Category Archives: Mary Kuss, PA Fly Fisher

The (Lady) Fly Fisher in Winter

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

All fly fishers have to deal with winter, unless they live in the tropics. I’ve spent my entire life in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where average winters are still severe enough, despite Climate Change, to make winter fishing uncomfortable and low-percentage and sometimes impossible. Even modest destination travel is not in my budget. I must amuse myself with other things during the months when cold weather, ice, and snow are the norm.

Although I tie flies the year around, I do a lot more tying in winter. During the fishing season, my tying is almost exclusively devoted to replenishing depleted stocks of workhorse fly patterns. I occasionally run into a hatch or fishing situation for which I am not prepared, and must to do some ad hoc tying to deal with it. Time spent at my tying bench during the winter is more recreational in nature. I experiment with new materials, and with fly patterns I find in magazines or on-line. I browse the books in my personal fly tying library to find new ideas or rediscover old ones I’d forgotten. more…

The Kings and I

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

I’ve never been fishing in Alaska, or anywhere in the native range of the King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). And unless I hit a big lottery jackpot I am unlikely to do so. However, my home near Philadelphia is about a five-hour drive from Pulaski, New York, which is arguably the King Salmon capital of the eastern United States. And by the way, the name of this town is pronounced to rhyme with “sky,” not “ski.” I have no idea why.

Pulaski’s economy revolves around the Salmon River, and the many fishing tourists who flock there in pursuit of the King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Steelhead that come into the river from Lake Ontario each autumn on their annual spawning runs. In most years, the salmon run begins by early-September and ends in November. Steelhead enter the river throughout the fall and winter, heading back to the lake in early-May when water temperatures rise. There have been attempts, with limited success so far, to extend the fishing season by introducing Skamania-strain Steelhead, which are a summer-run fish, and Atlantic Salmon. more…

Potter County Revisted

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

Every year since the mid-1980’s I’ve spent a week or so fishing in north central Pennsylvania. I headquarter in Potter County, and most of my fishing is done there although I also wander out into neighboring Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. Early on I started referring to this trip as “My Sanity Fix.” I still regard it that way.

This habit got started when I was having a chat with some of my Trout Unlimited buddies about wild trout. Some of us had never caught a wild trout, others had very limited experience, and a couple of us had enough experience to know where and when to pursue them. We resolved to visit what the State Office of Tourism subsequently labeled “The Pennsylvania Wilds.” So it began. more…