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Thoughts of San Huberto, Hendricksons, & Books and the Electronic Age

Thoughts of San Huberto by John Marcello

John & Jane Marcello joined us on a recent trip to San Huberto and I asked him to write a little bit about the trip and share some of his photos with us.   Below are his thoughts and you can see his photos by clicking here.

 

My wife and I fished the desolate and windswept Malleo River from the very elegant Hosteria San Huberto with Cathy and Barry Beck in March.  john m

Fly fishing on the Malleo was as invigorating as I would imagine golfing at St. Andrews can be. Both storied destinations draw seasoned sportsmen and both are gloriously wild, subject to nature’s occasional reminder of the rough conditions which carved the rugged landscapes.

Strong winds and blowing rains produced more wind burns than sunburns and set the fly fishing bar a bit higher on this trip. Every good cast however was still honored with a beautiful brown or rainbow. We used a full repitoir of dries, nymphs and streamers. Large fish were in the 20 to 22 inch category and there were many of them. However, “there are monsters here” such as the kyped 28 inch brown one of our younger colleagues landed before this adventure came to an end.

Cathy and Barry are consummate hosts. The Hosteria San Huberto is comfortably elegant. Asado barbecue and Malbec are a great pair. Stories by tired fishermen at the bar following a long day never get old. The Lanin volcano sees
everything. Caracara are weird. Old guides rule. Triangular dry fly takes and explosive jumps are unforgettable. The Rio Malleo is a changeable beauty.

Altogether, a grand memory.

Hendricksons

We've waited all winter for spring (which was very late in coming) and dry fly fishing. It was worth the wait and now we are in the peak of our Hendricksons. Here is a new take on an old favorite. Join us as Tim Flagler walks us through a new version of tying the Hendrickson. And then get out and fish, the beautiful spring hatches won't last long enough!

https://midcurrent.com/videos/how-to-tie-a-parachute-hendrickson/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b066480da9-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-b066480da9-18929377

Will Books Survive the Electronic Age?

We hope so. Reflect on Steve Raymond's interesting take on the subject. Most of us share his sentiments and we may even pick up a copy of his latest book.

https://midcurrent.com/books/calm-cool-and-collected/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=82e03e176c-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-82e03e176c-18929377

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New Nikon D850, A Deliberate Life, & Stream Report

Nikon D850 Update from Barry

I can't tell you how many images I’ve made with a Nikon camera in a lifetime of shooting, but I will tell you that from the first frame out of my new Nikon D850 I knew that I was shooting with the best camera ever. The D850 is incredibly fast at nine d850frames per second with the battery grip and the En-El18b battery, and the color and clarity of the images are over the top thanks to the 46 MP CMOS sensor.

Cathy and I have just returned from a month of hosting fly fishing trips in Argentina, so I put the D850 through its paces shooting in low light to fast action situations. It’s a dream to work with this camera. We will soon take a group to Mexico where we hope to shoot jumping tarpon shots, and I look forward to also shooting action video with the D850.

If you’re serious about photography, in my opinion there has never been a better Nikon. For questions and more information, contact Jody Grober at Roberts Camera This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Check out the Nikon D850, you’ll be glad you did.

Here's a link to a small selection of images that Barry shot with his D850 for you to check out

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A Deliberate Life

We found this video on MidCurrent. It's a very thoughtful introspective look at what makes us happy in life – really happy, content....what feeds the soul. It's about 33 minutes and it took me all afternoon to view it because I kept getting pulled away from it with other things. But, what keeps coming to my simple mind is how do they pay the rent, eat, buy gas.....

I'd love to know more about these people. Who are they? Are they guides? What is their story – beyond the video? We seriously admire each of them and would love to know how they do it.

Someone out there must know these folks, they're obviously sensitive, gentle....focused people. Please give us your thoughts. Let us know what you think. Send us a sentence or two.

