JUL
18

Giant Hogweed Plant, Fly Fishing Gear Bag Tips, & Pebble Mine

Invasive Giant Hogweed

Those of us who live in the mid-Atlantic and New England regions have a new worry –    hogweed
Giant Hogweed. This plant, which looks an awful lot like Queen Anne's Lace, is very dangerous and can cause permanent blindness, blistering, and third degree burns.

Please learn about Giant Hogweed at the link below, tell your kids and fishing friends about it, take care with your pets, and avoid at all costs! This is not the first incident that we've heard about and it won't be the last. This warning should not be taken lightly.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/giant-hogweed-invasive-plant-sends-virginia-teen-to-hospital-burn-unit/

Jim's Tips  jim

This week our head guide, Jim Kukurlo, gives us tips on managing our gear.

Fly Fishing Gear Bag    

Every fly fishermen should have a gear bag that he takes with him on every fishing trip. How many times have you arrived on the stream and realized that you forgot something and in some cases you had to go back home. If you traveled some distance that might not be easy to do and it just ruins your day of fishing. Having a gear bag loaded with everything you use on the water will help prevent that from happening. Below is a list ofDSC 0003 items that you should have in your bag. Plus items that will make the trip more enjoyable and in some cases be very helpful in case of an emergency.

Sunglasses - Polarized with amber color lenses with a retainer strap is the choice of most guides I know. The amber lenses will help you see better in low light conditions. A retainer strap will keep the glasses around your neck when your not using them and help prevent loosing them in the water. Sunglasses with help in seeing your fly and the fish. But even more importantly they will protect your eyes from misguided flies that can occur on a missed set or trying to get a fly out of a tree. I keep several pairs of sunglasses in my gear bag for client's that didn't bring a pair. I wouldn't spend a day on the water in any kind of weather conditions without sunglasses.

First Aid Kit – Whether you are a fly fishermen or not having a good first aid kit in your car is a very good idea. I keep a large well equipped kit in my car at all times and I carry a small kit in my sling pack and camera bag.
Over the years I have added some items that can come in handy in the outdoors such as Benadryl tablets and cream. A few years ago one of my clients had a White Stingy Caterpillar crawl on his neck while we were fishing. The White Stingy Caterpillar excretes a type of chemical defense on contact — if you see one be sure not to touch it. The pharmacist at a local drug store suggested him to take Benadryl tables and use the cream on his neck. It saved the day and I now carry both in my first aid kit. Benadryl can help with other types of insect bites as well.
Another item that can come in handy is super glue. Which can be used for small items that can break while fishing or to patch a hole in your waders. But more importantly you can apply super glue to cuts and scrapes. My son is a Boy Scout leader and one of his scouts cut his hand while on a camping trip. He applied super glue to the wound and took him to the emergency room. According to the doctor super glue is sterile and it helped seal the wound and prevent infections.
Another fly fishing buddy who was fishing on the same stream as I was but at a different section called me and said he had a hook in his wrist and couldn't get it out. I removed the hook and reminded him to put antiseptic cream and a band aid on the wound. He replied, “Oh yeah, who cares that stuff with them when fishing.” I replied “Well, I do.”

Change of Clothes – Slip and fall into the water on a cold spring/winter day and you will be glad you carry a complete change of clothes in your gear bag. Comes in handy when you get caught in rain and on a hot summer day when you sweat a lot and decide to stop for a bite to eat on the way home.

Insect Repellent – Mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, and biting flies to name a few bugs that can drive you crazy while putting on waders and rigging fly rods. Plus protection from disease carrying ticks and mosquitoes.

DSC 0005Binoculars – Always a good thing to have with you when you are on a trout stream or traveling to and from fishing. It's fun to take a closer look at the different wild life that you can see on a trout stream. You can also use binoculars to identify hatches on the water. A few years ago I was fishing with a friend and we had rising fish but could not see what they were taking. To my surprise he took out his binoculars and identified the hatch as size 22 Blue Winged Olives that the fish were rising to.

Sun Block – It's very important today to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Along with applying sun block on my skin I wear a long sleeve fishing shirt with a 50+ UPF and a buff around my neck. Wetting the buff also helps to keep me cool on hot summer days. Fingerless sun gloves are great to protect you hands from the sun, but I found that they can be a nuisance when tying on flies. Redington makes a long sleeve shirt with thumb holes that will protect your hands from the sun and it's easier to tie on flies.

Paper Towels and Toilet Paper – So many uses for paper towels and the toilet paper speaks for it self.

Fly Tying Travel Kit – This a great little bag that I use when I'm teaching a fly tying class or when I'm going on a weekend fly fishing trip. You just never know when you might need to whip up a few extra flies or run into a hatch you weren't expecting to see.

Camera – Just a great way to keep the memories alive. Especially when you are fishing with family and friends. Today most of us, if not all, carry a cell phone and today's cell phone cameras are taking better and better pictures. I carry a Nikon DSL camera in a water proof sling pack with a telephoto lens that takes great photos and adds another dimension to the day on the water.

Fly Fishing Accessories – Now a list of fly fishing accessories and gear that should be in the gear bag:

Extra - Leaders, tippets, fly floatant, line sink, split shot, strike indicators, reels, lines, flies, knife, scissors, nippers etc. Basically everything you carry in your fly fishing vest you should have extra in your gear bag.

Gear Bag – You can buy gear bags in all different sizes. I suggest that you buy a larger one because if you are like me you will run out of room sooner than you think. I know a guide friend that made a wooden box for his gear bag. It has a drawer that can be removed on top and on the outside he attached clippers and a fly patch to use as a work station. I use a gear caddy that goes around a large plastic tote. The gear caddy has places to hang scissors, nippers, floatant and pockets to put fly boxes, leaders and other items. Inside the box is where I store many of the items listed above. Another guide friend of mine uses plastic boxes set up in the back of his SUV with a wooden top that keeps everything in place.
Every few weeks be sure to do an inventory of your bag and keep it updated with any items that you may have used.
If I'm going on a trip or going in another persons vehicle I have a gear bag set up just for traveling. It's not as fully stocked as the one in my vehicle but it has most of the accessories I will need for the fishing trip.
I'm sure once you start stocking up your gear bag you will have items I forgot to mention or items I never though of. Being prepare for the unexpected is always a good idea and can turn what could have been a bad day into another good day on the water.

