DEC
14

Images for Reflection by Barry

Images for Reflection

It's Christmas and a new year is waiting just around the corner. For Cathy and I, it's down time, no more airports or packed bags for a couple weeks. It's a special time to spend with family and friends and it's also a time of reflection, to look back through our image bank and remember the people and places along the way. Our work as trip leaders for Frontiers and an equally long time with Farbank (Sage, RIO, Redington), has given us the opportunity to photograph in some amazing locations.

Most photographers have a short list of images that have inspired them and in many ways these images have made them a  better or more appreciative photographer. We like to think of ourselves in this way. We are vLOS ROQUES9744DSC 0044Aery much aware of how truly blessed we are and with another year coming to an end, we'd like to share a few of the images that have made an impact on the way we look at others and life in general.

Children have always been a favorite subject of mine. It amazes me to see how resilient they can be especially when faced with tough times. An image that always comes to my mind is a boy playing on the beach in Los Roques, Venezuela. He studied us as we took his picture then smiled and formed a square around his face with his hands pretending to have a camera and took our picture. We later learned that he was an abused kid with drug addict parents, but that day he was just a kid like any other. We tried to locate him in later trips to the island but he had disappeared and we often wonder and hope that something good came into his life. Cathy has a picture of this boy in her office and below it is a bumper sticker which reads “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” In our trips to Africa, Mongolia, Christmas Island, and other countries we are always moved by how little people have and yet you find this amazing faith and courage to face each new day.

6279 BOLIVIA 2012The following images represent just a few of those special moments when a shutter clicks and an image is made that captures a moment in time that can change our lives. Outside our cabin door a light layer of snow has fallen, there’s a warm fire in the fireplace and winter has found us. But as we look around we know that we don't take life for granted.

Thanks for taking a look and Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

A special thanks to Frontiers, Far Bank, our photography clients, Nikon, and Delta Airlines. 

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DEC
07

Behind the Brand, Tres Valles Argentina, & Carp on Tricos

Behind the Brand

1078 SPEY CASTWe've been delighted to bring you each episode of Behind the Brand. It's been a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people who work “behind the brand” at RIO products and to get a little insight into their favorite fishing, home waters, work at RIO, and to put a face with a name.

Today is the last episode and it features Simon Gawesworth, truly the face of RIO, and we know you will enjoy “getting to know Simon” through the clip. And, if you happen to bump into him at a show or on a river somewhere, please know that you will never meet a nicer person.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/behind-the-brand-simon-gawesworth?play=true&utm_source=RIO+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c1e23aaed5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_28_BTB_SG&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1049359efc-c1e23aaed5-85110573

Report from Tres Valles, Argentina

We heard from Barry and Cathy who are with a group at Tres Valles this week, and they are having a great week of warm spring weather and good fishing. The rivers are in great shape and there is still a lot of snow on the mountains so it looks good for the season ahead.

Here are a few photos   

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Carp on Tricos

Browse through the Sage blog for lots of interesting stories and information, among which currently is our blog piece, Carp on Tricos.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/carp-on-tricos

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NOV
30

Contest Entries, Think Tropical, & The Fly Fishing Show Schedule

Short Stories
(from the contest)

West Branch Fishing Creek BC BECK IMAGE04For the next couple of weeks we're featuring a couple of entries from our recent Short Fishing Story Contest. Stanley Cole and Renee Fitts took the grand prize and runner-up last week.  Here are this week's features.  Thanks to all who participated and we hope you all enjoy these as much as we did!

From Walt Paskey

One summer when my daughter was old enough, maybe five, to wade a stream I introduced her to fly fishing. The Yellow Breeches is within walking distance and there is a meadow pathway along the stream that leads to the best pools. My fondest fishing memory has my daughter chasing butterflies in that meadow while breaking into song: "Zippity do-da zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day". I still frequent that meadow on my way to some favorite fishing spots and always give a whistle....you can guess: Zippity do-da.

From Sandy Noyes

We were off the beach in Charlestown ,RI. Looking for bonito. The fog was thick and we only had about 100 feet of visibility. At the same time we heard someone calling for help. We found a diver that lost sight of land and had become disoriented. We threw him a line and towed him to the beach about 100 yards away. Soon after the fog lifted. We heard a loud snort and looked in time to see a large sperm whale breach about a quarter mile away from us. It was the brown version of Moby Dick.

