Barry and Cathy Beck's Blog

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APR
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Ug Nymph & Salt Season

Barry's thoughts on the Ug Nymph

ugA few years back we were floating the Limay River in Patagonia and not having much luck. The water was a perfect level with good clarity and temperature, but for three hours we had not put a fish in the boat. Our guide, Nico, opened up his fly box and pulled out a fly he called the Ug. We knew the fly by another name although we had never fished it. One look at the fly and you realize how simple it is, a lot of rubber legs, a chenille body and weighted. Well, it saved our day then and it has many times since that day on the Limay. The Ug has produced some extraordinary fish here on Fishing Creek as well as other trout waters throughout the world.  0389 LIMAY RIVER 2017

It works best fished deep with a dead drift technique. It certainly looks like a giant stone fly nymph or, in a darker color, a helgramite. That said, it also works on Susquehanna small mouth. If you like fishing nymphs and looking for big fish, this is a must have fly pattern in your fly box.

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Salt Season

While we're knee deep in trout season here at home, we can't help but daydream about our Belize trip coming up quickly in early May. Sage has recently released a new Saltwater Campaign and we're happy to bring you the first segment.1191 GRAND SLAM 2015

If you've chased permit across the flats, you will love to read Tom Bie's perspective on permit, bones, and snook. It's easy reading. Enjoy.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/salt-season    

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APR
13

Spain, Opening Day, & Argentina Recap

Eastern Pyrenees, Spain
October 14-21, 2017

02094SPAIN 2015 We recently received a video clip from our outfitter, Ivan Tarin, in Spain which we'd like to share with you. It reminds us that Spain is about so much more than fishing. Yes, you can fish everyday if you wish, but there is also opportunity to visit medieval ruins, ancient villages and monasteries, vineyards, and castles. And the best part? You can combine lunch at the vineyard or a stop at the ruins with a day of fishing. Spain is also a wonderful destination for non anglers. Enjoy the video and consider joining us in October. Click here for more information.

Season Opens April 15

DSC 0022 1The season opens here this Saturday and Fishing Creek is in great shape. After lots of snow melt and rain in the last month, things have settled down and we're looking at a beautiful spring day to bring in the season. Flies are hatching, fish are hungry, and we'rDSC 0024e all excited! 

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Argentina Recap

We had an amazing trip to Argentina traveling with four groups and visiting four estancias. We started out in Esquel and our first week was at Estancia Tres Valles with amazing late fall fishing. From there we traveled north to Estancia San Huberto with 5 days on the beautiful Malleo spring creek. After the Malleo, we visited historic Estancia Quemquemtreu but found dirty water on the Collon Cura and had to quickly change plans by finding interesting fishing on the lagoons (gorgeous browns) and the QQ spring creek.We finished up with 3 days of fishing on the famous Limay looking for a trip fish, and found a few. The Limay doesn't give up many fish, but what you get may be measured in pounds instead of inches. Our departure was bitter sweet. We love home, but we can't wait to return to Argentina.

We thank everyone who traveled with us.   

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APR
06

Cathy Checks In

Cathy checks in

RIO MALLEO 2017 1067Hi from San Huberto on the Malleo River in Patagonia. We’ve had an amazing two weeks of fishing, last week at Tres Valles, near Esquel, and this week at San Huberto. It’s late summer here and the weather has been warm and sunny everyday. We put our raincoats on one afternoon for a shower and otherwise it’s been shirt sleeves. The lakes in the Rio Pico area gave up some huge fish in the 28” - 32” class and ranging from 14-16 pounds, fishing on the rivers was non-stop and lots of fun and here on the Malleo spring creek, we’ve had a week of dry/dropper fishing with lots of rainbows and browns and the occasional 17-21” fish. It’s been an amazing trip.   RIO MALLEO 2017 2394

 

 

The Travel Insider

Cathy subscribes to a travel newsletter called The Travel Insider. We thought you would find this man's experience worth the read.

Unaccountable Pilots 

So, a passenger on a flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu felt cold, which prompted him to ask the flight attendant for a blanket.

The flight attendant agreed to provide a blanket, but said that Hawaiian Airlines would charge $12 to sell him the blanket. (Note that on Hawaiian website, they appear to show that a blanket and pillow together can be purchased for $10).

Whatever the actual amount the man was asked to pay (most reports of the incident are saying $12), this upset the man and he said he would like to discuss the policy of selling blankets rather than being loaned one for free, with an appropriate airline executive. Apparently he complained about being cold and felt that if the airline was going to run its planes cold, it should provide blankets.

