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We’re Back

We’re back after skipping the blog last week. It somehow felt insensitive to talk about things we do for fun while in the current crisis. But now, almost 2 weeks into it, we seem to be adjusting to the new norm (somewhat anyway), spring is coming, stoneflies and olives are hatching, trout season is just around the corner, and well, now it feels okay to have something fun to look forward to. We hope you agree. Today’s blog is full of tips and the first one comes from Barry.

Double Whammy

698 IVAN TARIN SANCHO 2017 Sometimes it pays to think outside the box. Fishing dry droppers, a pair of soft hackles or two nymphs trailed together is quite common and often produces, but most anglers rarely think of fishing two streamers in tandem. It works and it’s a strategy that I often use especially when faced with high off-color water and when I am using a sink-tip or full sinking line. Under these conditions I want my flies down on the bottom and generally I like a slow retrieve hoping to get my flies in front of a fish. Streamers like Cathy’s Super Buggers are designed to push water and create vibrations that can alert the fish to the fly. So my go to combination is a smaller lighter colored upper fly and a black Super Bugger on the bottom.  461 IVAN TARIN SANCHO 2017

More than once I’ve found trout busting minnows near the surface and have used a two streamer combination with great success. Trout are competitive by nature, so I use a smaller minnow pattern on top and a larger streamer pattern on the bottom. I like to think that this imitates something big chasing something little. My retrieves are faster and I am generally using a floating line. Remember to strip set the hook using your line hand and not by lifting you rod tip. If you strike with your line hand and miss the fish, you have only moved the flies a short distance and there is a good chance the fish will continue the pursuit. If you set by lifting the rod tip and miss, you’ve pulled the flies away from the fish and the game is over. If you see a wake behind your fly or can see a fish chasing your fly, accelerate your retrieve speed which should encourage the fish to strike.
755 IVAN TARIN SANCHO 2017 When casting two streamers especially with a sinking or sink-tip line, it’s always best to open up your casting loop so the flies don’t tangle. It’s not quite chuck and duck, but’s it’s not far from it. The next time you’re in the mood to fish streamers give the combo a try. You might be surprised.

 

Cold Feet? Check out this tip:

Keeping your feet warm while wading.

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How to Get a Stuck Fly Rod Apart

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Beware of the Wolf

Barry & Cathy take us on a new adventure to the Parana River in Northern Argentina.  wolf

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/community/blog/beware-of-the-wolf

 

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Going Mirrorless

Going Mirrorless 

When it comes to camera questions that we field here in the office, the one that we often hear is “Have you gone mirrorless?” Well, yes and no, because we still rely on our Nikon SLRs for most of our work but for the past three months we have been shooting both a Nikon Z6 and the higher megapixel Z7. The main difference between a mirrorless camera 1595 Z6 other1and a SLR is that the light goes directly to the image sensor on the mirrorless which has an electronic view finder, whereas with an SLR the light is bounced off a reflex mirror up to the optical view finder. Mirrorless cameras are smaller, lighter, and from our limited experience, shoot unbelievable video. It’s the video aspect that captured our attention and rightfully so.
Being able to shoot slo mo (slow motion) at 120 frames per second is so cool and the fact that with the Z series adaptor we can use all of our go to lenses makes it a no brainer. The stills that come out of the larger megapixel Z7 are as good or in some cases better than our Nikon D850. So, in short we are optimistic that the Z Nikons will always be a major player in our day to day photography.
Another question that often pops up is, “What camera bag do you use?” The perfect bag for every job just doesn’t exist, but for probably ten years we’ve used Think Tank. We’ve tried many brands of bags but have to say that the design team at Think Tank have to be serious photographers. We find the bags well designed and extremely well made. They take a real 1591 Z7 lcdbeating. If you’re looking for a camera bag, we would suggest visiting Roberts Camera. Located in Indianapolis, It’s where we buy all of our camera gear. Our contact at Roberts is Jody Grober, and as well as being a great photographer, is also a passionate fly fisherman. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 800-726-5544. Tell him Barry sent you.

 

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Women Adventurer Wanted & Problems in the Gulf

Woman Adventurer Wanted

AFRICA 2015 135682bbsmWe have three fun-loving women interested in Africa, 2021, and they need a fourth to round out the group, two to a room/tent. Our safari for 2021 combines the best appointed lodges and game preserves in Kenya and Tanzania and is timed for viewing of the annual Great Migration of almost 2 million wildebeests along with thousands of plains animals as they move from Serengeti to Masai Mara.

This truly is the adventure of a lifetime and we are thrilled to be returning to see this amazing wildlife spectacle. Included in the safari is a stop at Lake Manyara where we will see thousands of shore birds, flamingoes, pelicans, storks, ibis, spoonbills and more, and we conclude our trip at the opulent Ngorongoro Crater Lodge to be lavishly spoiled with lodge accommodations and crater game drives.  AFRICA 2019 10935

July 25-August 8, 2021. 15 days/14 nights. If you're the woman we're looking for or would like more information on our safari, view details here. We hope you can join us!

 

Getting Away with Murder

olanderGetting Away with Murder is an article written by Doug Olander, editor-in-chief at Sport Fishing Magazine. Anyone who fishes for redfish, and other species, in the shallow waters of the east coast should be aware of the situation brought to light in Doug's article presented here.

We first heard about this travesty at the Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show, from Chesapeake guide, Chris Karwacki. We couldn't believe what he was telling us. Please take a minute to read the article and visit menhadendefenders.org/gulf.

This is our water and our fishery and if we want it to continue, it looks like we're in for a fight!

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The Fly Fishing Show, Tim Flager, & Jurassic Lake

Lancaster, PA Fly Fishing Show

ffsMarch 7 & 8, 2020

This is the last fly fishing only show of the season so don't miss it. Fly tiers, seminars, demos, theaters, authors, the show has everything.

