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Early Fall Fishing, The New Bighorn, & Report from the Bahamas

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This week our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, talks about early fall fishing and how it is different from summer fishing. We'd love to hear your comments and/or questions for Jim. Please use our comments section below.

 Early Fall Fishing Tactics

Where did summer go? School has started in most areas, football season is in full swing and people are talking about the Bloomsburg Fair. A hint of fall is in the air with cooler morning temperatures and the leaves are showing a slight yellow tint.

Jim for Fall Fishing 0031On the trout stream you can feel the difference in the water temperature and I replaced wearing shorts under my waders to long pants and a long sleeve shirt which feels good in the early mornings. It won't be long that it won't be necessary for early morning starts on the water and the best fishing times will shift from late morning to mid day.

I have already noticed that the trout aren't feeding on the surface has readily as they were just a week ago. Trout will still take a big juicy hopper or a Cathy's beetle in quiet pools so I'm using the hopper drop method with small zebra nymphs, cooper johns, pheasant tails, caddis pupa along with size 16 to 20 soft hackles.

As the day warms up the dry fly fishing gets a little better. Terrestrials patterns such as beetles, ants and hoppers work very well and are fun to fish.

Most fly fishermen are not aware of what great fly fishing the early fall season has to offer nor are they aware of the mayfly and caddis hatches that can occur. So here's a list of some of the hatches that occur this time of year and offer some good late season dry fly and subsurface action.

Early Fall Hatches – 
Flying Ants - I'm still hoping to see the flying ant hatch here on Fishing Creek. It doesn't last long but if you are lucky enough to be on the stream when it happens you might witness the water boiling with rising trout.

Slate Drakes – The first hatch of Slate Drakes happens in early June. The second brood hatches in early September and sporadically throughout the month and sometimes into October. It is characteristic of the nymph to crawl up on rocks along the shoreline to hatch into the dun. Duns will usually hatch mid day and often on rainy overcast days. This brood of Slate Drakes are a little smaller in size than the June brood. I use a size 12 or 14 hooks. Since the duns hatch on the rocks they very rarely hit the water so I concentrate mainly on fishing the nymph along the edges of pools and riffles.

Caddis – I have already seen small tan and brown caddis hatches this past week on Fishing Creek. And I had some success using a size 18 deer hair caddis pattern for my dry fly. Subsurface tan and brown caddis pupae and soft hackle patterns are also working very well. It's a little early to see the orange October caddis which I look forward to and tie on a size 10 hook.

BWO'S – The Little Blue Wing Olive fall hatch usually isn't as heavy as the early spring hatch, but this is one fly that you must have in your fly box in size 18 & 20s. I believe I have seen and fished a BWO hatch in all 12 months of the year. My favorite BWO nymph pattern is the BH Pheasant tail with a red, fluorescent green or orange hot spot behind the bead. For all of my matching-the-hatch dry flies I only tie compara duns — simple to tie and they catch fish.

TRICO'S – Although we don't have a trico hatch here on Fishing Creek, many streams in Pennsylvania do. The trico hatch starts in July and on some streams will last well into October. Pennsylvania spring creeks such as the Little Lehigh, Spring Creek, Falling Springs, Tulpehochen and others have a great trico hatch. If you don't like fishing small flies then the trico hatch may not be the hatch for you. I tie my tricos in hook sizes 22 to 24s with upturned eyes.

Although September is still too early to talk about spawning brown and brook trout, you will however start to see trout pairingFall Season Fishing Creek Pa.0003 up in preparation for spawning which usually takes place in mid-October. Depending on water conditions the pre spawn can offer some really good fly fishing. So let’s talk about other early fall fly patterns.

Early Fall Fly Patterns -
As we move into mid September small egg patterns and sucker spawn can be very productive. Trout seem to know what we do about the nutritional value of an egg. Do you remember the commercial - “The incredible edible egg?” With this in mind, I tie my sucker spawn and egg patterns in light yellow, pink and Oregon cheese colors in hook size 14 to 18.

Another must have fly is the Rusty Spinner. I carry rusty spinners in hook sizes 12 to 18. It's a great imitation for various spinners, not just in early fall but throughout the year.

Here's a quick list of non-hatch-matching fly patterns that catch fish for me when nothing else is working:

Black wooly buggers & super buggers
San Juan worms – pink and red
Squirmy wormy
Ugg bugs
Egg patterns
Sucker spawn
Pheasant tail nymphs
Caddis pupa
Small streamers

Early fall fly fishing offers pleasant weather conditions, hungry trout and some great fly fishing. Water conditions can vary from day to day so be ready to adapt the way you fish to the changes. It's just amazing to me to see how trout behavior changes with changing weather and water conditions. One day it's fishing small caddis dry flies and the next day small nymphs or sucker spawn is the only way to get the trout's attention. Either way it's just a great time to be out on the water.

The New Bighorn

From Barry
If you asked me my favorite tail water fishery I would immediately say Montana’s Bighorn. That’s been my answer for more than 30 years, and after spending the last two weeks on the ‘Horn with our Frontiers guests, that has not changed -- but the river has. For months I watched negative comments on the web about low fish numbers, high water levels, and woe-is-me complaints. At the end of two weeks I can honestly say that, yes, there are fewer fish and the fifty fish days are gone for now. The good news is the fish our group caught were some of the nicest and well-conditioned trout that we have ever seen on the ‘Horn. In my opinion the ‘Horn for the moment is quality versus quantity and I personally am fine with that.
The insect life is in great shape, tricos were on time every morning but anglers had to hunt to find heads up. The afternoon hopper fishing was incredibly good on the upper three miles but the best kept secret was the amazing fishing on the Afterbay. There were hundreds of carp and some nice rainbows eating tricos on the surface every morning. Heads were up everywhere and we had great fun fishing size twenty tricos. The carp became very selective and one bad cast and they were gone. Two Montana Fish & Game guys we met at the river made a point of saying that the big fish this year will be even bigger next season. We are excited about the future of the Bighorn River and look forward to returning in years to come. With that thought in mind our dates for the Bighorn are August 22-29 and August 29-Sept. 5, 2020.

Here are some images that our group took and shared with us.  Enjoy!

 

Report from the Bahamas

hurricand devastationMore than a week after Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, thousands of people are without shelter and food, 2,500 are still missing and the death toll (currently at 50) is expected to significantly increase.

Some 15,000 people are still in need of simple necessities like shelter, water, and food according to the Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

Limited commercial flights have resumed on Abaco, but the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, the island's largest city, has been destroyed.

If you have made a donation, thank you. If you haven't may we please ask that you consider making one today. It will make a huge difference to our friends, guides, and residents on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

We are linking to the Frontiers weekly newsletter for more information and to make a donation. We thank you very much.hurricane2 photo

 https://www.frontierstravel.com/bahamas-hurricane-dorian-relief   

 

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Reasons to Visit Africa, Hurricane Dorian, & Bighorn Report

54,331 Reasons for Africa

We asked our Africa group for the total number of photos they took.....before editing. The number was 54,331! That includes SLRs, cell phones, point-and-shoot – all photos. That's a lot of photo opportunities.

We also asked them to send in their favorite shots of the trip – up to 20 or so per person. This link takes you to the Facebook album of these shots. These are photos from experienced shooters to first-time-I-used-this-camera folks. It's an amazing collection of shots from an amazing trip.

