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.


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


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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.


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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A Visit to Fishing Creek, NZ Reunion & Guiding

A Visit to Fishing Creek

Lou ZambelloLou Zambello, noted New England guide and author of Fly Fishing Northern New England's Seasons and Flyfishers Guide to New England, (https://www.amazon.com/Lou-Zambello/e/B00H15TBI4) fished on Fishing Creek last week with our guide, Brad Berlin. Both Lou and Brad told us that it was a pleasure being with the other, and it doesn't look like fishing was too bad either! Thanks, Lou, we look forward to your next visit.

New Zealand Reunion

After taking a couple years off from New Zealand, we are very excited about returning to the Everest of fly fishing, in February, 2018. If you'd like to experience the best of New Zealand's rivers and guides, come with us to Riverview Lodge and Owen River Lodge, on the South Island, in February, 2018. It is truly a trip you'll never forget. Join us and experience kiwi hospitality and some of the best trout rivers in the world.

Read the details  and watch a short video

From our Guides:

Jim forwarded his shot of Jane Marcello with a beautiful brown she caught here on Fishing Creek Yesterday. Congratulations, Jane!  Jane

2018 Trip Schedule

2018 is shaping up for us, here is what we have so far:

January 13-20: Chile, Estancia de los Rios (trout)
February 6-21: Riverview & Owen River Lodges, South Island, New Zealand (itinerary customizable)
March: Argentina: Estancia Tecka, March 3-10; Hosteria San Huberto, March 11-17; Limay River Lodge, March 17-24 (trout)
April/May (saltwater): destination & dates TBA
June: Ireland (salmon/trout), dates TBA
August 5-12: Reel Action, Alaska (salmon, trout, char, etc.)

October: Spain (trout), dates TBA
December: Tres Valles, Argentina (trout), dates TBA

Please let us know if any of these destinations catch your eye. We'll send information and hope that you can join us.

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Spring Fishing, Hopper/Dropper Rig, & Argentina Availability

Fishing Season in High Gear

brownWe're having beautiful spring weather after the absolutely miserable weather of a couple weeks ago. All of the high, cold water is behind us, Fishing Creek is in great shape, and March Browns are hatching. It is a beautiful time of year to be on the water and our guiding clients are having some great days. If you're thinking about coming to fish, now would be a good time!  

How to Fish a Hopper/Dropper Rig  riologo

The 7th episode of RIO's “How To” series shows us how to fish a hopper/dropper rig. This comes at a perfect time because it is exactly how we often fish a dun and emerger. With lots of mayflies and caddis hatching now, it's always a good idea to show the fish and dry fly with a wet dropper. We hope you enjoy the video and get some new ideas on how to set-up to effectively fish the riffles.

Two Rooms available at Tres Valles, Argentina

It's very unusual that we have openings at this destination. December in Argentina is early season, hatches are good, water is good, and Estancia Tres Valles is a very special place. Fish a combination of streams, spring creeks, medium size rivers, and high mountain lakes where you're likely not to see another person. Check out the details and consider joining us for a fun trip.


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News from Belize, Spring Streamers & The Next Generation

News from Belize River Lodge

belizeBarry & Cathy and the group are having a good week at Belize River Lodge. The group is getting shots at tarpon every day in the 30 to 60 pound range and several have been landed, lots jumped and lost. The big fish, over 60, have been harder to find but are around. Barry had one on for more than an hour when the backing broke. There are bonefish and snook around but the focus has been on the tarpon. Weather is good with lots of sunshine and only an occasional shower. And, no broken rods (so far)! Which is amazing for a week of tarpon fishing.

In photo:  Bud Bender with his 50 pound tarpon!

5 Ways to Up Your Spring Streamer Game

We found this on MidCurrent this week. Most everyone fishes streamers but this article gives us some new ideas on streamer fishing and some new techniques to try. Looks like we will have plenty of water for awhile here in the northeast, so some new tips might come in handy!


