DEC
06

Christmas Wraps, The Extra Six, & Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws

Christmas greetings. Brooke here. Barry and Cathy are finishing up at Tres Valles, Argentina, where they have had an incredible week (I'm sure I'll have photos and an update to share with you next week once they get home). Susie, Eddie, and I have been holding down the fort here, handling fly orders and canvas wraps for Christmas.

If you're considering purchasing a wrap for a gift (see last week's blog) remember that our lab needs at least two weeks to get wraps out to our customers so you'll need to order very soon. I'll show the wraps again below that we are offering for Christmas. The fisherman and the evergreen trees are my favorites!

And, don't forget that your name goes into a drawing for a RIO Perception WF5F fly line when you place a fly order with us for $50 or more until December 27. Check out our fly selections – a great buy. The RIO line is a $99 value so make sure you're in! We'll announce the winner in the December 27 blog.  

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The Extra Six- By Barrry Beck

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A blog Barry wrote about the Sage X is featured this week on the Sage Blog.  Click here to read it  

 

Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws

Ever want to put extra emphasis on “Really?” Well, we're with you. If you think we're falling off our rocker, read this article about Delta Airlines (incidentally our favorite airline, but.....really?

Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws. To Save the Planet.

One of the great inventions that we discovered, when moving to the US, were plastic straws. The paper ones we had in NZ had the unfortunate tendency to come unglued, or generally just to fall apart. But for some strange reason, people keen to save the planet would rather focus on the infinitesimal amount of plastic waste generated by plastic straws in the US while ignoring the hundreds/thousands of times greater amounts of plastic waste flooding out of China and India and going straight into the oceans.

Delta is now virtue-signaling its desire to be part of that misplaced focus. So, get this. They’ll happily fly a jet across the Atlantic and burn 7+ tons of fuel every hour while doing so, but now they’re going to save some ounces of plastic straw and plastic stirrers, replacing them with paper/wood/bamboo/whatever, on the flight that consumes 50+ tons of jet fuel. (We note that “bamboo” is often a code word for rayon/viscose and other cellulose type long-lived materials that look for all the world like plastic rather than like wood.)
I always cringe when seeing environmentalists eagerly demand paper bags in the supermarket. Few people think that choice all the way through. A thin plastic bag actually has a much lower total environmental footprint than does a much heavier Kraft paper bag containing ten times or more processed/refined material, and lasting almost as long in a landfill while taking up ten times the landfill space. There is also way less energy, less raw material, and less pollution in making the plastic bag than the paper bag to start with.

It is probably similar when comparing paper and plastic straws. Whatever the exact analysis might reveal, it is likely the replacement “natural” straw has an ecological footprint that is similar in size to the plastic straw.

If Delta is so concerned about saving the environment, perhaps it could cancel a single trans-Atlantic flight, once a year. That would save in the order of 220,000 lbs of jet fuel (plus all the unused straws on the roundtrip flight); and that’s only a bit less than it claims it will save in plastic – a specious claim because it doesn’t consider the offsetting weight of the other-material products being substituted for the plastic items.

Sadly, neither honest science nor common sense has much of a chance when it comes to virtue-signaling environmental concerns and compliances.

[The Travel Insider] This Week's Newsletter, David M. Rowell
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

Anyway, we hope you have a great week, and remember – 18 shopping days until Christmas!

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29

Baby Tarpon, Video Hatch & Christmas Specials

Baby Tarpon

Jumping Tarpon BC BECK image0002 006Ever fished for baby tarpon? It's one of our favorites saltwater species. As a friend of mine would say, it's a hoot. The video below is less than a minute long but it encompasses the pursuit of these incredible fish to a tee. We have fished for baby tarpon in lots of places – Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Florida, and have found them to be pretty much the same everywhere. We might think we are the pursuer or the alpha, but regardless of size, they will quickly bring us to our knees.....but, like them, we'll soon be back for more.

Baby tarpon don't necessarily spook like other fish, say permit or bonefish. They may behave like they're spooked or loose interest and go into the mangroves, but if one is patient and will wait for a few minutes there is a good chance the fish will come back – perhaps to see if we're still around. And, if he does, there is a pretty good chance that he'll take the fly again. Or perhaps he'll appear 60, 80, 100 yards down along the mangroves.

