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Bighorn Fishing, Mayfly Spinners, Two-Handed Season

Availability on the Bighorn

BH collage 2We still have a few rooms left on our 30th annual trip to the Bighorn River in August for what might be the most incredible dry fly fishing you've ever seen. In recent years the trico fishing has been amazing and we expect a repeat in 2017. Float the river in comfortable skiffs and get out to fish the productive runs, pools, and side channels. Check out the video clip. For prices, dates & details.

 

 

Featured Fly: Mayfly SpinnersMay fly spinner 05A

Mayfly spinners are incredibly important to a fly fisherman who enjoys matching the hatch. The final stage of the adult mayfly mates in the air often high above the water until finally both male and females come to the waters surface and after egg laying by the females, both lay spent on the surface with their cellophane-like wings out to the side. Most of the spinner falls happen in the last hour or two of light and they can provide a feeding frenzy with trout quick to take advantage of the massive numbers of insects. Like most rules in fly fishing, there are exceptions though, for example the early morning trico spinner falls. But whenever you encounter a spinner fall you want to be prepared with a hatch matching imitation.Slate drake spinner 08 

We have two favorite spinner designs that we fish with. The first was made popular by the late Vincent Marino who believed that the spent hackle wing was the perfect imitation – and we agree on water that is flat and smooth. But on faster rougher water we like the poly wing spinner which floats better under those conditions. We offer both to imitate the major eastern hatches. Click here to go to our store.

 

Two-Handed Season

sage1 Are you a subscriber to the Sage blog? Two Handed Season is a beautiful piece written about, well – you guessed it – two handed rods. If you love steelhead season and this type of fishing (and even if you don't), I think you'll enjoy the story and the photographs. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe. You won't want to miss the next issue.

http://www.sageflyfish.com/two-handed-season

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Africa Opportunity, New Flies & Winter Fishing

1 Spot to Share in Africa

We have a unique opportunity for one lucky woman. A good friend of ours has reserved a spot on our east Africa safari this summer (July 27-Aug.12), and is hoping for another woman to join her to share the accommodation. This is the very last spot on this exceptional safari, timed for the Great Migration. Without a doubt, a trip of a lifetime. For prices, dates & details.

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The Family is Growing!

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We're adding 3 new colors to the Super Bugger Family. Always a popular streamer wherever trout and smallmouth are found, we're excited to add yellow, chartreuse, and white to our long time standards of olive, black and tan. In stock and ready to go! Go to store.

 

*A Winter Diehard Talks*

Our guest blog this week is from our friend and neighbor, Jared, one of the most serious fishermen we know. Enjoy.

 

Winter Fishing  'A Window of Opportunity'  By Staskiel

When Cathy Beck asked me to write about my experiences with winter fly fishing, it quickly drew a clear recollection of how I fell in love with fishing during what amounts to the years harshest conditions. I was a younger man at the time, still sporting skin tight neoprene waders, boots tied with lashed together laces from random tennis shoes, these were the fish bum- budget days. I recall having just recieved my tax return, so like any other American patriot, I needed to help out local business, more specifically, purchasing a new fly rod.


I remember telling the fly shop owner he must think I was crazy heading out in 18 degree weather to try my new prize out, but to my surprise, he said "No, not at all!" He sent me on my way with the bare essentials, a pat on the back,
and somehow the rest seemed to fall into place. It's like anything else in life, what seems intimidating or daunting, seems 2unenjoyable, the fishing that cold afternoon simply was anything but that. That day a friend and I had our best catch rate of our lives, it just seemed like the fish wanted to eat anything and everything.  And like most best experiences we have in fishing, when I close my eyes, I can see see those brown trout in that emerald green central PA limestone water.  DSC 6124flat

As years past, more pieces of the puzzle began to come together with regard to fishing during the winter months. Key elements are of course the usual, dress appropriately, rig for deep slow drifts, usually in more drab colored presentations, but most importantly look for that 'window' as my friends and I call it here in central PA, that is, the time of the day when trout tend to be most active. During the winter months, this often occurs during the suns peak angle, and
thus, stream temperature. There is a big misconception that fish will not eat if the water temperature is below 42F. It's my opinion, that fish catch rate seems to increase more precisely with the rate and speed  that the water warms
throughout the period of a day, not the actual ambient temperature. Pay close attention to the shallow tailouts and inlets to deeper pools, these areas can act as staging areas for very large trout to bask in the mid winter sun. Some of my largest winter trout have been taken in exceptionally shallow waters, on exceptionally sunny and cold days.

