FEB
08

Lefty Update, Trout Near the Sweepers & Making America Great Again

February Fly Special Correction

februaryThank you to our readers who brought this error to my attention. We have corrected the price and apologize for not catching it the first time. We will extend the offer through March 9. Now it's a good deal! Cathy.

Two great selections for anytime of the season, but essential in the spring. Our bead head Hares Ear Selection and our bead head Pheasant Tail Selection. Two dozen flies, sizes 12, 14, 16, each boxed in a pocket pack with a RIO Powerflex 3X leader. (A $45 value)

$35.00 (Plus regular shipping) Click here to go to our store

Lefty Update

leftyA frequently asked question at the Edison, NJ, show over the weekend was, “How is Lefty doing?” He is our most loved ambassador and we're pleased to say that he's doing okay. Actually much better than before. Barry and I talked with him yesterday and he was his old chipper self. In the current issue of MidCurrent, Marshall Cutchin reports on his hour-long chat with Lefty.

https://midcurrent.com/2018/01/30/lefty-kreh-update/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=97769bd1dc-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-97769bd1dc-18929377

Can Fly Fishing Help Make America Great Again?

No, we are not getting into a political discussion here, but I have to say that when I read this short article by Louis Cahill, flagblogwhom Barry and I have long admired, it made me think. Thank you, Louis, for sharing your thoughts with us in Gink and Gasoline. It's a suggestion we can all benefit from simply by hearing. You help me be a better person.

http://www.ginkandgasoline.com/fly-fishing-lifestyle/how-fly-fishing-could-actually-make-america-great-again/

Trout Near the Sweepers

We have lots of sweepers here that trout love to use to their advantage. Enjoy this short 2:33 video, catch a couple of tips, and daydream about summer. Thank you to Orvis and Dave & Amelia Jensen.

https://news.orvis.com/fly-fishing/master-class-monday-fish-trout-near-sweepers

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JAN
25

Edison Fly Fishing Show, Chile Recap & February Fly Special

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The Edison Fly Fishing Only Show is this week, Friday through Sunday, in a new larger location at the NJ Convention & Expo Center. See one of Barry's seminars on Nymphing Strategies, Catching Larger Trout 2, or Dry Fly Strategies. Cathy will be giving casting demonstrations and teaching a women's class Sunday afternoon. Stop by the Sage booth to say hello and try a new rod. And see what's new in trips at Frontiers. For more information http://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/ See you there!

 

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Two great selections for anytime of the season, but essential in the spring. Our bead head Hares Ear Selection and our bead head Pheasant Tail Selection. Two dozen flies, sizes 12, 14, 16, each boxed in a pocket pack with a RIO Powerflex 3X leader. (A $55 value) For orders placed now through February only.

$45.00 (Plus regular shipping)  Click here to go to our store   

 

Chile Recap

We had a great trip to Estancia de Los Rios recently. It was so nice to get out of the winter and enjoy a week of summer in the mountains. Our fishing included spring creeks, the Cisnes River, and a couple lakes, all on a 360,000 acre ranch. We fished different water everyday and never left the property, and never saw anyone else. It was a pretty special experience. Here are a few of our favorite shots and there are more in the Facebook album.

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We'd like to include the last of our blog contest short stories this week. These entries are from Rachel Dagovitz, Ted Eisele, and Robert Moore. Thank you all for participating. It sure was fun.

"I have always heard my fly fishing friends talk about epic fishing days, but until Nov 4th of this year, I never had that experience.Well, yeah baby, I finally had my day!!More than 20 steelhead to the net that Saturday at Elk Creek, PA.I’m still giddy two weeks later.Being on the water is great, but when everything comes together for an epic day, it’s just magical. "

Rachel Dagovitz

 

It started with a TV show. Fly fishing for sharks? I watched and felt an adrenaline rush. “I’ve got to do that!” I told my family.

Finally, my daughter and I were there. An 8-foot hammerhead came up and bit the motor mount. I told Katie, “we’re NOT telling Mom!” Then it smashed my fly. Its runs had made the reel scream.