Walk Away from Pebble Mine

We might save it yet. 

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https://www.anglingtrade.com/2018/06/06/fishermen-applaud-first-quantum-minerals-for-walking-away-from-pebble-call-for-gov-walker-and-sen-murkowski-to-take-swift-action/


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12

Ireland & Scotland Recap & ICAST/IFTD Show

Ireland & Scotland in the Rearview

We arrived home just a few days ago from Ireland with a Scotland extension added on to look around. We had very good trout fishing with Andrew Ryan at Clonmel. Ireland is having a very dry summer and while they need rain desperately, we have to say that we had wonderful trout fishing. Lots of fish caught on dries and dry/dropper, pleasant stream side lunches, and good accommodations. The salmon fishing was another story, a beautiful castle, lovely water, but very finicky fish. They weren't eating and fresh fish were not moving into the water while we were there. I guess that's Atlantic salmon fishing....

After Ireland most of our group flew to Edinburgh while Al & Mary Casale spent a couple extra days enjoying Dublin. As in Ireland, Scotland is having the driest, hottest year since 1976. We caught some trout on Carron Valley Loch, but the salmon would not cooperate. We had three days on the famed River Spey on the Gordon Castle water (which couldn't have been lovelier), but no fish. Water was warm and fish were sitting still.....unresponsive.

It was enough though to wet our appetite and we will certainly return. We love both Ireland and Scotland and we think this first exploratory blended itinerary is perfect for the future. Here are a few images from the trip.

ICAST/IFTD Show   ICAST Logo Horizontal 2018HR

Barry and Cathy are with Sage, RIO, & Redington at the annual ICAST/IFTD show this week in Orlando, Florida. ICAST is the world's largest sportfishing trade show and is the showcase for the latest innovations in fishing gear, accessories and apparel. IFTD is paired up with ICAST for the fly fishing part of the industry. We'll hear all about the new products for 2019 when they get back in a few days. Make a note of Ignitor and Dart. Do they sound like rod models?

Fishing Creek Update

We are having an incredible season here on Fishing Creek. Water levels continue to be very good and with cool nights the fishing continues to be exceptional. Here are a few photos from recent angling guests to our water.

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JUL
05

Happy 4th of July!

We hope everyone had a great 4th of July yesterday and can enjoy this beautiful weekend coming up with family & friends!  We'll be back next week!

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28

Two ways to recover slack, Our 2019 Schedule & Tippet Choices

Two Ways to Recover Slack
from Troutbitten

Domenick Swentosky's Tip #43. There are two ways to recover slack after the cast: stripping in line or lifting/moving the rod tip. Here are two scenarios for consideration.

https://troutbitten.com/2018/05/27/fifty-fly-fishing-tips-43-two-ways-to-recover-slack/

To quote Domenick, “So much of what we do out on the river comes back to the basics. It's a simple, intuitive game where all advanced techniques have their kernel in simplicity.”

 

Winter Here....Fall There

 LIMAY RIVER2275As many of you know our favorite place to be in a northeastern winter is Argentina, and we try to be there as much as possible. There is nothing better than to be trout fishing in Patagonia in the fall season. It is easy to love thousands of miles of trout fishing, pristene high mountain lakes with trophy trout just waiting for a fly, miles and miles of wide open space, beautiful estancias, exceptional guides, great food and lodging, wine....well, you get the picture.

This is what our 2019 February and March schedule will be:

February 9 – 16 Estancia Laguna Verde (Jurassic Lake)  RIO MALLEO 2017 0907
February 17 – 23 Estancia Tecka
March 16 – 23 Estancia Tres Valles
March 24 – 30 Hosteria San Huberto (Rio Malleo)
March 30 – Apr 6 Limay River Lodge

Come with us. You'll be glad you did! More details.

 

 

Suppleflex, Powerflex, Fluroflex-- choose wisely

Ok, we know most anglers just grab whatever tippet material is handy as long as it's the right “X” but Simon tells us why understanding tippet choices can make a huge difference in our “catchability”.   rio

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21

Bird's Nest Sulphur Emerger, First Aid Kit & Flying with Family

Bird's Nest Sulphur Emerger

It's all about sulphurs here in Pennsylvania right now. Anglers who stay on the water until dark will see incredible hatches of these mayflies along with a spattering of other summer flies. In this video from Midcurrent, Tim Flagler shows us how to tie the Bird's Nest Sulphur Emerger. Perfect timing for summer fishing.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-birds-nest-sulphur-emerger/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a4d21ffba9-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-a4d21ffba9-18929377

First Aid Kit Essentials

firstaid2 2 640If you're headed out on the Appalachian Trail or taking the kids camping, these are some essential items to keep in your First Aid Kit. In a recent piece for MidCurrent, Jess McGlothlin gives practical tips on what to include in your kit and why, but perhaps more importantly, how to pack it for convenience and efficiency. You can read his excellent 2-part article from the link.

Sponges, band-aids, butterfly bandages
Prep pads, moleskin
Tweezers, allergy ointment
Antibiotic cream, AfterBite
Ibuprofen
Towelettes
Medical tape
Clot material (pad)

Benadryl tabs
Imodium
Mucinex/DayQuill
Water purification tabs
Ibuprofen
Amoxicillin/cipro
Cough drops
Less drowsy Dramamine (seasickness)
Electrolyte tabs
Activated charcoal tabs

Suture kit
Gauze, tape, co-flex wrap
Leatherman or similar tool

Thank you, Jeff and MidCurrent.

