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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/21/2013 (3465 reads)
Winter Fly Fishing - what do I do?

This winter has started off pretty mild for most in the region and there are plenty of fly fishing options right now. I am sure with this post I will jinx it for everyone, but let's just go with it anyway. Usually after the last NFL conference game I hear those dreaded words, "Isn't it about time you start cleaning up the basement?" That's the time I buy a new fishing license and break out my map.

Winter Fly FishingWhere
No secrets, but there are plenty of streams across the region that are open year-round that are often stocked in the fall or have naturally reproducing trout. Some really good opportunities can be found in the limestone spring feed streams too. They generally hold good water temperatures and some of the more challenging fly fishing opportunities. Take a little time and do some research for something new there are plenty of places to explore here in the forums!


When
Any day works as compared to moving your old soccer trophies in the basement. No sense waiting for that late evening sulphur hatch because that ain't gonna happen. On mild winter days your best bet is late morning through mid-day. Trout are going to be the most active when they get a chance to warm up a little (whatever that means when the water is 47 degrees). Certainly it will not be at the crack of dawn so a little sun on the water often helps, but not required.

Flies
If you are lucky on a warm day you may find a BWO hatch or some stone flies coming off. This is rare and will only happen on the warmest of days. So most of your time you spend chucking some lead. Everybody has their favorites and truly it depends on the stream. My approach to each stream is a little different. I often start with some streamers or woolly buggers. For stocked streams I like san juan worms, bead head nymphs and dare I say the dreaded green weenie when I get desperate (after standing in cold water that happens sooner than I like). For limers I might try more natural looking and smaller nymphs like walt's worm, pheasant tail and zebra midges. Do some experimenting.

Staying Warm
So it is pretty simple and this has been told to you plenty of times - Layers, layers and layers: Wool socks, wool hat and fingleress gloves are a must. Use a lightweight wickable base layer that will keep you dry. Winter Fly FishingAvoid cotton layers as they retain moisture and keep you cold. Add warm mid layers and outer shell or jacket that will break the wind. Try your gear on before and make sure it works. I almost busted a gut this year after the the holiday fattening season trying to fit into my neoprenes. I don't know who the jerk was that bought them, but the damn things must have shrunk or something. Throw some extra layers in the car just in case. There is a huge difference in taking a winter walk for one hour in 45 degree weather and standing in a stream that is 45 degrees. For me it is all about keeping my feet warm. I try to move about and stand on the edge of the stream every 20 minutes.

If you find the fishing slow you can get some time in scouting for some new fishing locations or just go home and move boxes from one wall to the other?

PS - leave a note, bring a blanket, food, and water. The last thing I need on my conscious is that you read this post and went fishing, got your arm stuck in a boulder or worse yet trapped in the Rathskeller in State College and didn't come home safely. Finally, as we have learned in our history classes about the Donner Party, bring along a friend, it never hurts.







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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/15/2013 (2046 reads)
For those new to the sport, every year in the winter is the time for many of the outdoor sporting shows and fly fishing is now exception. Chuck Furimsky has been running The Fly Fishing Show across the country for many years. The Somerset, NJ and more recent Lancaster, PA shows are regional favorites in January and March.


Last Years Somerset, NJ Show


The Fly Fishing Show is one of my favorite events every winter, too. Certainly the opportunity to see all the gear, listening to some great speakers is awesome, but truly the best part of the show is meeting up with so many people I have known for years makes the trip special. You can't help but trip over members from Paflyfish while at the show.

Like many events there is a large exhibit area with everything fly fishing related that you can imagine: rods, reels, waders, boots, manufactures, fly shops, tying gear, trips and guides from all over the world.

Also in the exhibit hall is a section for celebrity fly tiers. Just an amazing array folks with vices out, fur and feathers flying and some incredible flies being tied.

There are host of authors and speakers to be found during the show. There are times to catchup with your favorite author during a book signing or catch them at a seminar. Favorites like Lefty Kreh, Joe Humphreys, George Daniel, Mike Heck, Ben Turpin, Eric Stroup, Dave Whitlock and plenty more.

