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Natural Light & the Fly Fisher and a Report from Chile

Natural Light & the Fly Fisher

Ever wonder why on a certain day an orange nymph or purple prince will out perform everything else in your fly box? Or you may remember a day when a white streamer was the only fly the fish would look at – but not ever since that day.

Nymph box 0843I remember a times when the orange butt shrimp, and at different times the blue prince, caught more fish than a traditionally more effective same size fly like a pheasant tail or copper john. There is one day that stands out in my mind when a white streamer in late summer with low water was unbelievable. Why? When maybe the next day in the same place over the same fish they turn back to the PT or the copper john?

Everyone has a story like this and there have been many theories about why. Today we bring you another take on it, and it's very interesting. I don't know if I can remember the color strategy when I get out on the water, but I'm going to try. It may require a cheatsheet in my fishing pack.....

https://midcurrent.com/techniques/its-not-just-about-what-the-fish-see-natural-light-conditions-and-the-fly-fisher/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dab736dac0-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-dab736dac0-18929377

 

Report from Chile

IMG 2838Barry and Cathy’s group are enjoying beautiful warm weather at Coyhaique River Lodge in Chile. Lots of blue skies and sunny days. Fishing is good and they are catching lots of fish on beetles, fat Alberts, and other summertime flies. Makes me wish I was with them! Click here to see some photos

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JAN
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Show Season, RIO's New Fly Clips, & A River's Last Chance

It's Show Season!

0072 NEW JERSEY SHOW 2018 DxOThe Fly Fishing Show season kicked off last weekend in Denver with a great show and it's headed east. Looking for new tackle, shopping for a fly fishing trip, interested in a seminar or watching the dozens of demonstrating fly tiers, or just want to get out for the day – the shows are where it's happening.

We hope to see you at the Edison, NJ, show. January 25, 26, 27! Stop by the Sage or Frontiers booth and say hi.

Take a look at https://flyfishingshow.com/ for a schedule of shows, clips, photos, exhibitors, programs, and more.

 

RIO's New Fly Clips and Twist Clips

RIO wants us to use less tippet material? Seriously? Well, yes. That's one benefit of the new RIO fly clips and twist clips. The other benefit is that it simplifies attaching and changing flies. Recommended for wet flies – nymphs, soft hackles, streamers, etc.

This week's RIO Fly Fishing Tip shows how to easily and quickly attach a fly using a Fly Clip, or twist Clip. Not only does a clip add speed to the rigging process, but also is great in low light conditions, and works really well at preventing leaders, tippet and droppers from getting too short. Both versions available in three sizes, 10 to a pack. $3.99 and $5.99. Check it out today at your local RIO dealer.

Use these links for more information and short videos on how the clips & twists work:

https://vimeo.com/308626671?from=outro-embed

https://pitchengine.com/rio-products-international/9999/12/31/rios-fly-clips-twist-clips-bring-speed-effici/002518568892619944344

A River's Last Chance

Guide and photographer Jason Hartwick takes us on a visual and written journey of the Eel River in northern California. With stunning photography and just enough verbiage to get his important message across, this short story and video gives us cautious encouragement and hope for the Eel in a time of uncertainty for the future of most clean wild rivers.

Thank you Jason and Sage.
https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/a-river-s-last-chance

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JAN
03
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Welcome 2019, Tres Valles & RIO Tips

With today's blog, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and anxious to get 2019 underway. Cleaning out file drawers and looking back over customers orders, trip folders, receipts, and correspondence always puts us in this reflective mood.

0175 TRES VALLES ARGENTINAABarry and I leave for Chile next week for a week at Coyhaique River Lodge. We haven't traveled since early December when we visited Le Fario and Tres Valles lodges in the Esquel region of Argentina and Coyhaique is roughly just a jump over the border and a stone's throw a bit to the north.

It's probably not necessary to say that we love this part of the world. It gets us out of the northeast winter and into more trout streams, spring creeks, lakes and rivers than we could possibly get to in a lifetime of fishing. The country, the people, and the food and wine are always amazing.

We'll spend much of February and March in Argentina and we still have a few couple rooms available. If you will need a trout fix by then consider coming along with us.