Flying With The Family

Southwest family boarding 1024x768Read about this family's interesting flying experience with Southwest Airlines..... it's a happy one. Good to know about this airline.

https://boardingarea.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6d73013b796c0ecc02ebb36aa&id=b66743b85b&e=a29a88a0e5

Our complements to Southwest.

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14

It's Summer Time!

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It's Summer Time!

Sulphurs, slate drakes, beetles, flying ants – it is summer time fishing and everyone is loving it. Trout streams all over the northeast should be in great shape and fishing well. We continue to have a wet late spring/early summer and the extra water has kept our stream, Fishing Creek, fresh and cold. It's a great year to be fishing every chance you get as some of our guests here will attest!

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Adipose & Frankfurter

As we move into summer and warmer air and water temperatures, it is more important than ever to be careful when handling and releasing fish. Here is a cute tongue-in-cheek clip from Redington on just that with Bob Frankfurter and Dr. Adipose. Enjoy.  redington

 

Stay Safe Stay In Touch


LynQ 3At one time or another we have all lost track of a partner, a child, a pet and the experience can be terrifying. It doesn't have to be in a remote area either, it can be at the county fair or a concert. The LynQ is ingenious, it's safe, doesn't require cell reception, and easy enough for young children to use.
Stay connected with LynQ.

https://www.anglingtrade.com/2018/05/21/lynq-a-new-way-to-track-people-for-safety-in-the-backcountry/

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07

Inch worms & Sulphurs are here and Different Styles of Dry Fly Patterns

Inch Worms & Sulphurs Are Here

Barry writes about summer fishing

Looking out of my office window, I realize that summer is coming fast. It's hard to believe that our spring fishing is nearly done. Everyone loves the early Hendricksons and we miss them already. The hatch was sporadic and the weather unstable, typical of early spring. Next was our march browns and they were early on Fishing Creek, but provided some nice dry fly action for those lucky enough to get out and catch the hatch.  May fly spinner 05A

What is starting now is probably our most dependable fishing in the way of insect activity. Inch worms provide exciting day time fishing, especially on warm sunny days, and evening sulphur hatches and spinner falls will last well into July. Angler's won't have to rush to the stream for the sulphurs, the flies often wait for the last bit of light to make their appearance and will continue well after dark. There will often still be flies on the water early the next morning. 

647 INCH WORMOur favorite imitation for the inch worm is a black bead head sinking inch worm. Sight fish these flies whenever you can and use a strike indicator when you can't sight fish them. We like a comparadun for the adult sulphur and a poly wing for the spinner. These flies are available through our online store.

Summer is fast approaching and our summer hatches will provide some of the best fishing of the year. We hope you get out often to enjoy it.   -Barry

Different Styles of Dry Fly Patterns

 
Thoughts from Head Guide, Jim Kukorlo     

Hopefully the high and fast water days are behind us and its perfect timely coming into early June where we are expecting to see some of the best hatches of the season. Water levels are dropping nicely and the next few weeks could produce some great dry fly fishing.
Dry fly fishing by far is the most favorite form of fly fishing for most fly fishermen but it can also be the most challenging. After the first few days of any hatch the trout can become very selective. There are several different dry fly patterns to chose from. The Traditional Catskill Dry Fly, Compara Duns, Thorax Style and Parachutes are the style of dry flies that I tie and fish. Its important to have all of these patterns in your fly box to use in different water conditions and when you are fishing over selective trout. Lets take a look at each of these different styles of dry flies and when they work the best.

Traditional Catskill Dry Fly: These dry flies are probably the most commonly used patterns. They have been around for a long time and have caught a lot of trout over the years.
The traditional full hackle flies ride high in the water and will float very well. If the flies are poorly tied with tails too long or hackle too long they will float unnatural in the water and can twist your leaders.
Because they float well and ride high in the water they are great to tie attractor patterns with. Flies such as the Yellow Stimulator, Adams Wulff and the Royal Wulff just to name a few. These flies work well on size 8 and 10 hooks and they are the perfect fly to use when fishing the dry fly dropper method. Which is tying a tippet off the bend of the dry fly and attaching a nymph on the end of the tippet.

Thorax Style Dry Fly: Vince Marinaro introduced this style of dry fly in his book “A Modern Dry Fly Code” many years ago. Vince revolutionize the way we tied and fish dry flies with this method.
With the wings tied in the middle of the hook and the tails split the fly has a more realistic look of a real mayfly. The hackle is tied in an X around the wing and the body extends up to the eye of the hook. When finished you can use your scissors to cut a V in the bottom of the hackle which adds to the stability of the fly. I use this pattern a lot when I'm fishing is small runs and riffles.
Its has all of the things you want in a dry fly. Realistic looking, floats well and it's been a favorite of mind for more years then I want to remember.

Compara Duns Dry Fly: When fishing over selective trout this is the pattern you want to be using. Tied with the wings in the middle of the hook along with the split tails like I use in the thorax style dry fly. This fly has a lot good features and it's my go to dry fly pattern. Be sure to use micro fibers for the tail and coastal deer hair for the wings. With no hackle on the fly the body lies on the water surface giving it a more natural look of a real mayfly. You don't need expensive necks for hackles and the compara dun is easy to tie once you master the deer hair wing. I tie most of my mayflies using compara duns and thorax style duns. Time and time again I catch more trout and have less refusal using the Compara Dun then any other dry fly pattern that I use. Easy to tie and catches fish. Sounds like a winner to me.