Check out the web site for hours, details, directions, and more.

Tim Flagler in Fly Tyer

timflagerIf you have followed our blog for very long you know that I am fond of Tim Flagler’s fly tying videos and feature them often. He has a very engaging voice and I love the way he can simply and clearly describe each step in tying a fly. I’ve always wanted to meet the man but our paths have not crossed. To my surprise Fly Tyer Magazine profiles Tim in the current issue. And now that I know he lives next door in NJ, I am going to make sure to meet him one day soon!

Pick up a copy today!

 

 

 

Laguna Verde
a.k.a. Lake Strobel
a.k.a. Jurassic Lake

We just got back from Laguna Verde and we have to say that it is perhaps the most interesting (bizarre?) trout fishing we’veRandy 8617 ever done. Yes, it’s a lake, but it’s so big that it feels like the ocean at times. When the wind comes across the lake it feels like waves breaking on the coast of New England. Big rocks, wide open space, and protected bays are home to double digit rainbows (we mean pounds not inches!).

The biggest fish for the week was 19-1/2 pounds. An amazing fish on a dry fly. Many fish were caught in the 15-19 pound class and on a size 4 Fat Albert twitched across the surface — it is quite exciting. We’re already planning our trip for 2021.

Click here for a few shots from the trip. Put it on your Bucket List!

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Laguna Verde, Simon's Roll Cast, & The DPD Nymph

Laguna Verde Checking In

Barry and Cathy are wrapping up their week at Laguna Verde. It sounds like the group is having a good trip and catching some very nice fish. We’ll have more when they get home, but here are a few shots Cathy sent that were taken by our guests and guides. 

Simon’s Roll Cast

Roll Casting Tips – Point P” From RIO’s excellent “How To” series. Simon’s innovative ways of looking at casting is always fun to watch and listen to. Today he talks to us about the roll cast. Only 42 seconds long, but worth every second of it.


https://midcurrent.com/2018/11/01/video-hatch-roll-casting-tips-point-p/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97e4e9ddbf-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97e4e9ddbf-18929377

 The DPD Nymph

Tier Tim Flagler gives us a great early season nymph designed to drop quickly to where the fish are sitting in cold early season trout streams. This depth charger will do the trick!

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-dpd-nymph/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=00dd5449fe-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-00dd5449fe-18929377

 

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Suinda & Pira, The Maverick from Sage, & Simon Says...

Suinda & Pira Lodges

We recently returned from our first trip to Suinda & Pira Lodges in Argentina where we and a small group of friends fished for golden dorado. Suinda Lodge is on the Parana River and it's big water and big fish. Pira Lodge is in the Ibera Marshlands, fairly shallow water, smaller dorado, 8-12 pounds, but lots of them.

The birdlife was amazing, superb lodging and meals, wonderful guides. We invite you to view some of our favorite photos from the trip here and hope you'll join us next time around....and there is sure to be a next time!

The Maverick from Sage

Sage MaverickFrom ankle-deep Bonefish flats to bait balls in bluewater, the MAVERICK has been designed from the ground up with Konnetic Technology to be fine-tuned to the demanding needs of saltwater specific applications.Tailored for quick shots and hearty fights, it’s the perfect tool for any angler stepping into the saltwater arena where speed is of the utmost importance. With a true saltwater specific backbone and design, the MAVERICK is ready for any salty challenge thrown its way.

In line weights 6 to 14, the Maverick will get a quick cast into “the zone: for high odds at a hookup. Designed to maximize quick-shot opportunities with a powerful tip section to drive the casting load down to more robust lower sections making it easier to fire quick efficient casts. Priced at $550, it comes in at a popular price point while still meeting the demanding needs of the saltwater angler.

Check it out now. // https://www.sageflyfish.com/product/saltwater/maverick

Simon Says Mass Moves Mass

For our spey anglers. MOW Tips, T Tips, Replacement Tips....If thinking about sink tips gives you a headache, this video is for you! RIO's brand manager Simon Gawesworth simplifies understanding all the different types of sink tips and how to choose the best one for your fishing situation. I know it sure helped me! Nobody does it like Simon.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/how-to-choose-a-sink-tip?utm_source=RIO+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0fd0353f25-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_01_08_09_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1049359efc-0fd0353f25-85110573

 

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Dead Drifting Streamers, Turneffe Flats, February Special, & AA Mag

Dead Drifting Streamers and Buggers

This week our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, gives us some pointers on dead drifting streamers. I know, you always strip and retrieve your streamers. Well, Jim has some new ways for you to fish your streamers.

