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Argentina Departures & "Paul"

Argentina Departures

At this time of year interest is high on winter and early spring fishing trips to someplace warm. For many that's a trip somewhere in the southern hemisphere. For us, it means that we are thinking and talking a lot about Argentina, our very favorite winter destination.

2267 TECKA 2019We're in Argentina in December for the opening of trout season, and we return for the late trout season – and some years in between. We're going to have an exciting 2020 in Argentina. At the time of this writing, our December departure is full, two departures in January are full, Jurassic Lake is looking good for February and we're now working on March.

We're changing things up a bit this year, and our first stop will be Villa Maria in Tierra del Fuego for sea-run brown trout on the Rio Grande. We've tried to get a week at Villa Maria for years and have finally secured March 13-20, 2020, exclusively for our group.
The following week (March 21-28) we'll be at Tecka, an amazing 435,000 acre ranch with over 100 miles of private trout water on the ranch. We finish up at a San Huberto, a long-time favorite for more than 20 consecutive years for us, March 29-April 4, and the famous, legendary Malleo Spring Creek for early fall hatches and rising fish.  0098SAN HUBERTO MARCH 2019

We currently have rooms available on all of the March departures and 1 room at Laguna Verde (Jurassic). Check out the details here and let us know if you can join us or if we can help you plan your Argentina fishing trip.

“Paul”


Think you have problems? We found this video on MidCurrent by Erin Block, and presented by Orvis. It kind of puts everything into perspective. Thank you all for sharing your story.

https://midcurrent.com/2019/02/28/video-hatch-paul/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=616cd53785-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_29_01_43_COPY_03&utm_medium=email&utm_term

I think Paul would say that we all need to fish more.

Beck Hosted Trips:

2019: Coming Up

Aug. 23-30 Bighorn River, Montana, Wk. #1 (trout)
Aug. 30-Sept. 7 Bighorn River, Montana, Wk. #2 (trout)
Sept. 28-Oct. 5 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 7 – 14 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

2020:

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina
February 8-15 Laguna Verde, Argentina
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina
March 21-28 Estancia Tecka, Argentina
Dates TBA San Huberto, Argentina
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
June (TBA) Ireland/Scotland
August 6-15 Reel Action Camp, Alaska
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana
October 4-11 Spain
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina

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Sage's New LL, RIO Creek Fly Line & The Bighorn

Sage's new LL

SageLLWhat's old is new again! Sage has introduced the new TROUT LL for 2020. We know that many of our readers love their old LL's and probably think that there will never be a rod like it, but you might want to take a look at the new LL.

With a delicate touch and medium action the TROUT LL is perfected for wading, closer casts, small flies, and light tippets. A relatively supple tip maximizes light tippet protection and gives way to a smooth easy-loading mid-section that increases feel and feedback throughout the casting stroke.

When the hatch is on, the TROUT LL is an angler's best friend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz0TOJ9y4Fs&utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=517314d6cf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_17_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-517314d6cf-18929377&mc_cid=517314d6cf&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 RIO Creek Fly Line   rio

We are in that time of year when many anglers like to head up into the head waters to fish for wild brown and brook trout. If you are a small stream enthusiast making average casts of 10 to 30 feet, RIO's new Creek fly line is designed specifically for anglers like yourself. The Creek line loads at close range to allow anglers to make ultra-short casts. Available in WF0F through WF4F. Check it out.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/rio-creek-line

 

The Bighorn

00613 BIGHORN 2015 In just a few weeks we'll be on the Bighorn enjoying late summer fishing. The lodge has been expanded since new owners, Brock & Jenny Bodecker, have taken over and we have a couple rooms available for Aug. 31-Sept. 7 & Sept. 7-14. Guests can do the full week or a shorter stay (4 nights/3 days, or 5 nights/4 days). This is a great time of year to be in the American West. Why not drop everything and jump on board for a few days!

