Look at this Fish!, Christmas Gifts, & Looking Ahead


Look at This Fish!!

Matt West 3381While some of us were trying to do Christmas shopping online and in mask, a regular guiding client, Matt West, decided to brave the cold and get in a late season fishing day with Barry. As Barry was getting dressed that morning he mentioned that he must be crazy. It was cold and a breeze was kicking up. He piled on base layers, top layers, down, wool, and anything else that he could get inside his waders. I remember thinking that they are both crazy!

As the day unfolded, the wind died and the sun came out. I can't say that it was balmy, but bearable. They were catching a few fish when about an hour from quitting time Matt hooked into this beautiful 30” brown. Where he came from no one knows, but he's been living a good life! It was Matt's biggest fish to date and what a way to finish the day. Our season doesn't close here, and the next week looks good, so if you're up for it, our guides are anxious to find this fish again! Give us a call to set up a day.

Congratulations Matt!

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If you follow us on Facebook and Instagram, you know that we've been busy this season with our online photo gallery. We invite you to take a look at what we're doing and the many other artists that are represented by

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Calendars and Flies

 Don't forget to order a 2021 Angler's Calendar, the Dirty Duo & Ug & Ug selections, and Trapper & PTs. (See last week's blog) Time is running out for Christmas. Let us know if we can help fill your stocking....or someone else's. These are great early season flies and priced right.  For Christmas 2


Looking Ahead

While the future is still somewhat uncertain, it's looking up with regards to the vaccine and late winter early spring turnaround. We're seeing an interest in fishing trips and the phone is beginning to ring again.

With that in mind, here is our 2021 schedule from March forward. As you begin to think about traveling once again, we hope you'll keep us and Frontiers in mind.


March 6-12                 San Huberto Lodge, Argentina. Trout.

March 13-20               Tres Valles Lodge, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

March 20-27               Estancia Tecka, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

June 21-July 4            Ireland & Scotland. Trout/A. Salmon.

July 23-Aug. 9            E. Africa Safari. Kenya & Tanzania. Game Viewing.

August 21-Sept. 5       Bighorn River, Montana. Trout.

September 14-22        E. Pyrenees, Spain. Trout.

October 16-23             Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize. Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit

Nov. 29-Dec. 4            Argentina Waters, Esquel, Argentina. Trout.

Dec. 4-11                    Tres Valles Estancia, Esquel, Argentina. Trout

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Shop Small Christmas Ideas


We encourage you to embrace the Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere. Please support small business this holiday season and beyond.

 Tis the Season

This is the week for Christmas ideas for yourself or others. We've put together some interesting fly selections, once again we have the 2021 Angler's Calendar, and a virtual stroll through our GeoGallery.

IMG 0109 Dirty Duo

For this double selection we've paired our Squirmies & Buggers Selection with a dozen tungsten Ug Nymphs (#8) in our best colors. You'll be ready for high cold water when the season opens in the spring with this duo. 2 Selections, 28 weighted flies, boxed. $60.  Click on the title to be directed to our store to order.



PT's & Emergers

PTS 0112For this double selection we've paired our Pheasant Tail Bead Head Selection with a dozen Trapper Tungsten Soft Hackle caddis emergers. PT's are always a favorite and with the Trapper soft hackles, you'll be ready for the hatches in the spring. 2 Selections, 24 flies(12-16), boxed $42. Click on the title to be directed to our store to order.



2021 Angler's Calendar

CAL 2021The 12"x12" Angler's Calendar is always a popular gift idea. 18-month calendar, large boxes for notes, moon phases, international holidays. By Willow Creek Press. $14.99.




Geo Gallery Tour

Just in time for Christmas.

We've put together a short video of some of our favorite images listed on Geo Galleries. Just sit back and let us show you what we're doing with prints, canvas wraps, and framed pieces.

All of the images here are available in a variety of formats and media types along with custom selections at Please let us know if you have any questions. Enjoy.





