Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Decent fish in the 18" plus range.
Met several neighbors today as well, good folks.
Now, bring on the PA reports.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Hancock’s Capital Theatre was dressed up in its outdoorsy best for the annual One Bug Event’s kickoff dinner and auction. Obviously, hours of preparation had gone into making the theatre feel like a fishing lodge. Log panels had been installed along each of the side walls to serve as a gallery for some of the artwork set to be auctioned. Large banners had been hung from the rafters all the way around the dining area. Of particular note was the flag hanging in the rear of the room, styled much like the American flag, the field of blue contained a jumping trout and the outline of a Catskill dry fly. The striped area was done in the traditional manner with an inscription near the bottom, “Give me water, or give me death.” Hanging just above head level were seemingly hundreds of wooden trout cutouts and round paper lanterns all sporting a fall leaf color scheme.
My lovely wife and I arrived close to 7:00 pm and immediately noticed the high level of testosterone in the room. These guys had their game faces on! After sampling the fine hors d’oeuvres catered by the Bluestone Grill we sauntered over to the bar sponsored by the Hancock Liquor Store. They had a particularly nice cabernet from Chile that was enjoyed by many in attendance.
Opening remarks were made by “Coz” Costolnick and Dan Plummer, event organizers and prominent members of FUDR. The honorable Assemblyman Clifford Crouch was the featured speaker. He talked about his history of addressing the needs and concerns of residents and visitors to the Delaware River watershed. He emphasized the work being done to mitigate flood events, to enhance the fishery and to restore several creeks in the Hancock area to their pre-flood productivity.
Following the speakers, the auction started in earnest. About half of the items available for the fundraising auction were offered by silent auction and the remaining items went via live auction presided over by Coz. Three particularly nice watercolors of Delaware River fly fishing scenes passed the $1,000 dollar mark very quickly. Unfortunately well beyond the bidding limits we had set for ourselves. Other auction items included; shadowboxed flies, handmade primitive fishing tools, fly rods, reels, matted and framed prints, and various other pieces of gear.
The dinner and auction served as a very enjoyable opener to the One Bug competition set for Saturday and Sunday. During the competition, 13 teams of two anglers and a guide are assigned beats on the Delaware’s main stem. Each angler must select one fly to be used during the day. If that fly is lost or destroyed, the competitive fishing ends for that angler for the remaining portion of the day. Flies may only be repaired through use of adhesive or sharpening of the hook. During each day only six fish can be selected by each angler for measurement. Points are awarded based upon the total length of each fish. A bonus of 100 points is awarded for retaining the original fly until the day’s end.
Good luck anglers and enjoy the finest trout fishery in the East, the great Delaware River.
Story by: Coach
Gourmand and International Man of Leisure
Friday, April 24, 2009
choose the bacon salad bowl! A delicious healthy salad with a low calorie dressing is just what you need to stay light on your feet prior to this weekends foray to the local troutspots.
And no, you don't eat the bowl and throw out the salad.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Yesterday, 04/22/09, afternoon saw the first real hatches start on the West Branch of the Delaware River. We are now seeing some good Hendrickson and caddis action to dry flies.
Right now the river is quite low, too low for drift boats, but fishing great for wading anglers.
A quick look at the Hale Eddy Gauge indicates a current water temperature of just over 42 degrees Fahrenheit and a discharge of 226 cubic feet per second. The weather this weekend looks like it will cooperate nicely for all of us fair weather fishermen, temps. in the mid. 70’s on Friday and temps. in the mid. 80’s for Saturday and Sunday. What’s that you say? You don’t know what flies to use? Find some that look like these refined beauties and you’ll do just fine.
Hendrickson CDC Emerger
Hendrickson Snowshoe Emerger
See you on the WB!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
After all the delays associated with getting NYSEG to hook up the electric, it is very nice to see some progress.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Johnny Dieckman casting for Abu Garcia demonstates the goods, old school.
Low tech. line, 8 1/2 foot FIBERGLASS rod, no-machining / no aluminum reel...
I wouldn't have thought it was possible?
YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAAbPaD2fRQ
Friday, April 17, 2009
Planning to brew up a delicious cup of bacon-maple flavored coffee in the morning to celebrate the special occasion... of winning this most lovely loving cup...
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This is what happens when there aren't any new posts to respond to snarkily and there is no good fly fishing news on the interspace.
Friday, April 10, 2009
to here, there is a solution.
Call Beth at Need A Shuttle; PH# 1-352-250-3773
Between Deposit and Buckingham Access: $30.00
To points south of Buckingham Access: $40 to $45 depending on mileage.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
In light of this convergence, I bring you the I-phone bacon case.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Boat Launching: Let’s start where boaters start, at the boat ramp. So you’ve decided to launch at the Norbord Pool and a crowd has gathered there at the “ramp.” Other drift boats, canoes, kayaks or pontoon boats will also be waiting to launch. There may also be other vehicles, tourists, anglers and commercial traffic in the area. To keep things moving along efficiently and without conflict it’s important that everyone respect their position in line and their time on the ramp. Rig and load your boat before you back down the “ramp.” If you are not ready and there are others waiting, it is respectful and polite to let them move ahead of you in the launch queue. Once you have launched your boat, quickly move it off to the side so that others can launch safely. When there is a current, the downstream side of the ramp is the more efficient choice, that way you won’t interfere with launching activities when you get underway. Remember to park well away from the “ramp” to avoid potential incidents and to ease access. When in doubt, ask for advice.
