Local Help, Turneffe Flats, & Vince Marinaro

Local Call for Help

Sherri Cooney is a personal friend and is involved locally in feeding families who are having a difficult time. This is her plea and I can personally guarantee that any donations are going to be used to put food on the table for these people.

Please consider helping us raise money now while Sherri has someone who is offering to “match donations.” I asked Sherri why she is soliciting donations if the food is free and she explained that CHOP (Child Hunger Outreach Partners), a non profit, pays the PA Food Bank for the food to be given away.

We all appreciate your help, but most of all the receiving families thank you. Please help us make a difference in someone's life today.



Just in Turneffe Flats

We have a small group of friends at Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize this week. They are part of a group that was rescheduled from our April trip and we would love to be there with them. They are catching turneffelodgebonefish, jumping tarpon, and having a beautiful week of weather. Last report was one small permit landed and others sited. We'll have more next week, but it sounds like a great week to be in the salt!


A Nod to Vince

Awhile back MidCurrent ran a nice tribute to Vince Marinaro, author of “A Modern Dry Fly Code” (1950) and “In the Ring of the Rise” (1976). There's no denying that these books inspired anglers to think more carefully about trout behavior and small flies and terrestrials to tempt trout. 

Vincent Marinaro 2Barry and Vince were friends and shortly after we were married, Vince came to visit and fish with Barry for a few days. It was very early (emphasis here!) in my fly fishing career and of course I had no idea who Vince was and truth be known, I only remember him as a grouchy old man. Perhaps partly due to the fact that his car broke down while he was here and I had to take him where he wanted to go because apparently Barry wouldn't stop fishing to do it (I can't remember for sure). Anyway, that's neither here nor there. This is a nice tribute and we hope you enjoy it.

Thank you Bob Romano and MidCurrent.


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Interview with Lee Spencer, Covid & The Outdoorsman, and Tip for Line Twist

Interview: Lee Spencer

I almost passed this up and am so glad I gave it a second glance. MidCurrent's Marshall Cutchin brings us a fascinating interview with Lee Spencer, who has spent more than 14 years with his dog Sis, camped next to a pool on the North Umpqua's Steamboat Creek to observe and document the behavior of the wild steelhead, and other species, both animal and plant, that visit or inhabit this locale.

lee 2 640You may or may not have a love affair with steelhead, but listening to Lee talk about what he has observed is amazing. Marshall and Lee are easy to listen to, his observations give us lots to think about and he has to be a really interesting guy. Thank you MidCurrent, Marshall, and Lee.



A Day in the Life of an Outdoorsman During COVID-19

fall frontiersI came across this short story written by Tom Gilliland in the May issue of the Frontiers's Destination Newsletter. Tom wrote it in early spring, with expectations of Covid ending soon. It is now October and the future is still uncertain. Remember last spring? Many of us thought we'd be “out the other side” by now. I know we did. Tom, nice job, but we may need a sequel. Hope you got ahead of the beavers!



Tip for Line Twist

Our friend, Russ Miller, came for a visit a few years ago and showed us a quick and easy way to eliminate line twist. If this has ever happened to you, the tip in this short 2-minute video will come in handy.




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Andras Outfitters, East Africa Safari, & Joan at 94

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Andras Outfitters in Almeda Fire

Last week it was Frank & Jeanne Moore, this week we have word from our friends, Jim & Rachel andrasAndras, andrasoutfitters.com, Talent, OR, who narrowly escaped the wildfires while 40% of the homes in their school district were lost. Families are taking shelter in the local elementary school and no one knows how long it will be before these families are in homes again.

Jim and Rachel are directly involved in helping local fishing guides replace gear and raise funds for their neighbors and community. If you know these folks, you know they are salt of the earth good people and their community needs help. You can be sure that every dollar donated will go directly to their community and we are asking you to please consider sending a donation.

You can donate online through https://www.phoenix.k12.or.us/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2631 or mail checks to address shown.

Here's an email from Jim & Rachel with more info. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Dear Friends and Family,
Our hearts are broken yet we physically feel our hearts growing bigger. Growing as better humans and a stronger community. I can feel it.
I’ll start by sharing we are OK. Our house is standing unharmed. James and Brechin are doing well. We are the lucky ones. We are so incredibly grateful for all the texts, calls, emails, and love sent our way these last few weeks. Thank you! We feel incredibility loved.
On Tuesday September 8th, over 2500 homes were lost in the Almeda Fire. It was terrifying! I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the BRAVE Police offices, Fire Fighters, Pilots, and others who saved so many lives.
Eighty percent of our Phoenix/Talent School District where James and Brechin attend evacuated and forty percent of their homes were lost. With an already shortage of affordable housing, this makes our challenges ahead even harder. Yet our community is worth rebuilding. Leaders are currently trying to bring back all the families to our towns so we can support them. Yesterday they opened up Phoenix Elementary as a shelter for families. They need familiar, safety, and a space to Be.
Many of you have asked how you can help. As we do our part in rebuilding hope in our community here are some opportunities for you to participate. Thank you in advance.

