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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/5/16 (2914 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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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/5/2 (2137 reads)

Meet the Hendricksons from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.


I caught up with Tim Flagler at Tightline Productions about his recent Hendricksons video. I couldn't help but post this right away as the macro video on this is awesome. Tim shared with me that he started with this video about two years ago and took quite a bit of effort to produce. Much of it was completed in fish tanks to get the best light and control of the environment.

Tim collected Hendrickson nymphs and duns from the South Branch of the Raritan River near Califon, NJ. Tim does not claim to be an entomologist, but is pretty certain that these are all Hendricksons (Ephemerella subvaria).

Great details and nice job.

Tim Flagler can be contacted through the company website at Tightline Productions.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/4/6 (1887 reads)
Belize Flyfishing

By Chris Frangiosa

Fishing has taken me too many beautiful places and one of my favorite destinations is Belize. Belize is located in Central America and borders Guatemala. Boasting the second biggest reef in the world, Belize is a mecca for divers and fisherman from all around the world. In particular, the Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon fishing is world class and can be had within a short boat ride from one of the many coastal towns.

Our last expedition to Belize was in March of 2011 and was a very successful venture. The recent ban on killing Bonefish for food has increased the average size of Bonefish greatly and many were caught and released on our last excursion. This particular trip was to the northern part of the country to an area called Ambergris Caye. Ambergris is a great area in that it offers great fishing opportunities, beautiful accommodation options and many restaurants, shops and bars to hit after a long day on the water.

Belize FlyfishingIf you haven’t fly fished in saltwater before I definitely suggest that you give it a try. Belize is a great place to learn as there are tons of fish and it is relatively easy to escape the strong winds that often accompany ocean fishing. I have a fall trip that is booking now, let me know if you are interested and we can discuss more details.

Chris is putting together a fall trip to Belize and to learn more you can contact him at tcoflyshop@tcoflyfishing.com


Chris Frangiosa - is the Retail Manager for TCO Fly Shop. Chris has spent the last decade or more on the east coast and working in the fly fishing industry. I am huge fan of Chris's photography and he can be found at the Bryn Mawr location. You can follow Chris on Twitter here: @tcoflyfishing
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Published by YoughRiverGuide on 2011/3/20 (4421 reads)
Written by Ernie Pribanic

Fly Fishing the YoughioghenyMarch is a hard month for the Western-Pennsylvania trout angler. Stricken with a surliness know only to those who have been denied the thing which they most desire for the better part of an Appalachian winter, they find themselves sitting haggardly in front of their computers, monitoring with doubtful eye the USGS gauges that correspond to their favorite spring time haunts. (At least, I do.)

People often ask me, obviously at times other than those when I’m wearing that March-spawned frustration upon my surly visage, “So what does the Youghiogheny’s foremost and most authoritative fishing guide look for before heading out to the river in the spring?” (They say that. They really do.)

Paflyfish's very own Dave Kile posited this question to me recently and asked if I might provide my answer in writing. Gracious fellow that I am, I reply thusly:

Upper Yough: (south of the Mason-Dixon, Maryland license required)

Ideal CFS for the wade-fisher is right around 300 or below. Of primary interest on this stretch of river is the four-mile catch and release area below the Brookfield Power plant. Brookfield Power releases cold water into the river here, creating a year-round fishery.

While this piece of water is a smaller version of the middle Yough below, it is still, by Eastern standards, a large piece of trout water, and you want to avoid it at higher flows.

Middle Yough: (below Youghiogheny River Lake--confusing isn’t it?)

Fly Fishing the YoughioghenyYou need to think of this stretch of river as having two sections: the dam to the Casselman River is section A, and the Casselman River to Ohiopyle is section B. Popular opinion says that section A can be waded safely at 1200 cfs or below, but this angler likes it best between 500 and 900 cfs. Check the USGS gauge at the dam for current flows.

Below the Casselman (and thanks to the Casselman), you have to check the gauge below Confluence. I won’t wade fish this piece of river unless it is at 1500 cfs or below. The determining factor is the amount of water coming north out of Maryland: if the Army Corps is running a lot of water from the dam, over 1000 cfs for instance, and you have the Casselman adding another 1000 cfs to the river, the Middle is out for all but the stout of heart.

Gear: (what to throw in you quiver)

For spring time fishing on the Yough, no matter which section you choose, I like a five and sometimes--if throwing bigger bugs--a six. If you know that you are going to be fishing streamers, a full sinking line is not a bad choice either.

As the season progresses, a nine-foot four weight can be a good choice for dry fly fishing on the Middle, and the Upper becomes perfect water for pitching dries with your favorite three or four weight.

