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Getting Out For Fall Fly Fishing

Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 12/11/2009 (1702 reads)




During the holiday season I like to take time and reflect on some of the exceptional things I learned about during the year. Project Healing Waters has been one of those special organizations that really stands out. As many of you know Project Healing Waters is a wonderful organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.

Ed Nicholson, President of Healing Waters, as well as hundreds of others have taken time to work with disabled military personal to support and share with them the wonderful sport of fly fishing.

Pennsylvania has led the way in the Mid-Atlantic states with programs from the Hokendaqua Chapter of TU (Allentown), the Stanley Cooper Sr. Chapter of TU (Wilkes-Barre), and the Doc Fritchery Chapter of TU (Harrisburg) to name a few. To find more about this incredible program, or to make a donation, check out the PHW Web Site at:
Project Healing Waters

As through out all of the year, but especially during the holiday, lets all please take time and recognize the great work being done for some very special people.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 09/30/2009 (1315 reads)
Fly Tying Website that really Cooks!
Do you have a klinkhammer in your box? Well if you don't Joe Mathis can show you how to tie one.

Joe has created FlyRecipes.com, a website for anglers to collaborate and provide instructions on how to tie thousands of different types of flies. His site FlyRecipes.com is an incredible resource for fly tiers. Some of the recipes include some amazing photographic instructions.

One of the amazing contributors to the site is PikeFFArticles from Finland (He has is own blog named Pike Fly Fishing Articles which I need to check out next). Take a look at his Widow Angel Pike Streamer it looks like a piece of artwork.

With the help of folks from YouTube, Joe is assembling an impressive video library as well. You really need to check out the site for some of these really cool flies.

Fly Recipes Site Contains: Over 2000 Recipes, Over 300 Videos, Trophies Photo Section and Forum.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 09/28/2009 (1151 reads)
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Who are the faces of fly fishing’s future? Where are the anglers, explorers, fly tiers, film makers, and conservationists who are making fly fishing not only a sport, but their life’s calling? Is there another Lefty Kreh, Joe Brooks, or Lee Wulff waiting in the shadows?

American Angler wants to know your thoughts on the matter, with only one criteria: All candidates must be 40 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2009. American angler is looking to identify the next generation of fly-fishing innovators— the true young guns of the industry—and they will include your collective input in a cover story to be featured in an upcoming issue of American Angler.

Submit your nominations here at American Angler.

Have any suggestions...leave a comment.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 09/21/2009 (2272 reads)
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Fall fly fishing in Pennsylvania offers anglers a unique opportunity to enjoy cool colorful days on some magnificent streams. Many anglers enjoy the solitude of fall fishing as other are caught up with other fall activities. A little bit of preparation can be a rewarding opportunity for those who can make the time.

Reproduction plays an important part of the trout lifecycle during the fall months for both book and brown trout. Brook trout, native to Pennsylvania, usually begin to spawn during the day in late September through October. Brown trout typically start spawning in October through late November. Females will often create gravel beds for the fertilized eggs called redds. During this time coloring on the trout will intensify especially in the males.

As the trout begin to change so does entomology or insect life in the stream. Activity will be different from region to region, stream size, summer water temperatures, and geology. The fall provides a more limited selection of insects and often anglers enjoy bringing a more modest selection of flies and imitations. Some of the more popular collections include: Slate Drakes, BWO, Caddis and Terrestrials. Typical nymphs and streamers are very successful and smart choice too.

The fast spring waters can take a new characteristic and a different approach once September arrives. Low clear water can create a challenge for some anglers, but stealth and patience can provide many rewards.

With summer holder over trout and newly stocked trout in almost 100 streams there should be ample opportunity for solitude and fish this autumn. Check out the PaFlyFish forums and stream reports to learn more about what is happening in your area of the state.

Photograph by PaulG
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 09/10/2009 (1363 reads)
Simms Fishing Products at the FlyFishing Retailer 2009 Show in Denver
The 2009 FlyFishing Retailer show runs from September 10th through 12th in Denver, Colorado. The show is the big opportunity for fly fishing retailers to see much of the new gear, attend seminars, educational events and even a little time for some fly fishing. Hope to see many new announcements, products and reviews as a result of the show.

In an early news release Simms Fishing Products announced the Simms G3 Guide Pants– which come with a built-in, adjustable belt – are ultra-waterproof and super breathable thanks to the three and five layers of GORE-TEX® Pro Shell Technology. Simms’ own nylon/polyester microfiber face fabric increases the puncture resistance of the pants, particularly in the front of the legs.

Made in Simms’ Bozeman, Montana factory, the Simms G3 Guide Pants ($379.95) comes with features designed to make a day on the water both dry and comfortable. Anglers will rave about the convenience of the RiRi® Storm™ zipper fly and two thermo-laminated hand pockets with water resistant zippers while appreciating the patented front and back leg seam construction that adds enhanced articulation, comfort and durability.

