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Argentina, Fall Fishing in PA, & Spain Recap

Argentina, Fly Fishing Mecca

0602SAN HUBERTO MARCH 2019AIt's no secret that we love Patagonia, a land of mountains, valleys, spring creeks, freestone streams, rivers, and high mountain lakes. We often say that there is more water in Patagonia than one can fish in a lifetime.

The lodges we visit are varied, from the wild and untamed Laguna Verde, better known as Jurassic Lake, to the dry fly fishing found in the gentle riffles and currents of the Rio Negro and Malleo Spring Creeks and the little Tecka River. Then there are rivers that we float in skiffs and rafts and others that are waded, big rivers to throw heavy lines and big flies and small streams where a parachute Adams and pheasant tail nymph dropper will catch fish all day long. If you're looking for something different, head to one of the many prolific lakes and cast big foam dries and hope for a trip fish which could go 10 pounds, or more. On a size 8 Chernobyl, he will give you a run for your money!

All of the accommodations are cushy comfortable and some are rather elegant to say the least. Some of the ranch homes have hosted many generations of visitors and one will find mention of anglers and fish going back years, sometimes these anglers are famous but more often ordinary folks like you and me. The cuisine is mouth-watering good and chefs come from around the world to work here. You have to see these places to believe them. They know how to do hospitality and they do it well!

Some of the ranches have been in operation for well over a hundred years raising sheep, cattle and horses. These are DSCN0847working ranches and you might find gauchos (cowboys) on horseback moving herds of animals or maybe a gaucho and his dogs out on the plains checking fences. In many ways it's like a step back in time.

0682SAN HUBERTO MARCH 2019If you're thinking about Argentina for 2020, and if you enjoy spring creeks and dry fly fishing, we invite you to take a look at Estancia Tecka (March 21-28) and San Huberto Lodge (March 29-Apr.4) on our website. The itineraries include trip information, dates, and prices. The two trips are dovetailed for those anglers who want more than a week of fishing. Do one or both. After an overnight flight enjoy a day and a night in Buenos Aires, our favorite international city and arrive the next day at the lodge, rested and ready to fish.

Patagonia is an extraordinary place. We hope you can join us in 2020. If you have questions, please contact us.

 Fall Fishing in PA

We're having a beautiful month of fall weather here on Fishing Creek. Time is running out though, and it will soon be over for another year. If you haven't gotten out to enjoy it, we encourage you to do so quickly! It will soon be November and then it's a long winter until April and opening day. Here are some fall fish from our guides and clients.

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Spain in the Rearview

We have been home for a week from our Spain trip and memories are still very fresh. It was an incredible week of perfect weather, perfect water, and great fishing. We had a few not-so-serious-about- fishing wives who didn't think that they wanted to fish all week and when the opportunity came to do some sightseeing and not fish – they fished!

Spain is a great destination for us because there is always the non-fishing option – and it's a good one. There are medieval villages to explore, magnificent cathedrals, watch towers, interesting villages, wineries.....but they fished. I think that says it all.

Here are some of Barry's photos. Thinking about Spain for 2020? We'd love to have you join us.

 

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Recap on Spain & Real IDs

And The Winner Is....

The winner of our guess-who's-in-the-photo contest is Roger Mulrooney. In the photo is Cathy and Walt Dette. Thanks to everyone who participated.

As a reminder, the Comments section is only viewable if you are reading the blog from an internet browser. If you are reading it from email, you have to click over to a browser to see the Comments section. We had a couple entries come through on email and unfortunately we couldn't consider them.

Recap on Spain

Marys Brown0314We had a fantastic trip to Spain in late September. The weather was perfect, cool mornings and warm afternoons, no rain in sight, rivers in great shape. It was early fall in the Pyrenees and the timing was just right.

Here are a handful of photos submitted from the group. Barry is still editing and maybe we'll have his to share next week. Two anglers did a day of heli-fly out fishing and we should have photos from them to share soon.

Our Spain departure is perfect for both anglers and non-anglers. Our anglers have a wide variety of waters to fish and fish to catch, from wild 12” browns to tailwater bruts that can go 10 pounds. The water is easily waded and the scenery amazing. Non anglers have a guide and transportation to sightsee and explore medieval villages, castles, cathedrals, wine tours and lots more.

Think about joining us in 2020. Click here to view the itinerary and image gallery. The dates for 2020 will be announced in early November, but will be close to the same time as this year.

