Monday, June 22, 2009

Florida Keys 2009....

Just got back from the Florida Keys with my wife, Alicia. We stayed at a friends house which neighbored The Moorings Resort in Islandmorda. What a beautiful place to spend vacation. This is the second time that we have gone to the Keys. Last year, Alicia and I caught Sea Trout, Redfish, and Snook in the Everglades National Park. This year, I went Tarpon fishing in the back country while she went out on a boat with some friends and caught jacks and sharks all day long. I had a 80-100 lbs. Tarpon until it spit the hook early into the fight. Needless to say, Alicia made sure to remind me that she caught the biggest fish during our vacation. While walking the beach one evening, I saw a sawfish for the first time. I will post a photo once I get it off of my phone. I had a shot at a snook on the ocean side, but it wanted nothing to do with my fly. All in all, it was a relaxing week with the wife. Here are some photos from the vacation. I will Put some of of her sharks as well.
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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wet Wading....

I am a wet wading fanatic. So when I found these shoes, I knew they would be perfect for my fly fishing adventures. They are the Vibram Fivefingers barefoot sporting shoes. The model that I bought is the Flow, which are made for water sports. They fit awesome and do not let debris or sand into the shoes. A big feature about these shoes is the fact that the toes are capped and protected while walking in the stream or in the flats. The soles are solid and have been razor-cut for superb traction while wading. They do take some time to get used at first, but they are beyond comfortable. Check them out and give them a shot.

Virbram Fivefingers
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Past Week Fishing

Well Folks,
For the past few days I have been fishing for the shop over at Wisp in MD. Saturday, had a pair of clients who were relatives of members from a corporate marketing group working with Orvis, we caught nine even with the high water spending a beautiful rain-free afternoon on Bear Creek. Sunday, I was stuck rotting away in our small shop. Monday and Tuesday, I had afternoon trips with clients from Southern Virginia, water was clear and low on the Casselman pulled out half dozen on streamers. Yesterday, I had a group of eight staying at Savage River Lodge, we fished the Casselman yet again, and pulled out eleven missing this dirty dozen only because the 19in. brown decided to throw a head shake worthy of a tarpon as it jumped three or four times. I believe I was more upset about losing the fish relative to my client (all he wanted was his cold beer back at the vehicle). Anyhow, I work today at the University doing some research, tomorrow I hop on a plane to Islamorada where I meet JMP next Monday, for some FF & RR. Updates when I get back, hopefully I will have some pictures!!!!

Until next time, get the fishy hands......

WVUFLYFISH OUT....................................................

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Two winters ago, Ryan, Mike, and I braved the waters of North Carolina to catch Bluefin Tuna. What a trip we had right after Christmas Holiday. We fished the Outer Banks coast until we had a cooperative day with the weather that allowed us to navigate to the Gulf Stream. One local guy mentioned that the last time they had a rush of Bluefin this thick, the Bluefish were running in three mile wide schools. That was also the case while we were down there for the week. We had gone out with Capt. Barry Daniels on his boat, "The SkirtChaser." Barry was also the same guy that we went out with when we had caught the Atlantic Billfish Grandslam the previous year. We left the dock at 5:30am and ventured out in the brisk 45 degree weather. After about an hour and a half ride to the fishing grounds, it was close to 75 degrees in the Gulf Stream. We had a great day in which we hooked up with 11 Bluefin that day. All of the fish were released that day except for two. Ryan had one on that was over 400lbs+, but the line had snapped 2 hours into the fight. The sound of the line breaking sounded like a shotgun blast. The best part of the trip was watching the Bluefin the break the surface on a huge bait ball. They were flashing everywhere. Here is photo of one we had caught which was around 90lbs. Enjoy...
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Friday, June 5, 2009

Let's Go Pens...

My Penguins are two wins from winning Lord Stanley. Here are two pictures that have been in my classroom since the beginning of the playoffs. These Photoshops are courtesy of The Pensblog. The best hockey blog known to mankind. Game 5 is Saturday night at the JLA. Let's Go Pens...

Nice Bow..

