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Montana Fishing Restrictions, Spain Openings, & Bristol Bay

Montana Fishing Restrictions

If you're planning a fishing trip to Montana, please be aware that many rivers are under Hoot Owl fishing restrictions or full closure due to the heat and warm water. For more information, please visit


Spain this Fall

SPAIN 2018 1368We have a couple rooms available on our E. Pyrenees trip to Spain, Sept. 14-22. This is a trip for anglers and non-anglers with lots of good fishing and good sightseeing for non fishing companions. From tail waters to high mountain streams, fall is a beautiful time of year to be in Spain. Excellent food, wine, and fishing. 866SPAIN 2017We fly in and out of Barcelona and it's easy to extend your trip to see the city or to visit other parts of Spain. Please email us to request a brochure or more information.



Record Breaking Year for Alaska Salmon

The fight to save this amazing fishery could be over in a couple weeks if President Biden will come through on his pledge to save Bristol Bay. Please let the president and EPA know that we want the salmon and the Bristol Bay region protected...forever.

From Businesses for Bristol Bay:

It’s been another truly spectacular season in Bristol Bay with more than 62 million wild salmon returning to Bristol Bay - just shy of breaking 2018’s record run of 62.95 million salmon. The season isn’t over yet, so we could see a new record set in Bristol Bay in the next few days (if not hours!).
This year’s record-breaking season is a reminder of what’s at stake in Bristol Bay and what could be lost if the Pebble Mine is developed. That’s why we and others in the coalition working to protect Bristol Bay are ramping up our call on the Biden administration’s EPA to establish long-term protections for Bristol Bay and finish the job that the Obama administration started in 2014.
Last week, our partners at Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay released a series of adscalling on the EPA to take action and United Tribes of Bristol Bay sent a formal invitation to EPA Administrator Michael Regan to visit Bristol Bay and experience it firsthand.
Help us support Bristol Bay’s hard-working fishermen as they wrap up this record-breaking season by:
•Posting Commercial Fishermen for Bristol Bay’s video on your social media platforms.
•Encouraging your followers and customers to send a letter to the EPA.
•Sharing our "Finish the Job" social media graphics. Contact us (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you’d like help creating graphics tailored to your specific brand and audience.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be offering additional ways for you and your customers to be involved as we call on President Biden to fulfill his pledge on August 8, 2020 to protect Bristol Bay.



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Cathy's ESN, Hopper Invasion, & 2022 Trips

Cathy's ESN – How it's Going

ESN 0793You may have read in an earlier blog that I decided this spring to get better at euro nymph fishing. Our guides were all doing it, exchanging stories, and it was clear that they liked it. I wanted to be part of that new energy, to take part in the conversations, be part of the group, so I got Tom & Jim, two of our guides, to help set up an outfit. It included the Sage ESN rod, an ESN reel, and on the reel I had 20 lb. Amnesia followed with 42” of 20 lb. Chameleon to 42” of 12 chameleon, then a RIO 2-tone indicator tippet to a barrel swivel and fluoro from there to the fly, or flies. And off I went.

In the blog I wrote how I struggled with reading the depth even with the 2-tone indicator tippet. I was used to feeling the flies and split shot bounce along the bottom and watching the strike indicator and this required a whole new level of learning to read the drift. When we were in Slovenia a couple years back we spent a week casting mono and fishing this way but we were closer to the fish and the water was clear and not as deep. Here in the spring I just couldn't get a read. I caught a few fish but I “picked” a lot more because I was late in striking. Sometimes I would feel a wiggle and know that I was late again so I would cheat and add a yarn indicator and then the catching improved, but I wanted to do it the right way. I felt like I was cheating on an exam.

Then I tried giving up on so much of the mono and went with the RIO Technical Euro Nymph Shorty and the casting immediately got easier. I thought I was on the right track but by now the water was warming and hatches were starting. I knew I couldn't fish a dry fly on this set-up so it took second place on the rod rack and I got out my Trout LL and enjoyed dry fly fishing. That didn't last long. We have had a very wet spring and for every couple of days of good dry fly fishing, we get high water for a few days, so it wasn't long before the ESN came off the rack again.

