Survey Winner, Jurassic Photos, Pebble Mine & Trip Lists


We just wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone who took time to complete our survey last week. Your input is invaluable as we plan our blog content for the coming months. It’s also great to hear from our readers! As promised, the winner of a RIO hat and Buff is Phil Brna. Congrats Phil & thanks again to all of you!

More Jurassic Photos

DSCN2077We have a few more photos from the group who was with us at Laguna Verde, aka Jurassic Lake, that we missed adding last week. More big fish!


Urgent! Your Help is Needed    pebble mine

Please don't glance at this and move on. Everyone is tired of hearing about Pebble Mine and that is just what our government want from us.

In the Army Corp EIS (Environmental Impact Study) the Corps only examined a tiny discharge from the tailings storage facility. Independent studies suggest a realistic dam failure would involve 10,000 times more material flowing downstream than the Army Corps studied.

“Because the Army Corps didn’t do their job, Bristol Bay fishermen had to hire a scientist to take a hard look at a catastrophic tailings dam failure in Bristol Bay like those that have recently occurred in British Columbia and Brazil. Dr. Cam Wobus is an MIT-educated earth scientist specializing in hydrology and geomorphology. He is a peer-reviewed expert on this subject. What he found was horrifying. If the Pebble tailings dam fails, the Nushagak River basin downstream of the mine is going to be coated with a layer of mine waste. Summer or winter, wet or frozen, it doesn’t matter: nothing will stop the flood of debris. “

And this is just the beginning. Please help preserve this fragile wild untouched part of our country from drilling by a non-American company! This is too fragile an area – failure will occur. Make the mining companies find a way to extract the copper while still preserving environment and the billion dollar plus salmon industry. We know we need copper and we are not against mining, but we are very much against this type of mining. We only have a short window to voice our opposition, so we are begging you to help us by clicking through and completing the message to the Army Corps.

Make Pebble Mine Go AWAY!

It only takes a minute to let your voice be heard.

Our Trip Schedule

2019 Beck Departures:

January 10-20 Coyhaique, Chile (trout)
February 7-18 Estancia Laguna Verde, Argentina (trout)
February 15-25 Estancia Tecka, Argentina (trout)
March 14-24 Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)
March 22-Apr. 1 San Huberto Hosteria, Argentina (trout)
Apr. 27-May 4 Belize River Lodge (bones, tarpon, permit, snook)
June 20-28 Soca Valley, Slovenia (trout)
July 26-Aug. 9 E. Africa Photo Safari
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)


January 11-18 Coyhaique River Lodge
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 (TBA) Spain
Nov/Dec Tres Valles, Argentina





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Laguna Verde & Estancia Tecka, Last Minute Room, & Survey

Laguna Verde & Estancia Tecka

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Barry is still editing photos from our trip, but we have a few cellphone photos from the group that we'd like to share with you – until we can get to Barry's.  Click here to see them

The first week at Laguna Verde, aka Jurassic Lake, aka Lake Strobel, was not without wind (seldom is there), but everyone caught big beautiful fish and the landscape of this fishery still amazes and impresses. The lodge is bigger, more comfortable, and the guides are top notch. Can't wait to get back next February!

Estancia Tecka was our second week, and after casting big rods in big wind for big trout, it was nice to be in warmer weather on the Tecka and Corcorvado Rivers casting 5 & 6-weights to rising browns and rainbows. The estancia is amazing with great guides and staff and we're happy to have this destination become a regular stop for us each year.

 Last Minute Room

blog1Limay River Lodge, Argentina
March 28-Apr. 8

We just had a cancellation on a room at the Limay. Timed for big migrating browns on a beautiful river at a very special time of year — fall in Patagonia.
Join us and a small group at Limay River Lodge for an incredible week.
Trip Details.


We Need Your Help

We have a few questions that we are hoping you will answer for us. We've put this blog out weekly since 2016, and I've always wondered what does you, our reader, find most interesting? What catches your eye? We'll use your answers to plan future blog content.

