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Published by David Weaver [Fishidiot] on 04/25/2013 (1581 reads)
By Dave Weaver

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum celebrated its grand opening and many from our PAFF community were in attendance. This museum, as many of you know, has been an accumulating collection of our state’s legacy anglers’ equipment, papers, and flies etc for many years. Some of the collection has been on temporary loan to various communities around the state including here in Gettysburg. However, some of the best interpretive displays that many of you no doubt are familiar with have been displayed in a small museum located in a hallway in Fairfield Hall on the grounds of the Allenberry Playhouse. These displays are still there although the topic material has been rotated.

In recent years, as the museum’s collection has grown, there has been an effort to secure a larger space with the capacity for better displays showing the full fly tying desks or rod building shops of men like Vince Marinaro or George Harvey. These displays are similar to the ones that can be seen celebrating the Darbies or Wulffs in the Catskill Museum of Fly Fishing. In addition to Marinaro and Harvey, who have larger “rooms,” there are display booths for Joe Humphys, Jim Bashline, Ed Koch, Ed Shenk and several others. Speaking just for myself, when I gaze at the gear collections of so many great and innovative fly fishermen, I’m often struck at how basic and well worn their equipment was. These guys don’t often look as if they were kitted out with the latest high end stuff from the latest trendy catalog. In any event, if you’d like to check out the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum’s website where you can see more pics of the museum, please hit: http://www.paflyfishing.org/.
You can also join or support the museum association.

It’s a wonderful museum - kudos to the volunteers from the museum association who have worked so hard for so long to bring this new museum wing to fruition for us to enjoy. If you’re joining me for the 8 June Gettysburg/Cumberland Valley mini jam, we’ll be making a brief detour to see this museum. Also, the following weekend is the museum’s annual Heritage Day on June 15th. Hope to see you there.

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The main room with exhibitors
(Photo Courtesy Skybay)

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“Skybay” and “Fishidiot”
(Photo courtesy Skybay)

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Mark Susinno at work.
I consider Mark to be the best painter of game fish in the world. Check him out at: http://www.natureartists.com/mark_susinno.asp
(Photo by Fishidiot)

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George Harvey’s display booth
(Photo by Fishidiot)


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Among the top notch tiers present for the event were our own
Paffers “Wetfly01” and “Frequent Tier” (Dave and Mike).

Check out Dave’s flies and methods at:
http://www.wetflywaterguides.com/

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Published by Maurice Chioda [Maurice] on 04/23/2013 (4121 reads)
Ahhhhh the evolution of a vest fisherman.
by Maurice


Evolution of a Vest Fisherman


Stage One: get vest fill with unmentionables over time until its so heavy your back hurts at the end of a fishing day.

Stage Two: Decide to get a pack...smaller, holds less, straps to back rather than hanging on shoulders. no more back pain.

Stage Three: realize pack is too small and holds too little so get a bigger pack, still just a front pack but larger. You become front heavy and tip over easy......

Stage Four: Find a BETTER pack that has a backpack on it. Now you can carry a raincoat, water bottles, TP, everything you would ever need until you realize now you are carrying more than you did with a vest and your back hurts again. But less than if it were all in a vest.

Recommendation: The beauty of Chest packs/rucksacks is that they have a deep yoke around your neck, (don't pull on your neck like a vest) and most importantly they strap snuggly to your pectoral area (chest) to take the weight off of your shoulders where a vest focuses it on your shoulders.






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/08/2013 (4278 reads)
As the longer April days warm the waters in the region this provides incentive for the caddisflies (Order Trichoptera) to begin their annual cycle. Not always the preferred insect of the fly anglers, but without a doubt the caddisfly is found in most all the waters in the region.

caddisflyIt is the one insect that has succeeded and thrived in streams that have been decimated with pollution. Streams like the Tulpehocken, Oil Creek and Casselman are are just a few streams known for their abundant caddis fly populations in our region. For many of these streams the caddisfly is so prolific that mayflies are an often after thought for anglers.

The caddisflies behavior is a little less predictable and is certainly one of the reasons it is not as popular for many anglers. Many mayflies can be timed to within a few days and hours. The Green Drakes on Penn's Creek are revered by anglers the same way the "Swallows" of Capistrano are anticipated at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Caddis flies not so much.

That is not to say great hatches of caddisflies are not enjoyed by anglers and trout, as there can be wonderful evenings and days with them covering a stream. Just as often there can be sporadic emergers happening with without much fanfare.

There are over 1200 species of caddis flies in the country. They range in size and colors covering the gambit of black, green, tan, cream and white bodies. The more popular Grannom hatch do arrive across much of the region at the end of April and are much anticipated by anglers and trout alike.

