Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Scouting Trip...

Got the call from Mike as soon as I left work at school. I actually had to pull over to see if I even had my gear on me. All I had was my streamer box, sling pack, Helios, and reel. So headed up the mountain to meet Matt and Mike at work. After talking for a short while, I had to run over to the shop to gather a set of waders and boots to wear this afternoon. This is the best part. Mike left all of his fishing gear in the other truck. So we had to drive 10 minutes back to the shop to get the his gear as well.
As for the stream, the water flow was perfect. The fish seemed to be more spread out which is actually the reason we had to do this mini trip. Mike had a trip with a guest that I had in the Orvis School last year. He seems to be doing well with the sport too. Mike and I put on a white & olive woolybuggers respectively. We each caught one and flashed many fish. As I post, Mike should be on the stream this morning and can't wait for a report. If the flow comes down slightly, the fish should hit the stones on the surface today with this awesome weather starting today. Heading to Spring Creek Friday with my brother and hopefully the BWOs will cooperate.
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Grobe Anglers and Adventures

One site that I recommend reading on a daily basis is Grobe Anglers and Adventures. First off, I must comment about the huge Brown in the photo. I hooked that fish two nights prior to him landing that hog. I was swing some caddis pupa that evening and that fish hammered my fly. I never really set the hook on him and he was gone in a matter of seconds. But how do I know that was the same fish? Well, in another photo on his blog, there is a notch that is in his tail. That was the only thing I remember from that hook up when he came out of the water chasing my pupa.
Anyways, enough about my short story. Check out this blog. Matt, Mike, His brothers, and I chase trout all over the place. His brother might be one of the best at tying flies I have ever seen. In his blog, obviously there is a great deal of fishing reports and photos, but he also journals his outdoor adventures such as rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and geocaching. So if you get a chance, check out this Blog. LINK
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Patagonia

I was rather excited about the new Patagonia Fly Fishing catalog that was just released the other day online. The online catalog is loaded with awesome photos as well as great gear. If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth the few minutes check out. LINK
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Busy Week...

This is by far the busiest week that I have had this year. With Spring Football beginning, I am very limited with time. But after practice Saturday morning, My dad and I got the chainsaw out and cut all of the dead fall. Later that evening, Mike came over to work on the Orvis School slideshow. We added some videos that we felt will be helpful as well as providing more information on some of the more commonly asked questions during class. This will be my fifth year teaching the Orvis Fly Fishing School and I enjoy passing on my knowledge and experiences on to others that are willing to learn. Our normal class sizes are 4-5 student for the two day course. The instructor to student ratio is 1:2. The 1st school starts April 5th, and I can't wait. Above in the picture is Mike and Jonathan at a local stream making a fly selection. If any questions about the program, feel free to contact us anytime about the school.


It is almost playoff time, and the Pens have clinched a playoff spot earlier in the week. So this rumor is flying around that the 2011 Winter Classic will be coming to Pittsburgh. The most likely match up would be the Pens vs. Caps. Having gone to the 1st Winter Classic in Buffalo, I would return to another one if they have it in Pittsburgh. The official announcement will not happen till after the playoffs anyhow and we will also have to see how the schedule for the Steelers would fall if the NHL plans to have it in Pittsburgh.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Pond Fishing...



Went to a friend's house to fish a pond just over the hill. The pond was still a bit murky and still rather cold, but we managed to catch five fish during the few hours at the pond. All of the fish were caught in the shallows except for the trout that was found in the middle. Above is a photo of a Rainbow that Jim had hooked. I feel in about a month that this pond will get real hot for the rest of the summer and the top water action will be awesome as usual.
I actually planned to join some of the guys that I work with for a trip to Erie, but my I ran into car trouble on the way home Friday. My car started to miss fire and it was my ignition coil. So I had to wait till Saturday to get my part and fix my car.
Luckily it was only a $20 fix and not more. All in all, I did get some much needed work down around the house this weekend. Cut down a tree and burnt alot of scrap wood from that I have been piling up for some time.

Here are some photos from those guys in Erie this weekend as they kept sending photos and messages of their catches while I was doing some yard work. These are the two best photos.


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Monday, March 15, 2010

New Spring Gear...

