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Hung around all day with Frequent Tyer, and delta_dog. Besides the fine company, it was a day of fun, learning, and seeing lots of old friends. As a special treat, I finally got to meet Charlie Craven in person. I'd spoken to him on the phone, and we were friends from the old VFS forum (Flyfisherman Magazine).
As a public service message, the fashion craze on feathers is over. There was LOTS of nice saddles available at better than ever prices. Time to stock up!
It was a day of multi-tasking for me, as I wanted to get donations for the PAFF Tying Jam raffle in a few weeks, and invite some local tyers to the event. I did better than expected!
The PAFF contingent of tyers did a great job of tying - their tables were pretty busy. For those that have enjoyed Eunan Hendron's intricate classic ties he posts here on PAFF, you may be wondering if he's really that good. BELIEVE IT!!! We just stood and stared in disbelief. Those that attend the tying jam are in for a real treat watching Eunan tie. He does a great job of explaining technique as he goes, and is more than willing to share his knowledge.
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So here's the official plan of events.
We will meet every morning at the pavilion at Folly's End Campground. They have been generous to us for the last 3 years and continue to do so. You can camp out there if you please, park a camper, or even call to see if they have any available place to stay. They have a fully stocked fly shop and elk creek is about 25 yards from the pavilion.
We typically meet as a large group for coffee and donuts and split up from there. Sunrise at that time of year is right around 7:00am, so if we plan to meet around 8am each day that should work out just fine.
Friday is typically a day where people filter in all day long. If you plan to attend and are unfamiliar with where to go or don't know many people from the board please let me know and I'll arrange for you to be met up there at your arrival time to be shown around and have someone to fish with. Folly's is probably the best place to go if you're unsure. There will be people there all day at the pavilion and fishing at Elk in that area.
Each evening we will converge at Avonia Tavern. Let's plan to meet there around 7pm. (Sunset is at 5) This is a great place to grab a good bite to eat and a great beer with lots of room for our group. We'll try to arrange a large table there every day so we're not waiting around like in years past.
Last but not least is a place to sleep. A bunch of people stayed at Sunset Motel last year. It's not too far away from our meeting places and very clean and inexpensive. There are many other places to stay in the area. Feel free to look around and find what you're looking for.
If you need a cell phone number or 2 let me know and I can give you mine or someone else who will be there so that we can make sure you get hooked up with the group when you arrive.
Follow more of the plans for the weekend in the forum here.
Thanks to Ryan Gouldsbarry for organizing the meet-up!
Spent some time last month at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum(CFFCM) – what a wonderful place. If you’ve never been there before, next time you’re up in the Catskills or fishing the Delaware, take some time to head over to Livingston Manor and see this museum. You won’t regret it (especially if it’s a cold or otherwise lousy day for fishing). Although I’ll confess a stubborn loyalty to the Cumberland Valley as a heritage place in the history of the sport we love….clearly the Catskills stand tall as the birthplace and historical center of modern American fly fishing. Where better to have a museum to that legacy?
The CFFCM was started about three decades ago and was the brainchild of the estimable Elsie Darbee and her longstanding desire to see a repository for the history of fly fishing. Located on the banks of the legendary Willowemoc Creek, the museum exhibits multiple display areas covering the great personages of fly fishing and their fly tying collections, and old gear (looking at these old flies and gear is striking compared to what we’re used to today). Among these fly fishing luminaries would be the Wulffs, the Dettes, and the Darbees - not to mention many other innovative fishermen, writers, fly tyers, and conservationists.
Although focused on the Catskill heritage, the CFFCM covers all areas of the sport – for example, there’s a section on the Pennsylvania club, The Fontinalis Fly Fishermen, as well as an exhibit on Japanese fly fishing, bamboo rod making, and women fly fishers from around the U.S. The museum also includes/manages the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame and new members to this august body recently included several nationally known anglers, including Pennsylvania’s own Ed Shenk.
For 2013 the CFFCM is undergoing a major expansion that will provide more space for the many events sponsored by the museum. To find out more or join and support this great organization, please hit their website at: www.cffcm.net
David "Fishidiot" Weaver is a moderator and regular contributor on Paflyfish. Folks can find more about David and his artwork at www.rodandbrush.com
Well, another season has come and gone in the Catskills. What a perfect way to end it. Beautiful surroundings, food, friends and fishing. Reports leading up to our trip were very promising but it appears that we were a few days late in hitting the hot fishing.
Thursday started off by picking up Brandon's disabled boat and taking it for a short float with Josh and Nick. Quite possibly the best question of the trip came from NickR as we were leaving the car. "I don't need my rain jacket, do I?" 2 minutes after launching the boat we had a pouring rain for 30 minutes. I think it's a safe bet that he never asks that question again. :)
Some of the crew rolled in Thursday evening and we met up at the motel. I'd like to say that we formulated a plan on attack for the following day but we drank beer and did a little BS-ing.