The flight attendant obliged, and arranged for the man, in mid-flight, to speak to some staff member, probably at the airline’s head office in Honolulu. During the course of the discussion, the passenger said, as part of complaining of the airline’s blanket selling policy that ‘he would like to take someone behind the woodhouse for this’. The pilot overheard the comment, and so, in a tour-de-force virtuoso display of command decision making, did the obviously only logical thing in response.

Which was, alas, to turn the plane round, spend time dumping fuel off the coast, then do an emergency landing back at LAX, calling for police and FBI agents to be at the gate to take the man into custody for endangering the safety of the entire flight. The 66 yr old passenger was duly ‘escorted off the flight’ by police while the rest of the passengers were ‘on lock down’.
After interviewing the hapless man and crew members, neither the airport police nor the FBI felt any need to press charges. Apparently uttering that phrase is not the same as a threat to endanger the safety of the plane – who knew? Clearly not the pilot. But, noting the probable $12,000 or greater cost to the airline for the ’emergency diversion’ and fuel dumping, to say nothing of the inconvenience (the flight ended up in Honolulu four hours late) to about 250 passengers on board, a police spokesman said that if it was him, he’d probably have bought the blanket himself and given it to the man.

The man took a later flight to Honolulu.
Don’t we as passengers have the right to demand some common sense on the part of our pilot? Doesn’t the pilot have an obligation to his passengers to do all he safely can to get the plane to its destination more or less on time, and an obligation to his company to not waste five-figure sums after a mild-mannered 66 yr old man complained about having to buy a blanket because the plane was cold (ummm, how about offering simply to increase the heat onboard a bit)?

The person arrested at LAX should be the pilot, on charges of criminal stupidity.

The author's suggestion for the pilot might be a bit harsh, but what has happened to commonsense?

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MAR
28

10 Tips on Fishing Nymphs & Requirements of a Stream Trout

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1. Make sure your fly (flies) are getting down to where the fish are. If it's spring time and the water is high and cold, you may have to add split shot. If you're not picking up leaves and dirt on the bottom, you're not on the bottom.


2. Fish two nymphs. The first fly you tie on should be the heavier and bigger of the two. Start with something like a size 12 bead head hare's ear and with a cinch knot attach a 14” section of tippet onto the back of the hook. To the other end attach a size 14 or 16 caddis pupa, scud, or smaller nymph, this is your dropper. Refer back to #1.


3. Use a strike indicator or a RIO indictor line. Think about the position of the strike indicator and the approximate depth of the water. The indicator controls how deep the flies will be. If the indicator is too far up the leader you'll miss the strike and you will be hung up a lot. If it's too far down the leader it will hold the flies off the bottom. Experiment with different indicator positions.


4. Experiment with different kinds of strike indicators. Whether you decide on yarn, Styrofoam, balloons or plastic, each will ride a little differently on the water. The plastic balloon type will float better with heavier nymphs. If the water is clear a smaller lighter yarn indicator is best. You don't want to spook or alert the fish when it lands on the water.


5. Check your flies often and slow down your cast. With two flies, a strike indicator, and split shot on your leader your chances of getting a tangle will increase. Check also to make sure the bottom fly does not tangle on the dropper line.


6. If you find a wind knot in your leader, get rid of it.


7. False cast as little as possible. If you keep your flies wet they will sink faster and the more you cast the easier it is to get a tangle.


8. Experiment with different fly patterns, sizes, split shot, and indicator placement until you find the right combination for the right water on the day you're fishing.


9. Be aware of what is going on around you. Learn your hatches. If it is time for March Browns to hatch, a March Brown nymph is a good choice.


10. There are exceptions to every rule – be flexible.

Here's a link to our store where we've got lots of great flies to help you fill your fly box.

And speaking of nymphs, here's a link to the latest segment of RIO's How-To series, How to Fish a Nymph and Indicator.

Requirements of a Stream Trout

We found an interesting excerpt from Jim McLennan's book on what is needed for a healthy trout stream. Food for thought as we anticipate spring and trout season. While the book is based on streams in Alberta, Canada, the requirements for a healthy trout stream are the same everywhere. We hope you enjoy it.  Click here to read the article

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MAR
21

Sili-Legs Sale, Belize Opening, & PA Streams

Sili-legs Sale

Our last order of Sili-Legs bonefish flies came in with the wrong heads so we're putting them on sale.
Instead of bead chain eyes, they have small barbell eyes so they are not as pictured or described in our store. Other than being a little tad heavier, they are tied beautifully   sililegsale

Chartreuse or Tan. Size 6.

