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ChromaPops for the Win

What is ChromaPop?

I'm embarrassed to say that I've had my favorite sunglasses for years. So long in fact that the nose pads are beginning to deteriorate. I use them for everything, not just fishing. Barry on the other hand, seldom has more than two seasons on his before he moves on to something newer. So, after hearing so much about the new technology and listening to guides and clients talk, this year I got myself a new pair of Smith ChromaPops. The glasses arrived last week and even then, they sat on my desk for a couple days waiting for me to try them.

glassesWell, I put them on the other day and immediately thought something was wrong. I took them off and looked at the lenses. Everything looked ok, I put them on again and thought, Wow! This must be what cataract surgery does for people. It was like a veil had been lifted. ChromaPop had painted my world in fresh vivid color. I'm telling you, you can't imagine the difference until you've tried it. There is some good information on ChromaPop at Smith Optics that explains how the technology works, but it's basically enhances clarity and natural color to let you live every moment in more detail. The colors are truer, more vivid and much clearer. All this results in less eye fatigue. It's truly amazing.

We are often asked what sunglasses we wear and our answer is always Smith. We've worn Smiths (formerly Action Optics) for about 30 years and sold the line when we were in retail. We're true blue and think there is nothing better. When you're ready to update your sunglasses, we strongly suggest that you consider Smith and the new ChromaPop technology. You'll be surprised!

You can purchase Smith optics at the following retailers:

Tulpehocken Fly Shop Online http://www.tcoflyfishing.com/
Bob Marriott's Fly Shop Online http://www.bobmarriottsflyfishingstore.com

 

Big Sky PMDs

And thinking about optics, here is a great example of how important being able to see clearly defines the moment when fishing small dry flies and setting the hook. If you can't see the take or cut the glare so you can follow the drift, your fishing will suffer. Thanks to YouTube, we found this very well done Todd Moen video on fishing PMDs in the west. The things that we instantly noticed were: The low profile by the angler, how still he is in the water, and the lag time between seeing the fish take and setting the hook. Does fly line color matter? Think about that as you watch the video. Very well done. Makes me want to be there

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Happy 4th of July

Independence is one of the most valuable gifts that one can enjoy. We pray that God's blessings are always with us so that the coming generations can also enjoy the fruits of independence. Have a great holiday with family & friends!

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JUN
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Sage Rods

The Sage Bookends — "X" and Pulse

Sage   Two exceptional rods at two very different prices.

We've said it before, how does Jerry keep coming up with new rod designs? True to form, Sage is introducing the new Sage X Rod Group 590-4 Detail-2"X" fast action rod this week. Kirk Deeter reviews it in the Angling Trade News (via Field & Stream) and if you like being on the cutting edge of fast, accurate and technical rods, you'll be falling in love all over again! Read the press release in MidCurrent here.

At the other end of the spectrum, we have to say that we've been using the Sage Pulse rods for our clinics, casting lessons, and as loaner rods for a couple seasons and these rods continue to impress us. At a cost of $450, the Pulse is classified as a fast action rod, but with a RIO Grand line, it loads beautifully close up and doesn't hesitate to step up to the plate for longer distances. Beautifully finished blanks are lichen green blank with olive wraps. Same lifetime guarantee, made on Bainbridge Island. View the video below.

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JUN
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Take the Kids Fishing & African Safari 2017

Take the Kids Fishing

 Last weekend our good friends and trip clients, Ken & Foykids, organized a weekend in the country with their grandchildren Leland and Benjamin, ages 3 and 5 and their parents. We paired them up with our grandsons, Bridger and Colter, ages 6 & 8, and what fun it was. We got all the boys fishing with fly rods at the pond for bluegills. The pond also has hybrid striped bass which I use in my casting classes but I thought the bass which average 4-5 pounds would be a bit much for the boys. The bluegills were in spawning colors and were lots of fun. They started out with bluegills but it wasn't long before one of the kids hooked into a bass, and then another, and another. Soon they were all fighting, landing, and releasing bass along with the bluegills.

It reminded me of how much fun it is to be a kid in the summer. Not a care in the world and nothing is more important than the moment. We went from fishing to visiting goats, playing in the barn, and kicking the soccer ball until the kids were exhausted. Everyone slept well that night! Thank you Ken & Foy for giving us the pleasure of being a kid again for a awhile.