Friday involved a trip on the lower EB. Me, Josh and new / future forum member Tom from Jersey were in one boat while DaveS and NickR put his boat to good use. The water was slightly stained and the fishing was tough but not as tough as what we experienced at the Fishes Eddy access. As we neared the slow bend in the river, we heard guys shooting semi-automatics on the hill. We were trying to guess if they were AK-47, Mini-14 or AR-15's. Just about that time, bullets began ricocheting over our heads and striking the far bank. The idiots were shooting down hill and directly at the river. We dropped to the floor of the boat and waited for a break in the shooting. I rowed like hell to get us out of there. As we looked back, we could see Dave and Nick coming into the pool. Nick was nymphing the seam as they floated. Still shaking, we met up on the near bank behind a rock bluff. Everyone seemed to be well aware of how dangerous that was except Nick. He asked if we saw the fish rising between the boats. We said "those were bullets hitting the water!". I don't even remember how the fishing was that day but was happy to make it out alive. I do remember that it was the second straight day with nearly zero bug activity. As we rounded the corner to the take out, Brandon was standing there in jeans, made a cast and yelled "fish on". After a skunkfest, he snatches one right out from in front of our boat. Pretty funny.
Saturday was met with weather that looked like it could rain us out but the clouds lifted. Fishidiot and DaveS set off for the WB to see if they could do any better that we had been doing on the EB. Dryflyguy was on the WB to see if he could keep his fish catching streak alive. I floated the EB again with Beeber and PhilC. By 2pm we had good hatches of olives, isos, hebes and caddis. The fish were up and feeding. Only one to make it to net was a smallie Phil took. We had our chances but failed to convert. Nick and his dad tried all branches and areas. They had some luck on the upper EB.
Sunday we did a very short float with Phil, Nick and Nick's dad. After the first 90 minutes it appeared that mother nature was going to hand us another dud. With the blink of an eye, the hatches began. Olives 18-26, hebes, Iso and caddis. We relentlessly pounded the pods of fish for hours. Nick’s dad hooked up on a small olive and was promptly broken off by a rainbow. I stung several and hooked one that jumped into the side of my pontoon before coming unbuttoned.
I fished less on this trip than any other but didn’t seem to mind. I was content to row the boat and get others on fish. If you categorize the quality of the trip by fish caught, it was poor. Fish or no fish, I had a blast. What a good group of guys. Once again, DaveS showed that he is the cream of the crop by catching when and where others didn’t. Fishidiot presented him with a life size painting of the Youghness Monster as well as donating a hand painted brookie for the FUDR raffle.
Below is a short video of our trip. Awesome guys, awesome place. Anyone that floated in Brandon’s boat owes him a “thank you for lending us your boat”. Please have the courtesy to shoot him a quick email at email@example.com
Also check out under “shop talk” thread for an offer from Coz at Border Water Outfitters.
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The trailer for LOW & CLEAR won the 2010 Drake “Movie of the Year” award and the full-length 70-minute documentary went on to premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival where it won the “Audience Award.” The film continues to screen at top international film festivals including Hot Docs and True/False receiving much critical acclaim.
The DVD includes the 70-minute feature film, a behind-the-scenes documentary MAKING LOW & CLEAR, deleted scenes, and the short film NORTHWOODS.
LOW & CLEAR was filmed using a RED 4K Digital Cinema camera and the DVD features 5.1 Surround Sound.
Finback Films is currently negotiating with distributors and plans include a limited theatrical release, VOD, and online streaming on iTunes by the end of 2012. The DVD will also be available at retail locations and fly shops everywhere.
Recommended rod for SMB would be a 9’ 6wt or 7 wt, but a little lighter or heavier rod will do the job. For flies, bring plenty of buggers, clousers, and streamers, as well as poppers and sliders for on top.
Meet up at the Park & Ride lot in the Pittston area at 10am. We’ll likely fish ‘til dark. The meet-up lot is conveniently located at the junction of both Rt 81 (Pittson exit #175) and the PA Turnpike – NE Extension (Wyoming Valley exit #115) for easy access for members in all corners of PA. A Google Map is included below.
Come one, come all. It should be a blast. To learn more abou that trip check out the forum thread here.
photo by PSUFishMenace
Forum members Fishidiot and Troutbert
New and old editions from Dwight Landis
(Link to interview on Paff)
Fly fishing stuff from Fishidiot found at www.rodandbrush.com
(link to interview on Paff)
Forum member and wet fly master: Wetfly01
Artist Michael Simon
Fish artist Thom Glace
Lots of bamboo rod vendors
So much bamboo, so little time.
Forum member Lestrout typically finding the sweet spot.