Here are a few photos from Tres Valles, one of the stops on our March departure. All of the Patagonia lodges are pretty special to us and we'd love to have you at any of them.

Our Hosted Trips info here

Click here to see photos from Tres Valles

Early 2019 Hosted Trips:

Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile January 12-19
Laguna Verde (Jurassic), Argentina February 9-16
Estancia Tecka, Argentina February 17-23 (1 room open)
Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina March 16-23 (1 room open)
San Huberto Hosteria, Argentina March 24-30 (1 room open)
Limay River Lodge, Argentina March 30-Apr. 6 (1 room open)

RIO Tips riologo

We kick off the new year with a RIO Tip. These are minute long tips on all things RIO. This week Simon gives us a minute of pointers on the Snap-T. It's always fun to watch Simon.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/snap-t-the-180-deg-principle-video

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DEC
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Happy New Year & Fly Line Winner

We just wanted to wish you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year!

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A few weeks ago we announced that we would be giving away a RIO Gold WF5F fly line.  To have your name entered in the drawing you had to purchase $50 worth of flies from us.  The winner is David Hellier.  David your line will be shipped to you shortly!  Congratulations!  riogold

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DEC
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Christmas Wishes

 christmas2Our fishing season finished up with a long mild fall and a good close to the season. It certainly was a year of ups and downs and it was good to end on a high note. Our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, shares thoughts with us today about the season ending and the new one about to begin.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Cathy, Barry, Brooke, Susie and Eddie

 

Jim’s Thoughts on the 2018 Season

Although I will continue to fly fish throughout the winter season, for most fly fishermen and how most people think of a trout season, the 2018 season is over.

As I get older the trout seasons seems to go by very quickly. Seems like yesterday I was counting down the days to the 2018 opening day here in Pennsylvania. I have more seasons behind me than I do ahead of me and I wasn't about to waste one just because of less than desirable water and weather conditions.

Locally we have plenty of memories of high water, severe flooding and damage to stream fronts, roads and property. We can be very thankful that there were no lost of lives here in Pennsylvania that I'm aware of.

The number of days I spent on the water was certainly down from other seasons. When I couldn't fish on the big streams I looked to smaller streams to wet my line and found some really good fishing that I've overlooked over the years. With the high water levels here I was finally able to find time to fish the South Holston River in Tennessee, the New River in West Virginia for smallmouth bass and a small stream in the Poconos.

The high water forced me to rethink not only what streams to fish but to look for fish in areas that I would not normally fish. In the high water fish look for back washes and eddies to hide in and to get out of the raging water flows.

I've always wanted to spend more time improving my streamer fishing and this year I was forced into doing just that. My go-to 4 and 5 wt Sage rods were replaced by a 6 wt Sage which could handle heavier RIO streamer tip and 250 grain RIO sinking tip fly lines along with weighted size 6 Cathy Super Buggers and an assortment of weighted nymphs.

I spent evenings at the fly tying table tying heavier weighted nymphs and experimenting with different color on super buggers and streamers. I’ve never had such a large selection of streamers as I do now. I kept notes of what colors worked best for me in different water flows and water color.

Nymph fishing worked best with a 10ft fly rod and good old high stick nymphing in deep pools and riffles. And several of my clients never fished without a strike indicator and were amazed at how well they did without one and learned a new technique in the process.

All in all it was a good season personally for me. It was fun to teach clients different styles of fly fishing for the different and sometimes challenging conditions. And I got to fish different streams that I never found time to do in the past. I now find myself looking forward to the 2019 trout season at home and to whatever it brings.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas

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DEC
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Christmas Wraps, The Extra Six, & Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws

Christmas greetings. Brooke here. Barry and Cathy are finishing up at Tres Valles, Argentina, where they have had an incredible week (I'm sure I'll have photos and an update to share with you next week once they get home). Susie, Eddie, and I have been holding down the fort here, handling fly orders and canvas wraps for Christmas.

If you're considering purchasing a wrap for a gift (see last week's blog) remember that our lab needs at least two weeks to get wraps out to our customers so you'll need to order very soon. I'll show the wraps again below that we are offering for Christmas. The fisherman and the evergreen trees are my favorites!

