Sunday, March 28, 2010

On The Rise, back on the air...

Back on the air beginning on March 30th, much anticipated new episodes of Frank Smethurst's fine Trout Unlimited series, On The Rise.

Look for the upcoming episode featuring the venerable Big "D" and "WB."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NY Season Opener Festivities

Although the New York Trout Season officially opens on April 1st, there are several "events" staggered through the next several weeks in the Catskills area that you may want to check out.

Anglers Reunion - An evening of food, fun and comraderie on March 31st at the Rockland House in Roscoe, NY (607) 498-5765

First Cast - Beginning at 7:30 am April 10th on the Junction Pool in Roscoe, NY, the ceremonial start of the trout fishing season will be held.  Sally Jesse Raphael and Assemblyperson Aileen Gunther will make the "first cast" of the new season.  Take advantage of provided hot beverages and snacks.  At the museum expect homemade soup and cookies.  Ted Patlen will be on hand to demonstrate Italian fly tying.  Wildlife artisit Jack Yelle will also be on hand to sell and sign "2010 First Cast" limited edition prints.

Two Headed Trout Dinner - More food and fun can be found at this annual dinner attended by many fly fishing "celebrities" at the Rockland House also on April 10th.  (607) 498-5765

Hell or High Water - Celebrate the new season at the West Branch Resort in Hancock, NY starting @ 10:00 am on April 16th and concluding with the much lauded Fly Fishing Film Tour at 7:00 pm on April 17th.  Expect to see boat & pontoon demos, spey and switch casting demos, new gear displays and wood pellets.  Activities will include casting analysis, kids lessons, sporting clays and a 9 Hole Casting Competition.

Don't forget to save some time for a float or some wading in the local rivers.

Enjoy! Enjoy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

For Immediate Release:

West Branch Angler Hosts “Come Hell or High Water” a Fly Fishing Expo and Film Festival

Hancock, NY, 4/16, 4/17 — "Come Hell or High Water" is a two-day annual fly fishing festival and film tour to be hosted at West Branch Angler. The idea is to bring new people into the sport, celebrate the Catskills, the beginning of spring and a new fly fishing season. We have been working closely with the major fly fishing manufacturers and local business's to bring something for everyone. The expo is free to the public and an event you won’t want to miss.

Highlighted events:

The Fly Fishing Film Tour: In just its fourth year, The Fly Fishing Film Tour, sponsored by New England Wood Pellet, has become the fishing entertainment event of the year and will showcase some of the best independent outdoor film makers. Tickets are on sale now.

Kids Learn To Fly Fish Free: Each morning of the event free fly fishing lessons will be held, members of The Orvis Company will be onsite giving instruction and advise.

Spey Casting Clinic With Rick Kustich: Rick Kustich is considered by many as a pioneer of Spey casting and is the co-author of the acclaimed book Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead. If you have ever wanted to learn the art of Spey casting you will not want to miss this free clinic.

Free Hardy Reel Maintenance: John Shaner of Hardy USA and resident Hardy expert will be set up at the fly shop with a work-bench where he can clean and lubricate reels as well as answer any questions regarding the history of Hardy products.

9 Hole Men's & Women's Fly Casting Contest: John Stacey of Cortland lines will be setting up a 9 hole problem area casting course. The course's nine holes will each highlight different problems that anglers face on the river. A prize will be awarded to each division; this is a lot of fun and a good way to work off the rust on your cast from winter.

Fly Tying Competition: Bring you vice and skills to win a chance of being included in the Montana Fly Catalog as well as winning great prizes.

Fly Shop Grand Opening: West Branch will also be having a grand opening for the newly renovated fly shop, which has just recently received an 1800 sq ft addition full of equipment for all skill levels.

Featured Guest Speakers include:

Austin Mac Francis author of “Land of Little Rivers”, Art Lee author of “Fishing Dry Flies”. John Shaner of Hardy USA, and Justin Sterner of Simms Fishing Products.

Company Profile: Built in 1991 the Orvis Endorsed West Branch Angler Resort's 26 upscale log cabin accommodations are nestled in a sprawling 300-acre park like setting along a 2-mile private section of the West Branch of the Delaware River. Known as the Gateway to the Catskills, the surrounding mountain scenery and grounds are marvelous. The resort features a sport shop, restaurant with bar, swimming pool, sporting clays and 5 stand range.


Sam Batschelet

West Branch Angler & Resort


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Big "D" Guides Merge. Just like the River!

Hot off the press:

Outfitters Merge on the Upper Delaware River

Like the East and West Branch join to form the Delaware River, two of the best guides on the Upper Delaware River System combine their services into the premier guiding and outfitting business in the region.
Hancock, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2010 -- Capt. Joe Demalderis ("Joe D" ) owner of Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters and Jim "Coz" Costolnick owner of Border Water Outfitters fly shop, two prominent Upper Delaware River fly fishing guides, recently announced the merger of their guide and outfitters businesses. They will continue using "Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters" as their name.

Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters is an Orvis Endorsed Guide Service on the world-class wild trout fishery of the Upper Delaware River. Both Joe and Coz will personally guide fly fisherman on the Upper Delaware River assisted by their staff of the best guides in the region. They will also host fisherman to a number of travel destinations both in the US and abroad.

"Cross Current Guide Service & Outfitters owners, Capt. Joe Demalderis and Jim Costolnick have put together the finest staff of Orvis Endorsed Guides on the Upper Delaware River system offering their guests and clients decades of experience and knowledge" Paul Weamer, author of the Fly Fishing Guide to the Delaware River. 

The Upper Delaware River System has long been regarded as the best wild trout fishery in the eastern United States.

Longtime friends, Coz and Joe decided to work on a merger last Fall after a luncheon where they were discussing their goals and other business concerns. Upon realizing they shared many similar ideas, it was only natural for two of the best guides on the river to combine their services into the premier guiding and outfitting business in the region. Jim Costolnick (Coz) will continue to independently operate Border Water Outfitters Fly Shop in Hancock, NY providing the finest local fly patterns and expert personal service.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday Bacon!

We all know that eating bacon is by all accounts, "a religious experience," but this is ridiculous.

It's no piece of Virgin Mary toast.
Allegedly discovered in a skillet of burnt bacon, behold the Bacon Grease Jesus.
It must be a hoax because Jesus would never show up for the sinful act of burning bacon.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A New Mr. Steelhead?

A good morning on the Salmon could mean the end of Johno's self imposed Mr. Steelhead title.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Bacon pre: Operation U-haul

Tomorrow morning's savory goodness, homemade Curli bacon.

Modeled by Curli & Johno.

Eat your heart out!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A taste of home for Stew,

Good old Ken Lockwood Gorge in Califon, former home of the former Merv G.

Ken Lockwood Gorge in Winter from Irv Mac Dowell on Vimeo.

What exit do I take for the Gorge?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Catch Magazine #10

Once again, fine photography and cool videos of places I'll not likely ever fish.

Worth the look anyway.

p.s. Click on the link in the magazine to see the new Winston web site.

This Is Fly #22

I am very partial to this edition's "mix-tape."


Enjoy @