Thank you again to the group that joined us in Africa. Our 2021 safari won't come fast enough!

 https://www.facebook.com/pg/barryandcathybeck/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2965743713466681

Hurricane Dorian

abacoThere will be many groups and organizations asking for donations to help rebuild homes, businesses, infrastructure, and lives in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. Many will be good honest groups with the monies raised going to the right place, but if you're unsure of who and where to donate and you want to help, the link below is a good place to start.

The Delphi Bonefish Club on Abaco has started a GoFundMe for employees and residents of the Marsh Harbor community and they can surely use our help. Read the message from the Delphi Club which was issued right after the storm passed.

 

https://mailchi.mp/delphi-bahamas/bonefish-permit-and-beaches-in-the-bahamas-2479397?e=c1b664fa12

 

Bighorn Report

After months of high water, the 'Horn is at a perfect water level and things are stabilizing. We're seeing tricos everyday but dry fly fishing has been spotty. We find the flies one morning and not the next, or in a new place. One day in the middle of the river and not at all the next, or tight against the bank. In the afternoons, and especially if we get a breeze, the hopper fishing has been better than in recent years. It's fun fishing big hoppers and not worrying about a delicate presentation. We're picking up fish on nymphs but nothing much on streamers.

Photo Sep 03 2 16 33 PMIt's a new river and everyone is optimistic that it will be a better river. The fish we're catching are all above average compared to recent years. There aren't as many fish as before but the fish are bigger and fatter. For the first time in many years we're seeing 20” plus fish and a lot of fish in the 16-20” range, mostly browns on the upper three miles and browns and rainbows below that.

Perhaps the best surprise is carp feeding on the surface on tricos. Trust me, carp are not easy and every bit the challenge of trout. We've been known to take the challenge on more than one morning this year!

See some photos here

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Contest Winner, Corq Strike Indicators, & British Columbia Whispers

We Have a Winner!

pup2Sara Barnette won last week's Name the Puppy contest when she suggested that the owner should name the pup after her favorite fly. It happens that Nancy's favorite fly is the tracker streamer, so the pup’s new name is Tracker. Welcome Tracker, congratulations to Sara, and a big thank you to all who participated.

 

 

 

 

Corq Strike Indicators

corqsYou will like these cork indicators. They float high, can’t get water logged, are quiet coming off the water, don’t mark or kink the leader, easy to see, easy to cast. What’s not to like? We have them available in two sizes 3/8” and 1/2”. Each size is half neon, half natural. For a limited time, when you order two packs of indicators we’ll include 3 free nymphs or soft hackle flies. Click here to order.

 

British Columbia Whispers

Those of us who live in the east have a hard time understanding the obsession with northwest steelhead. We have friends who live and breath steelhead. This short 2-minute video helps us “get it”. Incredible filming, scenery, fish. We hope you enjoy it.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/british-columbia-whispers?utm_source=Sage+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1b2c4f24ec-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_01_05_11&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a4f998861d-

 

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Bristol Bay, Name the Pup, & Fall Fishing

A Day for Bristol Bay

AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association), our sole trade organization for the entire fly fishing community, is hosting “A Day for Bristol Bay” on August 24 – that's tomorrow!! As always, funds are needed to continue the fight to save Alaska's salmon fishery. If you're like us, you're sick of hearing about Pebble Mine. You're probably asking, “Will it ever go away?” And if you're like us, you certainly hope so.

This 2 minute video tells us what the fishing and environmental community is up against. It's enough to make one fighting mad when you see what our government is doing to try and push this through under the radar. Along with thousands of other concerned citizens, we've read the determinations and the proposals and it is just unbelievable that our government would look the other way and sell out to a foreign mining company and permit them to do this to our most productive last pristine wilderness salmon habitat in the world.

And so we're asking for your help again. Please help us kill the beast that is Pebble Mine. By supporting one of the participating businesses tomorrow you can help fund the fight. Or, do what I did just now, select the Donate button, make a donation, and feel good about doing your part to help AFFTA and Americans fight the fight.


The link to DONATE is https://www.affta.org/fisheries-fund/donations/

 

Name the Puppy Contest

pupA good fishing friend of ours, Nancy, has a new puppy. He's an Australian shepherd and as cute as can be. She wants to give him a name that has something to do with water and/or fishing. She's thinking “Splash” or “Beachy” but I think you can do better than that.  pup2

Get the kids involved and give us some catchy names. Put the names in the Comments section below with your email address and if your name is chosen we'll send you a 2020 full color daily calendar by Willow Creek. She's anxious to get the pup named so you've got until Monday morning at 9:00 EST. That's only a few days so let's hear it for the new puppy!  calendar

 

 

Fall Fishing

Fall is just around the corner. Our guiding has continued through the summer this year which is very unusual. Most years we have a number of weeks in late July and August when our water levels are too low for good fishing. We're lucky to have cold water for the fish to sit it out and wait for rain. Not so this year, we've had good water all the way through the summer thanks to a rainy summer.

One of our guiding clients sent this to us this week:

johnDear Cathy and Barry, I recently spent two days fly fishing on your water at Fishing Creek with Jimmy Kukurlo. Cathy, I am sure you don't remember but I took a lesson from you several years ago and I have have been fishing on Fishing Creek ever since. I wanted to say thank you for maintaining such a great fishery especially after the devastating storms in recent years. I can only imagine how much work that entails. I would also like to take this opportunity to say what a great time I had fishing with Jim. Although I have fished with Jim several times, this recent trip was my greatest experience on the water to date. The water was flowing at over 1000 cfm and was chocolate brown, Jim was able to get me to water that was fish-able and very productive. I caught many many bows and browns several of which were in the 20 to 25 inch range. Jim is an outstanding guide and teacher and has become a good friend. Please continue the good work and give my best to Jim. I cant wait for my next visit. John  john2

We're proud to say we have terrific guides- they all care about our streams, our clients and the fish.  They have all given of their time to help us maintain the stream and work to restore what the flood had destroyed.  That being said, we're going to have some incredible fall fishing, with nice clean water, unlike John's day, and we hope you can get out to enjoy it. 

It won't last long, a few weeks if we're lucky. If you have some time in September or October and are looking for a pleasant day or two on the water with good company and above average fish, give us a call. We still have lots of days open. For details on our guiding program please see our web site.

 

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Discover NEPA, Blog Comments, Spain Opening, and Global Rescue

Discover NEPA   discovernepalogo

Discover NEPA is a non profit group committed to getting the word out about all that is Northeastern Pennsylvania. DiscoverNEPA.com is full of events, Things To Do, Local Deals, and Life in NEPA. Need ideas for the weekend or looking for something fun to do this fall? Browse through the site and we're sure you'll get lots of ideas.  Check out their Facebook & Instagram for weekly deals.

We're excited to be featured currently with our fly fishing instruction, programs, and guiding. The film crew came for an afternoon on our stream with Cathy and put together a short promotional video. Thank you Dave, Brian, Ryan, and Courtney! Please enjoy and share.

