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The Sort of Bear Incident

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

I had been trying to get my friend to try trout fishing for several months. To protect the innocent (or guilty, as the case may be), we will call him Harold. He was close to saying yes, but didn’t want to invest in fly fishing equipment and felt like fly casting was too complex. So, I suggested he could spin cast and watch me fly fish while we alternated fishing up the river. Harold thought this sounded reasonable and agreed to go.

A couple of days later I picked him up at his house. We had barely made it out of his driveway when he started asking me if there were any bear on the river.

I was surprised and asked, “Why are you asking?”

Harold, “We have had several bear sightings in our neighborhood over the past couple of months.”

I replied, “No kidding, I never knew there were bear in this area!” more…

Fly of the Month – Svend’s Leech

Thanks to Svend for tying one up in Christmas colors!

J. Stockard Pro Tyer: Erik Svendsen, Provo, UT
You can find Erik @ https://www.instagram.com/svenddiesel/ and https://www.facebook.com/svend.diesel.9

A variation of a Leech and a Bugger using mostly marabou and flash to try and fool a fish. Jack Gartside’s soft hackle Leech is the closest pattern I could find to what I am trying to accomplish. A few differences are the Ice Dub body, and using a dubbing loop to spread out the marabou, and of course a weighted tungsten bead. I really like the results and I know the fish will too.

Materials list:

Hook: StealthHook N series or Mustad R73-9671 tied in sizes 8-12
Bead: Tungsten bead to fit hook size
Thread: Semperfli Nano Silk 100 D
Tail: Marabou Fiber with added flash.
Body: Semperfli Ripple Ice or Hareline Ice Dub
Ribbing: Nature’s Spirit Premium Bugger Bou spun in a dub loop

Salmon River Kings Redux

Guest Blogger: Mary S. Kuss, Life-long avid angler, licensed PA fishing guide, founder of the Delaware Valley Women’s Fly Fishing Association

I recently returned from my second annual trip in pursuit of King Salmon, at the Salmon River, in Pulaski, NY. During last year’s trip I hooked many, but landed only two Kings in three days of fishing. I became familiar with their rather intimidating size and power, but never achieved any sense of control over a hooked fish. It was simply a matter of hanging on and hoping for the best.

This year, as the date of our trip approached, we’d been very excited to hear reports of charter boats on Lake Ontario marking huge schools of salmon on their sonar units. This presaged a strong run of fish up the Salmon River. Although salmon had been trickling into the river for a few weeks, the main run had clearly not started yet. The water was too warm and the river too low.

We arrived on Sunday, September 16 to find unseasonably hot and humid weather conditions. On Monday and Tuesday our activities were limited to hiking and sweating and swatting mosquitoes. Some fish were in the river; we watched them roll and porpoise and occasionally leap out of the water. They were completely disinterested in our flies. Even the spin fishermen weren’t landing any, although there were some brief encounters which seemed more likely to have involved (hopefully) unintentional snagging than legitimate hook-ups. I began to despair of having any good fishing at all. more…