Order Here While Supply Lasts

$1.25 each (Reg. $2.00)

 

Belize River Lodge
May 6-13

Thinking about a warm tropical destination with bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon? We've still got one room (1 or 2 persons) available at Belize River Lodge, May 6-13, 2017. Lots of species including a chance at big tarpon. It can be some pretty amazing fishing. View the photos and then call Frontiers and join the fun!

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Protect Pennsylvania's Streams

Spring fly fishing1159Penn Future is urging the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission to take action on the upcoming PFB&C vote that, if successful, would protect 146 of our state's cleanest streams and home to many wild trout populations. Read more, get involved, and sign the petition. With enough public support, streams throughout the state will be protected from development and other industrial uses tha could threaten water quality and trout populations. www.pennfuture.org

 

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MAR
08

Thoughts on Streamers, Reading the Gauges & Up Jeep Creek

Barry's Thoughts on Streamers

streamerMy rule on streamers is: They can save the day and I put a lot of faith in that rule. I know that everyone enjoys an insect hatch and rising fish but what if the stream is off color because of rain or snow run-off? Perhaps it's early morning and no sign of a hatch or rising fish? Or the water is high and cold, as in early season? The list goes on, but one thing is certain – if you fish streamers you can cover a lot of water and, in my opinion, streamers produce bigger fish. Big trout don't usually grow big on a diet of small insects. Streamers provide the angler with the perfect search-type fly which generally imitates a small baitfish, crayfish or sculpin minnow – something that a larger trout will want to eat. A meal.

Most of the time I like to fish streamers with an across and down stream presentation. Retrieve speeds are important, if you have super cold water temperatures the trout may be lethargic and sitting on the bottom so it's important to get your fly down to them. Keep your rod tip low and close to the water surface. Learn to slip strike by setting the hook with your line hand. If you have a strike and miss the fish you have only moved the fly a few inches and the trout has the opportunity to pursue the fly again. If you set the hook by lifting the rod tip you pull the fly up and out and the game is over. And, make sure you have the best line for the job. A favorite of mine is the RIO Outbound short. It turns over large streamers easily and comes in a variety of sink tips to get your streamers down.

Super Buggers continue to be my go to fly; black for off-color water, tan or olive if the stream has a crayfish population. After that fur leech patterns in white, black or olive; and articulated streamers are always in my fly box. If the pattern is not producing, change patterns. Make sure your fly is down where the fish are and vary your retrieves. Fish your streamers with confidence and you may catch that fish of a lifetime.

Shop for streamers & other flies here

Reading the Gauges

This piece comes to us from MidCurrent and is a topic that we all hear about, but can everyday fluctuations in fish catching be triggered by a morning-to-afternoon change in pH? Boots Allen gives us some interesting information on this old but still very important subject. Worth reading.

http://midcurrent.com/science/reading-the-gauges-ph-levels/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=f0aebda8a8-MidCurrent_March_8_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-f0aebda8a8-18929377

Up Jeep Creek

We stumbled across this video and do you know what we like best about it? Well, the star is not a young rearing-to-go young guy. We think you might relate. Anyway, it doesn't teach or make you a better fisherman, it's just nice to watch. Enjoy.

TECKA 2017 2563And as promised, here are the links to the photo galleries of Barry & Cathy's most recent trip to Argentina. 

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MAR
02

1 Room in Belize, Looking Back at Argentina, & How to Mend

1 Room Left for Belize

May 6-13, Belize River Lodge. Join us for a week of tarpon, permit, and bonefish. 1 Room for 1 or 2 people. This trip is scheduled for big migratory tarpon which pass through at this time of year, but there are always baby and juveniles around – a lot of fun on a fly rod. Permit, bones, jacks, and other species too. Check it out and come along.

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The Rearview Mirror

We got back a couple days ago from Laguna Verde (aka Jurassic Lake) and Estancia Tecka, in Argentina. sm0 9Had amazingly huge fish at Jurassic, as hoped for, with the biggest being 20+ caught by Jan Georing and lots of fish in the 12-14 pound class. We had all kinds of weather – wind, calm, rain, sun, hot, cold. It is an amazing place!  

lg2TECKA 2017 3202Then we traveled to Estancia Tecka and fished the lovely Tecka River, Corcovado River, and small lakes on the 435,000 acre merino sheep ranch. Stayed at the historic early 1900s ranch house and enjoyed a week of mostly dry fly fishing, good weather, good fishing, and of course, good wines.