If you looking for some new gear, wanting to improve your fly fishing skills or just anxious to see a lot of guys walk around with fleece jackets and ball caps this is the place and I wouldn't miss it.

There really is a lot going on at the shows. To check out more details here for the Somerset Show (Jan 25-27) and the Lancaster Show (Mar 2-3). You can buy tickets at the show.






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/07/2013 (1414 reads)
I always enjoy hearing about those in our fly fishing community that contribute and help others. Gaeron (Gaeronf) Friedrichs is one of the younger members of the site and has been doing just that this year. Recently Gaeronf has started the Delaware Valley Fly Fishing Club (DVFC) at Delaware Valley High School under the supervision of Mr. Schaffer.

Delaware Valley Fly Fishing ClubAs the founder and president, Gaeronf has organized the DVFC Thursday meetings and helped planned upcoming activities. The club has about 7 high school students looking forward to learning about and helping each other get started with fly fishing. At the first meeting in December they watched a video about the overview of the fly fishing sport. Subsequent meetings have been focussed on knot tying and learning how to tie flies. In future meetings the are looking forward towards learning about stream entomology and working on tying more flies.

Heritage Angler and others from Paflyfish have teamed up with DVFC on Saturday, January 12th to help provide hands-on lessons for the club members. More details about helping out this weekend can be found here in the forum. A special thanks to Heritage Angler and those volunteering their time this weekend.

Ben TurpinThe club is looking for donations and would graciously accept: rods, reels, fly lines, backing, tippet, leaders, forceps, nippers, fly boxes, vests, packs, split shot, floatant, strike indicators, flies, waders, etc. Please PM Gaeronf if you can help the club out.

Congratulations and good luck to Gaeronf in getting this club going. You can also catch Gaeronf at the upcoming Somerset Fly Fishing Show were he will be Ben Turpin's booth and catch his blog here.






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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 01/02/2013 (1373 reads)
With the new year there are new options for multi-year fishing licenses being offered by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Traditionally the PFBC has only provided a annual fishing licenses.

Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission “Beginning December 1, we will start selling 3-year and 5-year fishing licenses for the first time in our history,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “Customers want options when they buy products, and fishing is no different.”

A traditional 2013 annual licenses costs $22.70 plus $9.70 for the trout stamp for a total of $32.40. The three year license will run you $64.70 and a trout stamp is $25.70 for a total of $90.40. That is compared to $97.20 over three years of individual purchases for about a 7% savings when purchasing the three year combination. The five year license and trout stamp combined will run a resident $148.40 at a similar savings.

Senior resident and non-resident multiyear licenses are available as well again with similar savings. Multiyear Combo trout-salmon/Lake Erie permits are available too.

There is a lot of convenience and some small cost savings by purchasing a multiyear license. The real advantage is by avoiding any cost increases if they were to occur over the next several years.

Please go to the PFCB website here to learn more.
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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/24/2012 (1300 reads)
I always enjoy this time of year and it is not just for the egg nog and watching my favorite holiday movies with my family. It gives me time to look over the year and think about all the good things that happened. I often think about what I didn't get to as well, but I'll leave that as little gift for my therapist to work on with me later.

trout fishing-We had a host of Jams and Meet-ups through out the year including: The Steelhead Jam, Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree, Pocono Newbie Jam, Paflyfish Jam, Show up if you want to Jam, WarmWater Jam/Float, Catskill JAM, Quill Gordon Summit and many more. What I am always most proud of when I talk about the site is how helpful so many people are in helping others. People like Heritage Angler, Krayfish, PoconoPaul, The_Sasquatch, ryguyfi and many many others.

The site is made up of so many wonderful people that really think about and find ways to give back. Some of these are conservation efforts and many are just helping someone new to the sport. These activities touch a lot of people and I am thankful to be a part of that. I had some really good friends help me get started in fly fishing and I will hope you will continue to do the same.

