Friday, December 31, 2010
Anyway, here is the first idea, and I have to admit that I think it's pretty neat. It has a certain class to it. What do you guys think?
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Let's see if we can't clear some of this up.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I placed a few next to some of my "name brand" hooks and there was no visual difference in the quality.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
I'm going to co up to Cabela's (God bless coupons) and take a look-see at what they have.
Can anyone make any suggestions?
Friday, December 24, 2010
I've ordered from Scott's before and have been impressed with their service. (The Bargain Bin is always worth a look. ) If you've never ordered from them, now would be a great time to give them a try, and save a bundle too.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
All of Pennsylvania remains under a blanket advisory that recommends limiting consumption of any recreationally-caught fish to one meal per week. This advisory is designed to protect against eating large amounts of fish from waters that have not been tested, or for certain species that have not been tested or fish that may contain other unidentified contaminants. One meal is considered to be one-half pound of fish for a 150-pound person.
For 2011, the following new advisories have been added due to mercury contamination:
• Two meals per month advisory for Smallmouth Bass in the Delaware River in Wayne, Pike, and Monroe counties;
• One meal per month advisory for Largemouth Bass in Shohola Lake in Pike County;
• Two meals per month advisory for Largemouth Bass in Lackawanna Lake in Lackawanna County;
• Two meals per month advisory for Largemouth Bass in Stephen Foster Lake in Bradford County;
• One meal per month advisory for Smallmouth Bass in the Susquehanna River in Bradford and Wyoming counties;
• Two meals per month advisory for Smallmouth Bass in the Allegheny River in Warren, Forest, and Venango counties;
• One meal per month advisory for Northern Pike in Conneaut Lake in Crawford County; and
• One meal per month advisory for Largemouth Bass in Crystal Lake in Crawford County.
One new advisory has been added due to PCB contamination:
• One meal per month advisory has been issued for Corbicula (Asiatic Clam) in the Schuylkill River in Chester, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.
The following PCB advisories have been eased but not lifted:
• Carp in the Monongahela and the Ohio Rivers at the Point in Pittsburgh has been reduced to a one meal per month advisory;
• Channel Catfish in the Ohio River at the Point in Pittsburgh has been reduced to a one meal per month advisory;
• Brown Trout in Valley Creek in Chester County has been reduced to a one meal per month advisory. Note: Valley Creek remains a No Harvest – PFBC Catch and Release All Tackle Regulation.
Consumption advisories have been lifted for the following:
• Lackawanna Lake in Lackawanna County for Bluegill;
• West Conewago Creek in York County for Smallmouth Bass;
• Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers at the Point in Pittsburgh for Freshwater Drum;
• Licking Creek in Fulton and Franklin Counties for Smallmouth Bass.
I up and started to get things ready. While grabbing my trusty 2wt, I paused and looked at the ol' St Croix 9' 5wt. Shaking my head and muttering about "too much rod" I grabbed the 7' 2wt and off I went.
So the next time I was in a fly shop, I took a look around. And didn't see one. As in the next shop and the one after that.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Hatches - Canadian Black Dose
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Find the thread here.
Caution: Stolen boat
Still new to the site but I thought I'd post this for my sake and anyone looking at buying a drift boat. I recently had my Hyde signature series drift boat stolen from me while fishing the South Holston river below the Weir Dam. Just trying to put the word out. From what I have heard boats can travel far quickly so even you guys out west may run into it. Quick description: 06, maroon/white, G4, only floated 4 times so looks new. Also, big rip in the guide seat that I glued a piece of clear vynal over, maroon color matched trailer, all options. Thanks guys
P.S. Homeowners insurance will only cover $1500 of any stolen boat in the great state of NC.
Let's cross our fingers and hope for the best.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
But be forewarned, you will need Flash Player to view it.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The colors where a white tail with a worm brown body (medium dun hackle), a white tail with a hot pink body (medium dun hackle), a red tail/body with a blue dun hackle, and a neon green with black stripped tail with a neon green body (black hackle.) All on size 14 nymph hooks. The worm brown and the pink really ticked my interest, so I grabbed those two, as well as a few other flies and headed out.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I already have one design done and am hoping for multiple submissions.
Wish me luck!
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Monday was opening day. My uncle has some property attached to his house near here so this is where the family usually hunts (indoor plumbing is nice too.) I got there at about 6am. I don't like tromping through the fields and woods when I can't see jack, so my custom is to sit and drink a cup of coffee while waiting for my dad, whose custom it is to be late.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
But a word of warning, if your not careful, this can start to look like a muddler minnow.
#8 hook (can be tied on 14-6)
Body: Hare's Ear Dubbing
Wing: Inner - Mottled Turkey Quill, Outer - Grey Deer Belly
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I'm thankful for a loving family and friends that might as well be family. I'm thankful that I've been given the opportunity to be home for the last 2 years with my young daughter and take care of her; not too many fathers get to do that. And I'm thankful for the Grace of God to get me through all that :) .
I'm also thankful for getting introduced to one of the finest and most challenging outdoors sports created; and for every second that I've been able to spend fishing and not spend it doing some other mind-numbing task. Being able to get out and take everything in....... there's no better way to spend time on Earth.
And I'm thankful for everyone that stops by on this site and reads my incoherent jumbles. It's nice to know that I'm not just talking to myself.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
"A distinguished original essay or work of short fiction that embodies an implicit love of fly-fishing, respect for the sport and the natural world in which it takes place, and high literary values."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
So to make up for it, I'll give ya a double header (and early); 2 flies for the price of one! Ready? Here we go....
