Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ants...



Went up to the shop this afternoon to pick up my check and more less to see what was happening up there. Turns out Mike had all of the fly tying stuff on sale. As usual, I looked and around to see if there was anything I needed. What I found was some Whiting 100's packs. So this evening, I decided to start tying some traditional ants as well as the parachute ant above. Have been working on an addition to the blog that I hope to unveil in the next two weeks. Well, back to the bench...
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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spring Creek...

Mike waiting patiently for the Tricos....



#24 Trico





Larry landing a nice one...


Estimating....




My favorite fly for Spring Creek....




This weekend was fun, but got very little sleep. I was in a wedding in Pittsburgh and had a great time. Knowing that I was going to Spring Creek on Sunday with Mike and Larry, I should have napped or even tied a few flies in preparation for the trip. Mike called on Sunday and said to be at his house at 2:45am. I almost choked on my dinner, but I was there on time Monday morning. We were on the water by 6:10am and saw some Tricos already. Being that this was one of the cooler days we have had in some time, we thought this would be the best day for the bugs. It turned out to not be the case. We landed about 25 fish between us nymphing. Best flies were midges, red copper johns, and green caddis larvae. I was fishing 6x and I decided to horse a 4lbs brown in. He didn't like that much at all. He completed a series of head shakes and spit the hook. That would have been a nice fish to have a photo with for sure. After stopping at the fly shop, we tried some new water closer to the head waters. I must say that this may be my new favorite stretch of water in the whole stream. I think we landed another 15 on caddis pupa and wet ants.  After fishing last night, I realized I need to refresh the fly box because I am running low on some of my staple patterns. 
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Its Been a While...

Iso Nymph



Soft Hackle Hare's Ear

The past few weeks have been very busy. Lost a close friend and fellow coach, Mike Czerwein. Hands down one of the best players that I have ever coached and even better a great guy to coach with as well.. He will be missed for sure. Link


I also had a few trips that went well too. Nothing more notable than this past Monday. After a hard storm Sunday night, the water was off color on a freestone stream. Mike and Don had a spectacular day fishing. The one time I do not have my camera, Mike landed a 17 inch Brookie on a #6 Stonefly nymph. I have been fishing there for 11 years and have never seen or caught one that big there. Had an awesome kype and gorgeous color. Most of the other fish were landed on soft hackles. Later that afternoon, we meet with Scott from Orvis to discuss some new things to offer at the resort. Soon after that, we went and shot some clays and enjoyed a nice dinner.
This past weekend we had the pleasure of having one of the best Orvis schools in some time. Alot of solid questions and a good time by all.
Decided to tie some flies this evening. I really needed an Iso Nymph in my box as well. The pictures above appear to be the nymph setup for the Yough.


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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Another Float...


Met Mike and Matt on the river for a long float.  It was a warm day and obviously with the high sun, the fishing was tough as well. I met them at the 2nd boat launch since they had Steve take photos during the first 1.5 miles. One awesome photo that Matt had taken during the 1st part of the trip is a photo of a Bald Eagle. Check out his blog for the photo.  We landed a few fish and located more fish as well in some different spots on the river. I am starting to see more fingerlings on the river and they are more than willing to hit a fly too. I saw tons of Olives hatching all day. I did see more fish rise than any other trip on the river. I missed one on an a Olive and we moved some large fish as well. We caught most of our fish on a Soft Hackle. I will the bench tying some up this week. 

The evening before, Larry and I went to the Savage River to fish after work. I had an early trip and a fly tying lesson at 1pm, so what better way to finish the day off than fish the Savage River. We landed about 15 fish. Lime Sally's, Sulphurs, Humpys, and Caddis patterns were very successful. Larry put on a clinic in one hole landed a bunch of fish. I had my largest brown on at the Savage River, but it came off. It was close to a 20 inch rising brown too. I will be back to look for him. That river is so addictive. Fishing for wild fish is my passion. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Snozzberries Tasted Like Snozzberries.....


The raspberries were a treat all day.

Chuck with a hook up. 

This Copper John was getting torn to shreds.

Proof that Chuck caught a double.





High-Sticking...


Alex wanted to join us. He was on the path watching us land fish after fish. We asked him to join us. Mike took him under his wing and taught him how to fish two flies at the same time. He also showed him how to catch fish on the swing. He was so happy and we saw his grandma later on the lower section, she said Alex said this was his best day fishing ever.


Active Brown...




Loves the Green Copper John.





Over the Shoulder Hook-Set...




Close-Up..


No much left to my Copper John...





Bow on the Lower....





Left the house around 5:30am to meet Mike and Chuck to head down to the North Branch. What a treat it was. We were the only people in the hole that had tons of fish in every direction that you cast. I think between the three of us, we caught about 130 fish by lunch time. I know Chuck had eight straight casts that produced fish. At one point he landed a double as well. Most of the fish were landed on skating flies on the surface such as caddis or stoneflies. I had great success with a dry and a blue soft hackle as well. Chuck later then switched to a red copper john and the fish would not leave it be. I know at one point I was pulling in my line to check for a tangle and all of a sudden, I was hand lining a fish in. After lunch, we went to the Lower catch and release to try that section. We landed a few fish, but we believe in about another week or so this place will be perfect in the lower.  We then decided to give the Savage River a shot at dusk to see if the Lime and Yellow Sally's were doing their thing. They seemed to be a size #16 or #18 instead of my #14. I will have to tie some smaller ones for the next trip. What a great day on the river and can't wait to go back soon...