You can do the survey in less than 5 minutes. You can answer anonymously or you can give us your email and we'll put your name in a drawing for a RIO camo mesh cap and a matching Buff. We will be collecting answers until  March 7th.  We thank you for participating.  RIO hat 3051

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Contest Winner, Headed to the Flats, & The Feather Thief

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Joe Koziara on being the first person to correctly answering our quiz. What do these 5 Umpqua flies have in common? Bonefish Deep Minnow, Drowned Spinner, Bennett's Lunch, Neon Nightmare, and Gen-X Bunny
***They all have 3 N’s in the name***
Your fly selections are on the way! And thanks to everyone for participating, we love hearing from you! Stay tuned for another opportunity next week!

 Headed to the Flats?  

bonefishtripFrom the looks of the fly orders going out the door, a lot of you are planning trips to the flats. Lucky you. It's a great time to get out of winter and enjoy some tropical fishing.

Thinking of the warm tropics, RIO has recently introduced their new DirectCore Bonefish line.

Winner of the Best New Saltwater Fly Line category at IFTD (International Fly Tackle Dealer Show), meet the big sister of RIO's Bonefish QuickShooter. While the Bonefish QuickShooter, another favorite, has a short head for quick loading when fish are close, as in wading, the DirectCore Bonefish has a long head and rear taper to smooth out the loop and a mid length front taper for turnover and easy presentation. Read about it here.


If you're planning a trip to the jungle for peacock bass, dorado, and pacu then you'll need a line designed for hot sticky  jungletropical conditions. The RIO DirectCore Jungle Series is built on their signature DirectCore, it's easy to stretch and lies perfectly straight on the water, but maintains the stiffness needed to cast in hot conditions. With a short, quick-loading head these lines easily turn over large tropical flies. The perfect line series for tropical freshwater environments worldwide.

The Feather Thief

Finally this week, everyone's talking about this book. The Feather Thief is a fascinating true story of an obsessive young man and his addiction for fly tying and the rare hard-to-find feathers needed for classic salmon flies. It's a page turner, I couldn't put it down. And the fact that is really happened, and not too long ago, makes it even the more amazing. Download or pick-up a copy. Even after you know, you'll still be asking yourself, “How did a young talented New Englander, the kid next door, pull this off at the London Tring Museum?” By Kirk Wallace Johnson.


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Fly contest, Jurassic Lake & Jim's Tips on Cleaning & Maintenance

Last Week's Contest

Last week we invited our readers to guess what the following five Umpqua flies have in common: Bonefish Deep Minnow, Drowned Spinner, Bennett's Lunch, Neon Nightmare, and Gen-X Bunny. Well, we had some good guesses, but no one got it right yet. Here’s another hint: The answer is in the names…. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your guess.
*see photos and details in last week’s blog*


Jurassic Lake (a.k.a. Laguna Verde)

The Becks are at Jurassic Lake, Argentina, this week with a group of hardy anglers. Not only is Jurassic Lake known for big fish but big wind as well. It's wild and remote with poor internet, but I'm sure they are not thinking of the internet with cruising rainbows up to 20 pounds. We'll have a few photos for you next week when they move up to Estancia Tecka. We'll keep you posted.


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Winter time is a great time to inspect your fly rods, reels and lines and to do some cleaning and preventive maintenance. I have several rods, well….more than several. Lets say a lot of rods and reels so I set aside a day that is dedicated to rod and reel cleaning.

Fly Rods – Clean with warm water and dish detergent. Pay special attention around the guides where dirt and film can collect over the season. You can use a pipe cleaner to clean around the rod guides. I use a scrubby pad and dish detergent and lightly scrub the cork handle. (My wife doesn't read this blog so please don't mention it to her). After the rod and cork handle is completely dried I apply furniture polish to the rod to protect and add a shine to it.

Reels – Take the spool off the reel and rinse the reel with warm water and a little soap. Let the reel dry completely before putting the spool back on the reel. It’s also a good idea to back the drag off to the lowest setting to store.

Fly Line – I keep a cleaning pad saturated with RIO fly line cleaner in my gear bag and from time to time through out the season after I'm done fishing for the day I run the fly line thru the pad. A easy way to clean fly lines is to put warm water in a bucket with some dish detergent. Strip the line off the reel and run the line through a rag to clean the line. Add line cleaner to a pad as you are reeling the line back onto the reel. Now that I have all my reels laying on a table I inspect the fly lines for any cracks or signs of wear and tear and take note of any lines that I might have to replace with new ones.