The majority of fly fishermen associate fishing streamers with casting across or down stream and retrieving the fly by stripping line and changing the speed of the retrieve to entice the trout to eat the fly. This is probably the most common method of fishing a streamer not only for trout but other species of fish and it's a very productive way to catch fish on streamers!
 I will be the first to admit that fishing streamers is one of my weaker forms of fly fishing. Knowing this, I will sometimes dedicate a day on the water to fish streamers exclusively regardless of whether I'm catching fish or not. On this day I like to try out new patterns and techniques to improve and gain confidence in my streamer fishing.
 One day,  many years ago I was fishing a streamer and one of my sons was having an issue with his fly line, so I let the streamer drift along the bottom of the stream while I helped my son and a trout picked the fly off the bottom. Some days it is better to be lucky than good….. or so I thought at the moment.
 After landing the trout I continued casting and retrieving the streamer with no success. My son yelled over to me “Dad, why don't you just let it drift to the bottom, it worked before,” so I cast upstream allowing the streamer to dead drift down through the hole and I caught another trout.
 I was surprised by catching a trout dead drifting a streamer. It was to become a technique that I often use when fishing a brown or black wooly bugger.
 Next time you are on the water take a close look along the side of the stream at all of the minnows, bait fish and crayfish you see dead or dying in the water. Dying or wounded bait fish makes an easy meal for a hungry trout.
 Fishing Technique – The streamers I use for dead drifting are light weight and streamline so they drift naturally along the bottom of the stream. If I need any weight to keep it on the bottom I add split shot 18 to 24 inches above the fly so it can move with the current showing signs of a struggling dying fish.
 Cast the fly upstream and fish it like you would dead drifting a nymph pattern. On occasion I will use a strike indicator to keep the fly in direct contact with the fly line and to increase hooking ability. Twitching the fly as it drifts downstream can add life to the fly and be sure to do a slow strip retrieve at the end of each drift.white zonker 0423
   Streamer Patterns – Marabou streamers, white wooly buggers and white and natural rabbit fur zonkers are my favorite streamers patterns tied on size 10 and 12 streamer hooks. 
 Dead Drifting Wooly Buggers and Cathy's Super Buggers – For me a wooly bugger-type fly is a totally different animal than a streamer fly. I always think of bugger flies as a crawfish, hellgrammite or large stone fly imitation. I know most fly fishermen will fish a wooly bugger fly by stripping and retrieving it like a streamer. I hardly ever do, I prefer to dead drift and jig the fly off the bottom of the stream as it moves downstream through the pool or riffle. Keep slack out of the line by using the three finger retrieve and lift the rod tip to jig the fly off the bottom of the stream. At the end of the drift I will do a stripping retrieve to see if any trout were following the fly. Fishing buggers and super buggers is great way to cover water and search for trout.
 Jiggy Buggers
bare hook 0436I tie my buggers several different ways for use in different water conditions throughout the season. In shallow riffles and quiet pools I use a brass bead head and add a few wraps of lead behind the bead head. If you don't tie your own flies you can add a split shot to your leader and slide the split shot down to the knot above the fly. This is a technique that we used in the early 70's way before bead heads were available to put on the hook. With the split shot down on the knot the fly now becomes a jiggy bugger.
 Tungsten beads on a jig hook work well in faster and deeper water conditions. For those really high and fast water days, I will add extra wraps of lead wire behind the tungsten bead along with a sinking tip line to get the fly down in the trout zone.
 Cathy's Super Bugger with the dumb bell eyes is the perfect design for a jiggy bugger. The thicker body and rubber legssuperbugger 0421 move water as the fly is being retrieved or jigged along the bottom and everything about the fly makes it life like. Black, brown and olive are my favorite colors and is the most successful bugger pattern I have in my fly box.
 Another twist to dead drifting a bugger fly is to add two feet of 3x tippet to the bend of the hook and trail a smaller fly behind the bugger. The bigger fly can get a trout’s attention and he will almost always opt to take the smaller fly. The trailing fly can be anything from nymphs, eggs, worms, and even a smaller bugger or streamer.
 This technique works well in deep swirly pools with current moving in several different directions making it difficult to add enough weight to get a nymph to the bottom.
  Fly Rod, Reel and Line – I always have a 9ft 6wt fly rod with a fighting butt rigged in my SUV ready to go. I carry two reels, one has a RIO Streamer tip line and the other has a RIO 24ft 250 grain sinking tip for high and fast moving water. When using the 250 grain line I switch over to a 7 wt fly rod to handle the heavier sinking tip line.
 As a complete fly fisherman, you want to fish and tie flies that imitate what fish eat. If you have fished during a spinner fall you can relate to fishing dying insects. It's the end cycle of the mayfly and an easy meal for the trout feeding on dead mayflies lying spent on the water.
 A crippled or dying minnow or crayfish is an easy meal for a hungry trout. Dead drifting a streamer or wooly bugger is another technique for the fly fisherman to present his or her fly to the trout. Dead drifting streamers and wooly buggers could be just the thing to make or break a day on the water. I find it exciting and fun to try new techniques and to think outside of the box.
   If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact me through the Comments section below if you’re reading from a browser. If you’re reading from email, go to the top of the blog and choose to view online.

1 Room at Turneffe Flats

turneffe1We have one room for 2 anglers or 1 angler and 1 non-angler at Turneffe Flats Lodge, April 25-May 2, 2020. Turneffe offers not only great flats fishing for all the species – bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, etc., but also a variety of superb accommodations and non-angling activities. Our group is a nice mix of singles, couples, and non anglers. Check out the details and then call Frontiers (800-245-1950) to grab the last room!

February Fly Special

Feb Special 7443Our February Fly Special includes a dozen bead head Hare's Ear Nymphs and a dozen bead head Pheasant Tail Nymphs, each selection boxed, with a RIO Powerflex Plus 3X leader (a $45 value).  Get your boxes ready for spring and save money too!  $37.00

American Angler Magazine

AA 7436We knew it was coming but what a surprise when we opened our current issue of American Angler and saw the profile on us! Thank you Tom Keer and American Angler.

 

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Safari, Salt-Water Season, & The Fly Fishing Show

East Africa Safari -July 25 – August 8, 2021

AFRICA 2015 12176 The finishing touches have been added to our 2021 East African Safari and we're excited to share it with you. Four of the most interesting lodges in Kenya and Tanzania, from Hemingway themed Serengeti Under Canvas to the luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and timed for the Great Migration. Review the itinerary and then join us for this incredible experience. It truly is a trip of a lifetime.