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Updated Link: Happy Thanksgiving! Shop Small & This Week's Featured Pics


The Movement

shopsmallWe encourage you to embrace Small Business Saturday as it continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition – just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement that supports small businesses every day and everywhere. Please support small business this holiday season and beyond.


This Week's Pics

The Homestead

The Homested 2020 11 25 at 2.01.39 PMThe stories this place could tell! On a windswept Montana plain you can picture kids and old folks trudging through snow on their way to the outhouse, or struggling to beat a bit of a living out of the rock hard ground in the generations before irrigation. As they say, “those were the days....”


Last Cast

Last Cast 2020 11 25 at 12.57.46 PMWe've all had those magical days on the water that you don't want to end. So, you keep telling yourself that you really do have to start home and that you'll just make one more cast...and it leads to another and another.


We invite you to browse these photos and many others in our gallery at

Starting at $25.

Prints, framed and ready-to-hang, and canvas wraps. Custom options available.



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GeoGalleries, Last Call, & Mending your Line

This Week's Pic – GeoGalleries

We are continuing to build our presence on GeoGalleries and invite you to take a look at where you can browse prints, canvas wraps, and framed pieces, with many options in media, format, and custom sizes. Here are the pics for this week:

 Rainbow Trout Release

Geo Rainbow Trout Release 2020 10 29 at 2.51.11 PMAn angler gently releases a fat rainbow trout back into the river to be caught and enjoyed another day. As catch and release becomes more popular, anglers everywhere are increasingly releasing their catch.


Acacia Tree Sunset

The combination of dust and fire make for incredible sunsets and it's hard to find another place on earth Geo Acacia Tree Sunset 2020 11 19 at 3.28.06 PMwhere there is more dust and fire than Africa. The vast African plains and the few trees make an impressive stage for the sun to drop behind.


 Last Call

If you subscribe to or happen to see a copy of the November/December issue of Gray's, please enjoy our photo essay with our good friend Harry Schoel from Belgium.

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Classic Pro Tip: How to Mend Your Line For a Better Drift

mendHere is an easy, quick, piece from Tom Rosenbauer and Montana guide, Molly Semenik, on mending line. These are great tips for mending and with it is a very useful 2-minute video.
Thank you Tom, Molly, & Orvis.

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Fall Fishing, RIO Tips, & GeoGalleries Pick

Fall Fishing

After a long hot dry summer and early fall, we have been blessed with rain to end the drought and 0757 OCTOBER FLY FISHING beautiful fall weather to enjoy being outside. The fish are beginning their spawning rituals, water is cool and clean, and looking ahead the day time temperatures are projected to be in the 50/60's for at least the next week.

Just this afternoon we watched three whitetail bucks chase doe in the field next door and as we sat and watched, a bald eagle 709 NOV 2020 BECK IMAGEflew overhead from the pond. It was a beautiful warm fall afternoon and we couldn't help but feel fortunate to be here in this place at this moment.

Our guides have a few days available, so if you need to get out and fish, now is the time! We will have another week of it, but who knows after that. It could be a very long cold winter. Call us!

RIO's Fishing Tips  riologo2

RIO's fishing tips are short, usually less than a minute, tips that help us all and make things easier on the water or at the tying bench. You may end up asking yourself, “Why didn't I think of that?” Here is one for tying bench and at the end you'll see more tips.


This Week's Pick -- GeoGalleries

Last week we told you about our invitation to be part of GeoGalleries, an online community of artists based in San Antonio, Texas, and representing artists from around the world. We're excited to be included in the small group of photographers and here are our two picks for this week. Both pieces are available in a number of sizes as prints, framed work, and canvas. We invite you to see more by visiting

Colorful Art Deco Street Life

GEO2020 11 04 at 6.58.45 PMSyncopated Bohemian culture comes to life on the streets and alleyways of Valprasio, Chile, like nowhere else on earth. It's a hard working port town, once known as "The Jewel of South America". Don't be in a hurry when you come to visit the colorful streets, cafes, and restaurants of this extraordinary city.




