Winter Fishing

Winter Fishing Special

Winter fishing 0005We're having mild days, our guides are fishing, and catching fish. If this mild trend continues we'll fish straight through the winter. So, with that in mind, we're offering a Winter Special from now until March 1. Come for the afternoon, 1-4:00, 4 hours guided fishing for $175. It's the warmest part of the day and when the fish are most active. Dress warm and get outside in the fresh air. Give us a call to schedule. 570-925-2392.


Jim’s Winter Fishing Tips

And, while we’re on the subject of winter fishing, Jim, our head guide has some tips for us:
Winter Fly Fishing Tips

I have noticed in the last few years that winter fly fishing has become more popular, especially in our local area. It's always been popular in Central PA, on streams like Penn’s Creek, Spring Creek and other limestone streams. And I’m also seeing a lot of articles in fly fishing magazines, photos and stories on social media on winter fly fishing.

As with any outdoor adventure it's always good to be prepared and have some idea of what clothing to wear and other items to have on hand so it a fun and a successful day on the water. Dressing in layers is a very good way to keep warm and if the conditions warm up, you can always take a layer off. Beware though, over dressing will make you look like the Michelin Man and restrict your mobility. 

A hooded rain jacket that is wind proof and water proof is a must. A warm hat with ear muffs and a lined buff will keep your head and neck warm. Fingerless fishing gloves help to keep your hands from freezing. I just found a pair of Simms fingerless gloves that have a pouch on the wrist for a disposable hand warmer packet.  Guides 1841

If you live close by, putting your waders and boots on at home is a lot easier and warmer than booting up on the stream. If there is snow on the ground be sure to use rubber bottom soles with cleats. Snow will cling to the felt soles making it very difficult to walk.

One problem with winter fishing on colder days is that ice will form in the guides of your fly rod. Solution? I like to use Stanley's Ice off or Pam Cooking spray. It will work for a while. If ice still forms in the guides, try dipping the rod in the water and swoosh it around, the ice will thaw. But, unfortunately, the guides will ice up again. It's just part of winter fishing. A mono rig will shed water quicker than a thicker fly line. So when I'm fishing in air temperatures in the 20's I will Euro nymph with a Mono Rig. (That’s an article for another time…)

A list of other things to bring along:

• Polarized Sunglasses
• Hand warmers
• Water, thermos of coffee and some snacks
• Towel – attached to your waders or vest to wipe off your wets hand after releasing a fish
• Change of clothes – just in case – it's a long ride home when you’re soaking wet and cold
These items are good things to have in your car all year round and you might be surprised how often you will thank yourself.

Now you are set with equipment, let’s talked about what hatches you could see and what flies usually work best.

Insects in the winter? Absolutely! Especially on nice sunny blue bird days it's not uncommon to see BWO's, early black stoneflies, caddis and small midges. If the sun warms up the water even a degree or two, you could see some rising fish and have some dry fly fishing.

Winter nymph fishing is usually the name of the game and having nymphs of the above hatches is always a good idea. A rule of the thumb for winter fishing is to use small flies in hook sizes 16 to 22. But rules are made to be broken and myths abound in the fly fishing world so don’t be afraid to experiment.

A few days ago I caught several trout on a size 10 Sexy Walt’s Worm and dead drifting a Cathy's Super Bugger has been the hot flies this month so far. Be prepared for anything and think outside the box. Oh, and don’t forget the incredible edible egg. Are you old enough to remember that in a TV commercial about eggs? Trout know what we know. Eggs are high in protein and a great winter diet for the trout.

Jim 1860Best to time be on the water is from around 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m . It's usually the warmest part of the day and the most productive part of a winter day. It’s a good idea not to fish alone on cold winter days and having a buddy along can just add to the fun.

The idea of winter fly fishing is really hard for some anglers to grasp. It is a different mind set. But once you grasp it and are comfortable with fighting the elements it can be very rewarding. I'm not just out there to enjoy the beauty of a winter day. If that was the case I would just take a walk in the woods. I fish to catch fish and love the challenge that winter fishing brings and the feeling of accomplishment that I get from bringing a few trout to the net.

If you’ve never fished in the winter I like to encourage you do so. Hope some of the tips I mentioned will help you to enjoy these days on the water. I am happy to answer any question you might have. Click at the top of the blog to view it online and the comments box will appear. We love hearing from our readers.

  Patagonia Puff Pants

pat tuff pantsAnd still thinking about winter fishing, if you are looking for a layer that will keep you warm under your waders, check out Patagonia's Tough Puff Pants (#82005). Made from the same stretchy, durable fabric as the puff hoody, they are so warm you'll wear them as pants after fishing. For more information check them out at Patagonia.com.


