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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.

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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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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

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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

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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!

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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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