1. Phoenix Talent School District has a Relief Fund for families.

2. A few local fly fishers lost their homes and I would love to help them get back on the water for some peace and joy. I can either collect $ (Venmo below) to shop for them or the actual items to take to them. If you have gear to give please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we don’t end up with duplicates. Please mail to Rachel Andras 365 Schoolhouse Road Talent OR 97540
· Women’s Waders Size Medium
· Women’s Wading Boots women’s size 11
· Women’s Rain jacket Medium
· She is mostly a trout angler so whatever else you want to give her
· XL Mens Waders, Rainjacket, Fleece jackets, (I don’t have his shoes size but can get it).
· A longtime angler, guide, fly tying instructor lost all his rods, reels, and gear.

3. I am collecting and purchasing gift cards at local restaurants, groceries, and cooking healthy meals for local families in need. If you would like to contribute to this fund please Venmo us at Jim & Rachel Andras This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. To help the Andras Family directly please SHARE THIS EMAIL and encourage your friends and family to Follow us on Instagram @flyfishing4health and @andrasoutfitters and Facebook Rachel Connery Andras. Thank you!

We welcome any connections to help our local communities and families. This is a long road ahead so if you or your company would like to put together some ideas please let me know.

Much love and good health,
Jim and Rachel Andras

East Africa Safari

July 25-August 8, 2021

We're very excited about returning to Kenya and Tanzania in 2021. After many years of hosting Africa UWC 5232safaris we have hand-picked what we feel are the best lodges for viewing all of the amazing animals of Africa, for the best chance of seeing the annual migration, and the camps and lodges that best deliver a unique Africa experience, including everything from a Hemingway-style tent camp (think Out of Africa with amenities) to the architecturally spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, not to mention others.

Look carefully at the itinerary and don't miss the gallery at the end of the link. It truly is a trip of a lifetime and we would love to share it with you.



Joan at 94

EfaAcelXgAEatajWonder what Joan Wulff is doing these days? Well, she recently appeared on CBS This Morning which talks about the birthplace of American fly fishing, the movie, Peter Kaminsky, and the Queen of American Fly Fishing, Joan Wulff. Way to go, Joan!! We love you.




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Moore's Lose Home to Fire, Aiden's First Trout, & Our Boys

 Frank & Jeanne Moore Lose Home to Fire

We've heard these two wonderful people mentioned in steelhead circles for years, but have never met them. It makes us sad to hear that Frank, age 97, and Jeanne, not far behind, have lost their lovely home to the wildfires in Oregon.

Theirs is an amazing story about life from the shores of Normandy to the log home they built themselves on the North Umpqua.  These two have led a simple, wonderful, life. Thank you Trout Unlimited and Angling Trade News for bringing us their story. Please take a look.

Our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you Frank & Jeanne.


And Then There's Aiden

From 97 to 4, here's a story about Aiden's first trout, written by his dad, Domenick Swentosky, as seen through the eyes of a 4-year old. Like 4-year olds everywhere, an afternoon fishing with dad is not just about fishing....   Aiden First Solo Brown 1 of 1

It's fun, refreshing, and cute.


And....Our Kids

While we're on the subject of kids, we'd like to brag a bit since our grandsons, Bridger & Colter, made  IMG 9808Kayak Angler's latest issue tying flies for bluegills and bass in the pond.



Kids Facebook Album

Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone who sent in photos for the album. Our Facebook ratings jumped up last week after publishing the blog and we're sure the album gets the credit. If you missed it last week, here's the link again: you don't have to be “On Facebook” to view it. Enjoy!




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Kids Fishing, Turneffe Flats in October, & Salmon River Closes

Kids Fish Album

Thank you to everyone who sent us photos of kids fishing. As you will see, it's a great bunch of happy young people.   https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=barryandcathybeck&set=a.4339908926050146

Turneffe Flats in October

turneffeEveryone is excited about Belize opening for tourists on October 1. This little country has been very pro-active with regards to Covid-19 and is now one of the safest places in the world to visit. The country has been closed for months, flats have been rested and we are very anxious to be some of the first anglers to Turneffe Flats Lodge from October 17-24, rescheduled from March.

If you need to get out of town and are anxious to wet a line, pack a bag and come with us! It could be a phenomenal week!

Details and safety information can be obtained from Frontiers, us, or from Turneffe Flats directly (look under Other Info).

Salmon River in NY Closes

salmonThe northeast is in a severe drought and this week we learned that the fly-fishing only section of the Salmon River in NY is closed due to low water conditions. Get the details.



Global Entry Fees Go Up

Global Entry is raising it's fee from $100 to $120. Along with the price increase comes two positive changes.

Read about it here.


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Travel Update, Chasing Chrome & Gold, and Rover Enthusiasts?

Travel Recap

“How was flying?” That's what our family and friends are asking us since getting home from the Bighorn River. We know that some of you are flying, some of considering it, and some aren't ready yet. Well, this was our first flight since we were called home quickly with our group from Argentina in early March and we have to say that we were pleasantly surprised.

We flew from Philadelphia on an early morning Delta flight. The first thing that we noticed was that the airport was empty, really empty. We are on this flight often enough to know that this airport is usually bustling at this time of day and honestly the only thing open was Dunkin Donuts and one of the news stands. Everything else was shuttered and dark. I think all of the flyers were at Dunkin and that was about 25 of us – for the whole terminal!