Ranging anywhere from about 8 to 40 pounds, baby tarpon will travel in packs and if you find two or more together it can be a lot of fun (a hoot) watching several fish chase the fly to see who will get it first. Once hooked, the others will often spook but like before, they will also often come back or pop up again close by.  1974 BECK IMAGE 20147Holbox

Perhaps we fish for baby tarpon for the hook-up more than anything else. Once hooked these fish become acrobats. They run, they jump, they go this way – that way, they belly-flop, it's a crazy for the angler until you've got control of the situation and of course, the bigger the fish the more crazy it gets. Our outfit of choice is almost always a Sage SALT 9' for a 9 weight (990-4) loaded with a RIO Outbound Short line – perfect for this kind of work.

Sometimes tarpon aren't particular to fly patterns, other times they will be. We've caught baby tarpon on just about every saltwater streamer in our boxes, but if we had to pick a couple flies to go with we'd definitely have some black deaths, tarpon snakes and toads. We've also used Deceivers just about everywhere and this week Tim Flagler shows us how to tie the Half-N-Half. I bet it will work like a charm on baby tarpon.

Video Hatch: “Tarpon on the Fly”

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Erin Block
This short film from Capt Nick LaBadie features flats fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys. This shows exactly what we love about baby tarpon! Thank you MidCurrent.
https://midcurrent.com/2018/09/10/video-hatch-tarpon-on-the-fly/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=10ee42b87a-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-10ee42b87a-18929377

Don't forget about our Christmas Specials

Place a fly order for $50 or more, and we'll put your name in a drawing for a RIO Gold WF5F fly line($99 value). Winner to be drawn and announced in our December 27th blog. Place your order as usual and we'll take care of the rest. Good luck! Check out our store


Canvas Gallery Wraps

We've taken some of Barry and Cathy's favorite images and turned them in to ready-to-hang canvas wraps. They look great in any home or office and also make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member. Direct shipping from our printer is included. $100. Purchase here

Cavas Collage Nov 2018

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20

Happy Thanksgiving & Christmas Specials

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Christmas Specials

RIO Gold WF5 Fly Line Give Away

riogoldPlace a fly order for $50 or more, and we'll put your name in a drawing for a RIO Gold WF5F fly line($99 value). Winner to be drawn and announced in our December 27th blog. Place your order as usual and we'll take care of the rest. Good luck!  Check out our store

Canvas Gallery Wraps

We've taken some of Barry and Cathy's favorite images and turned them in to ready-to-hang canvas wraps. They look great in any home or office and also make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member. Direct shipping from our printer is included. $100.  Purchase here

Cavas Collage Nov 2018

 

 

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15

Our Favorite Place, Trip List & Traveling with Meds

Our Favorite Place

Every once in a while someone will say, “Where is your favorite place to fish?” Most of the time I quip, “Home,” and everyone laughs. “No, away from home.” usually comes next.

1111 BC BECK IMAGEFor years both Barry and I would have said, “New Zealand,” but that has changed. It might be our age and Barry's knees. It's not so easy to walk 7-10 miles a day climbing over boulders and hugging rock slides searching pool after pool for a double digit wild brown trout. There is nothing like the challenge of the south island when it comes to trophy trout hunting, but these days the more genteel hunt is very appealing. We will go back to New Zealand – it gets in your blood, but the youthful throw-caution-to-the-wind days are behind us.

That brings me to Argentina, my answer these days. We have a number of favorite places in Argentina, but Tres Valles is always close at hand. It's remote, quiet, small, friendly, comfortable. It's spring creeks, freestone streams, and mountain trout lakes that are clear all the way to the bottom. It's a lovely lodge tucked up against a lake on the border of Chile with a snow-capped Andean back drop. It's just too pretty for words.TRES VALLES 2017 1388

We are very lucky since we get to go to this place twice a year. Once in their spring (our fall) and again in their fall (our spring). We leave in about 10 days and we're excited. Tres Valles offers a variety of fishing from small dry flies for sipping rainbows to streamers for trophy fish on bigger water.

 If you've fished Argentina you know why we love being there. If you haven't, it should be on your bucket list. When you're ready to go, we'll TRES VALLES 2017 2178hope you come with us because we'd love to introduce you to one of our favorite places.

