Tippet & Leaders 101

Tippet & Leaders 101

We often talk about tippets and leaders in our blogs. It is a constant learning curve partly because the products we use keep getting better, more diversified, and more refined. RIO leads the race in product development and education. Every time I watch a RIO video clip, I learn something. The link below makes available a selection of short clips, made by the guys at RIO, and covering a number of topics starting with Choosing the Right Tippet Material. Once there, check out the other clips uploaded earlier. The clips are interesting, educational, and well done.

Thank you Simon, Zack, and Jesse for helping us become better fishermen.



We also just wanted to take this opportunity to say Happy Thanksgiving to each one of you. 

We all have so much to be thankful for and we hope you each have a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Fall Update

A word from Cathy

Barry and I have been home for a month, a very long time in between trips for us. As much as we wanted the month to linger and go slow, it has somehow zipped past us and we'll soon 119 SPEY CASTbe on the road again - to Argentina next week for the season's opening. But back here at home a lot has been happening. Simon Gawesworth was here for a spey clinic on the Susquehanna River. We were so lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful two days and the foliage and the river was spectacular. 

Everyone commented on our local landmark, the Savage barn, BARN AND PUMPKINS PA.05which was also spectacular in barn red.





The following week we enjoyed the company of Harry Schoel and Theo Bakelaar from Holland for a few days. Theo, in his red beret, made an 0690 WINTER FLY FISHINGinteresting photo subject. They all stayed at The Lodge at Raven Creek, which at one time was our fly shop and is now an event facility and B&B full of country charm, comfort, and terrific hosts — Brooke, who works for us, and her husband, Corey.BL-30JUL15-2



A quick night off to enjoy fun and games at the annual community Halloween Party and a chance to take our grandsons fishing at the Benton Dam. It's been a great month and after Argentina next week, we'll slide right into the Christmas season. Just think, winter will go fast and we'll soon be writing about the opening of our trout season here at home (or at least we hope so!).  0042KIDS WINTER FLY FISHING051  

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Some Great Reads

Gray's Sporting Journal Essay

If you are near a news stand today, make sure you pick up a copy of Gray's Sporting Journal.  Their most recent publication, Issue 6 November/December has some great stories including "On the Ponoi" by Barry & Cathy.  grays


Sage Blog


We also wanted to make sure you got a heads up that Barry's blog of their recent trip to Spain is published on the Sage blog.  Check it out here.


And lastly, another great read: 

In a recent edition of MidCurrent, the editors talk about Paul Weamers new book, The Bug Book. I know, why do we need another bug book, but take a minute to read the excerpt. It's very interesting and offers some new thoughts on matching the hatch. And, it's practical, applicable information - stuff we can all use to be better anglers.  Click here to read the article

Incidentally, in the current edition (3rd printing) of Cathy's Fly Fishing Handbook, she has video clips of different casts and demonstrates live, through the use of QR codes, how to mend, control drag, add slack, and lots of other casting and fishing tips viewable on your smartphone.

2013 0854 CoverThe two books would be perfect additions to anyone's angling library.

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Simon Gawesworth is in town!

Spey Clinic

As we write this week's blog, Simon Gawesworth is in the second day of his spey casting clinic. After the morning session here on the pond, the group had a great afternoon on the Susquehanna River at Bloomsburg. It was a fun day with the spey master and everyone learned a lot! Today looks like a repeat of yesterday. Thank you Simon.



Fall Fishing

As you can see, we're continuing to have beautiful fall weather, the stream is in great shape and fishing as been very good. The long range forecast indicates above average temperatures will be with us for awhile, so if you can get away for a day or two give us a call. We'll keep guiding as long as the weather holds.

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New Redington Prowler Wading Boot

New Redington Prowler Wading Boot


These new boots (Siren for women) are getting lots of attention and great reviews. Cathy has field tested the Siren for a year now, loves them, and refuses to give them up. Redington's premier wading boot for 2016. Exceptional performance and durability. Molded rubber rands, wide soles, and quick-drying and quick-draining synthetic materials. Built for long days in any river condition imaginable. Very comfortable.001

- Felt or Sticky Rubber
- Molded rubber overlays for durability
- Molded Polyurethane midsole
- Strong & lightweight
- Wide sole-expanded surface sole for stability
- Padded collar for ankle support
- Mesh lined interior & drain holes for quick drainage
- Molded, non-corrosive metal hardware
- Sticky Walnut Rubber and felt sole options
- Stud compatible
- $149.95

Check them out:   

Men 9-13
Women 6-10


Also, we've still got plenty of Fall fishing ahead of us- just ask Brad Berlin! 337 BC BECK IMAGE

Our extended forecast shows above-average temps and we plan on taking advantage of it.  We hope you have a chance to get out on the water before winter sets in!