Think Tropical!

May 8-18, 2018, will find us once again at Grand Slam Lodge and Tarpon Bay, Mexico. Join us for 4 days of flats fishing at Grand Slam, near Punta Allen, and four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche. We've combined our two favorite kinds of shallow water fishing into one departure, but anglers can choose to do either or both.1218 GRAND SLAM 20152SM

Recently opened Grand Slam Lodge is located on the beach at Punta Allen, and offers six spacious beachfront villas each with two king beds, air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity and satellite TV. The main lodge features the Kai restaurant with a covered beachfront deck, bar and lounge area. The lodge (with pool) is designed for kicking back and relaxing after fishing.

For our four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche, we will be guests of the Ocean View Hotel, 15 minutes from the airport and 3 minutes from the dock. Restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. Campeche was designated as a UNESSCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to the many historic landmarks. It's an interesting colonial town.

For additional information, prices and photo galleries go to
http://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/hosted-travel/2018/campeche-grand-slam-mexico

 

Mark Your Calendar:

Here's the line-up for the 2018 Fly Fishing Only shows:

Denver, CO January 5, 6 & 7. Denver Mart
Marlborough, MA January 19, 20 & 21. Royal Plaza
Edison, NJ January 26, 27 & 28. NJ Convention & Expo Center
Atlanta, GA February 2 & 3. Infinite Energy Center
Lynnwood, WA February 17 & 18. Lynnwood Convention Center
Pleasanton, CA February 23, 24 & 25. Alameda County Fairgrounds
Lancaster, PA March 3 & 4. Lancaster County Convention Center

For more information: http://flyfishingshow.com/

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NOV
21

Contest Winner & America's Favorite Flies

Contest Winner

We have a winner; Congratulations to Stanley Cole. Brooke, Susie and Rebecca all said it was very hard to select only oneWest Branch Fishing Creek BC BECK IMAGE04 winner and actually they couldn’t do it and asked to be allowed to choose a runner-up.  They chose Renee Fitts, congratulations to Renee. Today we give you both of these stories and we will share all the entries with you over the next few weeks. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

From Stanley Cole:

As one can imagine, one of my most memorable times fishing was the first time I put my prosthetic feet in the water. I can't explain the feeling it gave me that sunny spring day. It was in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. I just knew if I could get to the water I would be able to catch fish. So, excited and scared with fly rod in hand off i went through the woods. I still get that feeling and chills every time I step into a run and throw my flies. I would like to thank all my mentors and friends that continue to make this possible for me and my loving and understanding wife.

From Renee Fitts:

As a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing I spent a day with a PTSD veteran young enough to be my son, wading and fishing a small river. He learned to cast a little and read the water, to tie a clinch knot. We talked about boxing and fishing and the weather. At the end of the day we walked out of the river to our cars. He turned to me and said, “I didn’t know life could be like this.” To have made a difference in his life that day will always be my most memorable fishing experience.

America’s Favorite Flies

By John Bryan and Rob Carter

bookThis book is a whopper: more than 235 contributors, 656 pages, oversize, full color throughout. It is the result of endless hours of amazing dedication and work by the editors, contributors, special essayists, artists, and designers. All without financial compensation so that 100% of the profits can be given to organizations that help make our fisheries and waters healthier.

Let us all do our part to help make this wonderful project a great success!

Order your copy today. www.americasfavoriteflies.com

 

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NOV
16

Contest Time, Flying without a Valid ID, & RIO Saltwater Lines

Contest Deadline is Tuesday!

We extended our deadline a few days. Don't forget to send us your “most memorable” fishing experience in 100 words or less. Funny, serious, feel-good, or anything else. We've got some great stories, send us yours! Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Think you can fly without a Valid ID?

Read about this guy's experience.

http://angelinatravels.boardingarea.com/2017/11/13/how-to-fly-without-a-valid-id/?utm_source=BoardingArea&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=BA_Email_Nov15

Plans for a Saltwater Trip?