It's a very well done beautiful video. Makes me want to run off and pitch a tent on the river, but maybe I'll wait until summer.....

Stream Report

Hendricksons and Blue Quills are hatching here on Fishing Creek and the weather man promises that warmer weather is on the way. Spring is late in coming, but the stream is in great shape and fishing is good. Some warmer nights will kick our hatches into high gear and we'll soon see grannom caddis join the line-up of spring hatches.

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Argentina Review, Soft Hackles, and Down & Dirty

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We spent most of March in Argentina and for most of that time we had sunny days and mild temperatures. Lots of beautiful fish were brought to net, miles and miles of exceptional trout water were fished, and many great memories made.  

Here are a few images from the three lodges we visited, Estancia Tecka, San Huberto, and the Limay River Lodge. Thanks to all of you who joined us on this amazing trip and thanks to the lodges, the incredible guides, and great staffs. We will be back next year.    Click here to view photos

 

Skip Morris on Soft Hackles

What About Soft Hackled Flies 640During the spring hatches is a perfect time to fish soft hackles. We recently gave you a short video by Simon Gawesworth at RIO where he introduces a new specialty line for swinging soft hackles and streamers (take a look back), and today we have a very good short article by renowned fly tier and author, Skip Morris, about soft hackles and fishing these flies – with a great dressing for a March Brown Spider. It's perfect timing!

https://midcurrent.com/experts/what-about-soft-hackled-flies/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97a0e3d763-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97a0e3d763-18929377

Down & Dirty

Barry is featured currently on the RIO Blog with his Down & Dirty fishing techniques. Fishing conditions aren't always what you want them to be. Here's some tips when things don't go your way.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/down-dirty

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Season Opener, Spring Guiding & Spey for Single Handed Rods

Season Opener

As you might expect, we are in high gear around here this week. Trout season opens this Saturday and it looks like we are finally going to have some warm temperatures for opening weekend. The water on Fishing Creek is in great shape, the guides have been seeing a few early black stoneflies and the others will soon follow. Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, and Grannom Caddis usually usher in the season but this year have been slow in showing, but with a couple days of warm temperatures the hatches will get going.

With early season in mind I’ve asked Jim Kukorlo, our head guide, to give us his thoughts on fishing at this time of year. 636 WINTER FLY FISHING JKThanks, Jim, for sharing these with all of us:

Early Season Fly Fishing

Traditionally with the Opening Day/Week of Trout season most streams are running high, fast and cold. This year's Early Season will certainly live up to that and then some. Today I saw some snow in spots and ice clinging to tree branches along the water edge. When the weather decides to act like it's Spring and not Winter it will still take some time for the water temperature to warm up.

So it's not surprising that I'm seeing very little insect activity. Early Black Stones are spotty and I haven't seen any caddis or mayflies to get excited about.

If you’re going out, be sure to dress for the occasion with long johns and wool socks. Don't forget fingerless gloves and hand warmers. Hand warmers are a must if you plan on fishing after releasing a trout or two. It's always a good idea to dress in layers for warmth and it's easy to take off layers as the afternoon temperatures rise. I don't mean for this to sound all dark and gloomy. Cheer up. Trout Season is here. “Let's Fish”

Nymph fishing will probably be the name of the game and there are a few things to remember when fishing in cold and fast water. The most common mistake most fly fishermen make is not fishing deep and slow enough. One rule of thumb I tell fishermen is when you think your fly is deep enough add one more split shot. I believe you are one split shot away from catching trout. Detecting a strike can be tough in these conditions too. I highly suggest to fish with a strike indicator. Even with using an indicator the strikes can be very supple. One of the most common mistakes I see fishermen make is misreading a strike. If the indicator stops or just looks funny set the hook. I have a early season fly box with heavily weighted nymphs and streamers. I use tungsten bead heads on my nymphs and on a few flies I even add some additional weight. Off color water or muddy water scares off some fly fishermen. But in this kind of water darker color nymphs work well as does a pink or brown Squiggly Wiggly Worm pattern.