Parachutes Dry Fly: Another very popular and effective technique to tie dry flies and one that I don't use a lot of and maybe I should. The parachute has a more tradition catskill look except the hackle is tied around the base of the wing thus giving it a parachute look. The fly body floats in the surface much like the compara dun and gives a very good presentation of a natural mayfly. A favorite among a lot of fly fishermen.Back to why I don't use it a lot. I find that the fly can cast hard especially in larger hook sizes. I don't think the hackle has much use because it's at the bottom of the wing and doesn't really touch the water so why use it. You get the same effect with the compara dun plus the compara dun is easier and quicker to tie. I like simple and easy. As a guide I can go through a lot of flies and as much as I like tying flies I would much rather be fly fishing.
I do however tie some of my tried and true go to patterns such as the Adams and Light Cahill. Parachutes also work well to use with the dry fly drop using a small nymph trailing off the back of the dry fly. The Parachute is the perfect fly to use when tying emerger patterns. If you use a curved hook the body will ride low in the surface film giving the fly a great emerging appearance. I think I just talked myself into tying and fishing more parachutes dry flies. We all have our favorite flies and patterns that we are successful with. Don't get hung up on one style or technique of dry flies. Having options could come in handy when fishing over selective trout.

 

Bighorn River Opportunity   4 nights/3 days

We have one room open for the Bighorn River for a part-week. August 28 – Sept. 1. 4 nights/3 days. This is trico time on the 'Horn. If you like fishing this incredible hatch, you will love the Bighorn in August. Call us or Denise at Frontiers 800-245-1950.

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31

Upcoming trip openings, Ken Cooley & Guide Position Available

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We have one or two rooms to fill in Spain (October 13-20) & Chile (January 12-19, 2019). Each trip offers a nice variety of trout fishing and interesting things for a non-angler to enjoy. Easy in and out with only one internal flight each way. If you enjoy fishing in spectacular mountain scenery, this one is for you.

Take a look at our itineraries for Spain and Chile and then call to reserve space. Both are great trips.    

 

Ken Cooley (5/31/1928 – 5/26/2018)

kencooleyThose of you who travel with us to the Argentina and the Bighorn River will remember Ken Cooley. Ken was a regular who often came with his wife Foy; his brother-in-law V.O., or other members of his family. Ken passed away on May 26, 2018, just a couple days shy of his 90th birthday. In Foy's words, “He left us the way he wanted to – living and celebrating every moment of life to the end, doing so with kindness and humility and selfless devotion to his family and friends.” God Bless you Ken. You will be greatly missed.

 

Guide position in AlaskaKANEKTOK AK 20165078

Reel Action is looking for a guide to finish out the season at the Kanektok Camp in Alaska, from mid-July to the end of the season. Details from Paul Jacob, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. What a job!

 

Here at Home

Fishing is good here despite the unstable weather. Here are a few recent images from our guides and clients. Happy faces, great fish!

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24

Water Water Everywhere, Troutbitten, & Mexico in the Rearview

Water Water Everywhere

No one is complaining about it being dry here this spring! Barry guided yesterday in rising water and steady rain. He pulled out a RIO 250 grain sink-tip for his friend and client, David Thiemann, and here's proof that you don't give up when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate!  For video clips of their days, see our Instagram and Facebook stories. 

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TROUTBITTEN
Life On The Water

We'd like to share an interesting web site with you. Domenick Swentosky, of https://troutbitten.com, blogs from central Pennsylvania. It's refreshing for us to find a Pennsylvania based writer when so often the pieces we share are about fishing outside our area.

Domenick's site is full of fishing information, but this week we'd like to share his Fifty Fly Fishing Tips: #42 – Work into the Prime Spots (the others are good too). Thank you Domenick. Enjoy.

https://troutbitten.com/2018/05/21/fifty-fly-fishing-tips-42-work-into-the-prime-spots

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Mexico in the Rearview

If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen a few photos from Mexico. We had 10 days of beautiful weather, warm and sunny, without wind. Yes, I said – without wind. 4 days at Grand Slam Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen and 4 days at Campeche Tarpon Bay. Grand Slam gave us all good shots at permit, snook, bonefish, and tarpon. Campeche delivered baby tarpon, lots of them. It was a exceptional week and we hated to see it end.

The day before we got home lightning hit our home and offices. No structural damage (thank goodness), but lots of electronic damage. Too much to go into here. We are still replacing things like our generator, servers, phones, lots of computer stuff, etc. We'll have a photo album from Mexico ready for next week. Here are a few cell shots until then.

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10

Spain Openings & March Browns

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Eastern Pyrenees, Spain
October 13-20, 2018

0344 Mountain lightFall in the Eastern Pyrenees is a very special season. Mountainous wild trout streams, small tail waters, and spring creeks. Enjoy cool crisp mornings, warm afternoons, gorgeous fall color on the hill sides. Non anglers have their own private vehicle and tour guide. Monasteries, cathedrals, castles and zebra, brown and rainbows. Come along, Spain is a wonderful adventure for everyone – anglers and non anglers.

For more information and prices.

To see more photos of our past trip to Spain click here

 

March Browns – The Misunderstood Mayfly! by Jim Kukorlo

In the first few weeks of trout season we have seen Hendricksons, Blue Quills, Early Black Stones and Caddis hatches. Along with great water levels the fishing has been very good. That is, if you don't mind fishing in a snow squalls and some very windy days. With more spring like weather the water temperature is warming up and the fishing is about to get better. I'm even starting to seen a few of my favorite mayfly - The March Browns! The reason it's my favorite hatch of the year is because it offers the fly fishermen so many different and productive ways to fly fish.

On Fishing Creek we usually start seeing the March Browns around Mother's Day and continuing into the first week of June. Water temperature near the mid-50s is necessary to trigger the start of the hatch.

brownThere are a lot of misunderstood things about the March Brown mayfly including the name itself. The name was adopted from a European mayfly that hatches in March that the early American Anglers were similar with, so they adopted the name even though our mayfly hatches in May.