 

Sage's Saltwater Season-by Cameron K. Scott

It's a permit bowing to crabs in the grass. A barracuda on the prowl, scattering the smaller denizens of the flat. Bonefish scuttling happily, fighting over the fly. A tarpon at the end of a knuckle-buster run, cartwheeling across the sky. This is Saltwater Season.
By Cameron K. Scott. Thank you Sage and Cameron.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/2019-saltwater-season?utm_source=Sage+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b12d14c6e3-

 

Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show   flyfishingshow

Don't forget the Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Flip back to last week's blog for details or go to https://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/ for a complete schedule of seminars, tiers, demonstrations, classes, manufacturers, celebrities, destinations, directions and floor map. Stop by the Sage booth. We'll see you there!

 

2020 Beck Hosted Departures:

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina (dorado)
February 6-18 Laguna Verde, (Jurassic) Argentina (trout)
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina (dorado)
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina (sea run browns)
March 19-30 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
April 27-Apr. 6 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats, Belize (bones, tarpon, permit)
June 23-July 5 Ireland/Scotland (trout/Atlantic salmon)
August 6-15 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, chum, trout, char)
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
Sept. 17-24 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 1-14 Argentina Waters & Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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The Fly Fishing Show & Ireland Opportunity

The Fly Fishing Show:  Edison, NJ

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Don't miss the fun at the Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show. The world's largest fly fishing show and the biggest fly fishing event in history! Classes, seminars, demos, fly tiers, retailers, manufacturers, travel agencies, personalities, lodges. Check out the FFI Learning Center, the Film Festival, and the Women's Showcase. This show has it all.  Somerset show 2272

Join Barry for the following seminars:

Friday, 12:15 in the Release Room, Dry Fly Strategies, III
Saturday, 1:45 in the Catch Room, Catching Monster Trout
Sunday, 11:15 in the Catch Room, Capture the Moment

Cathy's Casting demonstrations at the pond:

Somerset rod rack 2011 114Friday, 2:15 Pond 1, From First Cast to Double Haul
Saturday, 10:15 Pond 1, From First Cast to Double Haul

Ladies Only Casting Class with Cathy, Sunday 2:00-4:30 (registration required)

Get all the details at https://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/

 

1 Room in Ireland & Scotland

552 IRELAND 2017 Due to health issues we have found ourselves with availability for one or two anglers (1 room/1 guide) on our Ireland & Scotland departure, June 23-July 5, 2020. This is a unique departure as non-anglers have their own transportation and tour guide each day while the anglers fish. Guest can do one or the other, or mix it up. Join us for 4 days of guided trout fishing with Andrew Ryan's Clonnav Fly Fishing near Conmel, Ireland, and then our group will fly to Dublin and fish three days for Atlantic salmon on the Rivers Spey and Tay. Exquisite lodging and dining.

There is something truly special about the “Emerald Isle”. Ireland is incredibly beautiful, complemented with warm Irish hospitality and great fisheries. Travel on with us to Scotland, famous for its magnificent scenery, festivals, historical architectural sites, and of course Atlantic salmon.  IRELAND SALMON FISHING 2017 401

Read all about this departure at: https://issuu.com/frontierstravel/docs/2020_becks_hosted_ireland_scotland?fr=sMzJkNDE2MTQw
and then contact us or Frontiers. We'd love to have you with us.

 

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From the Fly Case & New RIO Lines

From the Fly Case

susieIt's funny how a routine forms after years of processing fly orders. No one knows this better than Susie because she pulls the flies, boxes the orders, and gets them out the door. From mid-February through the end of the year it's almost all trout, but as soon as we turn the page to January the orders flip to saltwater. It happens overnight. It won't last long, by mid-February the orders will start to lean back to freshwater, but we're definitely in our saltwater season.

Barry and I are getting ready for Argentina – where our heart is at this time of year. Don't get us wrong, we love saltwater and it's a hard choice, but Argentina definitely tugs on our heartstrings. Our first trip of the year is for dorado and we're excited to see two new lodges, Suinda and Pira. Not new on the fly fishing scene, but new on our list.

We hope you have plans to get out of Dodge this winter, especially if you live in the north and northeast. It's snowing here as I write this, and we know there is some rough weather ahead, but already days are getting longer and in just a couple months spring will be knocking on the door.

Thinking about saltwater, RIO has recently introduced two new lines. Check it out!

RIO's New DirectCore Permit Line 

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permitlineRIO's new DirectCore Permit line features an easy casting taper that loads at close range, and a long back taper for fast, 2nd shot casts. The front taper and weight distribution is designed to give soft presentations so as not to spook wary permit, while maintaining enough weight to easily cast typical crab patterns. Check it out.

https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/rios-new-directcore-permit-line-the-best-permit-line-on-the-market?e=8b5f86f70f

 

RIO's DirectCore Bonefish Line

The new DirectCore Bonefish line incorporates a long head and rear taper for maximum casting versatility and a hard tropical coating that will not wilt in the heat. It's high floating, easy to straighten, with a low memory core that lays true on the water. And – winner of the Best New Saltwater Fly Line at the Denver IFTD show in October.

https://pitchengine.com/rio-products-international/9999/12/31/rios-directcore-gets-introduced-into-its-best/002518619054053067801

 

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Happy New Year, Transplant Story, & Split Shot

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Let's start the new year on a happy, positive, optimistic note. So, let today be a day to recognize good in the world and to hope that the new year is full of hope, kindness, compassion, respect, and tolerance for each other. It starts with each of us.

 

Passengers Give Up Their Seats So Man Can Get Liver Transplant Just In Time

We've all be at the gate when the airline announces that volunteers are needed because the flight is over sold. Here is a new twist on an old story....

https://viewfromthewing.com/passengers-give-up-their-seats-so-man-can-get-liver-transplant-just-in-time/

Split Shot from Jim KuKorolo

Jim talks to us today about all things split shot. Color, size, type, drift, all affect the way the trout responds to your flies.

What are your thoughts?

