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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/30/2012 (2397 reads)


When winter brings it's frosty cold grip, it is the time of year that I start lamenting for my days fishing on the Little J and other streams. Well not the crappy days when I miss like 40 fish and only catch 3, the really good days when I get like 40 or 60 all on the same fly and never have to move. Not sure what day that was, but I remember it like it was yesterday or dream maybe.

Well it has not been so cold, but my dreams of fly fishing certainly get better when I get to share them with friends. I usually find the winter Fly Fishing Shows are a great place for some winter meet-ups.

I made my way this past weekend to Somerset, NJ for the The Fly Fishing Show. This years show seemed to have a lot more vendors and attendees. Can't tell if it was the better weather or the slightly improving economy, but none the less it was pretty busy on Friday, too.

We all go to the shows for different reasons. Mine is to meet up with people I seem to spend more time with exchanging emails, forum posts and tweets rather than actually sharing a beer. For me the expectations of finding a deal are just not what the show is about.

The exhibit hall was filled with many of the usuals, but several new faces as well. One of my first stops was to check in with Mike Heck and get the early show report. He was pretty busy with folks stopping by and then heading over to the Stackpole Publishers booth.

Justin and team from Allen Fly Fishing were at the show for the first time. It was good to catch up with the guys on Friday night discussing everything from musky fishing to photography and even plans on an upcoming trip out East for them this spring.

I jumped into a real good seminar with John Miller from West Branch Angler. Excellent rundown on what to expect on the East and West Branches of the Delaware. More importantly, what a motivator to hit the Upper Delaware this year and join Krayfish and the guys for the summer Catskills Jam.

George Daniel shared some insights at his workshop on Central Pennsylvania Streams that was very well attended. I have been spending a lot more time in and around State College lately and reading George's book, Dynamic Nymphing this winter. So I was glad to catch up with him and figure out some time to hit Spring Creek this year.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone who will be attending the Fly Fishing Show in Lancaster next month.

I want to thank my friend Keith for keeping us schedule during the show. We just need to get something scheduled this spring for a trip to the Little J and see if we can find one of those good days I seem to dream about.

Check out the forum for more personal insights from other Paflyfish members.






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/21/2011 (1353 reads)
The 2011 PAFF Eastern PA Tying Jam was held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. This event was unique, in that there were 19 demo tiers that were given 10 minutes each to explain and tie a fly pattern of their choice.

There was also a table set up for beginner tiers. The beginners were instructed in some basic techniques, and had the opportunity to tie green weenies, foam beetles, and also the flies from the demo tiers that provided kits.

Tying flies "in the spotlight" was new to many of these tiers, and while most were nervous, none needed to be so. All of the demo tiers handled their presentations with a lot of skill and style.

My intention in setting this event up was to allow each tier to showcase their skills, share their techniques, and learn tips and tricks from each other. Judging from the response here, and the smiles on their faces, I'd have to say this event was a huge success.

Please keep in mind - I just arranged a place for this to happen. The members that attended provided the magic that ensued. The skills, spirit, and enthusiasm on display at this event was remarkable. Gatherings like this foster goodwill, and promote comaraderie amongst the members of this forum, and all guests.

I'd like to thank all the guys that helped with this event - it couldn't have happened without you. Your generosity was truely impressive.

Special thanks go to the guys from Hokendauqua TU for running the beginner's instruction, especially tony300wby of this forum. One classy guy, and one of the best tiers I've ever met.

I'd also like to give a shout out to Glenn McConnell, owner of McConnell's Country Store/Fly Shop. He donated several hundred dollars of swag for the raffle. His shop has become the gold standard of fly shops in Northcentral PA.

Here's the pictures that I have so far from the event - feel free to send me any pictures you may have of this event, and I'll add them in.

H.A.

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/12/2011 (4378 reads)
Fly tying swaps are one of those pretty cool outcomes of Paflyfish that I never anticipated when the site was started many years ago. Sadly, I can barely tie my boots let alone a Blue Winged Olive CDC Cripple.

blue winged oliveSo when I see others putting together #14 caddis pupae with ice dubbing I get a little envious. I think my eyesight is getting worse by the second and probably won't even be able to see my AARP card when it comes in next year, so staring down a #24 hook and tying up a midge I might as well be changing the radiator in my wife's car. I am much better at computers, I can at least enlarge the font on the screen.

For those not familiar with the swaps that happen in the Fly Tying forum they are an often random proposal suggested by the members of the forum on a specific theme of flies for a swap. Over the past year there have been several swaps including: Holiday, BWO, Beginner, Meat Box, Sulphur, Steelhead and Midge to name a few.

People then sign up in the thread and share ideas about what fly they want to tie. A participant in the swap then completes enough of their flies to share with others in the swap and sends them off to the swap organizer. Fly tying recipes are included to keep each other educated on the ties being shared. They are then organized and mailed back out to the group.

