Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hot Spots and High Water

I decided it was time to go visit the Tully after the big flood. Of course I had to take my fly rod along with me just in case. The water has been leveled out at 350cfs for a few days now, however the water is still cloudy from the lake being very muddy, and run off from recent rain.

Some spots look untouched from the high water, others have changed a lot. The Road to No Where has been widened by about 3 feet, it also appears much deeper towards the head of the run. Rebers Bridge still looks pretty good, not much changed there. Water Works is still a bit high to wade, flow looks good up there. The Paper Mill looks good, due to crowds I decided not to stop and fish there.

I decided with high and off color water to go with a Hot Spot rig today, just to give them something extra to look at. I fished below the Paper Mill down to the Road to no Where, the water was fast and deep. Two number 4 split shot along with tungsten weighted flies were a must. After I got done there I decided to check out Rebers Bridge before calling it a day.

Anyway I did manage to land a couple nice rainbows. Enjoy!

Reminder: The water is moving very fast and with cloudy water it can be difficult to wade. Be Safe

Friday, September 23, 2011

TCO Fly Tying Demo Day Sept. 24th

This Saturday the 24th Frank Swarner III will be doing a tying demonstration. He will be tying a few very effective fly patterns for Steelhead and Salmon. Many of these patterns with a slight color variation will work well for Trout as well as Smallmouth. Stop in and check out Frank's amazing talent and pick is brain about what he enjoys the most... Tying and swinging for Steelhead!!!!

Here are a couple examples of what Frank will be tying...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Home to the Chesapeake (and a home cooked meal)

I ventured down to Kent Island MD this past weekend to visit my family. It was nice to be home and have a great home cooked meal. Sunday evening we all decided to spend some quality family time together; naturally we decided to head out on the Chesapeake Bay chasing breaking fish before coming in and having Cream of Crab soup for dinner!

I was really hoping that we would be able to get out on the water this weekend, so the first thing loaded into my truck after work was my 8wt and a box of saltwater flies. It was nice to be out on the water with my Dad again, and my whole family for that mater. Running around the bay searching for breaking fish takes me back to the good old days. Here are a few pictures from our evening.

Sara, and Dyson getting ready to ride in style

Dad doing what he does best

Some days I miss living on the Bay; but it makes it that much more enjoyable when I have the chance to get home.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Featured Fly - Tube Intruder

The Intruder is a pattern that has many shapes and sizes; it can be tied using just about any material out there. This is my variation of the Intruder tied on a Pro Flytyer tube. These tubes are very nice; they allow you to change weight and length very easily. They also have a lot of accessories such as cone heads, and sonic discs to really give the flies life.

Here are a few examples:

This one will work for Smallmouth and Steelhead

This one is good for Steelhead

This one works well for Smallmouth as well as Steelhead

With the Fall Salmon and Steelhead season finally here, I will be doing a series of tube flies. Many of these tubes will work not only for Steelhead and Salmon, but will work equally as well for Smallmouth and Trout. On top of the cold water season, the saltwater season is just starting to heat up. Look for at least one pattern for Stripers in the mix as well.

One awesome thing about tubes is that you can tie them for any type of fishing not just steelhead!

Intruder Tube Fly 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

If you can't read the regulations Don't Fish

Well if you haven't heard or seen, yes the rumors are true... Everything is flooded. The Tully has hit 7000cfs down at the Red Bridge with the water coming out of the dam at 4300. Please be careful around the edges and the water. The Schuylkill is in no better shape flooding all over. We are 20,000cfs over flood stage right now.

Here are a few pics from the Tully

Sit down and tie a few flies, That's what Ive been doing :)