 

The more we see of Argentina, the more we love it. Keep it on your bucket list.  If you'd like to see more photos, next week we'll share a link to our gallery folder.   lg3TECKA 2017 2640

How To Mend

We are happy to announce the next installment in RIO's How To series. Mending is so critical in allowing the fly to float or drift at the proper speed and to delay as much as possible the point in which the fly drags and you have to re-cast. Russ Miller not only shows up how to mend correctly, but also how NOT to mend. It's helpful and informative. We hope you enjoy it.



 

 

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FEB
21

Bighorn Fishing, Mayfly Spinners, Two-Handed Season

Availability on the Bighorn

BH collage 2We still have a few rooms left on our 30th annual trip to the Bighorn River in August for what might be the most incredible dry fly fishing you've ever seen. In recent years the trico fishing has been amazing and we expect a repeat in 2017. Float the river in comfortable skiffs and get out to fish the productive runs, pools, and side channels. Check out the video clip. For prices, dates & details.

 

 

Featured Fly: Mayfly SpinnersMay fly spinner 05A

Mayfly spinners are incredibly important to a fly fisherman who enjoys matching the hatch. The final stage of the adult mayfly mates in the air often high above the water until finally both male and females come to the waters surface and after egg laying by the females, both lay spent on the surface with their cellophane-like wings out to the side. Most of the spinner falls happen in the last hour or two of light and they can provide a feeding frenzy with trout quick to take advantage of the massive numbers of insects. Like most rules in fly fishing, there are exceptions though, for example the early morning trico spinner falls. But whenever you encounter a spinner fall you want to be prepared with a hatch matching imitation.Slate drake spinner 08 

We have two favorite spinner designs that we fish with. The first was made popular by the late Vincent Marino who believed that the spent hackle wing was the perfect imitation – and we agree on water that is flat and smooth. But on faster rougher water we like the poly wing spinner which floats better under those conditions. We offer both to imitate the major eastern hatches. Click here to go to our store.

 

Two-Handed Season

sage1 Are you a subscriber to the Sage blog? Two Handed Season is a beautiful piece written about, well – you guessed it – two handed rods. If you love steelhead season and this type of fishing (and even if you don't), I think you'll enjoy the story and the photographs. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe. You won't want to miss the next issue.

http://www.sageflyfish.com/two-handed-season

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FEB
09

Africa Opportunity, New Flies & Winter Fishing

1 Spot to Share in Africa

We have a unique opportunity for one lucky woman. A good friend of ours has reserved a spot on our east Africa safari this summer (July 27-Aug.12), and is hoping for another woman to join her to share the accommodation. This is the very last spot on this exceptional safari, timed for the Great Migration. Without a doubt, a trip of a lifetime. For prices, dates & details.

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The Family is Growing!

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We're adding 3 new colors to the Super Bugger Family. Always a popular streamer wherever trout and smallmouth are found, we're excited to add yellow, chartreuse, and white to our long time standards of olive, black and tan. In stock and ready to go! Go to store.

 

*A Winter Diehard Talks*

Our guest blog this week is from our friend and neighbor, Jared, one of the most serious fishermen we know. Enjoy.

 

Winter Fishing  'A Window of Opportunity'  By Staskiel

When Cathy Beck asked me to write about my experiences with winter fly fishing, it quickly drew a clear recollection of how I fell in love with fishing during what amounts to the years harshest conditions. I was a younger man at the time, still sporting skin tight neoprene waders, boots tied with lashed together laces from random tennis shoes, these were the fish bum- budget days. I recall having just recieved my tax return, so like any other American patriot, I needed to help out local business, more specifically, purchasing a new fly rod.


I remember telling the fly shop owner he must think I was crazy heading out in 18 degree weather to try my new prize out, but to my surprise, he said "No, not at all!" He sent me on my way with the bare essentials, a pat on the back,
and somehow the rest seemed to fall into place. It's like anything else in life, what seems intimidating or daunting, seems 2unenjoyable, the fishing that cold afternoon simply was anything but that. That day a friend and I had our best catch rate of our lives, it just seemed like the fish wanted to eat anything and everything.  And like most best experiences we have in fishing, when I close my eyes, I can see see those brown trout in that emerald green central PA limestone water.  DSC 6124flat