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Guides Advice, Conservationist of the Year, & Photographing Fish

 Guide's Advice

It just so happened that our three guides – Jim, Tom & Brad, were here a few days back and Barry asked them a couple of questions about their most valuable gear. What do they never leave home without when guiding. Here are their answers:

 Conservationist of the Year

conservationistWe are very pleased and excited to announce that friend and Commissioner at Large for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, Charles Charlesworth, has been chosen at 2021 Conservationist of the Year. It would be hard to find another person (although we know they are out there) who has been more committed or has worked harder than Charlie in protecting, preserving, rehabilitating streams and promoting fly fishing. Take a look at what he has done for the Lackawanna River. Pretty impressive. Congratulations Charlie!



Photographing Fish

We have drives full of stories that we have written for various publications over the years. Actually some are still stored in boxes of floppy disks, cds and DVDs, and some are so old we don't have the devices to access them. But, that's a problem for another day. As you know, the flies and some of the terminal tackle changes over the years, leaders get thinner and stronger, fly patterns come and go, as do gadgets. But the thing that doesn't change is the quarry – the fish. Over the next few months we will be republishing a few of the short stories from days gone by. Here's our first one Photographing Fish originally in Field & Stream, 2010. Photos in the album are a mix of good, funny and unplanned.

 We handle fish almost on a daily basis as either guide, trip host, or fishing photographer. So, when our friend and editor Doug Olander asked for a few suggestions on releasing fish after we take a photo we thought we might begin with talking about handling the fish.

There are some toothy critters out there and when we decide to photograph these, there are some things to think about. A big barracuda is the first fish that comes to mind. Sharks can be a dangerous handful and even a small jack crevalle can give a nasty wound if handled improperly. Heck, we can get a sore hand for a couple of days by getting poked with the dorsal fin of a harmless panfish! These potentially hazardous situations can be the result of getting our hands too close to a mouthful of teeth (as in barracuda), or coming in contact with a sharp spine or gill plate (jack or snook), or an actual intended bite (shark). Cathy once grabbed a decaying sockeye salmon for a photo in Alaska and managed to get her fingers inside its mouth. It took a month of antibiotics to finally rid her hands of infection caused by bacteria in the rotting process. Be careful where you put your hands. Often on big fish a boca grip is the safest way to handle them for a photograph.

0377 LIMAY RIVER 2017 After catching the fish, how we handle it for the photographs is critical to its survival after being released. Nothing is set in cement here as there are so many variables, but there are a couple things to keep in mind. If the fish is taxed from being played too long it will take longer to revive and even then he may not survive. If he has put up a hard fight and is obviously played out, we’ll often help revive and release him using the method described below without chancing a photograph. We don’t believe any photograph is worth killing the fish.

This is the system we use whenever we photograph fish. The longer we hold a fish out of the water the better the odds are of it not surviving the event. If the fish is in good shape one of us will compose the photo while the other is safely holding the fish under water either gently cradling it or using a net. The person in charge of the fish can be getting it into the correct position for the photograph before lifting it when the photographer gives the word. If the head of the fish is gently cradled in one hand while gripping just ahead of the tail with the other hand, you’ll see plenty of the fish in the photograph and have a comfortable hold on the fish. For big, slippery fish a fishing glove or even a sun glove will help grip the tail. Make sure the glove is wet to protect the fish.

We work with Nikon digital cameras so we take our first picture of the angler holding the fish underwater and then check our composition and light in the monitor of the camera. If we like it we do a one-two-three count, the fish is lifted out of the water, the angler smiles, and the photographer fires three quick shots and the fish goes back underwater.

If the images look good in the monitor, it’s time to release the fish. We’re still holding the fish with a firm grip just ahead of the tail keeping it in an upright position in the water. If it’s not anxious to go we slowly move it back and forth facing into the current making the gills work. Make sure the fish is in clean water where turtle grass, sand, or mud can't foul the gills. If it’s exhausted or bleeding there may be predator fish in the area waiting for a chance to get at him. If it starts to turn sideways or upside down it’s in trouble, rescue it and repeat the revival process. It may take some patience when you want to get back to fishing but if it’s a fish worthy of a picture, it's always worth ensuring it’s survival.

Click here to see the album of photos

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Happy New Year!


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  We'll be back next week with our first blog of 2021!

