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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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NOV
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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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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OCT
11

Fall Fishing Memories & Maintenance

Fall Fishing Memories and Maintenance

Fall fishing brings a close to the fishing season for many of us living in areas where winter is just around the corner. We move the gear bag back into the house for the winter, put the rods back in the closet, clean our waders, dry out our boots, and dream about next spring. Maybe we'll clean up the tying table that has been neglected and collecting dust, getting it ready for the long winter evenings that will have us restocking our fly boxes.

In addition, we should also take a close look at our fly rods, checking tip tops and guides that need to be replaced from either wear or accident. Line friction can wear sharp edges in the guides over time and these edges will cut into expensive fly lines ruining them quickly. A little steel wood or brillo will make worn dirty cork grips look like new and a Pledge wipe can clean and pretty up even the oldest dearest rods in our arsenal.

Fly reels and lines should be carefully examined and cleaned before putting away for winter. Back off the drags, touch any screw heads in the reel foot area with a bit of WD40 and use the Pledge wipe on the reels too. Discard the leaders and prepare to put on fresh next spring.

And thinking about reels, we came across an interesting article in The Fiberglass Manifesto awhile back about reviving old classic fly reels. Talk about bringing new life to an old reel, a classic.
We hope you enjoy it. There may be an old reel in your closet from years passed - maybe you can bring it back to life again too.

http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot.com/2016/01/cleaning-classic-fly-reels-with-bulldog.html

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04

Fall Fishing at Home & San Huberto

Fall Fishing & Fly Ants

We're gearing up for a month of fall fishing here on Fishing Creek. The stream is in great sha09 fall on Fishing Creek.0033pe thanks to last week's rain, the Insects flying ants BC BECK IMAGE 070004leaves are beginning to turn color, and the fishing is good.  We still have some days available for guiding if you'd like to get away for a day or two.  Fall is our favorite time of year and the season is just too darn short! With fall comes swarms of flying ants and if you're lucky enough to be on the stream when the ants appear you'll enjoy some exceptional fishing – if you have flying ants in your fly box! So do get out and enjoy the season and don't leave home without flying ants!

 

One Room at San Huberto  
March 25 – April 3

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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20

African Safari & 2017 Trip List

African Safari

Our friend and client, Art Rorex, is featured in our blog today with his thoughts and favorite memories of last year's safari.  AFRICA 2015 25546

When Barry and Cathy invited me to do a photo essay on East Africa I gladly accepted. Then (in a rare lucid moment) I realized that producing such an essay is akin to explaining the meaning of life in 100 words or less -- it can be explained but to be really appreciated it must be experienced. I've been fortunate enough to have visited East Africa three times -- I don't understand it but I certainly appreciate it.

An East African safari is more than the Serengeti. Before reaching the wildlife, you must travel through the countryside. While the major cities may seem familiar the countryside is a different and interesting world. Once there, you will find the safari camps more comfortable than expected. They may look like Teddy Roosevelt's camps but Teddy didn't have hot showers and flush toilets in his tents. Since wildlife is most active at dawn and dusk the safari day will start before sunrise. Although your attention will be focused on the large animals -- especially the 'Big Five' -- one of the first things you will notice is the birds. In addition to resident birds, thousands of migratory birds pass through the region. Birds are everywhere. As time passes you will encounter a wide range of wildlife -- large and small, far and near (sometimes very near). If you are lucky you will see some of the rarest animals in Africa. If you are really lucky, you may see some of them together. One thing is certain, you will see lions. Large and small, far and near. Usually interesting; always magnificent. You may also see the migration crossing the Mara River. Over two million animals are in the migration but since it's made up of widely dispersed small groups it can be hard to witness a crossing. On my third visit we finally saw one -- about 5,000 animals crossing the Mara River within 50 feet of our truck. Unbelievable. Unforgettable.

Sooner or later all things end. Each of my photo safaris was extremely enjoyable and all too brief. Nevertheless, the memories last.

2017 Trips

Thinking about trips, here's what 2017 is starting to look like for us.  Let us know if you'd like to see more information on any of these destinations.  Most of them are up on our website or soon will be.

January - Chile, Coyhaique River Lodge (great trout fishing, 1 room left)
February-
Argentina, Jurassic Lake (huge trout, up to 16 lbs) and Estancia Tecka (lots of private water and great trout fishing we're told, first time for us)
March/April-
Argentina, San Huberto (one of our favorites, private beats, beautiful spring creek), add-ons: 3 days at Quemquemtreu and 3 days at the Limay (big river, big fish)
May-
Belize River Lodge (permit, tarpon, and bonefish)
June-
Ireland (trout and salmon fishing on private water)
July-
Africa Photo Safari pending, Kenya and Tanzania
August-
Alaska (silver salmon)
August-
Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
October-
Spain, Eastern Pyrenees (trout)
December-
Argentina, Estancia Tres Valles (trout)

 

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Limay River Lodge & Barry's Favorite Walkaround Camera

Limay River Lodge

Those of you who have traveled with us to Argentina and the San Martin area may remember meeting Jorge Trucco. Jorge was instrumental in the early years in establishing relationships between estancia owners, guides, outfitters, and Frontiers which resulted in the amazing network of fishing opportunities in Argentina today. Meanwhile the Limay River was pretty much out of reach for visiting anglers because of its remoteness and lack of guest facilities. Jorge has recently opened his own Limay River Lodge and even if you have not plans to visit Argentina, you will enjoy this video clip. It's a pleasure to watch and will remind us of why we fish.

 

Nikon 1 V3- My Favorite Walk Around Camera 

My friends who travel with us on our hosted trips are always commenting about how heavy my camera bag is, It's true, at 32 pounds it sometimes becomes a bear but it carries everything I might need for my photography. There's always a Nikon D4 body, a flash a 24-70 mm, 16-35 mm, a 105 macro and a 70-200 mm lens to round out my arsenal. There are memory cards, spare batteries and the list goes on, but in a small pocket of my Thinktank camera bag sits a Nikon One V3 mirrorless camera. It looks like a toy camera next to the D4s but it has become my constant companion where ever I go. It's small and not intrusive. It sports an electronic viewfinder, shoots raw, shoots great video, has a great choice in lens offerings and a tilt down 3inch touch screen. At 18 megapixels the images are stunning and with built in Wi Fi you can send the images right to your smart phone. Check it out with Jody Grober at Roberts Distributors. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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