As years past, more pieces of the puzzle began to come together with regard to fishing during the winter months. Key elements are of course the usual, dress appropriately, rig for deep slow drifts, usually in more drab colored presentations, but most importantly look for that 'window' as my friends and I call it here in central PA, that is, the time of the day when trout tend to be most active. During the winter months, this often occurs during the suns peak angle, and
thus, stream temperature. There is a big misconception that fish will not eat if the water temperature is below 42F. It's my opinion, that fish catch rate seems to increase more precisely with the rate and speed  that the water warms
throughout the period of a day, not the actual ambient temperature. Pay close attention to the shallow tailouts and inlets to deeper pools, these areas can act as staging areas for very large trout to bask in the mid winter sun. Some of my largest winter trout have been taken in exceptionally shallow waters, on exceptionally sunny and cold days.

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If there is any key determining factor to lean on while winter fishing, attempt to determine your local waters best window of opportunity, once you accomplish that, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.  

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FEB
02

Farbank President Moves On, Winter Fly Fishing & Fly Fishing Show Season

Farbank President Moves On

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Travis Campbell, president of Farbank Enterprises for 8 years, has accepted a position at Smart Wool. Travis is a long time employee with Farbank, owner of the Sage/Redington/RIO brands. He will be missed by all of us. Good luck with your move and your new position, Travis. Read More.

 

Winter Fly Fishing

We found an interesting perspective and short story in MidCurrent by Michigan guide, Tom Hazleton, on winter fishing. We hope you enjoy it. We're having a mild winter here in Pennsylvania – a good winter to continue fishing.  2010 Winter fly fishing0682

http://midcurrent.com/techniques/walking-the-line/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97a2dbd9e1-MidCurrent_January_25_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97a2dbd9e1-18929377

Fly Fishing Show Season

It was great to see so many of our readers and friends at the Somerset, NJ, Fly Fishing Show over the weekend. Unlike many years, the show had great weather and no interference from play-off or Super Bowl games, so we enjoyed record attendance and lots of new interest in tackle. The star player in the Sage booth was the new "X" rod. RIO was busy helping anglers match proper lines, explain tapers, weights, presentation, spey, etc. Of course, Redington was showing new waders, boots, rods & reels. The show is an excellent opportunity to see new products, ask questions, and to test rods. Thank you to everyone who attended.

The Fly Fishing Show moves to Atalanta, GA, this weekend, Friday & Saturday. If you're in the area, stop by. For location, hours, presentations, and seminars, go to flyfishingshow.com

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JAN
25

Introducing a new fly & Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend

Orange Butt Shrimp

As you read here earlier in the month, this is our newest nymph pattern and is now available in our store. We've fished the Orange Butt Shrimp in lots of places (and lots of countries) and it continues to amaze us. We think that it DSC 0663cropshould be in every trout fly box. Weighted with a copper tungsten bead head, it looks shrimpy, buggy, and realistic.  

Available in sizes 10, 12, 14

$2.25 each
6 or more $2.00

 

Somerset, NJ, Fly Fishing Show

Sage boothDon't forget the Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend at the Garden State Convention Center. Friday 9:00 – 6:00, Saturday 8:30 – 6:00, Sunday 9:00 – 4:30. It's the world's largest fly fishing only show. Loaded with exhibitors, seminars, casting & tying demonstrations, destinations and classes. Details at flyfishingshow.com. We'll see you there!  

 

Keystone Fly Fishing

Jay Nichols, Headwater Books, has published a comprehensive book on fishing our Keystone state. He has coordinated and relied on authors, guides, fly tiers, and local experts from every fishing corner of the state. Although Pennsylvania is heavy on trout fishing, Jay has also included smallmouth bass, steelhead, and others. You'll get locations, maps, fly suggestions, fishing suggestions and lots more along with beautiful photography. Available from the Angling Book Store or at the Author's Booth at the Somerset Show, or your local shop. $29.95. 586 pages.
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JAN
17

Beck's Online Store & Upstream or Downstream Mend?

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We started out January with a couple weeks of technical problems with the web site, we're still working on that, but at least now I can now focus on new fly patterns for the store. We're expanding the fly selection to include more mayflies, caddis, terrestrial patterns, nymphs, soft hackles, emergers and streamers. When we're done with freshwater, we'll start working on our saltwater section. From time to time we'll be featuring a fly pattern in the blog. We invite you to check in now and then over the next couple of months to see what's new.

http://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/store-shop-online

 

Upstream or Downstream Mend?