 

Blog Comments    

commentThere's nothing more rewarding in blogging than knowing that our subscribers are reading the blog. We try to include a mix of new products, fun stories and videos, fly tying, photography, and how-to articles. There is now an opportunity to comment and ask questions. You'll see it at the bottom of the blog. Please join in and let us know if you have a question, or like a post, or would like to see a specific topic. We want to hear from you! It's what keeps us going.

 

 

E. Pyrenees, Spain

0652SPAIN 2017We've written often about the Eastern Pyrenees in Spain and are anxiously awaiting our week to the mountain village of Aren in late September. It's a beautiful time of year to fish and there is no prettier place than the mountains of Spain.

Our outfitter, Ivan Tarin of Salvelinus, just informed us of several unexpected rods that are available
October 20-26, at the Aren Lodge. Ivan says, “Fall is one of the very best moments for targeting trophy trout in the Pyrenees.” Yes, we know. Big fish start to move in the fall and it's a very exciting time. It's a wonderful destination for the non-angler as well.

For more information on this rare opportunity, please contact us or Kristene Fitzgerald at Frontiers. 800-245-1950, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. View our Spain photos here.

 

Global Rescue

We've endorsed Global Rescue for years and have had to use it a couple of times although, thankfully, not for a life and death situation. When Scott Siries set off on a trip to a remote region of Russia, he was in search of only one thing, the perfect fishing spot. And then everything changed.

Read about Scott's experience with the camp dog.

https://www.globalrescue.com/common/blog/detail/An-Unexpected-Emergency-in-Kamchatka/?mc=CMP-01246-S4B5N7&_cldee=Y2F0aHlAYmFycnlhbmRjYXRoeWJlY2suY29t&recipientid=contact-e67a0fcc1893e411b63e000c2952cf5c-91248daefef741e0ab5a78b7ec136539&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CMP-01246-S4B5N7&esid=0a0193a2-9b88-e911-80da-005056b04ad6

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Africa Photos, Summer Tactics, & Beyond the Bobber

Here at Home

Things are quiet here in the office at this time of year. Fishing has slowed down, but will pick up again in the fall, and Susie and I are busy getting caught up on projects that have been waiting for us. Barry & Cathy only have a couple more days on their hosted safari to Kenya & Tanzania. It sounds like the group is having an unbelievable time with excellent game viewing and beautiful weather. We'll hear all about when they get home next week, but in the meantime here are a few images that they were able to send to us here in the office. -Brooke.

 

Summer Tactics Part Two – Late Summer Dry Flies by Jim Kukorlo

DSC 0006 1My July blog article was basically on the different types of dry fly/hopper drop methods of fly fishing. If you read that blog you will already know that one of my favorite flies for summertime fishing is the crackleback dry fly. Cathy let the cat out of bag and she even attached a video showing you how to tie it.

The Crackleback
It was created by Ed Story of Feathercraft in 1952 which also happens to be the year I was born. I tie it a little different than they do in the video. I add micro fiber tails to give the fly more stability and to help the fly float better. I also tie some with grizzly hackle which helps me see them better. Like everything else I do in fly fishing I tested the grizzly vs. the brown hackle and I don't believe I catch more fish with either, but I can see it better. I use light cream, olive, brown, orange and pheasant tail ice dubbing for the body but I favor the light cream.
I tie the crackleback in an assortment of hook sizes and fine more success with hook size 10s and 12s.
The crackleback can be fished as a dry fly or a wet fly and sometimes a trout will hit it just as it starts to sink just under the surface film.

A friend of mine told me he added a small bead head to sink it and fished it behind a hopper pattern and landed a 27” rainbow. Thanks Art. I did the same the other day but only landed a 22 inch rainbow.

Although I very seldom fish a dry fly when no fish are rising, I really do enjoy an early summer morning fishing a crackleback before the sun hits the water. I become a trout hunter looking for a rising trout or spotting fish high in the water, looking for something to eat.

Some days the crackleback just isn't what the trout are looking for. When that happens, Cathy’s beetles and super beetles are my go-to early morning flies. On days that the trout are very selective and don't seem to be interested in large flies, I will switch to smaller flies such as red and black ants, low profile beetles and even small soft hackle flies just under the surface film.

Let's talk about tactics.
Start early in the morning before the sun hits the water.
Check the water temperature. (I quit fishing when the water temperature is 70 or above)
Wear natural color clothing.
Keep out of the water as much as possible.
Keep a low profile.
Cast from a kneeling position. (If you’ve never done that, it's a good idea to practice in your yard)

Equipment Setup
Use longer leaders. I start with a 9 ft leader and add tippet to lengthen my leader to 14 or 16 feet.
If you are not used to fishing with longer leaders it can be difficult to turn a fly over. If the fly isn't turning over, cut back on the tippet. Taper your leader with small sections of tippet. I always start with a 9ft 4x leader. I will add a two foot piece of 4x tippet and then add two foot of 5x. If I go to a smaller fly I will add a foot of 5x.
Keep in mind the tippet size must match the size of the fly you are fishing. A large hopper pattern will need at least a 5 or 4x tippet. Using a size 10 or 12 crackleback you can use 5x. Small ants and beetles will require a 5, 6 or 7x tippet. If I'm fishing a 4x tippet I put line sink on my tippet a foot above my fly. Sinking that section of the leader will make the tippet harder for the trout to detect.


Summer is slowly coming to an end and early fall fishing is just around the corner. The crackleback will be my go to dry fly right into October. Tied with an orange body, it's a good imitation for the October Caddis. Check out the July blog video on how to tie the crackleback and get out and enjoy an early summer morning on the water.

Beyond the Bobber

Polished and refined are not words that anyone would use to describe the video clip below. Actually, it's a little rough around the edges, BUT, it is loaded with good tips and information about fishing with a strike indicator.....and somewhat entertaining. It's just a smidge over 3 minutes so take a look. Thanks to MidCurrent and Marshall Cutchin.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/beyond-the-bobber-fly-fishing-with-nymphs-humor/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=451f8ad59a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_JULY_19_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-451f8ad59a-18929377&mc_cid=451f8ad59a&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

***Correction:  The trip schedule on last week's blog should have read Suinda & Pira, January 11-21, 2020***

 

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Argentina Departures & "Paul"

Argentina Departures

At this time of year interest is high on winter and early spring fishing trips to someplace warm. For many that's a trip somewhere in the southern hemisphere. For us, it means that we are thinking and talking a lot about Argentina, our very favorite winter destination.

2267 TECKA 2019We're in Argentina in December for the opening of trout season, and we return for the late trout season – and some years in between. We're going to have an exciting 2020 in Argentina. At the time of this writing, our December departure is full, two departures in January are full, Jurassic Lake is looking good for February and we're now working on March.

We're changing things up a bit this year, and our first stop will be Villa Maria in Tierra del Fuego for sea-run brown trout on the Rio Grande. We've tried to get a week at Villa Maria for years and have finally secured March 13-20, 2020, exclusively for our group.
The following week (March 21-28) we'll be at Tecka, an amazing 435,000 acre ranch with over 100 miles of private trout water on the ranch. We finish up at a San Huberto, a long-time favorite for more than 20 consecutive years for us, March 29-April 4, and the famous, legendary Malleo Spring Creek for early fall hatches and rising fish.  0098SAN HUBERTO MARCH 2019

We currently have rooms available on all of the March departures and 1 room at Laguna Verde (Jurassic). Check out the details here and let us know if you can join us or if we can help you plan your Argentina fishing trip.