Once we got to Minneapolis, it was a bit busier but nothing like we expected even considering the pandemic. We just thought it would be busier. We wore masks all the way and I was so happy that I had a couple types because my stretchy expensive one was uncomfortable after a while because it fits snug and made the bridge of my nose sore. Then I switched to a cheap disposable mask for the second half of the trip and was fine. So, if you're flying take more than one type of mask. Barry used his Buff and was fine.

Delta is not assigning middle seats unless it is a family so it was nice to have lots of room, and we were asked not to recline (which the person in front of Barry always wants to do) so we had no one in our laps – which was very nice too. Once in our seats, we wiped everything down with our own wipes and before take off, Delta went over everything they are doing to keep us safe and we were pretty sure that the airports and planes were probably much safer and cleaner than our local grocery store!

We will not hesitate to fly again, planning next month to Turneffe Flats in Belize, and hope that it's not long before we can all travel and feel safe. Cathy & Barry

 Chasing Chrome & Gold

One of our favorite destinations is Estancia Laguna Verde, Argentina, where we are planing to be in February. This wild, beautiful, remote place is home to some of the world's largest rainbow trout and most remarkable light.

0302 JURASSIC LAKE 2019AAWe are honored that the Estancia has featured us in Chapter 1 of “Love (for Photography) in the Time of Covid”, a series that mainly aims at showing Laguna Verde's “place in the world” through creativity, technology, vision, sensitivity and, ultimately, art. We hope you enjoy the photos.


Rover Enthusiasts?

Another first for us. We have the cover and feature story in Rovers North Magazine this month. And the subject? Argentina, of course, and Estancia Tres Valles in particular. 

There are many things that we love at this very special place – the people, landscape, food, fish, and of course, the old green Defender! Take a look.  Rover Mag

Follow this link www.roversmagazine.com/current-issue, scroll to page 8, and then enlarge or zoom in to read.

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Bighorn Update, Kids Fishing, & Fishing from a Drift Boat

Bighorn Wrap-Up

It has been an exciting couple of weeks here on the Bighorn. After less than par fishing the last few years, the river has bounced back and is a very different fishery this year. The flows are down, water is cold and clear and fish are big and feisty. We were told that everyone would see their backing and it was so. Hard running, strong, beautiful fish were waiting for us.

There is so much food in the river that some of the smaller fish are growing so fast that they look like crappies! It is certainly the year that the “Horn” turned around. Click here to take a look at the fish this year!

Send Us Your Kids Photos!

 2019 369AA couple weeks back we asked for photos of kids fishing, any kind of fishing. We've seen a lot of kids fishing this year because of extra family time together and want to do a Facebook album of all kids, little kids and big kids. We need your help.

We'll collect photos for another week, so please send us shots of the kids so we can include them. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The album will be viewable to everyone whether you're on FB or not.


Fishing From a Drift Boat

These two weeks on the Bighorn has brought up discussions on how easy it is to get lines tangled when two people are fishing from a drift boat. Here is an interesting and helpful article from Phil Monahan about this very subject. Be sure to read the comments too. Thank you Phil and MidCurrent.

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By: Philip Monahan
Question: My husband and I are heading west this summer to float the Madison. We’ve only fished out of a drift boat once before, and we kept tangling lines. How can I avoid that — and the ensuing glares from the old man — on this trip?



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Kill Pebble, Sage X, & Report from the Bighorn

Kill Pebble!

We all got incredibly good news this week when President Trump called put a screeching halt on plans to pebble minemove ahead for the massive Pebble Mine project in Alaska. Some of you have been with us in the Iliamna area and other parts of the Bristol Bay drainage and know what is meant by pristine, untouched, wilderness. This is our land, our pristine wilderness, our salmon fishery (the best is in the world), and why we would even consider giving it away to a Canadian mining country for a few jobs (at the cost of many) is way beyond the wildest imaginations. Regardless of which side of the aisle you're on politically, celebration is due.

It's hard to believe that there is anyone out there who has not seen the Kill Pebble Mine decals or the headlines from the fishing and environmental community. It's been ongoing for years and up until this week, it looked didn't look good for Bristol Bay. But, when President Trump made the declaration that the Pebble Mine Company would have to show us how they can build a mine of this magnitude with a “settling pond” the size of 460 football fields and assure us that it will never, let me repeat...NEVER, leak or rupture, (really??). This land is so fragile that they might as well convince us the moon is made of green cheese!

It's not over, Pebble says they can satisfy the request. Everyone doubts that, but for now another nail has been firmly driven into their coffin.

Thank you President Trump!


Sage X

Go behind the scenes on the X rod with rod designers Peter Knox & Paul Schmierer. The story of Sage is one of constant evolution and since the X was introduced in 2017, it has remained the “game changer” not only at Sage, but in the fly fishing industry. An easy-on-the-eyes 6-1/2 minute video, beautifully done (as everything is at Sage).


Report from the Bighorn

Everything they said about the Bighorn is true. We're catching big fish and they are showing us our backing! The river is low and fishing well. Most afternoons we are casting hoppers and fishing caddis and nymphs during the rest of the day. Here are a few shots from the week so far.

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Talk about Antiques, Kids Fishing, & We're Flying Again!

Talk about Antiques!

A fishing rod with a handle shaped like a baseball bat? A Giant Haskell Minnow? Better look in the basement. Through Angling Trade News we came across this interesting article from The New York Times by Ezra Marcus.  15FISHINGGEAR haskell minnow superJumbo v2


Got really old stuff? Check out Fishbrain.