In cold water you can expect to see them in late morning and early afternoon. Sizes vary from size 10 to size 12. March Brown Duns color vary from a pale yellow to a light tan. Many March Brown dry fly patterns are tied too dark to match the color we have here on Fishing Creek. The bold dark brown color on their back and legs isn't what the trout sees, but rather the light tan underbody of the mayfly.

The March Brown Dun hatch is sporadic throughout the day, which is a misconception by many fly fishermen who are excepting to see a blanket hatch that we usually see with Henderickson and other mayflies throughout the season. Seeing a heavy, steady hatch of March Browns is rare. But on occasions I have seen a steady hatch of March Browns especially on cloudy rainy days. A few years ago I woke to a rainy, dreary day and immediately decided I would not stay at work all day. By noon I finished all of the important issues and took the rest of the day off. Asked where I was going, I said fly fishing. I was quickly reminded that it was raining and I mentioned that trout don't mind water and if I was right I would have fishing stories to tell. The rain was very heavy by the time I got on the water and it was one of the best March Brown hatches I have ever fished. But don't be discouraged by the sporadic hatch because there is more to the hatch then meets the eye. Blind casting a dry fly is a very effective way to fish the March Brown hatch. I don't very often blind cast a dry fly but I will when March Browns are starting to get active. Once the hatch starts the trout are very aware of all stages of the mayfly. The nymphs are in the family of clingers and are found in riffles and fast runs. In high water the nymphs migrate from the fast water to slack areas around boulders and near the shore to hatch. Even though Duns may not be on the water the nymphs are very active swimming to these areas in preparation to emerging. Fishing a nymph or soft hackle wet fly along these areas can be very productive. The nymphs have a very wide almost flat body. I prefer a size 10 2x long hook and use the dubbing loop method for a flat body effect.  joni pyle

Another characteristic of the March Brown Dun is that it struggles in the surface film to hatch. Rainy cloudy days contribute to this and the trout have many opportunities to feed on them. Once the dun hatches it struggles on the water to dry it wings to take flight. When fishing the dry fly be sure to slightly twitch the fly to imitate the struggling dun. Fishing a March Brown emergers can sometimes be more productive then fishing the dry fly. A good imitation of a cripple or a struggling dun trying to hatch is a March Brown soft hackle. Fish it just below the surface. So when do you fish the dry fly, emerger or the nymph? To solve that problem I fish tandem flies, I use a thorax style dry fly with a March Brown nymph as my second fly or I use a March Brown emerger as the second or drop fly. If I'm not seeing duns on the water I will fish a weighted March Brown nymph with a strike indicator so I fish the nymph at the water depth that I want.

The March Brown seems to be the problem child of all the mayfly hatches. It's does a lot of goofy things from the nymphs stage to the adult stage. So it will be no surprise to you that in the spinner stage it's not quite like other mayflies. Like all mayflies when the dun lifts off the water it flies into the tree to molt. Like all mayflies after the female and males mate, the female will lay it eggs and both will die on the water as spent spinners. In the spinner stage the March Brown body is a medium brown color. (A Rusty Spinner is a great spinner to use) Evening arrives and you see March Brown spinners high in the air. As darkness approaches they are lower to the water and then POOF. Gone! Back up into trees to mate another night. Due to hatching in small numbers daily the spinner fall is a collection of spinners over a period of several days. March Browns like most mayflies can live for a long period of time in the spinner stage. It is believed by some that the male / female ratio has to matcjimh in numbers before they will mate. So if are lucky enough to be on the water to see a March Brown spinner fall it will produce an evening to remember.

Hope this helps you better understand the March Brown hatch and how to fish it and the many different ways to fly fish during the March Brown emergence period. It will give you some of the most exciting fishing opportunities of the season.

I attached a photo of my friend John R with a beautiful Rainbow Trout he caught last May on a March Brown Nymph. There were very few duns on the water that day but the nymph was the fly of the day.  

 

Most Underrated Species on Fly Gear?

Angling Trade News is running a survey. Vote and view the results below. 10 species are in the survey. You might be surprised.

https://www.anglingtrade.com/2018/05/01/angling-trade-survey-what-is-the-most-overlooked-underrated-species-anglers-can-catch-with-fly-gear/

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Thoughts of San Huberto, Hendricksons, & Books and the Electronic Age

Thoughts of San Huberto by John Marcello

John & Jane Marcello joined us on a recent trip to San Huberto and I asked him to write a little bit about the trip and share some of his photos with us.   Below are his thoughts and you can see his photos by clicking here.

 

My wife and I fished the desolate and windswept Malleo River from the very elegant Hosteria San Huberto with Cathy and Barry Beck in March.  john m

Fly fishing on the Malleo was as invigorating as I would imagine golfing at St. Andrews can be. Both storied destinations draw seasoned sportsmen and both are gloriously wild, subject to nature’s occasional reminder of the rough conditions which carved the rugged landscapes.

Strong winds and blowing rains produced more wind burns than sunburns and set the fly fishing bar a bit higher on this trip. Every good cast however was still honored with a beautiful brown or rainbow. We used a full repitoir of dries, nymphs and streamers. Large fish were in the 20 to 22 inch category and there were many of them. However, “there are monsters here” such as the kyped 28 inch brown one of our younger colleagues landed before this adventure came to an end.

Cathy and Barry are consummate hosts. The Hosteria San Huberto is comfortably elegant. Asado barbecue and Malbec are a great pair. Stories by tired fishermen at the bar following a long day never get old. The Lanin volcano sees
everything. Caracara are weird. Old guides rule. Triangular dry fly takes and explosive jumps are unforgettable. The Rio Malleo is a changeable beauty.

Altogether, a grand memory.

Hendricksons

We've waited all winter for spring (which was very late in coming) and dry fly fishing. It was worth the wait and now we are in the peak of our Hendricksons. Here is a new take on an old favorite. Join us as Tim Flagler walks us through a new version of tying the Hendrickson. And then get out and fish, the beautiful spring hatches won't last long enough!