It's almost unheard of but we've got high water as I write this in the middle of July and I have to say that after many hours of euro nymphing under my belt, I can see how effective it is when bouncing nymphs off the bottom and I amESN 0807 getting better at reading the 2-tone leader and have to say that I like the indicator tippet. The other thing that I really like though is the tippet ring and we are now using them on all of our rods. It makes managing the tippet so much easier and protects the leader. We're using tippet rings in all of our classes and I think that it helps a new angler in understanding tippet and leaders.

I think if you are on the right water the ESN rod and set-up is deadly. When the water is low and clear it's all delicate sight fishing and just about anyone would prefer that to watching the leader. The ESN rod has earned it's spot on our rod rack next to the Trout LL and I'll let the water conditions dictate which one to fish. As I said before, there is definitely a learning curve, but as you start to get comfortable with it you can sure see the advantage of this style of fishing.


Hopper Invasion

hoppercaptureA friend and client sent us the following article. It seems that the west is not only dealing with drought and wild fires, but with a grasshopper invasion as well. It's hard to believe that there can be this many hoppers and it doesn't sound like a good thing, but we have to hope that we find them in mass on the Bighorn when we get there in a few weeks. It could be some amazing fishing!

 2022 Trips

Every week our 2022 schedule looks a little more solid. Here's what we've got so far:


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Room at Turneffe, Alaska Airlines, & Nymph Sale

1 Room at Turneffe Flats

TurneffeOne room for one or two persons has just become available with us at Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize, October 16-23, 2021. Bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon, and diving. Great destination for a non-fishing partner. Check out the itinerary and then grab it before it's gone!  TurneffeFlatsfishingadventureBelizevacationdestinationBelizeresort


Do You Fly Alaska Airlines?

We are all entering a new world of travel as we start to move around the globe again. Things will be different and I think we all expect that, but in the case of Alaska Airlines, this passenger's experience should be a warning to all of us not to take for granted that the personal attention we would have received pre-Covid is going to be there in the new norm. Shame on Alaska Airlines!

Thank you Boarding Area and Shelli for bringing this to our attention.

 Copper John Nymphs

Tung Copper 0694We still have a pretty good inventory of Copper Johns on sale. It's a great time to stock up! Here's the repeat from a couple weeks ago:

Normally $2.25 each, on sale for $18.00 a dozen. Each dozen will have 4/12, 4/14, 4/16 as long as supplies last. This fly is a great point fly when fishing two nymphs in the spring. Great on euro rigs too. It will get down deep quickly. And, we'll even include a couple extra to offset the postage. Go to store.


High Cotton

We're in High Cotton, as the old saying goes. Just when we thought the long, hot, crazy days of summer were here and fishing was done for awhile, we got a good amount of rain. Actually, it's still raining and the stream is looking great! We were getting concerned with water levels and temperatures and now we've been gifted with a fishing extension. We're looking at a string of cooler weather and good water so if you can get away for a day or two, we have the water, the fish, and the guides!  Click here to see some photos from these past 2 weeks



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Tungsten Copper Nymph Sale, Keep Fish Wet & Stream Report

Tungsten Copper Nymph Sale Selection

Tung Copper 0694We have to make room for some new flies so we are putting the Tungsten Copper Nymphs on sale. Like the Copper John but with a special order black tungsten bead head. Normally $2.25 each, on sale for $18.00 a dozen. Each dozen will have 4/12, 4/14, 4/16 as long as supplies last. This fly is a great point fly when fishing two nymphs in the spring. Great on euro rigs too. It will get down deep quickly. And, we'll even include a couple extra to offset the postage. Go to store. This is a great buy!



Keep Fish Wet is a great resource for information and learning more about fish in general, but specifically as it relatesKEEPFISH WET LOGO STACK RGB to summer, warm air and warmer water temperatures – which are now upon us. At this time of year, it's important to know what's happening to the immediate environment of the fish that we're going after.

keepfishwetIf you haven't looked around the Keep Fish Wet website, please do so. It's not a finger pointing, you're doing it wrong site. It's there to help us better understand fish and to help us be better stewards of the sport we fight so hard to protect and preserve. It's got good, solid, interesting information for us. Start with taking a look at this short article and go from there.


Fishing Creek Report

Locally the rain that we got a week ago is long gone and we are knee-deep in summer conditions. When we get rain, usually in the form of a thunderstorm, fishing picks up for a couple days but then water levels drop quickly and temperatures rise. Early mornings are the best time to fish and can be quite pleasant on the water but by noon it's done for the day. After an amazing spring season, we now put our sights on fall. Here are a few photos from a couple weeks ago.