The Next Generation

With the best part of the fishing season just a head of us here in the northeast, it's a good time to get young anglers out on the water. Parker Vance, in the photo below, is the perfect example of a young man that anyone would want for a son, grandson, nephew, or boy next door. At 17, he works in his family's auto auction, is a good kid in school, and loves to fly fish. He came to us this spring, as a Christmas gift from his grandmother (has to be a cool gram!) to get better at fly fishing. We have enjoyed his company and will make sure we see him again. If you have a teenage son or daughter, or know of a young person who has a little interest, please take this opportunity to show them more about the sport that we all love.  vance

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Our New Chile Destination, A Guest Blog & Ivan on TV

New Destination for us in Chile

chileJanuary, 2018, will find us at Estancia de los Rios – located on the second largest ranch in Chile. Enjoy summer in January with us as we fish the Cisnes River or the sweet Magdalena spring creek on the ranch. Or perhaps we'll take a day and fish for beetle-eating browns on one of the estancia's lakes. Fish that you weigh in pounds and not inches. Remotely tucked up against the Andes, we're sure tchile 2o see more sheep and gauchos than we will other anglers or tourists. 

Enjoy the article by Hank Ingram and check out the trip details in the itinerary and then plan to join us for another great South American adventure.

Guest blog by Art Rorex

We are anxious to share our friend, Art's, recent literary endeavor with our readers. I think we have all found ourselves in his shoes at one time or another. He has a canny way of bringing it to life! Enjoy.  Art

“It’s Spring ... Where the ... Did I Put My ( )?”

It’s Spring again. Most of us are probably checking the weather and water levels at our favorite fishing spots. Not me! I’m trying to remember where I put everything after my last trip. Since I usually have trouble remembering what I did yesterday, you can see that getting ready for the new season is something of a challenge for me. I know I went fishing last fall but I’m a little fuzzy on where and when. This is important because I usually loose things in specific areas depending on where I’ve been. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s the world I live in.
Fortunately, I eventually find everything (at least everything I remember). Now the fun begins. Starting with the rods and reels I’m gratified to find I didn’t forget to repair anything I’d broken. Unfortunately, I did forget to fix the reels which usually look like a disorganized bird’s nest. I straighten them out and put on new leaders. Sometimes I even put on a new fly line -- after five or six years of hard use my fly lines usually need to be replaced (they just don’t make things to last anymore). Next come the fly boxes. If the reels looked like a bird’s nest, my fly boxes usually look like the bottom of the nest. Fixing them is a little more enjoyable because I get to sit at the tying bench and tie some new flies. Once I find the tying kit. Finally, it’s time to reload the fishing vest (it’s here somewhere) so it’s off to the fly shop to buy some things I already have but can’t find. (If you’re paying attention, this will come as no surprise to you.)
Now that the equipment is ready, I need to find the waders, boots and net. This is the real adventure. I don’t know about your garage but there are things living in mine. Things with fangs and teeth. Fortunately, I locate everything without incident. I’m ready to go, knowing full well that my boots and waders are fine from last season. I think.
Well, it’s Opening Day and I’m in the truck and headed for the stream with my best friend. The weather’s perfect and the stream looks good. I don’t know if we’re going to catch anything but I’m positive we’re going to have a great day together on the water.
Ain’t life grand!

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Our guide and outfitter in Spain, Ivan Tarin, is currently featured on the World Fishing Network as he tools around Spain's best fly fishing destinations. Check it out if you have Dish or Comcast. He's a pretty funny guy and we're sure he'll be entertaining.   

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Ug Nymph & Salt Season

Barry's thoughts on the Ug Nymph

ugA few years back we were floating the Limay River in Patagonia and not having much luck. The water was a perfect level with good clarity and temperature, but for three hours we had not put a fish in the boat. Our guide, Nico, opened up his fly box and pulled out a fly he called the Ug. We knew the fly by another name although we had never fished it. One look at the fly and you realize how simple it is, a lot of rubber legs, a chenille body and weighted. Well, it saved our day then and it has many times since that day on the Limay. The Ug has produced some extraordinary fish here on Fishing Creek as well as other trout waters throughout the world.  0389 LIMAY RIVER 2017

It works best fished deep with a dead drift technique. It certainly looks like a giant stone fly nymph or, in a darker color, a helgramite. That said, it also works on Susquehanna small mouth. If you like fishing nymphs and looking for big fish, this is a must have fly pattern in your fly box.