Kudos for those who have organized these swaps over the years. I can only imagine they are like herding cats at times. Flyfishermanj has been in the center of several of these swaps over the last year. He recently shared a few dozen flies with me including a March Brown Varient by flytyingfred and a Snow Shoe Sulphur Emerger from Boss_Steb. All these fine flies masterfully tied.

Flyfishermanj explained that he enjoyed seeing ties and techniques from others. He now has added some of those patterns from others to his own fly box. The swaps work well with an influx of new tiers participating with the regulars.

FreguentTyer also shared with me the flies from the BWO Swap this past fall. It was loaded with CDC split wings, comparduns, loopwing emergers and several other attractive patterns.

Some upcoming swaps will be the annual PAFF Swap and a possible Drake Swap too. The Drake sounds good as that is a fly I can easily see. You can check the swaps and other conversations about fly tying in the forum.





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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/26/2011 (3210 reads)
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If you are looking to keep up with your fly fishing this fall there many opportunities to meet up with some fellow anglers from all corners of the region. This might even be an opportunity to try something new like steelhead, surf fly fishing or if you want just some fall stocked trout we have that too. So don't put away your flies just yet.

The gang at Paflyfish are busy planing several different jams and meetups. These are some very cool opportunities to catch up with some friends, extend the season and get some traveling in across the region.

Each of these events has a link to the event thread in the forum for more details.




Stockoberfeast - Saturday, October 15th
Fadeaway263 is organizing this opportunity to catch some fall stocked trout at Ridley Creek State Park in SE Pennsylvania. Plans are to meet up at 9:00 am in the lower left corner area of the Colonial Plantation parking lot. The PFBC helps keep the season going with some fall trout stockings. More details here.

Saltwater Jersey Jam - October 21-22
Fishidiot is teeing up the first of two Saltwater Jams this Fall at Island Beach State Park in New Jersey. Current plans are to meet on Friday evening and head out early Saturday morning for some surf fishing. Fishidiot will be offering some tips and reviewing the fundamentals of surf fly fishing for those just getting started. Read more about this jam in the Announcements and Events Forum here.

3rd Annual Paflyfish Erie Steelhead JAM - November 11-13
I think Ryguyfi is so excited about this Jam he has been planning this meet-up since January. Last year there were over 30 anglers from Paflyfish that met for weekend in Erie. The fall steelhead fishing is always a unique fly fishing opportunity and if you wanted to give this a try the Annual Steelhead Jam is fun way of doing it. Most of the groups activities are centered around Folly's End Campground. Evening plans include a dinner at the Avonia Tavern when the guys are not out fishing. There are plenty of experienced folks in the forum to help figure our what to expect and what to bring along. More details and suggested travel plans are in the forum here.

Sandy Hook Salt Jam - November 13
For those how can't join the crew in October, Fredrick is organizing another saltwater fly fishing meetup on Sunday, November 13 at Sandy Hook, NJ. Some really good details about gear and some discounted fly rods in the thread here.

Paflyfish Eastern Fly Tying Mini Jam - December 17
If you are an avid tier, just getting started or looking to hang-out with some fly fishing anglers, Heritage-Angler is putting together this fly tying event the afternoon of Saturday, December 17 from 1-5. After the an afternoon of tying, Heritage-Angler will be leading the crew over to to Riverwalck's Saloon for dinner and refreshments. Check the forum here for more details.

Please share with these organizers your questions and intention on attending. It will help them and you in making these meet-ups successful. Take advantage of the Paflyfish forums to ask questions about locations, carpooling, travel plans, flies and gear to help get you going on these trips.

We really have a great community of anglers here that help put these events together and are also incredibly knowledgeable. I want to thank all the organizers for bringing these meetups together!

Just a reminder for event organizers please take advantage when announcing your events in the Announcements and Events Forum.





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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 09/07/2011 (1726 reads)
I have been looking more into a trip to Alaska at some time and enjoyed this video provided Chris Maher from the Talachulitna River. The fishing looked pretty good with plenty of reported leopard rainbows, along with sockeye, king's, dolly's, & greyling.




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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 07/15/2011 (1212 reads)
Second part of the Rio video on line cleaning. I want to add the the folks at Tightline Productions in Califon, NJ produce this shoot. You may recognize some of their video in others blog posts including Fly of the Month: Olive Woolly Bugger and Meet the Hendricksons.

Cleaning A Fly Line - Part 2 from Sol Duc Buck on Vimeo.

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 07/05/2011 (2292 reads)
To all PAFF members, family, and friends:

It's time to announce the 2011 Trico Mini Jam on the Little Lehigh River in Allentown, Lehigh County. It will be held Saturday, July 9th and will be centered at the new Heritage Fly Shop (at the site of the former Little Lehigh Fly Shop). Gathering time is 7AM - yeah, I know that's early, but the hatch doesn't allow us to sleep in. We'll fish until noon, or so, and then head over to Cali Burrito for lunch. There's parking available at the fly shop, and overflow parking will be in the lot opposite the hatchery on Fish Hatchery Road.

Newcomers to fishing the trico hatch will be paired up with experienced fishermen - should be a good learning experience. Remember to bring your wading gear, as wading is now permitted on this stretch of water.