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Christmas Greetings


We wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy, Covid-free 2021. Like the rest of the world, we anxiously await the time when we can freely move around the world again and do believe it is near. With that hope in mind, we share some thoughts from Mollie & Mike Fitzgerald & the Frontiers Team:

“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” ~ Gustave Flaubert

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ Saint Augustine

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~ Anonymous

“Climb the mountain so that you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” ~ David McCullough

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” ~ Anonymous

“Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.” ~ Mark Twain

 Heart Melting Christmas Ads

We came across this YouTube clip of The Best Most Touching Christmas Adverts That Will Melt Your Heart. Bet you can't watch just one....enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Warning: Patagonia Scam

We all know this stuff happens and want to alert you to a scam that is making the rounds on Facebook. Don't fall for this too-good-to-be-true sale supposedly from Patagonia Clothing Company. It is a scam. It's from Pataonlinemall.buzz, NOT Patagonia Clothing Company.  Screen Shot 2020 12 22 at 2.57.50 PM

Follow this link from Patagonia to learn more.


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Gift Certificates, November Song, & Last of the Season?

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9 Shopping Days Left Until Christmas!

Gift Certificates

christmasgiftNeed a last minute gift idea? Our gift certificates can be used for our online store, fly purchases, guiding, or any of our instructional programs. Certificates are available in any amount starting at $25 and will be emailed and can be printed by the purchaser.


 November Song

“Some days unfold slowly. Listen carefully and you may catch the rhythm.....

We enjoy Bob Romano's writing and think that at this unusually crazy time of year november song(even in normal years), taking a couple minutes to drift back with Bob to a November day and a more pleasant place and peace of mind. It's healthy for the soul. Enjoy the short story. If you enjoy this, you may like his blog too. Thank you Bob Romano and MidCurrent.


Last of the Season?

Maybe not. Yes, there is a blizzard on it's way to us later today, but fishing has been good right up until now and if the weather man is correct, we are to have a relatively mild winter. There's a good chance that we'll have some nice days and you can be sure that our guides Jim, Tom and Brad will be itching to be on the water. These shots are from last week. If you want or need a day on the water and we get a break in the weather, get your long johns out and give us a shout.

Mark Bremmer

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Look at this Fish!, Christmas Gifts, & Looking Ahead


Look at This Fish!!

Matt West 3381While some of us were trying to do Christmas shopping online and in mask, a regular guiding client, Matt West, decided to brave the cold and get in a late season fishing day with Barry. As Barry was getting dressed that morning he mentioned that he must be crazy. It was cold and a breeze was kicking up. He piled on base layers, top layers, down, wool, and anything else that he could get inside his waders. I remember thinking that they are both crazy!

As the day unfolded, the wind died and the sun came out. I can't say that it was balmy, but bearable. They were catching a few fish when about an hour from quitting time Matt hooked into this beautiful 30” brown. Where he came from no one knows, but he's been living a good life! It was Matt's biggest fish to date and what a way to finish the day. Our season doesn't close here, and the next week looks good, so if you're up for it, our guides are anxious to find this fish again! Give us a call to set up a day.

Congratulations Matt!

GeoGalleries   geo

If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you know that we've been busy this season with our online photo gallery. We invite you to take a look at what we're doing and the many other artists that are represented by GEOGalleries.com/barryandcathybeck.

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Calendars and Flies

 Don't forget to order a 2021 Angler's Calendar, the Dirty Duo & Ug & Ug selections, and Trapper & PTs. (See last week's blog) Time is running out for Christmas. Let us know if we can help fill your stocking....or someone else's. These are great early season flies and priced right.  For Christmas 2


Looking Ahead

While the future is still somewhat uncertain, it's looking up with regards to the vaccine and late winter early spring turnaround. We're seeing an interest in fishing trips and the phone is beginning to ring again.

With that in mind, here is our 2021 schedule from March forward. As you begin to think about traveling once again, we hope you'll keep us and Frontiers in mind.


March 6-12                 San Huberto Lodge, Argentina. Trout.

March 13-20               Tres Valles Lodge, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

March 20-27               Estancia Tecka, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

June 21-July 4            Ireland & Scotland. Trout/A. Salmon.

July 23-Aug. 9            E. Africa Safari. Kenya & Tanzania. Game Viewing.

August 21-Sept. 5       Bighorn River, Montana. Trout.

September 14-22        E. Pyrenees, Spain. Trout.

October 16-23             Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize. Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit

Nov. 29-Dec. 4            Argentina Waters, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

Dec. 4-11                    Tres Valles Estancia, Esquel, Argentina. Trout

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Shop Small Christmas Ideas


We encourage you to embrace the Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere. Please support small business this holiday season and beyond.