“Paul”


Think you have problems? We found this video on MidCurrent by Erin Block, and presented by Orvis. It kind of puts everything into perspective. Thank you all for sharing your story.

https://midcurrent.com/2019/02/28/video-hatch-paul/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=616cd53785-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_29_01_43_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term

I think Paul would say that we all need to fish more.

Beck Hosted Trips:

2019: Coming Up

Aug. 23-30 Bighorn River, Montana, Wk. #1 (trout)
Aug. 30-Sept. 7 Bighorn River, Montana, Wk. #2 (trout)
Sept. 28-Oct. 5 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 7 – 14 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

2020:

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina
February 8-15 Laguna Verde, Argentina
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina
March 21-28 Estancia Tecka, Argentina
Dates TBA San Huberto, Argentina
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
June (TBA) Ireland/Scotland
August 6-15 Reel Action Camp, Alaska
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana
October 4-11 Spain
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina

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Sage's New LL, RIO Creek Fly Line & The Bighorn

Sage's new LL

SageLLWhat's old is new again! Sage has introduced the new TROUT LL for 2020. We know that many of our readers love their old LL's and probably think that there will never be a rod like it, but you might want to take a look at the new LL.

With a delicate touch and medium action the TROUT LL is perfected for wading, closer casts, small flies, and light tippets. A relatively supple tip maximizes light tippet protection and gives way to a smooth easy-loading mid-section that increases feel and feedback throughout the casting stroke.

When the hatch is on, the TROUT LL is an angler's best friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz0TOJ9y4Fs&utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=517314d6cf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_17_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-517314d6cf-18929377&mc_cid=517314d6cf&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 RIO Creek Fly Line   rio

We are in that time of year when many anglers like to head up into the head waters to fish for wild brown and brook trout. If you are a small stream enthusiast making average casts of 10 to 30 feet, RIO's new Creek fly line is designed specifically for anglers like yourself. The Creek line loads at close range to allow anglers to make ultra-short casts. Available in WF0F through WF4F. Check it out.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/rio-creek-line

 

The Bighorn

00613 BIGHORN 2015 In just a few weeks we'll be on the Bighorn enjoying late summer fishing. The lodge has been expanded since new owners, Brock & Jenny Bodecker, have taken over and we have a couple rooms available for Aug. 31-Sept. 7 & Sept. 7-14. Guests can do the full week or a shorter stay (4 nights/3 days, or 5 nights/4 days). This is a great time of year to be in the American West. Why not drop everything and jump on board for a few days!

It's seldom that we have openings in this trip, so give us a call is you're interested. Check out all our trips at https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/hosted-travel/2019.

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Capture The Moment, Maxine McCormick, & For the Fly Tyers

Capture the Moment

There’s no question that thanks to the cellphone, more people are taking pictures than ever before. That said, photography is still just that and the basics of a good image haven’t changed. I think you’ll agree that capturing the moment still rates first on anyone’s list. How many times have you looked at something and thought, “Wow, that would make a great picture.” It is important at that very moment to get out your camera, cellphone, GoPro, iPad, or whatever and take the picture!
With the software we have today you can fix or edit your digital images in your cellphone, camera or at home on your computer. Sharing your images with your friends or family has never been easier and making prints is easy with apps Photo Jul 18 11 15 30 AMlike FreePrints and others. And, you can shoot great video on you cellphone too. Most of us don’t take advantage of some of the options our cellphones offer for photos and video — portrait, square, pano, light settings, focus lock, zoom, slo-mo, etc. Just take a look at YouTube and you’ll see videos on just about any subject that comes to mind. Want to learn how to tie Cathy’s Super Bugger? Go to YouTube and we’ll show you. That old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words still rings true. We live in a visual world and imagery opens up the world to us and others.


Here’s some helpful hints on taking a better photograph:
1. Capture the image. Take the shot.  


2. Composition. If there’s time think about how you want the picture to look. Is it best as a vertical or horizontal? Not sure? Shoot both and you can delete what you don’t like.

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3. Horizons. Keep the horizon straight.   


4. Use the light. There are times when the light is simply magical, early morning sunrises, sunsets, fog, storms coming in, unusual cloud formations, a rainbow after a storm, photography will give you a better appreciation of the quality of light.

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#5. Shoot more. It’s easy to delete unwanted images but beware that you don’t delete the good ones. There are many mistakes (like crooked horizons) that can be corrected with editing programs.  


6. Know your device. Learn the features of your camera, take advantage of the great online tutorials. Perhaps the best tool is experience, play with the features and settings and get to know what you can do and how to get different affects so you can be ready when the  opportunity comes along.


Photo Jul 18 11 14 30 AMShoot shoot shoot — your kids, your fishing friends, landscapes, animals. Mix it up, pay attention that your subject is not squinting, watch for shadows on the face from a hat brim. Turn him around, take off the hat, learn to use fill flash. Don’t ask your angler to reach out to the camera with the fish, it might make the fish look larger, but it distorts the image. Be aware of what makes a good photo and plan accordingly. Don’t hesitate to ask your subjects to reposition, move into the shade or out into the light, turn to face the light. In the end they may be glad you asked when they see the resulting photo.


Have fun with your photography and enjoy making memories.
Cathy and Barry

 

Maxine McCormick

Google Maxine McCormick and you'll see her all over the internet. Now 15, Maxine is the youngest world champion in fly casting history. At age 12, she won the women's World Casting Championship in fly-fishing. She is America's No. 1 female caster.

 She's the girl next door and she's refreshing and I bet she's fun to be with. Maybe you've heard of her, her name comes up often in fly fishing circles. She's cute and she's amazing to watch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/sports/maxine-mccormick.html

 

 

For the Fly Tiers

materialLeave it to Tim Flagler to come up with a cleaver way to deal with loose hanks of tying materials like Krystal Flash and Flashabou. Like they say, you learn something new everyday! Thanks Tim and MidCurrent for sharing this great idea.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/tying-tip-managing-material-hanks/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=70383fd574

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Summer Tactics, RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards, & Tying the Crackleback

Our fishing tactics should change a bit as we move into summer conditions. This week, Jim Kukorlo, our head guide, gives us some pointers on how to be more effective anglers at this time of year.

Summer Tactics

Fishing the Dry Fly Dropper

Cathy asked me to write something on summertime fly fishing tactics. Which is usually perfect timing since July usually means lower water conditions and hot weather conditions. Well, almost perfect timing expect with all of the recent heavy rains Fishing Creek looks more like May then July. Which is good for the fish and it keeps us fishing longer into the summer.

The dry drop is simply tying a piece of tippet material 18 to 30 inches long to the bend of your dry fly hook and then tying a nymph to the tippet as your drop fly. The dry fly now becomes your strike indicator if a trout takes your nymph. Just remember if your dry fly goes under the water set the hook! The trout took the nymph.

Well nothing is that simple, so what dry fly do you use, what nymph, what size, how long and what size of tippet for the flies you’re fishing.

