Category Archives: Fly Fishing Life

A Coupla Good Things to Know About Electric Fences

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

800px-Yellow-insulator-electric-fenceOver the years, I have encountered numerous electric fences. I would like to share two experiences that others may find helpful in successfully getting over these potential hazards. Failure to properly traverse these obstacles can give you a good jolt at best, and at worse can cause some serious damage.

My first losing encounter with an electric fence came early one fall morning. My good friend, Harold (we’ll call him that to protect the innocent), had flown in to fish the weekend with me. The sun was just starting to glow at the horizon as we were getting an involuntary shower from the dew covered corn stalks as we made our way towards the river. Finally, we reached the end of the cornfield and quickened our pace as we walked through the last twenty yards of chest high grass. more…

A 100 Trout Day

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

Cut Throats from Dutch Creek.

Cut Throats from Dutch Creek.

There is a psychologist out there whose ideas were popular in the 70’s when I was at University. His theories may still be popular but since I haven’t been to a Psychology lecture since about 1971 I wouldn’t know. Kohlberg was his name and he wrote a Doctoral dissertation in 1958 on the levels of moral development. He saw three basic levels of moral thought for each of us as individuals. The first two levels are experienced by most people and include the lowest level where as a kid anything that is unpleasant is bad or unfair and anything that is fun and feeds you in some positive way is good. The second level is one in which a person who has gone through his rebellious teenage years conforms to the societal norms and judges good and bad based upon what society says. The third and final level, requires some thought and is thereby difficult for many of us. This level involves a standard of right and wrong, good or bad that comes from a source beyond society or government. One might even consider perhaps a moral being who laid down the ground work of right and wrong at creation and is properly called God. Most folks don’t want to deal with that possibility so they like to hang around in moral level 2. more…

Beginner’s Luck

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

The term is almost cliché, in a number of different pursuits. With far more frequency than one would expect, a rookie sometimes manages to do with apparent ease what the more experienced practitioner finds to be quite challenging. This would be frustrating enough, but often the novice rubs salt into the wound by saying something like, “I don’t see why everyone thinks this is so hard to do.” Beginner’s Luck seems to affect fishing in general, and fly fishing most of all.

The legendary Letort Spring Run, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, was the setting for a classic case of Beginner’s Luck. In recent years this magnificent stream has suffered a variety of negative impacts due to development in its watershed. Even so, many large trout still reside among its deep channels and lush weed beds. The stream flows through a meadow, with boggy soil along the banks in many places. Vibrations from a careless approach will alert the big, wary trout long before you ever get a cast off. You’ll see an impressive wake streak away upstream, and curse your clumsiness. Incredibly complex currents pull your leader and fly hither and fro, making a drag-free presentation maddeningly difficult. Tall weeds snatch at your backcast. Wading is all but impossible due to a silty, sucking muddy bottom, and wading would only spook the trout anyway. The difficulty level poses a formidable challenge for any fly fisher. more…