For extremely high and fast water I switch to fishing streamers. A sinking tip line works best in these conditions and I prefer the RIO Streamer Tip fly line. Once again “Slow and Deep” is the name of the game. If you are not bumping off the bottom of the stream with your streamer you’re not deep enough. Use a streamer that is big and heavy and moves water when you retrieve it. Cathy's Super Bugger is my go to fly in high, fast and cold water. The last thing I change is the color. I prefer to start with darker streamers and change to lighter colors. Carry an assortment of colors in your fly box. Black, Olive, Brown, White and Yellow all can catch fish under different water conditions.

Early season conditions can be frustrating at times, but hopefully these suggestions will help you to have a more successful and enjoyable day on the water.

Spey for Single Handed Rods

For Soft Hackles & Streamers

Are you wondering what all the hype is about spey lines for single handed rods for trout fishing? Here's the short version from Simon Gawesworth at RIO. For roll casting, swinging soft hackles, fishing streamers, the new InTouch Single Handed Spey Line 3D, in line weights 3-8, might just be the answer. We love listening to Simon and here he tells us all about the new line. Thank you Simon & RIO.

Spring Guided Fishing

The guiding season is ramping up for us. Three of the four best months of the year for fishing are here — April, May, June & October. Fishing Creek is freestone so the summer fishing, while good, can be quite technical with low water and spooky fish. So, this is it, right now!

If you’d like to come and fish, look at your calendar and give us a call (570-925-2392). Early season fishing can be very special as these photos show.

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Season Opener Ug Special, Simple Nymph Tips & Trip Availability

Season Opener Ug Special

season specialIn keeping with the season, we're offering a special on our Ug Nymphs. This is a perfect pattern for early season fishing. Weighted to sink fast, segmented and with life-like legs, the Ug looks like a big stonefly, or anything buggy. Fish it alone, in tandem, or trailed behind a streamer, these flies work!
Regularly $2.00 each, get a baker's dozen Ugs in a good mix of online colors, all size 8.

$19.95

Limited time only. Regular shipping applies.

Click here to purchase from our online store

Simple Nymph Tips

Spring fishing can often mean cold water and lethargic fish, so nymph fishing is often the most effective way to catch fish. Nothing beats simple....yet effective. This short video clip offers some great tips for getting started in tandem nymph fishing. Thank you Stream Outdoors for a great tutorial.

Hosted Trip Availability

We currently have the following available on upcoming trips. Itineraries & pricing are on our website. 1214 GRAND SLAM 2015Please let us know if you have any questions. Hope you can join us!

May 8-13   Grand Slam Lodge, Mexico 2 rooms                                
May 13-18    Campeche Tarpon, Mexico Sold Out
June 18-28   Ireland, trout/salmon Sold Out
Aug. 3-12    Kenektok, Alaska, silvers/etc. Sold Out
Aug. 18-25    Bighorn River, Montana Sold Out
Aug. 25-9/3    Bighorn River, Montana 2 rooms
Oct. 13-20    Spain, Pyrenees, trout, 3 rooms
Dec. 1-8    Tres Valles, Argentina, trout, 2 rooms

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Grand Slam, Mexico, Get the Right Line & Wyoming's Drug Ranch

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Grand Slam, Mexico

Looking for a few days in salt water, but can't get away for a week? We've got the answer! Come along with us to Grand Slam Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen, Mexico. Timed for good weather and good fishing, May 8-13. Four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, snook and maybe baby tarpon. Excellent modern accommodations on the water, great guides, great timing. Get the details here.

 

 

Get The Right Line!