Dry Fly/Emerger Drop

DSC 0021 JimIf you are a dry fly fanatic you are missing the boat if you don't attach a trailing fly off of your dry fly. If you are fishing during a hatch with rising fish and the fish are taking the dun and the emerger, or you don't know what they are taking, it's the perfect time to trail an emerger or nymph behind your dry fly. If there are multiple hatches on, then I like to trail a smaller size dry fly. A trout will often look at the larger fly and take the smaller trailing fly. Keep your tippet about 18” long so you can better control the drift of the trailing fly.

I really like fishing a dry fly and trailing an emerger to cover all of my bases just in case the trout are focused on the emerger or smaller fly. Because both flies are about the same weight you can get a good drift with this method on both the dry and the emerger. Switch up the drop fly to include soft hackles, pheasant tails (PTs), and other nymphs.

Hopper/Dry Fly Drop

When I use this method my primary focus is fishing the nymph. Select a hopper or dry fly that will float well enough not to sink from the weight of the nymph. I'm basically using the hopper as my strike indicator and searching to see if the trout are looking up. If I have more strikes on the hopper I will take the nymph off and just fish the hopper. It's almost impossible to get a good drift on the hopper because of the trailing nymph. The primarily focus is on the nymph. If the trout are taking the nymph and not the hopper/dry I will switch to a two fly nymph rig with a Dorsey indicator.

Several years ago I was guiding a client who was fishing a big hopper with a copper john nymph as a trailing fly and he hooked a large brown on the nymph. As he was fighting the trout the hopper was just touching the surface of the water and another large brown hit the hopper. Two big browns on at the same time didn't last very long but it was really cool to watch it happen.

Large Cathy’s super beetles, hoppers, and large stimulators and are my go-to choices when I'm using the hopper/dry drop. Match the size of your tippet to the fly size. Using too small a tippet on a large foam hopper will twist you leader. A 4x tippet or even a 3x with prevent that from happening.

Nymphs like copper johns, PTs, green inch worms and even an ugg bug can produce some good bows and browns in the early morning or late evening.

When using a smaller hopper/dry such as a smaller Cathy’s beetle, foam ant or hopper pattern I use size 16 to 20 nymphs like a green inch worm, rainbow warrior, copper johns, PTs, or lighting bugs. Using flies this small requires your tippet to be 5, 6 or 7x. This a great way to float small nymphs through a run or quite pool without hanging up or spooking the fish.

Anytime you start adding flies, split shot, strike indicators or trailing flies it affects how you cast the fly line. If you are new to using this method try fishing a small riffle where you are casting a shorter distance so you can learn how to adjust your casting stroke. Open up your back cast and keep the line tight in your back and forward cast to help prevent the flies from tangling.

In summertime conditions you need to have more stealth as you are approaching the stream. Keeping a low profile and wearing earthy colors is very important. Start early in the morning when the water is the coolest and fish the shaded pools and riffles. Don't stay too long in one pool. Pools and runs are only good for a few fish and you are limited on the number of casts per pool.

June, July, August and even into September trout can be feeding off the top as well as anywhere in the water column. With not many mayflies this time of year a hungry trout will eagerly take a juicy terrestrial floating down the stream so why not have the best of both worlds by fishing the hopper drop method.

We are already four months into the season. Time does fly when you're having fun. Here on Fishing Creek water conditions are great and guiding has picked up a bit.  I hope to have a few photos for the blog next week.

Jim Kukorlo
Head Guide

 

RIO's Viewer's Choice Awards   riologo2

The 2019 RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards is now over. With 41 great entries, more than 32,000 views, and over 5,000 votes it has been the most successful RAFFFA year ever.

Now RIO needs your help in selecting the overall “Viewer's Choice Award” winner. Follow the link, watch the Grand Final films, and vote for your favorite overall film! The winning film maker will win $1,000 worth of RIO, Sage and Redington gear of their choice. 

You only get a single vote from each IP address so use your vote wisely! We'll announce the winner.

Have fun viewing and voting!

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/make-the-connection/rio-film-awards

 

Tying the Crackleback by Tim Flagler

cracklebackWhat Jim didn't tell us in his story above is that one of his favorite summer flies is the Crackleback (I have the inside scoop). Watch as Tim Flagler takes us through tying it and then make sure you have a few in your summer fly box!

How to Tie the Crackleback with Tim Flagler. Midcurrent & Marshall Cutchin
https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-the-crackleback/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c9b46e3c97-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_12_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-c9b46e3c97-18929377&mc_cid=c9b46e3c97&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

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Slovenia, Rods in Spain & Our Country Life Experience

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Looking Back on Slovenia

From Barry

 Brooke is my right hand in the office and she is telling me that I have two paragraphs to describe our recent trip to Slovenia, that's a hard thing to do. Honestly I think I might need more of a book to tell you about the trip, it was that good. We were based in the Julian alps where the country is stunning with gin-clear rivers and tributaries and better fishing regulations than any other country that we've ever visited. Fly fishing, catch and release, is the norm, great hotels, great food, very friendly people and a terrific guide, a young woman, Tina Possnig.

This was an exploratory trip for a group of ten and we found all our guides to be excellent, but Cathy and I spent most of our time with Tina, a true professional who spends her time tying and selling flies and related products online and introducing her clients to the best of Slovenia rivers. She has an outgoing personality and her goal is to get her clients into a great fish which she easily does. She is a trout hunter first, stealthy beyond words with great eyes to find fish. Will we return? Absolutely. So, if you haven't fished in Slovenia, make sure you put it on your bucket list and consider joining us on a return trip. View our album.

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SPAIN 2661A room just opened up for our trip to the Pyrenees for a week of beautiful fall fishing, October 4-11, 2019. There are lots of pretty places to fish in the fall and the eastern Pyrenees is one of them. Our week will include a variety of fishing experiences – high mountain freestone streams, spring creeks, larger streams, and tailwater fisheries. Browns, rainbows, an occasional brook trout, wild zebra trout and barbel. Cool mornings and warm afternoons make this a very special time of yeaSPAIN 2550r in the mountains.

Spain is also a great destination for a non-fishing partner as they have their own tour guide and transportation. Each day is a new adventure visiting wineries, medieval villages, cathedrals, and castles. For anglers and non anglers alike, this is a wonderful trip. 

Check out our trip itinerary, browse through the photo gallery and then contact us or Frontiers to grab the spot!

Country Life Experience

Here at home we are well into summer with good water levels and beautiful summer weather. If you're looking for something fun for the family, young and old, we still have dates available for our Country Life Experience. We customize this program for each individual family depending on the interests and ages of everyone from young to not-so-young.

Come see us and let us show you our waterfalls, the horses at Springdale Farm, fly fishing, campfires, kayaking, and more. The younger set can sleep in a tent while the older set enjoys the comforts of the Lodge at Raven Creek, which is exclusively yours for your stay. It's fun for everyone.

Check us out at https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/instruction-guiding-programs/country-life-experience and call for more information and available dates.

Come on out. We'll show you a great time.

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Availability on the Bighorn & Inch Worms

Availability on the Bighorn

BIGHORN 2016 0589We still have a room or two on the Bighorn this summer. Either August 22-29 or Aug. 29 – September 5. It's a great time to be on the 'Horn. We've been doing this departure for more than 30 years and this river still amazes us. No two years are ever the same. It's the end of the summer, fall is in the air, and it's a beautiful time of year to be in Montana.
We have 7 night/6 day or 5 night/4 day stays available. Here is the itinerary. Check it out and join the fun!