Kids Fish Album

We've mentioned in blogs earlier this summer about the number of kids who have come with parents, grandparents, uncles, and neighbors to learn how to fly fish. It's been a positive light in the darkness of Covid-19. We love looking through the photos of these kids and thought it would be fun to do a Facebook album, which will be viewable for everyone whether you're a FB user or not.

Matthew 1267For the album, we'd like to include kids fishing photos from all of you. If you will email us your favorite shots of the kids we'll start uploading them to the album. Let's say 18 years and younger and use a subject line of Kids on the email. Get them to us as soon as possible so you don't forget. We'll collect for a couple weeks and then share the album. Send to us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let's see how many photos we can get!

We're Flying Again

On Thursday when you receive this, we will be in Montana or on our way. This is the first trip for us   Airplanesince we were sent home upon arrival in Buenos Aires in March. At first we didn't know how to act being home with so much time on our hands. Thinking it would last a few weeks, we hurried to tackle projects that never get done; we cleaned the basement and the closets. As the weather warmed I tackled flower beds and the barn. We got a dumpster and filled it.

As the weeks turned into months schools closed, businesses closed and people were sent home to work. Our grandsons practically moved in with us since our internet is better than at their house. We worked out a system for who cooks, who cleans, who does this and who does that. We gave more time to volunteer on community projects and I got Susie (who is usually at work in our office) to help me pressure wash and paint at the church and community hall. I planted a garden. We worried about our income and found consolation in the fact that we are all in this together. We didn't have to look far to find someone who had bigger problems that ours.

We watched as our trips got canceled one after the other – Argentina, Belize, Ireland, Scotland, Alaska, and began to worry about when we would fly again. Finally the calendar got around to our Montana trip which wavered a bit but never fell off the schedule. Now, it's here. Some of you have flown since the pandemic hit, we have friends who have fished in the west and we've been assured that everything is fine. For me, I can't help thinking that it's like being a dog on a 10' chain for months and then when the chain is taken away, he still only goes to end of the 10 feet. He's been programed. Being at home for so long has made me a little nervous about going again. I'm comfortable in my little bubble at home and now I am stepping out of it. It's weird.

1 BIGHORN 2017 One thing that is helping though are the fishing reports coming out of the Bighorn. This is an incredible year on the river with lots of big fish taken on hoppers, PMD, and caddis. Mike Craig tells us that it's the river he remembers from 40+ years ago. He says that we will see our backing on this trip. Guaranteed. The river is hot and we're excited to be there with groups for two weeks. I've still got some packing to do, so I'll check back in next week and let you know how it's going.



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Bighorn Report, RIO Elite, & Lost Fishing Friends

Bighorn Report

Caddis on Bighorn 2000This is what we've been waiting for from the Bighorn...and just in time for our trips coming up next week. Thank you to the Bighorn Angler for putting it out there.


Summer is in full swing on the Bighorn and we will just get to the point…We are experiencing the best fishing we’ve seen since 2016 and the Summer is just beginning! It’s hard to imagine how it could get much better, but it will, and should last all the way through September. The hopper fishing has been very solid as of late. Lots of hoppers on the water and fish blowing up on them for the second year in a row….oh, and they are eating flies too…. It’s good to see so many happy clients (and guides) as hopper fishing is our favorite kind of fishing on the Bighorn. Did we mention the fish are BIG?


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For those of you who like to catch fish, it’s about as good as it gets right now, and only getting better. PMD's have made their appearance the nymph fishing remains outstanding. Our Bighorn fish are stuffed full of Sowbugs, PMD’s and Caddis. August will be the month to be here!

Flows have been low so far this summer hanging out around 2500 cfs, and should stay at that level for the remainder of the Summer. This has translated into colder water temps as the water has been coming from the cold lake bottom. This is how it should be. The name of the game for a healthy tailwater fishery is a cold, consistent flow. Summer of 2020 will be a monster! The water temps continue to rise and have the fish on the move. Our Bighorn PMD's and Caddis are just about in full swing. The At this rate, we're expecting to be fishing dries well into the Fall, but the next few weeks should be prime time! Pack up your mask, rubber gloves, and hand sanitizer and get out here!


And the best part? We still have a room or two on each week so if you can drop everything and come on out, we suggest you do it. There are no tricos yet, but are expected any day. We don't always get a year like this one and it sounds mighty good. Come for the week or a few days, but come!
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RIO Elite – Game Changers

rioeliteRIO lines have been the go-to line for anglers for many years and they just got better with the new “Elite” series featuring RIO's “Slick Cast” coating on all the RIO Gold, Grand, Perception & Technical Trout fly lines. Hear it from the lab guys at RIO & Kirk Deeter at Angling Trade News who has been testing these new lines. The thinking never stops at RIO!


Lost Fishing Friends

Just a couple paragraphs from Domenick Swentosky on fishing friends. They come and go and can leave an emptiness behind. It's nice to sink the mind in fishing memories for a minute or two in this crazy world of today.


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Thanks for checking in with us this week. We hope you have a good week ahead and we'll see you next week. Fall fishing is just around the corner. Where did summer go?




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Summer Tactics, RIO Give-Away, & Great American Outdoors Act

Summer Tactics

Our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, talks to us about summer tactics for trout fishing. These are things that will help all of us become better fishermen. Let us know what you think.