 

  2019 Trip List

Jan 10-20 Coyhaique, Chile (trout)
Feb 7-18 Estancia Laguna Verde, Argentina (trout)
Feb 15-25 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
Mar 14-24 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)
Mar 22-Apr 1 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
Mar 28-Apr 8 Limay River Lodge, Argentina (trout)
Apr 27-May 4 Belize River Lodge, Belize (bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook)
June 20-28 Soca Valley, Slovenia (trout)
Aug 23-30 Bighorn River, Week #1 (trout)
Aug 30-Sept 7 Bighorn River Week #2 (trout)
Sept 28-Oct 5 Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
Dec 7-14 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Global Rescue – Traveling with Medications

medsGlobal Rescue offers us some good advice about traveling with medicine. This article offers advice and pointers on things most of us would not think about.

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08

Jim's Tips, NZ Brown Trout, & a Streamer Tip

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Our head guide, Jim Kurkorlo, talks to us this week about hooking a surprise fish at the end of the drift. It happens to all of us now and then. Here is Jim's take on it.

Hook Set at the End of the Drift

We’ve all heard the old saying “I wish I had a dollar for every time I had this (?) happen to me.” Well I wish I had a dollar for every time at the end of the dead drift as I was lifting my rod to make another cast I had a trout on the line.

I'm sure this happens to you too when fishing a nymph or streamer. Just a few weeks ago I was guiding a client and as he was lifting the rod to cast he had a trout on and he actually was able to land a very nice brown. He replied “I guess that doesn't count because I didn't feel the strike or knew I had a trout on.” Hey it counts.

09 Rainbow Trout0005You never know when a trout will take your fly and I believe it happens more often then we know. A trout can take you fly when it hits the water, during the drift or at the end of the drift. That's why at the end of every dead drift I end with a hook set. On occasions I found for whatever reason the end of the drift was the only time I was getting strikes.

A fishing partner saw me hook a trout as I was lifting the line off the water to recast and replied “Well that was all luck.” Actually it wasn't. At the end of every dead drift I do a short hook set for that unexpected strike and to prepare my fly line and leader for the next backcast.

One important thing to remember is that the motion must be short or your rod tip will be too far back to make the back cast. Sometimes at the end of the drift I start to tighten my line and I can actually feel a fish on the end. I do this even when using an indicator. It's one smooth motion and it becomes just part of your back cast and total presentation.

I fish every cast with confidence that a trout can take my fly at any time during the drift. Learning to do a little hook set at the end of my drift has helped me catch trout that I didn't used to hook. And catching trout is what I love to do.

New Zealand's Brown Trout Story

Thank you to the American Museum of Fly Fishing

Everyone knows New Zealand as a mecca for large brown trout fishing in gin clear waters. But not everyone knows that these iconic brown trout are not native to New Zealand. In fact, they were introduced just 150 years ago. In this film, fly fisherman and historian, Jack Kos, heads into the backcountry of New Zealand and the back shelves of the library to explore the introuction of brown trout to the south island.

It's a beautiful video and a history lesson at the same time. If you have traveled to the south island, you will recognize some of places. Maybe you've even caught one of these amazing fish.

http://www.amff.org/introduction-new-zealands-brown-trout-story/

One more streamer tip: Sculpins up and fast
Do like the sculpins do

487562568We all fish streamers, some of us love to fish streamers. Take Santos Madero for example. Here Chad Shmukler takes a look at how Santos effectively fishes sculpins. It's pretty interesting! Thank you Hatch.

https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/one-more-streamer-tip-sculpins-and-fast/7714693

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01

Fall in Maine, The View from Cathy's Window, & Chasing Trout with Maddie Brennenman

Friend and client, Art Rorex, recently attended a photo workshop in Maine. We asked him to share a few thoughts with us:

A Fall in Maine

Thanks to Barry and Cathy I’ve been privileged to fish in some of the most interesting and beautiful places in the world. However, because I’m on a fishing trip I usually don’t take nearly enough time to appreciate that beauty. Fortunately, there are also countless beautiful places here at home. This fall I spent a week in one of them.

Acadia National Park was established in 1919 through the efforts of local individuals who wanted to preserve the undeveloped land around Bar Harbor. Although the original reservation was only 6,000 acres, the park now has over 47,000 acres with 158 miles of hiking trails and the coastline of Mount Desert Island. Photo opportunities are everywhere and, when combined with the rest of the Maine coast, nearly limitless.