Grant Richard  Brown 0679  Bruce Hanley  Sam 9826  Hank Ingram 2021  John Radcliffe  Spencer Onishi

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Summer Time & Spain is Open!

Summer Time

We don't know about you but we've been very busy lately with some crazy stuff! We missed a blog first with computer problems and then when thunderstorms knocked out our internet so it's been a bit stressful here lately. We upgraded some computers in the office and what should have been an easy transition from old to new (I can hear you laughing...), was a nightmare. But, I think we'reJack Mary Innocenzi back on track now.

Grant KellyWhile we were pulling out our hair in the office, our guides kept doing what they do best and that is getting clients into fish. We've continued to have a very good season with lots of honorable-mention trout. Take a look at some of the photos below. The stream fished well and has been in great shape since March. Jim will fill us in on the details below.


Jim's Stream Report

It's mid June already and summertime fly fishing is here. Water flows and water temperatures have been awesome and so has the fishing. Early morning hours we are seeing some rising fish to leftover spinners from the night before, along with sporadic hatches of sulphurs, slate drakes and some caddis. Trout can be caught on dry flies using rusty spinners, sulphurs, caddis and cracklebacksFrisch Group 0623.
Nymphing has been very productive in the early morning hours using a host of different nymphs. And it seems no two mornings are the same. One day small perdigon and pheasant tail nymphs will work very well and the next it's larger nymphs, sucker spawn, stone flies and mop flies. It's a game of changing flies, tippet size and how you present the fly.
Mid day we are still seeing feeding fish but with the bright afternoon sunlight the trout are a little more selective. I found switching to small soft hackle wet flies or sulphur emergers works very well. Tight lining or euro style nymphing in small riffles using small perdigon nymphs has been very effective during this time of day.

David D. FrischMid day is a great time to fish the green inch worm. It's one of my favorite flies to fish and the trout areDonna D. Frisch starting to love it. You can fish it a host of ways. Dry fly drop or hopper drop is one of the most popular ways to fish it. It works well indicator nymphing or euro nymphing. My favorite way is to sight fish it in slow moving pools.
Late afternoon and into the evening hours is the best time for dry fly action. Sulphurs is the main bug on the menu right now. If you are waiting for the sulphur hatch be sure to fish til almost dark. A lot of fly fishermen leave to early and miss the hatch. Here on fishing creek you can start seeing some flies around 8:30. With the heaviest part of hatch closer to 9:00 pm.Ryan Kelly
One nice thing about fly fishing in June is that fishing can be good from morning till dark. And you can use many different fly fishing techniques throughtout the day. You can fish a few hours before work or head over to the stream to catch the evening sulphur hatch right after supper.



 Spain is Open

0652SPAIN 2017Spain opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from most countries, including the United States, on June 7. Museums, restaurants, cafes, concert halls, and beaches are all open but without the crowds, at least for awhile. Sounds like a perfect time to plan a vacation to this beautiful country.

Thinking of Spain, we have a couple rooms open on our departure for September 14-22, 2021. This is an interesting combination of a seriously good fishing trip for the angler and seriously good tourist activities for the non anglers. Lovely small mountain atmosphere in the E. Pyrenees and close to lots of good fishing and sightseeing. Take a look at the itinerary and contact us or Kristene Fitzgerald at Frontiers (800-245-1950).

Bring on the tapas and the trout!

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Memorial Day Blog


Spring into Summer

Weren't we just talking about Quill Gordons and Hendricksons? Then the March Browns and caddis? It seems like spring no sooner gets started till it's summer! We had a cool wet early spring and while we didn't have really high water to speak of, we did have lots of cold nights and sluggish mornings on the stream when not much was happening and we had to coax the fish with streamers and nymphs until the water warmed in the afternoons. Then the March Browns appeared, nights warmed up and dry fly fishing kicked off.

Now here we are at Memorial Day with summer right around the corner. The stream has dropped from spring levels and is gin-clear, clarity has always been a trademark of Fishing Creek. March Brown spinners are appearing in the evening along with a few sulphurs. Seasons are changing again and now it's lovely to be on the stream at daylight and again for the last hour or two before dark. During the day we're fishing inch worms, beetles and other favorite terrestrials. Sometimes in the evening an angler can pick up shouts and cheers of a soccer or baseball game from the nearby athletic fields. Yes, summer is here.

