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Bighorn Memories, Pro Tips & Fly Fishing Helps Vet

Bighorn Memories

We just wrapped up our annual trip to the Bighorn with two great groups of anglers. The tricos went on every morning for both weeks. After a season of high water, the flows from the Yellowtail Reservoir dropped, thus the river dropped and we had perfect water flows. The consistency of this river and the fishing it provides anglers is simply amazing. We hope you enjoy a few photos from the trip.

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Pro Tips from Orvis

In a recent article, Phil Monahan from Orvis talks to us about low riding terrestrials. These land born insects will be good patterns to use until late October (here in the northeast) when a hard frost will end the terrestrial season. We have always used low-riding flies in caddis, beetles, hopper, and parachute patterns and feature them in our online store, Phil offers up some interesting thoughts and good reasons for choosing this type of fly. Food for thought, for sure.

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/pro-tips-keep-terrestrials-riding-low/?adv=352841&cm_mmc=linkshare-_-je6Nblack deathUbpObpQ-_-1-_-352841

Saltwater Flies Updated

We have updated our saltwater flies in the store. If you're thinking about a trip to saltwater anytime soon, we hope you'll take a look.

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Fly Fishing Helps Healing Vet

We conclude this week's blog with a short video from a young man, Landon Mace, military veteran and avid fly fisherman. Enjoy his thoughts on fishing and serving. Our hat's off to you, Landon.  Click here to watch the video

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From the Bighorn, Fly Girl Wanted, & Fall Guiding

Our thoughts are with all of our friends and associates who are affected by Hurricane Harvey. We pray that you are all safe and with your families and loved ones.

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We are having a very good two weeks on the Bighorn River, Montana. The mornings are full of tricos with dry fly fishing for about 4 hours each day. Afternoons are slower with a few fish caught on nymphs and streamers, bighorn2017 2but the tricos are the game here this month. After a season of high water, the river is now at 3,000 fps, a perfect water level for wade fishing and drifting. Randy St. John shared a couple photos here, and we're seeing lots of fish in this size range everyday. Think about joining us in 2018. 

Oh, and we even went for carp on trico dries one morning. Great fun. More on this next week. carp

Looking for a Fly Girl

In February, 2018, we'll be on the South Island of New Zealand visiting two premier fishing lodges, Riverview and Owen River Lodge. As we all know, New Zealand offers sight fishing to large browns in gin-clear water like no where else in the world. We have a couple rooms left and if New Zealand is on your bucket list, we invite you to review our itinerary. This is a very exceptional fishing trip, one you will never forget.

With that said, we are looking for a woman angler to join a woman client and good friend of ours from Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If that might be you, please contact us for details. 877-278-5638.  cathynz

Fall Guiding

We've still got guiding days available for the fall season here in Pennsylvania. October is one of the prettiest months of the year in the northeast. Fishing is good, fish are in great shape from a season of good hatches and good water, and we all know what's coming..... Get out and enjoy it while you can! fall

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Africa Wrap-Up, RIO Give-Away, & Barry's Favorite Wildlife Lens

Africa Wrap-Up

We just got home from Africa and we finished up on a high note for sure. It was an amazing trip with a wonderful group of people, great weather, and great game viewing opportunities. We've put together an album with a few of our favorites. We're still editing, but we can't wait to show you what we've got so far.

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RIO's Big Nasty Give-Away

RIOLEADERWant a selection of free leaders and tippet? Who doesn't! Well, join the fun in RIO's give-away contest. What is a Big Nasty leader anyway? Follow the link for more information on the new leader and follow the instructions carefully for entering the give-away contest. Good Luck! Hope you win.

http://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/big-bugs?e=8b5f86f70f

 

Nikon's Perfect Combo

Most wildlife photographers are always looking for a lens with a longer reach especially when it comes to bird photography. We are no exception. Most of what Cathy and I shoot are fly fishing related images, but every two years we host an African photo safari where some of the best wildlife subjects in the world are found. Lions, zebras, and elephants in our view finders are a breath of fresh air for us.