 

 

2017 Safaris- Booking now

Barry and Cathy have two very exciting African safaris planned for Summer, 2017. The first (July 14-27), is a Big Cat Safari to Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. This safari was featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sun, and Courant this past week. The second is to East Africa (July 28 - Aug. 11) for the annual migration, their third migration safari. Read more on the Frontiers Website here or call us for more details.

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Rigging 2 Flies & The Becks Upcoming Schedule

Rigging Two Flies

In this week's blog Pat Dorsey talks to us about rigging two flies, nymph/nymph, dry/dry, dry/nymph, streamer/streamer. We are always surprised when our guiding guests tell us that they never use a two fly combination and we use it almost all the time. Using two flies will definitely increase your odds of catching fish! Read all about it here. (From MidCurrent via Fly Fisherman)

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Also, we wanted to update you about the Beck's upcoming schedule

2016:
Ireland (trout/salmon) July 8-18. Sold Out
Bighorn River (trout) Aug. 19-26, 26-Sept. 2. Sold Out
Spain, E. Pyrenees (trout) Oct. 13-20, 3 rooms
Tres Valles, Arg. (trout) Nov. 25-Dec. 5. Sold Out
2017:
Chile, Coyhaique (trout) Jan. 14-21. Sold Out
Argentina, Pira Lodge (dorado) Feb. 3-10. 4 rooms
Argentina, Jurassic Lake (trout) Feb. 11-19. 4 rooms
Argentina, Patagonia, 3 lodges (trout) Mar. 16-Apr. 12. 5 rooms
Belize River Lodge (tarpon, bones, etc) May 6-13. 5 rooms
Africa, East & South, Safari July 14-27 & 28-Aug.11. 10 rooms
Bighorn River (trout) Aug. 19-26 & 26-Sept. 2. 5 rooms

Please contact us or refer to our web site for further information.

 

Fishing continues to be good here on Fishing Creek.

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2 New Argentina Destinations

2 New Argentina Destinations

Those of you who know us well, know how much we love Argentina, and what's not to love? The time in Buenos Aires, the beautiful estancias and the variety of fishing opportunities are all over-the-top. And it gets better every year. We
can't give up our favorite Argentina destinations so we just keep adding more and for 2017, along with our favorites, we're adding Pira Lodge and Laguna Verde (aka Jurassic Lake). It has literally taken us years to get a week at each of these destinations and we're excited beyond words to know that February will find us there.  These trips will be on our web site shortly.  In the meantime, please contact us or Frontiers for more information or with questions. 

IMGP1593If you've always wanted to catch hard fighting acrobatic dorado by sight fishing in crystal-clear water and have superb accommodations, Pira Lodge, is the ticket and we'll be there from Feb. 5-11, 2017. Dorado hammer flies and are known as the most challenging native freshwater fish, "tigers of the river", in Argentina. Better come with us and see why. It's wild and it's exciting. Check out the itinerary and video.
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 If you're looking for the brontosaurus of rainbow trout come with us to Estancia laguna Verde, for there's no better place on earth. River and lake fishing, walking and searching crystal clear water bays and inlets for cruising behemoths. We don't know what makes this particular lake so fertile and the fish so big, it's truly a spectacle worth seeing. Hook-ups are described as reel screaming, heart pounding, tug of war action. Gotta see it to believe it.  Join us Feb 11-18.
See the Itinerary and video.
Laguna Verde Video:

 

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Alaska openings & Fly Fishing Weekend recap

Last Minute Openings in Alaska

Sold out for months we now find ourselves with a couple of available tents at Reel Action on the Kanetok River, August. 5-12. Prime time for silver salmon, rainbow trout, and lots of other 2988 ALASKA  BECK IMAGE 2014salmon and char. At the mouth of the Bering Sea, Reel Action Camp offers fishing that no other camp can offer. Get the fish first as they come into the river. An amazing week of action! Individual tents, $5,000. per person. Check the photos and itinerary for details and then call us!

 

 

 

Recap on the Frontier's Fly Fishing Weekend

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It was a fun weekend here on Fishing Creek with the group. We learned about casting, bugs, leaders, flies, stripers, bluegills, and trout. The weather was uncooperative, rainy, windy and cold — it even snowed for a couple minutes. From Canada, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania the group had a great time. Can't wait to do it again. Thanks to Frontiers, Sage, and the Lodge at Raven Creek for hosting a great event!