But like spring, it won't last long and soon we'll be asking the same question of the Light Cahills and Slate Drakes. What happened to them? But, for now we are in full swing and trying to enjoy everyday that we can get on the water. We hope you're getting out to fish. It truly is a magical time of year.....and it goes so fast.

If you're a veteran, we thank you for your service and we remember the men and women who died while in the military service protecting our country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can better support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.

Happy Memorial Day to you and your family.


Leigh Perkins, who built Orvis, dies at 93

A true fly fishing pioneer. The man who transformed the Vermont-based Orvis  leighperkinscompany into an international powerhouse.

Guiding & Lessons Staying Strong

It's been a busy couple of weeks with guiding, lessons, and corporate groups. Lots of great fish have been caught by lots of happy anglers!

 Frisch Clinic  Holly Morrison 0587  Frisch Clinic 0572 Holly Morrison 0596   Kirk Swigart 2331  Nancy Marr 0591 Ryan 0593

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Fly Sale & Cast Around a Corner

Fly Sale $12.00 dozen

Who puts flies on sale in peak season? We do. We are making room for our new caddis nymphspatterns (poly fluffs and cdc thorax duns), so are offering our parachute duns, klinkhammers, low profile caddis, and tungsten orange butt nymphs at great savings.

This sale is not in the online store, but email and phone only. We want to talk about quantities and patterns, while supply lasts, and this is the quickest, easiest way. Do not email your credit card information. Give us a phone number and we will call you or send us your Klinkhammerspayment via Paypal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will match it to your email.

570-925-2392. Be prepared with:

1. Your name and address
2. A phone number where you can be reached
3. Quantities and patterns
4. PA residents must include 6% sales tax
5. Shipping is $5.00 for this special only. International rates are higher
6. Method of Payment. Credit Card or Paypal
7. Leave your order in a voicemail if we can not pick up the phone when you call. We will return your call if we have questions or are out of a pattern parachutes

These are beautifully tied flies, good patterns and at $12 a dozen is a great price. Call us today! 570-925-2392 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parachute Duns: Little Blue Quills (16), Hendricksons (14), March Browns (12), BWO Cornuta (16), Sulphur (16/18), Light Cahill (14), Slate Drake (12), Mahogany (12).

Low Profile Caddis: Black, Tan, or Pale Green (14, 16).

Tungsten Orange Butt Nymphs: Great anchor or attractor nymph...and tungsten! (10, 12, 14).

Cast Around a Corner

RIO's 1-minute fly casting tips (your homework for this week)
This week’s RIO Fly Fishing Tip shows how to bend your fly line around a corner. This cast, known as a Positive Curve Cast, or a Shepherd's Crook Cast, is a great cast to have in your repertoire as it enables you cast to the side of a weed bed, and bend your fly line round to land in front of a fish (and not over the top of the weed bed) - just as it is shown in this video.


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Tying the Rusty Spinner & Understanding Mayflies


Tying the Rusty Spinner

"The Rusty Spinner is one of those fly patterns that really needs no introduction," says Tim Flagler of this week's featured pattern. "Kind of like a Woolly Bugger or an Adam’s Parachute. It’s found in virtually every fly shop and catalog, and is, by far and away, one of the most effective flies that’s ever been, particularly for fishing at or after dark." Watch as Tim goes through the steps.
Tip: Little blue quills, Hendricksons, and March Brown spinners can all be matched by using a rusty (or red brown) spinner in appropriate sizes. Try a light dun wing of poly fluff for easy visibility.

 Tom Rosenbauer Helps Us Understand Mayflies

Tom needs no introduction to the fly fishing community. He has been the face of Orvis for many years and here he offers a short refresher on the stages of a mayfly and why they are important to the fly fisherman. We are knee-deep in the spring hatches and Dun stage mayflybeing able to recognize what the insects are doing will help us select the correct fly.

This Week in Review

We're getting some fresh rain in the stream today and the March Browns are just now beginning to show. Peak season is approaching and may be here as we see Hendricksons, tan caddis, and March Browns on the water – often at the same time. It's an amazing time of year on a trout stream!
  Carl Herman  JohnCassiani  DinoCerdeira  Karen Brown 0485  Misty Carew 0505 Paul Stajduhar Brad2

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Spring has Sprung, 2 Trip Openings, & Spring Guiding

Spring Has Sprung!