In addition a special thanks to those who keep the site going and in order Maurice, Jack, David and Tom. Without their help WWII would look like a school yard brawl. They lead the site with so many efforts and I very much appreciate their support.

Our sponsors help to keep all the bits and bytes moving across the Internet and a special thanks to Allen Fly Fishing, Gogal Publishing Company, Montana Fly Fishing, Trident Fly Fishing, Harman's North Fork Cottages, Risen Fly and Rick Nyles at Sky Blue Outfitters.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Dave
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Published by Heritage-Angler on 12/12/2012 (1054 reads)
To all PAFF members, family, and friends:

The 2012 PAFF Eastern PA Fly Tying Jamboree will be held on Saturday December 15th, from 10AM - 6PM.

This event will be held at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center - a beautiful facility on the banks of the Lehigh River, near the intersection of Rt 873 and Rt 248. Information and directions to the Nature Center can be found here: http://lgnc.org/

scud"Tyers of all skill levels are encouraged to attend this event, and as usual, this event is free of charge. This will be a great opportunity to showcase your tying skills, help others learn your favorite patterns, and will allow everyone to improve their skills and learn new patterns and techniques.

We'll have tying space for at least 30+ tyers, and room for spectators as well. Newcomers to the art of tying flies are encouraged to attend, and there will be an opportunity to practice on tying equipment that will be provided, as well as an instructor to teach basic techniques.

After the Jam, we'll be heading over to Riverwalck's Saloon for dinner and refreshments - we have an entire room reserved for us.

Check out the post in the Tying forum for further details on what to bring. Please sign up for this event in the post in the Fly Tying Forum, so we know who'll be attending and the flies being tied. Please note the categories of tying techniques, and try to pick a pattern that fits into one of the categories.

A raffle of tying equipment and supplies will be held at the end of the day, with all proceeds being donated to the Nature Center. We should have some great items to win!

Looking forward to seeing old friends, and meeting new ones. This should be a really fun day!

Photo and fly by David Weaver

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 12/03/2012 (929 reads)

2012 NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.



The 3rd Annual NJ Fly Fisherman of the Year contest was held on November 10, 2012 on the South Branch of the Raritan River at Raritan Inn in Hunterdon County, NJ. Each of the ten New Jersey Trout Unlimited Chapters were invited to send challengers to this years competition. This year held some changes to the stream. During July fisheries biologist Joe Urbani and his team spent time working the stream bed to lower water temperatures, create defined channels, add holding pools and create scour potential to keep the river running deep. The next effect is a vastly improved stream and lots of pockets for the trout. There were nearly two dozen identifiable fine places to fish.

The day started with check-ins, hot coffee, and some rules orientation. The early rounds consisted of two fishing sessions and a "bye" cutting the contestants to three for the afternoon finals. Angelo Conti, Stuart Shaffron, and John Wester battled it out until a few minutes before the bell with Angelo Conti taking top honors. There was a serious amount of talent in the waters of the South Branch for this event. Thoughtful fly selections, multiple styles and plenty of river stewardship was evident all day long. The fellowship grew into the eventings banquet and generous amounts of comraderie.

Angelo Conti took top honors for the day with multiple large catches and a deft hand on the rod. More results can be found here.

Video provided from Tightline Productions.
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Published by Heritage-Angler on 11/27/2012 (695 reads)
A quick report from the International Fly Tying Symposium in Somerset NJ.

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.


Charlie Craven

Eunan
Eunan Hendron

Mike
Mike Heck

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Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 11/26/2012 (1414 reads)
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Published by Ryan Gouldsbarry [ryguyfi] on 11/12/2012 (1045 reads)
erieThe 4rd annual Erie Steelhead Jam will be November 16th through the 18th. If you have never fished for steelhead, head up a few times a year, or need counseling for your addiction you are welcome to come. This has been a great event held for the last few years that allows people from all over to come and hook into some big fish with some great company. My thoughts on Erie have always been that there are always going to be crowds, you might as well surround yourself with friends.

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!
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