Africa Wrap-Up, RIO Give-Away, & Barry's Favorite Wildlife Lens

Africa Wrap-Up

We just got home from Africa and we finished up on a high note for sure. It was an amazing trip with a wonderful group of people, great weather, and great game viewing opportunities. We've put together an album with a few of our favorites. We're still editing, but we can't wait to show you what we've got so far.

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RIO's Big Nasty Give-Away

RIOLEADERWant a selection of free leaders and tippet? Who doesn't! Well, join the fun in RIO's give-away contest. What is a Big Nasty leader anyway? Follow the link for more information on the new leader and follow the instructions carefully for entering the give-away contest. Good Luck! Hope you win.


Nikon's Perfect Combo

Most wildlife photographers are always looking for a lens with a longer reach especially when it comes to bird photography. We are no exception. Most of what Cathy and I shoot are fly fishing related images, but every two years we host an African photo safari where some of the best wildlife subjects in the world are found. Lions, zebras, and elephants in our view finders are a breath of fresh air for us.

For years we carried or lugged heavy 300 and 400 millimeter fixed lenses. Yes they produced sharp images, but as time went on we found more weight restriction on internal flights. This past safari we were limited to 33 pounds total which included our checked and carry-on luggage. So, it became time to lighten up. A call to Jody Grober at Roberts Camera solved our problem. Jody suggested that a Nikon D500 and a matching 200-500 lens would make a perfect outfit for Africa. Long story short, Jody was absolutely right. Half the weight of our old gear and with the DX sensor for a longer reach.

d500Nikon’s new D500 has a CMOS sensor with an expeed five image processor. At 20.9 Megapixels this camera simply rocks. Oh, and it shoots 4K video. Put on the 200-500 lens, add the 500 DX crop, and you're totally outfitted for whatever comes your way. I personally think that this last safari has produced some of our best ever work in Africa.  lens

Anyone interested in wildlife photography can talk to Jody at Roberts Camera 1-800-726-5544 or follow the link below.

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From Africa & Flip Pallot Interview

From Africa

We are moving from Kichwa Tembo to Serengeti Under Canvas today. It was an incredible 4 days at Kichwa filled with lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and wildebeests. We saw two crossings at the Mara River and have had beautiful weather. We will cross today from Kenya to Tanzania. What an adventure!  More photos to come soon!


Interview with Flip Pallot
The Last 40 Feet

Flip looks back over his life as a Florida Keys Guide and reflects on the future. Many of us know Flip Pallot from his ESPN show, Walker's Cay Chronicles. Flip needs no introduction in the saltwater world, but you may find it surprising to know that he's always had a love of trout fishing and especially Montana trout fishing.

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Judas Fish, Summer Mayflies, & RIO Products

What is a Judas Fish?

This article comes to us from MidCurrent. We had not heard of a Judas Fish before and it's quite interesting how it got the name and how the National Park Service is using it. We think you'll enjoy the story.

Summer Mayflies: Slate Drakes

Here on Fishing Creek, and in most of the northeast, we are having one of the wettest summers in recent history. Actually just yesterday we had a flash flood in our valley which surprised everyone. Usually by this time in July we're hoping for rain – not so this year.

The good water levels mean that summer fishing will continue to be good and it's time to think about our summer mayflies and in particular the slate drakes. The slate drakes on Fishing Creek are pretty much a true size 12, and a comparadun imitates the actual insect very well, and that's why it's in our online store. The red brown spinner in a size 12 is a pretty good slate drake spinner imitation. The flies have been hatching for awhile, but the fish are still hungry and eager for them.Dark Green Drakes Fly Fisherman

Here's a link to an interesting “Drake” article by Pennsylvanian Paul Weamer. If you live or fish on the east coast, and haven't fished any of the “Drakes,” this is a good year and a good time to try it. They're big, fish love them, and they provide lots of fun at a time of year when otherwise we'd be fishing the really little stuff!


