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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2012/10/25 (1488 reads)
Patagonia flyfishing by Brian McGeehan
from Montana Angler Fly Fishing

As a youth growing up in Pennsylvania I enjoyed reading about many of the world’s famous wild trout destinations including Alaska, Kamchatka, Montana, Patagonia and New Zealand. As an avid trout fisherman I have been very fortunate to travel to many of the world’s destination wild trout locations and eventually moved to Montana. One of my favorite destination locations to visit is central Patagonia. Most of the other famous international destinations offer incredible fly fishing but there is often one style of fishing that you experience there: think sight fishing for huge browns in New Zealand or catching huge rainbows in Alaska. Patagonia is very similar in many ways to the American Northwest and resembles a blend of coastal Washington, Montana, Wyoming. My favorite characteristic of fishing Central Patagonia is the same thing that I love most about Montana: diversity. Just like my home waters in the Big Sky state you can fish a different river or stream every day including a sampling of spring creeks, trophy stillwaters, tailwaters and freestone rivers of all shapes and sizes. Although many aspects of Central Patagonia resemble the Rockies or Pacific Northwest - the lack of pressure from anglers is dramatically less than found in the Western US. I lead hosted trips to Patagonia most years in the off season and have several friends and guides that either run lodges or guide down south. Although I feel competent to speak to my experiences in Patagonia I don’t consider myself an expert on the region and there are still many fisheries in Argentina and Chile that I personally haven’t fished so this post is not designed to be an authoritative guide but just my own personal advice and notes on my travels to the area.

Where is Patagonia?
Patagonia simply refers to the southern Andes and includes both Chile and Western Argentina. Most of the classic trout fishing that you read about occurs in Northern and Central Patagonia. The far southern reaches of Patagonia are better known for sea run fisheries of huge brown trout like in Tierra del Fuego or the Rio Gallegos in Santa Cruz district. In general the Chilean side of Patagonia is much wetter and is home to some very large volume rivers. Chile looks a lot like the Cascades or Olympics in coastal Washington. Most of Argentine Patagonia is in the rain shadow of the Southern Andes and is much dryer. The scenery in Argentine Patagonia looks a lot like Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Some of the regions like Los Alerces National Park are densely forested and others offer near desert climate depending on how close to the mountains you are. In general Chile is less developed and more remote, but it also is harder to get from river to river since each valley is essentially in a rugged fjord.

Patagonia Brown TroutNorthern Patagonia on the Argentine side is the most famous for fly fishing. This region is roughly north of Bariloche and south of San Junin de los Andes and includes legendary waters like the Malleo, Traful, Limay and Chimehuin to name a few. When visiting Northern Patagonia you typically stay on one or two of the massive estancias and wade or float fish on the estancia or float one of the local rivers using public access at bridges.

Central Patagonia fishing is centered around the Argentine town of Esquel. Esquel is about a 5 hour drive south of the larger tourist town of Bariloche. The good fishing extends to the north in Los Alerces National Park, to the east with the classic multi day float on the Rio Chubut or the spring creek fishing on Arroya Pescado, The massive Rio Grande and Futaleufu (on the Chilean side) and the remote Rio Pico region about three hours south of Esquel.

Getting to Central Patagonia
If you are planning on fishing the Argentine side of Central Patagonia or the Futaleufu in Chile you should plan on flying to Esquel. Plan on spending one night in Buenos Aires upon arrival. Most flights to the capital city leave the states in the evening and arrive in Argentina in the morning. I sleep well on flights and feel pretty good upon arrival after getting 6 or 7 hours of sleeping on the plane. There is generally only one flight to Esquel each day and they only are offered 4 days a week. There are usually around 7 flights a day into Bariloche every day which is to the north but if you can design your trip around the flight schedule into Esquel it is much more convenient. Although it is sometimes possible to get to Esquel on the same day you arrive in BA I don’t recommend it. The domestic flights are at a different airport and the connections are pretty tight if you are trying to catch a cab across the city. Buenos Aires is an amazing city and is often referred to as the Paris of South America. Enjoying one or two nights in BA is always a very enjoyable part of travelling to Argentina.