After running forever, it sounded. Slowly, I muscled it back up until it lay on the surface just 20 yards away. Then, it swung its tail around until the fin sliced the leader. Wow!    -Ted Eisele

 

1993 first & only time fishing YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK and the surrounding rivers, first float trip(Madison)......wildest thunderstorm I've ever seen....seeing Yellowstone Lodge, Old Faithful Geyser.......snowball fight in July.....WOW....     -Robert Moore

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JAN
19

Sage & RIO Blogs, Understanding Mayflies, & Outside By The River

Do you subscribe to the Sage and RIO blogs? The Sage blog at, https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog, has lots of interesting fishSageing stories from writers around the country....and world. I loved reading Nine Months of October by Rob Parkins. I like his lifestyle, elk in the freezer, wood stacked by the door, and fall fishing. He tells us what weight rods he likes to use at different times and why. It's easy, enjoyable reading.  

If you skip over to the RIO blog, at https://www.rioproducts.com/, you'll find more short stories with a bit more focus on lines and leaders. Check out Tips for Temps by Scott O'Donnel. But while you're on the site look around, it has a wealth of information. If you go back to the home page (just click the big RIO in the yellow bar at the top), you see the Line Selector, a really cool tool for helping you select the right line for your rod – any brand and weighriot. Enter your rod and see what it has to say.

Both blogs entertain us with great videos and photos, and at the same time we learn about the products we like to fish. And while you're there, sign up for the blogs. It's an easy way to keep up with new products, new technology, and a delightful short stories.     

Understanding Mayflies

09 PENNS CREEK 0309 In many places, like here in the northeast, trout season opens in April with fish feeding a parade of insects emerging, hatching, and dying on the water. As a fly fisherman, it's important for us to be able to determine what the insect is, what it is doing, and how to present our fly in a way that catches the fish. While there are several insect groups, mayflies are the most popular and often the hatch that you will need to imitate.

Fly Fisherman Magazine online gives us an easy read on the mayfly and how to better prepare for the game when it opens in the spring. http://www.flyfisherman.com/how-to/understanding-mayflies/

 

“Outside By the River”

We found this entertaining video on MidCurrent. It's very well done and I think Jean Phillip describes why we all like to be Outside By the River. We hope you enjoy it. Thank you MidCurrent and Jean.

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JAN
11

Fishing in Chile, Ug Nymphs & Fishing Stories

As I put together the blog today, Barry and Cathy are on their way to Estancia de los Rios, Chile, with a group of 8 guests. I'm envious of them being in summer weather while it's freezing here at home, and it's hard for me to imagine a 360,000 acre ranch with a river, a spring creek, and lakes. It sounds beautiful and I hope to have a report from them for next week's blog. Brooke.

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Ug Nymphs

As we continue to update flies on the store, we will be writing about some of the patterns and perhaps telling a story about a particular pattern. All of the flies listed are patterns we use and believe in. We'd love to hear from you and get your thoughts as well. Today, Barry writes about the Ug Nymphs:

Ug nymphs, flexi-legs, rubber-legged, whatever you want to call them – these big flexi legged variegated chenille body nymphs catch fish. I wrote a few years back about an Argentine guide who relied on legged nymphs so much that he thought of them as a secret fly on his local river. He refused to show them to anyone that he thought of as competition. It took a week of prodding but he finally relented and handed me three of his favorite colors.  77 POWER PINT IMAGES

If you have never tried these nymphs, your first impression may be how simple but yet how buggy they look. Think of them as a great stonefly nymph imitation or any large nymph that is very much alive in the water. I get to spend a lot of time on the water with clients and I've learned to think out of the box when it comes to fly patterns. This past season I was standing next to a good friend who I fish with each year. The water was gin clear and we could see a number of fish anchored on the bottom. After drifting a number of small nymphs and caddis larva by, without any notice from the fish, I cut back the 6x RIO leader and attached a size 6 Ug nymph.