Summer Time Dry Fly Tactics

Summer fly fishing is in full swing here in Pennsylvania and it's one of my favorite times of year to fly jimfish. People who know me well know that I love my nymph fishing and very seldom will they find me fishing a dry fly without rising fish or bugs on the water. Mid and late summer is the time I change tactics and do a lot of early morning dry fly fishing with crackle backs, beetles and hopper patterns. 

Everything Changes
Fly Rod – My favorite is the 9ft. 4 wt. Sage X. In still quiet pools I will sometimes use a 3wt line on my 4wt rod for a softer presentation.

Leaders & Fly Line – I use RIO 9ft 4x leader and add a 4 foot piece of 4x tippet when fishing foam hopper patterns. A lighter tippet will spin from the weight and stiffness of the hopper. Add a 2 foot section of 5x tippet when fishing crackle backs or stimulators flies. Ants, beetles and smaller flies use 6 or 7x tippet. I like to keep my leader around 14 to 16 feet long. The longer leader with help keep the trout from seeing my fly line.
RIO Elite Gold and Perception fly lines are camo green or moss green color and the only fly lines I use.

Clothing – Using natural colors that will blend into the back ground is very important when fishing in summer conditions. Outdoor clothing companies are now making camo colored hats and shirts. I have a UV long sleeve camo hoody that protects me from the sun and of course my Sage camo hat.

Stealth – Camo and natural color clothing helps to conceal you from the fish. But stealth is of the upmost importance. Moving slowly, keeping a low profile and staying out of the water as much as possible is essential to fooling wary trout.

DSC 0031Casting – Long casts are usually the name of the game this time of year. Try not to false cast much and when you do false cast don't cast over the fish. If you haven't cast from a kneeling position it would be a good idea to practice before your next fishing trip.

At some point as summer goes into August the water level can become too low and water temperature can rise where fishing would be dangerous to the trout. Carrying a thermometer and checking the water temperature is a very good idea. As a rule of thumb I don't fish once the water temperature hits near 70 degrees. Be careful releasing fish, keep them wet, and be sure they can swim out of your hand as you are releasing them.

Summer time fly fishing can offer some great dry fly fishing and I enjoy the challenge that it has to offer. Hopefully some of these tips will help you have a more enjoyable time on the water and catch a few wary trout.

 RIO's Big Give-Away

RIO30Thinking of time flying by, RIO is celebrating their 30th anniversary. Is that possible? In those 30 years, RIO has gone from a small fly line company selling fishing journals and hand-tied leaders to the world's most popular fly line, leader and tippet brand.  RIO Giveaway

To read more and to enter a chance to win a fantastic selection of RIO lines, reels, and carrying case, check out the details. 


Great American Outdoors Act

This Land is Your Land. This win is your win.

Doesn't matter which side of the aisle you're on, the passage of this bill is huge. “Conservation victories do not come any bigger than this,” said Ben Bulis, President and CEO of AFFTA. “Nearly every county in every state has benefitted in some way from LWCF funds,” Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited, and the list goes on. Here's 6 short paragraphs on what this bill does for everyone of us. Please take a minute to read and then thank you local congressman for listening, taking action, and making sure this landmark legislation reaches the president's desk.




Ryan and Jake Solomon came for a fly fishing lesson this week with their dad. They are among a group of many young people whom we've had the pleasure of helping get started in fly fishing this year. Getting young people started in fly fishing is one good thing that has happened as a result of the pandemic.

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Stream Report & Leisenring Spider

Stream Report

Fishing has continued to be good here in northeast PA, although it's quite different than it was just a couple weeks ago. The stream is getting low, water is clear, and fishing is technical. We live day-to-day watching the weather and hoping for rain. We're blessed with cold water and it is definitely terrestrial 101 BECK IMAGE Benton Dam 2020season – ants, beetles, inch worm, and spiders. Here are a few photos from the past week. As you can see, the Benton dam which was lined with fishermen in April is now a very popular spot with swimmers! What a difference a couple of months can make.

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 Tim Flagler Ties the Leisenring Spider

Thinking about summer fishing, here's a clip from Tim Flagler on tying the Leisenring Spider. Thank you Tim and Midcurrent.

“This truly classic-looking fly is called a Leisenring Spider. I have deviated significantly from the original pattern in terms of the tying sequence and techniques, but I think the end result is fairly close to what Mr. Leisenring intended.”



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A Week of Boys & Walking the Dog

A Week of Boys

Luke, Jack, Carson, Cooper, Chase & Crosby

This has been the season for young people getting into fly fishing and this week it was about the boys. IMG 9519First up was Luke and his grandfather drove him down from Massachusetts for a lesson. From here they continued on to one of the Pocono fishing clubs for a couple days.  Then Jack and his dad came for a day of guided fishing and had a great day on Fishing Creek.

Image 1Next up was Carson, Cooper, Chase & Crosby from NYC. Their grandfather, grandmother, mom & dad, all came to watch the boys take a fly fishing lesson and the pond continued to be good to us with more bluegills and hybrid stripers for all. Good job, everyone!

Next week is starting out with a daughter, a young graduate art student in NYC, who has time this summer and wants to fish with her dad.