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If there is any key determining factor to lean on while winter fishing, attempt to determine your local waters best window of opportunity, once you accomplish that, I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.  

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Farbank President Moves On, Winter Fly Fishing & Fly Fishing Show Season

Farbank President Moves On

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Travis Campbell, president of Farbank Enterprises for 8 years, has accepted a position at Smart Wool. Travis is a long time employee with Farbank, owner of the Sage/Redington/RIO brands. He will be missed by all of us. Good luck with your move and your new position, Travis. Read More.

 

Winter Fly Fishing

We found an interesting perspective and short story in MidCurrent by Michigan guide, Tom Hazleton, on winter fishing. We hope you enjoy it. We're having a mild winter here in Pennsylvania – a good winter to continue fishing.  2010 Winter fly fishing0682

http://midcurrent.com/techniques/walking-the-line/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97a2dbd9e1-MidCurrent_January_25_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97a2dbd9e1-18929377

Fly Fishing Show Season

It was great to see so many of our readers and friends at the Somerset, NJ, Fly Fishing Show over the weekend. Unlike many years, the show had great weather and no interference from play-off or Super Bowl games, so we enjoyed record attendance and lots of new interest in tackle. The star player in the Sage booth was the new "X" rod. RIO was busy helping anglers match proper lines, explain tapers, weights, presentation, spey, etc. Of course, Redington was showing new waders, boots, rods & reels. The show is an excellent opportunity to see new products, ask questions, and to test rods. Thank you to everyone who attended.

The Fly Fishing Show moves to Atalanta, GA, this weekend, Friday & Saturday. If you're in the area, stop by. For location, hours, presentations, and seminars, go to flyfishingshow.com

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Introducing a new fly & Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend

Orange Butt Shrimp

As you read here earlier in the month, this is our newest nymph pattern and is now available in our store. We've fished the Orange Butt Shrimp in lots of places (and lots of countries) and it continues to amaze us. We think that it DSC 0663cropshould be in every trout fly box. Weighted with a copper tungsten bead head, it looks shrimpy, buggy, and realistic.  

Available in sizes 10, 12, 14

$2.25 each
6 or more $2.00

 

Somerset, NJ, Fly Fishing Show

Sage boothDon't forget the Somerset Fly Fishing Show this weekend at the Garden State Convention Center. Friday 9:00 – 6:00, Saturday 8:30 – 6:00, Sunday 9:00 – 4:30. It's the world's largest fly fishing only show. Loaded with exhibitors, seminars, casting & tying demonstrations, destinations and classes. Details at flyfishingshow.com. We'll see you there!  

 

Keystone Fly Fishing

Jay Nichols, Headwater Books, has published a comprehensive book on fishing our Keystone state. He has coordinated and relied on authors, guides, fly tiers, and local experts from every fishing corner of the state. Although Pennsylvania is heavy on trout fishing, Jay has also included smallmouth bass, steelhead, and others. You'll get locations, maps, fly suggestions, fishing suggestions and lots more along with beautiful photography. Available from the Angling Book Store or at the Author's Booth at the Somerset Show, or your local shop. $29.95. 586 pages.
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Beck's Online Store & Upstream or Downstream Mend?

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We started out January with a couple weeks of technical problems with the web site, we're still working on that, but at least now I can now focus on new fly patterns for the store. We're expanding the fly selection to include more mayflies, caddis, terrestrial patterns, nymphs, soft hackles, emergers and streamers. When we're done with freshwater, we'll start working on our saltwater section. From time to time we'll be featuring a fly pattern in the blog. We invite you to check in now and then over the next couple of months to see what's new.

http://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/store-shop-online

 

Upstream or Downstream Mend?