Here is an short piece on mending line. Phil Monahan, former Alaskan guide and long-time editor of American Angler Magazine gives us tips on how to know which direction we should mend the line to achieve a longer drag free drift. Remember when you're making the mend, to be careful that you don't move the fly or you will create tension by straightening the leader which will result in drag at the fly. Having slack in the cast, to be used when you make the mend, will help prevent this situation.

http://midcurrent.com/experts/mending-upstream-or-down/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=98f0e89b68-MidCurrent_November_30_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-98f0e89b68-18929377

 

Somerset Fly Fishing Show


Don't forget the Somerset Show coming up January 27, 28, 29, at the Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ. This is the biggest fly fishing show in the world and there are tons of things to see — presentations, lots of fly tiers, classes, exhibits from manufacturers and distributors, destinations, products, tackle, tackle and more tackle! We'll be at the Sage booth. Stop by and say hello. For Details:   http://flyfishingshow.com/somerset-nj/

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JAN
10

RIO's How To Series, Fly Contest Winner, & Trout Land Video

RIO's How TO Series

A few weeks back we announced RIO's new video series called, "How To". We introduced the first video which was Simon Gawesworth and techniques for "Soft Hackles". Very interesting and informative. We were in Argentina at the time and somehow missed the release of the second video, RIO's Russ Miller talking about "Setting the Hook," so we encourage you to take a few minutes to view it if you haven't seen it. You'll have an opportunity at the end of the new third release featuring Simon again with "Learning the Double Haul," another informative and very useful segment. Going forward, we'll try to be better about announcing them on time as they are released. Thank you RIO for helping us all be better fishermen!

http://www.rioproducts.com/learn/how-to-double-haul?play=true


Fly Contest Winner 

namethatflyYou might remember just before Christmas we had a Name the Fly contest for a new pattern that we want to include in the store for this coming year. This is a great nymph and the only thing missing was a name. We received lots of great names and it difficult to pick a winner. In the end, we gave all the names to Barry, who didn't know who they were entered by, and he chose "Orange Quill Butt Shrimp." The winner was Chuck Becker from California and Chuck has his pick of a RIO fly line. Congratulations Chuck!

Trout Land Video

Everyone loves a good video clip and we have a good one to share with you this week. Andrew Ryan, fly shop owner and outfitter in Ireland, put together this short promo video and it's beautifully done. Andrew didn't try to do it himself,
he hired the right people and it shows. It's the perfect clip to watch in the doldrums of winter and to dream about what's ahead for us when trout fishing resumes in the spring. Enjoy.

*2017 Beck Departures*


Jan 12-23 Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile (trout)

Feb 12-Feb 20 Laguna Verde/Tecka, Argentina (trout)

Mar 16-27Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Mar 25-April 10Patagonia, Argentina (trout)

May 6-13 Belize River Lodge, Belize (tarpon, bones, etc)

June 20-30 Ireland (trout/salmon)

July 28-August 11 East Africa (photo safari)

Aug 19-Aug 26 Bighorn, Montana (trout)

Aug 26-Sept 2 Bighorn, Montana (trout)

Oct 13-21Pyreenes, Spain (trout)

Nov 30-Dec 11 Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Please contact us or visit our website for more information.

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DEC
20

Merry Christmas!

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DEC
08

Tres Valles Recap & Wrapping up our fly naming contest

We just got home from Tres Valles Lodge, Argentina, from one of our best trips ever to this destination! Lots of big fish on dry flies and small nymphs, what could be better. Lovely warm weather, perfect sunny days, insect activity, great food and fishing. We're still editing photos and will have more for you next week, but for now here are a few shots from our guests.

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Also, just a quick reminder that there are only 2 days left to submit your fly names for our contest.... We've gotten some great ones already but would love some more ideas.  See contest details here

 

Featured Flies

This week's feature is our two most popular fly patterns in the Beetles & Buggers selection. You get both selections for $45.95, boxed. When purchased individually the cost is $60 without the boxes. Great patterns at a great savings! 2 each color, each size. 24 flies total. Buggers #4 & 6, 3 colors. Beetles #8, 10, 12, 2 wing colors. Order here.  Great Christmas idea!