As terrible as Covid-19 is, it has given a lot of kids, parents, and grandparents more time together than jackever before and with it the opportunity to do fun things together. We're glad that it is fly fishing for many of them!


Walking the Dog

And while we're on the subject of young guys fishing with their dads and granddads, check out these two kids as they demonstrate with their dad how to “walk the dog” when dry fly fishing. I tried to find out who their dad is, but can't find a name. We know he is doing the video for Red's Fly Shop, so thank you to Reds, MidCurrent, and the boys in the boat (dad too).




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RIO SlickCast, The Bighorn, & Trips Update

Introducing RIO SlickCast  rio

The minds at RIO never sleep and have recently introduced the SlickCast, a radical new coating RIO Slick Linetechnology that creates the slickest, most durable fly line in history. Read what makes this possible as RIO fly lines continue to command the market! Interesting video too.


 Bighorn River, Montana

Anglers on the 'Horn are expecting the PMDs and caddis to start any day and a few fish are taking grasshoppers. As expected, the upper river is fishing best and nymphs have out-fished dries and streamers. Water is clear and cold coming out of the dam and air temperatures are warm. These conditions will jump start the summer hatches and by August when we arrive, we should have good activity on tricos, caddis, hoppers – and the tail end of the PMDs.

This is not the river of old, tBIGHORN 2016 2065here are bigger fish these days but fewer fish. The 50 fish days with many small fish seem to be over for now and it has become a much more mature river offering quality over quantity.

We have a few rooms left in our first week, August 22-29. If you're itching to get out of town, come along with us for a great week of big sky country, quality fishing, and few people. Check out the details and contact us for further information, including Covid-19 precautions.


Beck Trips Update

The coronavirus has given us a constantly changing world. When will I return to work? Will the schools open next month? When will we be able to take trips again? For those of us in the travel business, and for most everyone else, these past few months have been a nightmare – with no guarantees on what is yet to come.

It is the unknown that often brings out the best in us and people in general usually have a pretty positive outlook, so it is encouraging to see friends and clients cautiously inquiring about our travel plans in the months ahead. I can hardly keep up with our calendar changes, but at present, this is what we are hoping for the next year, but knowing that it is now always subject to change.

August 22-Sept. 5        Two weeks on the Bighorn River, Montana. Trout.
October 17-24        Turneffe Flats, Belize (rescheduled from April). Permit, tarpon, bones.
November 6-13        Eastern Pyrenees, Spain (rescheduled from September). Trout.
November 30-Dec.5        Argentina Waters Lodge, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.
December 5-12         Tres Valles Lodge, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.
December 12-19         Estancia Tecka, Esquel, Argentina. (rescheduled from March.) Trout.
January 7-18, 2021        Pira & Suinda Lodges, N. Argentina. Golden Dorado.
February 6-13, 2021         Laguna Verde (Jurassic), Argentina. Trout.
March 6-12, 2021         San Huberto Lodge, Argentina. Trout.
March 13-20, 2021         Tres Valles Lodge, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.
March 20-27, 2021         Estancia Tecka, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.
June 21-July 4 , 2021         Ireland & Scotland. Trout/A. Salmon.
July 23-Aug. 9, 2021         E. Africa Safari. Kenya & Tanzania. Game Viewing.

August 5-15, 2021          Reel Action Camp, Alaska.  Salmon, char, trout.
August 21-Sept. 5, 2021         Bighorn River, Montana. Trout.
September 14-22, 2021         E. Pyrenees, Spain. Trout.

Thanks for following us on our blog. We hope you all have a good week and we'll be back next week.



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Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you & your family a happy, safe, & healthy 4th of July!

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Smith Discount, Rita's Revenge, & Our Season

These are difficult times at best for all of us and perhaps the worst of it is that we don't know what might be on the horizon. After months of quarantining, working from home, no school, no real in-person meetings, no socializing, no this and no that, we still don't know where we're headed or when this coronavirus pandemic will end.

Barry and I have had all of our trips canceled for 6 months and are hopeful that we can resume international travel in the fall. In the meantime, August looks good for the Bighorn River, Montana, trip and like everyone else, we will be so ready to get out of town and to Montana to fish. Once we arrive in Ft. Smith (population maybe 500 in the summer) and to Kingfisher Lodge, we can all relax, unwind, enjoy the big sky country and the fresh air (about 24 hours of it a day), and put our thoughts on fly selection and what part of the river to float each day.

We hope you're getting through this summer as well as possible and that you are able to enjoy some quiet time on your favorite water. Shut off the cellphone, the 24-hour news headlines, take a big deep breath and escape this crazy world for awhile. It is true, there is healing for the body and the soul in fly fishing. We see it every day.

Thanks for following us,
Cathy & Barry


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“Rita's Revenge”
by Bob Romano

A nice short story. It's nice to think that places like Charlie's and young girls like Robyn are still around. Thank you Bob and MidCurrent.


 Our Season Slows Down

 Kyle Bailey Williams 0047Our season starts to slow down for a bit at this time of year. It has been a good season and if we continue to get rain it will continue to be good. Fishing Creek is a freestone stream and that means we need rain to have good water levels throughout July and August. Our stream stays cold but the water gets low and the fishing becomes very technical. September usually brings more rain and then we are good again until usually around Halloween or a bit later. Here are some shots from recent lessons and guiding.