blog rainbowI looked at my friend and he laughed and asked if I was trying to scare them to death. I asked him not to be too quick to pass judgment. I know the fish in this pool have college degrees, but I also know the Ug. I watched his first cast unfold and followed the Ug nymph as it quickly sank to the bottom. I immediately yelled for him to strike as I watched a good rainbow engulf the Ug. My friend mumbled, “Absolutely amazing,” as we released the fish. The Ug nymphs have saved more than one day on the stream and I always carry a selection of colors and sizes in my fly box. You might want to as well.  Link to our store Here

Story Contest Entries

We have a couple more story entries to share with you this week. Peter Nilsen reflects on an Opening Day many years ago, and Mike Norton fondly recalls taking his 10 year old son fishing on the West Branch of the Ausable. Both are wonderful stories. Thank you Mike & Peter. Enjoy.

My most memorable fly fishing experience was when I took my 10 year old son to West Branch Ausable in NY. We met a few friends of mine there , stayed at KOA, went to friends fly shop to get him waders and off we went. Down on the river with his new rod he won at TU Banquet all excited ready to get going. Now trying to explain how to do things he replies that he already knows how to fly fish...Oh yeah lets see a cast. He gets in water and bang beautiful cast about 25 feet. Tim my friend who is a guide looks at me and says where did he learn that, must have been from playing with practice rods at home. Tyler is my son name , he made me proud that day and he even caught couple rainbow. We still had 2 more days of fishing so we meet up with more friends and they also took a liking to Tyler and his skills encouraging him to keep going. As our last day comes he is crying that he wants to stay and fish more but we have a long drive, make a deal with him we fished again that day just he and I for few hours then went to my friends shop to return the waders. Tyler then proceeds to tell all of my friends there at the shop how he out fished his Dad and he was a better flyfisherman than him, right Dad I caught more fish than you. Yes he did and I could not have been more happier and my buddies all got to rub it in for a while.The smile on Tyler's face was worth every single second and everyone has that memory to share for the rest of there life. I remember it like yesterday and so does Tyler...even throws out every now and then hey dad remember when I caught more fish than you the first time I flyfished. We continue to make memories together.
Thank you
Mike Norton

Opening Day
It was the start of the 1952 fishing season, cold and raw – the dayI dreamed about all winter, and the first time using my new fly rod, bought with Christmas tips from my paper route. I tossed out a ratty, old streamer, then danced around to keep warm.
The line move, I set the hook, an enormous ‘largemouth’ vaulted out of the water and dove for the bottom, only to pull out.
“Oh, no, had to be a 10 pounder,” I yelled! That fish wasn’t hooked, but I was. 65 years later I’m still hooked, still casting a fly rod for that special fish.
Peter Nilsen

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JAN
04

Beck Store Update

Baby It's Cold Outside! We hope you are somewhere warm and reading our blog today. For us and many others, it's freezing cold! In many places our stream, Fishing Creek, is frozen over and we don't see that very often. It makes us envious of friends and customers who are heading south to fish Argentina and Chile, or saltwater trips to the Bahamas and other warm locales.

tarpon teaser selectionWith that in mind, we've been busy updating the flies in our store. IfBeetle selection you're headed to South America or New Zealand, be sure to have plenty of Super Beetles, Adams, and PT nymphs. Going for tarpon? Check out the new Tarpon Teaser selection. Actually all of our selections are good buys and good additions to your gear bag. Bonefish? Stock up on Gotchas, Sliders and Sili-legs. 

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DEC
28

Happy New Year!

2018

 

We take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our readers, friends, clients, and customers who read our blogs, fish our flies, hire our guides and take our trips. Without you we wouldn't be here doing the things we love and for that a simple thank you doesn't seem to be enough. We are very thankful for each of you and we wish you all a very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous New Year.

We wrap up this year with two more of our story contest entries. Both writers recall a fishing experience that ended up being something quite unexpected. Next week when we are all back in our normal work week routines and the holidays are behind us for another year, we'll resume our regular blog.