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NOV
22

Don't Give Up on Winter

Don't Give Up on Winter

January thaw 0507Winter has arrived. Gone are the warm early November days we so much enjoyed and with them go any hopes of finding rising fish. On the other hand, anJanuary thaw 0763y day that the air temperatures rise above freezing we can and will get back out there. With the right gear and the right flies we can still catch fish. We will concentrate on the warmest part of the afternoon and our flies of choice will be tungsten bead head nymphs or if push comes to shove, glow bugs and squirmy wormies. If we find off color water it might be a slowly retrieved black super bugger. It will be important to get the fly down to where we expect the fish to be and a weighted streamer given time to sink will be in order. So break out the down jackets, wool socks, fleece buffs and hand warmers..... and don't forget a thermos of hot coffee. We'll see you out there.January thaw 0961

 

The Thoughtful Robot

Michigan guide, Russ Maddin, hits the nail on the head with his observations and suggestions on being an effective streamer fisherman. There is a lot more to this art then just casting and stripping as you'll discover. It's an excellent interview and he makes some some very good points. Thank you Russ and MidCurrent for bringing it to us. Click here to read the article

 

Our 2017 Trip Schedule

Jan 12-23- Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile (trout)
Feb 12-Feb 20 - Laguna Verde/Tecka, Argentina (trout)
Mar 16-27 - Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)
Mar 25-April 10 - Patagonia, Argentina (trout)
May 6-13 - Belize River Lodge, Belize (tarpon, bones, etc)
June 20-30 - Ireland (trout/salmon)
July 28-August 11 - East Africa (photo safari)
Aug 19-Aug 26 - Bighorn, Montana (trout)
Aug 26-Sept 2 - Bighorn, Montana (trout)
Oct 13-22 - Pyrennes, Spain (trout)
Nov 30-Dec 11 - Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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15

Fly Contest & an Opening for Chile

Summer in January?

We've just been advised that there is a room available at at Coyhaique River Lodge during our January 14 – 21, 2017, CHILE FLY FISHING2421week. Celebrate summer in January and come with us for a great mix of streams, spring creeks, rivers, and lakes. Lots of dry fly fishing, especially beetles and hoppers, and beautiful warm weather. Here is the itinerary. It's bound to be a great week. I think you should grab this last room and come with us!

 

 

Name that Fly

We have a new nymph pattern that we're going to include in our online store. It's been a proven winner both in Patagonia (a friend landed a ten pound brown on it at Tres Valles ), and in Spain this year it was the fly to have (0369 FALL IMAGEno ten pound fish, but close). On our home waters Gary Hunt netted a beautiful 24 inch rainbow on it a couple weeks ago. OK, so we know it works – but we can't seem to come up with a catchy name, this is where you come in. Enter up to five names. The winner gets a RIO fly line of your choice (plus some fly samples). The fly has a tungsten bead head, a rough thorax of spiked dubbing and a orangey quill type body. The fly looks very shrimp-like in the water.  

The contest will end on December 10 so get your ideas in asap.  Email your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please make sure to put Name that Fly in the subject line.

Sporting Gentleman Event

We spent last Saturday at the Sporting Gentleman in Glen Mills, PA. Barry tied flies, we had a casting class, and met lots of great folks. It's a lovely fly shop with a great restaurant in the same building. James Jindel representing Sage/RIO/Redington was present with lots of goodies – rods, reels, lines, tackle, etc. We had a gorgeous fall day and a great turnout. Thank you Christine and Ahmed for hosting the event and for the great food!

If you're in the area, stop by and say hello. 128 Glen Mills Rd., Glen Mills, PA 19342.
www.sportinggentleman.com   

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NOV
03

How to Fish a Soft Hackle & Trout Lives Matter

This month RIO is kicking off a series of short educational videos that show ways and techniques that will make us better fishermen. There are 12 episodes, one will be released each month for the next year and you can see them right here.

The first one is "How to fish a soft hackle," narrated by Simon Gawesworth. You may be like me, I thought that I had soft hackles pretty much figured out, but I learned a couple things that I want to try and which, hopefully, will make me a better fisherman. I hope you do too. Let us know what you think.   -Cathy

 

Trout Lives Matter

1478 FALL IMAGEOn our annual trip to the Bighorn this year we stopped by East Rosebud Fly & Tackle (www.eastrosebudflyandtackle.com) to say hello. East Rosebud is a Sage dealer and our favorite fly shop in Billings. On the counter were stickers that said Trout Lives Matter. The Yellowstone and its tributaries had just recently been temporarily shut down due to a parasite issue brought on by low water and high temperatures. A real threat to the fishery. We thought the stickers were clever, appropriate and a great idea. It was amazing though that some anglers were furious because they couldn't fish. Angry comments like "Your sticker's a joke" were heard in the shop. It seems they weren't taking into consideration that they might put unneeded stress on the fish. It was more like they paid for a fishing license and that gave them the right to fish. Then we were told that the new sticker was politically incorrect, it shouldn't say Trout Lives Matter, that line is reserved for another issue. We never thought that a simple 4x4 sticker would attract such negative attention so we bought three more. Heck with them!    -Barry

One room left at San Huberto

We have one room available at San Huberto, Argentina. Patagonia is a favorite destination for us and the Rio Malleo is an all time favorite. With miles and miles of spring creek flowing through Estancia San Huberto, you may not want to go home! Private beats, super guides, great accommodations. Come with us for a week of beautiful fall fishing. View the itinerary and let us know!