Monday, November 15, 2010
Fishouflage is offering camo gear that highligts fish. I know, it sounds like a weird concept, so I had to check it out. I was afraid that it would be a little bit hokey, but I went on the site and the clothing looks pretty good.
The patterns on the shirt are a muted regular camo. They then overlay that with underwater scenes featuring a specific fish (bass, trout, etc.) Not only do they have shirts, but the also have hats, gear bags, and other accessories.
What a neat product to find just before the holidays.... :)
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
I don't know why but I've always had a love for classically tied wet flies. There's a simple eloquence about them that will always make them stand out among the flies of the world.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Have a good weekend!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
This time I fitted my reel with a sink tip, because yesterday I was having problems using the current to get to the bottom of the pool where the steelies were laying.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The secret to this fly is that it is essentially a Wooly Bugger, but with different materials. Fish it the same way as you would a bugger.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
That's the time that I woke up and noticed that the air mattress that I was on was flat. I woke up because my back was freezing from being on the ground. It was low 40's that night, so it was cold!
To cold for me to crawl out from my sleeping bag (rated to -20, thank God) and mess around with the mattress, so I roughed it until morning.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
The great part is that these boxes have compartments on the other side and one is of the boxes is stuffed full of egg patterns in various colors. Fish on!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
But with one glass rod that I already had and another one on the way from ebay, I bought an a new Medalist 1492 because I heard that a 6-7 wt line will really give a glass rod it's feel.
And like a kid with a dollar in his pocket, I was twitching like a goat with an itch to get out and use it.
So I set out today with the new reel, the old rod, and two kids in tow.
But instead of sticking around and doing the jobs that my fellow PA'ers elected them to do, they are leaving Harrisburg (our capital) to go back to their constituents and campaign so that they can keep the jobs that they failed to do.
You see, there was a lot more than just the Marcellus Shale tax on the books that was supposed o be finished this year, but they didn't get to it. And since they didn't get to it, and this is an election year, and they decided to call it an early.... year (how many of us have that option?) all of the un-passed legislation is now dead and must wait until after the beginning of next year for the new PA Congress to begin the process again.
Let's just say I can't wait until the incumbent PA Senators come through here asking for my vote. I look forward to looking them in the eye and asking why I should vote them back into a job that they never finished.
But on a lighter note, less than one week until my Steelhead trip to Erie. I'm already starting to drool.......
Thursday, October 14, 2010
It seems like right now the only thing I don't have is my license..... In PA, to fish Lake Erie or any of it's tribs you needs a special license. And if you want to fish for trout you need another special license, this includes steelhead and salmon. I have my trout license from earlier this year, but no Erie yet.
I keep saying I have plenty of time, but I have a funny feeling that on next Friday I will be making a frantic stop at some Walmart halfway across the state.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
At first glance it looks similar to last weeks pattern, but that is only when looking at these pics(I really need to get a proper fly pic set-up.) The Lite Brite dubbing gives this fly a distinct sparkle, and the rubber "wings" and hackle give it a very different action in the water.
Use it, abuse it, I just hope you don't lose it. Cheers!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This vote is expected Wednesday.
If the bill is not passed it will be dead. It should be noted that PA is the only state left to pass such a tax.
Below is a link to the online form that will send an email to your Senator encouraging them to vote. I encourage everyone from PA to contact their Senator and show your support for this tax. Without it, many of this states great waters will be severely impacted, if not outright destroyed.
Contact PA Senate Here
Monday, October 11, 2010
I picked a spot on the Tulpehocken right below the dam at Blue Marsh Lake. I have fished the Tulley many times, but never this close to the lake.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Got to the stream at 5pm and geared up. Walked down to the stream and looked and I was right in the middle of a hatch! Fish were rising all across the water. At in point during the trip I saw a 12-15" rainbow launch itself clear out of the water after a morsel. It was quite a site.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Here is some bad news. This article explores if fly fishing is a dying sport. It states that most participants are older and that fewer and fewer younger people are picking the sport up.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
BUT..... if you answer that you are an angler, it doesn't matter what you answer to the others. Your results say that you have a wee wittle one, if you take my meaning. And the opposite is true. Check no to fishing and your manliness can be seen from space.
I live near the Schuylkill River, so I used this as my test. As of 6am today the water level was at 8.73 feet and discharging at 10,900 cfs. On September 25th we were at just under 3 feet and discharging at 400 cfs.
That's a lot of water! With that much water I think I will have to wait a week or two for all of our fish to swim back here from Jersey. I just hope they don't pick up their accent too.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I ordered the stuff about mid morning Monday and that evening I received an email that the items were in the mail. I received them today and when I opened it there was a little something extra as well as a note on the invoice from the owner thanking me for my business.
I am impressed with the turn around time of the this transaction and surprised and appreciative of the bonus material and the note.
I can say that Scott can look forward to taking my money in the future. Keep up the good work!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The blog discusses the effects that barbed or barbless hooks have on the mortality rates of fish. A study by Westerman is mentioned as finding that barbed hooks have a higher impact on mortality rates than barbless, but that there is no analytical data to show such. A study by Taylor and White agree with Westerman's findings using meta-analysis.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
The company is called Survival Straps. They use 500 lbs para-cord to make bracelets, belts, gun slings, etc. The idea is that you keep it on you and then if you are ever in some sort of a survival scenario, you unravel it and use it as you need it. They even claim that if you use it and send them the remains, with your story, they will replace it free of cost. (I've been tempted to take mine apart and send it back with a note "Shoelace Broke" to see if they would send another one, but thought that might be abusing the system.)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
So I did what I did for a few of my other rods that are shield-less. I made one from PVC!