Days started at 6:30 on the beach ready for sunrise. Mornings and afternoons were spent in the birch woods, on the trails and along the streams. Evenings were reserved for photo editing. In the end, it was a great time that produced some very satisfying photos -- kind of like one of Barry and Cathy’s fishing trips.

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  Click here to see more of Art's photos from his trip

The View from My Window

Cathy here. I sometimes talk about the view from my office window. Our offices are in our home and mine is in the back of the house facing into the woods. Barry, Brooke, and Susie are out front and I think I have the best spot. Anyway, I can look out my window and watch deer, birds, turkeys, squirrels, and once in a great while a black bear.

Over the years we have always had lots of whitetail deer and I enjoy watching them, especially when the first snow is on their winter coats. We've never allowed any hunting around the house – until this year. In recent years our deer population has exploded and we have too many deer. They are smaller now because they have to compete for food and the undergrowth has disappeared from our woods since they eat everything they can reach. So, when a friend asked if he could bring his 9 year old son and come and hunt archery, we said yes!IMG 2368

We see Chris & Jase going into the blind after school and sometimes in the early morning we'll see the truck and will know that Chris is in the blind. We can imagine the discussions father and son have in the quiet of the woods while patiently waiting for a good shot. For Chris, I think it's a chance to spend time with Jase. It's obvious the bond they share in their blind in our woods and we are thankful that we can be a small part of the experience.

We could have snow in a couple weeks and the blind will be gone, but for now it's part of my landscape.

Chasing Trout with Maddie Brenneman

I like these short spotlight videos on outdoor people. Maddie Brenneman is an inspiration to young women. Do what you love and be who you are. She reminds us that we all need to get outdoors and....be alive.

https://midcurrent.com/2018/09/13/video-hatch-chasing-trout-with-maddie-brenneman/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2e9f97861c-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-2e9f97861c-18929377

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25

Argentina Trips, Spain Recap & Sink-Tips

Tres Valles & San Huberto

March 16-23 & 24-30, 2019

2011 RIO MALLEO0828Our departures are shaping up nicely at Tres Valles and San Huberto for March, but we still have a couple rooms available at each lodge. These are two of our very favorite destinations in Patagonia for dry fly fishing on small to medium size streams. Tres Valles also offers exciting opportunities for trophy trout in clear mountain lakes. At San Huberto, you'll fish the beautiful Rio Malleo spring creek on private beats as it flows through the 2010 TRES VALLES02128 024estancia.

Both destinations excel at pampering their guests with accommodations, meals, and fishing in grand style. Come with us and enjoy a week (or two) of grand Argentina hospitality. Check out our itineraries and photo galleries and join us!

Spain Review

We had a great trip to Spain recently. It was fall in the Pyrenees, weather was good, fishing was great. Juan Antonio spoiled us with wine and food and I can't think of a thing that could have been better – from high country fishing for zebra trout and wild browns to the big fish in the tail water streams. Mix in some fall colors, medieval villages, cathedrals, and ancient stone bridges and well, it was simply a great week. We hope you'll take a look at a few of our favorite shots here. 

 

Sink-Tips

rioAre you confused about sink-tips, T-Tips, iMOW tips? While this is geared toward steelhead fishing, it's still a great short piece on understanding some of the sink-tips that RIO offers.
https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/time-to-get-the-right-sink-tips?e=8b5f86f70f

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OCT
18

Update from Spain & Saying Good Bye by Rick Minogue

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by recent hurricanes and severe weather events

Report from Spain


Spain started out rainy for the first two days, but we are still finding some nice fish. The rain has stopped and the sun is out so the rest of the week should be excellent. We love this country!

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Saying Good Bye

For many years Rick Minogue was a regular on our section of Fishing Creek.  Since relocating to Colorado, he now gets in about once a year. We've saved his story for about a year waiting for it to be "season appropriate". As another trout season winds down, his story will touch all of us.  We hope you have a favorite piece of water that you feel the same about.  Thank you, Rick, for sharing your thoughts, emotions, and photos with us and our readers.

Saying Goodbye to Another Trout Season

                It was late on a late fall afternoon on Fishing Creek, near Benton, Pennsylvania.