Gray Crowned Cranes

GEO 2020 11 04 at 6.56.23 PMGray Crowned Cranes are long legged birds of African grasslands and wetlands, famous for their elaborate courtship dances performed in pairs. Cranes mate for life and enjoy a varied diet by pecking on the ground or searching in the mud for frogs, lizards, seeds and grains. These cranes have inspired artists, conservationists (and photographers like ourselves) around the world, but some species are now threatened due to habitat loss.





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GeoGalleries, Turneffe, & Andras Outfitters


We are honored to be part of GeoGalleries, a curated community of independent international artist galleries. In the weeks ahead we will be spot lighting a couple of our images each week through the blog, Facebook and Instagram. Our work is representative of our travels and includes cityscapes, landscapes, animals, people, and of course fly fishing. It will take us months to build our online gallery at Geo so we hope you will follow us and check in often to see what is new.

Geo is an extension of FinerWorks, a fine art and photo print color lab based in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in prints on canvas, metal, and fine art papers, as well as unlimited custom options. 

LippanzanerEye2020 10 29 at 1.00.15 PMThis week our spot lighted pieces are from our horse collection, My Horse at Last Light and Lipizzaner Eye. All of our work will be offered in print sizes and as canvas wraps. We invite you to view our collections by following the link below and then selecting the individual collection. Thanks for looking around.  My Horse4981b7c9 296f 420f ae56 9ea8f1982854


Turneffe Review

DAVID IMG 2543 copyWe mentioned last week about a group of anglers that we had at Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize for the week. The reports we got back were that air travel was a breeze and the airplanes and the service was smooth, could not have been better, the attention to cleanliness and Covid precaution was impressive, and the in-and-out process in Belize was very well orchestrated and went smoothly. Belize City airport is small and with the new precautions in place the line of travelers stretchedART DSCN2117 openWith outside of the terminal, but it was a nice day and no one seemed to mind. The required Covid app and test results procedure worked well and there were no unexpected delays or hiccups.   

Once at the lodge our group settled in and enjoyed a week of good weather, comfortable accommodations, great guides and good fishing. We have a hosted departure planned to Turneffe for the same time next year, October 16-23, 2021, and we hope that you'll think about joining us. 

Andras Outfitters in Almeda Fire

A couple weeks back we put out a call for help for our friends, Rachel & Jim Andras, in Talent, Oregon, and the Almeda Fire which ravaged their little community. As you can see from their most recent newsletter, the town is pulling through but it will be a long time before families have homes and can provide for themselves and their families. Thank you to everyone who sent money, fishing tackle, and prayers.  Here's a update from Rachel's newsletter.

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Being able to work with some of the staff at Talent Elementary to bless families in need is a true JOY! Meeting Mamas at the school to give them gift cards and diapers is meaningful and makes their day a little easier. It is because of you. Thank you!

The Red Cross has provided hotel rooms for families and though it is a safe place it is not a long term solution or ideal. Seeing families struggling on our school zooms has been heart breaking.

There is a long road ahead for so many and we hope we can continue to offer support, hope, and love to keep their spirit and hearts at peace. We are truly better together. The holidays are right around the corner so I am thinking of doing a few things to continue to give. Possibly a Sock Drive and/or Secret Santa for families too. I welcome your ideas. Just email Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Local Help, Turneffe Flats, & Vince Marinaro

Local Call for Help

Sherri Cooney is a personal friend and is involved locally in feeding families who are having a difficult time. This is her plea and I can personally guarantee that any donations are going to be used to put food on the table for these people.

Please consider helping us raise money now while Sherri has someone who is offering to “match donations.” I asked Sherri why she is soliciting donations if the food is free and she explained that CHOP (Child Hunger Outreach Partners), a non profit, pays the PA Food Bank for the food to be given away.

We all appreciate your help, but most of all the receiving families thank you. Please help us make a difference in someone's life today.