If you are fishing Chile (with the exception of the Futaleufu river which is just across the border from Esquel) you generally fly into Santiago and then connect the same day to Puerto Mount. Usually the lodge that you are travelling to arranges a charter flight from that point. There aren’t really many independent guides in this area and fishing on your own isn’t realistic due to the terrain so the lodge you team up with should handle all of your logistics. Farther south in Coique there are independent guides but the public waters in that area also receive more pressure.

I have visited every country from Mexico to Columbia and both Chile and Argentina. In my travels in both Chile and Argentina I have always felt very safe. My level of “safety radar” is about the same as when travelling in Europe which is a nice perk compared to some of the Central American countries that I have travelled in where you have to be much more alert to safety concerns.

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2012/7/24 (1243 reads)


Tyler Hughen, Kahlil Hudson and Alex Jabonski of Finback Films have taken on a fly fishing film project and looking for some help to complete the project. Their letter below shares their plans. More details about the project can be found on Kickstarter.

Dear Friends,

As many of you know Low & Clear has been a labor of love that’s been a long time in coming to fruition. It has always been a very personal project, and one we’ve had a hard time letting go of creatively.

The good news is, the film is done and we want to share it, however, there are significant costs associated with releasing a film of this caliber, and we are flat broke. Up to this point we have self funded the shooting, editing, music composition, sound mix and professional color correction that has allowed us to produce the HDCAM that has been screening at film festivals.

Moving forward, we have set our goal for exactly what we need to release and self-distribute the film on DVD and Itunes.

We want to be as transparent as possible, here’s what we need the money for:

MUSIC LICENSING: $11,500. [This is far and away our biggest fundraising challenge. The film is filled with original score by Doug Major, but there are a handful of songs that we cannot live without. These licensing fees are what we have to pay to the recording artists to use their songs.]

DVD AUTHORING: $1,150

DOLBY 5.1 SURROUND MIX: $1000 [Sounds great, but also a requisite for acceptance to iTunes streaming.]

DVD GRAPHIC DESIGN: $250

iTUNES HD FILE PREP AND SUBMISSION FEE: $1,600

Total: 15,500

If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter–HERE’S HOW IT WORKS. If you choose to pledge an amount–a hold is put on your card with Amazon for that amount. If our target goal is reached by the end of the 30 day campaign, your card will be charged and your reward will be shipped. If we don’t hit our goal, nobody’s card will be charged, and the project will not be funded. Basically it’s all or nothing!

We’ve brought the film a long way – we premiered at SXSW, where we won an Audience Award and the film continues to screen at prestigious film festivals around the world including Hot Docs, Camden International, True/False, Dallas International, and Telluride MountainFilm, and upcoming film festivals we’ll be announcing soon.

People from all walks of life have been connecting with Low & Clear, and some nice reviews can be found here, here and here.

Our biggest goal is to get DVD’s out asap to the fans that have been patiently waiting. If our kickstarter campaign is successful, Low and Clear will be widely available–but reserving a copy now will put the first print run in your hands. Needless to say, the support is more than appreciated. We’ve poured our heart and souls into making this film, funded it by selling cars and maxing out credit cards, and with your help we hope to share this film with as many folks as possible.

Thanks for your time,

Tyler Hughen
Kahlil Hudson
Alex Jabonski

www.lowandclear.com
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Published by David Weaver [Fishidiot] on 2012/6/12 (1879 reads)
This year will be the tenth annual Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Heritage Day and will be held at the pavilion at Allenberry Resort as in the past. I’ve attended most of these over the years either as a spectator or vendor and always look forward to it.