If you read my article on Tips to Improve Your Fly Fishing or High Sticking with a Strike Indicator, you know I believe in adding weight to get flies in the strike zone. I believe it's one of the most common mistakes fly fishermen make and the reason they struggle to catch fish. I truly believe that the difference between a good nymph fisherman and a better one is one split shot.

It is critical that you be able to recognize if you are fishing with enough weight. This is where a strike indicator is very useful in helping you determine that. One rule of thumb is to add weight so that your strike indicator is moving slightly slower than the bubbles on the water. Keep in mind that the surface of the water is moving faster than the water on the bottom of the stream. When my strike indicator is moving as slow or slower than the bubbles, I know that my flies are on the bottom and in contact with my strike indicator.

blackbirdTypes of Split Shot – I prefer black, brown, green or camo color over the shiny silver types. One time I had to buy the silver ones with the tabs and I ended up spray painting them black. I prefer the smooth one type without the tabs because they are round and will roll easier on the streamblackbird2 bottom. Although you can reuse the ones with the tabs and take them off easier, it is difficult to find them in smaller sizes. The green coated shot seems to stay in place better and doesn't slide down the leader. My personal choice is Black Bird split shot in sizes BB-1 to BB-4 and they come in an easy to use dispenser.

Tungsten Putty – Putting a split shot on your tippet can pinch the tippet and weaken it. So that leads me to tungsten putty. I just recently started to experiment with tungsten putty. Fellow guide Tom Harris got a tip from George mudDaniels to put a small split shot on the tippet and form tungsten putty around the split shot in a football shape. I found that it stays on the split shot nicely and lasts a long time. It is easy to apply and easy to add to and remove. Plus it's reusable.

Tip: A lot of older guys (myself included) find small split shot hard to put on the tippet. Tungsten paste might be just the ticket to easily add weight without struggling with small split shot.

Tippet material – The size of the nymph dictates the size of my tippet. Size 12 hooks and larger I use 3x or 4x. Hooks size 14 and smaller I generally use 5x. I like to use slightly heavier tippet when fishing nymphs. It allows for hard hook sets and I don't leave as many flies on the bottom of the stream or in a trout’s mouth.

Tip: Rule of thumb, I cut a piece the length of my arm to attach my dropper nymph. Which is about two foot long.

Split shot between the two tandem nymphs

This is my standard go to set up when fishing two nymphs when I want both nymphs to be on the bottom of the stream and in the trout strike zone:

1. If both nymphs are weighted with lead wrapped on the hook or with a tungsten bead it will eliminate using split shot between the two nymphs. If I still need more weight, I add split shot between the two nymphs. I especially like this set-up for early spring and cold water conditions.

2. Dark or discolored water. I use an attractor fly such as a red or pink squirmy wormy as the lead fly trailing my nymph 24 inches behind the lead fly. In discolored water the squirmy wormy gets the attention of the trout and if the fish refuses the squirmy wormy he might pick up the nymph.

Split shot in front of my tandem nymphs

1. When I'm fishing two small nymphs (sizes 18-22) I shorten the distance between the two flies and put my split shot in front of the lead fly. By keeping the smaller nymphs close together it will help the trout to see them easier. Placing the split shot 12 inches in front of the lead fly will give you a more natural drift.

2. When I’m fishing something like a large weighted stone fly nymph as the lead nymph and trailing a mayfly nymph such as a March Brown, I lengthen the distance between the two flies allowing the trailing nymph to move freely behind and drift slightly off the stream bottom. For a more natural drift I prefer an unweighted nymph. In this situation I don't like to use bead head nymphs.

3. During the Fall season I've had a lot of success fishing an egg pattern as the lead fly and trailing a soft hackle caddis pattern. I prefer placing the split shot in front of the egg so that it is rolling on the bottom allowing the soft hackle caddis to kind of dance and move through the water.

Where I place my split shot depends greatly on water conditions, time of season, type of water and what flies I'm fishing. Split shot placement on your tandem nymph rig will determine how the flies are presented to the trout. It can be the difference between a bad day and a good day on the water.

Please let me know through the Comments section (view from a browser) of the blog if you have any questions or comments. We love hearing from our readers.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you on the water.

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas Messages

 

   As another year comes to a close, we thank all of you for reading our blog.  Without you, we wouldn't be here.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with only good things. 

Barry, Cathy, Brooke & Susie

 

 

 

 

  Congratulations to our fly contest winner, Cindie Baker.  Cindie guessed the correct number of flies at 55.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

christmasgiftNeed a last minute gift?  We've got the perfect idea for you.  Our gift certificates can be used for any of our services, guiding, instruction, or for our online store and can be purchased for any amount. Contact us by Monday and we'll email you a printable certificate.  Call our office at 570-925-2392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fly Contest, Fly Sale & Report from Argentina

We Don't Have a Winner Yet!

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Last week we ran a fly guessing contest and no one has guessed the correct number yet. Click here to go to last week’s blog and comment your best guess! https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/our-blog/entry/fly-box-guess-cathy-s-handbook-argentina

Fly Sale Continues

Our fly sale will soon end. These are great prices and we still have some of everything. The Tungsten BH Copper Nymphs are great early spring flies to fish alone or trail when you need some extra weight to get down. Same thing with the Ug Nymphs, big leggy weighted flies in buggy colors make great stonefly imitations or anything big. Of course the Adams is everyone's favorite dry fly, and the sculpins, super fur leeches and white coneheads are great patterns for just about anywhere, but don't go to Alaska without them! We will re-blog it here one more time:   Click here to order

Tungsten Bead Head Copper Nymphs #12, #14, #16 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Ug Nymph, Weighted, brn/olv, brn/yel, blk/brn, #8 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, grey body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, black body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Articulated Sculpin, natural, Size 6 $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
Super Fur Leeches $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
White Conehead Bomber #4 $1.75 each (reg. $2.75)

Report from Argentina

Barrry, Cathy and their groups are having warm, sunny weather in Argentina with early spring hatches and good dry fly fishing.