Years ago, I lived within easy driving distance of this place. Now that I lived in Colorado, there were plenty of reasons to return several times a year, and I placed myself in this water whenever the stars aligned. Out west, my winters were about snowshoeing, hiking, and getting a winter summit. To fish this lovely Pennsylvania creek in late autumn was to say farewell to my PA Trout Season, and to trout fishing everywhere until next winter/early spring.

Autumn RainBy the time I arrived, the rain was falling in sheets and bands. I dashed to the picnic pavilion and sat in the middle on one of the benches. Rain poured down, hammering the tin roof and foaming the water of the creek. Everything looked thirsty, so I was happy for it. Still, I remembered the days when I would have seized yesterday’s clear weather to ensure I got at least one dry day on the water. Colorado makes you forget that it rains other places. I’d forgotten that. It was clear last night, so I expected it to be clear today. I rigged a fresh 9’ 5wt tapered leader and added a few feet of 6x. It was a nice job, if I do say so myself. Finally impatient, I pulled my hood over my hat to keep my neck dry, and when the rain slowed a tad, I walked upstream and waded in.

I worked my way up through a wooded stretch. It’s always been my favorite section of this water. So serene and intimate. At the top, I caught a nice fish in the lee of a fallen tree. Then I was out into washout where the bend cliff was very close and water lapped against it shallowly in a nice tumbling run. I picked up a few good fish and played them back to my hands. I stood up after rinsing my net and fingers. The rain was tapering off. Looking upstream, a section of brush along the left hand bank was glowing with golds and crimsons. The trees towering over them were mostly barren, and on the right, the whole hill pulsed with color. Further up, I remembered the place where once upon a long time ago, I’d shed my laundry on a slow day and swam up and down through the frigid current, laughing and splashing.

I crept up stealthily. I cast gently. A trout shot out of the water surface and cleared it with three inches of air between his tail and the water. He was huge – a four pounder at least. He crashed back into the water less than a foot from where my fly was floating. I focused on a leafy section of water surface and cast the fly so that only 3 inches projected beyond the leaf. On purpose, but totally accidentally, I managed to do what I intended – hide the tippet on a raft of leaves. I was congratulating myself when a savage splashing object erupted from below. I saw it hit the fly hard, and I knew I had a good hookset. The trout was instantly panicked and splashed out of the water, tailwalking and flashing with all the life of the Universe. It went deep, making a run for the far bank. I barely had time to get it on the reel before I was giving back line. The fish was big and strong. I was totally confident I had him well hooked and clean. While he was making his run away from me, I pulled my phone out. I wanted some photos. I was turning it on when he turned around and came straight at me. I tried to hold the phone over the water and still strip line.

The phone won. By the time I had gathered enough line to get it neat, the fish was gone. I felt stupid and vain. I had gotten exactly what I wanted – a monster on the spookiest water possible, and I had let him go trying to capture him twice. I was an idiot. I cast repeatedly, but knew the pool was spooked. I also knew I didn’t deserve another. Not by my rules or theirs. I was disappointed in myself for not living in the moment. I was trying to capture it, which is very much not the same as living in it.

By now it was late afternoon and I’d caught fish as far upstream as the upper boundary permitted, so I found the old railroad grade and wandered downstream toward the Home Pool. I was still the only person on the entire stretch of water. Despite the earlier showers, the water was low, the current barely detectable. Occasionally, a huge fish rose. The commotion was startling. I waded in slowly, being careful to keep my ripples downstream.

The sun edged further toward the western horizon, peeking out from behind the clouds, and I paused to capture images for my desktop screen savers.   I cast thoughtfully, determined to use only a dryfly. I was glad there was no one nearby to tell me I should be using a streamer or something else more effective. As the late Ernie Schwiebert would have said, this was one of my “Rivers of Memory”. That is not to say that I only relived memories, but this was a place where many of my best trout fishing memories resided.

As the sun sank, so did the temperature. Once so warm earlier in the day, I pressed my elbows into my sides, trying to conserve heat. I started to shiver.

After tying on a cinnamon ant, I cast it far downstream, checked the line in midair, watched the fly drop softly, shook out some slack, then allowed the current to move it into position. As I admired it, the water bulged underneath and a gaping maw opened. I was too ready and lifted the rod a split second before the big mouth closed. The line came home in a tangle around my rod and head.