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OCT
27

New Twist on an Old Idea

New Twist on an Old Idea

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Droppers are far from a new idea. Anglers have been using them for years. But what is new are some ideas on attaching the dropper to your lead fly and the combination of flies that many anglers are now using.

 

 

You'll see in the illustrations below (I know, I'm not trying to win any art awards), there are four places to attach the dropper fly. leader1As far as I know, the original idea was to leave a long tag end off the surgeon's knot when attaching the tippet (the last section of the leader to which the fly is attached), and tying the dropper fly to the tag end. This works and a lot of anglers still use this method, but you will want to check the combo often to make sure the flies are not tangled. 

The second way, and perhaps this is as original as the idea above, is to attach the dropper tippet through the eleader2ye of the lead fly, thus having two clinch knots on the same hook eye – one attaching the lead fly and the other for the dropper. This method fell out of favor a number of years ago, but now it seems to be back in vogue again.  

Yet another way, and the most popular as far as I can tell, is to attach the dropper tippet with a clinch knot around the bend of the lead hook. This system seems to be the easiest and the leader3cleanest, but there are anglers who will argue that the dropper fly (when using a nymph, pupa, or similar) does not drift as a natural insect would. That may be so, but we've used it successfully all over the world in trout fishing situations.

The last and newest method requires that you be a fly tier. When tying the fly a RIO tippet ring is tied into the back end of the fly body and the dropper tippet is attached to the tippet ring. We first saw this in Ireland (see photo) this summer. The tier attaches a piece of pretty stiff tippet to the ring and trims it to about an 1/8th of a inch tag. He then ties the tag into the fly, presumably as a last step, leaving the ring exposed to which is attached the dropper. The guides in Ireland swear that this method allows the dropper fly the most natural drift through the water behind the lead fly.  leader4-1

I suppose, like anything else, that certain of these methods work better in certain situations than the others, but they will all catch fish. The length of the tippet will vary with the type of fly that you're using, the depth of the water, and where the fish are holding. If it's a late summer afternoon and you find a feeding fish delicately sipping in tiny insects that you can't see on the water, you might tie a small hi-viz beetle or parachute Adams with a midge or tiny ant dropper about 14" from the lead fly. If the fish eats the midge you might not see it, but if you watch the larger fly you may detect the take by either seeing the fish or seeing the lead dry fly move or go under. The 2-dry dropper method is very helpful in situations like this when it is difficult to see your fly.

Most of the time the rig will consist of a dry fly as the lead fly and a nymph dropper. One of the most effective nymphs we've found is the bead head pheasant tail. We keep a selection of these nymphs in sizes 14-22 in our box all the time and they work wherever trout are found. There are many other patterns that work well and are popular, copper johns, hares ear, black epoxy, and regional favorites. The length of the dropper tippet will vary depending on whether you want to go deep or stay near the surface but on the average and in most situations, if your dropper is 14-20" long, you're in the game.

It is still important to check your system often as the dropper fly can easily get tangled in the lead fly. You must also slow down your casting stroke and wait on the back cast until the leader straightens out or it will tangle. If you find that the dry fly is sinking, go to a smaller or lighter nymph or a bigger dry fly. If your parachute Adams is sinking, try a foam beetle or humpy. I find that if I apply a silicone fly floatant when I attach the dry and then occasionally use drying crystals or powder as needed, the dry fly will stay floating and easy to see. Of course after you catch a fish, you may need to dry it and reapply the floatant.

Experiment with fishing droppers. These methods are a little more work and require our attention, but you'll find that by offering the fish a second choice, you'll almost always increase your catch.

Cathy

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OCT
20

Report from Spain

Report from Spain from Barry & Cathy

Spain continues to be one of our favorite destinations, especially for couples with lots of things to do for the non anglers — great food, great wine, beautiful fish, and the fantastic background of the Pyrenees. Our days fly by much too soon but we know that we will return next season for more fun in this mystical region.

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