Monday, April 27, 2009

This little Piggy...

These photos were taken from a guided fishing trip I had this past weekend. I had the opportunity to fish with two great people above is Gary DiGiovanni with a PIG brown taken on a stream in South Western Pa. We guessed the fish right around 24 inches and close to 5 pounds...Great fish! The bottom photo is me hard at work getting ready to net another fish, one of my many talents...LOL! These outstanding photos were taking by Sharyl DiGiovanni, awesome camera work! Sharyl also landed a pair of beautiful rainbows but do to some technical difficulties we were unable to get photos! In the end we had two very productive days of fishing and I hope I get the chance to fish with them both again!
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Pig Browns....

These fish are from the same e-mail that had the rainbows in it as well. The bottom one was just caught the outher day was was measured at 26" and well over 5lbs. What I like about these browns are the colors and patterns on these that they possess. If anyone wants to send their photos in, please sedn them to Each month, we will select and winner and we will send a collection of flies to the winner.
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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Monster Bows....

This past week, we got an email from our our friends from Glendorn. They wanted to share these bows that they have come across a week ago with a few clients. Things are just starting to heat up this spring. The caddis are starting to show up my area and made for a great evening last night swing pupa for some real aggressive browns. March Browns and Hendricksons were present as well.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


When I got home from school, I was pleased to see my new wading jacket had arrived from Orvis today. This is the Orvis Waterproof Stretch Over/Under Jacket. There are many features why I bought this jacket for fishing, but my favorite is the Orvis Dry -Cuff System. This alone will keep myself much more dry while fishing.Some of the other features include taped seams, waterproof zipper, and a roll away hood. If anyone is on the market for a new jacket, I highly recommend this product.
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Enough with the rain...

Well, about two weeks ago I was praying for more rain. And right now, I wish it would stop. So just waiting for the water flows to drop over the next few days. Hopefully the Caddis and Hendricksons will be out in full force. If anyone has some pictures of their fish caught on the fly, send them to

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Favorite Time of the Year is Here....

Ok, I know this is a fly fishing site, but the only other comes close to my passion for fly fishing is hockey. Last night, my wife and I had great seats at Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs in Pittsburgh. I have been to close to 30 regular season games, but this was my first time at a playoff game. The intensity was unreal. What a physical game it was from the opening faceoff. I am a huge pens fans and been following since since the 1991-1992 cup runs. So I am not a bandwagon fan. All in all, the game was great start to the series and already can not wait till friday's game.
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Monday, April 13, 2009

Pike Flies....

Over the Easter weekend, I had some time to dedicate to tying some warm water flies again. I found some 2/0 Stainless Steel Stinger hooks while in town the other day. My goal this summer is to catch a Muskie or Pike on the fly. So I decided to play with some red and white rabbit zonkers. A very simple tie and these hooks are super light for casting purposes. I also epoxy the head of the fly, but when I had taken the photo, I have not mixed my 5 minute epoxy yet. If there is one word of advise for warm water flies, tons of FLASH. Well back to the vise.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Browns and Prickle Pigs....

What a way to start out the float. Mike hooked up a very hungry brown about 60 yards into the float. One of the best looking browns I have seen in some time.

After changing to a sink tip and changing and new fly, I finally got on the score board with this aggressive brown along the bank.

Probably my favorite part of the trip was dodging porcupines while driving up late Sunday Night. As you can see above, an average size prickle pig in the tree.

After spotting a the Prickle Pig in the tree, Brian hooked up instantly within 10 feet of the boat while just stripping line out. This brown had some great color and spotting as well. Brian did an excellent job rowing as well as with some techniques on how to fish this great fishery.

Mike landed this big slab. This hog slammed his deceiver and knocked all of the flash off of it. What a fish.

Being that this is the first time that I fished on this river, I was very impressed by the activity of the fish in these very cold conditions. We had caught a few more fish that were not included in these photos, but this trip had the making of a perfect day until the cold front really moved in. As you know we can't control Mother Nature. We had a hard time moving fish in the last 2.5 hours, but I will be back for sure. I would also like to thank the guys from Glendorn for a wonderful time and their hospitality. Damon Newpher and Brian Minich are top notch guides as well as good people. Check out their website for guided trips at Glendorn. It would be well worth it.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

North Branch...

I have been a little behind on my posting but that is due to weather and lack of fishing. Yesterday I was able to get back into the swing of things. I had a chance to fish with a couple of guys I work with, so we decided to head to Maryland. We fished the Savage River and the North Branch of the Potomac River. We started out the day on the North branch the water was still very cold, we were guessing 39 - 42 degrees and crystal clear flowing around 215 cfs...very low for this time of year. We were still able to move and land some fish, the top pic is one of my fellow guides who we will call guide "X"...LOL...with a healthy looking rainbow! The next two pics are of a giant rainbow another one of my co-workers caught. Unfortunately no one was with him when he landed this fish on a flash back hares ear thus the dead fish pictures, this fish was released to fight another day. This guy just started Fly Fishing the end of last season and has got the bug bad, this is the largest trout he has caught on a fly rod to date! Congrats Bob...not to bad for a shooting instructor! We did fish the Savage River later that same day, no pictures yet! I should be receiving them in the next few days and will post with a little bit more info on that part of the excursion! Like always it was a great day to be on the water...but what day isn't!!!
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Eastern Rises.....

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This is probably my dream trip. Enough Said......