DirectCore Flats Pro is the newest addition to the RIO family of lines. This new saltwater fly line is built on an amazing new low-stretch, low-memory core that is easy to pull our memory and stays dead straight on the water. Don't believe it? Check it out here. Available now so make sure you have one in your gear bag!    RIO SALT

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NOV
09

Pablo Sarocco Video, Best Duffles & Contest Fun!

Pablo Sarocco

Everyone loves a good video. Our friend and guide, Nico Baldeschi, put us onto Pablo Sarocco's work last year in Argentina. Take a look, the rising fish footage is really good and the clip will make you want to be there.

What abest expedition duffel patagonia sre the Best Duffles?

Joe Jackson (Outside) tests brand name duffles we all recognize (Patagonia, Northface, Fishpond, etc.) for waterproofness, durability, and usability. From the car wash to the hot tub to dragging them behind his car on a dirt road and other tests, here are the results.....you might be surprised.  https://www.outsideonline.com/2103221/what-are-best-duffel-bags  

 

Good-to-know Steelhead Tipsriologo

Click here for 4 Simple Tips from RIO   

 

Contest Fun

We thought it would be fun to have you give us your “most memorable” fishing experience in 100 words obuggerr less. It can be funny, serious, feel-good, or anything else. Entries will be judged by the non-angling girls in our office and will be announced in next week's blog. Winner gets to choose a RIO line of his or her choice and a super bugger selection. Have fun and join in! Send entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Tuesday     11/14.

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NOV
02

Recap on Spain, New Take on an Old Tie, & The Last Cast

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We've always thought the prettiest place to be in the fall is right here in the northeast and while we still think that, we now have a runner-up – the Pyrenees in Spain. With lodging and meals in the quaint rural mountain village of Aren and fishing reaching out from there in all directions, fall in this part of the world is a very special experience. Enjoy a few of our favorite images and consider joining us in 2018.

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View a sample itinerary.

New Take on an Old Tie

Planning to tie Clouser minnows this winter? Take a look at Tim Flagler's video using craft fur. Pretty interesting, an excellent video clip too.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-craft-fur-clouser/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dd3282dba5-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-dd3282dba5-18929377

The Last Cast

In today's busy world it's hard to slow down long enough to enjoy a few paragraphs of a fishing story, and I admit that I started out by rushing through the first paragraph more speed reading than anything else. But I slowed down thinking to myself that this was pretty good and if I just allowed myself I could transition to the time and place Jeff Galbraith describes. Force yourself to take a long two minutes to read without zipping through. It's a real treat. Thank you Jeff and Sage for bringing this to us.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/trout-season?utm_source=MidCurrent&utm_medium=display&utm_content=SeasonTrout-300x250&utm_campaign=Season

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This may be our last chance to get out and enjoy late fall fishing before winter sets in. We still have November days available for guiding and it looks like mild weather is going to stay for awhile.  
Pick a day and come fish with us.

Contest Time

We're putting our heads together and will announce a trivia contest starting soon. Stay tuned for the details. It's sure to be lots of fun and we'll have some great prizes, too.

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OCT
19

Update from Spain, Caring for your Fly Line, & The Albie Hunters

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We heard from Barry and Cathy who are with a group fishing in Spain. The fishing is good and the weather is spectacular in the Pyrenees. Non-anglers and anglers are having lots of fun.  

Caring for Your Fly Line 

For many anglers, it's the end of the season. Among other things like re-proofing your raincoat, checking your rods for any needed attention or repairs, cleaning reels and setting back the drags, replenishing your fly boxes, and so forth, here is a good suggestion from RIO Products on how to clean your fly lines:

The Albie Hunters


Spend some time in Captain Sandy Noyes' boat hunting false albacore off the coast of Stonington, CT, and you quickly realize that this guy knows his stuff. A couple weeks ago we had a couple of amazing days with Sandy & his wife, Gail, (who is as crazy about it as Sandy). We never fished for albies before but knew the fish as a hard fighting saltwater species. We had set aside time in the fall, 2016, when a family illness canceled the trip. Then in September a hurricane made us cancel. Finally two weeks ago Sandy called and said the albies were still around.
We quickly packed and five hours later we were in Mystic, CT. We spent two days casting ten weights and catching our first false albacore. We have to say it's a hoot and Sandy knows his water like no one else. In short, if you like chasing a razor fast saltwater gamefish that's busting bait and will immediately put you into the backing, then this fish is for you. Fall is the season and you may have to go without much notice. Let Sandy know and he will call when the albies show up. Some years the fish stay for a few weeks and other years for a couple months. Just drop everything and go. You'll be so glad you did.