Real ID

realidThere is a lot of talk on the travel blogs about what's happening to ID requirements for air travel. There are changes coming for sure and this article from PointMe helps us understand what it will mean for air travel passengers as of October 1, 2020.

 https://pointmetotheplane.boardingarea.com/tsa-real-id-requirements-air-travel/?utm_source=BoardingArea&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=BA_Email_Oct0919)

 

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Tips for Fall Fishing, Contest, & When to Switch Flies

Tips for Fall Fishing

Tom Rosenbauer has always been a favorite author of mine. He's articulate and down to earth. Just good information in an interesting and pleasing delivery. We found this article in MidCurrent recently and you might find a couple new takes on fall fishing. Thanks Tom and MidCurrent.

https://midcurrent.com/2019/09/21/tips-for-fall-fishing/?mc_cid=75ca3274f3&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

Contest! Contest!

IMG 5073Can you correctly identify both people in this photo? You have until 11:00 Tuesday morning, October 8, to submit your answers in our Comments section below. Be the first to get both names correct and win a RIO WF5F InTouch Perception fly line (retail $99). Send your answer in now! We'll announce the winner in next week's blog.

 

 

 

  When to Switch Flies

In this article Dan Zazworsky reminds us of when it's time to switch flies. Our clients often comment that our guides change flies a lot. Well, it's their job to put you on fish and they like nothing more that seeing your fish in the net. Sometimes the fish are hard to please.

http://postflybox.com/blog/2019/09/18/how-to-know-when-to-switch-flies/

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Thanks to Dan, MidCurrent and The Wade.

 

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European Nymph Style Fishing, Flight Attendant Safety Spiels, & Cinnamon Flying Ant

Russ Miller from RIO talks about How To Fish European Nymph Style

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-fish-european-nymph-style/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=1566cb1ade-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_MAY_31_2019_VIDEOS_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-1566cb1ade-18929377&mc_cid=1566cb1ade&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

I used this style of fishing in Slovenia this past June and have to say that I was impressed. At first I didn't believe that bigger fish could be landed on 6X and 7X tippet, but this technique made a believer out of me. Our water here is the lowest of the year and the European style of nymphing is also a perfect technique for low clear water.

Am I converting? No way. I like my dry flies and fly casting, and I always find casting long leaders a challenge, but I do believe that if you adapt even some of this to your fishing style, there will be times when you will see a huge difference in the number of fish caught. Why not give it a try and see for yourself?

 Flight Attendant Safety Spiels

We all know the drill...before the plane takes off, the flight attendants have to tell us what we need to do regarding cabin safety in the event of an emergency. Most of us watch the demonstrations every single time because we know we should. It is exactly the same every single time. But what if the safety demonstrations went like these?

If you don't have time to watch all, don't miss The Comedian, The Sassy..., & The Rapper.

https://yourmileagemayvary.net/2019/09/08/some-of-the-funniest-flight-attendant-safety-shpiels-ever/?utm_source=BoardingArea&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=BA_Email_Sept1219

Super Simple Cinnamon Flying Ant

Tim Flagler demonstrates how to tie a hi-viz cinnamon ant that is a great choice for late summer and fall fishing. On many trout streams ants swarm in the fall and can provide some exciting fall fishing. It is usually this week that we see them on Fishing Creek and you can be sure the fly fishermen are watching for them to appear. Be sure to have some in your box.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-cinnamon-flying-ant/?mc_cid=3572403975&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

Here are a couple more shots from the Bighorn trip.  Thanks for sharing, Randy.

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

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

 Early Fall Fishing Tactics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The New Bighorn

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

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

 

Report from the Bahamas

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Reasons to Visit Africa, Hurricane Dorian, & Bighorn Report

54,331 Reasons for Africa

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

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

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

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

Hurricane Dorian

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

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

 

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

 

Bighorn Report

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

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

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

See some photos here

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Contest Winner, Corq Strike Indicators, & British Columbia Whispers

We Have a Winner!

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

 

 

 

 

Corq Strike Indicators

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

 

British Columbia Whispers

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

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

 

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Bristol Bay, Name the Pup, & Fall Fishing

A Day for Bristol Bay

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

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

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


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

 

Name the Puppy Contest

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

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

 

 

Fall Fishing

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Discover NEPA   discovernepalogo

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

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

 

Blog Comments    

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

 

 

E. Pyrenees, Spain

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

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

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

 

Global Rescue

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

Read about Scott's experience with the camp dog.

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

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Africa Photos, Summer Tactics, & Beyond the Bobber

Here at Home

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Beyond the Bobber

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

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

 

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

 

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