All winter we waited, March arrived and with it a handful of warm days and anxious fishermen were on the water looking and hoping to see Quill Gordons and early black stones. But snow was still coming off the mountain and nights were in the 30s. Most of the fishing was dredging the bottom. April arrived and hopes shot sky high, the snow was gone but then came back. The water was too cold and the hatches sluggish. But as the days ticked by, nights grew warmer, water temperatures slowly rose and now we're celebrating with the start of good dry fly fishing.  2464Caddis Emerger 2021 BECK IMAGE

Tan caddis, Little Blue Quills, and Hendricksons are leading the march. With the longer, warmer days will come delightful evening spinner falls. We have new patterns for all of these flies in the store. Fly patterns are listed 0741 LBQ 2021 BECK IMAGEalphabetically, so be sure to browse the dry flies and nymphs & emergers. We're excited to see how well the poly fluff duns are doing. Barry says “Poly fluff flies are tied to catch fish – not just fishermen. They're buggy and they work”

As we continue to update the store, you will notice that we're changing the background color to gray for better fly detail and color. You'll see new patterns, photos, and tips for fishing the flies.  thorax dun

It tis the season, as they say, and everyday is exciting, some more than others but that's how it goes, and the unknown is what keeps us going back to the river. We hope you're getting out. This spring season will pass quickly, so take advantage of it.


2 Rooms 2 Trips

It feels so good to be talking about trips again! Hopefully 2022 will be a busy year of hosting trips, but for now we are happy to be returning to Turneffe Flats, Belize, October 16-23, 2021, and Tres Valles, Argentina, December 4-11, 2021.

 1477 TRES VALLES MARCH 2019We have one room at each lodge for either 2 anglers at double occupancy (shared room, shared boat), or a single angler at single occupancy. Although the itineraries are not showing current dates, please refer to the 2020 information on our web site. Except for dates and a slight price adjustment, information is correct. Contact us for further information.  4128 PERMIT


Guiding & Lessons

Looks like spring. The warm coats, hats & gloves are being replaced with rolled up sleeves and warm smiling faces.

 Brooke Record 0492  Diana Straitiff 0494  James Unkefer 0040 2  Mitch Jordan 0023

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Carbon Neutrality for Delta, Stream Report, & Fish for the Future

Carbon Neutrality for Delta

We all want to make this world a better place for our children and future generations, but sometimes no matter what we do, it's seems too big a job. That doesn't mean that we stop trying.  delta

Along with individuals, there are small companies working hard to make a difference and Patagonia Clothing Company is way out in front,but it's nice to see a big, really big, corporation taking steps to literally change the way they operate in a positive, environmentally good way. Take a look at what Delta Airlines is doing. Let's hope it spreads!

Jim's Stream Report

Terry Johnson 0391It's been a busy week on the stream with guiding, and the fishing has been good. We are seeing caddis, blues quills and Hendericksons with hatches starting in early afternoon. Mother nature has been throwing us a curve ball with one nice spring day and the next day resembling winter with wind, rain and cold.  Mike Pavone

Monday started out cold, but nymph fishing was good throughout the morning. Fly selection was pretty much the normal early spring flies such as pheasant tails, hare's ear, dead drifting small streamers and caddis emergers. The poly fluff caddis emerger has been my go to fly this spring. After lunch blue quills and Hendericksons were hatching and we had a nice afternoon of dry fly fishing with  Kristy Clewett 0356several nice trout being brought to the net.

jimfly1I had high expectations for more dry fly fishing on Tuesday especially since the weather was a lot nicer. Although we saw hatches starting just before noon, nothing really developed bug-wise. Late afternoon size 16 and 18 bead head euro nymphs were the flies of the day and of course the size 16 caddis emerger. Mark Clewett 0360All in all it’s spring time in Pennsylvania and snow flurries are in the forecast tonight and tomorrow morning. Last year at this time in a snow blizzard I saw an awesome Henderickson hatch. I'm anxious to see what tomorrow brings on the stream. The fish are hungry and it's a great time to be on the water. John Frisch 0471

-Jim Kukorlo

Fish For the Future

Some of our most formative experiences come from time on the river. Those lessons equip us to live a more meaningful life, one of responsibility to the natural resources that have given us so much. For many, fly fishing guides are the conduit through which those lessons are shared. Guides are the backbone of the fly fishing world, and their job goes far beyond showing someone how to fish. They are teachers, gurus, friends, and advocates for wild places.

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