We've mentioned this before, but as spring approaches and we start checking our gear and replacing lines, be sure to check out the RIO Line Selector on their web site. Match up your rod with the perfect line. Rodline selectors from most manufacturers are represented. Having the proper line for your rod can make all the difference!  

https://www.rioproducts.com/    

 

Wyoming's Drug Ranch  

Sometimes I have to stretch to find articles that I think our readers will find interesting. Well, here's one that was news to me from the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River in northwestern Wyoming. Thanks to The Drake magazine for bringing this one to life.    eagle

http://www.drakemag.com/featured-content/daily-drake/1910-cocaine-smugglers-clarks-fork-river-property-enters-public-lands-dispute.html

 

We wish you all a blessed Easter Weekend!

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Report from Argentina, Facial Scanning & Spring Fishing Tips

Report from Argentina

Barry and Cathy are finishing up in Argentina as I write this week. They had a beautiful week of warm fall weather at Estancia Tecka the first week but the second week proved to be more difficult with wind at San Huberto. The volcano had fresh snow almost everyday and through it all, some very nice fish were caught. We will have a report from the Limay River next week, but click here to see a few shots from the first two lodges.

Check out the new rotisserie video clip.

Facial Scanning at Airportsfacial scanning

An interesting new screening process is coming to U.S. Airports. We've used it in several international airports this spring and it's fast and efficient. Read more about it here.

 

 

10 Spring Fishing Tips

1. When possible, cast down or use a reach cast so the fish see the fly before they see the fly line. Your fly line in the water will alert the fish to your presence.


2. The deeper pools will have a warmer water temperature than the riffles. In the spring trout will like these areas better. As the water warms, they will begin to spread out.


3. Water on the surface moves faster than water underneath so when fishing nymphs be sure you have enough weight to get the fly down. Consider using tungsten.


4. Don't be discouraged if you find off-color water. Fish feed often and muddy water can mean that more food is in the water and you can often get away with using larger darker flies. Pay attention to areas where muddy water is mixing with cleaner water.


5. During spring hatches when many fish are feeding, pick one and concentrate on that fish. You will catch more fish this way than by shot-gunning the water with random casts.


SPRING FLY FISHING 17506. Fish are less active when water is very cold. Slow down your retrieve when fishing streamers and be sure your fly is on the bottom. If you're not occasionally picking up debris off the bottom you may not be on the bottom. If you're hung up continuously, switch to a slightly lighter fly. 


7. Dry Dropper. When fishing a dry fly, add a dropper about 10-12 inches by using a clinch knot off the bend of the dry fly. This will increase your odds of catching fish. On a larger dry use a spring nymph like a quill gordon, Hendrickson, or march brown. On smaller flies, or if the dry is being pulled under by the nymph, switch to a small bead head pheasant tail, BWO, or caddis pupae. Slow down the cast and stop for a second longer on the back cast to prevent tangles.


8. Use the appropriate tippet size for your hook size. Generally speaking, use 3X for hook sizes 10-14; 4X for 12-16; 5X for 14-18; and 6X for 16-22. For heavier flies, err on the heavy side and for lighter, go lighter. The dropper should be a same size or one size lighter than the lead fly.


9. Stalk your fish. Wear neutral earthy colors and approach carefully from behind or downstream. Fish have very good eyesight and can readily pick up movement on the bank, especially when the water is clear.


10. When blind casting always start with short casts and then add a little line to each cast so that you cover the water near you first. Fish are often closer than you think. Learn to spot fish in the water.

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Lefty Kreh, Braided Loops & Looking Back on New Zealand

Lefty Kreh Dies

Lefty Kreh 2010 1119Lefty died Wednesday March 14th. There are many memorials on the internet but we will link two of them here. He was bigger than life and there will never be anyone else quite like him. So, this spring when the fishing is good and it's a pleasant day on the water, let's take a minute and think about how lucky we are to be where we are at that moment and whisper a prayerful “thank you Lefty”. He would like that. God Bless you Lefty.

http://www.flyfisherman.com/news/lefty-kreh/

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/outdoors/bs-sp-obit-lefty-kreh-20171113-story.html

Braided Loops

The introduction of braided loops has certainly made attaching our leaders much easier, faster, and simpler. But as you prepare for spring fishing and examine your fly lines, you may find that the loop is showing signs of wear and needs to be replaced.