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Salt Season

While we're knee deep in trout season here at home, we can't help but daydream about our Belize trip coming up quickly in early May. Sage has recently released a new Saltwater Campaign and we're happy to bring you the first segment.1191 GRAND SLAM 2015

If you've chased permit across the flats, you will love to read Tom Bie's perspective on permit, bones, and snook. It's easy reading. Enjoy.


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Spain, Opening Day, & Argentina Recap

Eastern Pyrenees, Spain
October 14-21, 2017

02094SPAIN 2015 We recently received a video clip from our outfitter, Ivan Tarin, in Spain which we'd like to share with you. It reminds us that Spain is about so much more than fishing. Yes, you can fish everyday if you wish, but there is also opportunity to visit medieval ruins, ancient villages and monasteries, vineyards, and castles. And the best part? You can combine lunch at the vineyard or a stop at the ruins with a day of fishing. Spain is also a wonderful destination for non anglers. Enjoy the video and consider joining us in October. Click here for more information.

Season Opens April 15

DSC 0022 1The season opens here this Saturday and Fishing Creek is in great shape. After lots of snow melt and rain in the last month, things have settled down and we're looking at a beautiful spring day to bring in the season. Flies are hatching, fish are hungry, and we'rDSC 0024e all excited! 

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Argentina Recap

We had an amazing trip to Argentina traveling with four groups and visiting four estancias. We started out in Esquel and our first week was at Estancia Tres Valles with amazing late fall fishing. From there we traveled north to Estancia San Huberto with 5 days on the beautiful Malleo spring creek. After the Malleo, we visited historic Estancia Quemquemtreu but found dirty water on the Collon Cura and had to quickly change plans by finding interesting fishing on the lagoons (gorgeous browns) and the QQ spring creek.We finished up with 3 days of fishing on the famous Limay looking for a trip fish, and found a few. The Limay doesn't give up many fish, but what you get may be measured in pounds instead of inches. Our departure was bitter sweet. We love home, but we can't wait to return to Argentina.

We thank everyone who traveled with us.   


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Cathy Checks In

Cathy checks in

RIO MALLEO 2017 1067Hi from San Huberto on the Malleo River in Patagonia. We’ve had an amazing two weeks of fishing, last week at Tres Valles, near Esquel, and this week at San Huberto. It’s late summer here and the weather has been warm and sunny everyday. We put our raincoats on one afternoon for a shower and otherwise it’s been shirt sleeves. The lakes in the Rio Pico area gave up some huge fish in the 28” - 32” class and ranging from 14-16 pounds, fishing on the rivers was non-stop and lots of fun and here on the Malleo spring creek, we’ve had a week of dry/dropper fishing with lots of rainbows and browns and the occasional 17-21” fish. It’s been an amazing trip.   RIO MALLEO 2017 2394



The Travel Insider

Cathy subscribes to a travel newsletter called The Travel Insider. We thought you would find this man's experience worth the read.

Unaccountable Pilots 

So, a passenger on a flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu felt cold, which prompted him to ask the flight attendant for a blanket.

The flight attendant agreed to provide a blanket, but said that Hawaiian Airlines would charge $12 to sell him the blanket. (Note that on Hawaiian website, they appear to show that a blanket and pillow together can be purchased for $10).

Whatever the actual amount the man was asked to pay (most reports of the incident are saying $12), this upset the man and he said he would like to discuss the policy of selling blankets rather than being loaned one for free, with an appropriate airline executive. Apparently he complained about being cold and felt that if the airline was going to run its planes cold, it should provide blankets.