It's seldom that we have openings in this trip, so give us a call is you're interested. Check out all our trips at https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/hosted-travel/2019.

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Capture The Moment, Maxine McCormick, & For the Fly Tyers

Capture the Moment

There’s no question that thanks to the cellphone, more people are taking pictures than ever before. That said, photography is still just that and the basics of a good image haven’t changed. I think you’ll agree that capturing the moment still rates first on anyone’s list. How many times have you looked at something and thought, “Wow, that would make a great picture.” It is important at that very moment to get out your camera, cellphone, GoPro, iPad, or whatever and take the picture!
With the software we have today you can fix or edit your digital images in your cellphone, camera or at home on your computer. Sharing your images with your friends or family has never been easier and making prints is easy with apps Photo Jul 18 11 15 30 AMlike FreePrints and others. And, you can shoot great video on you cellphone too. Most of us don’t take advantage of some of the options our cellphones offer for photos and video — portrait, square, pano, light settings, focus lock, zoom, slo-mo, etc. Just take a look at YouTube and you’ll see videos on just about any subject that comes to mind. Want to learn how to tie Cathy’s Super Bugger? Go to YouTube and we’ll show you. That old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words still rings true. We live in a visual world and imagery opens up the world to us and others.


Here’s some helpful hints on taking a better photograph:
1. Capture the image. Take the shot.  


2. Composition. If there’s time think about how you want the picture to look. Is it best as a vertical or horizontal? Not sure? Shoot both and you can delete what you don’t like.

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3. Horizons. Keep the horizon straight.   


4. Use the light. There are times when the light is simply magical, early morning sunrises, sunsets, fog, storms coming in, unusual cloud formations, a rainbow after a storm, photography will give you a better appreciation of the quality of light.

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#5. Shoot more. It’s easy to delete unwanted images but beware that you don’t delete the good ones. There are many mistakes (like crooked horizons) that can be corrected with editing programs.  


6. Know your device. Learn the features of your camera, take advantage of the great online tutorials. Perhaps the best tool is experience, play with the features and settings and get to know what you can do and how to get different affects so you can be ready when the  opportunity comes along.


Photo Jul 18 11 14 30 AMShoot shoot shoot — your kids, your fishing friends, landscapes, animals. Mix it up, pay attention that your subject is not squinting, watch for shadows on the face from a hat brim. Turn him around, take off the hat, learn to use fill flash. Don’t ask your angler to reach out to the camera with the fish, it might make the fish look larger, but it distorts the image. Be aware of what makes a good photo and plan accordingly. Don’t hesitate to ask your subjects to reposition, move into the shade or out into the light, turn to face the light. In the end they may be glad you asked when they see the resulting photo.


Have fun with your photography and enjoy making memories.
Cathy and Barry

 

Maxine McCormick

Google Maxine McCormick and you'll see her all over the internet. Now 15, Maxine is the youngest world champion in fly casting history. At age 12, she won the women's World Casting Championship in fly-fishing. She is America's No. 1 female caster.

 She's the girl next door and she's refreshing and I bet she's fun to be with. Maybe you've heard of her, her name comes up often in fly fishing circles. She's cute and she's amazing to watch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/19/sports/maxine-mccormick.html

 

 

For the Fly Tiers

materialLeave it to Tim Flagler to come up with a cleaver way to deal with loose hanks of tying materials like Krystal Flash and Flashabou. Like they say, you learn something new everyday! Thanks Tim and MidCurrent for sharing this great idea.

https://midcurrent.com/videos/tying-tip-managing-material-hanks/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=70383fd574

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Summer Tactics, RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards, & Tying the Crackleback

Our fishing tactics should change a bit as we move into summer conditions. This week, Jim Kukorlo, our head guide, gives us some pointers on how to be more effective anglers at this time of year.