 

 

Great News! Denver International Airport Rail Link

A reminder for anyone traveling to Denver this summer.  Check out the Travel Insider article here

 

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Spring Guiding & Sage MOD

Hendricksons, Caddis & March Browns

Our guiding is off to a great start here on Fishing Creek. With light drizzle for most of this week, the fishing has been very good each day with Hendrickson spinners, grannom caddis and the beginning of the March Browns. The weather has been cold and we're dressing warm, but that comes with the season and it won't be long until we're hoping for some of the cooler spring temps!

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Speaking of the early spring hatches, we can't hardly write about the fishing without mentioning the new Sage MOD fly rod. Paired with a Sage 4250 reel and the RIO InTouch Perception fly line, it's been the perfect rod for our eastern Sagespring fishing. The MOD has just enough backbone for handling light streamers or a couple of small nymphs, but switches easily to a beautiful presentation when the hatch starts or the spinners fall. It's accurate, sensitive, and an absolute joy to cast. If you haven't tried one yet you should the next time you visit your local fly shop. We're pretty sure you'll fall in love all over again.  Check out the video of the rod here

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Stanley Cooper Recognized & Spain Opportunity

springblogWe are having a beautiful day today, showers and then the sun breaks through, and then back to showers. Temperatures cool, in the 60's, no wind, and I know the Hendricksons and olives are hatching on the stream. Probably the grannom Caddis too. Water levels have been good this spring and anglers are enjoying the early season. Last night we had a beautiful Hendrickson spinner fall and there is no question that for most of us, this is a favorite hatch. We hope that you are getting out and enjoying the early season. Don't put it off, it doesn't last long.

 

Stanley Cooper Jr Recognized

It is with great pleasure that we bring you Nathaniel Eric Seals' photos and interview with our local legend, Stan Cooper, Jr., in our blog this week. A more talented fly tier, stanleycooperfisherman, and friend to all can not be found anywhere. We are delighted with the Catskill Museum's recognition and honor of this great man. Seals is a staff writer for the Citizens Voice in Wilkes-Barre.  Read the interview in this local paper here.

 

 

Looking for something different?

We still have a couple rooms open on our Spain departure, October 13-20, to the eastern Pyrenees. We'll stay in the ancient mountain village (300 people) of Aren, in the Pyrenees foothills between Aragon and Catalonia. There is an spainblogamazing variety of small tail water streams, alpine lakes, spring creeks and freestone trout streams in the surrounding countryside. We'll fish for tiger, brown and rainbow trout. For the non-fishing partner, or for a day off from fishing, there is lots to do and see --  ancient watch towers, Romanesque villages, sightseeing and easy trekking trips to explore medieval villages and cathedrals, and so much more. Refer to the itinerary for more details.spainblog1

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The view in Mexico

Last week we had some techinical difficulties here and were not able to send out our blog.  Cathy had emailed us from Mexico with some great photos and I hated to waste them.  The Becks are home now, Opening Day here was a success, and we're busy scheduling guiding and casting.  I still wanted to get this blog out so I hope you won't mind that it's a few days late....  Enjoy!

 

We're sitting on the porch at Grand Slam Lodge in Mexico talking about thefishing we've had so far this week. Saltwater fishing is so different from trout fishing in so many ways. We can all remember some nasty wind on trout rivers,but nothing like nasty wind in saltwater. Another thing, the fish are always moving so your cast has to be quick and accurate, real quick. There is often no time for false casts...pick it up and get it back in there, especially for baby
tarpon and snook. Being able to see the fish is so important, otherwise you're guessing and the fly will almost always land in the wrong place. This past week we've had just about everything Mother Nature can throw at us, but that said, there have been some memorable fish caught and great stories to tell. Walt got his first and second permit and his first Grand Slam, Sara landed her first tarpon of the year (and fell off the boat, but that's another story). It's been fun to get out of the cold northeast weather for a few days and immerse ourselves in warm weather, sunshine, saltwater, tarpon, bonefish, snook and permit. Now we go home to the start of trout fishing in Pennsylvania.

 

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