 Tis the Season

This is the week for Christmas ideas for yourself or others. We've put together some interesting fly selections, once again we have the 2021 Angler's Calendar, and a virtual stroll through our GeoGallery.

IMG 0109 Dirty Duo

For this double selection we've paired our Squirmies & Buggers Selection with a dozen tungsten Ug Nymphs (#8) in our best colors. You'll be ready for high cold water when the season opens in the spring with this duo. 2 Selections, 28 weighted flies, boxed. $60.  Click on the title to be directed to our store to order.



PT's & Emergers

PTS 0112For this double selection we've paired our Pheasant Tail Bead Head Selection with a dozen Trapper Tungsten Soft Hackle caddis emergers. PT's are always a favorite and with the Trapper soft hackles, you'll be ready for the hatches in the spring. 2 Selections, 24 flies(12-16), boxed $42. Click on the title to be directed to our store to order.



2021 Angler's Calendar

CAL 2021The 12"x12" Angler's Calendar is always a popular gift idea. 18-month calendar, large boxes for notes, moon phases, international holidays. By Willow Creek Press. $14.99.




Geo Gallery Tour

Just in time for Christmas.

We've put together a short video of some of our favorite images listed on Geo Galleries. Just sit back and let us show you what we're doing with prints, canvas wraps, and framed pieces.

All of the images here are available in a variety of formats and media types along with custom selections at Geogalleries.com/barryandcathybeck. Please let us know if you have any questions. Enjoy.





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Updated Link: Happy Thanksgiving! Shop Small & This Week's Featured Pics


The Movement

shopsmallWe encourage you to embrace Small Business Saturday as it continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition – just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere. Please support small business this holiday season and beyond.


This Week's Pics

The Homestead

The Homested 2020 11 25 at 2.01.39 PMThe stories this place could tell! On a windswept Montana plain you can picture kids and old folks trudging through snow on their way to the outhouse, or struggling to beat a bit of a living out of the rock hard ground in the generations before irrigation. As they say, “those were the days....”


Last Cast

Last Cast 2020 11 25 at 12.57.46 PMWe've all had those magical days on the water that you don't want to end. So, you keep telling yourself that you really do have to start home and that you'll just make one more cast...and it leads to another and another.


We invite you to browse these photos and many others in our gallery at geogalleries.com/barryandcathybeck.

Starting at $25.

Prints, framed and ready-to-hang, and canvas wraps. Custom options available.



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GeoGalleries, Last Call, & Mending your Line

This Week's Pic – GeoGalleries

We are continuing to build our presence on GeoGalleries and invite you to take a look at
geogalleries.com/barryandcathybeck where you can browse prints, canvas wraps, and framed pieces, with many options in media, format, and custom sizes. Here are the pics for this week:

 Rainbow Trout Release

Geo Rainbow Trout Release 2020 10 29 at 2.51.11 PMAn angler gently releases a fat rainbow trout back into the river to be caught and enjoyed another day. As catch and release becomes more popular, anglers everywhere are increasingly releasing their catch.


Acacia Tree Sunset

The combination of dust and fire make for incredible sunsets and it's hard to find another place on earth Geo Acacia Tree Sunset 2020 11 19 at 3.28.06 PMwhere there is more dust and fire than Africa. The vast African plains and the few trees make an impressive stage for the sun to drop behind.


 Last Call

If you subscribe to or happen to see a copy of the November/December issue of Gray's, please enjoy our photo essay with our good friend Harry Schoel from Belgium.

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Classic Pro Tip: How to Mend Your Line For a Better Drift

mendHere is an easy, quick, piece from Tom Rosenbauer and Montana guide, Molly Semenik, on mending line. These are great tips for mending and with it is a very useful 2-minute video.
Thank you Tom, Molly, & Orvis.

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Fall Fishing, RIO Tips, & GeoGalleries Pick

Fall Fishing

After a long hot dry summer and early fall, we have been blessed with rain to end the drought and 0757 OCTOBER FLY FISHING beautiful fall weather to enjoy being outside. The fish are beginning their spawning rituals, water is cool and clean, and looking ahead the day time temperatures are projected to be in the 50/60's for at least the next week.

Just this afternoon we watched three whitetail bucks chase doe in the field next door and as we sat and watched, a bald eagle 709 NOV 2020 BECK IMAGEflew overhead from the pond. It was a beautiful warm fall afternoon and we couldn't help but feel fortunate to be here in this place at this moment.