Summer Tactics

Fishing the Dry Fly Dropper

Cathy asked me to write something on summertime fly fishing tactics. Which is usually perfect timing since July usually means lower water conditions and hot weather conditions. Well, almost perfect timing expect with all of the recent heavy rains Fishing Creek looks more like May then July. Which is good for the fish and it keeps us fishing longer into the summer.

The dry drop is simply tying a piece of tippet material 18 to 30 inches long to the bend of your dry fly hook and then tying a nymph to the tippet as your drop fly. The dry fly now becomes your strike indicator if a trout takes your nymph. Just remember if your dry fly goes under the water set the hook! The trout took the nymph.

Well nothing is that simple, so what dry fly do you use, what nymph, what size, how long and what size of tippet for the flies you’re fishing.

Dry Fly/Emerger Drop

DSC 0021 JimIf you are a dry fly fanatic you are missing the boat if you don't attach a trailing fly off of your dry fly. If you are fishing during a hatch with rising fish and the fish are taking the dun and the emerger, or you don't know what they are taking, it's the perfect time to trail an emerger or nymph behind your dry fly. If there are multiple hatches on, then I like to trail a smaller size dry fly. A trout will often look at the larger fly and take the smaller trailing fly. Keep your tippet about 18” long so you can better control the drift of the trailing fly.

I really like fishing a dry fly and trailing an emerger to cover all of my bases just in case the trout are focused on the emerger or smaller fly. Because both flies are about the same weight you can get a good drift with this method on both the dry and the emerger. Switch up the drop fly to include soft hackles, pheasant tails (PTs), and other nymphs.

Hopper/Dry Fly Drop

When I use this method my primary focus is fishing the nymph. Select a hopper or dry fly that will float well enough not to sink from the weight of the nymph. I'm basically using the hopper as my strike indicator and searching to see if the trout are looking up. If I have more strikes on the hopper I will take the nymph off and just fish the hopper. It's almost impossible to get a good drift on the hopper because of the trailing nymph. The primarily focus is on the nymph. If the trout are taking the nymph and not the hopper/dry I will switch to a two fly nymph rig with a Dorsey indicator.

Several years ago I was guiding a client who was fishing a big hopper with a copper john nymph as a trailing fly and he hooked a large brown on the nymph. As he was fighting the trout the hopper was just touching the surface of the water and another large brown hit the hopper. Two big browns on at the same time didn't last very long but it was really cool to watch it happen.

Large Cathy’s super beetles, hoppers, and large stimulators and are my go-to choices when I'm using the hopper/dry drop. Match the size of your tippet to the fly size. Using too small a tippet on a large foam hopper will twist you leader. A 4x tippet or even a 3x with prevent that from happening.

Nymphs like copper johns, PTs, green inch worms and even an ugg bug can produce some good bows and browns in the early morning or late evening.

When using a smaller hopper/dry such as a smaller Cathy’s beetle, foam ant or hopper pattern I use size 16 to 20 nymphs like a green inch worm, rainbow warrior, copper johns, PTs, or lighting bugs. Using flies this small requires your tippet to be 5, 6 or 7x. This a great way to float small nymphs through a run or quite pool without hanging up or spooking the fish.

Anytime you start adding flies, split shot, strike indicators or trailing flies it affects how you cast the fly line. If you are new to using this method try fishing a small riffle where you are casting a shorter distance so you can learn how to adjust your casting stroke. Open up your back cast and keep the line tight in your back and forward cast to help prevent the flies from tangling.

In summertime conditions you need to have more stealth as you are approaching the stream. Keeping a low profile and wearing earthy colors is very important. Start early in the morning when the water is the coolest and fish the shaded pools and riffles. Don't stay too long in one pool. Pools and runs are only good for a few fish and you are limited on the number of casts per pool.

June, July, August and even into September trout can be feeding off the top as well as anywhere in the water column. With not many mayflies this time of year a hungry trout will eagerly take a juicy terrestrial floating down the stream so why not have the best of both worlds by fishing the hopper drop method.

