DEC
14

Images for Reflection by Barry

Images for Reflection

It's Christmas and a new year is waiting just around the corner. For Cathy and I, it's down time, no more airports or packed bags for a couple weeks. It's a special time to spend with family and friends and it's also a time of reflection, to look back through our image bank and remember the people and places along the way. Our work as trip leaders for Frontiers and an equally long time with Farbank (Sage, RIO, Redington), has given us the opportunity to photograph in some amazing locations.

Most photographers have a short list of images that have inspired them and in many ways these images have made them a  better or more appreciative photographer. We like to think of ourselves in this way. We are vLOS ROQUES9744DSC 0044Aery much aware of how truly blessed we are and with another year coming to an end, we'd like to share a few of the images that have made an impact on the way we look at others and life in general.

Children have always been a favorite subject of mine. It amazes me to see how resilient they can be especially when faced with tough times. An image that always comes to my mind is a boy playing on the beach in Los Roques, Venezuela. He studied us as we took his picture then smiled and formed a square around his face with his hands pretending to have a camera and took our picture. We later learned that he was an abused kid with drug addict parents, but that day he was just a kid like any other. We tried to locate him in later trips to the island but he had disappeared and we often wonder and hope that something good came into his life. Cathy has a picture of this boy in her office and below it is a bumper sticker which reads “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” In our trips to Africa, Mongolia, Christmas Island, and other countries we are always moved by how little people have and yet you find this amazing faith and courage to face each new day.

6279 BOLIVIA 2012The following images represent just a few of those special moments when a shutter clicks and an image is made that captures a moment in time that can change our lives. Outside our cabin door a light layer of snow has fallen, there’s a warm fire in the fireplace and winter has found us. But as we look around we know that we don't take life for granted.

Thanks for taking a look and Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

A special thanks to Frontiers, Far Bank, our photography clients, Nikon, and Delta Airlines. 

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07

Behind the Brand, Tres Valles Argentina, & Carp on Tricos

Behind the Brand

1078 SPEY CASTWe've been delighted to bring you each episode of Behind the Brand. It's been a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people who work “behind the brand” at RIO products and to get a little insight into their favorite fishing, home waters, work at RIO, and to put a face with a name.

Today is the last episode and it features Simon Gawesworth, truly the face of RIO, and we know you will enjoy “getting to know Simon” through the clip. And, if you happen to bump into him at a show or on a river somewhere, please know that you will never meet a nicer person.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/behind-the-brand-simon-gawesworth?play=true&utm_source=RIO+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c1e23aaed5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_28_BTB_SG&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1049359efc-c1e23aaed5-85110573

Report from Tres Valles, Argentina

We heard from Barry and Cathy who are with a group at Tres Valles this week, and they are having a great week of warm spring weather and good fishing. The rivers are in great shape and there is still a lot of snow on the mountains so it looks good for the season ahead.

Here are a few photos   

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Carp on Tricos

Browse through the Sage blog for lots of interesting stories and information, among which currently is our blog piece, Carp on Tricos.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/carp-on-tricos

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NOV
30

Contest Entries, Think Tropical, & The Fly Fishing Show Schedule

Short Stories
(from the contest)

West Branch Fishing Creek BC BECK IMAGE04For the next couple of weeks we're featuring a couple of entries from our recent Short Fishing Story Contest. Stanley Cole and Renee Fitts took the grand prize and runner-up last week.  Here are this week's features.  Thanks to all who participated and we hope you all enjoy these as much as we did!

From Walt Paskey

One summer when my daughter was old enough, maybe five, to wade a stream I introduced her to fly fishing. The Yellow Breeches is within walking distance and there is a meadow pathway along the stream that leads to the best pools. My fondest fishing memory has my daughter chasing butterflies in that meadow while breaking into song: "Zippity do-da zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day". I still frequent that meadow on my way to some favorite fishing spots and always give a whistle....you can guess: Zippity do-da.

From Sandy Noyes

We were off the beach in Charlestown ,RI. Looking for bonito. The fog was thick and we only had about 100 feet of visibility. At the same time we heard someone calling for help. We found a diver that lost sight of land and had become disoriented. We threw him a line and towed him to the beach about 100 yards away. Soon after the fog lifted. We heard a loud snort and looked in time to see a large sperm whale breach about a quarter mile away from us. It was the brown version of Moby Dick.

Think Tropical!

