The September 2020 Riversage Journal is now available on line. This month our contribution is "Olives and Ants". In addition, there are a bunch of other great articles on fly fishing, birds dogs and wing shooting. This month's giveaway is "A Hunter's Fireside Book, Tales of Dogs, Ducks, Birds & Guns" by Gene Hill. Click on the photo below to be directed to the site.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
Hi folks, hope you all are doing well in these trying times. We've not been fishing much recently due to the low water levels and warm river temperatures in the region, and also because we aren't traveling. Even most of the Catskill rivers have been low and warm so we haven't been going up there. Most years we would be returning from Montana around this time, but that didn't happen this year for the first time in decades. We have been tying everyday and writing, and I've been very busy at work fortunately.
This month's issue of the Riversage Journal is out. Lots of interesting articles on wing shooting and fly fishing in this one. My contribution is a piece on what flies I carry during the summer months besides terrestrials to cover the more common hatches in the U.S. And there's a tying video I did on tying a biot body rusty spinner that's from a live Instagram session from a couple of months ago that we did for a Trout Unlimited chapter. Click on the logo below to read the Journal.
Sharpen your hooks.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
After a few minutes I changed position and moved up to a point where I was across from and just above the rising fish. I hoped that I could drop the fly above the rock with a reach cast and feed to the fly down to the target and mend my line as needed to get a good drift. My second cast landed just as I had wanted it to, with the fly first followed by tippet, leader and line. Sure enough, just as the fly passed the rock and entered the chop the fish eased up and sipped in the fly. After a brief battle, I brought a nice brown to net.
And that was it. I watched and scanned the water but in the short time I worked that fish, the others stopped rising and the hendricksons all but disappeared. The early smokey-winged sedges still filled the air but again stayed off the water. I also saw a few little black stoneflies skitter along the water, but nothing chased them. I walked up the stream a ways to check out other runs, but they were also void of working fish. I stuck around for a bit enjoying the solitude and hoping for a stray rising fish but to no avail. That's fishing.
The early smokey-winged sedges (Apatania sp.) are very abundant this year in the South Branch, their mineral cases lining the rocks in the calmer sections of pools where they pupate and hatch. Apatania sp. The ones I saw must have hatched earlier in the day and were just flitting around enjoying the sunset by the time I arrived. I recommend that if you do get out to fish the South Branch in the next week or so, be sure to have some size #16-18 dark caddis imitations so you're ready in the event you catch the hatch.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Once I got back to the run where fish were rising to the duns, I tied a size #12 Catskill hendrickson to the end of a new, 3 foot long, piece of 5X tippet. I waited and watched until I saw a consistently rising fish and then with a quick cast I dropped my fly a couple of feet about the working fish. The fly dragged before it got to the target so I picked it up and made another cast, this time a strong reach cast, and that did it. The fly drifted right over the fish and it took it like candy. I brief fight ensued before I netted a nice rainbow.
A number of fish were working the run I was fishing, and a few casts later I hooked and landed another rainbow. The hatch pulsed as it usually does, with brief periods of flies coming off the water and fish taking them followed by a 5 to 10 minute period with few bugs and the fish presumably resting on the bottom waiting for another pulse. I wound up taking a bunch of cookie cutter rainbows and a nice brown trout.