We are delighted to announce that RIO made a clean sweep of every single possible new product award. Read more here  


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Summer Ants, Brown Trout Kill on Yellowstone, and ICast 2017

Summer Ants

antsAs early summer moves into mid-summer, fishing terrestrials becomes a more important part of the game. Many of the mayfly hatches are over for the season and trout will turn to what is available and that is often a grasshopper, beetle, or ant. While we have had some very good fishing, at times, with craneflies, caterpillars, and other less popular terrestrials, it is often an ant that will please a finicky fish. The photo shows a number of ants that were found in the stomach of a trout.

While ants are often hard to locate on the water a winged ant is easier to see, and if that doesn't work, an ant is a good choice to fish as a dropper behind a larger dry fly that is easy to find and follow. Use your hoppers and large beetles in the pocket water and riffles, but when you find a sipping fish in a pool, consider an ant or a small beetle. It might just fill the bill.

Our black fur parachute ant and our winged cinnamon ant are good choices and the wing will aid in locating the fly. Also, Jim's Real Beetles in brown and black are excellent choices at this time of year too because the flies are smaller than most beetles and have a spot of orange yarn on the back to help in locating them on the water. Check out these and other terrestrials in our store.

Brown Trout Kill on Yellowstone

Biologist samplings on the Yellowstone River have recently turned up an unexpected brown trout fish kill along with expected whitefish kill. Read More.



Our friend and Fly Fishing Show founder, Chuck Furimsky, sent this photo from Gangler's Lodge (Canada) where he was recently.  Beautiful pike.  Good job Chuck!  


Farbank Runs Away with Awards

Sage, RIO, and Redington (all Farbank brands) ran away with Best of Show awards at the iCast/AFFTA show last week in Orlando. The annual IFTD (International Fly Tack-le Dealer) show recognizes manufacturers for outstanding new products. Sage won for the new Salt HD fly rod, RIO for new innovations in leaders and tippet, plus the Big Nasty fly line, and Redington for the Minnow. Sage also won Overall Best of Show. Quite a year, congratulations to everyone at Farbank who helped make this possible!

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Reflections on Ireland, 2018 Trip Schedule & RIO's How to

Reflections on Ireland

0306 IRELAND 2017 We had a wonderful group of people join us on our recent Ireland trip. Our fishing started out in the Conmel area with Andrew Ryan and his guides from Clonanav Fly Fishing. We stayed at the Hotel Minella and fished Andrew's water for three days and caught lots of beautiful brown trout. On the fourth day we took the scenic coastal route to Galway and Ballynahinch Castle. The Owenmore River flows through the castle grounds and we fished for Atlantic salmon for three days. The salmon were not as cooperative as the trout, we saw lots of fish roll and show, but were only able to put two in the net. The castle accommodations were elegant, food and service over the top, and we all loved the estate grounds and the river. We will be back to try again. This is a great trip for the non angler as they have their own guide and itinerary. Please let us know if you're interested in joining us in 2018.

Click here to see a few of the photos from our trip


2018 Hosted Trip Schedule

Next year is coming together for us. We have a couple dates to confirm and some finishing touches to put on the itineraries for a couple of the destinations, but overall this is what 2018 is going to look like:

January 13-20   Estancia de los Rios, Chile (trout)
February 6-21   South Island, New Zealand (trout)
March 3-10   Estancia Tecka, Esquel area, Argentina (trout)
March 11-17   Hosteria San Huberto, San Martin area, Argentina (trout)
March 17-24   Limay River Lodge, San Martin area, Argentina (trout)
May 8-18   Grand Slam/Campeche, Mexico, (baby tarpon, etc.)
June (TBA)   Ireland (and hopefully Scotland), (trout/salmon)
August 3-12   Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, pink, chum, etc., trout)
August 18-25, 25-2   Kingfisher Lodge, Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
October (TBA)   Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
December 1-8   Tres Valles, Argentina, Esquel area (trout)

We hope you can join us! Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information on any of these destinations.

