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Safari, Salt-Water Season, & The Fly Fishing Show

East Africa Safari -July 25 – August 8, 2021

AFRICA 2015 12176 The finishing touches have been added to our 2021 East African Safari and we're excited to share it with you. Four of the most interesting lodges in Kenya and Tanzania, from Hemingway themed Serengeti Under Canvas to the luxurious Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, and timed for the Great Migration. Review the itinerary and then join us for this incredible experience. It truly is a trip of a lifetime.

 

Sage's Saltwater Season-by Cameron K. Scott

It's a permit bowing to crabs in the grass. A barracuda on the prowl, scattering the smaller denizens of the flat. Bonefish scuttling happily, fighting over the fly. A tarpon at the end of a knuckle-buster run, cartwheeling across the sky. This is Saltwater Season.
By Cameron K. Scott. Thank you Sage and Cameron.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/2019-saltwater-season?utm_source=Sage+Newsletter&utm_campaign=b12d14c6e3-

 

Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show   flyfishingshow

Don't forget the Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show starts Friday and runs through Sunday. Flip back to last week's blog for details or go to https://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/ for a complete schedule of seminars, tiers, demonstrations, classes, manufacturers, celebrities, destinations, directions and floor map. Stop by the Sage booth. We'll see you there!

 

2020 Beck Hosted Departures:

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina (dorado)
February 6-18 Laguna Verde, (Jurassic) Argentina (trout)
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina (dorado)
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina (sea run browns)
March 19-30 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
April 27-Apr. 6 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats, Belize (bones, tarpon, permit)
June 23-July 5 Ireland/Scotland (trout/Atlantic salmon)
August 6-15 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, chum, trout, char)
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
Sept. 17-24 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 1-14 Argentina Waters & Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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The Fly Fishing Show & Ireland Opportunity

The Fly Fishing Show:  Edison, NJ

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Don't miss the fun at the Edison, NJ, Fly Fishing Show. The world's largest fly fishing show and the biggest fly fishing event in history! Classes, seminars, demos, fly tiers, retailers, manufacturers, travel agencies, personalities, lodges. Check out the FFI Learning Center, the Film Festival, and the Women's Showcase. This show has it all.  Somerset show 2272

Join Barry for the following seminars:

Friday, 12:15 in the Release Room, Dry Fly Strategies, III
Saturday, 1:45 in the Catch Room, Catching Monster Trout
Sunday, 11:15 in the Catch Room, Capture the Moment

Cathy's Casting demonstrations at the pond:

Somerset rod rack 2011 114Friday, 2:15 Pond 1, From First Cast to Double Haul
Saturday, 10:15 Pond 1, From First Cast to Double Haul

Ladies Only Casting Class with Cathy, Sunday 2:00-4:30 (registration required)

Get all the details at https://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/

 

1 Room in Ireland & Scotland

552 IRELAND 2017 Due to health issues we have found ourselves with availability for one or two anglers (1 room/1 guide) on our Ireland & Scotland departure, June 23-July 5, 2020. This is a unique departure as non-anglers have their own transportation and tour guide each day while the anglers fish. Guest can do one or the other, or mix it up. Join us for 4 days of guided trout fishing with Andrew Ryan's Clonnav Fly Fishing near Conmel, Ireland, and then our group will fly to Dublin and fish three days for Atlantic salmon on the Rivers Spey and Tay. Exquisite lodging and dining.

There is something truly special about the “Emerald Isle”. Ireland is incredibly beautiful, complemented with warm Irish hospitality and great fisheries. Travel on with us to Scotland, famous for its magnificent scenery, festivals, historical architectural sites, and of course Atlantic salmon.  IRELAND SALMON FISHING 2017 401

Read all about this departure at: https://issuu.com/frontierstravel/docs/2020_becks_hosted_ireland_scotland?fr=sMzJkNDE2MTQw
and then contact us or Frontiers. We'd love to have you with us.