We are already four months into the season. Time does fly when you're having fun. Here on Fishing Creek water conditions are great and guiding has picked up a bit.  I hope to have a few photos for the blog next week.

Jim Kukorlo
Head Guide

 

RIO's Viewer's Choice Awards   riologo2

The 2019 RIO Amateur Fly Fishing Film Awards is now over. With 41 great entries, more than 32,000 views, and over 5,000 votes it has been the most successful RAFFFA year ever.

Now RIO needs your help in selecting the overall “Viewer's Choice Award” winner. Follow the link, watch the Grand Final films, and vote for your favorite overall film! The winning film maker will win $1,000 worth of RIO, Sage and Redington gear of their choice. 

You only get a single vote from each IP address so use your vote wisely! We'll announce the winner.

Have fun viewing and voting!

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/make-the-connection/rio-film-awards

 

Tying the Crackleback by Tim Flagler

cracklebackWhat Jim didn't tell us in his story above is that one of his favorite summer flies is the Crackleback (I have the inside scoop). Watch as Tim Flagler takes us through tying it and then make sure you have a few in your summer fly box!

How to Tie the Crackleback with Tim Flagler. Midcurrent & Marshall Cutchin
https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-the-crackleback/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c9b46e3c97-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_12_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-c9b46e3c97-18929377&mc_cid=c9b46e3c97&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

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Slovenia, Rods in Spain & Our Country Life Experience

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Looking Back on Slovenia

From Barry

 Brooke is my right hand in the office and she is telling me that I have two paragraphs to describe our recent trip to Slovenia, that's a hard thing to do. Honestly I think I might need more of a book to tell you about the trip, it was that good. We were based in the Julian alps where the country is stunning with gin-clear rivers and tributaries and better fishing regulations than any other country that we've ever visited. Fly fishing, catch and release, is the norm, great hotels, great food, very friendly people and a terrific guide, a young woman, Tina Possnig.

This was an exploratory trip for a group of ten and we found all our guides to be excellent, but Cathy and I spent most of our time with Tina, a true professional who spends her time tying and selling flies and related products online and introducing her clients to the best of Slovenia rivers. She has an outgoing personality and her goal is to get her clients into a great fish which she easily does. She is a trout hunter first, stealthy beyond words with great eyes to find fish. Will we return? Absolutely. So, if you haven't fished in Slovenia, make sure you put it on your bucket list and consider joining us on a return trip. View our album.

2 Rods in Spain 

SPAIN 2661A room just opened up for our trip to the Pyrenees for a week of beautiful fall fishing, October 4-11, 2019. There are lots of pretty places to fish in the fall and the eastern Pyrenees is one of them. Our week will include a variety of fishing experiences – high mountain freestone streams, spring creeks, larger streams, and tailwater fisheries. Browns, rainbows, an occasional brook trout, wild zebra trout and barbel. Cool mornings and warm afternoons make this a very special time of yeaSPAIN 2550r in the mountains.

Spain is also a great destination for a non-fishing partner as they have their own tour guide and transportation. Each day is a new adventure visiting wineries, medieval villages, cathedrals, and castles. For anglers and non anglers alike, this is a wonderful trip. 

Check out our trip itinerary, browse through the photo gallery and then contact us or Frontiers to grab the spot!

Country Life Experience

Here at home we are well into summer with good water levels and beautiful summer weather. If you're looking for something fun for the family, young and old, we still have dates available for our Country Life Experience. We customize this program for each individual family depending on the interests and ages of everyone from young to not-so-young.

Come see us and let us show you our waterfalls, the horses at Springdale Farm, fly fishing, campfires, kayaking, and more. The younger set can sleep in a tent while the older set enjoys the comforts of the Lodge at Raven Creek, which is exclusively yours for your stay. It's fun for everyone.

Check us out at https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/instruction-guiding-programs/country-life-experience and call for more information and available dates.

Come on out. We'll show you a great time.