That should have been my Home Pool fish.  This calendar year’s Final Trout.

As if for emphasis, another one, a true Home Pool Monster, gave a full-bodied out-of-the-water slam for something tasty just a little further downstream from my volunteer. This one belly-flopped, smacking down hard. Do trout get red skin from belly flopping?

Suddenly I was filled with the longing of years and happy memories.   As I’ve done so many other times, I sighed and reeled in knowing the golden moment had passed. To punctuate the end, I broke off my fly. Then, turning upstream I said this prayer:

                                                                                ……………

Dear God,

 

Thank you for Fishing Creek. Thank you for Barry and Cathy. Thank you for their friendship all these years after I discovered them and flyfishing by quiet accident. Thank you for the cabin. Thank you for Pennsylvania. I love this place. I love these trees. I love this water and I love these fish. Thank you for allowing me to play here yet another year. No matter what happens, I will never be quite ready to leave this place and this beauty and this amazing life I’m living.

 

Thank you for my joy and my family and my job and the big mountains and easy creeks of Colorado. Help me to be a good friend, dad, husband and all that other stuff.   And right here, right now, let me hold this firmly in my heart for just one more Open Minute.

 

“Thank you, Barry and Cathy” I called out. “Thank you Trout and Fishing Creek! I love you and I miss you. I may never live close by again, but you will always live close by in my heart.”

 

Pausing, then more quietly, I said, “I love you and I thank you. Goodnight and goodbye to another year of trout fishing.

Your friend,

 

                YondeR  Leaves on Fishing Creek

                                                                                ……………..

It was quiet.

Leaves fluttered down.

The lowering sun went behind a cloud.

The water moved languidly as another monster broke the surface 100 yards downstream.

                                                                                ……………..

And that’s how another Trout Season ended.

 

Rick Minogue lives in Louisville, CO. He publishes selected journal entries on his website – https://www.rickminogue.com

 

 

               

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11

Getting Ready for Salmon/Steelhead, Guiding, & New Caddis Pupa Pattern

Getting Ready for Salmon/Steelhead?riologo

If you often find yourself in tight brushy spots on medium size rivers, you know how important the fly line is to the cast. These places exist a lot on the Erie tributaries – high banks, no room to back cast. Watch this short film on RIO's Short Scandi Versitip. If you're fishing switch or short spey rods, it may just be the line you're looking for!   

https://www.rioproducts.com/products/lines-heads/rio-scandi-short-versitip

Guiding This Past Week

Fall has arrived. We had a beautiful week of fall weather and good fishing. Slate Drakes, cinnamon caddis, ants, and of course nymphs provided our clients with pleasant, productive days on the water.

Weather permitting, we'll fish up to Thanksgiving, but October and early November is certainly the most popular and most enjoyable time to be on the water.

We hope you are getting out to enjoy it! Come and fish with us.

dennis

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Tying the Beefy Bean with Ethan Martin

Looking for a new caddis pupa pattern that sinks quickly and draws attention? Well, then this might be the one! Add it to your winter fly tying pattern list.

https://midcurrent.com/2018/09/17/video-hatch-beefy-bean-fly-tying-tutorial/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=2e9f97861c-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-2e9f97861c-189293

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OCT
04

Jim's Tips, Fall in PA, & How to Fish the Upstream Dry Fly

Jim's Tips

October Fly Fishing Tips  

Where has time gone? I can't believe I'm writing about October fly fishing…. and we all know what is coming next in the weather forecast.

October can be the last chance to fish for active trout before winter sets in. And as everyone on the east coast is aware, the heavy rains and flooding has not given us much chance to be on the water. Here we missed some of the best hatches of the year because of the high and fast water.

Jim 0070One thing to keep in mind with fall fishing is that you can sleep in a little longer. You don't need be on the water at day break like you do in the heat of the summer. In summertime most of us fish in the early morning and late evening to avoid the heat of the day and it's the best time to find active feeding fish. If you are an archery hunter you can be in your tree stand until mid-morning and then head to the trout stream for mid-afternoon fly fishing. And then head back to the tree stand for the evening hunt.

The cooler evening air temperatures result in colder water temperatures and the trout can be lethargic in early mornings and in the late evenings once the sun leaves the water. Trout will be the most active in the sun-warmed water of mid-day.