The first week they spent at the new Argentina Waters Lodge on the edge of Los Alerces National Park and this week they are at Estancia Tres Valles, a favorite of theirs since the lodge opened in 2007.  

Here are some photos Cathy sent of their trip.

 

2020 Hosted Trips:  

Hope you can join us!

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina (dorado)
February 6-18 Laguna Verde, (Jurassic) Argentina (trout)
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina (dorado)
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina (sea run browns)
March 19-30 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
April 27-Apr. 6 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats, Belize (bones, tarpon, permit)
June 23-July 5 Ireland/Scotland (trout/Atlantic salmon)
August 6-15 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, chum, trout, char)
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
Sept. 17-24 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 1-14 Argentina Waters & Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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Fly Box Guess, Cathy's Handbook, & Argentina

Give it Your Best Shot!

Box of Adams 5445

Join in the fun. Here is something to keep you thinking about fishing when perhaps you can't be fishing. This is a 4 compartment box, 4-1/2” x 2-3/4” x 1”. Be the first to give us the correct number of parachute Adams in the box and win it and the flies!

Answers must be submitted through the Comments section so make sure you're viewing this on your browser (if not, click here to view online at the top of the blog) and give us your best guess.

Answer announced next week. Do it today.

Good Luck.

 

Cathy's Handbook

Are you or someone you know new at fly fishing? Perhaps you're cathybookstruggling with knots or are not sure what the difference is between a nymph and an emerger. Cathy's Fly Fishing Handbook covers everything from A to Z, and is the perfect tool for helping you through the learning process.

With your cellphone and a QR Barcode Scanner (free from App store), you can view video clips on key subjects as you go along. And we all know that a visual can be the difference in understanding the written word.

Now in the third printing, Cathy's handbook has become a standard reference for the entry level fly angler. All copies are signed but can also be personalized upon request. 
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$21.95 Order Now and we will include 8 of Cathy's favorite flies in a pocket pak box.  

 

 

 

Becks at Argentina Waters & Tres Valles

1101 TRES VALLESSusie and I are very jealous that the Becks are with a group in Argentina this week. AW is a new lodge, this is their second visit, and Tres Valles is a regular stop at this time of year for them. It's spring time with cool, crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons. Fishing season is just getting started and the stream fish are hungry and looking up for spring hatches. Again, the Adams is often the go-to fly sometimes trailed with a PT or copper nymph. Simple as it gets – sometimes.

The Becks are probably searching the lakes for a photo fish, using big foam flies, streamers, and nymphs. I understand that not everyone likes lake fishing, but sitting in a boat on a warm sunny afternoon casting and twitching a Chernobyl and looking for a big fish sounds good to me!

We'll probably have a fishing report from them next week. For now, it's back to work for me. Thanks for reading our blog. Please give us your comments, we love to hear from you. Brooke

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Did You Know, Who Said It, & Tecka

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Did You Know?

Over the River and Through the Wood is also known as “The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day”, originally published in 1844 in Flowers for Children, Volume 2, written by Lydia Maria Child.

Although many people sing “to grandmother's house we go”, the author's original words were “to grandfather's house we go”. Child was a novelist, journalist, teacher, and poet who wrote extensively about the need to eliminate slavery.

Want to know more? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_River_and_Through_the_Wood

 

Who Said it?

And from last week's blog, did you recognize the writing? Maybe you made a lucky guess? Or, slipped to the dark side and asked Google? For those who didn't know the answer and didn't Google it, the author was Ernest Schweibert. It was a beautiful answer to the question, “Why do you fish?”

If you're viewing this from a browser you can easily scroll back to see it again.

 

Estancia Tecka

698 Argentina 2018We have just two spots left for anglers to join us at Estancia Tecka, Argentina, March 21-28, 2020, excluding travel time. Estancia Tecka is an amazing 435,000 acre privately owned sheep ranch with more than 100 miles of private water on the ranch. Fish dry flies on the lovely little Tecka River, look for a big fish on the Corcovado River and go after trophies on the lakes. It's all fun.

We have a rod for one woman who will share an accommodation and guide with another woman already signed up, and the same for a guy – one rod to share an accommodation with another gentleman already signed up.

Check out the itinerary and details and grab the opportunity!

 

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Women in the Outdoors FF Expo, I Fish Because of Beauty, & Just Be with Me

Women in the Outdoors Fly Fishing Expo to be held in NE PA on Nov. 23


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On Saturday, November 23, the Women's Fly Fishing Film Tour Expo will be held from noon until 5:30 PM at the Brooks Theater on the campus of Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. There will be two showings of the Fly Fishing Film Tour along with presentations on fly tying, fly casting and a women’s panel discussion. Door prizes and raffles will be featured, and vendors will be on hand with the latest in fly fishing gear.
The Expo is sponsored by the TU chapters of northeastern Pennsylvania, along with the Keystone College 5 Rivers Club and the NEPA Fly Girls. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door, or save $2 by purchasing your ticket in advance. Contact Rosangela Freitas-Charlesworth at 570-954-5042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.
Hope to see you there!

I Fish Because of Beauty


A few years ago, a great American fly fishing author died. He was often asked why he fishes and his beautiful answer is below. Now, I know you can simply copy and paste it in Google and the author's name will pop up, but before you do that take a minute to read his answer to see if you can guess the source. And, just in case you're not research-it-yourself type, we'll give it to you next week.
I fish because of Beauty. Everything about our sport is beautiful. Its more than five centuries of manuscripts and books and folios are beautiful. Its artifacts of rods and beautifully machined reels are beautiful. Its old wading staffs and split-willow creels, and the delicate artifice of its flies are beautiful. Dressing such confections of fur, feathers, and steel is beautiful, and our worktables are littered with gorgeous scraps of tragopan and golden pheasant and blue chatter and Coq de Leon. The best of sporting art is beautiful. The riverscapes that sustain the fish are beautiful. Our methods of seeking them are beautiful, and we find ourselves enthralled with the quicksilver poetry of the fish.
And in our contentious time of partisan hubris, selfishness and outright mendacity, Beauty itself may prove the most endangered thing of all.