Bob ClouserThe event helps raise funds for the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association. The PFFMA holds the most extensive collection of fly fishing memorabilia in the state including many of the artifacts and personal papers of our state’s legacy anglers such as Vince Marinaro. The PFFMA currently has a display of some of this collection a short walk up the Allenberry complex in Fairfield Hall. This display also includes a cabinet telling the story of the famous Penn State Fly Fishing Course and George Harvey’s unique legacy. If you’re an “alumnus” of this course, seeing the display ought to make for a nice trip down memory lane.

The event runs 8:30am to 4pm and includes over seventy vendors and speakers conducting casting and fly tying demos as well as vendors selling old used gear and books, art, as well as more bamboo rod vendors this year. I’ve found many a good deal on old equipment, especially older books and fly reels over the years. Underwater Oz will be conducting a video presentation; Ye Old Colonial Angler will be there too….in addition to many other events. Cost is $8 (kids free) or you can pre-register online for $12 and enjoy a buffet lunch as well.

If you've never seen this event, by all means check it out this year. Hope to see yuh there.
Hit the link below for more info or to register: http://www.paflyfishing.org/heritage_12.html

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2012/5/7 (3270 reads)
Throughout the year trout feed a disproportional amount of the time under the water. For me even during a recent sulphur hatch on Spring Creek trout were not rising and could be seen actively feeding below the surface. George Daniel's book, Dynamic Nymphing, offers an extensive look at tactics and strategies that get to the heart of subsurface nymph fishing.

Dynamic NymphingI enjoy all the puzzles that fly-fishing provides and always appreciate ways to overcome those challenges. George shares the best of these techniques in solving many of these trials with his book in a wonderful format of instruction, photography and sketches for some of the best approaches to nymph fishing.

A range of chapters provide: a nymphing systems overview, riggings, casting techniques, tight-line tactics, fly patterns, small streams, challenging locations and much more.

Anglers not as familiar with all aspects nymph fishing or looking to extend their subsurface skills will quickly enjoy all facets of this book.

For example George provides details for the Curly Q rig, which is ideal for shallow water and longer casting requirements. This may be a more advanced technique for some and is broken down into a couple parts within the book for use and clarification. Explanations of how to make the Curly Q and ways to cast this rig are completely covered. In addition, he provides many other detailed leader formulas making it easy to understand where and when to implement these different strategies.

Dynamic Nymphing provides several for tight-line tactics, which is a method of nymphing without the use of a suspension support device. Joe Humphreys mentored George and details of the Harvey/Humphrey high-stick methods are explained along with several European nymphing styles as well.

George provides well over 60 detailed fly patterns ranging from pheasant tails to Czech nymphs. All these flies are beautifully photographed and chronicled.

For those looking to explore wild brook streams or find themselves in other challenging spots there are several chapters that take you off your typical stream and provide options in some adverse nymph fishing situations.

While I have been fly fishing for quite some time, I can get bit lackadaisical with my approach to the sport. Too often I stick with what I know. What I liked most about Dynamic Nymphing for me was getting me out of my comfort zone and to try some techniques I have not yet mastered. For those newer to the sport the Dynamic Nymphing provides a wealth of information that will certainly help improve their fly-fishing opportunities at many levels.

Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World [Hardcover] by George Daniel can be found on Amazon here
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Dynamic NymphingGeorge Daniel is assistant manager at TCO Fly Shop, in State College, PA. He travels the country conducting fly-fishing clinics for various groups and organizations. George is a former member and current Head Coach of Fly Fishing Team USA. Some of his accomplishments include being a two time national fly fishing champion, won The Fly Fishing Masters, and ranked as high as fifth in the World along with other competitive achievements. The title of the book will be “Dynamic Nymphing.” He lives near Lamar, Pennsylvania. If you want to keep up with George in the Internet you can follow him on his Facebook page here.






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Published by David Weaver [Fishidiot] on 2012/3/5 (1639 reads)
This article is another in Dave Weaver’s on going “Casting through History” series. His previous article in this series was John Brown’s Bass.