RIO's How To: Terrestrials from a Drift Boat

Welcome to Episode 9 of the RIO How To series. RIO ambassador, Rob Parkins, shows how to fish large terrestrials from a moving drift boat. His tips and information reveal how easy and effective this big flies are in the heat of summer. Enjoy.

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Happy 4th of July!


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Summer Solstice, Three Things I Wish I Knew, & RIO Giveaway

Summer Solstice, June 21

The longest day of the year is next Wednesday. Here that means a little longer fishing day and with it will be beautiful evening fishing with sulphurs, light cahills, and slate drakes. Mornings will bring a few left oblogjuen15ver spinners and maybe some blue wing olives. Don't forget your terrestrial box, it also means summer is here with ants, beetles, grasshoppers and others. It's a magical time of year on a trout stream and we hope you're able to get out and enjoy it.


Three Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Fly Fishing

We found this article in MidCurrent and thought you'd find it interesting.

Planning to throw some big flies this summer?

Here's a chance to win a RIO InTouch Big Nasty fly line. It sounds awesome!  rio

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The Start of Summer Fishing, Behind the RIO Brand & Checking Laptops

We're In Full Swing Now

After a long wet, cool spring, we are in full swing now with March Browns, BWO's, and sulphurs hatching. We even saw a Slate Drake this week, but he's a bit early. Guiding and fishing has been good and Fishing Creek is beautiful.

I had the opportunity to work with Kylie and Kelsie Freiman this week. Although I don't get many kids in my classes, these girls were the exception in more ways than one. They were interested in the turtles, minnows, and dragonflies around the pond and had a blast catching bluegills and strippers. Here they are with another client who came recently to fish.

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  Behind the Brand – Episode 3  riologo

We think you'll find this clip very interesting, we sure did. You might think it's a boring factory tour, but you'll be pleasantly surprised.


Cathy's favorite travel blog, The Travel Insider, has an interesting perspective on laptops on planes. Hope you enjoy: 

Laptops – Will They Need to be Checked or Not?
More confusion and ambiguity this week about what might be in store for us and our laptops when flying in the future.

The Europeans are saying that the Americans have agreed not to impose any bans. But the Americans are denying that, and are talking about maybe banning laptops not just on flight from Europe to the US, but on all flights, to and from, all international destinations. This article exposes the contradictory stories that are circulating.

If that were to happen, then it becomes almost certain and indeed necessary that a similar ban apply on domestic flights, too. If a person can smuggle a bomb onto an international flight inside a laptop, one has to believe they could do the same on a domestic flight, too.

There was also a timely incident this last week that showed the complexity of the issue. A JetBlue flight from JFK to SFO had to make an emergency landing in Grand Rapids after a laptop battery is said to have ‘exploded’ and burst into flames.

The laptop was with the passenger, in the passenger compartment of the plane, and flight attendants were able to safely extinguish the fire. But what would have happened if the explosion/fire had happened with the laptop inside the passenger’s suitcase, in the luggage compartment?

Until there is some way to safely contain laptops and their batteries in the cargo holds of planes, we risk changing from one sort of bomb (a terrorist device) to another sort of bomb (an exploding battery). Are we really any the better off in such a case? Not really, because we still might have the terrorist type bombs in the cargo hold, plus now the battery type bombs too.

Which Are More Dangerous – Batteries or Explosives

We all know that explosives are dangerous. We’ve seen the movies, with amazing explosions. On the other hand, generally we all perceive batteries as safe, and ‘the worst that can happen’ is a bit of a fire.

But that ‘bit of a fire’ should not be under estimated. Modern laptop batteries these days contain an astonishing amount of energy, which is why, if they ‘misbehave’, their fires are very hard to extinguish. Their ‘fire’ is actually a slow-motion explosion – lots of heat, but not any appreciable shock wave.

A half stick of dynamite (1.25″ in diameter and 4″ long) has about 500,000 Joules of energy within it. A 100 Watt hour laptop battery has about 360,000 Joules of energy within it. Batteries already contain almost as much energy as explosives, and as battery technologies improve, will continue to hold more and more energy.

