Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hank Patterson is...

doing commercials now. Hey, a guy's gotta eat.

Fish Spots Announcement By Hank Patterson from Trout Jousters on Vimeo.

Monday, July 29, 2013

This Bonito fishing...

looks like it might be interesting?


Sunday, July 28, 2013

These guys...

might be fun to fish with?

Long Strip from Casting Tales on Vimeo.
Somehow I missed this very interesting video last week. My bad.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Can I get some of those tippets?

Courtesy of Trident Fly Fishing at the IFTD / ICAST show.

Gink & Gasoline Reports...

from the IFTD / ICAST show in Vegas baby!  Just in, new goodness from Derek & Janelle DeYoung.

GT's, Gangstas of the Flats

Language Alert!

Gangsters of the Flats 2 from FlyCastaway on Vimeo.

Friday Bacon!

the Bacon Warrior!


Summerfest, Anglers Market & Jubilee  Weekend                                  August 3 & 4, 2013

Plan now for a fly fishing related weekend you won’t forget, the 30th Annual Summerfest.   This is the longest running event the Center has and the show continues to go on.  Every year it gets bigger and better.
The Anglers Market features over 100 tables of fly fishing and outdoors sports related equipment, collectibles, fly tying materials, old rods, reels, and everything else you cannot find anywhere else in a flea market setting on the lower field.  Vendors set up their tents and tables early in the morning and are ready to go by 8:30 AM. If you see it, buy it, as it is mostly one of a kind and if you turn your back, it will be gone. The Anglers Market runs Saturday from 8:30AM until  5:00PM   and Sunday from 9:00AM until 3:30PM.
Once again, we will host The Hardy Cup, a bamboo rod casting contest bringing in casters from our back yard to as far away as Japan. This exciting event consists of 3 competitive casts; two for distance and one for accuracy. You don’t have to be the best to enter. You’ll have a chance to win a  Hardy  flyreel. Don’t be intimidated, even the finest casters have lost many points on the cast…wind, collapsed lines, lost momentum and anything you can imagine on the stream. All it takes is a try and you have a chance to win.  For more details, visit the Hardy North America site at www.hardynorthamerical.com.   On Saturday after casting is done, Hardy provides a Pig Roast barbeque, at no charge  for all present even those who did not compete. On Sunday after casting has been completed, all winners will be announced at 1 PM.
       Paint Out: New this year will be an arts crafts show and an art show. For those of you who need a family day out, bring the whole family. Those not interested in fishing can roam the field at their leisure and visit with some local crafters. You, on the other hand, will have the time to see all of the fishing items. We are also happy to announce the first outdoor art show in cooperation with Canvas, a monthly arts, culture and entertainment newspaper distributed in the greater Orange county area. Canvas has invited artists from all over for an open Paint Out and art show. Artists will be on site and have their art for sale. In addition, they will also do a Paint Out,  each artist creates a themed piece over the weekend. All paintings will be featured in an art show in the Wulff Gallery running from August 15 through October 18.  This will allow ample time for all Center visitors to have a look.
            Sunday, August 4, will be The Annual Jubilee Day to celebrate events and special occasions that end in three (3).  If you have a birthday, anniversary, or other special day ending in a three we will provide the cake at 1 PM.  Although Agnes Van Put’s birthday does not end in a three, she will be 97 and although neither her birthday or birth year ends with a three, we celebrate it anyway because she simply enjoys a party. 
            At 3 PM, in the Wulff Gallery, we will assemble to celebrate the life of ‘Doc’ Allan Fried.  Doc was very important to everyone’s life, community, and our organization. Join us for a farewell and celebration. 
            This weekend continues to grow. If you have never attended a Summerfest, start now and see what you have been missing.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

This is Goofy

"How to Fish"

Goin' all old timey & ...


Fly Fishing from Memorialist Media on Vimeo.

Wait for the summary from Dan at the end, "What is more important than school?"

New from Rio...

Perception Fly Lines and Suppleflex Leaders.
The new Perception fly line is an exciting new floater that's designed to take your river experience to the new heights. Built using ultra-low stretch ConnectCore technology for increased sensitivity, these lines deliver superior cast timing, mending ability, line lift, and hook sets. Each line features the SureFire tri-color system which breaks the running line, back taper, and front taper into three separate color segments making it easier for anglers to get an accurate idea of distances for better casting and presentation. Finishing off each line is a MaxCast hydrophobic coating, MaxFloat tip technology, and an Agent X coating to increase floatation and shootability.
RIO also introduced the Suppleflex line of trout leaders at ICAST.  Suppleflex is a perfect compliment to the new Perception fly lines. These new knot-less leaders are purpose made for fly anglers who demand the ultimate in stealthy presentation.  Each leader is made from ultra soft nylon that allows flies to land quietly making your best drag-free floats possible. The butt portion of each leader is a camouflagy dark olive color, but the tippet portion is crystal clear.
Suppleflex leaders feature a hand-tied perfection loop on the butt end for fast rigging. Leaders are available in 9 and 13.5 foot lengths, ranging in size from 7X (2lb) to 3X (8lb)

John Brown's Body...

at the Beachcomber on Cape Cod.