Here Comes An Inch Worm
by Barry

It hangs from a thread like string almost in front of my nose. It's the first inch worm of the season and it's right on time. This is inch worm season here on Fishing Creek. I have written about it often and for good reason for our trout like inch worms – enough said. The Trout on a caterpillar 207sun is trying its best to make an appearance on this early morning and because we have had a wet spring and early summer, it's a welcome sight. Inch worms are most active on hot sunny days and our extended forecast promises sunny days and warm weather. My fly box is full of sinking inch worm pattens (see my favorite in our store), and hopefully my friend Phil Balisle can convince me to put my cameras down and catch a fish. It doesn't last long so I will enjoy it while I can.

 

 

2020 Trips

We're spending a lot of time in Argentina for 2020. If you've got Argentina, or one of our other destinations on your mind, check out our web site and then contact us. Here is all of our 2020 line up. We hope you can join us.

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, N. Argentina
February 8-15 Laguna Verde, Argentina
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina
March 21-28 Estancia Tecka, Argentina
Dates TBA San Huberto, Argentina
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
June (TBA) Ireland/Scotland
August 6-15 Reel Action Camp, Alaska
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana
October 4-11 E. Pyrenees, Spain
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina

 

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Africa Opportunity, In Search of Magic Waters, & Fishing Creek

Don't Snooze, You'll Loose!

17612013 AFRICAWe have had a last minute cancelation for our East Africa safari, July 26 – August 9. We're trying to help these people recover some of their money so if Africa has always been on your Wish List, this is a great opportunity at a substantial savings. The best appointed lodges and best preserves. View the photo album and itinerary – then call Kathy Schulz at Frontiers (800-245-1950) to get it started! Don't miss out, it's an incredible trip.

 

In Search of Magic Waters

No one says it better than James R. Babb, when talking about Andriano Manocchia's work:

"Artists—real artists, serious artists, memorable artists—work not in oils and watercolors, clay and stone, verbs and nouns and harmonic vibrations from reeds and strings, but in emotions. Artists paint and sculpt, write and sing, finger the necks of a Stradivarius or a Stratocaster using passions so visceral our ancestors knew them only as Magic. And Magic is exactly what I feel when looking into an Adriano Manocchia painting."
James R. Babb, Editor, Gray’s Sporting Journal

Here we present a beautiful short video featuring Adriano Manocchia and his search for magical waters. Vist his website.

Video Hatch: “In Search of Magical Waters”  Thank you Midcurrent!

Up and Down


That's a good description of our fishing season so far, but we've been fortunate in that even though we've had more water than usual this season, for the most part Fishing Creek has fished well. Here are a few shots from our clients this week. As this goes to print the levels are high again, but give it a day or two and we'll be back in summer fishing.

Ryan McEvoy3  Rick Sager2

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Father's Day Gift Idea & Fish Snaps

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Still need a gift for dad? We've got you covered (dads, better pass this idea along or you may get another tie.)  gift cert brown

We are all about last minute shopping around here, so you're not too late for a Father's Day gift certificate that dad can use toward guiding, instruction or flies. This feature will soon be available from our online store, but for now if you give us a call us at 570-925-2392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before end of day on Thursday, (eastern time), we'll get you going. Provide us with the amount, your email, and payment information and we will email you a printable gift certificate to put in your Father's Day card.

 

Fish Snaps From This Week

I don't know if we can say that summer is here yet, but our wet, cold, spring is gradually turning into summer. The stream is beautiful and our high water is finally dropping to more seasonable levels. Sulphurs, slate drakes, terrestrial fishing are all good and we're excited. Here are some pics from this week.

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Our Tribute to Dads Everywhere.

Happy Father's Day. Thank you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvdO9iY0Yp8

 

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Duns & Spinners, Getting Soft Hackled, & Barry's Photos

Duns & Spinners

With summer upon us, mayfly duns and spinners make up a good part of our fishing. At this time of year we often see duns hatching and spinners falling not only at the same time, but different species as well. For instance, in the evening we might have March Brown and sulphur spinners on the water and sulphur duns hatching at the same time. What's an angler to do? This week our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, helps unravel the mystery.

Duns and Spinners

A mayfly life cycle has four stages: egg, nymph, dun and spinner. But let's include the emerger which is the nymph rising to the surface to become the adult dun. The dun has upright wings and they look like little sailboats floating downstream. Wings of the dun are semi transparent with a smoky brown, gray, or yellow tinge. The dun will hatch on the water and will float downstream until the wings are dry which will enable them to fly off the water and into the trees to molt. The life span of a dun is about 12 to 24 hours which will vary with different species. The dun will sit in the trees or other vegetation until it molts into a spinner. Duns have no mouth and don't eat anything. Fly fishermen uses a dry fly to imitate the dun stage of a mayfly. Since the dun floats on top of the water you can actually see a trout eat the duns that are riding on the water surface. Female Hendrickson spinner with eggs 14. DSC 7040 copyWM
For all of my matching-the-hatch mayflies I prefer comparaduns or thorax style duns, the later made famous in Vincent Marinaro’s book, A Modern Dry-Fly Code. Comparaduns have split tails and the position of the wing gives it a more life-like look than traditional Catskill patterns. Without hackle the body lies closer to the water and the micro fiber tails keeps the fly upright, although I find that the thorax style flies with the crisscross hackle float better in riffles and fast runs than a comparadun. I also prefer traditional catskill patterns for my attractor patterns and for the flies I use when fishing the dry-dropper method.
With so much focus on the duns during a hatch, it is important not to forget the emerger. If the trout are taking the emerger the ring of the rise will be different and sometimes overlooked. When the trout are taking emergers you will see the dorsal fin break the surface of the water. This is a great time to use a dry dropper. Attach an emerger pattern to an 18 inch piece of tippet in the bend of the dry fly hook. The dry fly will also be you indicator if the trout takes the emerger.
The length of time that a dun molts into a spinner will vary with different species, but on an average it is between 12 to 24 hours. Once a dun molts it takes on a new appearance. Tails are longer and the body is slim and usually darker in color and the wings are clear and transparent. The sole purpose for the spinner is to mate and for the females to lay eggs. If you look closely you will see the egg sack on the female Hendrickson in the photo.
The male and female spinners form in a swarm usually over water but in some cases over land. In some species this occurs in early afternoon or late evening. As they hover over the water they do a up- and-down dance. Once the spinners mate, the females will begin laying eggs by dipping several times into the water. When all the eggs have been released the female dies spent on the water with her wings stretched out flat. This is what fly fishermen calls a spinner fall.
That's the short version of a mayfly adult life cycle, enough information for a fly fisherman to identify a spinner from a dun and to know when a spinner fall is happening. You can google the life cycle of any mayfly for more in depth information on individual species.
 Sulpher Epeorus vitreus HJL6377 edited 1 Copy 2Sometimes duns and spinners can be on the water at the same. When there are duns, you can see the trout eating the adult insects on the surface. When a trout is eating a spinner the rise can be deceiving. The spinner is dead and not moving so the trout simply sips the dead insect slowly into its mouth. These rises can be hard to detect especially in the late evenly hours. I always carry a pair of binoculars in my pack just for occasions like this.
Fishing a spinner fall can be difficult for several reasons. If you’re fishing in a flat quiet pool with not much current, presentation becomes critical. Use at least a 5x tippet or even 6 or 7x in some cases. I find the downstream slack-line presentation to work best in these conditions. On very selective trout I will fish a sunken spinner and have found this to be effective especially during the trico hatch.
Have you ever been on the water early on a summer morning and see rising fish but can't see anything on the water that they are taking? The morning after a good spinner fall can offer some really good fish taking left over spinners from the night before. One of my favorite flies to use in a situation like this is the rusty spinner. Be sure to tie it in several different hook sizes.
Spinners are easy to tie. I use micro fibers for the tails and thin strips of white poly for the wings. Be sure to split the micro fiber tails.
Switching from spring to summertime can mean fishing smaller flies, longer leaders and smaller tippet sizes. Late afternoon and late evening fishing can be very productive so be sure to stay until dark and be on the lookout for spinners showing in the air above you. Sometimes it's the last half hour of day light when the spinners hit the water and it can a very exciting 30 minutes of fly fishing. Be sure to carry a head lamp or flash light for late evening fishing and a wading staff can come in handy when wading in the dark.
If you live close enough to a trout stream you can eat an early dinner and still have time to get on the water for the evening spinner fall.