Just Be With Me

In recognition of the Women In the Outdoors Expo this weekend, please enjoy this short video of a mother and daughter who fish together. Thank you MidCurrent.

 

https://midcurrent.com/videos/just-be-with-me/?mc_cid=8a8ac6fd7d&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

We'll see you next week.

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Swing Season, Our Fly Sale Continues, & Fly Fishing Tip

Swing Season – Sage

Misty apparitions amongst pines. Relentless raindrop patter. Chest deep in frigid water. Heart beating in your ears. This is Swing Season. This is steelhead season.

sageexperienceEverywhere you find steelhead you find crazed, dedicated, can-think-of-nothing-else fishermen. Whether it's the pacific northwest or the local Erie tribs, these anglers are on the water in any kind of weather. There is beauty in a spey cast as it unrolls across the river, in misty frosty mornings, and most certainly in fresh chrome fish.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/2019-swing-season?utm_source=Sage+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a73edeb24-7a73edeb24-85101789
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Our Fly Sale Continues

We're cleaning up our fly bins. Maybe to make room for new patterns that are coming, or perhaps we're discontinuing certain sizes, or changing the way a pattern is tied. What is important is that we need to move some flies and we're offering you a super buy!
Not all sizes and colors are on sale on the patterns below, but what is on sale will show when you go to the fly on our store. It may not show until you use the drop down menu, but you will see the sale price.clearance


We don't do this often so stock up now! Click here to order


Tungsten Bead Head Copper Nymphs #12, #14, #16 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Ug Nymph, Weighted, brn/olv, brn/yel, blk/brn, #8 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, grey body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, black body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Articulated Sculpin, natural, Size 6 $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
Super Fur Leeches $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
White Conehead Bomber #4 $1.75 each (reg. $2.75)

 

Fly Fishing Tip #16

 Troutbitten Chase Howard MediumRare 2If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that I like the way Domenick Swentosky writes, and today I bring you his Fly Fishing Tip #16. One of the things that I like about Domenick is that he’s flexible, and you have to be in this business. Nothing is an absolute. So, enjoy Tip #16 — You Don’t Need Big Flies to Catch Big Trout.

https://troutbitten.com/2017/11/13/fifty-fly-fishing-tips-16-you-dont-need-big-flies-to-catch-big-fish/

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Fly Sale, Argentina in February & March, and Living the Good Life

Fly Sale  

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 fly case 1394We're cleaning up our fly bins. Maybe to make room for new patterns that are coming, or perhaps we're discontinuing certain sizes, or changing the way a pattern is tied. What is important is that we need to move some flies and we're offering you a super buy!

Not all sizes and colors are on sale on the patterns below, but what is on sale will show when you go to the fly on our store. It may not show until you use the drop down menu, but you will see the sale price.

 

We don't do this often so stock up now!  Click here to order

Tungsten Bead Head Copper Nymphs #12, #14, #16 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Ug Nymph, Weighted, brn/olv, brn/yel, blk/brn, #8 $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, grey body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Adams Parachute Dry Flies, black body $1.50 each (reg. $2.25)
Articulated Sculpin, natural, Size 6 $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
Super Fur Leeches $1.75 each (reg. $3.00)
White Conehead Bomber #4 $1.75 each (reg. $2.75)

 

Argentina in February & March

2991 JURASSIC LAKE 2019Our spring departures are looking good for Argentina. We have a room here and there as follows and would love to have you join us. As our readers know, we love Argentina and think you will too. Take a look at the Argentina itineraries on our website for prices and additional information, and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions. Don't let another year slip by without joining us to these amazing fishing destinations!

Laguna Verde (Jurassic) February 6-18 (1 room)
Villa Maria (TDF) March 11-20 (1 room)
Estancia Tecka March 19-30 (1 room)
San Huberto March 27-Apr. 5 (2 rooms)
(Dates include travel time)

 

 

Living the Good Life   van

Boy, the stories this old van could tell. It's been on many fishing trips around the country. It's current captain is Alex Blouin and here he talks of his travels through the Rocky Mountain West.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/trout-season-2019-fishing-with-cal

To read more of their adventures and guest articles from the Sage ambassadors and others, bookmark the link below.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog

 

 

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7 Tips to Improve Your Fly Fishing, Down By The River, & Susie's First Fish

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Jim's 7 Tips to Improve Your Fly Fishing
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1. Fish More – I know it’s hard to do that. Life gets in the way. The more days, weeks, months and years on the water equals a better fly fisherman.
So fish when you can and don't wait for that perfect day because there is no such thing. Fishing in all kinds of different water and weather conditions can be challenging and very rewarding.

2. Use longer leaders – This is a very common mistake among not only beginners but others have been fishing for a few years. I often use a 9ft 4x RIO leader. For nymph fishing I attach a 3ft piece of 4x tippet and tie on the first fly. Then attached a 2ft piece of fluorocarbon tippet and tie on the second nymph. The hook size determines the size of the tippet.
Why longer leaders? Everything that touches the water creates drag. When fishing nymphs try to only have your leader on the water. An easy way to achieve that is by simply lifting up your fly rod which will lift fly line off the water helping to eliminate drag.