Just in Turneffe Flats

We have a small group of friends at Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize this week. They are part of a group that was rescheduled from our April trip and we would love to be there with them. They are catching turneffelodgebonefish, jumping tarpon, and having a beautiful week of weather. Last report was one small permit landed and others sited. We'll have more next week, but it sounds like a great week to be in the salt!


A Nod to Vince

Awhile back MidCurrent ran a nice tribute to Vince Marinaro, author of “A Modern Dry Fly Code” (1950) and “In the Ring of the Rise” (1976). There's no denying that these books inspired anglers to think more carefully about trout behavior and small flies and terrestrials to tempt trout. 

Vincent Marinaro 2Barry and Vince were friends and shortly after we were married, Vince came to visit and fish with Barry for a few days. It was very early (emphasis here!) in my fly fishing career and of course I had no idea who Vince was and truth be known, I only remember him as a grouchy old man. Perhaps partly due to the fact that his car broke down while he was here and I had to take him where he wanted to go because apparently Barry wouldn't stop fishing to do it (I can't remember for sure). Anyway, that's neither here nor there. This is a nice tribute and we hope you enjoy it.

Thank you Bob Romano and MidCurrent.

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Interview with Lee Spencer, Covid & The Outdoorsman, and Tip for Line Twist

Interview: Lee Spencer

I almost passed this up and am so glad I gave it a second glance. MidCurrent's Marshall Cutchin brings us a fascinating interview with Lee Spencer, who has spent more than 14 years with his dog Sis, camped next to a pool on the North Umpqua's Steamboat Creek to observe and document the behavior of the wild steelhead, and other species, both animal and plant, that visit or inhabit this locale.

lee 2 640You may or may not have a love affair with steelhead, but listening to Lee talk about what he has observed is amazing. Marshall and Lee are easy to listen to, his observations give us lots to think about and he has to be a really interesting guy. Thank you MidCurrent, Marshall, and Lee.


A Day in the Life of an Outdoorsman During COVID-19

fall frontiersI came across this short story written by Tom Gilliland in the May issue of the Frontiers's Destination Newsletter. Tom wrote it in early spring, with expectations of Covid ending soon. It is now October and the future is still uncertain. Remember last spring? Many of us thought we'd be “out the other side” by now. I know we did. Tom, nice job, but we may need a sequel. Hope you got ahead of the beavers!


Tip for Line Twist

Our friend, Russ Miller, came for a visit a few years ago and showed us a quick and easy way to eliminate line twist. If this has ever happened to you, the tip in this short 2-minute video will come in handy.




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Andras Outfitters, East Africa Safari, & Joan at 94

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Andras Outfitters in Almeda Fire

Last week it was Frank & Jeanne Moore, this week we have word from our friends, Jim & Rachel andrasAndras,, Talent, OR, who narrowly escaped the wildfires while 40% of the homes in their school district were lost. Families are taking shelter in the local elementary school and no one knows how long it will be before these families are in homes again.

Jim and Rachel are directly involved in helping local fishing guides replace gear and raise funds for their neighbors and community. If you know these folks, you know they are salt of the earth good people and their community needs help. You can be sure that every dollar donated will go directly to their community and we are asking you to please consider sending a donation.

You can donate online through or mail checks to address shown.

Here's an email from Jim & Rachel with more info. Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Dear Friends and Family,
Our hearts are broken yet we physically feel our hearts growing bigger. Growing as better humans and a stronger community. I can feel it.
I’ll start by sharing we are OK. Our house is standing unharmed. James and Brechin are doing well. We are the lucky ones. We are so incredibly grateful for all the texts, calls, emails, and love sent our way these last few weeks. Thank you! We feel incredibility loved.
On Tuesday September 8th, over 2500 homes were lost in the Almeda Fire. It was terrifying! I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the BRAVE Police offices, Fire Fighters, Pilots, and others who saved so many lives.
Eighty percent of our Phoenix/Talent School District where James and Brechin attend evacuated and forty percent of their homes were lost. With an already shortage of affordable housing, this makes our challenges ahead even harder. Yet our community is worth rebuilding. Leaders are currently trying to bring back all the families to our towns so we can support them. Yesterday they opened up Phoenix Elementary as a shelter for families. They need familiar, safety, and a space to Be.
Many of you have asked how you can help. As we do our part in rebuilding hope in our community here are some opportunities for you to participate. Thank you in advance.