It's a great way to spend a cold winter day and a little preventive maintenance will keep
your rods and reel in good working order for the upcoming season.




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Fly quiz, Dry Droppers & Fishing Creek in Winter?

See the Common Denominator?

There is something that these five Umpqua flies all have in common. Can you see it? Hint: Look beyond the hook.

First one to see it will win a Super Bugger Selection and a Super Beetle Selection.

You have until next week at this time. How observant are you?

Email your answer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dry Droppers

I hope to meet Domenick Swentosky someday. We live in the same state so it's rather weird to me that we haven't yet crossed paths. I follow Domenick on Troutbitten, his web site and blog, and have to say that he has a way of thinking and writing about little intricacies and nuisances that simply wouldn't occur to most anglers. I would love to read his mind as he watches a cast drift through a current because I'm pretty sure his thoughts would amaze me.

Anyway, this week he writes about Three Styles of Dry Dropper. I think I'm safe in saying that all of us have fished dry/dropper rigs and have probably done quite well with them. Well, if you take fishing seriously and if you really want to understand what is happening – and not happening – as your cast drifts through the water, read Domenick's take on it. I found myself going from one link to another trying to get a better grip on what he's got to say, and have some ideas that I want to try.

When you have time for some good reading – maybe tonight after dinner, give this some thought. It will make us better fishermen.


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This is what Fishing Creek looked like earlier this week. Last week we had record lows, this week record highs. Is there a “normal” anymore?


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Fight for Yellowstone, Tie a Light Cahill, & Trip Openings

Fight for the Yellowstone

It's that time of year when we start to think about fishing trips and for many, it's a trip to Montana, Idaho or Wyoming. If you're this person, or if you'd like to be planning a trip out west, please enjoy this video story about Dan Anderson and his life on the Yellowstone River. Families, community, rivers, life, futures. What is important? Thank you Sage for making this message sage1possible.

Tie a Light Cahill Nymph with Tim Flagler

Are you busy tying flies and refilling your fly boxes for the season to come. Tim Flagler shows us his Light Cahill Nymph pattern. Spring can't come soon enough and we'll be glad when it's time to tie on one of these flies.

Into the Warm

blog 0003 0293 RIO MALLEO RIVERIt might get to 10 degrees here today but the wind chill is making it feel much colder. I try not to complain, we could be living in Chicago! With much of the country in a deep freeze it's hard to write about fishing season, so let me tell you about a few spots we have in Argentina for March. And, we just had space open up on our African Safari for July 26-Aug. 9, 2019.  D33 0932


March 16-23 Tres Valles Estancia (one room)
March 24-30 San Huberto Estancia (one room)
March 30-Apr. 6 Limay River Lodge (one room)

July 26-Aug. 9 East Africa Photo Safari (1 single/1 double)

Browse through all of our trips, itineraries, details, and photo galleries here.

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Visit the Becks, Chile photos, & RIO's New Line

0037 NEW JERSEY SHOW 2018 DxOBarry and Cathy are on their way to Edison, NJ for The Fly Fishing Show and they will be in the Sage booth.  It's the biggest fly-fishing-only show in the world. Frontiers, Sage, RIO and Tibor are all there.  If you can get to Edison this weekend, we highly recommend checking it out!

For show details


From our Guests

Having just returned from Chile, Barry is still editing photos, but here IMG 2838are a few favorites from our group. We had a beautiful week of warm sunny days with good fishing. It made us all want to stay for a while longer. Our sincere thanks to Frontiers and Coyhaique River Lodge for a another great adventure.  Click here to see photos


Can't Keep up with Technology  riologo

What next, you say? Well the folks at RIO continue to give us new technology and products to help us be better anglers.

Check out this video clip. Even if you don't fish the big rods, you will be impressed with these new metered color-coded shooting heads. You can just imagine where this is headed and we can't wait! You will love Simon's thoughts on this new line being an ego-buster. Take a look.

Thank you Simon and RIO for continuing to make it easier for us!

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Natural Light & the Fly Fisher and a Report from Chile

Natural Light & the Fly Fisher

Ever wonder why on a certain day an orange nymph or purple prince will out perform everything else in your fly box? Or you may remember a day when a white streamer was the only fly the fish would look at – but not ever since that day.