For years we carried or lugged heavy 300 and 400 millimeter fixed lenses. Yes they produced sharp images, but as time went on we found more weight restriction on internal flights. This past safari we were limited to 33 pounds total which included our checked and carry-on luggage. So, it became time to lighten up. A call to Jody Grober at Roberts Camera solved our problem. Jody suggested that a Nikon D500 and a matching 200-500 lens would make a perfect outfit for Africa. Long story short, Jody was absolutely right. Half the weight of our old gear and with the DX sensor for a longer reach.

d500Nikon’s new D500 has a CMOS sensor with an expeed five image processor. At 20.9 Megapixels this camera simply rocks. Oh, and it shoots 4K video. Put on the 200-500 lens, add the 500 DX crop, and you're totally outfitted for whatever comes your way. I personally think that this last safari has produced some of our best ever work in Africa.  lens

Anyone interested in wildlife photography can talk to Jody at Roberts Camera 1-800-726-5544 or follow the link below.

http://robertscamera.com/

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From Africa & Flip Pallot Interview

From Africa


We are moving from Kichwa Tembo to Serengeti Under Canvas today. It was an incredible 4 days at Kichwa filled with lions, elephants, zebras, giraffes and wildebeests. We saw two crossings at the Mara River and have had beautiful weather. We will cross today from Kenya to Tanzania. What an adventure!  More photos to come soon!

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Interview with Flip Pallot
The Last 40 Feet

Flip looks back over his life as a Florida Keys Guide and reflects on the future. Many of us know Flip Pallot from his ESPN show, Walker's Cay Chronicles. Flip needs no introduction in the saltwater world, but you may find it surprising to know that he's always had a love of trout fishing and especially Montana trout fishing.

http://www.flyfisherman.com/news/flip-pallot/#ixzz4lPnrNnjB

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Judas Fish, Summer Mayflies, & RIO Products

What is a Judas Fish?

This article comes to us from MidCurrent. We had not heard of a Judas Fish before and it's quite interesting how it got the name and how the National Park Service is using it. We think you'll enjoy the story.

http://discovermagazine.com/2016/oct/the-judas-fish

Summer Mayflies: Slate Drakes

Here on Fishing Creek, and in most of the northeast, we are having one of the wettest summers in recent history. Actually just yesterday we had a flash flood in our valley which surprised everyone. Usually by this time in July we're hoping for rain – not so this year.

The good water levels mean that summer fishing will continue to be good and it's time to think about our summer mayflies and in particular the slate drakes. The slate drakes on Fishing Creek are pretty much a true size 12, and a comparadun imitates the actual insect very well, and that's why it's in our online store. The red brown spinner in a size 12 is a pretty good slate drake spinner imitation. The flies have been hatching for awhile, but the fish are still hungry and eager for them.Dark Green Drakes Fly Fisherman

Here's a link to an interesting “Drake” article by Pennsylvanian Paul Weamer. If you live or fish on the east coast, and haven't fished any of the “Drakes,” this is a good year and a good time to try it. They're big, fish love them, and they provide lots of fun at a time of year when otherwise we'd be fishing the really little stuff!

http://www.flyfisherman.com/how-to/match-the-hatch/matching-the-drake-hatch/

WINNER WINNER!

We are delighted to announce that RIO made a clean sweep of every single possible new product award. Read more here
http://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/winner-winner?e=8b5f86f70f  

 

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Summer Ants, Brown Trout Kill on Yellowstone, and ICast 2017

Summer Ants

antsAs early summer moves into mid-summer, fishing terrestrials becomes a more important part of the game. Many of the mayfly hatches are over for the season and trout will turn to what is available and that is often a grasshopper, beetle, or ant. While we have had some very good fishing, at times, with craneflies, caterpillars, and other less popular terrestrials, it is often an ant that will please a finicky fish. The photo shows a number of ants that were found in the stomach of a trout.