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-parachute-hendrickson/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b066480da9-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-b066480da9-18929377

Will Books Survive the Electronic Age?

We hope so. Reflect on Steve Raymond's interesting take on the subject. Most of us share his sentiments and we may even pick up a copy of his latest book.

https://midcurrent.com/books/calm-cool-and-collected/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=82e03e176c-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-82e03e176c-18929377

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New Nikon D850, A Deliberate Life, & Stream Report

Nikon D850 Update from Barry

I can't tell you how many images I’ve made with a Nikon camera in a lifetime of shooting, but I will tell you that from the first frame out of my new Nikon D850 I knew that I was shooting with the best camera ever. The D850 is incredibly fast at nine d850frames per second with the battery grip and the En-El18b battery, and the color and clarity of the images are over the top thanks to the 46 MP CMOS sensor.

Cathy and I have just returned from a month of hosting fly fishing trips in Argentina, so I put the D850 through its paces shooting in low light to fast action situations. It’s a dream to work with this camera. We will soon take a group to Mexico where we hope to shoot jumping tarpon shots, and I look forward to also shooting action video with the D850.

If you’re serious about photography, in my opinion there has never been a better Nikon. For questions and more information, contact Jody Grober at Roberts Camera This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the Nikon D850, you’ll be glad you did.

Here's a link to a small selection of images that Barry shot with his D850 for you to check out

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A Deliberate Life

We found this video on MidCurrent. It's a very thoughtful introspective look at what makes us happy in life – really happy, content....what feeds the soul. It's about 33 minutes and it took me all afternoon to view it because I kept getting pulled away from it with other things. But, what keeps coming to my simple mind is how do they pay the rent, eat, buy gas.....

I'd love to know more about these people. Who are they? Are they guides? What is their story – beyond the video? We seriously admire each of them and would love to know how they do it.

Someone out there must know these folks, they're obviously sensitive, gentle....focused people. Please give us your thoughts. Let us know what you think. Send us a sentence or two.

It's a very well done beautiful video. Makes me want to run off and pitch a tent on the river, but maybe I'll wait until summer.....

Stream Report

Hendricksons and Blue Quills are hatching here on Fishing Creek and the weather man promises that warmer weather is on the way. Spring is late in coming, but the stream is in great shape and fishing is good. Some warmer nights will kick our hatches into high gear and we'll soon see grannom caddis join the line-up of spring hatches.

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Argentina Review, Soft Hackles, and Down & Dirty

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We spent most of March in Argentina and for most of that time we had sunny days and mild temperatures. Lots of beautiful fish were brought to net, miles and miles of exceptional trout water were fished, and many great memories made.  

Here are a few images from the three lodges we visited, Estancia Tecka, San Huberto, and the Limay River Lodge. Thanks to all of you who joined us on this amazing trip and thanks to the lodges, the incredible guides, and great staffs. We will be back next year.    Click here to view photos

 

Skip Morris on Soft Hackles

What About Soft Hackled Flies 640During the spring hatches is a perfect time to fish soft hackles. We recently gave you a short video by Simon Gawesworth at RIO where he introduces a new specialty line for swinging soft hackles and streamers (take a look back), and today we have a very good short article by renowned fly tier and author, Skip Morris, about soft hackles and fishing these flies – with a great dressing for a March Brown Spider. It's perfect timing!

https://midcurrent.com/experts/what-about-soft-hackled-flies/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97a0e3d763-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97a0e3d763-18929377

Down & Dirty

Barry is featured currently on the RIO Blog with his Down & Dirty fishing techniques. Fishing conditions aren't always what you want them to be. Here's some tips when things don't go your way.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/down-dirty

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Season Opener, Spring Guiding & Spey for Single Handed Rods

Season Opener

As you might expect, we are in high gear around here this week. Trout season opens this Saturday and it looks like we are finally going to have some warm temperatures for opening weekend. The water on Fishing Creek is in great shape, the guides have been seeing a few early black stoneflies and the others will soon follow. Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, and Grannom Caddis usually usher in the season but this year have been slow in showing, but with a couple days of warm temperatures the hatches will get going.

With early season in mind I’ve asked Jim Kukorlo, our head guide, to give us his thoughts on fishing at this time of year. 636 WINTER FLY FISHING JKThanks, Jim, for sharing these with all of us:

Early Season Fly Fishing

Traditionally with the Opening Day/Week of Trout season most streams are running high, fast and cold. This year's Early Season will certainly live up to that and then some. Today I saw some snow in spots and ice clinging to tree branches along the water edge. When the weather decides to act like it's Spring and not Winter it will still take some time for the water temperature to warm up.

So it's not surprising that I'm seeing very little insect activity. Early Black Stones are spotty and I haven't seen any caddis or mayflies to get excited about.

If you’re going out, be sure to dress for the occasion with long johns and wool socks. Don't forget fingerless gloves and hand warmers. Hand warmers are a must if you plan on fishing after releasing a trout or two. It's always a good idea to dress in layers for warmth and it's easy to take off layers as the afternoon temperatures rise. I don't mean for this to sound all dark and gloomy. Cheer up. Trout Season is here. “Let's Fish”

Nymph fishing will probably be the name of the game and there are a few things to remember when fishing in cold and fast water. The most common mistake most fly fishermen make is not fishing deep and slow enough. One rule of thumb I tell fishermen is when you think your fly is deep enough add one more split shot. I believe you are one split shot away from catching trout. Detecting a strike can be tough in these conditions too. I highly suggest to fish with a strike indicator. Even with using an indicator the strikes can be very supple. One of the most common mistakes I see fishermen make is misreading a strike. If the indicator stops or just looks funny set the hook. I have a early season fly box with heavily weighted nymphs and streamers. I use tungsten bead heads on my nymphs and on a few flies I even add some additional weight. Off color water or muddy water scares off some fly fishermen. But in this kind of water darker color nymphs work well as does a pink or brown Squiggly Wiggly Worm pattern.