Bugs:(hatches o’ plenty)

Ernie PribanicYou’ll find the typical spring bugs on both the Middle and the Upper, though the Upper is the buggier of the two. Midge hatches are a given on warm days throughout February and March, and if the water levels oblige, you’ll likely find fish working them in slower water and tailouts. Generally, by March, black stones, brown stones, and blue wing olives are common sights on both the Middle and the Upper River as well. Dry fly fishing is typically better on the Upper than the Middle throughout spring, though. This is generally due to water levels: when the Middle is high, you’ll have to work harder to find rising fish as most of their eating seems to get done below the surface.

On the Upper, you’ll find all the major mayfly species; while on the Middle, caddis, olives, march browns, and crane flies are what’s for dinner through April and May. Both sections have good populations of Green Drakes as well provided you find the right habitat for that particular burrower.

River Information and Guide Services:
For river information, hatch charts, or to book a guided trip on the Upper Yough and other Maryland waters, check out www.springcreekoutfitter.com.
For river reports or to book a guided float trip on the PA side, contact Ernie Pribanic or Jim DiBiase at www.laurelhighlandsguideservices.com

I want to thank Ernie for his contributions in writing this post. - Dave Kile
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/3/14 (2435 reads)


The spring offers many anglers an alternative to trout in the rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River. It is the time when shad return to spawn in the freshwater rivers from their winter feeding in the Atlantic Ocean. This migration has had terrible struggle starting early in our American history.

This story has it's beginnings going back to the late 1600's as mentioned by William Penn - "Shads are excellent fish and of the Bigness of our Carp: They are so plentiful..."

Certainly a popular and plentiful fish for commercial fisherman until 1806 when gillnets were first outlawed for many years. Sadly, this was only the beginning of many issues that plagued the shad in our region.

In the early 1800's the first dams along the Delaware were constructed and shut down shad migration past those points. As a result the access to spring spawning grounds were lost.

The Shamokin, Clarks Ferry, Duncan’s Island, Nanticoke, and Columbia dams along the Susquehanna were constructed to support the Pennsylvania canal. A dam above Newport halted the shad's migration up the Juniata during this time as well.

Once the railways took hold those dams and along the Susquehanna were removed and some shad returned. While some gains were made right behind this the effects of industrialization took it's toll on all the rivers. Coal mining, deforestation and pollution like sewage discharge was unchecked in the rivers.

Habitat, pollution and overfishing continue continued to devastate the shad populations in the rivers and tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River.

With more dams added in the early 1900's like the Conowingo and Holtwood all shad migration ceased upstream on those rivers.

It not until the early 1970's that the first progress was made in utilizing fish ladders and stocking the rivers again with millions of shad eggs.

This new opportunity for anglers has been growing as the American Shad has seen a wonderful recovery especially over the past 20 years. This has been a conservative effort by organizations like the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, power companies and sportsman groups in the region.

Thanks to Van Wagner for his YouTube Video and JakesLeakyWaders for finding this video.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/3/8 (2975 reads)




The Fly Fishing Show in Philadelphia was held the the weekend of March 5 & 6, 2011. This is the first time the show was held at the Valley Forge Convention Center and sounds like it will be part of the schedule for next year as well.

Being that is was the first year there was a little smaller with the number of vendors, booths and presenters. Chuck Furimsky, Fly Fishing Show Director, made sure there was plenty of the star power and regulars to make it a very good first year and plenty to go around for all. Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser, Eric Stroup, Mike Heck, Bob Mead, John Collins, Shawn Davis, Anthony Giaquinto, Scott Cesari, Dave Brandt and Don Bastian to name a few

A lot of booths included TCO Fly Shops, Simms, The Evening Hatch Shop, Valley Forge TU, Main Line Fly-Tyers, Project Healing Waters, AA Outfitters Fly Shop and plenty more.

What I liked most about the show was just how well attended it was by Paflyfish members. I was into the show for than a few minutes and found Heritage Angler and LRSABecker eyeing up the hall looking for some deals. I'll let the video tell the story. More pictures are posted on the Facebook Fanpage : http://www.facebook.com/paflyfish

Nice show and looking forward to getting back to Philly next year as I am sure this will really grow!
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/1/24 (2101 reads)


The Fly Fishing Show in Somerset, NJ was well attended by many from all over the region. Plenty of vendors filled the exhibit hall and seminars were busy as well by Saturday. Some snow on Friday morning seemed to slow up a few on the first day. I arrived to the usual filled parking lots on Friday afternoon.

