Author Archives: Michael Vorhis

Knock Knock

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Going back a few eons here…it can be fun to remember the progressions and epiphanies of our angling and tying journeys. From time to time I take a look at the odd tying tool, be it mainstream or nouveau, and how it fits into my tying.

For some years I tied flies using various kinds of natural hair, without bothering with any hair strand alignment at all. “Natural animal hair should be all over the place…like mine is,” I reasoned, looking in the mirror. “Wind exists out there, and we should mimic its effects in our flies. Bug wings are ratty and beat to hell, and fish wouldn’t have it any other way.” So my flies looked and held together like you’d expect: Horribly. more…

Hooked on Grayling – A Guide To Grayling Fishing

Guest Blogger:
Richard Fieldhouse

Did you know that the grayling is called the ‘Lady of the Stream’? With those distinct markings on the dorsal fin and a blush of golds, blues and pinks on their heads, it’s no wonder why grayling fish were coined this term. The grayling is a species of freshwater fish that are a particularly popular option for fly fishing during the autumn and winter period, when grayling are at their peak.

Grayling fishing really does come into its own and if you know what you’re looking for and where to look for it, you’ll be able to start enjoying the grayling season sooner rather than later. Whether you’re a regular fisher and missing your trout fishing or you haven’t tried fishing for grayling before, we’ve got the perfect infographic to guide you through the grayling fishing season and everything you need to know.

Grayling Fishing Season

Grayling fishing is the perfect way to extend your fly fishing beyond the trout season! The grayling spawning season begins and ends in spring while the trout’s season begins in late autumn and ends in early winter. Both these factors make grayling extremely popular for fly fishing during autumn and winter. more…

On Getting Skunked

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

One of the few certainties in fly fishing is that all of us will occasionally wind up “skunked.” As experience, knowledge, and skill increase, this unpleasant experience becomes less frequent and less likely. But the possibility never goes away entirely.

It doesn’t matter how far you travel, or how much money you spend. You can always get skunked. Hiring a good guide, and being in the right place at the right time, can certainly stack the odds in your favor. But there is never any assurance of success in terms of quantity or size of fish caught. Or indeed of catching fish at all.

This brings to mind the famous line from Tom Hanks’ character in the movie A League of Their Own: “There’s no crying in baseball!” Likewise, there are no guarantees in fly fishing. more…