 

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From the Fly Case & New RIO Lines

From the Fly Case

susieIt's funny how a routine forms after years of processing fly orders. No one knows this better than Susie because she pulls the flies, boxes the orders, and gets them out the door. From mid-February through the end of the year it's almost all trout, but as soon as we turn the page to January the orders flip to saltwater. It happens overnight. It won't last long, by mid-February the orders will start to lean back to freshwater, but we're definitely in our saltwater season.

Barry and I are getting ready for Argentina – where our heart is at this time of year. Don't get us wrong, we love saltwater and it's a hard choice, but Argentina definitely tugs on our heartstrings. Our first trip of the year is for dorado and we're excited to see two new lodges, Suinda and Pira. Not new on the fly fishing scene, but new on our list.

We hope you have plans to get out of Dodge this winter, especially if you live in the north and northeast. It's snowing here as I write this, and we know there is some rough weather ahead, but already days are getting longer and in just a couple months spring will be knocking on the door.

Thinking about saltwater, RIO has recently introduced two new lines. Check it out!

RIO's New DirectCore Permit Line 

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permitlineRIO's new DirectCore Permit line features an easy casting taper that loads at close range, and a long back taper for fast, 2nd shot casts. The front taper and weight distribution is designed to give soft presentations so as not to spook wary permit, while maintaining enough weight to easily cast typical crab patterns. Check it out.

https://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/rios-new-directcore-permit-line-the-best-permit-line-on-the-market?e=8b5f86f70f

 

RIO's DirectCore Bonefish Line

The new DirectCore Bonefish line incorporates a long head and rear taper for maximum casting versatility and a hard tropical coating that will not wilt in the heat. It's high floating, easy to straighten, with a low memory core that lays true on the water. And – winner of the Best New Saltwater Fly Line at the Denver IFTD show in October.

https://pitchengine.com/rio-products-international/9999/12/31/rios-directcore-gets-introduced-into-its-best/002518619054053067801

 

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Happy New Year, Transplant Story, & Split Shot

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Let's start the new year on a happy, positive, optimistic note. So, let today be a day to recognize good in the world and to hope that the new year is full of hope, kindness, compassion, respect, and tolerance for each other. It starts with each of us.

 

Passengers Give Up Their Seats So Man Can Get Liver Transplant Just In Time

We've all be at the gate when the airline announces that volunteers are needed because the flight is over sold. Here is a new twist on an old story....

https://viewfromthewing.com/passengers-give-up-their-seats-so-man-can-get-liver-transplant-just-in-time/

Split Shot from Jim KuKorolo

Jim talks to us today about all things split shot. Color, size, type, drift, all affect the way the trout responds to your flies.

What are your thoughts?

If you read my article on Tips to Improve Your Fly Fishing or High Sticking with a Strike Indicator, you know I believe in adding weight to get flies in the strike zone. I believe it's one of the most common mistakes fly fishermen make and the reason they struggle to catch fish. I truly believe that the difference between a good nymph fisherman and a better one is one split shot.

It is critical that you be able to recognize if you are fishing with enough weight. This is where a strike indicator is very useful in helping you determine that. One rule of thumb is to add weight so that your strike indicator is moving slightly slower than the bubbles on the water. Keep in mind that the surface of the water is moving faster than the water on the bottom of the stream. When my strike indicator is moving as slow or slower than the bubbles, I know that my flies are on the bottom and in contact with my strike indicator.

blackbirdTypes of Split Shot – I prefer black, brown, green or camo color over the shiny silver types. One time I had to buy the silver ones with the tabs and I ended up spray painting them black. I prefer the smooth one type without the tabs because they are round and will roll easier on the streamblackbird2 bottom. Although you can reuse the ones with the tabs and take them off easier, it is difficult to find them in smaller sizes. The green coated shot seems to stay in place better and doesn't slide down the leader. My personal choice is Black Bird split shot in sizes BB-1 to BB-4 and they come in an easy to use dispenser.

