Thursday, March 30, 2017

Just a few Pictures and some Updates

If you have not heard, the Tulpehocken is now a Keystone Select trout stream. This means that each year 25% of our allotted fish will be replaced with trophy sized trout. This will equate to about 200 trout for the pre-season and in-season stocking. Tony and I have the privilege to be apart of the stocking and each time we will be float stocking these fish. The Keystone Select trout range from 16-22", so get out there and try to find them :)

Also with the flows at a great level on the Tully we have been offering float trips for trout this season. As some of you may know, I have been floating this for years, but now we are actually offering them as a guided option. I was out with Rob and Jack this past Monday when the creek was flowing at 408 cfs, a flow that some would say is un-fishable. We did fantastic, and the crowds were minimal.

Show season is finally over. This was the first year I went to more than just Somerset and Lancaster. I traveled down to Maryland to be apart of TieFest on Kent Island, in my hometown. Then the next week traveled with Steve Silverio from Regal and Partridge to upstate New York to be apart of Tie One On, and great show for charity.

I will also have another announcement in the next week, very exciting news!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Stoneflies and Bobbers - Orvis Recon 1003-4

Weather forecast started off saying it would be a pleasant but cold day on the water. This would mean not much wind and a bit of sun to warm us up in the below freezing temps. By the time Steve, Mike, and I had the boat in the water and we were all geared up, I couldn't feel my fingers and the wind was blowing around 20mph. Hey thats winter fishing though, we were floating the Lehigh on a section new to me, but Steve had floated it a few times, and decided best thing to do was float some stoneflies under bobbers, I mean what trout doesn't enjoy some golden stones at sub zero temps? We fished all day, managed 1 trout, and lost about a dozen flies. I think the chicken salad wraps and beer for lunch, saved the day, but hey we all could have been sitting inside doing nothing (by a fire), that just seems boring to me.

It was nice however, to test out the new Orvis Recon 1003 nymphing rod. It threw double stones and an indicator with no trouble. Very light to hand, and has unbelievable feel to it, the finalized design with the fighting butt made it very comfortable to fish all day long. It has a very soft tip, but when needed it has the torque to really put the hammer down on some bigger sized trout. A great rod for the money and might be my new favorite Czech nymphing stick.