Simms just released this incredible short video on the salmonfly hatch. Enjoy!
Rio Products, manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, announces the addition of four new tippet materials to it's comprehensive range.
They include the Flouroflex Freshwater, Flouroflex Saltwater, the new Rio Saltwater & new Rio Steelhead/Salmon Tippet. You can read all the details by clicking Here.
If New Zealand is on your dream list, come with us February 9-18 to Owen River Lodge on the South Island. ORL, New Zealand's premier fly fishing destination, is highly recommended and awarded, and is strategically located to take advantage of some of the best fishing on the South Island. Owner & manager Felix Borenstein is an angler himself and also a wonderfully accomodating host. We have visited here many times and always look forward to returning. I'm including a few photos from our last trip but don't take our word for it, come and see for yourself! Details on our website.
We have a few openings on upcoming trips, so if you're thinking about getting out of town for awhile, maybe one of these destinations will catch your eye. For trips not yet on our web site, please contact us.
June 2 - 9, Boca Paila, Mexico. 1 boat available. June 18 - July 1, East Africa Safari (non fishing) 1 or 2 persons. June 27 - Aug. 3, Laxardal, Iceland. Full Aug. 17-31, Bighorn River, MT. Full Sept. 20 - Oct. 8, Mongolia & Eagle Festival (1 gur available) Oct. 12 - 20, Pyrenees, Spain (3 rooms available) Dec. 1 - 8, Tres Valles, Arg. Full Jan/Feb. Saltwater, destination TBA March 14 - 24, Patagonia, Argentina (4 rooms)
Don't forget Father's Day, June 16 - Our Super Beetle Selection below makes a great gift and is on sale now!
Good Afternoon! This isn't a typical blog post for us but we couldn't think of a better way to get this information out to all our fishing friends and followers. A friend of ours has a home for sale here in PA, Spruce Creek to be exact. We've never been there, but it looks absolutely beautiful from the photos. And because it has a private trout stream and great fishing waters, they asked us to spread the word. We've attached the flyer if anyone is interested or knows of anyone who might be. In our opinion there isn't anything better than walking out your back door to go fishing!
Thanks for visiting with us and we hope you have a great day!
Good Afternoon. We hope you all enjoyed the weekend. The weather was beautiful here in PA. We also hope you had a chance to get out on the water and do some fishing. Saturday was Cathy's first casting clinic of the season and it went wonderfully. Everyone had a great time and the fishing was amazing. If you're thinking about learning to fly fish or just want to brush up on your technique, we have added another clinic to our schedule. It's coming up on the 25th of this month. Check out our website for details and then give us a call at 1-877-278-5638.
As I look ahead to Barry & Cathy's trip schedule, I see that they are headed to Patagonia, Argentina. This is a popular destination for many reasons and I am aware that most of our guests on this trip are repeat visitors. They probably know what to expect and especially what to look forward to. However I was reading over some of our past blogs that originally appeared on the RIO blog website and came across one that seemed to fit perfectly. I think this will be a great resource for those of you joining the Beck's next month in Patagonia, but I also think that we can all learn something from it, no matter where we're fishing.
As I write this we are driving down 50 miles of dirt road on our way to Estancia Quemquemtreu near San Martin de los Andes in Patagonia, Argentina. Our guide Andres Homosilla is driving and Adele is playing in the car. About every 10 minutes I have to blow the ash dust off my computer keyboard. There is still a lot of it in the air here from the volcano erupting nearly a year ago. It’s on everything. Our group has just wrapped up five full days of fishing on the Rio Malleo at Estancia San Huberto near Junin de los Andes. The next 3 days will find us fishing on the Rio Collon Cura and it will be quite different from the Malleo which is a beautiful spring creek. If you’re old enough, you might remember that Ernest Schweibert called it the queen of all spring creeks in one of his books.
It was a good week of fishing on the Malleo and everyone is leaving with mixed feelings. We love San Huberto and the Olson family. Most of us have been coming on this trip for many years so it feels like an annual visit home. We’ve had a spell of beautiful fall weather and a good week of fishing, so we are all leaving with special memories of fish caught, good Malbec, and friends visited. But now our sights are set on our next stop which we affectionately call “QQ.”
As I think back over the last week of fishing, I find myself thinking about how a little change in fishing tactics can make such a difference in the results we get. There are many things that come to mind to prove this theory but the first one is tippet size and material. The fish on the Malleo are like fish on spring creeks just about everywhere. They can be super selective, often see their share of fishermen and a multitude of fly patterns. On the first day I started out fishing a large beetle on 4X and moved a few fish in the riffles and faster moving water. Sometimes I would let the fly float undisturbed and other times I would twitch it across the surface. Some casts I would let the fly land pretty hard so it would plop into the water. I like this kind of fishing because you don’t have to be accurate or precise. Just hit the likely looking places and often the cast will produce a fish.
Every day we fished a different beat and conditions can change dramatically from beat to beat. The second day of fishing started out with the beetle and 4X from the day before but now we were on more technical slower, placid water. This beat is called Henry’s Fork. If you’ve fished the “Fork” in Idaho, you understand why. I’ve had good luck at times fishing the beetle in this kind of water looking for a fish who might want a bigger meal. After about an hour of not moving a single fish, I took the guide’s earlier advice and we changed to a small size 16 parachute Adams on 5X with a 6X dropper with a size 20 pheasant tail nymph. In just a few minutes I had my first fish of the day.
The moral of the story is if a fly isn’t working and you know you’re casting over fish, change it – or change something. On another day simply changing from a size 16 comparadun to a size 18 did the trick. Sometimes the dropper needs to be longer. If it is still not getting down to the fish try a heavier nymph (or two) with a strike indicator that can be positioned on the leader according to the depth of the water. If the fish are not rising, or is very cold or off-color from a storm, consider a streamer and change the retrieves until you find one the fish like.
I was using RIO Fluoroflex and I think it makes a big difference too. It disappears in the water making it harder for the fish to detect. This may not be critical in some places but if you’re fishing over fish that see a lot of fishermen, it may make the difference between catching and not catching. I started out as a skeptic but I’ve become a firm believer in fluorocarbon.
Don’t be lazy or get stuck in a rut where it’s easier to stay with the set-up that you’ve got rather than change it. By experimenting and changing flies, leaders, and technique you could very likely change your luck as well.
Barry and Cathy Beck travel with small groups of people who love these pursuits as much as they do. All of their hosted trips are organized through Frontiers International. Visit their website, and follow the adventures on their Facebook and twitter feed: @bcbeckphoto.