Captain Ralph “Sandy” Noyes
www.rumrunnerguideservice.com
Bass – Bluefish – Bonito – False Albacore
(860) 886-9212

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OCT
12

Fall Guiding, Story of the Brown Trout, & Tips from Global Rescue

All anglers here in the northeast are happy again since we are now getting long awaited for rain!

Streams are coming up, fish are moving, and fall is definitely here. Here are a couple photos from the guides this week.

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The story of the Brown Troutbrowntrout

 Almost wherever you roam in the world as you fly fish for trout you will find brown trout. How did this fish get to be in so many places? There are stories in many books about stocking and having to dump trout eggs and fry in streams across the globe when ice or energy ran out. Here is the short version by Alex Ford via MidCurrent and Amberjack:

https://journal.amberjack.com/2016/08/how-brown-trout-got-to-america/

 

An Active Shooter Situation

 With the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, it is apparent that we must be smarter and better prepared than ever before should we find ourselves in an similar emergency situation. Without overacting, we   can try to be prepared to make decisions that may save our life.    

Please read the following message from Global Rescue, take note, and pass it around. We hope you never have to use these suggestions. I like to think of it in the same light as having a fire extinguisher handy.....

https://www.globalrescue.com/personal/blog/detail/Las-Vegas-Active-shooters-crowds-stay-safe/

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28

Teaching Kids to Fly Fish, Yeti It, & RIO's How to Fish a Streamer

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Last week we had Matthew Swartz and a rainbow he caught on Fishing Creek with his dad. This week we came across a short 5-point story by Kirk Deeter, Teaching Kids to Fly Fish: The Five Golden Rules. Great read....and good tips.

https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/teaching-kids-to-fly-fish-the-five-golden-rules  


Yeti It

Okay, so maybe I’m a slow learner but I can recall the first time I saw a Yeti cooler. It was in a local hardware store and I remember the sticker shock. I also remember thinking that my old Coleman works just fine. About three weeks later I was in Holbox, Mexico, fishing with Sand Flea, a local outfitter, and he's standing on a Yeti cooler. I said something about the Yeti and he replied, “What? you don't have one?” And then a while after that I was on the Bighorn river in Montana with outfitter, Matt McMeans, and of course there’s a Yeti in the boat. I made a comment and Matt stares at me and quips, “You don't have one?”

I got home from the Bighorn and friend Ross Purnell, editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine, showed up for a few days of fishing 33 SUSQUHANNA RIVERand in the back of his truck is a Yeti. I couldn't help it, so I asked if he thought they were really that good. You guessed it, Ross said, “You don't have one?” I shook my head. Well, I guess he made a few calls because a couple weeks later a Yeti showed up on our porch, so I tried it. At the end of a long hot summer day, it was still full of ice. I was amazed but was blown away when the next morning, and the next, the Yeti still had most of the ice. Well, the old Coleman is now used for storage in the barn and I currently own three different Yeti coolers and two Yeti tumblers which, incidentally, keeps our coffee hot for hours.

Our truck now sports a Yeti decal and when someone asks about a Yeti, well, you can guess what my answer is.

How To Fish A Streamer

Streamers are effective flies to fish in any season. In a recent How-to episode from RIO, Russ Miller gives us some good tips to try when fishing these flies. With fall and cooler water just around the corner, these tips will be useful.

RIO's How-to Series

2018 Beck Hosted Trips

January 11-21 Estancia De los Rios, Chile (trout)
February 5-21 South Island, New Zealand (trout)
March 3-10 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
March 11-17 Estancia San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
March 17-24 Limay River Lodge, Argentina (trout)
May 8-18 Grand Slam/Tarpon Club, Mexico (baby tarpon, snook,bonefish, permit, etc.)
June (TBA) Ireland (trout)
August 3-12 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, trout, char, salmon)
August 18-25 Bighorn River, Week #1 (trout)
August 25-Sept. 2 Bighorn River, Week #2 (trout)
October (TBA) Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
December 1-8 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

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