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Spain Trip - 2015

I heard from Cathy and they've had a great week of fishing in the Pyrenees in Spain. As you can tell from the photos, fall has arrived and along with the fall foliage and frosty nights, the fish are starting to move up out of the lakes and into the rivers. They've enjoyed a lot of dry fly fishing to both rainbows and browns. The group took a day off fishing to visit a few cathedrals and local villages and had lunch at Rhoda de Isabena again this year, a favorite stop on their itinerary. Good fishing, wine, cheeses, cathedrals, weather - what could be better?


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Reel Action, Kanektok River, Alaska

Reel Action, Kanektok River Alaska
August 6-13, 2016

Join us for a prime week of silver salmon at Reel Action for 2016. At the mouth of the Bering Sea, the fish will never be fresher or more chrome than when they pass by our camp. Along with silvers, we'll have rainbows, char, chum, sockeye, and other salmon but we've selected this week to specifically target silvers, perhaps the most sought after of all salmon for the fly angler. Silvers love to eat flies, jump, run, and fight. Reel Action is a very well appointed tent camp with individual one-person tents, comfortable beds, hot showers, good bathroom facilities, and an exceptional menu everyday. Fishing is at your doorstep - literally. No fly-outs, safe sturdy john boats take us to our daily beats on the Kanektok. An easy ride from camp. These spots won't last long. Single or Spey. Contact us. It's not too early to start planning for Alaska, 2016. Read More Here

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New Store Items for Sale

WD-40 Pens

You asked. We found them.

In a blog a few months back we wrote of how useful WD-40 pens are for treating zippers, reels, tools, and really 194 0anything that comes in contact with saltwater that can corrode or freeze up. WD-40 pens are so much better than the spray for treating just the zipper head or track, the tiny screw heads on saltwater reels, crevices and hard-to-reach spots on tools and accessories, and much more. Some of you couldn't find the pens so we went on a search and we now have them for sale. After you wash your saltwater gear, be sure to use the pens for extra protection. They sure work!  Order here

We got crabs!

Permit Crabs BC Beck image0002Our fall order of Cathy's Permit Crabs just arrived and our bins are full. If you have a saltwater trip planned for this winter and it includes permit or big bones, now is a good time to stock up, and at a very good price too. Normally $2.50 each, for the next month we're offering a baker's dozen (4 of each size — 2,4,6 plus one more) for $25.00, plus shipping. That's less than $2.00 each. Order online or give us a call today. 877-278-5638.  



New Fly Boxes

Foam fly boxes keep your flies organized and in place. Our new box will conveniently fit in either a hip pack or a fishing 203vest. It's super light-weight. Works especially well for streamers, nymphs and CDC flies or comparadons. Find them for sale on our website now.

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Spey Clinic, Susie Fitzgerald & Sage Blog

*Spey Casting Clinics with Simon*

*November 2 & 3, 9:00-5:00, Fishing Creek*

This is an exceptional opportunity to learn or improve your spey casting from the master. Sought after around the world, Simon is coming to Fishing Creek for two days of spey clinics. Choose Monday or Tuesday, or both, for an intensive-care spey clinic and a delightful time with this entertaining enjoyable Brit.

simonSimon needs no introduction. Not only is he known for the (very important) hat that he wears at the RIO line company, he has also written three books on Spey casting and has both cast and fished for England in British, European and World Championships and was Captain of the England team for the 2003 World Fly Fishing
Championship. He is A.P.G.A.I. and S.T.A.N.I.C. certified in the U.K. and C.I.,Master and T.H.C.I. certified in the U.S. He is acknowledged as one of the world's leading authorities on spey casting and he lives in southwest Washington, close to his beloved northwest steelhead rivers.

