Monthly Archives: November 2018

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…

Autumn Panfish

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

I have spent most of my life in a near-suburb of Philadelphia. I often feel envious of people who live full-time in areas I regard as fly fishing destinations. Not just the glamour spots like the American Mountain West. There are plenty of places right here in Pennsylvania that seem far more desirable, in terms of more fish, better scenery, and fewer humans.

However, I’ve learned over the years to appreciate what I do have here—a generally year-around fishery for a variety of species. As long as you’re not a snob about what you catch, fishing opportunities abound here in what has been colorfully described as “the armpit of Pennsylvania.” When I first told friends in my native New Jersey that I was marrying and relocating to Pennsylvania, several of them said “Oh! God’s Country!”

I said, “Not where I’m going.” But I married for the love of a man instead of my love of fishing, and here I’ve been ever since—40 years this past April. more…