Click here to view comparaduns and other mayfly patterns in our store.

 

 Getting Soft Hackled

While Jim talks to us about mayflies, there are often times when caddisflies will be mixed in with the mayflies or when the hatch is all about caddis. While mayflies and caddis are both aquatic insects, the caddis behave differently and the observant angler will know how to identify and imitate the sometimes subtle differences. Chester Allen talks to us about caddis soft hackles in this excellent story.

https://midcurrent.com/experts/getting-soft-hackled/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d8da46573e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_22_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-d8da46573e-18929377&mc_cid=d8da46573e&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

Back at the Office

Sunset 2010 Holbox Mexico0102Meanwhile back at the office we are busy with 2021 calendar submissions. One of the calendars we submit to is “Inspirations” and while working on Barry's submission and admiring the images we decided that we want to share the photos with you so we've put them in an album for all to enjoy.  See them here.

 

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First Cast to Double Haul on YouTube & Fishing is Good

RIO- Last Chance to Enter

Time is running out for a chance to enter an all expenses paid trip to Idaho to fish with the RIO guys.  See details below

https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/last-chance-to-win-an-all-expenses-paid-trip-to-idaho?e=8b5f86f70f

 

First Cast to Double Haul Now on YouTube

Cathy is posting the chapters from her video, From First Cast to Double Haul, on YouTube for all to view. With cds and dvds going the way of 8-track tapes and cassettes (remember these?), we decided to share the information online.

This week we feature her segment on drag, but all the chapters can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq7haQMuYLk

 

Interview with Kirk Wallace Johnson

If the name sounds familiar but you can't place it, it might be because we blogged about his book, The Feather Thief, several months ago. As I mentioned then, people kept telling me about the book but I didn't get around to reading it for awhile and then I got hooked on it. Still now, months later, I love to talk about the heist. There's a lot more to Kirk Wallace Johnson than The Feather Thief though. He's the kind of American that makes you grateful, thankful, and appreciative. Here's a brief look into his life and if you're in the Steamboat Springs area on June 26, stop by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. I sure wish I could be there. (And, if you haven't read the book, do so!) Thank you MidCurrent, Steamboat Magazine and Alesha Damerville.

 http://www.steamboatmagazine.com/2019/05/10/199759/meet-kirk-wallace-johnson-author-of-the-feather-thief-

Fishing is Good

Here are a few shots from our guides this week. The stream is in great shape and fishing is good. Hope you're getting out to enjoy it!  

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Putting Kids to Work, Fly Line Mending, & Add Some Color

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This week we stocked sections of Fishing Creek and asked our grandkids to help. They thought it was the coolest thing ever. Of course, they fish and I would say they even fish quite well but never had the opportunity to help stock.

We talk about kids being the future of fly fishing and there are great kids projects. This week I had a young boy working on his fly fishing merit badge come to me for help in casting and learning about insects and flies. I think this is all important stuff, but I also know that our boys would never help stock fish on their own initiative.

18 FLY FISHING IMAGEWe adults have to make the opportunities available to our kids and then stay involved with them. There is a lot to distract these days, but fishing opportunities do come along and it's up to us as parents, grandparents, councilors, teachers, family friends to make sure the kids get the chance to participate.

This is a long weekend. Is there a kid that you can take fishing, or hiking? Maybe your own Callie20170613 112258kids or the neighbor? We hope so! We wish you all a Happy Memorial Day. Get out and Enjoy!

 

 

Fly Line Mending

Mending is the ability to position the fly line on the moving current in a manner which counteracts the effects of the current, thus allowing the fly to present itself naturally on or in the water. Mends can be upstream, downstream, and often content with varying speeds of water. These tips and techniques will help us all become better fishermen.

Thank you MidCurrent and Takemefishing.org.

https://www.takemefishing.org/fly-fishing/fly-fishing-basics/fly-line-mending/

 

Add Some Color!

With 9 new colors of fly line backing in 20 and 30 lb strengths RIO is sure to have a color to suit your mood! (Their words, not mine).  rio

Brighten up your fly reels!   

https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/check-out-rios-new-backing-options?e=8b5f86

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Upcoming Trips & Fly Fishing Tip #49

Upcoming Trips:

1836 BIGHORN 2018We've got a few spots here and there on the rest of our 2019 trips and we'd love for you to get in on the fun. Here's what we have coming up:

June 20-28 Slovenia, Departure is full
July 26-Aug. 9 Africa, Departure is full
Aug. 24-31 Bighorn River, Montana, 2 Rooms
Aug. 31-Sept. 7 Bighorn River, Montana, 3 Rooms
Sept. 28-Oct.5 E. Pyrenees, Departure is full
Dec. 7-14 Tres Valles, Argentina, 2 Rooms

Please visit our website Hosted Trips for details, itineraries, and photos galleries.

 

 

 

Fly Fishing Tip #49

reelYour Line Hand. Domenick Swentosky's tip #49 (of 50) reminds us of how important our line hand is and gives up tips on stripping flies, shooting line, and all the things our line hand does without thinking about it – and we get some tips on how to do all these things better.

As always, thanks Domenick and MidCurrent.
https://troutbitten.com/2018/07/08/fifty-fly-fishing-tips-49-your-line-hand/

 

 

Fishing Is Good

Little Blue Quills, done. Quill Gordons, done, Hendricksons, done. Spring is fast slipping away from us. We're now seeing March Browns, tan caddis, and someone reported seeing the first sulphur this week. We hope you're getting out to enjoy the spring hatches. It is a beautiful time of year and it won't last long!

We're busy with guiding and lessons. Here are a few shots from the season so far.