Our guides have a few days available, so if you need to get out and fish, now is the time! We will have another week of it, but who knows after that. It could be a very long cold winter. Call us!

RIO's Fishing Tips  riologo2

RIO's fishing tips are short, usually less than a minute, tips that help us all and make things easier on the water or at the tying bench. You may end up asking yourself, “Why didn't I think of that?” Here is one for tying bench and at the end you'll see more tips.



This Week's Pick -- GeoGalleries

Last week we told you about our invitation to be part of GeoGalleries, an online community of artists based in San Antonio, Texas, and representing artists from around the world. We're excited to be included in the small group of photographers and here are our two picks for this week. Both pieces are available in a number of sizes as prints, framed work, and canvas. We invite you to see more by visiting https://geogalleries.com/BARRYANDCATHYBECK/.

Colorful Art Deco Street Life

GEO2020 11 04 at 6.58.45 PMSyncopated Bohemian culture comes to life on the streets and alleyways of Valprasio, Chile, like nowhere else on earth. It's a hard working port town, once known as "The Jewel of South America". Don't be in a hurry when you come to visit the colorful streets, cafes, and restaurants of this extraordinary city.




Gray Crowned Cranes

GEO 2020 11 04 at 6.56.23 PMGray Crowned Cranes are long legged birds of African grasslands and wetlands, famous for their elaborate courtship dances performed in pairs. Cranes mate for life and enjoy a varied diet by pecking on the ground or searching in the mud for frogs, lizards, seeds and grains. These cranes have inspired artists, conservationists (and photographers like ourselves) around the world, but some species are now threatened due to habitat loss.





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GeoGalleries, Turneffe, & Andras Outfitters


We are honored to be part of GeoGalleries, a curated community of independent international artist galleries. In the weeks ahead we will be spot lighting a couple of our images each week through the blog, Facebook and Instagram. Our work is representative of our travels and includes cityscapes, landscapes, animals, people, and of course fly fishing. It will take us months to build our online gallery at Geo so we hope you will follow us and check in often to see what is new.

Geo is an extension of FinerWorks, a fine art and photo print color lab based in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in prints on canvas, metal, and fine art papers, as well as unlimited custom options. 

LippanzanerEye2020 10 29 at 1.00.15 PMThis week our spot lighted pieces are from our horse collection, My Horse at Last Light and Lipizzaner Eye. All of our work will be offered in print sizes and as canvas wraps. We invite you to view our collections by following the link below and then selecting the individual collection. Thanks for looking around.  My Horse4981b7c9 296f 420f ae56 9ea8f1982854



Turneffe Review

DAVID IMG 2543 copyWe mentioned last week about a group of anglers that we had at Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize for the week. The reports we got back were that air travel was a breeze and the airplanes and the service was smooth, could not have been better, the attention to cleanliness and Covid precaution was impressive, and the in-and-out process in Belize was very well orchestrated and went smoothly. Belize City airport is small and with the new precautions in place the line of travelers stretchedART DSCN2117 openWith outside of the terminal, but it was a nice day and no one seemed to mind. The required Covid app and test results procedure worked well and there were no unexpected delays or hiccups.   

Once at the lodge our group settled in and enjoyed a week of good weather, comfortable accommodations, great guides and good fishing. We have a hosted departure planned to Turneffe for the same time next year, October 16-23, 2021, and we hope that you'll think about joining us. 

Andras Outfitters in Almeda Fire

A couple weeks back we put out a call for help for our friends, Rachel & Jim Andras, in Talent, Oregon, and the Almeda Fire which ravaged their little community. As you can see from their most recent newsletter, the town is pulling through but it will be a long time before families have homes and can provide for themselves and their families. Thank you to everyone who sent money, fishing tackle, and prayers.  Here's a update from Rachel's newsletter.

andrasboardMoving Forward!
Being able to work with some of the staff at Talent Elementary to bless families in need is a true JOY! Meeting Mamas at the school to give them gift cards and diapers is meaningful and makes their day a little easier. It is because of you. Thank you!

The Red Cross has provided hotel rooms for families and though it is a safe place it is not a long term solution or ideal. Seeing families struggling on our school zooms has been heart breaking.

There is a long road ahead for so many and we hope we can continue to offer support, hope, and love to keep their spirit and hearts at peace. We are truly better together. The holidays are right around the corner so I am thinking of doing a few things to continue to give. Possibly a Sock Drive and/or Secret Santa for families too. I welcome your ideas. Just email Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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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.

Have a great week.


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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.

Fly Casting From a Drift Boat  driftboat
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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