With the colder air and water temperatures, be sure that you dress for the changing conditions. My gear bag has gloves, hand warmers, heavier socks and shirts or jackets so I'm ready for changes in weather.

Low water conditions, bright sunlight and bright fall foliage make it very important to wear more natural earth color clothing than any other time of the year. Move slowly and as stealthily as possible.

Fly selection changes too with October fishing. The rule of thumb I use is to either go big or go small. I like small dry flies and nymphs for fall fly fishing and early October can produce great dry fly fishing with ants, beetles and hoppers. I like to fish a beetle with a size 18 or 20 BH (bead head) pheasant tail or caddis pupa as a drop fly. Flying ants are still around for a while and can be a lot fun to fish if you are lucky enough to see them on the water. As for mayflies, the most common fall mayfly in our area would be the Blue-winged Olives in sizes 18 and 20's. We do have some October Caddis along with size 16 and 18 tan caddis that can give you dry fly action especially in the warmest part of the day.

Trout feeding habits also change in October. Brook and brown trout are getting ready for the spawn and the big browns can put on the feed bag. I catch some of the biggest brown trout of the season at this time of year. On occasions I will just hunt big fish. And then I usually use a large streamer such as a Cathy's Super Bugger. If the water conditions calls for it, I will use a sinking tip line. Another effective technique is to dead drift a large bugger or sculpin pattern with a nymph as your trailing fly. Be sure to let the nymph swing off the bottom at the end of the drift and be ready for a big brown to take it. Hunting for big browns usually doesn't mean a lot of trout in the net but just possibly the biggest trout of the season.Jim 0071

Add a little color to your nymphs. I'm not sure why but nymphs and streamers with orange beads or orange hot spots behind a black bead head work very well in the fall. Red and chartreuse hot spots can also get a trout’s attention this time of year.

As I mentioned before the brown and brook trout are spawning which means there are eggs in the water and egg patterns can also be very effective in October.

Be sure to be aware of spawning fish. Watch out for redds (spawning beds) when wading in the water and be careful not to fish to spawning resident fish. But you can fish to the other fish that are downstream of the redd who will be eating the eggs and nymphs that are floating by. On many occasions I have seen fishermen walk through fish redds completely unaware. You will find spawning fish in riffles at the tail of large pools which are where fishermen are wading to cross the stream. Redds without mature fish on them still hold life and should be avoided when wading. If I spot a redd I let other fishermen know where they are and ask them to be careful when wading. If you not sure what a redd looks like Google “Fish Redds” and you will see many examples.

Here on Fishing Creek and other local trout streams we have spawning trout and we are always careful to protect them as much as possible. On many occasions I have caught small stream born browns and rainbows on Fishing Creek and it's really cool to briefly hold one of these beautiful trout before releasing it.

I'm surprised at how many fly fishermen have told me they never fish in October. October offers great fishing, great photo opportunities and it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors.

Fall in PA

fall blogOctober is a beautiful month here in the northeast. Soon all of our trees will be dressed in their most vibrant colors and warm fall days will be calling out fishermen, hunters, and hikers to the streams, fields, and trails for a final bittersweet good-bye until next year. Trout will be showing off spectacular spawning colors and will be busy building redds and producing another generation of wild trout for us to admire later on.

If you’re thinking about coming to our valley to enjoy the fishing or perhaps the water fall trails at Rickett’s Glen State Park or to take advantage of the State Game Lands, now is the time to make plans and to firm up reservations.

Here are a few of our favorite fall images, we hope you enjoy them and we hope to see you in the next month.  

How to Fish the Upstream Dry Fly  

The seventh episode of season Two of RIO's “How To” series. RIO ambassador Rob Parkins explains the advantages of fishing a dry fly upstream.

This is an excellent example of many techniques we use while fly fishing. If you are a relatively new fly angler, pay special attention to Rob's harionds as he controls the line, notice how the fish are not out in the middle of the riffle but are hugging the seam between the fast and the slow water along the edge. Learn how to spot rises and then while staying well back from the fish cast a couple feet above him allowing the fly and tippet to drift down to him while keeping the heavy part of the leader and the fly line well away from the fish.

Thank you Rob and RIO.  

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