Here is an short piece on mending line. Phil Monahan, former Alaskan guide and long-time editor of American Angler Magazine gives us tips on how to know which direction we should mend the line to achieve a longer drag free drift. Remember when you're making the mend, to be careful that you don't move the fly or you will create tension by straightening the leader which will result in drag at the fly. Having slack in the cast, to be used when you make the mend, will help prevent this situation.

http://midcurrent.com/experts/mending-upstream-or-down/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=98f0e89b68-MidCurrent_November_30_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-98f0e89b68-18929377

 

Somerset Fly Fishing Show


Don't forget the Somerset Show coming up January 27, 28, 29, at the Garden State Exhibit Center, Somerset, NJ. This is the biggest fly fishing show in the world and there are tons of things to see — presentations, lots of fly tiers, classes, exhibits from manufacturers and distributors, destinations, products, tackle, tackle and more tackle! We'll be at the Sage booth. Stop by and say hello. For Details:   http://flyfishingshow.com/somerset-nj/

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RIO's How To Series, Fly Contest Winner, & Trout Land Video

RIO's How TO Series

A few weeks back we announced RIO's new video series called, "How To". We introduced the first video which was Simon Gawesworth and techniques for "Soft Hackles". Very interesting and informative. We were in Argentina at the time and somehow missed the release of the second video, RIO's Russ Miller talking about "Setting the Hook," so we encourage you to take a few minutes to view it if you haven't seen it. You'll have an opportunity at the end of the new third release featuring Simon again with "Learning the Double Haul," another informative and very useful segment. Going forward, we'll try to be better about announcing them on time as they are released. Thank you RIO for helping us all be better fishermen!

http://www.rioproducts.com/learn/how-to-double-haul?play=true


Fly Contest Winner 

namethatflyYou might remember just before Christmas we had a Name the Fly contest for a new pattern that we want to include in the store for this coming year. This is a great nymph and the only thing missing was a name. We received lots of great names and it difficult to pick a winner. In the end, we gave all the names to Barry, who didn't know who they were entered by, and he chose "Orange Quill Butt Shrimp." The winner was Chuck Becker from California and Chuck has his pick of a RIO fly line. Congratulations Chuck!

Trout Land Video

Everyone loves a good video clip and we have a good one to share with you this week. Andrew Ryan, fly shop owner and outfitter in Ireland, put together this short promo video and it's beautifully done. Andrew didn't try to do it himself,
he hired the right people and it shows. It's the perfect clip to watch in the doldrums of winter and to dream about what's ahead for us when trout fishing resumes in the spring. Enjoy.

*2017 Beck Departures*


Jan 12-23 Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile (trout)

Feb 12-Feb 20 Laguna Verde/Tecka, Argentina (trout)

Mar 16-27Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Mar 25-April 10Patagonia, Argentina (trout)

May 6-13 Belize River Lodge, Belize (tarpon, bones, etc)

June 20-30 Ireland (trout/salmon)

July 28-August 11 East Africa (photo safari)

Aug 19-Aug 26 Bighorn, Montana (trout)

Aug 26-Sept 2 Bighorn, Montana (trout)

Oct 13-21Pyreenes, Spain (trout)

Nov 30-Dec 11 Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

Please contact us or visit our website for more information.

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Merry Christmas!

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Tres Valles Recap & Wrapping up our fly naming contest

We just got home from Tres Valles Lodge, Argentina, from one of our best trips ever to this destination! Lots of big fish on dry flies and small nymphs, what could be better. Lovely warm weather, perfect sunny days, insect activity, great food and fishing. We're still editing photos and will have more for you next week, but for now here are a few shots from our guests.