Tungsten Putty – Putting a split shot on your tippet can pinch the tippet and weaken it. So that leads me to tungsten putty. I just recently started to experiment with tungsten putty. Fellow guide Tom Harris got a tip from George mudDaniels to put a small split shot on the tippet and form tungsten putty around the split shot in a football shape. I found that it stays on the split shot nicely and lasts a long time. It is easy to apply and easy to add to and remove. Plus it's reusable.

Tip: A lot of older guys (myself included) find small split shot hard to put on the tippet. Tungsten paste might be just the ticket to easily add weight without struggling with small split shot.

Tippet material – The size of the nymph dictates the size of my tippet. Size 12 hooks and larger I use 3x or 4x. Hooks size 14 and smaller I generally use 5x. I like to use slightly heavier tippet when fishing nymphs. It allows for hard hook sets and I don't leave as many flies on the bottom of the stream or in a trout’s mouth.

Tip: Rule of thumb, I cut a piece the length of my arm to attach my dropper nymph. Which is about two foot long.

Split shot between the two tandem nymphs

This is my standard go to set up when fishing two nymphs when I want both nymphs to be on the bottom of the stream and in the trout strike zone:

1. If both nymphs are weighted with lead wrapped on the hook or with a tungsten bead it will eliminate using split shot between the two nymphs. If I still need more weight, I add split shot between the two nymphs. I especially like this set-up for early spring and cold water conditions.

2. Dark or discolored water. I use an attractor fly such as a red or pink squirmy wormy as the lead fly trailing my nymph 24 inches behind the lead fly. In discolored water the squirmy wormy gets the attention of the trout and if the fish refuses the squirmy wormy he might pick up the nymph.

Split shot in front of my tandem nymphs

1. When I'm fishing two small nymphs (sizes 18-22) I shorten the distance between the two flies and put my split shot in front of the lead fly. By keeping the smaller nymphs close together it will help the trout to see them easier. Placing the split shot 12 inches in front of the lead fly will give you a more natural drift.

2. When I’m fishing something like a large weighted stone fly nymph as the lead nymph and trailing a mayfly nymph such as a March Brown, I lengthen the distance between the two flies allowing the trailing nymph to move freely behind and drift slightly off the stream bottom. For a more natural drift I prefer an unweighted nymph. In this situation I don't like to use bead head nymphs.

3. During the Fall season I've had a lot of success fishing an egg pattern as the lead fly and trailing a soft hackle caddis pattern. I prefer placing the split shot in front of the egg so that it is rolling on the bottom allowing the soft hackle caddis to kind of dance and move through the water.

Where I place my split shot depends greatly on water conditions, time of season, type of water and what flies I'm fishing. Split shot placement on your tandem nymph rig will determine how the flies are presented to the trout. It can be the difference between a bad day and a good day on the water.

Please let me know through the Comments section (view from a browser) of the blog if you have any questions or comments. We love hearing from our readers.

Thanks for reading. Hope to see you on the water.

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas Messages

 

   As another year comes to a close, we thank all of you for reading our blog.  Without you, we wouldn't be here.  We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a new year filled with only good things. 

Barry, Cathy, Brooke & Susie

 

 

 

 

  Congratulations to our fly contest winner, Cindie Baker.  Cindie guessed the correct number of flies at 55.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

 

christmasgiftNeed a last minute gift?  We've got the perfect idea for you.  Our gift certificates can be used for any of our services, guiding, instruction, or for our online store and can be purchased for any amount. Contact us by Monday and we'll email you a printable certificate.  Call our office at 570-925-2392 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fly Contest, Fly Sale & Report from Argentina

We Don't Have a Winner Yet!

