Monday, April 30, 2012

What Are You Waiting For... Smoke Him....


Rory with his first bird.


Close up of some feathers...


My favorite part of a turkey....Bronze tips...




Rory with a good sense of humor...


It was an awesome opening day for turkey season. We went to our first spot in the morning and set up shop. With in about 15 minutes the birds were gobbling pretty hard and thought for sure that we would have a great chance early on. We had one bird come in pretty hot, but skirted off for a hen he must have had lined up. Not much more action after that bird early in the morning. Saw a deer and decided to move around 9:30am. We got in the truck and moved to another location that Jim thought would bring us some luck. After setting up the decoy spread and getting into position, Jim called and got an answer instantly. I thought for sure that this bird was going to come flying down to the decoys in an instant. Instead, this bird went silent and completely circled behind us. Jim and I both heard him as he approached towards Rory. He got about 15 yards away when Rory smoked him. It wasn't a clear shot through the brush, however he connected with a solid blow to the turkey. All in all, I had a great experience on my first turkey hunt. I was really impressed how Jim was able to work the birds and calling the birds in for Rory and I. Can't wait to get a chance to go again soon...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Expect the Unexpected...

Nice video that Grobe's friend had put together for the resort. Worth the watch for sure. A couple sweet shots of Mike fly fishing one of our mountain streams as well as some of the guys at Field Club shooting some clays.


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Not a bad way to spend a morning...

 
 
 


Yesterday 04-27-2012 I had the opportunity to get out with a few really great guys.  In the above photos I have John and Fred (and John), both are starting back into fly fishing.  I hope they both enjoyed their time on the water, and at the same time learned a little more about fly fishing.  Most of the fish we hooked yesterday were eating nymphs or small streamers.  I would say that yesterday morning turned out to be pretty solid, with a nice big bonus at the end of the morning.  John decided to go out in style with the "BIG RAINBOW" for the last fish of the morning.  After being treated to a great lunch at the Tavern (thanks again John M.) we said our see ya laters, and called it a day.  I think we may be getting back together sometime in late May/early June and can't wait... 
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Big Bows...

I am a little late with this one. Both of these fish were taking back in early April. The first was caught durning an egg laying flight of caddis on spruce creek. That was a fish for fun day with a good buddy. We managed to bring a few fish to the net that day, this being one of the better ones (thanks again Jim). The second pic was from a guided trip earlier this month. The water was up a bit that day, but it didn't stop my man from doing some work. He landed this big bow early in the trip, and Jeremy Wade from river monsters couldn't have fought this fish better...

Monday, April 23, 2012

First Orvis School of the season...

A little snow can't slow us down. These are the conditions we dealt with all day. Still a great day of learning, tomorrow we will hit the river hard. Rain, snow, or sleet...

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Orvis Eastern Guide Rendezvous...

 
 
 
 
 


This past week we were in attendance at the Orvis Endorsed Guide's Eastern Rendezvous, held in Manchester VT.  This was our first opportunity to vist the Corporate facilities, rod building factory, flagship Orvis school facility, and flagship retail store.  I must say that all of the above facilities are second to none, my personal favorite was seeing where the rods are constructed.  The actual meetings were held on Tuesday the 17th and Wednesday the 18th.  This was a great chance to see and hear how Orvis plans on moving forward in the next 12 months and beyond.  There is a lot going forward, definitely keep on the look out for the NEW product (some sick stuff is on the horizon).  These meetings are always a great time to catch up with our fellow guides and the corporate orvis guys/gals.  I would like to say thanks to all of the guys/gals in Manchester, it was a great Rendezvous and can't wait to do it again...

Now for the good stuff...  We also tried to get on the water as much as possible while at the meeting.  I didn't mess around with the above pics.  I hit you with the big fish early, that fish was caught on the Battenkill river on a great one-winged cripple Hendrickson spinner pattern (Antoine's pattern).  The next fish in hand pic is also from the BK, also taken on the above mentioned pattern.  In total we brought close to 20 fish to the net on the BK, we were told that wasn't to shabby.  The last 2 photos are bonus, as we were driving back to Pennsylvania we decided to stop and fish the West Branch of the Delaware.  That turned out to be a great call, tons of bugs and big fish eating them.  If you have fished the WB of the Delaware I really don't need to say anymore...SICK!!!!      Before I finish I would like to send an extra special thanks to Antoine Bissieux (www.bissieux.com).  Antoine really took care of us while in Vermont, he put us on fish and is a lot of the reason we had the success we did.  He is really a top notch guy/guide, and if you are ever headed to the Battenkill I would not hesitate to give him a call.  There may be more pics and trip details to come, just wanted to get something up ASAP...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012