None of us could walk on a plane with a half stick of dynamite. But my Dell laptop has a 97 Watt hour battery – and that’s about as powerful as 3/8 of a stick of dynamite. Maybe terrorists don’t need to smuggle explosives into laptops – they just need to know how to trigger ‘runaway thermal events’ in the batteries already in the laptops

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A Visit to Fishing Creek, NZ Reunion & Guiding

A Visit to Fishing Creek

Lou ZambelloLou Zambello, noted New England guide and author of Fly Fishing Northern New England's Seasons and Flyfishers Guide to New England, ( fished on Fishing Creek last week with our guide, Brad Berlin. Both Lou and Brad told us that it was a pleasure being with the other, and it doesn't look like fishing was too bad either! Thanks, Lou, we look forward to your next visit.

New Zealand Reunion

After taking a couple years off from New Zealand, we are very excited about returning to the Everest of fly fishing, in February, 2018. If you'd like to experience the best of New Zealand's rivers and guides, come with us to Riverview Lodge and Owen River Lodge, on the South Island, in February, 2018. It is truly a trip you'll never forget. Join us and experience kiwi hospitality and some of the best trout rivers in the world.

Read the details  and watch a short video

From our Guides:

Jim forwarded his shot of Jane Marcello with a beautiful brown she caught here on Fishing Creek Yesterday. Congratulations, Jane!  Jane

2018 Trip Schedule

2018 is shaping up for us, here is what we have so far:

January 13-20: Chile, Estancia de los Rios (trout)
February 6-21: Riverview & Owen River Lodges, South Island, New Zealand (itinerary customizable)
March: Argentina: Estancia Tecka, March 3-10; Hosteria San Huberto, March 11-17; Limay River Lodge, March 17-24 (trout)
April/May (saltwater): destination & dates TBA
June: Ireland (salmon/trout), dates TBA
August 5-12: Reel Action, Alaska (salmon, trout, char, etc.)

October: Spain (trout), dates TBA
December: Tres Valles, Argentina (trout), dates TBA

Please let us know if any of these destinations catch your eye. We'll send information and hope that you can join us.

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Spring Fishing, Hopper/Dropper Rig, & Argentina Availability

Fishing Season in High Gear

brownWe're having beautiful spring weather after the absolutely miserable weather of a couple weeks ago. All of the high, cold water is behind us, Fishing Creek is in great shape, and March Browns are hatching. It is a beautiful time of year to be on the water and our guiding clients are having some great days. If you're thinking about coming to fish, now would be a good time!  

How to Fish a Hopper/Dropper Rig  riologo

The 7th episode of RIO's “How To” series shows us how to fish a hopper/dropper rig. This comes at a perfect time because it is exactly how we often fish a dun and emerger. With lots of mayflies and caddis hatching now, it's always a good idea to show the fish and dry fly with a wet dropper. We hope you enjoy the video and get some new ideas on how to set-up to effectively fish the riffles.

Two Rooms available at Tres Valles, Argentina

It's very unusual that we have openings at this destination. December in Argentina is early season, hatches are good, water is good, and Estancia Tres Valles is a very special place. Fish a combination of streams, spring creeks, medium size rivers, and high mountain lakes where you're likely not to see another person. Check out the details and consider joining us for a fun trip.


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News from Belize, Spring Streamers & The Next Generation

News from Belize River Lodge

belizeBarry & Cathy and the group are having a good week at Belize River Lodge. The group is getting shots at tarpon every day in the 30 to 60 pound range and several have been landed, lots jumped and lost. The big fish, over 60, have been harder to find but are around. Barry had one on for more than an hour when the backing broke. There are bonefish and snook around but the focus has been on the tarpon. Weather is good with lots of sunshine and only an occasional shower. And, no broken rods (so far)! Which is amazing for a week of tarpon fishing.

In photo:  Bud Bender with his 50 pound tarpon!