While ants are often hard to locate on the water a winged ant is easier to see, and if that doesn't work, an ant is a good choice to fish as a dropper behind a larger dry fly that is easy to find and follow. Use your hoppers and large beetles in the pocket water and riffles, but when you find a sipping fish in a pool, consider an ant or a small beetle. It might just fill the bill.

Our black fur parachute ant and our winged cinnamon ant are good choices and the wing will aid in locating the fly. Also, Jim's Real Beetles in brown and black are excellent choices at this time of year too because the flies are smaller than most beetles and have a spot of orange yarn on the back to help in locating them on the water. Check out these and other terrestrials in our store.

Brown Trout Kill on Yellowstone

Biologist samplings on the Yellowstone River have recently turned up an unexpected brown trout fish kill along with expected whitefish kill. Read More.

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Our friend and Fly Fishing Show founder, Chuck Furimsky, sent this photo from Gangler's Lodge (Canada) where he was recently.  Beautiful pike.  Good job Chuck!  

 

Farbank Runs Away with Awards

Sage, RIO, and Redington (all Farbank brands) ran away with Best of Show awards at the iCast/AFFTA show last week in Orlando. The annual IFTD (International Fly Tack-le Dealer) show recognizes manufacturers for outstanding new products. Sage won for the new Salt HD fly rod, RIO for new innovations in leaders and tippet, plus the Big Nasty fly line, and Redington for the Minnow. Sage also won Overall Best of Show. Quite a year, congratulations to everyone at Farbank who helped make this possible!

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Reflections on Ireland, 2018 Trip Schedule & RIO's How to

Reflections on Ireland

0306 IRELAND 2017 We had a wonderful group of people join us on our recent Ireland trip. Our fishing started out in the Conmel area with Andrew Ryan and his guides from Clonanav Fly Fishing. We stayed at the Hotel Minella and fished Andrew's water for three days and caught lots of beautiful brown trout. On the fourth day we took the scenic coastal route to Galway and Ballynahinch Castle. The Owenmore River flows through the castle grounds and we fished for Atlantic salmon for three days. The salmon were not as cooperative as the trout, we saw lots of fish roll and show, but were only able to put two in the net. The castle accommodations were elegant, food and service over the top, and we all loved the estate grounds and the river. We will be back to try again. This is a great trip for the non angler as they have their own guide and itinerary. Please let us know if you're interested in joining us in 2018.

Click here to see a few of the photos from our trip

 

2018 Hosted Trip Schedule


Next year is coming together for us. We have a couple dates to confirm and some finishing touches to put on the itineraries for a couple of the destinations, but overall this is what 2018 is going to look like:

January 13-20   Estancia de los Rios, Chile (trout)
February 6-21   South Island, New Zealand (trout)
March 3-10   Estancia Tecka, Esquel area, Argentina (trout)
March 11-17   Hosteria San Huberto, San Martin area, Argentina (trout)
March 17-24   Limay River Lodge, San Martin area, Argentina (trout)
May 8-18   Grand Slam/Campeche, Mexico, (baby tarpon, etc.)
June (TBA)   Ireland (and hopefully Scotland), (trout/salmon)
August 3-12   Reel Action, Alaska (silvers, pink, chum, etc., trout)
August 18-25, 25-2   Kingfisher Lodge, Bighorn River, Montana (trout)
October (TBA)   Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout)
December 1-8   Tres Valles, Argentina, Esquel area (trout)

We hope you can join us! Please let us know if we can answer any questions or provide additional information on any of these destinations.

RIO's How To: Terrestrials from a Drift Boat

Welcome to Episode 9 of the RIO How To series. RIO ambassador, Rob Parkins, shows how to fish large terrestrials from a moving drift boat. His tips and information reveal how easy and effective this big flies are in the heat of summer. Enjoy.

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Happy 4th of July!

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Summer Solstice, Three Things I Wish I Knew, & RIO Giveaway

Summer Solstice, June 21

The longest day of the year is next Wednesday. Here that means a little longer fishing day and with it will be beautiful evening fishing with sulphurs, light cahills, and slate drakes. Mornings will bring a few left oblogjuen15ver spinners and maybe some blue wing olives. Don't forget your terrestrial box, it also means summer is here with ants, beetles, grasshoppers and others. It's a magical time of year on a trout stream and we hope you're able to get out and enjoy it.