I was trolling at peters Pond on the Cape but I decided to throw a dry fly, and much to my surprise a winged creature came back at me. when I draw my line in the fly I had on attracted a bat. And that’s the only time I’ve caught a bad while fly fishing. I had my lifelong friend with me and we often tell this story when we get together with our fishing buddies. –Bryan Parrish

I was fishing for Tarpon on a lagoon in Puerto Rico for the first time years ago. I saw a long shadow swimming along about 75 feet away and made two casts at it. Thought it was a great fish. There was a swirl and spray of water which scared the hell out me. What I thought was a tarpon was a scuba diver snorkeling across the reef! No kidding.... never tried since     -Henry Ramsey

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DEC
21

Merry Christmas!

For this, our last blog before Christmas, we would like to share a fishing story by Liz Weinreichhappy christmas pictures, a contestant in the story contest a couple weeks back. We hope it brings a smile to your face — as it did to ours.  

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

Cathy & Barry

Over a decade ago, on the San Juan, standing in 3 feet of 42 degree water, the guide was directing my drift... (we always get a guide on a new water, all water have a special quirk).... "In a little, in a little more..." The seasoned guide directed me... "In another 2 feet closer to us." so I did that.
Then he said "Can't you see that fish? We're drifting to that fish!" Pointing i to the water 20 feet away.
I calmly said "No, I can't see it."
He snidely said " Do you have polarized glasses on?!!?"
"Yes, I do!" Lifting them off my nose and giving them a jiggle.
"Well, you should see that fish then!"
Grabbing his collar, gently from his 6'5" frame, I pulled his face down to my 5' top of my head... and said:
"Do YOU see that FISH?!!?!!"
He immediatly apologize, because at my eye level, nothing but the top of the water could be seen

 

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DEC
14

Images for Reflection by Barry

Images for Reflection

It's Christmas and a new year is waiting just around the corner. For Cathy and I, it's down time, no more airports or packed bags for a couple weeks. It's a special time to spend with family and friends and it's also a time of reflection, to look back through our image bank and remember the people and places along the way. Our work as trip leaders for Frontiers and an equally long time with Farbank (Sage, RIO, Redington), has given us the opportunity to photograph in some amazing locations.

Most photographers have a short list of images that have inspired them and in many ways these images have made them a  better or more appreciative photographer. We like to think of ourselves in this way. We are vLOS ROQUES9744DSC 0044Aery much aware of how truly blessed we are and with another year coming to an end, we'd like to share a few of the images that have made an impact on the way we look at others and life in general.

Children have always been a favorite subject of mine. It amazes me to see how resilient they can be especially when faced with tough times. An image that always comes to my mind is a boy playing on the beach in Los Roques, Venezuela. He studied us as we took his picture then smiled and formed a square around his face with his hands pretending to have a camera and took our picture. We later learned that he was an abused kid with drug addict parents, but that day he was just a kid like any other. We tried to locate him in later trips to the island but he had disappeared and we often wonder and hope that something good came into his life. Cathy has a picture of this boy in her office and below it is a bumper sticker which reads “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” In our trips to Africa, Mongolia, Christmas Island, and other countries we are always moved by how little people have and yet you find this amazing faith and courage to face each new day.

6279 BOLIVIA 2012The following images represent just a few of those special moments when a shutter clicks and an image is made that captures a moment in time that can change our lives. Outside our cabin door a light layer of snow has fallen, there’s a warm fire in the fireplace and winter has found us. But as we look around we know that we don't take life for granted.

Thanks for taking a look and Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

A special thanks to Frontiers, Far Bank, our photography clients, Nikon, and Delta Airlines. 

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DEC
07

Behind the Brand, Tres Valles Argentina, & Carp on Tricos

Behind the Brand

1078 SPEY CASTWe've been delighted to bring you each episode of Behind the Brand. It's been a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people who work “behind the brand” at RIO products and to get a little insight into their favorite fishing, home waters, work at RIO, and to put a face with a name.