5 Ways to Up Your Spring Streamer Game

We found this on MidCurrent this week. Most everyone fishes streamers but this article gives us some new ideas on streamer fishing and some new techniques to try. Looks like we will have plenty of water for awhile here in the northeast, so some new tips might come in handy!

The Next Generation

With the best part of the fishing season just a head of us here in the northeast, it's a good time to get young anglers out on the water. Parker Vance, in the photo below, is the perfect example of a young man that anyone would want for a son, grandson, nephew, or boy next door. At 17, he works in his family's auto auction, is a good kid in school, and loves to fly fish. He came to us this spring, as a Christmas gift from his grandmother (has to be a cool gram!) to get better at fly fishing. We have enjoyed his company and will make sure we see him again. If you have a teenage son or daughter, or know of a young person who has a little interest, please take this opportunity to show them more about the sport that we all love.  vance

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Our New Chile Destination, A Guest Blog & Ivan on TV

New Destination for us in Chile

chileJanuary, 2018, will find us at Estancia de los Rios – located on the second largest ranch in Chile. Enjoy summer in January with us as we fish the Cisnes River or the sweet Magdalena spring creek on the ranch. Or perhaps we'll take a day and fish for beetle-eating browns on one of the estancia's lakes. Fish that you weigh in pounds and not inches. Remotely tucked up against the Andes, we're sure tchile 2o see more sheep and gauchos than we will other anglers or tourists. 

Enjoy the article by Hank Ingram and check out the trip details in the itinerary and then plan to join us for another great South American adventure.

Guest blog by Art Rorex

We are anxious to share our friend, Art's, recent literary endeavor with our readers. I think we have all found ourselves in his shoes at one time or another. He has a canny way of bringing it to life! Enjoy.  Art

“It’s Spring ... Where the ... Did I Put My ( )?”

It’s Spring again. Most of us are probably checking the weather and water levels at our favorite fishing spots. Not me! I’m trying to remember where I put everything after my last trip. Since I usually have trouble remembering what I did yesterday, you can see that getting ready for the new season is something of a challenge for me. I know I went fishing last fall but I’m a little fuzzy on where and when. This is important because I usually loose things in specific areas depending on where I’ve been. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s the world I live in.
Fortunately, I eventually find everything (at least everything I remember). Now the fun begins. Starting with the rods and reels I’m gratified to find I didn’t forget to repair anything I’d broken. Unfortunately, I did forget to fix the reels which usually look like a disorganized bird’s nest. I straighten them out and put on new leaders. Sometimes I even put on a new fly line -- after five or six years of hard use my fly lines usually need to be replaced (they just don’t make things to last anymore). Next come the fly boxes. If the reels looked like a bird’s nest, my fly boxes usually look like the bottom of the nest. Fixing them is a little more enjoyable because I get to sit at the tying bench and tie some new flies. Once I find the tying kit. Finally, it’s time to reload the fishing vest (it’s here somewhere) so it’s off to the fly shop to buy some things I already have but can’t find. (If you’re paying attention, this will come as no surprise to you.)
Now that the equipment is ready, I need to find the waders, boots and net. This is the real adventure. I don’t know about your garage but there are things living in mine. Things with fangs and teeth. Fortunately, I locate everything without incident. I’m ready to go, knowing full well that my boots and waders are fine from last season. I think.
Well, it’s Opening Day and I’m in the truck and headed for the stream with my best friend. The weather’s perfect and the stream looks good. I don’t know if we’re going to catch anything but I’m positive we’re going to have a great day together on the water.
Ain’t life grand!

Ivan on TV?01335SPAIN 2015

Our guide and outfitter in Spain, Ivan Tarin, is currently featured on the World Fishing Network as he tools around Spain's best fly fishing destinations. Check it out if you have Dish or Comcast. He's a pretty funny guy and we're sure he'll be entertaining.   

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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.    

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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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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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10 Tips on Fishing Nymphs & Requirements of a Stream Trout

10 Tips on Fishing Nymphs   Nymph box 0843

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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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!






















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.


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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.

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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.

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. 

Jurassic Lake



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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.


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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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.


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