To get some understanding of their cycle it is as easy to do as by simply lifting a rock the next time out on the water.

caddisflyMany types of caddis larvae can be found at the bottom of the stream in self-made protected cases or roaming along the bottoms of streams. Some these species create protective cocoons made of small stones or sticks held together with silk like threads. This thread is also used to secure the larvae to the larger rocks or stream bed where they live.

As the caddisflies mature they reach the pupa stage were they hold-up inside their cases and prepare to emerge out as adults above the water. This transformation from water to wing is the most dangerous for all insects. The caddisfly rise from their cases often with the help of a small gas bubble pulling them towards the surface. Once there they emerge with their uniquely folded tent-style of wings they take flight.

The caddis return to lay their eggs either on the surface or by diving to the bottom depending on the species. Like when they emerge, this is the time when they are most susceptible to hungry trout. The cycle of life then returns as these eggs transform into the larvae again.

Like mayflies, caddis flies begin in ernest in April and are big part of many streams. Continued sporadic hatches can be found through the late Fall.

For more on this popular order of insects check out Gary LaFontaine's book Caddisflies.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/04/2013 (1709 reads)
It is always a lot of fun when members share their images from the stream. I love photography and try to capture those moments on the stream when I am fly fishing. So this winter we held a photo contest to add to the fun this winter.

Allen Fly Fishing sponsored our event this season and offered up some of their fine rods for our winners. I want to thank them for their support of the contest. Anglers can find out more about the complete line of rods, reels, hooks and lines that Allen Fly Fishing offers here.

So our judges enjoyed the many entries by members with the contest. Our first place goes to Dshee1 with Steelhead Beauty and wins the ATS 9'0" 5wt.
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Second place to Tomitrout with Anticipation and wins the ATS 7'6" 3wt.
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Finally and honorable mention by Studiomule for Snowman and is awarded the Compass 9'0" 5wt.
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I want to thank all the participants who dared the cold and entered the contest. Thanks to our moderators/judges for their voting and of course Allen Fly Fishing for providing the rods to our three winners.

Winners please PM with your contact info.

No specific plans yet, but hoping to announce another contest this year. So keep those fly fishing images coming this spring and summer!

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/01/2013 (4984 reads)
Fly FishingWell it has been several years in the making, but today I am proud to announce the launch of Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Magazine. The regions newest and best publication about fly fishing in Pennsylvania. Here is my upcoming interview with Field and Stream due out in May.

Bob: So Dave what made you interested in creating a new fly fishing magazine?
Dave: The world is changing and timing is everything. The market seemed ripe to deliver a monthly highly visually and comprehensive publication about fly fishing in the region. There is so much to offer outside the overly dynamic world of the Internet. For some people web browsers can be pretty daunting Bob.

Bob: So Dave who will be reading this magazine?
Dave: Probably not a lot of people at first. Once I get past the viewership issue and the distribution thing worked out it will be smooth sailing. I am confident some successful mail campaigns will really spike readership and new reader awareness.

Bob: When will that happen?
Dave: I am looking to get those cards dropped in August. Can we talk about something else?

Bob: Sure Dave so who is it targeted for?
Dave: If they get Readers Digest those are my peeps.

Bob: So Dave would you say your market is anglers who fly fish in Pennsylvania that subscribe to Readers Digest?
Dave: You got it Bob and they are really adverse to technology.

Bob: Sounds like the Amish?
Dave: Can we talk about something else?

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/25/2013 (996 reads)
Fly FishingHeritage Angler, Pcray(in the photo) and Foxgap239 put together the planning for another Newbie Jam on March 16. One of the several meet ups every through out the year that members on the site put together to fish or provide instruction.

The focus of the jam was the coaching and training to those new to fly fishing. The Newbie Jam was held at the Wildlands Conservancy's Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus, PA on March 16.

Several members here from Paflyfish helped Heritage Angler, Pcray and Foxgap239 to then deliver hands-on training about many different topics including:
• Gear/Setup - “Head to Toe”
• Knot Instruction (hands on)
• Leader Setups
• Entomology (What trout eat, and their imitations)
• Fly Tying For Beginners
• Fly Casting Instruction
• Where to Fish – Types of Streams, and How to Find Them.
• Wild Brook Trout Fishing – Gear, Techniques, Navigation

Also in attendance was site sponsor Michael from Gogal Publishing sharing information about fishing guides.

I very popular event and one that speak volumes to the Paflyfish Community. Heritage Angler summed it up pretty well , "Today reminded me what good friends I've met through PAFF. I hope everyone makes the kind of friends that I've met here. Good fishing buddies are the best kind of friends, and I've been blessed with some truly great ones."