*$350 per person payable with reservation, lunch included. Directions will be included with confirmation.   Only 6 students per day.   Call 877-278-5638 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot


Sage Blog Publication

Cathy & Barry wrote a blog while on the Bighorn & it was published on the Sage Blog last week.  If you didn't see it already, take a minute to read about the Tricos on the Bighorn by clicking here


In Memoriam:  Susan Burt Fitzgerald  1939-2015  susie

Everyone loved Susie Fitzgerald.  Mike and Susie Fitzgerald started Frontiers with a dream in 1969.  In the years to come they would make friends all over the world. She will be missed by us and everyone who knew her.  The thoughts below from her family remind us all of what a great lady she was. 

It is with heavy hearts that we write and advise that we lost a great lady, our mother, Susie, on Thursday, August 20th following complications during heart surgery. An elementary teacher by training and former stewardess, Susie married her high school sweetheart, Mike, and they followed a shared dream to co-found Frontiers in the autumn of 1969.

This ambition was bolstered by their love of the outdoors, and the ensuing innovations of the Frontiers experiment were formative to the sporting travel industry we know today. Their adventures took them to the furthest corners of the world: from Iceland to Iran, Egypt to Ecuador, and Scotland to Senegal. But Susie had particular affinity for Christmas Island, Argentina, Denmark, and Spain.

They leave a legacy for us to carry on with pride, and their lives' work affirms that not all who wander are lost.

Susie used to say, "Michael handles the forest, and I handle the trees." All who knew them can appreciate the testament this bears to strength of their partnership. Indeed, Susie's perpetual optimism was balanced by unwavering practicality and an eye for the details.

Of course this metaphor may also be interpreted literally: Susie was most at home among the trees in her splendid garden. A passionate horticulturalist, she had one of the most admired private gardens in Western Pennsylvania. Susie undoubtedly had a green thumb, but it was not just the trees and flowers she nurtured. Her generous spirit and boundless compassion (and her love to dive into a 'project') deeply enriched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Though small in stature, Susie bravely faced giant health challenges. Diagnosed with breast cancer as a young mother at age 29, she soldiered through massive doses of radiation, moved house, wrangled toddlers, and started a business. This was a gargantuan feat that only tiny Susie could have managed. In the subsequent forty-six years, she was blessed to be cancer-free and lived each day to the fullest. Ironically, the radiation that cured her cancer induced the heart disease from which she suffered in her last decade and created the insurmountable obstacles she encountered in her final hours.

With love and happy memories,

The Fitzgerald Family

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in Susie's memory
may consider the following:

The Cancer Caring Center of Pittsburgh

The Drew Mathieson Center for Horticultural and Agricultural Technology

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The Bighorn, Alaska, & a Dear Friend

Looking Back-  Trico Fishing on the Bighorn

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We saw some of the best dry fly fishing on the Bighorn that we've seen in many years, in some ways it was the best ever. The trico hatch was the name of the game and it came every morning about 7:00 and lasted until early afternoon. We remember great trico hatches from earlier years on the 'Horn, but this year the hatches were heavier than ever before with clouds of insects actually darkening the air above the water. If you could make yourself stop fishing and take a minute to look around and listen, the sights and sounds of feeding fish were incredible. Along with all the usual places, there were fish feeding where yAFRICA 2015 24947ou would never find them during normal times.  

As with all tail water rivers, one never knows what next year will bring, but we're hoping this is the start of a new cycle, or that it's coming back around. One thing for certain is that we'll be there next year looking for the tricos. Our dates are August 20-27 & August 27-September 3, 2016.  Two weeks, two groups.





Alex Gonzales

Some of you may remember Alex Gonzales at Pez Raton Fishing on the island of Los Roques in Venzuela. We are sad to SW 0014write that he recently died of cancer. Alex was passionate about salt water fishing and fishing boats, had his own television fishing show in Venzuela, and loved both deep sea and shallow water fishing. He will be missed. 




Looking Ahead

We are really excited about having a prime week in silver salmon season at Reel Action camp on the Kanektok River in Alaska. At the mouth of the Bering sea, the camp gets first shot as the fresh salmon come in from the ocean. In addition to the salmon, there is some fantastic rainbow and char fishing on the upper stretches of the river, easily accessible from camp. Silvers are our favorite of all pacific salmon, they aggressively take flies, fight hard, and love to jump. Lots of fun on a single handed or spey Rod. Our 2016 dates are August 6-13. Read more.


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