Today is the last episode and it features Simon Gawesworth, truly the face of RIO, and we know you will enjoy “getting to know Simon” through the clip. And, if you happen to bump into him at a show or on a river somewhere, please know that you will never meet a nicer person.

https://www.rioproducts.com/learn/behind-the-brand-simon-gawesworth?play=true&utm_source=RIO+Newsletter&utm_campaign=c1e23aaed5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_11_28_BTB_SG&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1049359efc-c1e23aaed5-85110573

Report from Tres Valles, Argentina

We heard from Barry and Cathy who are with a group at Tres Valles this week, and they are having a great week of warm spring weather and good fishing. The rivers are in great shape and there is still a lot of snow on the mountains so it looks good for the season ahead.

Here are a few photos   

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Carp on Tricos

Browse through the Sage blog for lots of interesting stories and information, among which currently is our blog piece, Carp on Tricos.

https://www.sageflyfish.com/experience/sage-blog/carp-on-tricos

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NOV
30

Contest Entries, Think Tropical, & The Fly Fishing Show Schedule

Short Stories
(from the contest)

West Branch Fishing Creek BC BECK IMAGE04For the next couple of weeks we're featuring a couple of entries from our recent Short Fishing Story Contest. Stanley Cole and Renee Fitts took the grand prize and runner-up last week.  Here are this week's features.  Thanks to all who participated and we hope you all enjoy these as much as we did!

From Walt Paskey

One summer when my daughter was old enough, maybe five, to wade a stream I introduced her to fly fishing. The Yellow Breeches is within walking distance and there is a meadow pathway along the stream that leads to the best pools. My fondest fishing memory has my daughter chasing butterflies in that meadow while breaking into song: "Zippity do-da zippity day, my oh my what a wonderful day". I still frequent that meadow on my way to some favorite fishing spots and always give a whistle....you can guess: Zippity do-da.

From Sandy Noyes

We were off the beach in Charlestown ,RI. Looking for bonito. The fog was thick and we only had about 100 feet of visibility. At the same time we heard someone calling for help. We found a diver that lost sight of land and had become disoriented. We threw him a line and towed him to the beach about 100 yards away. Soon after the fog lifted. We heard a loud snort and looked in time to see a large sperm whale breach about a quarter mile away from us. It was the brown version of Moby Dick.

Think Tropical!

May 8-18, 2018, will find us once again at Grand Slam Lodge and Tarpon Bay, Mexico. Join us for 4 days of flats fishing at Grand Slam, near Punta Allen, and four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche. We've combined our two favorite kinds of shallow water fishing into one departure, but anglers can choose to do either or both.1218 GRAND SLAM 20152SM

Recently opened Grand Slam Lodge is located on the beach at Punta Allen, and offers six spacious beachfront villas each with two king beds, air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity and satellite TV. The main lodge features the Kai restaurant with a covered beachfront deck, bar and lounge area. The lodge (with pool) is designed for kicking back and relaxing after fishing.

For our four days of baby tarpon fishing at Tarpon Bay, Campeche, we will be guests of the Ocean View Hotel, 15 minutes from the airport and 3 minutes from the dock. Restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. Campeche was designated as a UNESSCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to the many historic landmarks. It's an interesting colonial town.

For additional information, prices and photo galleries go to
http://www.barryandcathybeck.com/site/index.php/hosted-travel/2018/campeche-grand-slam-mexico

 

Mark Your Calendar:

Here's the line-up for the 2018 Fly Fishing Only shows:

Denver, CO January 5, 6 & 7. Denver Mart
Marlborough, MA January 19, 20 & 21. Royal Plaza
Edison, NJ January 26, 27 & 28. NJ Convention & Expo Center
Atlanta, GA February 2 & 3. Infinite Energy Center
Lynnwood, WA February 17 & 18. Lynnwood Convention Center
Pleasanton, CA February 23, 24 & 25. Alameda County Fairgrounds
Lancaster, PA March 3 & 4. Lancaster County Convention Center

For more information: http://flyfishingshow.com/

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