Monthly Archives: March 2017

Valley Creek

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

IMGP2377My first fishing outing of 2017 was on January 19, an unseasonably warm day. I’ve never been a big fan of winter fishing, and the more years I have in the rear-view mirror the less tolerant I am of fishing in cold weather. For me, the days of being willing to break ice out of my fly rod’s guides are long gone. Winter is a time to tie flies and think of spring.

Still, Cabin Fever is a powerful motivation. The weather forecast for the day met my current winter fishing criteria—an air temperature of at least 50 degrees with little wind. I knew there would probably be a midge hatch at Valley Creek. I’d run into the President of my Trout Unlimited chapter the previous week at the neighborhood CVS Pharmacy. Dave had shown me a photo of a nice wild Brown Trout he’d caught at Valley a couple of days before, on a midge pattern. All the necessary signs and portents were in place. more…

Bug Puppets

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

Have you ever pondered the cost and effort it takes to get a two dollar fly to a place where a trout or other type of fish would consider eating it? Someone in my past referred to flies as “Bug Puppets” and I have adopted the term because it alludes to the need to make the fly look and behave like the food item it imitates, much like a puppet imitates characters in a play. Generally I believe that matching size and color to the food items in the stream is pretty important. However having said that, I wonder at the validity of the statement because we have all used stuff on the end of the line that looks like nothing found in nature. There is a long tradition in fly fishing of producing beautiful flies that are properly called works of art but they look very little like the food items found in the waters we fish. At the other extreme from the artful and time consuming salmon flies are what I like to call “guide ties “or flies that are simple, quick to produce and successful. more…

All About Fly Tying Scissors

Tungsten Carbide Arrow Scissors from Dr. Slick

Tungsten Carbide Arrow Scissors from Dr. Slick

There are so many varieties of fly tying scissors available that choosing a pair can be confusing. We’ll attempt to explain the different styles and shed some light on picking out the right scissors for your needs. As you read this, keep in mind that choosing the right scissors has a lot to do with personal preference. Many styles have the same size blades, but there are some offerings that work a little better for certain situations.

All Purpose Scissors, as the name suggests, are designed for a range of cutting needs. Similar to Hair Scissors, they measure 4 inches long overall whereas Hair Scissors are 4 ½ inches long. This can make a difference, depending on the bulk or thickness of material you are cutting. Since All Purpose Scissors have the same blades as Hair Scissors, you can use them for deer hair and other natural materials if needed. However you want Hair Scissors to remain as sharp as possible, so it is a good idea to only use them for that purpose only and nothing else. That way they remain sharp and you get a smoother cut when cutting natural materials such as deer hair. more…