's a pleasant day on the water, let's take a minute and think about how lucky we are to be where we are at that moment and whisper a prayerful “thank you Lefty”. He would like that. God Bless you Lefty.

http://www.flyfisherman.com/news/lefty-kreh/

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-obit-lefty-kreh-20171113-story.html

Braided Loops

The introduction of braided loops has certainly made attaching our leaders much easier, faster, and simpler. But as you prepare for spring fishing and examine your fly lines, you may find that the loop is showing signs of wear and needs to be replaced.

You have two choices, either buy a pack of ready-to-go braided loops or make your own. I think I'll buy mine, but even so you will find RIO's How-to-make-a-braided-loop video interesting. I don't know about you, but I find that there is always a tip or short cut or something to learn from these clips. Thank you RIO for giving us the How-To series.

We'll also include a second clip which shows attaching the braided loop to the fly line.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/rio-s-attaching-a-braided-loop

 

New Zealand in the Rearview Window

We have a few photos from our friends/clients who were on the February NZ trip to share with you. Beautiful brown trout!

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Kim Savit  Mark Savit  Sally and Matt

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