And, don't forget that your name goes into a drawing for a RIO Perception WF5F fly line when you place a fly order with us for $50 or more until December 27. Check out our fly selections – a great buy. The RIO line is a $99 value so make sure you're in! We'll announce the winner in the December 27 blog.  

Cavas Collage Nov 2018

The Extra Six- By Barrry Beck

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A blog Barry wrote about the Sage X is featured this week on the Sage Blog.  Click here to read it  

 

Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws

Ever want to put extra emphasis on “Really?” Well, we're with you. If you think we're falling off our rocker, read this article about Delta Airlines (incidentally our favorite airline, but.....really?

Delta Eliminates Plastic Straws. To Save the Planet.

One of the great inventions that we discovered, when moving to the US, were plastic straws. The paper ones we had in NZ had the unfortunate tendency to come unglued, or generally just to fall apart. But for some strange reason, people keen to save the planet would rather focus on the infinitesimal amount of plastic waste generated by plastic straws in the US while ignoring the hundreds/thousands of times greater amounts of plastic waste flooding out of China and India and going straight into the oceans.

Delta is now virtue-signaling its desire to be part of that misplaced focus. So, get this. They’ll happily fly a jet across the Atlantic and burn 7+ tons of fuel every hour while doing so, but now they’re going to save some ounces of plastic straw and plastic stirrers, replacing them with paper/wood/bamboo/whatever, on the flight that consumes 50+ tons of jet fuel. (We note that “bamboo” is often a code word for rayon/viscose and other cellulose type long-lived materials that look for all the world like plastic rather than like wood.)
I always cringe when seeing environmentalists eagerly demand paper bags in the supermarket. Few people think that choice all the way through. A thin plastic bag actually has a much lower total environmental footprint than does a much heavier Kraft paper bag containing ten times or more processed/refined material, and lasting almost as long in a landfill while taking up ten times the landfill space. There is also way less energy, less raw material, and less pollution in making the plastic bag than the paper bag to start with.

It is probably similar when comparing paper and plastic straws. Whatever the exact analysis might reveal, it is likely the replacement “natural” straw has an ecological footprint that is similar in size to the plastic straw.

If Delta is so concerned about saving the environment, perhaps it could cancel a single trans-Atlantic flight, once a year. That would save in the order of 220,000 lbs of jet fuel (plus all the unused straws on the roundtrip flight); and that’s only a bit less than it claims it will save in plastic – a specious claim because it doesn’t consider the offsetting weight of the other-material products being substituted for the plastic items.

Sadly, neither honest science nor common sense has much of a chance when it comes to virtue-signaling environmental concerns and compliances.

[The Travel Insider] This Week's Newsletter, David M. Rowell
Weekly Roundup, Friday 26 October, 2018

Anyway, we hope you have a great week, and remember – 18 shopping days until Christmas!

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Baby Tarpon, Video Hatch & Christmas Specials

Baby Tarpon

Jumping Tarpon BC BECK image0002 006Ever fished for baby tarpon? It's one of our favorites saltwater species. As a friend of mine would say, it's a hoot. The video below is less than a minute long but it encompasses the pursuit of these incredible fish to a tee. We have fished for baby tarpon in lots of places – Mexico, Belize, Venezuela, Florida, and have found them to be pretty much the same everywhere. We might think we are the pursuer or the alpha, but regardless of size, they will quickly bring us to our knees.....but, like them, we'll soon be back for more.

Baby tarpon don't necessarily spook like other fish, say permit or bonefish. They may behave like they're spooked or loose interest and go into the mangroves, but if one is patient and will wait for a few minutes there is a good chance the fish will come back – perhaps to see if we're still around. And, if he does, there is a pretty good chance that he'll take the fly again. Or perhaps he'll appear 60, 80, 100 yards down along the mangroves.