May 8-18, 2018, will find us once again at Grand Slam Lodge and Tarpon Bay, Mexico. Join us for 4 days of flats fishing at Grand Slam, near Punta Allen, and four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche. We've combined our two favorite kinds of shallow water fishing into one departure, but anglers can choose to do either or both.1218 GRAND SLAM 20152SM

Recently opened Grand Slam Lodge is located on the beach at Punta Allen, and offers six spacious beachfront villas each with two king beds, air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity and satellite TV. The main lodge features the Kai restaurant with a covered beachfront deck, bar and lounge area. The lodge (with pool) is designed for kicking back and relaxing after fishing.

For our four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche, we will be guests of the Ocean View Hotel, 15 minutes from the airport and 3 minutes from the dock. Restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. Campeche was designated as a UNESSCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to the many historic landmarks. It's an interesting colonial town.

For additional information, prices and photo galleries go to
http://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/hosted-travel/2018/campeche-grand-slam-mexico

 

Mark Your Calendar:

Here's the line-up for the 2018 Fly Fishing Only shows:

Denver, CO January 5, 6 & 7. Denver Mart
Marlborough, MA January 19, 20 & 21. Royal Plaza
Edison, NJ January 26, 27 & 28. NJ Convention & Expo Center
Atlanta, GA February 2 & 3. Infinite Energy Center
Lynnwood, WA February 17 & 18. Lynnwood Convention Center
Pleasanton, CA February 23, 24 & 25. Alameda County Fairgrounds
Lancaster, PA March 3 & 4. Lancaster County Convention Center

For more information: http://flyfishingshow.com/

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21

Contest Winner & America's Favorite Flies

Contest Winner

We have a winner; Congratulations to Stanley Cole. Brooke, Susie and Rebecca all said it was very hard to select only oneWest Branch Fishing Creek BC BECK IMAGE04 winner and actually they couldn’t do it and asked to be allowed to choose a runner-up.  They chose Renee Fitts, congratulations to Renee. Today we give you both of these stories and we will share all the entries with you over the next few weeks. A big thank you to everyone who participated.

From Stanley Cole:

As one can imagine, one of my most memorable times fishing was the first time I put my prosthetic feet in the water. I can't explain the feeling it gave me that sunny spring day. It was in the Smokey Mountains of North Carolina. I just knew if I could get to the water I would be able to catch fish. So, excited and scared with fly rod in hand off i went through the woods. I still get that feeling and chills every time I step into a run and throw my flies. I would like to thank all my mentors and friends that continue to make this possible for me and my loving and understanding wife.

From Renee Fitts:

As a Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing I spent a day with a PTSD veteran young enough to be my son, wading and fishing a small river. He learned to cast a little and read the water, to tie a clinch knot. We talked about boxing and fishing and the weather. At the end of the day we walked out of the river to our cars. He turned to me and said, “I didn’t know life could be like this.” To have made a difference in his life that day will always be my most memorable fishing experience.

America’s Favorite Flies

By John Bryan and Rob Carter

bookThis book is a whopper: more than 235 contributors, 656 pages, oversize, full color throughout. It is the result of endless hours of amazing dedication and work by the editors, contributors, special essayists, artists, and designers. All without financial compensation so that 100% of the profits can be given to organizations that help make our fisheries and waters healthier.

Let us all do our part to help make this wonderful project a great success!

Order your copy today. www.americasfavoriteflies.com

 

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NOV
16

Contest Time, Flying without a Valid ID, & RIO Saltwater Lines

Contest Deadline is Tuesday!

We extended our deadline a few days. Don't forget to send us your “most memorable” fishing experience in 100 words or less. Funny, serious, feel-good, or anything else. We've got some great stories, send us yours! Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Think you can fly without a Valid ID?

Read about this guy's experience.

http://angelinatravels.boardingarea.com/2017/11/13/how-to-fly-without-a-valid-id/?utm_source=BoardingArea&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=BA_Email_Nov15

Plans for a Saltwater Trip?

DirectCore Flats Pro is the newest addition to the RIO family of lines. This new saltwater fly line is built on an amazing new low-stretch, low-memory core that is easy to pull our memory and stays dead straight on the water. Don't believe it? Check it out here. Available now so make sure you have one in your gear bag!    RIO SALT

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NOV
09

Pablo Sarocco Video, Best Duffles & Contest Fun!

Pablo Sarocco

Everyone loves a good video. Our friend and guide, Nico Baldeschi, put us onto Pablo Sarocco's work last year in Argentina. Take a look, the rising fish footage is really good and the clip will make you want to be there.

What abest expedition duffel patagonia sre the Best Duffles?