Over the past two fishing trips, I finally got to break in my new pair of waders from Orvis. The new Pro Guide 3 waders are quite the upgrade from the last pair. The seams are changed a bit which should prevent leaks in some common areas. The new gravel guards more durable than the breathable material they have used before. My favorite feature is the insulated front pocket. As a fishing guide, it is nice to have those extra pockets as well as a place to warm up your hands while steelhead fishing. I previously had Tailwater XT waders before getting the new Pro Guide 3. The Tailwaters lasted myself three hard years on the water before they finally decided to leak. I consider that a solid set of waders if I'm on the water 100 times a year. Hopefully these stand up to those standards.

I have been waiting patiently for my new wading boots to arrive in which they should be here today. I had to my old pair of Chota boots the past few trips. The Chota boots had lasted me about five solid seasons on the water. the felt was finally worn away and they were finally falling apart at the seams. This will be my 1st pair Orvis boots and I am excited about the new soles. Trekking the Yough and the Savage River may be tough with the new soles, but at least I will not be transmitting invasive species from stream to stream. After I get these today in the mail today, I will post my opinion how i really feel about these new soles.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

High Waters.....






With flood watches throughout the state of PA, I figured when I got up this morning I would check my creek out to see how things were flowing. The creek is high, but it did not rise all that much from yesterday. In the Picture with the houses in it, you can see the high water line in the hill side. That was from the Hurricane Ivan storms that caused some flooding in areas much further up the creek where it is more narrow. The state since then has helped out by making the creek a bit wider to prevent this from happening again.
On another river, the flooding could be much worse on the Yough. With the 2 feet of snow melt we had earlier this week and the 1.5 inches of rain in the forecast through Sunday, it is expected to crest in Connesville, Sutersville, and possibly Confluence. Here is a snapshot of the USGS data. Notice that the green line is flood stage on the Connesville data sheet.

Connesville:
Confluence:



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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Early Season Dry Fly Action...


Solid Brown that Mike landed.

This Rainbow put up a great fight.

The new rubber net is a huge hit with us and our flies that do not get tangled in them.

Myself with with the 1st brown of the day.

The fish looked very healthy for this time of the year.



Boy did they love that Midge.

Nice close up of a Spring Creek Brown.
This pose is becoming a trend with Mike.

Went to State College yesterday with Mike to get some early season dry fly fishing in at Spring Creek. The olives were very sporadic throughout the day and fish were not on them as we anticipated going into the day. The water temperature was about 42 degrees and we felt that didn't help the olive situation. I fished my scud and pheasant tail pattern but they did not want either. We both switched over to a midge as a dropper and it produced for both of us. Mike used a small #22 black midge and had great success with a #20 Bead head Brown Midge. The takes by all of the fish were very subtle and I spent most of the day sight nymphing to fish in the riffles and very thin water. In some slow pools, Mike did well casting to rising fish with a #18 BWO. He ended up with 5 on dries for the day. By the end of the day, the fish were rising to midges on the surface. We had no answer for them or small enough that would accommodate the feeding fish. With all of the rain in the forecast for the next 4 days, it was good to get out and fish before the waters locally will be extremely high and muddy for some time. I will post my midge on the next post that I had alot of success with on this trip.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Tying For Spring Creek....


After I got home from work and did some things around the house, I had to tie up a few flies to take to Spring Creek tomorrow. Tied some #22 Griffith's Gnat and some #18 BH Pheasant Tails. With the weather to be in the High 50's and no precipitation, the Olives should be doing their thing all day as well as the midges too. At the Cabin Fever show, I tied up some #16 Olive emerger. They worked really well on the river this year and I hope they do the same tomorrow. Can't wait to post photos from our trip.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Cabin Fever 2010...




Had a great time and meet a lot of great people at the Cabin Fever Event at the Sheraton in Cranberry, PA. As you can see from the photos above, there were alot of vendors selling alot of tying materials, fishing apparel, and great deal on some rods & reels. I was able to score a nice Patagonia jacket for 60% off as well as some new tying tools that I may need. Project Healing Waters was right across from us and the girls from Casting for a Recovery were around as well. All in all a great day to spend some time with people that are truly passionate about this sport as much as I am.



Regardless if it is a long fishing trip or any time out with Mike, we seem to always find an Arby's to eat at. Just listening to him order his meal is quite the experience in its self.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Brooks, Browns, Bows, & Goldie????





Just a few more photos from today's outing. I must recognize Jared again not just for spotting this fish, but also doing an outstanding job with the net. I guess this was a decent way to start out the 2010 fishing season...

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Little Black Stones...





Here are some of the photos of the Black Stones that were hatching today. The last photo is a natural against a pattern Jared has perfected in the off season, almost can't tell the difference...
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