 

Three Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Fly Fishing

We found this article in MidCurrent and thought you'd find it interesting.

http://midcurrent.com/techniques/three-things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-started-fly-fishing/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=32191c246c-MidCurrent_April_26_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-32191c246c-18929377

Planning to throw some big flies this summer?

Here's a chance to win a RIO InTouch Big Nasty fly line. It sounds awesome!  rio

http://mailchi.mp/rioproducts/big-nasty?e=8b5f86f70f

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The Start of Summer Fishing, Behind the RIO Brand & Checking Laptops

We're In Full Swing Now

After a long wet, cool spring, we are in full swing now with March Browns, BWO's, and sulphurs hatching. We even saw a Slate Drake this week, but he's a bit early. Guiding and fishing has been good and Fishing Creek is beautiful.

I had the opportunity to work with Kylie and Kelsie Freiman this week. Although I don't get many kids in my classes, these girls were the exception in more ways than one. They were interested in the turtles, minnows, and dragonflies around the pond and had a blast catching bluegills and strippers. Here they are with another client who came recently to fish.

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  Behind the Brand – Episode 3  riologo

We think you'll find this clip very interesting, we sure did. You might think it's a boring factory tour, but you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Cathy's favorite travel blog, The Travel Insider, has an interesting perspective on laptops on planes. Hope you enjoy: 

Laptops – Will They Need to be Checked or Not?
More confusion and ambiguity this week about what might be in store for us and our laptops when flying in the future.

The Europeans are saying that the Americans have agreed not to impose any bans. But the Americans are denying that, and are talking about maybe banning laptops not just on flight from Europe to the US, but on all flights, to and from, all international destinations. This article exposes the contradictory stories that are circulating.

If that were to happen, then it becomes almost certain and indeed necessary that a similar ban apply on domestic flights, too. If a person can smuggle a bomb onto an international flight inside a laptop, one has to believe they could do the same on a domestic flight, too.

There was also a timely incident this last week that showed the complexity of the issue. A JetBlue flight from JFK to SFO had to make an emergency landing in Grand Rapids after a laptop battery is said to have ‘exploded’ and burst into flames.

The laptop was with the passenger, in the passenger compartment of the plane, and flight attendants were able to safely extinguish the fire. But what would have happened if the explosion/fire had happened with the laptop inside the passenger’s suitcase, in the luggage compartment?

Until there is some way to safely contain laptops and their batteries in the cargo holds of planes, we risk changing from one sort of bomb (a terrorist device) to another sort of bomb (an exploding battery). Are we really any the better off in such a case? Not really, because we still might have the terrorist type bombs in the cargo hold, plus now the battery type bombs too.

Which Are More Dangerous – Batteries or Explosives

We all know that explosives are dangerous. We’ve seen the movies, with amazing explosions. On the other hand, generally we all perceive batteries as safe, and ‘the worst that can happen’ is a bit of a fire.

But that ‘bit of a fire’ should not be under estimated. Modern laptop batteries these days contain an astonishing amount of energy, which is why, if they ‘misbehave’, their fires are very hard to extinguish. Their ‘fire’ is actually a slow-motion explosion – lots of heat, but not any appreciable shock wave.

A half stick of dynamite (1.25″ in diameter and 4″ long) has about 500,000 Joules of energy within it. A 100 Watt hour laptop battery has about 360,000 Joules of energy within it. Batteries already contain almost as much energy as explosives, and as battery technologies improve, will continue to hold more and more energy.

None of us could walk on a plane with a half stick of dynamite. But my Dell laptop has a 97 Watt hour battery – and that’s about as powerful as 3/8 of a stick of dynamite. Maybe terrorists don’t need to smuggle explosives into laptops – they just need to know how to trigger ‘runaway thermal events’ in the batteries already in the laptops

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