Parker Vance 2017   horses 

  tent 2018 12 13 at 3.57.38 PM   Waterfall

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Availability on the Bighorn & Inch Worms

Availability on the Bighorn

BIGHORN 2016 0589We still have a room or two on the Bighorn this summer. Either August 22-29 or Aug. 29 – September 5. It's a great time to be on the 'Horn. We've been doing this departure for more than 30 years and this river still amazes us. No two years are ever the same. It's the end of the summer, fall is in the air, and it's a beautiful time of year to be in Montana.
We have 7 night/6 day or 5 night/4 day stays available. Here is the itinerary. Check it out and join the fun!

Here Comes An Inch Worm
by Barry

It hangs from a thread like string almost in front of my nose. It's the first inch worm of the season and it's right on time. This is inch worm season here on Fishing Creek. I have written about it often and for good reason for our trout like inch worms – enough said. The Trout on a caterpillar 207sun is trying its best to make an appearance on this early morning and because we have had a wet spring and early summer, it's a welcome sight. Inch worms are most active on hot sunny days and our extended forecast promises sunny days and warm weather. My fly box is full of sinking inch worm pattens (see my favorite in our store), and hopefully my friend Phil Balisle can convince me to put my cameras down and catch a fish. It doesn't last long so I will enjoy it while I can.

 

 

2020 Trips

We're spending a lot of time in Argentina for 2020. If you've got Argentina, or one of our other destinations on your mind, check out our web site and then contact us. Here is all of our 2020 line up. We hope you can join us.

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, N. Argentina
February 8-15 Laguna Verde, Argentina
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina
March 21-28 Estancia Tecka, Argentina
Dates TBA San Huberto, Argentina
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
June (TBA) Ireland/Scotland
August 6-15 Reel Action Camp, Alaska
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana
October 4-11 E. Pyrenees, Spain
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina

 

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Africa Opportunity, In Search of Magic Waters, & Fishing Creek

Don't Snooze, You'll Loose!

17612013 AFRICAWe have had a last minute cancelation for our East Africa safari, July 26 – August 9. We're trying to help these people recover some of their money so if Africa has always been on your Wish List, this is a great opportunity at a substantial savings. The best appointed lodges and best preserves. View the photo album and itinerary – then call Kathy Schulz at Frontiers (800-245-1950) to get it started! Don't miss out, it's an incredible trip.

 

In Search of Magic Waters

No one says it better than James R. Babb, when talking about Andriano Manocchia's work:

"Artists—real artists, serious artists, memorable artists—work not in oils and watercolors, clay and stone, verbs and nouns and harmonic vibrations from reeds and strings, but in emotions. Artists paint and sculpt, write and sing, finger the necks of a Stradivarius or a Stratocaster using passions so visceral our ancestors knew them only as Magic. And Magic is exactly what I feel when looking into an Adriano Manocchia painting."
James R. Babb, Editor, Gray’s Sporting Journal

Here we present a beautiful short video featuring Adriano Manocchia and his search for magical waters. Vist his website.

Video Hatch: “In Search of Magical Waters”  Thank you Midcurrent!

Up and Down


That's a good description of our fishing season so far, but we've been fortunate in that even though we've had more water than usual this season, for the most part Fishing Creek has fished well. Here are a few shots from our clients this week. As this goes to print the levels are high again, but give it a day or two and we'll be back in summer fishing.

Ryan McEvoy3  Rick Sager2

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Father's Day Gift Idea & Fish Snaps

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Still need a gift for dad? We've got you covered (dads, better pass this idea along or you may get another tie.)  gift cert brown

We are all about last minute shopping around here, so you're not too late for a Father's Day gift certificate that dad can use toward guiding, instruction or flies. This feature will soon be available from our online store, but for now if you give us a call us at 570-925-2392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before end of day on Thursday, (eastern time), we'll get you going. Provide us with the amount, your email, and payment information and we will email you a printable gift certificate to put in your Father's Day card.