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Happy Father's Day!

We hope you'll take some time this weekend to celebrate all the Dads in your life!  Happy Father's Day!


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Father's Day, RIO 1 Minute Tips, and Proper Position in the Stream

Happy Father's Day to Me

Sel 9437You don't have to be a dad to take advantage of our boxed fly selections. The flies in our selections are always priced lower than when purchased individually, are the sizes you want, and are boxed and ready for your vest or pack. Dries, beetles, nymphs, streamers, the choice is yours. Check out our fly selections and don't forget – we always pay the postage on orders over $50.



RIO Make the Connection

RIO 1-Minute Tips   riologo

We've got two more 1-minute tips from RIO. A better-than-saliva way to tighten knots and a new leader for our ESN fans. Take a look!



Proper Position in the Stream

For our dry fly fishermen. We often find ourselves so comfortable with a routine that it's hard to break loose. Fishing is that way. We get used to using a handful of favorite flies, we cast the same every time, we approach every situation the same way. We know the game. You could say we're in a rut.

Here is a short video from Phil Monahan for Orvis on the position we take in the stream. It's good thought for dry fly fishing.



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Back to the Bighorn, Jim's PT Nymphs, and BWOs & Sulphur Season

Back to the Bighorn

As you can imagine, our travel calendar was wiped clean for about four months and it is slow to get started again, but we are excited to be returning to Montana in August for our two special weeks on the Bighorn River.

BIGHORN 2016 0589This destination has remained our “best-seller” for more than 30 years. We have an excellent program with Kingfisher Lodge and their guides. It's an easy, relaxing week of good fishing – drifting everyday and getting out to wade favorite runs, riffles, and pools. The Bighorn is a favorite among beginners and experienced anglers and has been our favorite western river for many years.

If you're as tired of looking at the same four walls as we are, come along for a delightful change of scenery and some great fishing. We have space available on our first week, August 22-29, and would love to have you.

Check out the details and call us or Denise Schreiber at Frontiers (800-245-1950) for more information.  BIGHORN 2016 1912



Jim's PT Nymphs

Our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, talks to us this week about his PT Nymphs and his own variations on the fly. We encourage you to ask Jim questions, comment, and give us your thoughts in our Comments section (accessible when the blog is viewed from a browser). We love hearing from you!

The pleasant tail nymph certainly is one of the best all-purpose and all-season nymphs. It just looks like a bug which makes it a great imitation for many different mayflies throughout the season. No fly box should be without pheasant tail nymphs from hook size 12 to size 22.

The original pattern calls for the complete fly to be tied using the fibers of a ring neck pheasant tail and ribbed in gold wire. (At least that has always been my understanding.) It's a tried and true pattern for sure and one that I have in my fly box plus several variations that I use throughout the season. And it's a pretty simple pattern to tie even for beginner fly tiers.

The thing I like most about the PT nymph is that you can fish it so many different ways. It's a great early season nymph when fishing with an indicator, or euro nymphing, and when tied with a tungsten bead the fly will get down quickly to where the trout are in high and fast water.

It's also one of my favorite flies to use when fishing a dry fly, using it as the trailing nymph. It was very effective during the second week of the Hendrickson hatch this past spring when fished as a dropper behind my dry fly. It resembles a Hendrickson nymph and some days I caught more fish on the pheasant tail nymph than I did on the dry fly. Because of it's streamline design it's a perfect pattern for BWO and midge nymphs too, and my midge box is full of these small nymphs in sizes 18 and down.

Fishing with fellow guide, Tom Harris, on Super Bowl Sunday several years ago there was a midge hatch going on and Tom and I were fishing size 20 pheasant tail nymphs and trailing a size 20 rainbow warrior nymph. When the sun was on the water we caught trout on the rainbow warrior and when the clouds blocked the sun we caught them on the pheasant tail nymph.

If you are a fly tier, this nymph works well by spicing it up with different variations from the original pattern. Sometimes a flash of purple, red or orange does the trick to get a trout's attention. I often substitute the pheasant tail thorax with hare’s ear dubbing and really like using black ice, peacock and pheasant tail ice dubbing for the thorax. The options seem limitless.

The pheasant tail nymph has been around for a long time and has stood the test of time as one of the bestJims 1139 all-around, go-to nymphs out there. In the photo are some of the combinations I use and have had success with throughout the season.   


BWOs & Sulphur Season

Wow! It's June already. Where did spring go? Here in northeastern Pennsylvania we have had a cool, wet spring which has been good for the gardens and very good for the streams. Fishing Creek is at a perfect level, cool nights and warm days have the BWO Cornuta and Sulphurs starting to show and fishing has been good! Another first for the season is crane flies. On warm sunny afternoons there has been some very good dry fly action with these flies and they are fun to fish. Check them all out in our online fly shop. Oh, the bass came from the pond, Bailey's first fish on a fly rod!

I'll drop in a couple photos from our guides this week and you can see for yourself.

Bill Lynch 4385  Chris Berlin 4370   Kyle Bailey Williams 9395


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Cathy, the Rio Malleo & Me, Fishing is Great, & Airline Changes

Cathy, the Rio Malleo & Me

Here is a story from one of our travel clients. I think he embellished the story quite a bit with regards to his fishing partner, but the rest rings so true for a day of fishing in Patagonia – the day, the lunch, the siesta, the fishing. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Anyone care to venture a guess as to who the author is? An MFC fly box is yours if you’re the first to correctly guess. Hint: He is not in the photo but tells a good joke. Answer through the blog comments - accessible when viewed from a browser.