Ed KochOver the years many of you, if you’ve visited Yellow Breeches Anglers in Boiling Springs, have probably gazed at one particular dusty old mounted brown trout. When I was a kid, I’d look at this fish and think that it wasn’t the best taxidermy job. If you’re a Cumberland Valley regular or otherwise familiar with the writings of Charlie Fox and others, you’re probably aware of the story behind this fish. If not, we’ll re-tell the story behind this dusty old trophy…..a veritable sacred relic of Pennsylvania fishing history.

Ed Koch is part of Pennsylvania’s unique fly fishing heritage. His book Fishing the Midge is a classic and, like many of the writings of his generation, is always worth a re-read. Ed was also the long time owner of the Yellow Breeches fly shop. Many of you may remember chatting with Ed in the shop. This was Ed’s great trophy, caught from Letort Spring Run in August 1962. Charlie Fox recollects the story in his classic, This Wonderful World of Trout: Ed had hooked the fish three times previously. Finally, he saw the giant again and, after several casts, the big brown rose and ate a Letort Cricket, a popular deer hair dry fly. After a tough, twenty five minute fight in the weeds, the fish came to the net: 27 and a half inches and over nine pounds. Fox describes Koch’s trembling hands when the fish was weighed and photographed. Shortly later, the Fish Commission announced that this was the largest brown trout ever caught in Pennsylvania on a dry fly. Does this fish still hold this distinction today? I don’t know - perhaps. I think every fly fisherman dreams of that fish of a lifetime; a fish that takes perseverance and effort to finally catch.

Ed KochThis was Ed Koch’s fish of a lifetime and he had it displayed in his fly shop where it still hangs today. In the future, this famous fish from the golden era of Cumberland Valley fly fishing will likely be part of the collection of the Pennsylvania Museum of Fly Fishing where it will continue to remind us that a fish of a lifetime is out there…. waiting for us to make that perfect cast.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Museum of Fly Fishing


Excerpts and black and white photo above from:
This Wonderful World of Trout, by Charles K. Fox
Rockville Center NY: Freshet Press, pp 172-178






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2012/2/19 (1225 reads)

A Dance for Steelhead from Matthew Grant on Vimeo.




Adam Kryder, Lucas Carroll & Matt Smythe are in production of a winter fly fishing film called "No Off-Season". The guys have put together a BTS show reel as they are shooting this winter. I had a chance to catch up with the guys at the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset and enjoyed hearing more about the project. You can follow more on the Raw Water Productions blog.

I am looking forward to more updates from the guys.






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Published by Greg Yothers [albatross] on 2011/10/2 (3326 reads)
The rivers and streams of the northwest portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan are teaming with wild salmonids. Bruno and I discovered this almost by accident in October 2010 when we detoured to NW Michigan on a trip to the Salmon River in Pulaski New York after Tropical Storm Nicole blew the Salmon River out to 20,000 CFS.

Bruno called fellow board member Acristickid on his cell phone as we headed up Route 79 North from Pittsburgh and Acristickid told us to turn left when we got to Erie and head for Michigan!

The heart of the fishing near Wellston in Northwest Michigan is 8 hours driving time from Pittsburgh which compares favorably to the seven hour drive to Pulaski New York for anglers in Western Pennsylvania. We fished October 10-12 in 2010 which was a little late for the salmon in Michigan.

This year Bruno, Brian Charlie and I made our way north again. We fished September 18-21 which was close to the peak of the Chinook Run. The Coho salmon also were out to play this year. Our trip was a little early for the steelhead, they run late October to late April. Part of the appeal of fishing in Northwest Michigan is that nearly all of these fish are naturally reproducing from ancestors stocked decades ago. The spawning gravel in these rivers and streams is immaculate!