Ranging anywhere from about 8 to 40 pounds, baby tarpon will travel in packs and if you find two or more together it can be a lot of fun (a hoot) watching several fish chase the fly to see who will get it first. Once hooked, the others will often spook but like before, they will also often come back or pop up again close by.  1974 BECK IMAGE 20147Holbox

Perhaps we fish for baby tarpon for the hook-up more than anything else. Once hooked these fish become acrobats. They run, they jump, they go this way – that way, they belly-flop, it's a crazy for the angler until you've got control of the situation and of course, the bigger the fish the more crazy it gets. Our outfit of choice is almost always a Sage SALT 9' for a 9 weight (990-4) loaded with a RIO Outbound Short line – perfect for this kind of work.

Sometimes tarpon aren't particular to fly patterns, other times they will be. We've caught baby tarpon on just about every saltwater streamer in our boxes, but if we had to pick a couple flies to go with we'd definitely have some black deaths, tarpon snakes and toads. We've also used Deceivers just about everywhere and this week Tim Flagler shows us how to tie the Half-N-Half. I bet it will work like a charm on baby tarpon.

Video Hatch: “Tarpon on the Fly”

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Erin Block
This short film from Capt Nick LaBadie features flats fishing for tarpon in the Florida Keys. This shows exactly what we love about baby tarpon! Thank you MidCurrent.
https://midcurrent.com/2018/09/10/video-hatch-tarpon-on-the-fly/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=10ee42b87a-MidCurrent_October_5_2017_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-10ee42b87a-18929377

Don't forget about our Christmas Specials

Place a fly order for $50 or more, and we'll put your name in a drawing for a RIO Gold WF5F fly line($99 value). Winner to be drawn and announced in our December 27th blog. Place your order as usual and we'll take care of the rest. Good luck! Check out our store


Canvas Gallery Wraps

We've taken some of Barry and Cathy's favorite images and turned them in to ready-to-hang canvas wraps. They look great in any home or office and also make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member. Direct shipping from our printer is included. $100. Purchase here

Cavas Collage Nov 2018

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NOV
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Happy Thanksgiving & Christmas Specials

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Christmas Specials

RIO Gold WF5 Fly Line Give Away

riogoldPlace a fly order for $50 or more, and we'll put your name in a drawing for a RIO Gold WF5F fly line($99 value). Winner to be drawn and announced in our December 27th blog. Place your order as usual and we'll take care of the rest. Good luck!  Check out our store

Canvas Gallery Wraps

We've taken some of Barry and Cathy's favorite images and turned them in to ready-to-hang canvas wraps. They look great in any home or office and also make a perfect gift for that hard to buy for friend or family member. Direct shipping from our printer is included. $100.  Purchase here

Cavas Collage Nov 2018

 

 

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NOV
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Our Favorite Place, Trip List & Traveling with Meds

Our Favorite Place

Every once in a while someone will say, “Where is your favorite place to fish?” Most of the time I quip, “Home,” and everyone laughs. “No, away from home.” usually comes next.

1111 BC BECK IMAGEFor years both Barry and I would have said, “New Zealand,” but that has changed. It might be our age and Barry's knees. It's not so easy to walk 7-10 miles a day climbing over boulders and hugging rock slides searching pool after pool for a double digit wild brown trout. There is nothing like the challenge of the south island when it comes to trophy trout hunting, but these days the more genteel hunt is very appealing. We will go back to New Zealand – it gets in your blood, but the youthful throw-caution-to-the-wind days are behind us.

That brings me to Argentina, my answer these days. We have a number of favorite places in Argentina, but Tres Valles is always close at hand. It's remote, quiet, small, friendly, comfortable. It's spring creeks, freestone streams, and mountain trout lakes that are clear all the way to the bottom. It's a lovely lodge tucked up against a lake on the border of Chile with a snow-capped Andean back drop. It's just too pretty for words.TRES VALLES 2017 1388

We are very lucky since we get to go to this place twice a year. Once in their spring (our fall) and again in their fall (our spring). We leave in about 10 days and we're excited. Tres Valles offers a variety of fishing from small dry flies for sipping rainbows to streamers for trophy fish on bigger water.

 If you've fished Argentina you know why we love being there. If you haven't, it should be on your bucket list. When you're ready to go, we'll TRES VALLES 2017 2178hope you come with us because we'd love to introduce you to one of our favorite places.

