Friday, February 12, 2016
Friday, February 5, 2016
Stone fly events are another opportunity for the larger wet. Golden and Salmon stones aren't small adults. Not very good swimmers either. We've seen enough drowned stones in eddies for that light to come on.
The favorite for us is the prespawn swing season. When the fish are aggressive a properly swung large wet can be just the ticket. More subtle than a huge streamer. The take that gets you through the winter. You know the one.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
The 2016 season is booking up. We are planning a few new trips along with more personal extended explorations. Spey clinics already on the books. A few nymph trips also. We will continue to do a weekly report as honestly as we see fit. If conditions suck we will tell you how much of the suck is present. Keeping it real in the 207.
Look for more of a consistent weekly blog post. Some in the works now and ready for a final edit. Some available in the dark corners of winter sleep and to be released if retained. Hopefully you will find some of this drivel useful at some point. Hey, it's free and has a zero carbon footprint!
Raising a pint glass full of Tumbledown Dog Star stout to the 2016 season!
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
Dry Game: Caddis early a.m., attractor patterns, small spinners, Slate Drakes and the underused midge. 5X and FlyAgra getting it done. Mice occasionally.
Wet Game: Orange and Partridge, Skunk Works stuff, Red and Starling. Slow retrieve.
Nymph Game: Smallish bright doesn't imitate anything in the underwater world we ply our craft in patterns seem the go to. Czech stuff, P.T.s, Brassies and the occasional stone.
Streamer Game. Intermediate lines, smaller patterns in autumn color styles, bright bait fish getting the smack . Poor to o.k. Not quite there yet. Low light for best results.
Change it up often for now. Keep changing until YOU see a change.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
This is a bloodsport cut and dry. Don't delude yourself by thinking releasing a fish that they will live to fight another day every time. Especially when other factors come into play, ie; temps, overly long fighting sessions, pre spawn fish and poor handling. We've seen enough dead fish laying on the river bottom to bring that fact home. Start by skipping the dreaded 'Grip and Grimace' shot and you'll go a very long way in preserving fish. How would you feel after fighting for your life and someone held you underwater? Pretty simple analogy.
It's up to you to decide ethics. One of my climbing mentors said it best.
"There are ethics and there is style. Ethics are so you don't screw it up for the next guy, and style is so you don't delude yourself into thinking you're so great".