Box of Adams 5445

Last week we ran a fly guessing contest and no one has guessed the correct number yet. Click here to go to last week’s blog and comment your best guess! https://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/our-blog/entry/fly-box-guess-cathy-s-handbook-argentina

Fly Sale Continues

Our fly sale will soon end. These are great prices and we still have some of everything. The Tungsten BH Copper Nymphs are great early spring flies to fish alone or trail when you need some extra weight to get down. Same thing with the Ug Nymphs, big leggy weighted flies in buggy colors make great stonefly imitations or anything big. Of course the Adams is everyone's favorite dry fly, and the sculpins, super fur leeches and white coneheads are great patterns for just about anywhere, but don't go to Alaska without them! We will re-blog it here one more time:   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)

Report from Argentina

Barrry, Cathy and their groups are having warm, sunny weather in Argentina with early spring hatches and good dry fly fishing.

The first week they spent at the new Argentina Waters Lodge on the edge of Los Alerces National Park and this week they are at Estancia Tres Valles, a favorite of theirs since the lodge opened in 2007.  

Here are some photos Cathy sent of their trip.

 

2020 Hosted Trips:  

Hope you can join us!

January 11-21 Suinda & Pira, Argentina (dorado)
February 6-18 Laguna Verde, (Jurassic) Argentina (trout)
February 16-20 Dorado Cruiser, Argentina (dorado)
March 13-20 Villa Maria, TDF, Argentina (sea run browns)
March 19-30 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
April 27-Apr. 6 San Huberto, Argentina (trout)
April 25-May 2 Turneffe Flats, Belize (bones, tarpon, permit)
June 23-July 5 Ireland/Scotland (trout/Atlantic salmon)
August 6-15 Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, chum, trout, char)
August 22-29 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
August 29-Sept.5 Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
Sept. 17-24 E. Pyrenees, Spain (trout)
Dec. 1-14 Argentina Waters & Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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Fly Box Guess, Cathy's Handbook, & Argentina

Give it Your Best Shot!

Box of Adams 5445

Join in the fun. Here is something to keep you thinking about fishing when perhaps you can't be fishing. This is a 4 compartment box, 4-1/2” x 2-3/4” x 1”. Be the first to give us the correct number of parachute Adams in the box and win it and the flies!

Answers must be submitted through the Comments section so make sure you're viewing this on your browser (if not, click here to view online at the top of the blog) and give us your best guess.

Answer announced next week. Do it today.

Good Luck.

 

Cathy's Handbook

Are you or someone you know new at fly fishing? Perhaps you're cathybookstruggling with knots or are not sure what the difference is between a nymph and an emerger. Cathy's Fly Fishing Handbook covers everything from A to Z, and is the perfect tool for helping you through the learning process.

With your cellphone and a QR Barcode Scanner (free from App store), you can view video clips on key subjects as you go along. And we all know that a visual can be the difference in understanding the written word.

Now in the third printing, Cathy's handbook has become a standard reference for the entry level fly angler. All copies are signed but can also be personalized upon request. 
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$21.95 Order Now and we will include 8 of Cathy's favorite flies in a pocket pak box.  

 

 

 

Becks at Argentina Waters & Tres Valles

1101 TRES VALLESSusie and I are very jealous that the Becks are with a group in Argentina this week. AW is a new lodge, this is their second visit, and Tres Valles is a regular stop at this time of year for them. It's spring time with cool, crisp mornings and warm, sunny afternoons. Fishing season is just getting started and the stream fish are hungry and looking up for spring hatches. Again, the Adams is often the go-to fly sometimes trailed with a PT or copper nymph. Simple as it gets – sometimes.

The Becks are probably searching the lakes for a photo fish, using big foam flies, streamers, and nymphs. I understand that not everyone likes lake fishing, but sitting in a boat on a warm sunny afternoon casting and twitching a Chernobyl and looking for a big fish sounds good to me!

We'll probably have a fishing report from them next week. For now, it's back to work for me. Thanks for reading our blog. Please give us your comments, we love to hear from you. Brooke

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Did You Know, Who Said It, & Tecka

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Did You Know?