Don’t’ Cut In: It is very bad form to cut in front of an overtaken boat and poach their run. Continue down river a considerate distance, best case, all the way to the next pool or riffle, before you begin fishing. If you really want to fish the water occupied by a boat or a wading fisher, hold your boat back and wait for them to move on. Some other tips to help us all get along: Please don’t ever horn in on someone else’s fishing spot unless invited. It is usually best to not ask for permission. Everyone will have a better experience if you find an alternative area to fish.
Don’t anchor or fish within casting range of another angler. Since you don’t know how far they are capable of casting, a good assumption is more than 100 feet.
Don’t ever intentionally put down the fish, no matter how much they frustrated you, the next angler deserves a chance to be frustrated by them too.
The Upper Delaware contains spookier fish than most visitors normally encounter. Because of this it is common to fish a long downstream drift so that the target fish sees the fly first and not the leader or fly line. Anglers here normally progress downstream instead of upstream as we would expect elsewhere. If you have any doubts, a friendly conversation should easily sort it out.
Releasing Fish: Catch and release fishing is enforced downstream from the Rte. 17 overpass to the marker near Hale Eddy Bridge, but you should treat all the fish you catch with respect and limit your take as much as possible. Treating a fish with respect means: wetting your hands and net prior to handling the fish to protect its slime coating, not squeezing the fish, not toucking the fish’s gills, cutting the line close to the hook if the hook is embedded too deeply, and keeping the fish in the water as much as possible. You really don’t need to keep fish to demonstrate your skills as an angler, try taking a picture of your catch instead. These fish are way too much fun and too beautiful to only catch once.
Litter: The Upper Delaware is scenic and beautiful, let’s keep it that way. Local organizations spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars each year to keep the banks clean. Help them out by taking home everything that you carried in. Riverbank landowners are our hosts when fishing. Please show respect to landowner’s property. Don’t risk bank postings by leaving a mess. And yes, monofilament trimmings and cigarette butts are litter too. Do your part by picking up a few pieces of litter before you begin fishing, it is satisfying to contribute to the well being of this great resource.
Take Out: You’ve reached the Ball’s Eddy ramp to conclude your fishing adventure. While you are asking the other anglers how they did today, also ask about the order for boat retrieval. Wait your turn to take out and when it is your turn, be ready. Don’t dilly dally! Once your boat is on your trailer, pull it up and out of the way. Wait until you are out of the way to secure your tie down straps, take down your rods, pack up your garbage, take off your boots and etc. If you are waiting for your trailer to reach the ramp, encourage others to proceed ahead of you.
Be safe out there!
Charter Member of Minion Flyfishing
International Man of Leisure
A. The Letort
B. Big Spring
C. The Yellow Breeches
D. The Barrel @ The Yellow Breeches
E. Clarks Creek
F. Stoney Creek
G. Stay home and drink Bacon Flavored Whiskey (See the Nov 14, 2008 post by Coach)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Maybe we can get an autographed copy?
Monday, April 6, 2009
I'd heard that Madoff, reinventor of the Ponzi scheme, had two sons who had purchased the Abel Reel Company. If so, then this new for 2009 reel graphic is just TOOO appropriate.
"It is the goal and mission statement of FUDR to continue to fight this battle and with supporters like yourself making this possible we would like to invite you to participate in the second annual "ONE BUG & Trade" fly fishing event. This three day event sponsored by FUDR celebrates the sport and camaraderie of fly fishing by bringing together flyfishers like you to take part in the fishing, good will and further support of this magnificent fishery. Last years 2008 event was a great success and we have earmarked a large portion of the proceeds to a much needed stream restoration project on a spawning tributary of the D. The headquarters for the "ONE BUG & Trade" event is the Capital Theatre and will be held on April 24, 25 & 26. This year's roster is limited to 14 teams. All 8 teams from last year are invited back and have signed up already. The remaining 6 slots are on a first come first serve basis. We will fill all 14 team spots! The proceeds from this event will be used to fight the ongoing battle for consistent cold water releases, habitat and stream improvements and the enhancement and protection of the Upper Delaware River's wild trout fishery."
"Team donation: Two person team $2200. Corporate Sponsor two person team $4000 (Corporate Sponsors also receives a full page ad in the event program, three complimentary tickets to the Friday evening Banquet and Auction, and a one year membership to FUDR.) Included in the event is the Friday night buffet and live auction, Saturday and Sunday guided fishing with breakfast, lunch and dinner."
"60 general admission tickets are also available to the public on a first come first serve basis for the Friday evening event that includes FOOD, OPEN BAR & LIVE AUCTION. This $100 ticket also includes a one year membership to FUDR."
From the FUDR website @ www.fudr.org
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
• Abbey Wright Brewing Co.
• One Guy Brewing
Dick, Steve, Dan & Lee invited me along for their annual spring steelhead trip to New York. It is a five day event for the regulars, but yours truly had to duck out on Wednesday to return for review of month end results at work.
Steve and Dan model one of the large steelhead fooled mostly with eggs and wooly buggers.
Steve with another fine steely.
Check out the whopper below!
Dick gets in on the action with a fine specimen.
Every member of the expedition landed at least one steelhead and all had the pleasure of releasing multiple world class suckers of both the standard and striped variety.