We caught a few King salmon on our own, but the best day of the trip was our day our on driftboats with guides from Schmidt Outfitters on the Manistee River. They put us over a Coho hotspot. Bruno and I hooked and landed many of these wonderful fish that really love to take a fly. We also hooked a few King salmon with the guides, but the landing of Kings was more difficult.

"We had a wonderful trip. I have to also thank the guys from Ray Schmidt Outfitters. Guide Nick Homan was awesome to spend the day with. He did a great job and provided the best river lunch I have ever had," shared Bruno.

The nature of these rivers and streams is that a lot of fallen trees litter the streambed. The fish know where these obstacles lay and seek them out to ensure their freedom. The resident trout, browns, rainbows, and brooks, can all be caught with egg patterns once the salmon start getting active on the redds. We caught some smaller trout this way, but many of the locals look forward to the opportunity to catch bigger resident and lake run trout into his manner.

The bigger rivers in this region are tough for the wading angler and a driftboat is almost a requirement. But there are smaller rivers and streams suitable for the wading angler. Bruno and I were fortunate to meet a pair of anglers from West Virginia while fishing the Betsie River. One of the anglers had a nasty tear in his neoprene waders. I was able to patch his waders with the UV adhesive I carry, which made us instant friends with this pair. They shared a shot of bourbon with us and promised us a mule trip on the Cranberry River in West Virginia. Always nice to make a new friend!

More pictures from our trip can be found here.





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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/7/27 (2678 reads)
To keep up with a some of regional fly fishing I turn to few favorite blogs. I have been looking for a few more new blogs and recently received some help from the forum. The number that have turned up will keep me busy for the rest of the summer.

troutrageous I have added to the list a few of my favorites as well. Lately I have taken time to follow Troutrageous. Michael over at Troutrageous is out of Limerick, Pennsylvania and takes time share some real good posts on fly fishing gear reviews, Tenkara and best bets for 100 degree days. I smell a beer post!

Another prolific blogger is The Jersey Angler. You will find a lot of fun posts and photography on some of the fly fishing happenings over in Jersey, but can keep up with trips out west as well. Also out of Jersey is the blog Fly & Fin. Seems like both these guys are having fun this week out in Yellowstone while we are sweating out in the heat.

One not to be overlooked is the blog Mr. Brownliner for fans in Pittsburgh with his musings on fly fishing for carp, trout, bass and drum.

What I like best is the diversity of thought from all these local bloggers. It is not just about their fly fishing adventures, but also includes life's little journeys too! Here is a some fly fishing blogs in the region. Feel free to add to the comments on others that I should know about.

Troutrageous
Casting Around
Dubthethorax
My Life on the Fly
Eastern fly angler
Lvlimestoner
This river is wild fly fishing
The Jersey Angler
Fly & Fin
Adventures in Brown Lining
The Slippery Trout
Twin Tiers Anglers
Wade Rivers Wild Tramps
Grobe Anglers and Adventures
Proven Patterns
Up'North Maine Fly Castings
Hatches Mag
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/6/23 (1540 reads)
I couldn't help share this behind the scenes video of the folks at Scott. Their craftsman ship and dedication is truly to be admired.

Scott | behind the scenes from Scott Fly Rods on Vimeo.

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/5/16 (2247 reads)
green drake I was looking through my photographs from last year and found a Green Drake snapshot, which is one of my favorites. Green Drakes (Ephemera guttulata) are one of my favorite flies to observe, too.

I say observe as I usually find myself on Penns Creek fishing while a huge Green Drake hatch is coming off and I am doing anything, but catching a lot of trout. The mixed hatches that occur during this time of year are exciting and frustrating as many angler's would agree.

So this year I am going to stop practicing the fine art of talking to myself during the hatch and I might even throw on a sulphur or a should I dare say a emerger on during the madness?

The Green Drakes can starting showing up around May 20th and are complimented by the Coffin Fly spinners which provide equal splendor during this time of year. So sit back and get ready to enjoy the show.






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