3. Strike Indicators – They suspend your fly in the water column and help prevent the fly from hanging up on the bottom of the stream — and you will detect more strikes and catch more fish. As you move up and down the stream remember to move the strike indicator as the depth of stream changes.
Keep in mind the that water on the surface is moving faster than the water on the bottom of the stream. Your flies need to be on the bottom and in contact with your strike indicator. When the indicator is moving slower than the bubbles on the surface, you know the flies are where the fish are and you will catch more fish.

4. Weight – Most fly fishermen don't use enough weight and aren't fishing deep enough. As the saying goes “You are one split shot away from catching fish.” By not fishing enough weight flies are drifting over the fish and not in the fish zone.
I use small Blackbird split shot in sizes BB1- BB4. Sometimes just adding one more split shot can make a big difference in the presentation of your flies.

5. Casting Lessons – The average fly fisherman has already invested hundreds of dollars in equipment that they don't know how to use properly. Why not spend a few more dollars for casting lessons.
Learn all of the various types of casts that will help you in different situations on the water. Such as the roll cast, drop cast, curve cast and slack cast just to name a few.
By becoming a better fly caster you will tangle less often, catch more fish, and have a more enjoyable time on the water.

6. Knot tying – Most anglers struggle with knot tying. I'm convinced if you become a good knot tier over a course of a season you will catch more fish. You can't catch fish when the flies are in your hand.
For tying a tippet to your fly I like the Eugene knot or you can use a clinch or improved clinch knot. When adding tippet material to your leader you can use a blood knot or surgeon knot.

7. Fish the four seasons – Spring offers most of the major hatches and dry fly fishing opportunities. It's also when most fly fishermen are on the water.

By summer we will see lower water and warming water temperatures. Early morning starts on the water are now the order, smaller flies and the start of what I think is some of the best dry fly fishing of the year.

Fall has a lot to offer that most fly fishermen don't realize. Crisp early morning nymph fishing and as the day warms up hatches of brown caddis, blue winged olives, flying ants, and rising trout. It’s a great time to be on the stream.

Winter – Well winter is winter and when it cooperates it can offer a few good hours on the water. And on a bright sunny day you might find blue winged olives and early black stones with rising trout and some dry fly action.

These are just a few tips to improve your fly fishing and some common mistakes I see fly fishermen do throughout the season.

Fish more and fish hard. I’ll see you out there.

Jim Kukorlo,
Head Guide

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 Down By the River By Andrew Weiner

One beautiful autumn day, Art sets out with his mother and grandfather for a fishing trip. Fishing days are Art's favorite. HeIMG 5337 1 loves learning the ropes from Grandpa – the different kinds of flies and tackle and the trout that frequent their river. He especially likes Grandpa's stories.

Down By The River is a beautiful book; fun and informative, lovely to look at. If you have children and you want to spark an interest in fly fishing, this book should be on your book shelf. Illustrated by April Chu. Suggested Retail: $17.99. It's available from The Rogue Angler

It's not too early to put it on a Christmas List!

Susie 1st Fish on a Fly Rod!

If you're called our office, or placed an online order, or sent an email, there is a good chance that Susie took the call, answered the email, or filled the order. We've taken her fishing a couple times this year, but this week she caught her first trout with a fly rod. Congratulations, Susie!

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IFTD Recap, Fall Fishing, Fly Clearance Sale

IFTD Recap


Barry and Cathy were at the IFTD show last week in Denver. IFTD stands for the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show and is the largest international gathering of fly fishing manufacturers, retailers, sales reps, media and fly fishing organizations in the world. It's an annual gathering of industry connected people in one place to discuss trends, equipment, innovations, and a chance to lead and see leading brand presentations for upcoming fishing seasons.

The crowning highlight of the show (if you discount the Simms after show party) is the presentation of the “Best of Show”david lantz awards. There are over 30 categories ranging from the best under $100 accessory to the best boat/personal watercraft, and everything in between.

553A0862 Sage RodsWhat we are excited to tell you about are the awards Sage took home for the Best of Show New Fly Rod in Freshwater and the Best of Show New 2 Handed/Spey Fly Rod. The new Sage LL took it for freshwater and the Trout Spey HD for the 2 handed spot.

You might ask how do they keep reinventing the wheel, but the rod designers at Sage continue to lead the way with innovations in new materials and technology to bring us the best fly rods in the world.

Congratulations to everyone at Sage!

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Another really neat thing going on at IFTD was the Kick Plastic movement. It's something we can all do in our own homes, at parties and events, and just about everywhere. Being alert is 90% of the game because there are ways that we can all help cut down on the amount of plastic that we toss into the oceans and landfills.

There were lots of changes at the show that resulted in less waste and some are pretty innovative, but three of the biggies were:

1. Plates, eating utensils and cups from concessions were all recyclable or compostable.
2. No water bottles. Each attendee was given a reusable Kick Plastic water bottle and there were Yeti refilling stations throughout the show.
3. They strategically scheduled lighting and air conditioning for show hours, providing a comfortable, welcoming space while avoiding consumption during unoccupied hours.

There was a lot more. Read about all at https://www.affta.org/2019/09/26/affta-costa-commit-to-kickplastic-and-reduce-energy-waste-at-iftd/. Let's all do our part to Kick Plastic!

Fall is Hanging On

I don't know how it is where you are, but we are still enjoying specular fall weather. Bright sunny days, beautiful fall foliage, good water and some very big fish continue to be highlights of each day here. As we approach November our fish will start to make redds and spawn, but now in the weeks prior to that the fish are coming into their fall spawning colors. Here are some shots from the past week.

 

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Fly Clearance!!

clearanceWe have to make room in our fly bins for the new patterns that we'll soon be introducing for next year.
In the next couple of weeks we'll be announcing great buys on patterns that are going and telling you about what new patterns are coming. Watch for the sale!

 

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