For extremely high and fast water I switch to fishing streamers. A sinking tip line works best in these conditions and I prefer the RIO Streamer Tip fly line. Once again “Slow and Deep” is the name of the game. If you are not bumping off the bottom of the stream with your streamer you’re not deep enough. Use a streamer that is big and heavy and moves water when you retrieve it. Cathy's Super Bugger is my go to fly in high, fast and cold water. The last thing I change is the color. I prefer to start with darker streamers and change to lighter colors. Carry an assortment of colors in your fly box. Black, Olive, Brown, White and Yellow all can catch fish under different water conditions.

Early season conditions can be frustrating at times, but hopefully these suggestions will help you to have a more successful and enjoyable day on the water.

Spey for Single Handed Rods

For Soft Hackles & Streamers

Are you wondering what all the hype is about spey lines for single handed rods for trout fishing? Here's the short version from Simon Gawesworth at RIO. For roll casting, swinging soft hackles, fishing streamers, the new InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D, in line weights 3-8, might just be the answer. We love listening to Simon and here he tells us all about the new line. Thank you Simon & RIO.

Spring Guided Fishing

The guiding season is ramping up for us. Three of the four best months of the year for fishing are here — April, May, June & October. Fishing Creek is freestone so the summer fishing, while good, can be quite technical with low water and spooky fish. So, this is it, right now!

If you’d like to come and fish, look at your calendar and give us a call (570-925-2392). Early season fishing can be very special as these photos show.

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Season Opener Ug Special, Simple Nymph Tips & Trip Availability

Season Opener Ug Special

season specialIn keeping with the season, we're offering a special on our Ug Nymphs. This is a perfect pattern for early season fishing. Weighted to sink fast, segmented and with life-like legs, the Ug looks like a big stonefly, or anything buggy. Fish it alone, in tandem, or trailed behind a streamer, these flies work!
Regularly $2.00 each, get a baker's dozen Ugs in a good mix of online colors, all size 8.

$19.95

Limited time only. Regular shipping applies.

Click here to purchase from our online store

Simple Nymph Tips

Spring fishing can often mean cold water and lethargic fish, so nymph fishing is often the most effective way to catch fish. Nothing beats simple....yet effective. This short video clip offers some great tips for getting started in tandem nymph fishing. Thank you Stream Outdoors for a great tutorial.

Hosted Trip Availability

We currently have the following available on upcoming trips. Itineraries & pricing are on our website. 1214 GRAND SLAM 2015Please let us know if you have any questions. Hope you can join us!

May 8-13   Grand Slam Lodge, Mexico 2 rooms                                
May 13-18    Campeche Tarpon, Mexico Sold Out
June 18-28   Ireland, trout/salmon Sold Out
Aug. 3-12    Kenektok, Alaska, silvers/etc. Sold Out
Aug. 18-25    Bighorn River, Montana Sold Out
Aug. 25-9/3    Bighorn River, Montana 2 rooms
Oct. 13-20    Spain, Pyrenees, trout, 3 rooms
Dec. 1-8    Tres Valles, Argentina, trout, 2 rooms

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Grand Slam, Mexico, Get the Right Line & Wyoming's Drug Ranch

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Grand Slam, Mexico

Looking for a few days in salt water, but can't get away for a week? We've got the answer! Come along with us to Grand Slam Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen, Mexico. Timed for good weather and good fishing, May 8-13. Four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, snook and maybe baby tarpon. Excellent modern accommodations on the water, great guides, great timing. Get the details here.

 

 

Get The Right Line!

We've mentioned this before, but as spring approaches and we start checking our gear and replacing lines, be sure to check out the RIO Line Selector on their web site. Match up your rod with the perfect line. Rodline selectors from most manufacturers are represented. Having the proper line for your rod can make all the difference!  

https://www.rioproducts.com/    

 

Wyoming's Drug Ranch  

Sometimes I have to stretch to find articles that I think our readers will find interesting. Well, here's one that was news to me from the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River in northwestern Wyoming. Thanks to The Drake magazine for bringing this one to life.    eagle

http://www.drakemag.com/featured-content/daily-drake/1910-cocaine-smugglers-clarks-fork-river-property-enters-public-lands-dispute.html

 

We wish you all a blessed Easter Weekend!

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Report from Argentina, Facial Scanning & Spring Fishing Tips

Report from Argentina

Barry and Cathy are finishing up in Argentina as I write this week. They had a beautiful week of warm fall weather at Estancia Tecka the first week but the second week proved to be more difficult with wind at San Huberto. The volcano had fresh snow almost everyday and through it all, some very nice fish were caught. We will have a report from the Limay River next week, but click here to see a few shots from the first two lodges.

Check out the new rotisserie video clip.

Facial Scanning at Airportsfacial scanning

An interesting new screening process is coming to U.S. Airports. We've used it in several international airports this spring and it's fast and efficient. Read more about it here.

 

 

10 Spring Fishing Tips

1. When possible, cast down or use a reach cast so the fish see the fly before they see the fly line. Your fly line in the water will alert the fish to your presence.


2. The deeper pools will have a warmer water temperature than the riffles. In the spring trout will like these areas better. As the water warms, they will begin to spread out.


3. Water on the surface moves faster than water underneath so when fishing nymphs be sure you have enough weight to get the fly down. Consider using tungsten.


4. Don't be discouraged if you find off-color water. Fish feed often and muddy water can mean that more food is in the water and you can often get away with using larger darker flies. Pay attention to areas where muddy water is mixing with cleaner water.


5. During spring hatches when many fish are feeding, pick one and concentrate on that fish. You will catch more fish this way than by shot-gunning the water with random casts.