"They blew the roof of the place" and I think my hearing has been permanently impacted.

Here's some crappy iPhone pics to give you a sense of the long distances between the band and our vantage point.
 Awaiting entry at the beach bar.
 The horns belt out the jam.
 Hotties working the crowd.

A lovely way to conclude our visit to old Cape Cod.

Steal Your Face

Available in unlimited quantities at Touthunter,
and available in only 250 limited edition reels at Abel,
Steal Your Face!

Get 'em while they're hot Johno...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Good dog!

We are missing you already Jette!
Thank you for being such a good dog.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

11' Switch Rods and 10' Long Leaders are Sweet,

Until you are by yourself  on the stream with nobody to land the 24"+ fish and you cannot reach him with your net. That is why there is no picture for this post. Devastated.

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Where and when are we fishing next?

Not so good news

PFBC just released this announcement:

State Agencies Issue Alert
to Contain Invasive Species in Lycoming County

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 11) – After confirming the presence of the invasive aquatic algae known as didymo, or “rock snot,” in Pine Creek, Lycoming County, anglers and boaters are reminded that cleaning their gear is the easiest, most effective means of preventing its spread to other waters.

“Our biologists have not seen any evidence of a full bloom of didymo in the creek or nearby waterways,” Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “This algae does not present a public health risk, but there is an ecological concern in terms of its future potential impact on the health of the waterway.”

In late June, DEP biologists were conducting routine stream monitoring in Pine Creek upstream of Waterville in the vicinity of the Hamilton Bottom Canoe Access Area, a popular recreational destination. Laboratory analysis of a sample collected using an algal net detected the presence of didymo in the form of microscopic diatoms, a finding confirmed by the National Academy of Sciences.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) continued to urge anglers and boaters to take steps to prevent the spread of the algae.

“We may not be able to eliminate didymo from an infected waterway, but there are easy steps we can take to slow its spread and to prevent it from spreading to other waters,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway.

“Didymo cells can easily be carried downstream and can be picked up by any items which come in contact with the infected water, including fishing tackle, waders, and boats and trailers. We urge anglers and boaters to ‘Clean Your Gear!’ before leaving a water body and entering another one.”

The discovery of the algae in a popular recreational area potentially increases the risk of its movement to other waters in Pennsylvania.

“Flowing through the heart of Tiadaghton State Forest, Pine Creek and its parallel trail are increasingly popular with anglers, boaters, hikers and other Pennsylvania residents and visitors,” said Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti.

“The discovery of didymo has no immediate impact to the visitor experience on or along Pine Creek, but we ask all to remain vigilant in an effort to protect this invaluable waterway and other streams and rivers,” Ferretti said.

Prior to detecting didymo in Pine Creek, the alga was found in the Youghiogheny River watershed in Fayette County, in the West Branch and main stem of the Delaware River, and in Dyberry Creek in Wayne County.

The PFBC recommends that anglers allow exposed equipment to completely dry before entering new waters. After equipment is dry to the touch, allow it to dry another 48 hours, the commission suggests. Thick and dense material, such as life jackets and felt-soled wading gear, will hold moisture longer, take longer to dry, and can be more difficult to clean.

Soaking equipment in hot water containing dishwashing detergent (two cups of detergent for every two and a half gallons of water) for 20 minutes or more also will kill didymo and some other aquatic invasive species.

Cleaning boats and equipment with hot water (maintained at 140 degrees Fahrenheit) by pressure washing or soaking is another effective method. If hot water is not available, a commercial hot water car wash also makes a good location to wash boats, motors and trailers. At the other end of the temperature range, freezing items solid for at least 24 hours is effective. If cleaning, drying or freezing is not practical, please restrict the equipment’s use to a single waterway.

Didymo is not a public health hazard, but it can cause ecological damage by smothering other organisms which also live on the riverbed and support the food web for the resident fish community.

The algae, whose scientific name is “Didymosphenia geminata,” has colloquially been called “rock snot” because of its appearance. When squeezed nearly dry, the algae, generally tan to beige in color, actually has the feel of moist cotton or wool.

For more details on how to stop the spread of didymo, visithttp://www.fishandboat.com/water/habitat/ans/didymo/faq_didymo.htm.

For more information on how to clean your gear, visithttp://fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm.

Media contacts:
Kevin Sunday, DEP, 717-787-1323
Eric Levis, PFBC, 717-705-7806
Terry Brady, DCNR, 717-772-9101

PA Fish and Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17110