Offered in 14 stock sizes, the Simms G3 Guide Pants have built-in Guide Model Gravel Guards designed to slip over wading boots and check in a just a smidge over two pounds (38 ounces) making them a great choice for a hike-in fishing trip to a remote stream or pond.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 08/24/2009 (1761 reads)
Forbes just announced its admittedly subjective view of the best trout towns in North America. West Yellowstone, Montana seemed to be the first pick with obvious references to the filming of A River Runs Through It. Followed up with Missoula, Montana, home to the author of A River Runs Through It. Towns like Roscoe, NY, Grayling, Michigan, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Redding, Calif. Mountain Home, Ark., Asheville, N.C. all made the top ten towns.

Calgary, Alberta was selected for Canada and the Bow River, which “…may have the biggest stream bred rainbow trout in the world.”

Pennsylvania was also included in the top ten with State College being selected for the abundant limestone streams like the Little J, Penns Creek and Spring Creek.

Full article: http://bit.ly/z0QhL
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 06/25/2009 (2519 reads)
By Marshall Cutchin at MidCurrent.com

Two fly fishing magazines -- one Canadian and one U.S. -- have combined resources in a new streaming video site that describes itself as "the web's first and only streaming HD 1080i fly fishing video portal." Fly Max Films HD Theater already has an impressive set of large-format videos: segments on fly fishing in Stuart, Florida, Alaska fly fishing with April Vokey, and fly fishing for gar, among the 13 clips on the site. The project is co-produced by Hatches magazine and The Canadian Fly Fisher, whose Nick Pujic said in a press release yesterday, "'Not only are we more than tripling the resolution of other web videos typically found on you-tube or other such sites, but we are also offering this new technology to our clients, so they can host and stream their own HD video on their own websites."
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 06/14/2009 (1351 reads)
World Fly Fishing Championships in Perthshire, Scotland
Over 120 anglers from 27 countries competed in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Perthshire, Scotland this past week. The anglers pursued brown trout, rainbow trout and grayling in Kinross-shires Loch Leven and the River Tay during the three-day tournament.

The winning fisherman was Ian Barr and his team from England won the team award as well. The French and Scots finished in second and third place respectively.

Glengoyne was named the Official Whisky Sponsor of the World Fly Fishing Championships. Scotch Wisky the official sponsor of an event in Scotland...go figure.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 06/12/2009 (1186 reads)
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Pennsylvania’s state park system is one of four finalists for the 2009 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, acting Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources John Quigley said today.

“We have spectacular natural assets in our state park system -- the darkest night-time skies east of the Mississippi; the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon; the largest known bat colony in the state and largest elk herd in the Northeast; and Pennsylvania’s seashore on Lake Erie,” Quigley said. “Beyond what we are blessed with, we have been very innovative in Pennsylvania in our efforts to draw people into our parks in new ways, and connect them to nature through outdoor recreation.”

The Gold Medal Award is given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. The winner will be announced by at the NRPA annual meeting in Utah in October. The other finalists are the state park systems in Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina.

The award honors excellence in long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development and professional development.

Pennsylvania has 117 state parks and three conservation areas. The system’s nearly 300,000 acres and 1,800 full- and part-time employees play host to more than 35 million visitors each year.

Some of DCNR’s new and innovative state park programs include:

* The Get Outdoors PA program that offers hundreds of activities annually for people to learn about outdoor recreation such as kayaking, fishing and hiking, and learn about how we protect our natural resources, their role and why they should care.
* To increase exposure to natural experiences for kids in urban areas, the Bureau of State Parks teamed up with city parks and recreation programs and youth organizations to create the Adventure Camp program—summer camp program for teens. More than 150 kids attended camp in 8 metropolitan areas last summer.
* DCNR launched a Green parks initiative in 2007 to address climate change and energy consumption in our parks, both in words and action. The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint of our parks by 20 percent over the next 5 years.
* Construction is underway on the system’s first nature inn at Bald Eagle State Park, to expand overnight accommodations and attract new visitors.

“We see ourselves not only as land protectors and recreation providers, but also as a model of best practices, conservation advocates, and educators of our future stewards,” Quigley said.

For more information about Pennsylvania state parks, visit the DCNR Web site at www.dcnr.state.pa.us. For more information about the Gold Medal program, go to www.nrpa.org/awards.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 06/11/2009 (860 reads)
Free Weekends in the National Parks
America’s Fun Ideas – the national parks – gets even better this summer with three fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Mark your calendars for fee-free weekends this summer:

* June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend)
* July 18-19, 2009
* August 15-16, 2009

And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.
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