Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Simms Dealer Camp

A brutal but awesome trip to the Salmon River. Went up to Pulaski to see the new line and was able to get out and fish a bit. Day one started off pleasant, but the front rolled in and it got cold. The next day we had to work for the fish, but we prevailed. Snow was coming down sideways and the wind was blowing 20mph plus. By day three we had 18 inches of snow and it didn't stop, we got out of there with the help of a bobcat and some man power just before the heavy stuff came down. Hot flies were all sucker spawn or some kind of egg pattern. Low and slow was the ticket to success.














Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Forgotten Post - Final Smallmouth Float

Through my thoughts and travels of great lakes steelhead, I have forgotten to post about an epic season ending trip for smallmouth bass. Andy and I decided a few weeks ago to take the clacka for one more float before putting her to bed for the winter. We had made the decision that if it was our last float we should do an exploratory float of a section of the Juniata that neither of us had floated before. The float quickly became my favorite with some fast and technical water and some amazing smallmouth. We never changed flies, all we fished was a white Roamer that was about 5 inches long. We put about 6-8 fish in the boat with at least that many more eats that we never connected with. That was until the end of the float, about 100 yards from the take out when I got crushed by an amazing 19 inch smallie and then Andy a few minutes later popped a 20 incher. Needless to say we reeled up and floated to the launch with large smiles on our faces and satisfied with our smallmouth season.






Monday, November 7, 2016

Steelhead Saturday November 12th 2016

If you aren't doing much this Saturday, stop in the Boiling Springs shop to get yourself ready for this years steelhead trips. We will be having tying demos, casting demos, gear check list and fly selection presentation, and a steelhead movie to finish off the day. We will have 2 sales reps there, Mike Colegrove from Simms, Winston, and Scientific Anglers, and Steve Silverio from Partridge and Regal Vise. There will be Coffee, Donuts, Beer, and Pizza as well. Below is the schedule of events for the day.

10:00am - 11:00am - Frank (Chip) Swarner - Tying Great Lakes Steelhead flies

11:15am - 12:00pm - Jake Villwock - Steelhead Gear and Fly Selection

12:15pm - 1:00pm - Beer and Pizza

1:15pm - 2:00pm - Dusty Wissmath - Two Handed Spey Casting

2:15pm - 3:00pm Jake Villwock - Steelhead Tube Flies

3:15pm - 4:00pm - DVD - Metalheads

There will also be other tying demos throughout the day, as well as some product demos from the reps.







Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fish and Flies - from the Great Lakes

Here are some photos of my last trip to New York with a very special client and friend. Matt Grove and I decided to bag a smallmouth camping trip to try our hand at intercepting a few large browns on their run up the rivers from the lake. Over a simple breakfast conversation and some insight from a few locals we made the decision to head to a smaller creek instead of one of the big name creeks. We had 2 days that we will never forget, Matt got his first steelhead, and largest brown trout on a fly. We had fish working and moving the whole time, we managed to get multiple steelhead, lots of browns, and a few very large salmon. It was a trip that will be hard to repeat, but worth trying to every year :)




























Now for the good stuff, here are a few new and or variations of some flies that I have been woking on.


Squirrely Stone, a new fly that has worked wonders in the great lakes so far this year.
Egg in the Basket Sculpin, new twists and tweaks to an old staple.


Sculpin Fly Pattern. A great way to fool some steelhead!