 

  2019 Trip List

Jan 10-20 Coyhaique, Chile (trout)
Feb 7-18 Estancia Laguna Verde, Argentina (trout)
Feb 15-25 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
Mar 14-24 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)
Mar 22-Apr 1 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
Mar 28-Apr 8 Limay River Lodge, Argentina (trout)
Apr 27-May 4 Belize River Lodge, Belize (bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook)
June 20-28 Soca Valley, Slovenia (trout)
Aug 23-30 Bighorn River, Week #1 (trout)
Aug 30-Sept 7 Bighorn River Week #2 (trout)
Sept 28-Oct 5 Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
Dec 7-14 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Global Rescue – Traveling with Medications

medsGlobal Rescue offers us some good advice about traveling with medicine. This article offers advice and pointers on things most of us would not think about.

https://www.globalrescue.com/personal/blog/detail/Member-Advisory-Handling-Medication-Restrictions-While-Traveling/?mc=CMP-01162-X2D9W8&_cldee=Y2F0aHlAYmFycnlhbmRjYXRoeWJlY2suY29t&recipientid=contact-e67a0fcc1893e411b63e000c2952cf5c-7dc7c1aa0f3a455eb9e2f44a9a11f420&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CMP-01162-X2D9W8&esid=c4fd0aae-2dc0-e811-80d3-ca5508942394

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NOV
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Jim's Tips, NZ Brown Trout, & a Streamer Tip

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Our head guide, Jim Kurkorlo, talks to us this week about hooking a surprise fish at the end of the drift. It happens to all of us now and then. Here is Jim's take on it.

Hook Set at the End of the Drift

We’ve all heard the old saying “I wish I had a dollar for every time I had this (?) happen to me.” Well I wish I had a dollar for every time at the end of the dead drift as I was lifting my rod to make another cast I had a trout on the line.

I'm sure this happens to you too when fishing a nymph or streamer. Just a few weeks ago I was guiding a client and as he was lifting the rod to cast he had a trout on and he actually was able to land a very nice brown. He replied “I guess that doesn't count because I didn't feel the strike or knew I had a trout on.” Hey it counts.

09 Rainbow Trout0005You never know when a trout will take your fly and I believe it happens more often then we know. A trout can take you fly when it hits the water, during the drift or at the end of the drift. That's why at the end of every dead drift I end with a hook set. On occasions I found for whatever reason the end of the drift was the only time I was getting strikes.

A fishing partner saw me hook a trout as I was lifting the line off the water to recast and replied “Well that was all luck.” Actually it wasn't. At the end of every dead drift I do a short hook set for that unexpected strike and to prepare my fly line and leader for the next backcast.

One important thing to remember is that the motion must be short or your rod tip will be too far back to make the back cast. Sometimes at the end of the drift I start to tighten my line and I can actually feel a fish on the end. I do this even when using an indicator. It's one smooth motion and it becomes just part of your back cast and total presentation.

I fish every cast with confidence that a trout can take my fly at any time during the drift. Learning to do a little hook set at the end of my drift has helped me catch trout that I didn't used to hook. And catching trout is what I love to do.

New Zealand's Brown Trout Story

Thank you to the American Museum of Fly Fishing

Everyone knows New Zealand as a mecca for large brown trout fishing in gin clear waters. But not everyone knows that these iconic brown trout are not native to New Zealand. In fact, they were introduced just 150 years ago. In this film, fly fisherman and historian, Jack Kos, heads into the backcountry of New Zealand and the back shelves of the library to explore the introuction of brown trout to the south island.

It's a beautiful video and a history lesson at the same time. If you have traveled to the south island, you will recognize some of places. Maybe you've even caught one of these amazing fish.

http://www.amff.org/introduction-new-zealands-brown-trout-story/

One more streamer tip: Sculpins up and fast
Do like the sculpins do

487562568We all fish streamers, some of us love to fish streamers. Take Santos Madero for example. Here Chad Shmukler takes a look at how Santos effectively fishes sculpins. It's pretty interesting! Thank you Hatch.

https://www.hatchmag.com/articles/one-more-streamer-tip-sculpins-and-fast/7714693

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