 

Fish Snaps From This Week

I don't know if we can say that summer is here yet, but our wet, cold, spring is gradually turning into summer. The stream is beautiful and our high water is finally dropping to more seasonable levels. Sulphurs, slate drakes, terrestrial fishing are all good and we're excited. Here are some pics from this week.

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Our Tribute to Dads Everywhere.

Happy Father's Day. Thank you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvdO9iY0Yp8

 

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Duns & Spinners, Getting Soft Hackled, & Barry's Photos

Duns & Spinners

With summer upon us, mayfly duns and spinners make up a good part of our fishing. At this time of year we often see duns hatching and spinners falling not only at the same time, but different species as well. For instance, in the evening we might have March Brown and sulphur spinners on the water and sulphur duns hatching at the same time. What's an angler to do? This week our head guide, Jim Kukorlo, helps unravel the mystery.

Duns and Spinners

A mayfly life cycle has four stages: egg, nymph, dun and spinner. But let's include the emerger which is the nymph rising to the surface to become the adult dun. The dun has upright wings and they look like little sailboats floating downstream. Wings of the dun are semi transparent with a smoky brown, gray, or yellow tinge. The dun will hatch on the water and will float downstream until the wings are dry which will enable them to fly off the water and into the trees to molt. The life span of a dun is about 12 to 24 hours which will vary with different species. The dun will sit in the trees or other vegetation until it molts into a spinner. Duns have no mouth and don't eat anything. Fly fishermen uses a dry fly to imitate the dun stage of a mayfly. Since the dun floats on top of the water you can actually see a trout eat the duns that are riding on the water surface. Female Hendrickson spinner with eggs 14. DSC 7040 copyWM
For all of my matching-the-hatch mayflies I prefer comparaduns or thorax style duns, the later made famous in Vincent Marinaro’s book, A Modern Dry-Fly Code. Comparaduns have split tails and the position of the wing gives it a more life-like look than traditional Catskill patterns. Without hackle the body lies closer to the water and the micro fiber tails keeps the fly upright, although I find that the thorax style flies with the crisscross hackle float better in riffles and fast runs than a comparadun. I also prefer traditional catskill patterns for my attractor patterns and for the flies I use when fishing the dry-dropper method.
With so much focus on the duns during a hatch, it is important not to forget the emerger. If the trout are taking the emerger the ring of the rise will be different and sometimes overlooked. When the trout are taking emergers you will see the dorsal fin break the surface of the water. This is a great time to use a dry dropper. Attach an emerger pattern to an 18 inch piece of tippet in the bend of the dry fly hook. The dry fly will also be you indicator if the trout takes the emerger.
The length of time that a dun molts into a spinner will vary with different species, but on an average it is between 12 to 24 hours. Once a dun molts it takes on a new appearance. Tails are longer and the body is slim and usually darker in color and the wings are clear and transparent. The sole purpose for the spinner is to mate and for the females to lay eggs. If you look closely you will see the egg sack on the female Hendrickson in the photo.
The male and female spinners form in a swarm usually over water but in some cases over land. In some species this occurs in early afternoon or late evening. As they hover over the water they do a up- and-down dance. Once the spinners mate, the females will begin laying eggs by dipping several times into the water. When all the eggs have been released the female dies spent on the water with her wings stretched out flat. This is what fly fishermen calls a spinner fall.
That's the short version of a mayfly adult life cycle, enough information for a fly fisherman to identify a spinner from a dun and to know when a spinner fall is happening. You can google the life cycle of any mayfly for more in depth information on individual species.
 Sulpher Epeorus vitreus HJL6377 edited 1 Copy 2Sometimes duns and spinners can be on the water at the same. When there are duns, you can see the trout eating the adult insects on the surface. When a trout is eating a spinner the rise can be deceiving. The spinner is dead and not moving so the trout simply sips the dead insect slowly into its mouth. These rises can be hard to detect especially in the late evenly hours. I always carry a pair of binoculars in my pack just for occasions like this.
Fishing a spinner fall can be difficult for several reasons. If you’re fishing in a flat quiet pool with not much current, presentation becomes critical. Use at least a 5x tippet or even 6 or 7x in some cases. I find the downstream slack-line presentation to work best in these conditions. On very selective trout I will fish a sunken spinner and have found this to be effective especially during the trico hatch.
Have you ever been on the water early on a summer morning and see rising fish but can't see anything on the water that they are taking? The morning after a good spinner fall can offer some really good fish taking left over spinners from the night before. One of my favorite flies to use in a situation like this is the rusty spinner. Be sure to tie it in several different hook sizes.
Spinners are easy to tie. I use micro fibers for the tails and thin strips of white poly for the wings. Be sure to split the micro fiber tails.
Switching from spring to summertime can mean fishing smaller flies, longer leaders and smaller tippet sizes. Late afternoon and late evening fishing can be very productive so be sure to stay until dark and be on the lookout for spinners showing in the air above you. Sometimes it's the last half hour of day light when the spinners hit the water and it can a very exciting 30 minutes of fly fishing. Be sure to carry a head lamp or flash light for late evening fishing and a wading staff can come in handy when wading in the dark.
If you live close enough to a trout stream you can eat an early dinner and still have time to get on the water for the evening spinner fall.