The flight attendant obliged, and arranged for the man, in mid-flight, to speak to some staff member, probably at the airline’s head office in Honolulu. During the course of the discussion, the passenger said, as part of complaining of the airline’s blanket selling policy that ‘he would like to take someone behind the woodhouse for this’. The pilot overheard the comment, and so, in a tour-de-force virtuoso display of command decision making, did the obviously only logical thing in response.

Which was, alas, to turn the plane round, spend time dumping fuel off the coast, then do an emergency landing back at LAX, calling for police and FBI agents to be at the gate to take the man into custody for endangering the safety of the entire flight. The 66 yr old passenger was duly ‘escorted off the flight’ by police while the rest of the passengers were ‘on lock down’.
After interviewing the hapless man and crew members, neither the airport police nor the FBI felt any need to press charges. Apparently uttering that phrase is not the same as a threat to endanger the safety of the plane – who knew? Clearly not the pilot. But, noting the probable $12,000 or greater cost to the airline for the ’emergency diversion’ and fuel dumping, to say nothing of the inconvenience (the flight ended up in Honolulu four hours late) to about 250 passengers on board, a police spokesman said that if it was him, he’d probably have bought the blanket himself and given it to the man.

The man took a later flight to Honolulu.
Don’t we as passengers have the right to demand some common sense on the part of our pilot? Doesn’t the pilot have an obligation to his passengers to do all he safely can to get the plane to its destination more or less on time, and an obligation to his company to not waste five-figure sums after a mild-mannered 66 yr old man complained about having to buy a blanket because the plane was cold (ummm, how about offering simply to increase the heat onboard a bit)?

The person arrested at LAX should be the pilot, on charges of criminal stupidity.

The author's suggestion for the pilot might be a bit harsh, but what has happened to commonsense?

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10 Tips on Fishing Nymphs & Requirements of a Stream Trout

10 Tips on Fishing Nymphs   Nymph box 0843

1. Make sure your fly (flies) are getting down to where the fish are. If it's spring time and the water is high and cold, you may have to add split shot. If you're not picking up leaves and dirt on the bottom, you're not on the bottom.

2. Fish two nymphs. The first fly you tie on should be the heavier and bigger of the two. Start with something like a size 12 bead head hare's ear and with a cinch knot attach a 14” section of tippet onto the back of the hook. To the other end attach a size 14 or 16 caddis pupa, scud, or smaller nymph, this is your dropper. Refer back to #1.

3. Use a strike indicator or a RIO indictor line. Think about the position of the strike indicator and the approximate depth of the water. The indicator controls how deep the flies will be. If the indicator is too far up the leader you'll miss the strike and you will be hung up a lot. If it's too far down the leader it will hold the flies off the bottom. Experiment with different indicator positions.

4. Experiment with different kinds of strike indicators. Whether you decide on yarn, Styrofoam, balloons or plastic, each will ride a little differently on the water. The plastic balloon type will float better with heavier nymphs. If the water is clear a smaller lighter yarn indicator is best. You don't want to spook or alert the fish when it lands on the water.

5. Check your flies often and slow down your cast. With two flies, a strike indicator, and split shot on your leader your chances of getting a tangle will increase. Check also to make sure the bottom fly does not tangle on the dropper line.

6. If you find a wind knot in your leader, get rid of it.

7. False cast as little as possible. If you keep your flies wet they will sink faster and the more you cast the easier it is to get a tangle.

8. Experiment with different fly patterns, sizes, split shot, and indicator placement until you find the right combination for the right water on the day you're fishing.

9. Be aware of what is going on around you. Learn your hatches. If it is time for March Browns to hatch, a March Brown nymph is a good choice.

10. There are exceptions to every rule – be flexible.

Here's a link to our store where we've got lots of great flies to help you fill your fly box.

And speaking of nymphs, here's a link to the latest segment of RIO's How-To series, How to Fish a Nymph and Indicator.

Requirements of a Stream Trout

We found an interesting excerpt from Jim McLennan's book on what is needed for a healthy trout stream. Food for thought as we anticipate spring and trout season. While the book is based on streams in Alberta, Canada, the requirements for a healthy trout stream are the same everywhere. We hope you enjoy it.  Click here to read the article

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