Over the River and Through the Wood is also known as “The New-England Boy's Song about Thanksgiving Day”, originally published in 1844 in Flowers for Children, Volume 2, written by Lydia Maria Child.

Although many people sing “to grandmother's house we go”, the author's original words were “to grandfather's house we go”. Child was a novelist, journalist, teacher, and poet who wrote extensively about the need to eliminate slavery.

Want to know more? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_River_and_Through_the_Wood

 

Who Said it?

And from last week's blog, did you recognize the writing? Maybe you made a lucky guess? Or, slipped to the dark side and asked Google? For those who didn't know the answer and didn't Google it, the author was Ernest Schweibert. It was a beautiful answer to the question, “Why do you fish?”

If you're viewing this from a browser you can easily scroll back to see it again.

 

Estancia Tecka

698 Argentina 2018We have just two spots left for anglers to join us at Estancia Tecka, Argentina, March 21-28, 2020, excluding travel time. Estancia Tecka is an amazing 435,000 acre privately owned sheep ranch with more than 100 miles of private water on the ranch. Fish dry flies on the lovely little Tecka River, look for a big fish on the Corcovado River and go after trophies on the lakes. It's all fun.

We have a rod for one woman who will share an accommodation and guide with another woman already signed up, and the same for a guy – one rod to share an accommodation with another gentleman already signed up.

Check out the itinerary and details and grab the opportunity!

 

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Women in the Outdoors FF Expo, I Fish Because of Beauty, & Just Be with Me

Women in the Outdoors Fly Fishing Expo to be held in NE PA on Nov. 23


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On Saturday, November 23, the Women's Fly Fishing Film Tour Expo will be held from noon until 5:30 PM at the Brooks Theater on the campus of Keystone College in LaPlume, PA. There will be two showings of the Fly Fishing Film Tour along with presentations on fly tying, fly casting and a women’s panel discussion. Door prizes and raffles will be featured, and vendors will be on hand with the latest in fly fishing gear.
The Expo is sponsored by the TU chapters of northeastern Pennsylvania, along with the Keystone College 5 Rivers Club and the NEPA Fly Girls. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door, or save $2 by purchasing your ticket in advance. Contact Rosangela Freitas-Charlesworth at 570-954-5042 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.
Hope to see you there!

I Fish Because of Beauty


A few years ago, a great American fly fishing author died. He was often asked why he fishes and his beautiful answer is below. Now, I know you can simply copy and paste it in Google and the author's name will pop up, but before you do that take a minute to read his answer to see if you can guess the source. And, just in case you're not research-it-yourself type, we'll give it to you next week.
I fish because of Beauty. Everything about our sport is beautiful. Its more than five centuries of manuscripts and books and folios are beautiful. Its artifacts of rods and beautifully machined reels are beautiful. Its old wading staffs and split-willow creels, and the delicate artifice of its flies are beautiful. Dressing such confections of fur, feathers, and steel is beautiful, and our worktables are littered with gorgeous scraps of tragopan and golden pheasant and blue chatter and Coq de Leon. The best of sporting art is beautiful. The riverscapes that sustain the fish are beautiful. Our methods of seeking them are beautiful, and we find ourselves enthralled with the quicksilver poetry of the fish.
And in our contentious time of partisan hubris, selfishness and outright mendacity, Beauty itself may prove the most endangered thing of all.

Just Be With Me

In recognition of the Women In the Outdoors Expo this weekend, please enjoy this short video of a mother and daughter who fish together. Thank you MidCurrent.

 

https://midcurrent.com/videos/just-be-with-me/?mc_cid=8a8ac6fd7d&mc_eid=bb6eaedbe9

We'll see you next week.

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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.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/seasons/2019-swing-season?utm_source=Sage+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a73edeb24-7a73edeb24-85101789
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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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