I enjoyed seeing a lot of friends and members from Paflyfish. I do think many held off from going to Somerset and are waiting for the Philadelphia show in March.

There was a lot of conversation about the Philly show. It is rather close to Somerset and only six weeks away. Seemed like many vendors were planning on attending, but not all.

The results from Friday seemed encouraging for many vendors. One of the destination guides felt he would have sold all his summer trips by noon on Saturday. One of the fly shops shared that they had been doing pretty well selling boots and waders first day. I helped out first thing Saturday morning with my own boot purchase.

I enjoyed meeting Steve at Rise Fishing Company. Steve and his wife Amanda have recently started a rod company focused on designing rods that are user friendly for anglers to match their skills and fishing situations. Rise also has pledged to donate 20% of their profits to conservation efforts. It was good to see Ernie Pribanic from Laurel Highlands Guide Services in the both helping the team from Rise as well.

Meeting up with friends and getting introduced to new folks is always the best part of the show, but I especially enjoyed getting to the seminars this year. Gary Borger was my favorite with his Fishing the Film discussion. Going to try and hopefully catch George Daniels if he is presenting in Philadelphia in March.

If you are considering going to the Philadelphia show in Valley Forge it should be worth the trip. Do make time to check out a seminar if you plan on going.

Hope to add a follow up post later in the week.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2011/1/3 (1763 reads)
My fifteen year old son, Greg and I went out late this afternoon to see the movie Tron Legacy. I was anxious to go with him just as soon as he asked me. It looked pretty clever I and remembered the original movie back in 1982. I was very young of course.

greg"Once again, the computer graphics were pretty good. In the movie Jeff Bridges is reunited with his son after 22 years. The plot was a little slow for me in parts. At one point I looked over at Greg with his 3D glasses and noticed a big smile on his face.

That smile reminded me of some of the times we had fun together over the past year. The first trout he landed this past year fly-fishing was one of those times we shared back in April. I had bought him some new waders. They were a little oversized, but he was a good sport about it and he was just happy to be out fishing.

At that point during the movie I felt a little bad. Not about the movie, but realized my resolutions for the upcoming year or rather the one I didn't make. I usually make about ten goals each year. The one goal I over looked was taking Greg out for some more time fly-fishing. Not that I would not have remembered to do so, It was just that I had not had put it on my list as of yet.

On the way home we talked about the movie and how much he enjoyed the special effects. We also had time to talk about fly-fishing and we have plans for a sulphur hatch this May.

I want to encourage you put a smile on someone's face this year and make plans to take someone important to you fly-fishing.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 2010/12/7 (1874 reads)


I couldn't help but enjoy a little fun with this catch from George Revel and Ben Paull at Leland Fly Fishing Outfitters. Thought the 45 second video was pretty clever.

The back story I heard on this was the guys went out to on a trip to the Deschutes River and caught a little of the skunk. We all know idle hands are are the devils work and these guys proved it.
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Published by Ezpickins on 2010/10/26 (2524 reads)
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If you find yourself in the Cache la Poudre canyon area and you want to do something a little different, check out Joe Wright Creek and Joe Wright Reservoir for some grayling fishing. This past August I was fortunate enough to be in the area and I did just that. It was actually a big surprise. My fishing buddy and I had hiked into a back country lake to do some fishing for native Greenback Cuts (the bite was not on). I didn’t see a single fish, my friend managed one nice specimen though. However the trip yielded some fruit when another fisherman asked whether we had tried Joe Wright Creek and Joe Wright Reservoir for grayling yet. Well, we hadn’t. Needless to say we hiked it on down to Joe Wright Creek and, jackpot.



It was some fast and furious fishing. The grayling in the small stream rose to dries readily and you could pretty much expect a hit from every fish that you cast over. It was a lot of fun – and the novelty of catching grayling (which I had never done before) made it all that much more fun. We worked our way downstream to the reservoir and hooked up with some more fish at the inlet. There was even an occasional cut thrown in for good measure.



Joe Wright Creek flows into and out of Joe Wright Reservoir which is about 33 miles east of Walden, Colorado on CO-14. The stretch of the creek where we caught grayling is above the reservoir and it’s not very long. I wouldn’t go out of my way for the grayling, but if you’re in the area to fish the Poudre. It makes a nice little diversion.

I want to thank Ezpickins for his post. He has been a member on Paflyfish for many years. He writes on CastingAround, a blog about Fly Fishing, Fly Tying and various related topics. Wild trout are his primary quarry – but he’ll go after bass and other species from time to time. I encourage you to follow his blog here.

You can also catch him on twitter here.
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