A special thanks to Heritage Angler, Pcray, Foxgap239 and all those who helped put this together.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/18/2013 (1503 reads)
Have you ever planned to go on a trip and wanted some extra rods, reels or more? Have you been interested in trying some new items out before you buy? Well the Rental Fly Shop now offers a way to rent rods, reels, boots, waders and clothing.

Rental Fly ShopThe Rental Fly Shop is a subsidiary of the TCO Fly Shops. Chris Frangiosa, Manager, at the Bryn Mawr store filled me in at the Fly Fishing Show in Lancaster about the new services. "Rental Fly Shop was designed with both the beginner and the advanced angler in mind," shared Chris. "This site enables anglers to test multiple items before purchase, try the sport for the first time without a major investment, rent gear for a trip and much more," added Chris.

I like the idea that they can provide complete set-ups for anglers. Seems to be a great offering for guides who need extra gear for clients. Anglers trying to introduce the sport to friends and especially if you have a trip in mind.

They provide a selection of gear from manufactures including: Simms, Patagonia, Scott, Sage, Orvis and Abel. Equipment can be picked up or shipped. Consumable items like flies are not available to rent, but are available at the stores.

For more information you can check out the website (www.rentalflyshop.com) or stop in any of the TCO Fly Shops and learn more.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/13/2013 (1046 reads)


I met Bill Kosmer a few years ago on a trip to the Fly Fishing Show in Somerset. I really enjoyed his knowledge and observations with the many conservations issue that our waterways face in the region. His photography also caught my eye. When I heard about Bill heading on a trip to Chile I was sure he would be coming back with some good stories and some fantastic images as well.

With his DSLR cameras and two Contour video cameras he and his friend, Herb Baker, captured their trip into South America. I really enjoy seeing fly fishing from around the world and lucky when we can get a first person point of view from someone in our region share their story. Give yourself a little time to kick back and enjoy Bill's journey fly fishing in Chile from February 2013.

About Bill -
Bill’s passion for fly fishing and photography was set in motion at an early age by his father. He spent most of his childhood days fishing the mountain freestone streams of his home waters of North Central Pennsylvania. Since those early days, the pursuit of wild trout has become a lifestyle for Bill. Over the last 20 years, camera and fly rod in hand, he has traveled extensively to fuel his passion for pursuing wild trout in remote locations from southern Chile to Montana to the backwoods of PA. His photos and writings have also appeared in the Drake and several newsletters and catalogs. He has given numerous presentations on his adventures and is an active member with the Doc Fritchey Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Harrisburg, PA, giving back to the resources he values so much. Bill is also an accomplished fly-tier and licensed guide. You can follow Bill further on his blog Trout Tails.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/08/2013 (1495 reads)


When I grow up I want to be Hank Patterson. It's Friday afternoon and we all need a little fun to start the weekend! Good news Hank will be at the Simms Ice Out too. http://youtu.be/llba13w0Xb8
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 03/06/2013 (1753 reads)
Paflyfish

Last week while fishing at Big Spring Creek, David Weaver pointed out a section of the stream that had some bank stabilization completed with logs supporting and narrowing the stream. He commented that the project was completed by the students participating in the Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp several years ago. I was impressed to see what a good job had been done to help the stream out and it was in great condition after several years.

For those not familiar with Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp it is a week long summer camp held every year in June for young men and women to become more educated on the importance of coldwater conservation.

A good portion of the time during camp students spend time in a classroom setting. Classes include studies of entomology, wetlands, ecology, hydrogeology, aquatic invertebrates, hydrology, watersheds, the biology of pollution, trout behavior and stream restoration. There are many sessions that take place on the stream or outside during the week.

Montana Angler Fly FishingThe instructors in the program often include leading experts including many from state agencies like the PFBC, DEP and DCNR. Also many expert volunteers from the fly fishing community help out during the week. The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited sponsors the program with help from the local chapters.

Every morning and evening the participants are given the opportunity to fly fish the catch and release section of Yellow Breeches where they stay for the week. June on the Yellow Breeches is an excellent time to be fishing. Lessons in casting, knot tying, fly tying and more are also part of the curriculum.

The cost of the program for youths between the ages of 14-17 is $350. There are different ways that finanical support is provided and there are several openings still available. The deadline for the early acceptance period is March 31, 2013.

Truly an exciting opportunity to learn more about conservation and enjoy fly fishing as well. To find out more please go to the website here where they also provide applications.

The members of Paflyfish at last years May Jamboree collected money and made a donation in support of the students attending Rivers Conservation and Fly Fishing Youth Camp.
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