Refreshments will be available at the fly shop for a reasonable price - one dollar per bottle. Remember, the Allentown parks system doesn't allow alcoholic beverages, so plan accordingly.

Please post and look in the forum for more details here.
Looking forward to seeing old friends, and meeting new faces from the board!

Heritage Angler


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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 06/26/2011 (4087 reads)
apocalpsenow.j"I love the smell of napalm in the morning." That was the first thing that ran through my mind when Bill Dryflyguy shared with me his fly floatant. See we were on the Little J and Dryflyguy was kind enough to put me into a good spot on the water. He even shared with me his sulphur fly that he matched with the hatch coming off at the time. The big treat was the addition of some of his fly flotant.

He broke out this little bottle and offered to give the fly a little extra life on the water. I am always up for something new and took him up on the offer. Bill quickly explained that this was based on old recipe of lighter-fluid and Mucilin Paste. I thought it may be prudent to hold off on that evening cigar until things dried off.

If you are not familiar, Mucilin Paste is a both a line and dry fly dressing that is found in most every fly shop in the world. A staple on its own for many.

I gave my sulphur a ride that night and my fly stayed up probably 4 times longer than with my normal choices of Gink or Frog's Fanny. It really worked well. The fishing was pretty damn good too.

Bill and I took a little time to discuss the recipe that actually has been around for quite some time. George Harvey has been closely connected to putting this together.

Quickly after the trip I rounded up some napalm lighter-fluid and red Mucilin. It is pretty easy to put this together with about an ounce of lighter-fluid and Mucilin. Not much Mucilin needed and too much will just leave a white film on the fly. So start off with a 1/4 teaspoon and mix it up. It will mix in after a bit. A good container with a tight lid is a probably the most important part of the equation.

You can test a few flies before you go out flyfishing and as I did with Bill while on the stream. Comments and ideas welcome.

Light em up if you got em! Well only after your fly dries first.
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 05/22/2011 (1541 reads)
The Spring 2011 Jam was marked by a new location, a great turnout and plenty of high water. In true Jam tradition it did rain, but fortunately was not something that held up any of the weekends activities. Thanks to all of those who came out as I had a blast catching up with everyone.

Green DrakeI started the weekend on Thursday afternoon by stopping on the Little J to met up with my friend Ron Kolman. We were lucky to be greeted by Dryflyguy and proceeded to hit the stream.

Dryflyguy shared some of this prized sulphur flies and floatant (post on the floatant coming soon). We were greeted by plenty of sulphurs hatching throughout the day and into the evening. The water was high, off-color, but wadable. I was pleasantly surprised to make a good evening of the sulphur hatch.

The weekend activities then moved to the Seven Mountains Campground in Spring Mills. A very nice campground and good setup for the rest of the weekend. Plenty of Paflyfish members were already there and set up for the weekend on Thursday night.

After more fly fishing on Friday and a quick stop to the Spruce Creek Tavern for some fries with Jack I made it back to the campground. The evening activities were highlighted with Dave Rothrock provided a conversation on nymph fishing and other topics.

Green DrakeWith the water still high and many of the streams really not approachable, Dave Rothrock came back on Saturday morning and led a fly casting clinic, which was well received.

Saturday afternoon the crew got back to fishing on the Little J, Spring Creek, and some of the smaller brook trout streams in the area. Penns Creek was completely blown out by the rains earlier in the week.

Saturday night festivities were highlighted with a even larger group at the Seven Moutians Campground. Dave "Fishidiot" Weaver shared again one of his wonderful paintings. Bruno shared one of this bamboo fly rods as part of the proceeds.

I want to thank Maurice, Jack, Fishidiot and Afish for getting the weekend together. As always a lot of fun and a great turnout. The new location was a big hit and it was great to have Dave Rothrock join us as well.

Please feel free to comment share some of your own thought on the weekend. I have more pictures already posted on the Paflyfish Facebook fanpage here.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/20/2011 (4301 reads)
So we are here now?

When I first saw this press release I thought the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) was offering scratch-offs at Cabela's. Seriously “Wanna' Go Fishing for Millions?” is this the same agency that promotes the Hollywood Casino?

jaws flyfishingNow I know fishing derbies have been around for a long time. There are many news stories of fishing contests in the 1800's. This is well before scratch-offs.

The more recent derbies in the U.S. have been set up for kids. Many are sponsored by local governments or sportsman clubs to raise awareness for fishing. I was at a derby a couple years ago at Brookville and there is no doubt the kids were catching fish and having fun.

This latest opportunity by the PFBC and Cabela's seems to prey on gamblers rather than encouraging young anglers. It looks like there will be eight waters containing "winning" fish. Sorry couldn't pass up a Charlie Sheen reference.To make it even more exciting the contest will coincide with the Fish-for-Free Day on May 30. This will make the shark hunt scene in Jaws look like a Longwood Gardens tea party.

Sign up here. I wonder if you can bring dynamite Powerbait?
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