Nymph box 0843I remember a times when the orange butt shrimp, and at different times the blue prince, caught more fish than a traditionally more effective same size fly like a pheasant tail or copper john. There is one day that stands out in my mind when a white streamer in late summer with low water was unbelievable. Why? When maybe the next day in the same place over the same fish they turn back to the PT or the copper john?

Everyone has a story like this and there have been many theories about why. Today we bring you another take on it, and it's very interesting. I don't know if I can remember the color strategy when I get out on the water, but I'm going to try. It may require a cheatsheet in my fishing pack.....


Report from Chile

IMG 2838Barry and Cathy’s group are enjoying beautiful warm weather at Coyhaique River Lodge in Chile. Lots of blue skies and sunny days. Fishing is good and they are catching lots of fish on beetles, fat Alberts, and other summertime flies. Makes me wish I was with them! Click here to see some photos

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Show Season, RIO's New Fly Clips, & A River's Last Chance

It's Show Season!

0072 NEW JERSEY SHOW 2018 DxOThe Fly Fishing Show season kicked off last weekend in Denver with a great show and it's headed east. Looking for new tackle, shopping for a fly fishing trip, interested in a seminar or watching the dozens of demonstrating fly tiers, or just want to get out for the day – the shows are where it's happening.

We hope to see you at the Edison, NJ, show. January 25, 26, 27! Stop by the Sage or Frontiers booth and say hi.

Take a look at for a schedule of shows, clips, photos, exhibitors, programs, and more.


RIO's New Fly Clips and Twist Clips

RIO wants us to use less tippet material? Seriously? Well, yes. That's one benefit of the new RIO fly clips and twist clips. The other benefit is that it simplifies attaching and changing flies. Recommended for wet flies – nymphs, soft hackles, streamers, etc.

This week's RIO Fly Fishing Tip shows how to easily and quickly attach a fly using a Fly Clip, or twist Clip. Not only does a clip add speed to the rigging process, but also is great in low light conditions, and works really well at preventing leaders, tippet and droppers from getting too short. Both versions available in three sizes, 10 to a pack. $3.99 and $5.99. Check it out today at your local RIO dealer.

Use these links for more information and short videos on how the clips & twists work:

A River's Last Chance

Guide and photographer Jason Hartwick takes us on a visual and written journey of the Eel River in northern California. With stunning photography and just enough verbiage to get his important message across, this short story and video gives us cautious encouragement and hope for the Eel in a time of uncertainty for the future of most clean wild rivers.

Thank you Jason and Sage.

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Welcome 2019, Tres Valles & RIO Tips

With today's blog, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and anxious to get 2019 underway. Cleaning out file drawers and looking back over customers orders, trip folders, receipts, and correspondence always puts us in this reflective mood.

0175 TRES VALLES ARGENTINAABarry and I leave for Chile next week for a week at Coyhaique River Lodge. We haven't traveled since early December when we visited Le Fario and Tres Valles lodges in the Esquel region of Argentina and Coyhaique is roughly just a jump over the border and a stone's throw a bit to the north.

It's probably not necessary to say that we love this part of the world. It gets us out of the northeast winter and into more trout streams, spring creeks, lakes and rivers than we could possibly get to in a lifetime of fishing. The country, the people, and the food and wine are always amazing.

We'll spend much of February and March in Argentina and we still have a few couple rooms available. If you will need a trout fix by then consider coming along with us.

Here are a few photos from Tres Valles, one of the stops on our March departure. All of the Patagonia lodges are pretty special to us and we'd love to have you at any of them.

Our Hosted Trips info here

Click here to see photos from Tres Valles

Early 2019 Hosted Trips:

Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile January 12-19
Laguna Verde (Jurassic), Argentina February 9-16
Estancia Tecka, Argentina February 17-23 (1 room open)
Estancia Tres Valles, Argentina March 16-23 (1 room open)
San Huberto Hosteria, Argentina March 24-30 (1 room open)
Limay River Lodge, Argentina March 30-Apr. 6 (1 room open)

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We kick off the new year with a RIO Tip. These are minute long tips on all things RIO. This week Simon gives us a minute of pointers on the Snap-T. It's always fun to watch Simon.

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