Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Birthday Gift From My Parents

My parents got me these Native sunglasses as a gift for my 30th birthday this past year.  They come with two different types of lenses both of which are polarized.  The first lense is a gray color which remind me of the Oakley's I have had for some time now, but the other lense is an amber color that is great for fishing.  The amber lense cuts the glare while still allowing in all of the light.  This lets me see my sighter easily while fishing.
As you can see from the picture, the amber lenses almost look clear.  I keep these lenses in 99% of the time.
It took me a few minutes to figure out how to change out the lenses.  It helps to read the directions, but after you do it once, it is quite simple. 

So far, I've been really happy with the performance of the glasses on the water, and they're darn stylish too!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Keep Liking It More and More

...that is fishing for native brook trout.  Yeah, they will eat about anything.  However, let's be  honest, all trout will eat about anything.  What makes brook trout so appealing are the difficult locations they inhabit.  Not only are you battling low hanging trees and narrow streams, but you are also trying to drop nymphs into tight pockets on fast flowing high gradient runs. 

Here are a few pictures from a recent trip to my favorite brook trout spot.  I like the first picture best.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wow! What a Stream.

These are pictures of my first trip to a small stream near my parent's house.  This stream may be my new favorite.  I fished streamers in the rain for a a few hours and caught 9 fish.  If I told you how many I missed then you would really be jealous, or maybe you'd laugh at me.  Oh well.


This fish hit on my very first cast.  How often does that happen?  Caught on a #8 soft hackle wooly bugger.  Thanks Rich Osthoff!










This fish came on one of my next three casts.  Probably the nicest wild brook trout I've ever caught.
















And some more fish...

If I could consistently take fish on small (#8 and smaller) streamers, I would fish them exclusively.  What fun!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Looked In the Mail and Got a Fishing Boner!


The new Flyfisher's Paradise catalog came in the mail today!  If you aren't buying supplies from Steve Sywensky at FFP your crazy.  These guys aren't paying me for the plug, but they do have fast shipping, low prices, and a great selection.  Not to mention, if you have questions, they will answer them.

You can also check out the new on-line store by clicking the following link: Fly Fisher's Paradise

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Leadwing Coachman

Approximately 15 years ago my parents bought me a fly tying kit.  I always wondered what those paired duck feathers were for.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My First Attempt at a CDC Parachute

After watching some videos...


I decided to tie up some CDC parachute flies.  I don't fish dries too often as I fish when I get the opportunity and not necessarily when there is a hatch.  However, I couldn't pass up this awesome tie.  I especially like the fact that such a killer emerger can be tied without the need for an expense rooster cape.

These are my ties...



Saturday, January 7, 2012

You Don't Become A Dyed-In-The-Wool Fisherman by Accident

While visiting my Grandmother over the holidays I came upon a few pictures that explain where I get it from. 

Left to right:  My maternal great grandfather and grandmother, and one of their friends.














Another picture of my great grandfather.
















My grandfather fly fishing at Spruce Creek, PA.  I doubt that it was overrun by fishing clubs stocking lunker fish at this point in its history.
My cousin and grandfather in 2009.

Me fishing the Little J.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Posted Class A Trout Stream

I was granted access to fish a posted section of Class A trout water not 5 minutes from my parents house during my Christmas break.  I've been longing to fish this section of stream for a while, but I never got around to asking permission.  Well, I wasn't disappointed; however, fishing this stream with a fly rod proved to be difficult.  With a small spinning rod and hardware, a fellow could devastate the trout.