You have two choices, either buy a pack of ready-to-go braided loops or make your own. I think I'll buy mine, but even so you will find RIO's How-to-make-a-braided-loop video interesting. I don't know about you, but I find that there is always a tip or short cut or something to learn from these clips. Thank you RIO for giving us the How-To series.

We'll also include a second clip which shows attaching the braided loop to the fly line.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/rio-s-attaching-a-braided-loop

 

New Zealand in the Rearview Window

We have a few photos from our friends/clients who were on the February NZ trip to share with you. Beautiful brown trout!

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Kim Savit  Mark Savit  Sally and Matt

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Early Black Stoneflies, Why I like Tungsten, & Finding Joe Brooks

Tim Flagler's Euro Early Black Stonefly

timEarly black stoneflies are a often a step ahead of most signs of spring. Tim shows us how to tie and easy early black stonefly nymph in this easy-to-follow tying video. Thank you Tim and MidCurrent.  Click here for the video  

 

Why I like Tungsten

Barry and I are using more tungsten bead nymphs than ever before. We used to pinch on the split shot, sometimes 2 or 3 at a time to get the fly down. Then, years later, came the realization of what lead was doing to streams and rivers, not to mention birds and waterfowl. Eventually the light came on, probably from fishing in New Zealand where all split has been banned for years, and we started the transition to tungsten. There are still times when we may use a tiny bead or two of shot but most of the time when we need to get down, we use tungsten.

There are a lot of good reasons to switch. Here are a few:

1. We don't weaken the leader by crimping on split shot with forceps or pliers. I remember squeezing as hard as possible with pliers trying to keep the shot from slipping and of course it weakened the leader.
2. There is no shot to lose so I know my no-lead practices are better for the environment.
3. My leader doesn't get tangled as often now from not slowing down on my casting stroke.
4. I'd rather have one tungsten nymph hit me in the back of the head than 2 or 3 split shot and a nymph.
5. Tungsten gets the fly down deeper faster than lead. Tungsten is twice as dense as lead and 1.7 times heavier.
6. Tungsten deflects much easier and recoils so hang ups aren't so frequent.
7. And last, it takes me less time to get fishing! No more looking for the right size split shot, finding the opening and getting the leader in it, crimping it in place.....

tungWith spring approaching, think about tungsten nymphs or already weighted nymphs and streamers. They can be very effective and are much easier to use and cleaner in the environment. Tungsten patterns in our store.   -Cathy

 

Finding Joe Brooks

We were happy to find this video on Fly Dreamers. In it two of our favorite people, Lefty and Jorge Trucco, talk about the legendary Joe Brooks and his early days in Argentina and how he changed the sport of fly fishing for trout. It is truly a walk down memory lane with interesting narrative and great filming. Thank you guys, great job.

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NZ Recap, The Perfect Cast & Tying the BWO Sparkle Dun

New Zealand Recap

Despite a season of tough weather in New Zealand we had a good two weeks at Riverview and Owen River Lodges on the South Island. Early flooding, then extreme heat, and back to high water has everyone anxious for stable weather, but luckily we found rivers in pretty good shape and fish willing and able to play. Click here to see a few photos from our anglers. Enjoy.

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The Perfect Cast    rio

Here's something to help you while away the time between now and opening day. Simon Gawesworth talks to us about how to make a perfect cast. As many of you know, Simon is the face behind RIO products and is a popular presenter at shows and other angler gatherings. Sit back and enjoy.

 

Tying the BWO Sparkle Dun

We came across a good clip on tying the improved Sparkle Dun with Matt Grobert. Add a few of these duns to ydunour tying list for spring.

https://www.tu.org/blog-posts/fly-tying-improved-bwo-sparkle-dun       

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