Joe Jackson (Outside) tests brand name duffles we all recognize (Patagonia, Northface, Fishpond, etc.) for waterproofness, durability, and usability. From the car wash to the hot tub to dragging them behind his car on a dirt road and other tests, here are the results.....you might be surprised.  https://www.outsideonline.com/2103221/what-are-best-duffel-bags  

 

Good-to-know Steelhead Tipsriologo

Click here for 4 Simple Tips from RIO   

 

Contest Fun

We thought it would be fun to have you give us your “most memorable” fishing experience in 100 words obuggerr less. It can be funny, serious, feel-good, or anything else. Entries will be judged by the non-angling girls in our office and will be announced in next week's blog. Winner gets to choose a RIO line of his or her choice and a super bugger selection. Have fun and join in! Send entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by Tuesday     11/14.

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02

Recap on Spain, New Take on an Old Tie, & The Last Cast

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We've always thought the prettiest place to be in the fall is right here in the northeast and while we still think that, we now have a runner-up – the Pyrenees in Spain. With lodging and meals in the quaint rural mountain village of Aren and fishing reaching out from there in all directions, fall in this part of the world is a very special experience. Enjoy a few of our favorite images and consider joining us in 2018.

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View a sample itinerary.

New Take on an Old Tie

Planning to tie Clouser minnows this winter? Take a look at Tim Flagler's video using craft fur. Pretty interesting, an excellent video clip too.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-craft-fur-clouser/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dd3282dba5-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-dd3282dba5-18929377

The Last Cast

In today's busy world it's hard to slow down long enough to enjoy a few paragraphs of a fishing story, and I admit that I started out by rushing through the first paragraph more speed reading than anything else. But I slowed down thinking to myself that this was pretty good and if I just allowed myself I could transition to the time and place Jeff Galbraith describes. Force yourself to take a long two minutes to read without zipping through. It's a real treat. Thank you Jeff and Sage for bringing this to us.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/trout-season?utm_source=MidCurrent&utm_medium=display&utm_content=SeasonTrout-300x250&utm_campaign=Season

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This may be our last chance to get out and enjoy late fall fishing before winter sets in. We still have November days available for guiding and it looks like mild weather is going to stay for awhile.  
Pick a day and come fish with us.

Contest Time

We're putting our heads together and will announce a trivia contest starting soon. Stay tuned for the details. It's sure to be lots of fun and we'll have some great prizes, too.

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OCT
19

Update from Spain, Caring for your Fly Line, & The Albie Hunters

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We heard from Barry and Cathy who are with a group fishing in Spain. The fishing is good and the weather is spectacular in the Pyrenees. Non-anglers and anglers are having lots of fun.  

Caring for Your Fly Line 

For many anglers, it's the end of the season. Among other things like re-proofing your raincoat, checking your rods for any needed attention or repairs, cleaning reels and setting back the drags, replenishing your fly boxes, and so forth, here is a good suggestion from RIO Products on how to clean your fly lines:

The Albie Hunters


Spend some time in Captain Sandy Noyes' boat hunting false albacore off the coast of Stonington, CT, and you quickly realize that this guy knows his stuff. A couple weeks ago we had a couple of amazing days with Sandy & his wife, Gail, (who is as crazy about it as Sandy). We never fished for albies before but knew the fish as a hard fighting saltwater species. We had set aside time in the fall, 2016, when a family illness canceled the trip. Then in September a hurricane made us cancel. Finally two weeks ago Sandy called and said the albies were still around.
We quickly packed and five hours later we were in Mystic, CT. We spent two days casting ten weights and catching our first false albacore. We have to say it's a hoot and Sandy knows his water like no one else. In short, if you like chasing a razor fast saltwater gamefish that's busting bait and will immediately put you into the backing, then this fish is for you. Fall is the season and you may have to go without much notice. Let Sandy know and he will call when the albies show up. Some years the fish stay for a few weeks and other years for a couple months. Just drop everything and go. You'll be so glad you did.


Captain Ralph “Sandy” Noyes
www.rumrunnerguideservice.com
Bass – Bluefish – Bonito – False Albacore
(860) 886-9212

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12

Fall Guiding, Story of the Brown Trout, & Tips from Global Rescue

All anglers here in the northeast are happy again since we are now getting long awaited for rain!

Streams are coming up, fish are moving, and fall is definitely here. Here are a couple photos from the guides this week.

