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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 07/13/2011 (4174 reads)
After a busy spring and early summer of fly-fishing, now is a good time to give your gear a little attention. Your fly line is especially could use some love during the season.

The UV rays of the sun and common chemicals can break down your fly line over time. Sunscreen and the deet in your insect repellent can easily do the most common damage. After a short time even Mud, salt and dirty water can weaken the effectiveness of you line unless you periodically clean and treat them carefully.

The team over at Rio Products has put together a couple of quick videos sharing some ways you can best keep your fly lines clean.


Cleaning A Fly Line - Part 1 from Sol Duc Buck on Vimeo.



Part 2 coming shortly shortly.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 07/05/2011 (2860 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 (6972 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 [dkile] on 06/23/2011 (2492 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 06/13/2011 (5462 reads)
Simms Guide BootsMy old felt wading boots of six years were getting a little long in the tooth this past winter. With Maryland and other states banning felt soled boots it seemed like a good opportunity for some new boots.

I picked up the Simms Guide Boot at the Fly Fishing Show at Somerset from TCO Flyshop. I have had plenty of time in these boots over while in the past few months.

The Vibram rubber soled StreamTread with HardBite Star Cleats are awesome! I was really worried this combo could not stack up to my old felts and studs, but not so. I could get around easily even during the high waters this spring on the Little J and First Fork.

The leather construction is very solid. Simms put a lot of time into the design of the support and you can really feel the difference. The Simms Guide Boots are easy to put on and feel great even have been in them for all day.

I really like the speed lacing design and quality of the of the laces. Seems small, but my old boots the laces always seemed to come undone.

Really unmatched quality in the construction and comfort these wading boots provide.

Net Net: Awesome boots, worth the investment and get the HardBite Star Cleats.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/30/2011 (3858 reads)
USGS River ReaderThis spring the water levels in the region have almost been biblical. I have had to change my plans and cancelled several trips as result of the high water conditions.

I regularly use and enjoy the USGS Real-Time Water Data website as the best way to keep up with this data. With these conditions I have been considering building an ark. To help me quickly keep up with the water levels away from my computer I started using the River Reader app by James Graham for my iPhone. I get a straight-forward way to get a quick graph of my favorite streams as the rise higher and higher each day.

There is a favorite list which you can create. The charts give you a few different time periods to view and a quick map to see your push-pins.

For $0.99 it is a quick and easy way to keep up with your favorite streams. A special drought version will be in view I am sure by the summer.

I have heard there is similar app for Android called River Flows, but don't know a lot about yet. Please comment if you are using it. Thanks @funcfish for the tweet on this!
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Published by Dave Kile [davekile] on 05/22/2011 (2140 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 05/11/2011 (14406 reads)
By FlyfishingNZ


Sulphur EmergerIt is almost time for the sulphurs (ephemerella dorothea) to start appearing on Spring Creek, my local PA trout stream. The hatch starts around the beginning of May and you can expect to see them up until the end of June, however with this years weather it could be all over the place. While the weather is bad and the rivers blown out it is time to experiment with tying for this hatch.

For the sulphur tying swap I decided to put together this little number that also incorporates a number of skills I picked up from Oliver Edwards. This is not completely my own creation but my inclusion of a weaved body makes the fly that little bit more interesting. By using a weave it is possible to achieve a two tone body section which can not be easily achieve with straight tying techniques, unless you little marker pens.

This fly sits low in the film surface and the tail section should sit below the film giving the trout that perfect silhouette. Even before the sulphur hatch has begun I have seen some very nice trout being fooled into taking this fly.

I hope that you enjoy this step-by-step guide to my weaved body sulphur emerger and it brings you much enjoy on the river as it has for me.

Tight Lines,

FlyfishingNZ

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/08/2011 (6212 reads)
jGary BorgerGary Borger provides extensive ideas on how to fish the surface of the water and just below in "Fishing the Film." He explores what brings trout to the film zone and why you need to really understand what is going on in that space.

"So, the question becomes, with all the food available on the bottom why would trout ever come to the surface to feed?...There only can be one answer: there's more food that's easier to catch at the film."

Further examination of feeding in the film Gary reveals traits of several different types of rise forms. Bulges, tails, fins and other rises are all indicators of very specific feed behavior. These feeding characteristics offer better insight to specific activity below the surface.

I was not only impressed with how much coverage Gary provides with the world just below the surface, but also sharing fly fishing tactics that bring success, too. Gary focusses on an aspect of casting that matches the water flow and more importantly that does not produce drag. It is chapters like this that make it a book for beginners and experienced anglers a like.

"Fishing the Film" is a book I will be keeping close by for quite a while. Many wonderful ideas to explore and try out.

Fishing the Film is the first in a series of twenty books Gary is putting together. Further books are to be a hit as well. Jason Borger provides an excellent set of illustrations throughout the book.

To purchase Fishing the Film you can go to Gary Borger's page here.
You can find out more about Gary Borger at his blog.
More from Jason Borger can be found on his blog.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 05/02/2011 (5164 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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