For several years now David "Fishidiot" Weaver has donated one of his fine framed paintings at the Jam and this year was no exception. David brings a completed frame and paints during the weekend to have the final fly fishing artwork complete for Saturday night. Certainly the most popular item amongst the members during the weekend. To see more of his paintings please go to his website at www.rodandbrush.com
Allen FlyFishing has been a long time sponsor of the site and this year really stepped it up donating several of their rods for the weekend. A few of the guys had a chance to try out the rods during the weekend. Allen FlyFishing provided a few of their ATS rods, which are an affordable, high performance rods at an entry level price point. One of their Xa Series 5wt 10ft rods was included as well. These Xa rods are designed to provide a fast recovery and responsiveness for a wide variety of angling situations. To learn more about their fly fishing rods and reels please visit the Allen FlyFishing website here.
Harman's North Fork Cottages provided a gift certificate to one of their riverside cabins in West Virginia. Their rental cabins are available year-round on stocked trout waters on the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River. To find out more about other activities and fishing found on the grounds and in the area check out their website here.
Another member of the site, Coty "csoult" Soult provided a beautiful fly tying bench made of red oak and birds eye maple. A big hit as many were impressed with the quality and craftsmanship.
One of the newest advertisers on the site Cutthroat Leaders provide several of their Furled Fly Fishing Leaders to the members. Cutthroat Leaders are hand crafted UNI thread leaders that provide an outstanding presentation that don't over-spray and spook your fish. Find out more about their great line of Furled Fishing Leaders here.
Andy Ramish from Tight Line Fly Reels stopped over on Saturday and provided one of his his reels that is machined and assembled in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. His reels are some real works of technical art as much as functioning fly fishing reels. Thanks for stopping over to the Jam and please check his website out to learn more about his awesome reels here.
A special thanks to all those that contributed to the Jam this year. We are working out details in a way we will be contributing to the Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp in Boiling Springs, Pa. I look forward to sharing how we will be supporting the young anglers interested in learning more about fly fishing.
This year Dwight "troutbert" Landis provided a detailed presentation about Spring Creek on Friday night. Saturday was followed up with a raffle that was supported by many members and sponsors on the site. Next weeks post will cover our sponsors and winners in Part 2.
I thought I would try a different approach to reviewing the weekend. Here are some of the quotes and photos from those at the weekend that put it all in perspective from the forum after the weekend.
"I caught one trout on a wooly bugger, but did not use a bobber." - JackM
"Oh, the chili!! and that tenderloin, OMG!! Incredible!!! Between the food and the music, it was a great time." - Mooney4
"I swear to God, there was a Sasquatch wading the stream, just standing out there in the middle, I couldn't believe it." - Pcray1231
"You can lead a Sasquatch to water, and he'll probably fall on his arse...twice, and miss 5/6 of the fish he hooks into." - The_Sasquatch
"...boy oh boy, did i have a good time!!!" - shakey
"Flipnfly even caught a turtle on a midge - I'd have never believed it, but he has the picture to back it up" - Heritage Angler
"i would truly like the picture of all of the people who's patience i've tested over the years and me." - Gfen
"I'm not sure Alby or Biker will remember talking to me." Krayfish
"After many years of attending the Jam, I can honestly say this year's was the driest I've ever seen (and I don't mean "lack of booze" dry )." - tocar
"The fishing gods weren't great to me this weekend but who cares?" - Fishidiot
"I still figure my sulfur spinner must make a heck of a dun imitation. Problem is, it didn't seem to make a good spinner imitation!" - Pcray1231
"I can only say that you folks around State College have some excellent road sign artists. It's funny what towns like Tusseyville and Ennisville can be turned into with some well placed paint strokes." - Swattie87
"Had a great time at the jam and I think most of my stories should remain private to avoid incrimination." - MattBoyer
"Saturday night seemed like organized chaos." - ryguyfi
"Strange thing. I did not go to the Jam this year but had 4 people call me Squaretail and introduce themselves on the stream." - squaretail
"The fishing was secondary to the company, but that was pretty darn good too." - Swattie87
"+1 tenderloin....mmm...beef will never be the same" - TimRobinson
"In my defense, it totally looked like my van, to bad mine was in Lancaster." - Sal
"Every one I talked to was great.I'm already looking to next time to do some camping and fishing. There is so much experience at the jam it's an incredible event." - lv2nymph
"The folks who live in the State College area are truly blessed to have such good fishing close-by, in streams both large and small. I hope to make it again and see you all at the 2013 Jam!" - goodfortune
"...Jack, you are a card." - The_Sasquatch
"Had a blast at this year's JAM. Got to see a bunch of friends and met some new ones. Tons of good food, stories, and drink. We even fished a little too. Thanks to everyone that helps set this up. It is a great time." - Turkey
Photos by skybay, pcray1231, dkile