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The story of the Brown Troutbrowntrout

 Almost wherever you roam in the world as you fly fish for trout you will find brown trout. How did this fish get to be in so many places? There are stories in many books about stocking and having to dump trout eggs and fry in streams across the globe when ice or energy ran out. Here is the short version by Alex Ford via MidCurrent and Amberjack:

https://journal.amberjack.com/2016/08/how-brown-trout-got-to-america/

 

An Active Shooter Situation

 With the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, it is apparent that we must be smarter and better prepared than ever before should we find ourselves in an similar emergency situation. Without overacting, we   can try to be prepared to make decisions that may save our life.    

Please read the following message from Global Rescue, take note, and pass it around. We hope you never have to use these suggestions. I like to think of it in the same light as having a fire extinguisher handy.....

https://www.globalrescue.com/personal/blog/detail/Las-Vegas-Active-shooters-crowds-stay-safe/

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28

Teaching Kids to Fly Fish, Yeti It, & RIO's How to Fish a Streamer

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Last week we had Matthew Swartz and a rainbow he caught on Fishing Creek with his dad. This week we came across a short 5-point story by Kirk Deeter, Teaching Kids to Fly Fish: The Five Golden Rules. Great read....and good tips.

https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/teaching-kids-to-fly-fish-the-five-golden-rules  


Yeti It

Okay, so maybe I’m a slow learner but I can recall the first time I saw a Yeti cooler. It was in a local hardware store and I remember the sticker shock. I also remember thinking that my old Coleman works just fine. About three weeks later I was in Holbox, Mexico, fishing with Sand Flea, a local outfitter, and he's standing on a Yeti cooler. I said something about the Yeti and he replied, “What? you don't have one?” And then a while after that I was on the Bighorn river in Montana with outfitter, Matt McMeans, and of course there’s a Yeti in the boat. I made a comment and Matt stares at me and quips, “You don't have one?”

I got home from the Bighorn and friend Ross Purnell, editor of Fly Fisherman Magazine, showed up for a few days of fishing 33 SUSQUHANNA RIVERand in the back of his truck is a Yeti. I couldn't help it, so I asked if he thought they were really that good. You guessed it, Ross said, “You don't have one?” I shook my head. Well, I guess he made a few calls because a couple weeks later a Yeti showed up on our porch, so I tried it. At the end of a long hot summer day, it was still full of ice. I was amazed but was blown away when the next morning, and the next, the Yeti still had most of the ice. Well, the old Coleman is now used for storage in the barn and I currently own three different Yeti coolers and two Yeti tumblers which, incidentally, keeps our coffee hot for hours.

Our truck now sports a Yeti decal and when someone asks about a Yeti, well, you can guess what my answer is.

How To Fish A Streamer

Streamers are effective flies to fish in any season. In a recent How-to episode from RIO, Russ Miller gives us some good tips to try when fishing these flies. With fall and cooler water just around the corner, these tips will be useful.

RIO's How-to Series

2018 Beck Hosted Trips

January 11-21 Estancia De los Rios, Chile (trout)
February 5-21 South Island, New Zealand (trout)
March 3-10 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
March 11-17 Estancia San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
March 17-24 Limay River Lodge, Argentina (trout)
May 8-18 Grand Slam/Tarpon Club, Mexico (baby tarpon, snook,bonefish, permit, etc.)
June (TBA) Ireland (trout)
August 3-12 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, trout, char, salmon)
August 18-25 Bighorn River, Week #1 (trout)
August 25-Sept. 2 Bighorn River, Week #2 (trout)
October (TBA) Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
December 1-8 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

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One Room at San Huberto, Lefty Kreh, & Carp fishing

One Happy Guy

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This young man is Matthew Swartz. He and his dad, Gary, fished on Fishing Creek recently and Matthew did quite well. Water is low for this time of year but they went early and it paid off.
Congratulations, Matthew.

 

One Room at San HubertoMalleo

The Malleo has been called the “jewel of all spring creeks”, and that it truly is. Join us in Argentina for an amazing week, March 11-17, 2018. Lodging on the property at Hosteria San Huberto, 6 days of private guided fishing. 2 persons. Details and itinerary.

Lefty Kreh Profile

Lefty needs no introduction, but here is an interesting profile on Lefty. We think you'll enjoy it.  Lefty

http://www.in-fisherman.com/rigged-ready/ne/local-legends-lefty-kreh/

Carp fishing

We posted earlier about carp fishing at the Yellowtail Reservoir after-bay a couple weeks ago. Barry just gave us this video and if you didn't know better, you'd think it was a brown trout. Look at them sipping in little size 20 tricos!