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Also, just a quick reminder that there are only 2 days left to submit your fly names for our contest.... We've gotten some great ones already but would love some more ideas.  See contest details here

 

Featured Flies

This week's feature is our two most popular fly patterns in the Beetles & Buggers selection. You get both selections for $45.95, boxed. When purchased individually the cost is $60 without the boxes. Great patterns at a great savings! 2 each color, each size. 24 flies total. Buggers #4 & 6, 3 colors. Beetles #8, 10, 12, 2 wing colors. Order here.  Great Christmas idea!

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Don't Give Up on Winter

Don't Give Up on Winter

January thaw 0507Winter has arrived. Gone are the warm early November days we so much enjoyed and with them go any hopes of finding rising fish. On the other hand, anJanuary thaw 0763y day that the air temperatures rise above freezing we can and will get back out there. With the right gear and the right flies we can still catch fish. We will concentrate on the warmest part of the afternoon and our flies of choice will be tungsten bead head nymphs or if push comes to shove, glow bugs and squirmy wormies. If we find off color water it might be a slowly retrieved black super bugger. It will be important to get the fly down to where we expect the fish to be and a weighted streamer given time to sink will be in order. So break out the down jackets, wool socks, fleece buffs and hand warmers..... and don't forget a thermos of hot coffee. We'll see you out there.January thaw 0961

 

The Thoughtful Robot

Michigan guide, Russ Maddin, hits the nail on the head with his observations and suggestions on being an effective streamer fisherman. There is a lot more to this art then just casting and stripping as you'll discover. It's an excellent interview and he makes some some very good points. Thank you Russ and MidCurrent for bringing it to us. Click here to read the article

 

Our 2017 Trip Schedule

Jan 12-23- Coyhaique River Lodge, Chile (trout)
Feb 12-Feb 20 - Laguna Verde/Tecka, Argentina (trout)
Mar 16-27 - Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)
Mar 25-April 10 - Patagonia, Argentina (trout)
May 6-13 - Belize River Lodge, Belize (tarpon, bones, etc)
June 20-30 - Ireland (trout/salmon)
July 28-August 11 - East Africa (photo safari)
Aug 19-Aug 26 - Bighorn, Montana (trout)
Aug 26-Sept 2 - Bighorn, Montana (trout)
Oct 13-22 - Pyrennes, Spain (trout)
Nov 30-Dec 11 - Patagonia, Tres Valles, Argentina (trout)

 

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Fly Contest & an Opening for Chile

Summer in January?

We've just been advised that there is a room available at at Coyhaique River Lodge during our January 14 – 21, 2017, CHILE FLY FISHING2421week. Celebrate summer in January and come with us for a great mix of streams, spring creeks, rivers, and lakes. Lots of dry fly fishing, especially beetles and hoppers, and beautiful warm weather. Here is the itinerary. It's bound to be a great week. I think you should grab this last room and come with us!

 

 

Name that Fly

We have a new nymph pattern that we're going to include in our online store. It's been a proven winner both in Patagonia (a friend landed a ten pound brown on it at Tres Valles ), and in Spain this year it was the fly to have (0369 FALL IMAGEno ten pound fish, but close). On our home waters Gary Hunt netted a beautiful 24 inch rainbow on it a couple weeks ago. OK, so we know it works – but we can't seem to come up with a catchy name, this is where you come in. Enter up to five names. The winner gets a RIO fly line of your choice (plus some fly samples). The fly has a tungsten bead head, a rough thorax of spiked dubbing and a orangey quill type body. The fly looks very shrimp-like in the water.  

The contest will end on December 10 so get your ideas in asap.  Email your entries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and please make sure to put Name that Fly in the subject line.

Sporting Gentleman Event

We spent last Saturday at the Sporting Gentleman in Glen Mills, PA. Barry tied flies, we had a casting class, and met lots of great folks. It's a lovely fly shop with a great restaurant in the same building. James Jindel representing Sage/RIO/Redington was present with lots of goodies – rods, reels, lines, tackle, etc. We had a gorgeous fall day and a great turnout. Thank you Christine and Ahmed for hosting the event and for the great food!

If you're in the area, stop by and say hello. 128 Glen Mills Rd., Glen Mills, PA 19342.
www.sportinggentleman.com   

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