Cathy, the Rio Malleo and Me
– a story of a day on a river, with a person I admire, in a place I will never forget.

There are many stories about exactly how and when it came about, but most agree trout were introduced into the rivers and lakes of the Patagonia region of Argentina in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Since then, the pristine waters of the area have allowed the browns and rainbows to flourish and transform Patagonia into a fly fisherman’s dream destination.
Hooked from the start, I was introduced to Patagonia by my good friends Cathy and Barry Beck who host1349 RIO MALLEO 2012 fly fishing trips for Frontiers Travel out of Gibsonia, PA. Having traveled with them for several years, I noticed they always went back to Argentina – often, several times a year. So, when the next Patagonia trip was offered, I was on it.
Presidents and celebrities have fished these waters. Author and angling legend Ernie Schwiebert was a North American pioneer of Patagonia fly fishing. One of his favorite rivers was the Rio Malleo (in Argentine Spanish, the ll is pronounced like the zh sound in azure)) where he often stayed at the legendary San Huberto lodge. The lodge sits on an estancia (ranch) with over eighteen miles of private, trout filled water. The area offers arguably some of the best dry fly fishing in Argentina. And, now, I get to stay there and fish this famous river.
It was a typical Patagonia day on the Malleo. After flying from Buenos Aires the day before and having a full blown asado (Argentine BBQ/cookout) which lasted well past mid-night, we were up and on our way to the stream at a semi-reasonable hour. No one rushes in the morning either due to the remnants of the night before or the fact the hatch doesn’t usually come off till around 10 am.
It was March, so the day was a beautiful, but slightly overcast, fall day in the Southern Hemi-sphere. The fish were taking bugs off the surface regularly so everyone in our group had a great morning of fishing. We stopped around 1 PM for lunch.
2322 RIO MALLEO 2012When you are staying at San Huberto, lunch on the Rio Malleo is always an event. The teams that were split up in the morning, reunite for a shore lunch. Again, these meals are no simple affair.
Several collapsible tables are opened and set end to end by the guides. Tri-pod chairs are lined up eight to a side. Multi-colored tablecloths are layered two deep and places are set with metal plates and silverware. Wine glasses, wrapped in cloth napkins for the ride, were placed accordingly. Bottles of local red wine, Malbec, lined the center of the tables. Appetiz-ers consisted of empanadas left over from last night’s asado, smoked meats, assorted chees-es. The main course is grilled lamb, breaded veal, roasted vegetables and a fresh green salad. The food is plentiful and delicious. And, so is the wine. 2346 RIO MALLEO 2012
In true Argentine fashion, a nap after lunch was not only well deserved but necessary. Every-one found a patch of grass to lie on or a stump to lean against and dozed off. Cathy and I sat on the river bank and finished the last of a bottle of wine when something caught her eye.
After pointing me in the right direction, I saw what she saw. A pod of fish were working on the surface just below a water flow metering station (which is why the local name for this beat is “el medidor”). Just above the meter, there was a grass clearing that touched the river where the local horses came to drink.
Without speaking, Cathy and I grabbed our rods and vests and walked 50 feet upstream to the pod of rising fish. We waded into the cool, waist-deep water and, of course, I insisted Cathy take the first shot. The fish were closer to the left bank but the flow was such that the best placement of the fly was closer to the middle of the stream so it could drift into to the willow-lined bank.
To see an accomplished angler display their craft never fails to impresses me - whether an athlete or a chef. To watch someone do challenging or complicated tasks with such ease and grace always leaves me amazed. To see Cathy Beck place a fly on the water fills me with the same sense of wonder. The biggest wonder being why, after 40 years of casting a fly rod, I still look like a guy swinging a stick trying to ward off fruit bats. But, I digress.
With minimal effort and maximum grace, Cathy made the first cast. Of course, it was perfect. After two feet of drift, the dark brown, CDC, no-name fly given to us by one of the guides, was gently slurped down by a nice sized Malleo buck brown. The fish in this river are healthy and strong fighters. But, Cathy moved him easily out of the center of the stream over to the gravel bank gently but quickly. By doing so, she left the rest of the pod undisturbed.
It was my turn. The only common denominator between what Cathy just did and my effort was we were using the same fly. But, after a few casts, I had a similar result and followed her lead getting the fish away from the pod so we could continue. And we did.
This went on for an hour or more. The fish never turned off and the pod stayed in tacked. We hooked one nice fish after the other. As our friends woke from their naps, they started to line the bank and cheered us on - fish after fish. All of the trout were beautiful and every cast Cathy made was perfect. I was savoring each moment.

 Fishing is Great

 We are moving into our summer season here. Sulfurs were reported last night on the Home Pool. Rain is coming today so that means you should get out this weekend. It should be pretty special. Here are a few shots from our guides this week.
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Airlines to Drop Service to Many Airports

The CARES Act requires that all airlines maintain service to all U.S. Airports they served pre-COVID-19, but the DOT has begun to loosen the mandate. See which airports your preferred airline is dropping here.


 CARES Act Route Suspensions

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