1. Phoenix Talent School District has a Relief Fund for families.

2. A few local fly fishers lost their homes and I would love to help them get back on the water for some peace and joy. I can either collect $ (Venmo below) to shop for them or the actual items to take to them. If you have gear to give please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we don’t end up with duplicates. Please mail to Rachel Andras 365 Schoolhouse Road Talent OR 97540
· Women’s Waders Size Medium
· Women’s Wading Boots women’s size 11
· Women’s Rain jacket Medium
· She is mostly a trout angler so whatever else you want to give her
· XL Mens Waders, Rainjacket, Fleece jackets, (I don’t have his shoes size but can get it).
· A longtime angler, guide, fly tying instructor lost all his rods, reels, and gear.

3. I am collecting and purchasing gift cards at local restaurants, groceries, and cooking healthy meals for local families in need. If you would like to contribute to this fund please Venmo us at Jim & Rachel Andras This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. To help the Andras Family directly please SHARE THIS EMAIL and encourage your friends and family to Follow us on Instagram @flyfishing4health and @andrasoutfitters and Facebook Rachel Connery Andras. Thank you!

We welcome any connections to help our local communities and families. This is a long road ahead so if you or your company would like to put together some ideas please let me know.

Much love and good health,
Jim and Rachel Andras

East Africa Safari

July 25-August 8, 2021

We're very excited about returning to Kenya and Tanzania in 2021. After many years of hosting Africa UWC 5232safaris we have hand-picked what we feel are the best lodges for viewing all of the amazing animals of Africa, for the best chance of seeing the annual migration, and the camps and lodges that best deliver a unique Africa experience, including everything from a Hemingway-style tent camp (think Out of Africa with amenities) to the architecturally spectacular Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, not to mention others.

Look carefully at the itinerary and don't miss the gallery at the end of the link. It truly is a trip of a lifetime and we would love to share it with you.


Joan at 94

EfaAcelXgAEatajWonder what Joan Wulff is doing these days? Well, she recently appeared on CBS This Morning which talks about the birthplace of American fly fishing, the movie, Peter Kaminsky, and the Queen of American Fly Fishing, Joan Wulff. Way to go, Joan!! We love you.



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Moore's Lose Home to Fire, Aiden's First Trout, & Our Boys

 Frank & Jeanne Moore Lose Home to Fire

We've heard these two wonderful people mentioned in steelhead circles for years, but have never met them. It makes us sad to hear that Frank, age 97, and Jeanne, not far behind, have lost their lovely home to the wildfires in Oregon.

Theirs is an amazing story about life from the shores of Normandy to the log home they built themselves on the North Umpqua.  These two have led a simple, wonderful, life. Thank you Trout Unlimited and Angling Trade News for bringing us their story. Please take a look.

Our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you Frank & Jeanne.

And Then There's Aiden

From 97 to 4, here's a story about Aiden's first trout, written by his dad, Domenick Swentosky, as seen through the eyes of a 4-year old. Like 4-year olds everywhere, an afternoon fishing with dad is not just about fishing....   Aiden First Solo Brown 1 of 1

It's fun, refreshing, and cute.

And....Our Kids

While we're on the subject of kids, we'd like to brag a bit since our grandsons, Bridger & Colter, made  IMG 9808Kayak Angler's latest issue tying flies for bluegills and bass in the pond.



Kids Facebook Album

Just wanted to say thanks again to everyone who sent in photos for the album. Our Facebook ratings jumped up last week after publishing the blog and we're sure the album gets the credit. If you missed it last week, here's the link again: you don't have to be “On Facebook” to view it. Enjoy!



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