Sunday, August 29, 2010

Playing After Work.....


While I am coaching football at Waynesburg University, Mike and Larry have been still finding big fish. After trips in the afternoon, They headed over to "Secret Pond" on the property. Some of the best bass I have seen. Fishing for them on the fly is not easy since you have to sling about 100' of line to reach them. I also noticed Mike was using that mouse pattern again. After receiving the picture on my phone, Mike sent a text to say that Larry missed an even larger one.  

Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Addition...



Over the summer, I have been tossing around the idea of starting an online fly shop. Well, it is finally here. The Brooks, Browns, and Bows Fly Shop will offer flies that you would find in our guide boxes. We will carry flies for Trout, Smallmouth, and Steelhead.  We will continue to add new patterns to our selection as well as offer custom tying at your request. So hopefully you visit and enjoy the site.
Brooks, Browns, & Bows Fly Shop
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Day Off...


Went down to the Savage River in the afternoon to chase some wild browns on the top. I pulled in to the first hole I wanted to fish, but seconds later a van pulled up with a few kids to swim in one of the bridge holes. Even when I came back to this hole about four hours later, it was still skunked. I went to my money hole on the river and it did not prove me wrong. I missed a few smaller wild browns on a #18 X-Caddis. Then I finally landed a 17" wild brown on this river this year. The problem fishing by myself is not having the ability to my good camera and get a great shot. Quite possibly the best looking fish I have ever caught. He crushed a pattern Larry wanted me to try down there and it worked. After catching a few more there, I went to another section of stream that I had a fish that I have been after. I knew there is a hog in the 20" range in this one hole. The drift is long and the access is tough for casting but I got him to eat again, but not hook set. I hooked him last time down there and he was bigger than the one I landed today.  I will be back for him and hopefully have someone there to photography him for me. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Dog Days of Summer.....

After having a trip in the morning and tying some flies at the shop in the afternoon, I had spent the evening with Jim Lampros. He is the Orvis Fishing Manager at the Cleveland shop. I remember seeing Jim in the Fly Fishing Film Tour in the early Spring and made me what to pick his brain about Steelhead fishing in Ohio. After dinner, we discussed about fishing in the AM. I wanted to show him the river in the morning for some decent dry fly fishing. Since I had a trip at 1pm, we only had the opportunity to wet our lines for about an hour and a half. In that time frame, Jim hooked two nice bows and I missed two. Not too shabby for casting 60+ feet of line and trying to set the hook as well. All in all, we had a great time and look forward to fishing with him again, especially this Steelhead season. 
During my trip this afternoon, we landed seven nice size browns on the river. The fishing this time of the year is not easy, but we are still getting guests on fish. 



After work, Mike and I headed over to the secret pond on property. It is small but had enormous bass all throughout the pond. We basically had to cast across to the other bank of the pond which was about a 100' cast. Having that bass taper on my 7wt helios makes that possible. We missed to huge bass on a mouse pattern. We believe one was in the 5lbs class when we saw him practically out of the water. We will be back real soon to sling flies at these guys. We landed a bunch of bluegill as well as three bass. In the words of Larry, "That fish smoked that mouse pattern...." I think that has been the line of the summer. Well, heading to get some sleep and fish the Savage in the morning...
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Saturday Cookout...

One of the pork tenderloins getting prepped the evening before....

Brisket getting the special rub.....



Before I start the coaching season, I needed to have one of my cookouts. It was a great time had by all as there was much to eat and lots to drink. I got the smoker out and started bright and early. The picture above was taken at 6:45 am. The brisket was on the smoker at 8:25am and did not come off till 5pm. This was the largest brisket I have done and any one of my cookouts weighing in at 14lbs. I did two pork tenderloins, hot & sweet sausage, and some chicken. Well, need to get some sleep, Fishing trip at 6am.
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Trout Painting...


Joel contacted myself via email while I was getting off the river. I checked to email after we got back in the car during probably one to the worst storms in the mountain this summer. When riding back to the next place to fish, we drove over, around, and even under a large fallen tree on Sugarloaf Road. If it wasn't that dangerous out, it would have been worth the photo. Mike basically told me to kept driving rather than stopping for photos. He was no fun and nor did we fish since they let more water out of the dam.  Back to the email. Joel's painting is from our recent trip to Spring Creek while chasing the trout on Tricos. I thought the painting turned out very well and we are pleased that he used one of my photos. I think other than the painting, the part of the post I liked the most was the photos of the different stages during the project. Thanks again Joel. 
If you get a chance, check out Joel's blog. It is quite a remarkable deal since he is producing a painting a day. I can't even motivate myself to tie a fly a day let alone a painting. Be sure to cycle back on some of his stuff from previous months, they are pretty good as well. Here is the link: A Year on the Fly 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fun Evening....


Headed to the river last night to chase some fish. Matt, Danny and I did rather well. It is not everyday that I through a Royal Parachute Stone to catch some rising fish. No fish of any serious size but more less trying to trying to beat the heat. I left my Blackberry in my pocket and due to the heat, my phone is not working presently. This happened once before fishing so hopefully the keys will start to work again. Maybe I will wet wade next time.  Early morning trip tomorrow and just wanted to get a quick post up...