Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Steelhead Gear...

Last Fall, I was looking for a rod that I could use for a light saltwater rod that can double for my Steelhead rod. This 9' 7 weight Helios is by far the most smooth rod I have ever cast. I can double haul this rod about 120' with the warm water big bass line on it. To go along with its power, it is also super sensitive. Teamed with the salmon/Steelhead line, it mends very well for the long Steelhead drifts.

One reason that I really like this rod for Steelhead fishing is the crush-proof guides. Any Steelhead fisherman knows that ice on the guides is going to happen whether you like it or not. With this technology built into the rod, I do not have to worry as much about the possibility of breaking a guide in these conditions when cleaning the guides.

I did match it with a Battenkill Large Arbor Big Game Reel. I actually put the largest trout reel on it to keep the weight down on the outfit as well as the balance too. I also do not think there is a major difference in the drag if I had had the larger one on this rod as well. The next post I will have flies to have with you while Steelhead fishing in the NE.
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Release Video...

Release from Christian Simpson on Vimeo.

As a guide, I see this every day on the stream. I hope more fisherman become catch and release anglers. Check it out....

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowy Northeast...


Its finally here. Expecting about 8 inches of snow by the end of this storm.




Here is a picture of my stream from the bridge. The water is finally starting to fill up again to normal levels. Two more days left until Christmas break for work. It will be time to chase some steel.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

More Pics from the trip...





Just a few more photos from the Spring Creek fishing adventure...
Photos courtesy of world renowned photographer Justin Dorus...
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December Fishing on Spring Creek...




This past weekend a few of us headed to Central PA for a little winter weather trout fishing. We arrived at state college late morning on Friday December 11th to below freezing temps with the wind chill, right around -3 degrees. We decided to stop at the local fly shop to pick up some tying materials and try to kill a little more time before we hit the stream. We were on the water just a little before noon and within the first five minutes we were into fish! The rest of that afternoon went as well as it could have for the conditions, between three of us there were 22 fish brought to the net. Most fish were caught on size #16 or #18 olive scud and a few were picked up on small single egg patterns being the spawn had just finished about a week earlier. The Second morning we woke to warmer temps, 30 degrees but plenty of sunshine made it feel like a heat wave compared to the day before. Fishing was consistent most of the day with most of the action coming from 2pm to almost dark. We were able to land 20 fish that day between the three of us with a few that got off the line before they reached the net. The same flies as the day before still were the ones that produced all hook ups, with a few more landed on the small egg patterns the second day! All in all it was another great trip to Central PA and I don't think you could ask for better fishing in mid December for wild trout...
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Fishing Reports....


Guide, Michael Steiner will be updating the Orvis Fishing reports found on their webpage now. At least once a week, you can obtain a detailed report on what and where to fish on the Yough River and Laurel Hill Creek. You can access the fishing reports by just clicking on the picture on the sidebar of our blog. LINK
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Animated Knots....

For those who need some practice learning those important knots, Orvis has had this on their website for some time. I refer a lot of my Fly Fishing students to this site to help them refresh their skills on one of the most important parts of the sport. I have always said that the difference between you and a fish of a lifetime is having a good knot tied. LINK
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tag-a-Giant...

Been following this blog for most of the Fall season. The Tag-A-Giant foundation documents their encounters while providing research in this blog. There are some interesting videos too about these remarkable tuna. I have great deal of respect for these fish after landing 10 with a friend off the coast of Carolina a few winters ago. Here is the LINK.

Stream of Consciousness Video...

Stream of Consciousness from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Awesome video. A bunch of Hogs taking top water too. Enjoy.


New Camera...



Finally upgraded my camera situation. During Steelhead, my last Canon Rebel suffered some damage. Being that it would be somewhat expense to fix, I decided to get a new one instead. The biggest upgrade from this camera is the image stabilization in the lens. This will correct some of my photography errors as well as making a more clear shot. I have just found a cover that I will purchase soon for the colder elements. Now that I got my camera back in action, the blog will be in full effect again.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Video From Fly Max Films....



Around the 2 minute mark, a cobia destroys this guys rod. Worth the watch.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fall Grilling Session...


During my bye of the college football season, I decided to have some of the guys over for another Grill Fest. I have shown the grill before on this blog, but I added an umbrella with a light installed in it for grilling into the late evening. Here are some pictures from that day.

My favorite to smoke on the grill is the brisket. This particular brisket was an 11lbs slab topped with apple wood smoked bacon. Below the brisket is the Boneless pork loins. All of the meat was topped with my homemade rub and sprayed on apple juice to keep it moist and tasty.

The pork loin as soon as it came off the grill. So tender and juicy.
Gotta have peppers and onions for your hot sausage.
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Catch magazine #8...

Another great edition of Catch Magazine. Some of these photos still amaze me. Enjoy. LINK
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This is Fly Issue 20...

This is Fly Issue 20 is out. Check out some of the sweet videos as well as an awesome striper article. I particular like the old-time bonefish video. LINK
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mayflies...




Found this on Weather Underground this morning. The caption has this mayfly invasion is from FL. I really like this photo because it reminds me of the Elk River Fly Shop during the Sulphur hatch during late April through mid-May. Can't wait to get back on the stream soon. With rain in the forecast for 8 of the next 10 days, the Steelhead will start running further up the streams. Reports have indicated that they are already in the mouths of the major streams as we speak. Hopefully during my bye week, I can get a early Steelhead trip in.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Painting...



My sister sent this picture of a painting that she had just completed the other day. After looking at it, I was very impressed with her first attempt of painting a fish. This week, I will be sending her a picture of one of my steelhead or brook trout to paint.


This past Saturday was the greatest football game that I have ever been a part of as a player or coach. There were ten lead changes in the game, and six of those were in the last 4:30 of the 4th quarter. Glad to be 1-0 to start the season against a solid opponent. Up next for the Yellow Jackets is Hanover College at Wiley Stadium this upcoming Saturday.


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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Steelers Preseason Game....



As if I needed more football in one day. Alicia and I left after the scrimmage to Pittsburgh for the evening to watch some preseason football. I always felt that the best preseason game to attend is the third game because the starters play into the third quarter. Great seats and stadium food is always a good combination. Enjoy...
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Scrimmage.....

Yesterday, after getting a much needed haircut, I went to a local high school scrimmage to watch some of my fellow coaching friends coach up their respective teams in a scrimmage. Around noon, I went to the office to get ready for our JV scrimmage against Mt. Union. The scrimmage started slow for us during the 7 on 7 and Red zone portion of the scrimmage, but we really came alive in the team segment on both sides of the ball.



Here I am going over some adjustments with the offense right after we scored on our opening drive. It was 13 play drive that started at the 30 yard line.
Overall, both sides of the ball played very well. The offense only had two turnovers the entire scrimmage and the defense forced three. Earlier in the week, the other half of the squad traveled to Carneige Mellon this past Thursday evening. Both sides of the ball performed very well and we found the end zone many times that evening. This looks to be an enjoyable year.

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New Addition...



This past week, my sister called me to let me know that she was getting a puppy. I really didn't believe her till dad gave her the "Ok." Abby, the newest Chocolate Lab to our family of dogs is quite the character. She was the second smallest of the litter and is AKC registered as well.

Pictured above is Maggie, the oldest of our labs. She is will turn 11 years old in November. Most likely, the best dog that we will ever have in terms of behavior.
Abbey found a tasty treat to chew on.

Here is Bailei, my second lab, which is about 6 years old. The report from home is that these two are getting along really well.




Lastly, she has yet to figure out the stairs.
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