SPRING FLY FISHING 17506. Fish are less active when water is very cold. Slow down your retrieve when fishing streamers and be sure your fly is on the bottom. If you're not occasionally picking up debris off the bottom you may not be on the bottom. If you're hung up continuously, switch to a slightly lighter fly. 


7. Dry Dropper. When fishing a dry fly, add a dropper about 10-12 inches by using a clinch knot off the bend of the dry fly. This will increase your odds of catching fish. On a larger dry use a spring nymph like a quill gordon, Hendrickson, or march brown. On smaller flies, or if the dry is being pulled under by the nymph, switch to a small bead head pheasant tail, BWO, or caddis pupae. Slow down the cast and stop for a second longer on the back cast to prevent tangles.


8. Use the appropriate tippet size for your hook size. Generally speaking, use 3X for hook sizes 10-14; 4X for 12-16; 5X for 14-18; and 6X for 16-22. For heavier flies, err on the heavy side and for lighter, go lighter. The dropper should be a same size or one size lighter than the lead fly.


9. Stalk your fish. Wear neutral earthy colors and approach carefully from behind or downstream. Fish have very good eyesight and can readily pick up movement on the bank, especially when the water is clear.


10. When blind casting always start with short casts and then add a little line to each cast so that you cover the water near you first. Fish are often closer than you think. Learn to spot fish in the water.

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Lefty Kreh, Braided Loops & Looking Back on New Zealand

Lefty Kreh Dies

Lefty Kreh 2010 1119Lefty died Wednesday March 14th. There are many memorials on the internet but we will link two of them here. He was bigger than life and there will never be anyone else quite like him. So, this spring when the fishing is good and it's a pleasant day on the water, let's take a minute and think about how lucky we are to be where we are at that moment and whisper a prayerful “thank you Lefty”. He would like that. God Bless you Lefty.

http://www.flyfisherman.com/news/lefty-kreh/

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-obit-lefty-kreh-20171113-story.html

Braided Loops

The introduction of braided loops has certainly made attaching our leaders much easier, faster, and simpler. But as you prepare for spring fishing and examine your fly lines, you may find that the loop is showing signs of wear and needs to be replaced.

You have two choices, either buy a pack of ready-to-go braided loops or make your own. I think I'll buy mine, but even so you will find RIO's How-to-make-a-braided-loop video interesting. I don't know about you, but I find that there is always a tip or short cut or something to learn from these clips. Thank you RIO for giving us the How-To series.

We'll also include a second clip which shows attaching the braided loop to the fly line.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/rio-s-attaching-a-braided-loop

 

New Zealand in the Rearview Window

We have a few photos from our friends/clients who were on the February NZ trip to share with you. Beautiful brown trout!

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Kim Savit  Mark Savit  Sally and Matt

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Early Black Stoneflies, Why I like Tungsten, & Finding Joe Brooks

Tim Flagler's Euro Early Black Stonefly

timEarly black stoneflies are a often a step ahead of most signs of spring. Tim shows us how to tie and easy early black stonefly nymph in this easy-to-follow tying video. Thank you Tim and MidCurrent.  Click here for the video  

 

Why I like Tungsten

Barry and I are using more tungsten bead nymphs than ever before. We used to pinch on the split shot, sometimes 2 or 3 at a time to get the fly down. Then, years later, came the realization of what lead was doing to streams and rivers, not to mention birds and waterfowl. Eventually the light came on, probably from fishing in New Zealand where all split has been banned for years, and we started the transition to tungsten. There are still times when we may use a tiny bead or two of shot but most of the time when we need to get down, we use tungsten.

There are a lot of good reasons to switch. Here are a few:

1. We don't weaken the leader by crimping on split shot with forceps or pliers. I remember squeezing as hard as possible with pliers trying to keep the shot from slipping and of course it weakened the leader.
2. There is no shot to lose so I know my no-lead practices are better for the environment.
3. My leader doesn't get tangled as often now from not slowing down on my casting stroke.
4. I'd rather have one tungsten nymph hit me in the back of the head than 2 or 3 split shot and a nymph.
5. Tungsten gets the fly down deeper faster than lead. Tungsten is twice as dense as lead and 1.7 times heavier.
6. Tungsten deflects much easier and recoils so hang ups aren't so frequent.
7. And last, it takes me less time to get fishing! No more looking for the right size split shot, finding the opening and getting the leader in it, crimping it in place.....

tungWith spring approaching, think about tungsten nymphs or already weighted nymphs and streamers. They can be very effective and are much easier to use and cleaner in the environment. Tungsten patterns in our store.   -Cathy

 

Finding Joe Brooks

We were happy to find this video on Fly Dreamers. In it two of our favorite people, Lefty and Jorge Trucco, talk about the legendary Joe Brooks and his early days in Argentina and how he changed the sport of fly fishing for trout. It is truly a walk down memory lane with interesting narrative and great filming. Thank you guys, great job.

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NZ Recap, The Perfect Cast & Tying the BWO Sparkle Dun

New Zealand Recap

Despite a season of tough weather in New Zealand we had a good two weeks at Riverview and Owen River Lodges on the South Island. Early flooding, then extreme heat, and back to high water has everyone anxious for stable weather, but luckily we found rivers in pretty good shape and fish willing and able to play. Click here to see a few photos from our anglers. Enjoy.

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The Perfect Cast    rio

Here's something to help you while away the time between now and opening day. Simon Gawesworth talks to us about how to make a perfect cast. As many of you know, Simon is the face behind RIO products and is a popular presenter at shows and other angler gatherings. Sit back and enjoy.

 

Tying the BWO Sparkle Dun

We came across a good clip on tying the improved Sparkle Dun with Matt Grobert. Add a few of these duns to ydunour tying list for spring.

https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/fly-tying-improved-bwo-sparkle-dun       

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