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Simon in Alaska & Net Extension

Simon in Alaska

SimonSome of you will remember Simon Gawesworth's Spey Clinic which we hosted here a couple years ago. It was a fun weekend with Simon at the helm demonstrating spey casting (as only he can) and helping everyone master the art. This past season Reel Action Camp on the Kenektok River in Alaska hosted a similar clinic (but with much better catch rates!) and have just announced that Simon is returning to Reel Action for a second clinic in July 2018. If you're thinking about Alaska and spey casting, this is definitely for you. Check out the details below and then book your spot because there won't be many and they will go quickly.

http://www.reelactionfly.com/Services/simongawesworthhostedweek2018.html

And speaking of Alaska, we're hosting a week at Reel Action, Aug. 3-12, 2018, timed for silver salmon. It's an exciting time to be in Alaska as this video clip from Reel Action will show:

Bill's Net Extension

903 BIGHORN 2017 Bill Dohmke came up with a great idea for a landing net extension which he shared with us on the Bighorn this past August. Bill took a standard size net and added a 24 inch extension which makes life a lot easier when you have to reach out of a boat or over a weed bed to net a fish. Bill also pointed out that it helps as we get older and find 904 BIGHORN 2017 that it is harder to bend down. The extension is made of ash and is connected with two stainless steel bolts making it easy to take apart for including in checked luggage. Kudos to Bill for a great idea.   

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07

Bighorn Memories, Pro Tips & Fly Fishing Helps Vet

Bighorn Memories

We just wrapped up our annual trip to the Bighorn with two great groups of anglers. The tricos went on every morning for both weeks. After a season of high water, the flows from the Yellowtail Reservoir dropped, thus the river dropped and we had perfect water flows. The consistency of this river and the fishing it provides anglers is simply amazing. We hope you enjoy a few photos from the trip.

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Pro Tips from Orvis

In a recent article, Phil Monahan from Orvis talks to us about low riding terrestrials. These land born insects will be good patterns to use until late October (here in the northeast) when a hard frost will end the terrestrial season. We have always used low-riding flies in caddis, beetles, hopper, and parachute patterns and feature them in our online store, Phil offers up some interesting thoughts and good reasons for choosing this type of fly. Food for thought, for sure.

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/pro-tips-keep-terrestrials-riding-low/?adv=352841&cm_mmc=linkshare-_-je6Nblack deathUbpObpQ-_-1-_-352841

Saltwater Flies Updated

We have updated our saltwater flies in the store. If you're thinking about a trip to saltwater anytime soon, we hope you'll take a look.

Click Here to check out our Store     

Fly Fishing Helps Healing Vet

We conclude this week's blog with a short video from a young man, Landon Mace, military veteran and avid fly fisherman. Enjoy his thoughts on fishing and serving. Our hat's off to you, Landon.  Click here to watch the video

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31

From the Bighorn, Fly Girl Wanted, & Fall Guiding

Our thoughts are with all of our friends and associates who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. We pray that you are all safe and with your families and loved ones.

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We are having a very good two weeks on the Bighorn River, Montana. The mornings are full of tricos with dry fly fishing for about 4 hours each day. Afternoons are slower with a few fish caught on nymphs and streamers, bighorn2017 2but the tricos are the game here this month. After a season of high water, the river is now at 3,000 fps, a perfect water level for wade fishing and drifting. Randy St. John shared a couple photos here, and we're seeing lots of fish in this size range everyday. Think about joining us in 2018. 

Oh, and we even went for carp on trico dries one morning. Great fun. More on this next week. carp

Looking for a Fly Girl

In February, 2018, we'll be on the South Island of New Zealand visiting two premier fishing lodges, Riverview and Owen River Lodge. As we all know, New Zealand offers sight fishing to large browns in gin-clear water like no where else in the world. We have a couple rooms left and if New Zealand is on your bucket list, we invite you to review our itinerary. This is a very exceptional fishing trip, one you will never forget.

With that said, we are looking for a woman angler to join a woman client and good friend of ours from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If that might be you, please contact us for details. 877-278-5638.  cathynz

Fall Guiding

We've still got guiding days available for the fall season here in Pennsylvania. October is one of the prettiest months of the year in the northeast. Fishing is good, fish are in great shape from a season of good hatches and good water, and we all know what's coming..... Get out and enjoy it while you can! fall

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17

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.

http://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/big-bugs?e=8b5f86f70f

 

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.

http://robertscamera.com/

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03

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!

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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.

http://www.flyfisherman.com/news/flip-pallot/#ixzz4lPnrNnjB

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27

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.

http://discovermagazine.com/2016/oct/the-judas-fish

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!

http://www.flyfisherman.com/how-to/match-the-hatch/matching-the-drake-hatch/

WINNER WINNER!

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.

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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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06

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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