 Terry Johnson4    Jenny Perl   Terry Johnson

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Remembering Belize, Tim Flagler & the Sulphur Perdigon & High Sticking Nymphs

Remembering Belize

BELIZE 299Last week found us at Belize River Lodge with amazing weather and perfect tides. We didn't put on a raincoat all week. You would think the fishing to be amazing – but truth be told, our group had a difficult week finding fish. The week got a little better toward the end, thank goodness. Thank you to an amazing group of anglers and the staff and guides at BRL who understand saltwater fly fishing and hung in there to make the best of it. We hope you enjoy the photos.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/barryandcathybeck/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2656963891011333

 

 

Tim Flagler and the Sulphur Perdigon

With sulphur season fast approaching here is an interesting Perdigon sulphur nymph to add to your box. We've had lots of water so far this season and this is a good pattern to get your fly down to where the fish are holding, and Tim always has tying tips to make the job easier. Thank you MidCurrent, Marshall Cutchin and Tim.

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High Sticking Nymphs by Jim Kukorlo

The fly line is a necessary evil. We need a fly line to cast our flies but the fly line on the water creates drag. Not only the fly line but the leader too. To help eliminate drag get as much line and leader off the water as possible by getting as close as possible to the pool and lifting the fly rod up and extending your arm out over the water. Do same when fishing at a distance by reaching out and lifting the rod higher.

Drew Lovgren6High Sticking is basically lifting your fly rod and extending your casting arm to lift your fly line off the water. Lifting the fly line off the water will help to eliminate drag and give you a better drag free presentation, allowing your flies to go deeper and be in better contact with your strike indicator. Did you catch the part about extending your casting arm? If you are using a 9ft fly rod by extending your arm out and up you now have a 11ft fly rod depending on the length of your arm. For sake of argument lets say you gain about 2ft. It's a lot easier to mend your fly line in the air then it is when the line is lying on the water.

The Drift – The object of a drag free drift is to keep the fly, leader, strike indicator, fly rod and your arm in a straight line as the fly drifts down stream. In order to achieve that you must mend your fly line and follow the line downstream with the tip of your fly rod.
The current is never the same all away across the stream. Learn to read the water and look for seams in the current and along the edge of a riffle. It's easier to control your drift in these seams with short casts and short drifts then it is making long cast and trying to mange more fly line on the water. Trout will feed on the edge of a fast running riff and in pools behind rocks.
The flow of the current also dictates how I present my cast. Nymph fishing 101 is a three quarter upstream cast – one mend and a perfect drift through the hole. With multi currents sometimes I prefer to cast across stream and drift the fly slightly downstream allowing the fly to drift into the trout keeping the fly line behind and out of sight of the trout. This is especially good to do on bright sunny days to keep your shadow and the shadow of the strike indicator from spooking the trout.

Leaders - For whatever reason I have never gotten into making my own leaders. It might be something I should look into. I use a 9ft. 4wt RIO monofilament leader and adding a 3ft section of fluorocarbon tippet. Tippet size is determined by the hook size of the fly that I'm using. Hook size 12 and larger I use 4x, hook size 14 and 16 usually 5x and size 18 and smaller 6x. Of course that can vary with the water flow and water color. I always use two nymphs by attaching a 18 to 24 inch section of fluorocarbon tippet material, which will lengthen my leader to around 14ft. Longer leaders create less drag by allowing me to keep more of the fly line off the water.
I don't use the loop to loop method to attach the leader to the fly line, it adds bulk and creates issues when landing fish and Drew Lovgren2 Phils friendcan damage the guides on the fly rod. Instead I simply attach the leader to the fly line with a clinch knot. It makes a slim profile and the leader will go through the guides without hanging up on the guides.

Flies – Along with using two flies I found that high sticking with an indicator can be a very effective way to dead drift a wooly bugger or a streamer through a deep pool or fast riffle.

Split Shots - Although I try to stay away from using split shot by using at least one fly with a tungsten bead but there are times I do have to add split shot. As the saying goes “You are one split shot away from catching fish.” Generally I add the split shot between the two flies. But that depends on what fly I'm using and where I want the bottom fly to be. For example a size 10 Ug Bug as the first fly and a size 18 Pheasant Tail as the bottom fly with no split shot between the two flies allowing the pheasant tail to float several inches off the stream bottom.

Strike Indicator – Years ago, long before the idea of using a strike indicator, I used to paint my nail knot with bright orange fingernail polish which would help me see the strike better by watching the end of my line. And it did work and it was a pretty cool idea that I learned from a friend of mine but strike indicators work much better. Keep in mind the strike indicator also suspends the fly in the water column which helps to keep from hanging up on the bottom of the stream and allows you to drift the fly at the depth you think the trout are.
By watching your indicator you can see the effect the current has on your drift and how your fly is being presented to the trout.
How far from the fly you put your indicator is a question I get a lot from fishermen. The rule of thumb I use is to put the indicator 1 to 2 ft higher then the depth of the water you are fishing. Most indicators will slide up and down your leader and are easy to adjust. Adjusting the indicator and being sure you have the right amount of weight are two very important factors in nymph fishing.
There are hundreds of strike indicators on the market and after years of trying different ones the Dorsey indicator is my favorite. (More about different kinds of indicators in a future article.)

Fly Rods – As a kid using sticks as swords the guy with the bigger stick usually wins. A longer fast action fly rod greatly helps in mending and managing the fly line. My go to fly rod for nymph fishing is a 9ft 5wt Sage X, and depending on the size of the stream I'm fishing, I also use a 9.5ft or a 10ft 4wt.

If you are new to nymph fishing or struggling with getting good drifts and having confidence in your nymph fishing. Just by learning to lift your fly rod up and out you will see immediate changes in your drift. Once you establish confidence you will start catching more fish and having fun.

 

We're busy working on our 2020 trips. Here is a look at what we have to look forward to:

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina (golden dorado)
February 8-15 Laguna Verde, Argentina (rainbows)
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina (golden dorado)
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina (trout)
March 21-28 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
Dates TBA San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize (bones, permit, tarpon, etc.)
June (TBA) Ireland/Scotland (trout/Atlantic salmon)
August 6-15 Reel Action Camp, Alaska (trout, char, pacific salmon)
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
October 4-11 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout, barbel)
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

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Argentina, Sage Igniter, & Guiding on Fishing Creek

Argentina in the Rearview

We0682LIMAY 2019 just returned from our March/April trip to Argentina where we visited three estancias with three amazing groups of clients, never put on a raincoat, and had beautiful weather – with just a bit of wind. After all, it wouldn't be Patagonia without some wind! The places you'll see in the album are Tres Valles Lodge, San Huberto Lodge, and the Limay River Lodge, all amazing. It seems like a long time until next year. There is just no place like Argentina!   Click here to see more photos

 

 

Sage Igniter  

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We've all heard the news about Sage's new rod, the Igniter. If you're looking for a fast rod with backbone for longer casts, bigger flies, and one that will step up to the plate should the wind come up, but is still fun to cast without being too fast, try to Igniter. Here's an interesting short MidCurrent review of the rod by fly fishing gear reviewer, Robert Morselli.

https://midcurrent.com/contributors/robert-morselli/

Check it out at your local fly shop or at:

https://www.sageflyfish.com/product/freshwater/igniter-freshwater

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From Home

Fishing is good here at home. Hendricksons are the order of the day with March Browns soon to follow. Here are a few shots from guiding recently. Spring fishing doesn't last long, we hope you're getting out to enjoy it!

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