Click here to view comparaduns and other mayfly patterns in our store.

 

 Getting Soft Hackled

While Jim talks to us about mayflies, there are often times when caddisflies will be mixed in with the mayflies or when the hatch is all about caddis. While mayflies and caddis are both aquatic insects, the caddis behave differently and the observant angler will know how to identify and imitate the sometimes subtle differences. Chester Allen talks to us about caddis soft hackles in this excellent story.

https://midcurrent.com/experts/getting-soft-hackled/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d8da46573e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_22_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-d8da46573e-18929377&mc_cid=d8da46573e&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

 

Back at the Office

Sunset 2010 Holbox Mexico0102Meanwhile back at the office we are busy with 2021 calendar submissions. One of the calendars we submit to is “Inspirations” and while working on Barry's submission and admiring the images we decided that we want to share the photos with you so we've put them in an album for all to enjoy.  See them here.

 

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First Cast to Double Haul on YouTube & Fishing is Good

RIO- Last Chance to Enter

Time is running out for a chance to enter an all expenses paid trip to Idaho to fish with the RIO guys.  See details below

https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/last-chance-to-win-an-all-expenses-paid-trip-to-idaho?e=8b5f86f70f

 

First Cast to Double Haul Now on YouTube

Cathy is posting the chapters from her video, From First Cast to Double Haul, on YouTube for all to view. With cds and dvds going the way of 8-track tapes and cassettes (remember these?), we decided to share the information online.

This week we feature her segment on drag, but all the chapters can be viewed on our YouTube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq7haQMuYLk

 

Interview with Kirk Wallace Johnson

If the name sounds familiar but you can't place it, it might be because we blogged about his book, The Feather Thief, several months ago. As I mentioned then, people kept telling me about the book but I didn't get around to reading it for awhile and then I got hooked on it. Still now, months later, I love to talk about the heist. There's a lot more to Kirk Wallace Johnson than The Feather Thief though. He's the kind of American that makes you grateful, thankful, and appreciative. Here's a brief look into his life and if you're in the Steamboat Springs area on June 26, stop by the Bud Werner Memorial Library. I sure wish I could be there. (And, if you haven't read the book, do so!) Thank you MidCurrent, Steamboat Magazine and Alesha Damerville.

 http://www.steamboatmagazine.com/2019/05/10/199759/meet-kirk-wallace-johnson-author-of-the-feather-thief-

Fishing is Good

Here are a few shots from our guides this week. The stream is in great shape and fishing is good. Hope you're getting out to enjoy it!  

Cardy Pursel7 Wayne Ryan 1   IMG 5293  IMG 5310

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