Here is Mike with a student from The Orvis Fly Fishing School at Nemacolin Woodlands in the end of May. Not a bad photo since it was taken with a cell phone. What an awesome Bow. The Rainbow was about 22". It was landed during his stream practice part of the course.

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Past Two Weekends

Hello again everyone:

I have been silent in the past weeks from posts simply because I have been running around like a chicken with my head cut off in about every imaginable direction. With that said, I would like to fill you all in on the events that have occurred in the meantime. The weekend of 5.23/ 5.24, I had a weekend (double Saturday/Sunday) 2-person wade with a couple from Marietta Ohio. On Saturday, we fished the Casselman @ Grantsville, MD, catching approximately 10 fish between them (Smallmouth, Brown Trout, and a lone Rainbow). The same day, we moved to the upper catch & release section of the Savage River and drew a big ole' bullseye. Revising our plans for Sunday, we opted to fish the Upper North Branch of the Potomac over near Gormania for a change of scenery. While fishing at Wallman's access, my clients pulled 4 rainbows using dries with softies dropped 18in. fished on the swing, same way taught to me by JMP. Following Lunch, we decided to move downriver to LostLand access for the afternoon bite. Little did I know what a great choice that would end up being for my clients. The first hole we fished downstream of the access @ LostLand, ended up producing 8 fish in 20 minutes. The next hour was spent picking fish off here & there as we worked our way downstream to miss the heavy amounts of people also fishing. Total for the afternoon produced 12 fish all together for a grand total of over 26 fish for the weekend of 5.23

Next weekend 5/30, I fished a float trip with a group of repeat customers from near Tyson's Corner, VA. Although the weather & flows were great @ Barnum, we had trouble connecting long enough to bring most of the fish to boat. I spent more time tying flies on for my client than he spent in the water (very frustrating & costly). Total fish count 5 (2 brownies, 3 rainbows & nothing bigger than 18in). Total fly loss= 59. It was a rough day for the ole' fly collection. I have attached a picture of one of the rainbows caught for your viewing.

Recently, my Orvis Helios Switch rod arrived so after researching what reel to match, I went with the Battenkill Large Arbor IV and purchased the Beulah Elixer Switch Line 380 grain to match. However, since my reel & line have not arrived, I used an extra reel I have laying around and broke in the rod two nights ago. Fishing an 11ft. 7wt rod at Meadow Run in PA is not a typical ideal fishing experience but ended up producing 3 fish having not spent much time spey casting. I believe that rod will be a slayin' stick here soon, once I get the outfit matched perfectly.

In a week, JMP & I will be traveling South to the Florida Keys to fish with a guide for some middle keys tarpon with fly rods & some chicken feathers!
Check him out.....

With all this non-sense out of my system finally, I hope all the best........ Remember get fishy hands! WOO WOO!!

WVUFLYFISH..... out!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Birthday Gift...

Well, the wife came through for my birthday. She had purchased a new pair of Tri-Spectrum HVO glasses from Orvis. I was very excited about trying out the Rose colored lenses. Let me tell you that you will not be disappointed in the amount of detail that is enhanced by these lenses. I really wanted these because I was heading to the Keys in two weeks. I have always been a fan of my Maui Jim sunglasses, but these top them in many ways. I highly recommend them and look at them as probably my most important fishing product I own.

Tri-Spectrum HVO Sunglasses
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New Bike...

My big purchase of the year was a new bike. I have talking about getting a mountain bike for about 2 years now. After my wife came home with a mountain bike, which was obviously pink, and a bike rack for the car, she told me to go out a get one. After a week of extensive research, I bought the Specialized Hardrock Disc. The frame is a very light weight alloy chassis. The Shimano gears shift very smoothly making this bike ride a joy. The front shocks on this model is great for trail riding and some light off-roading capabilities. The main reason I bought this bike was for the sole purpose of disc brakes. They stop the bike in an instant despite any weather condition around. All in all, I have had this bike for 3 weeks and have not been disappointed with its performance. Check out the link below for more detail about Specialized and this bike model. Enjoy....

Specialized Hardrock Disc
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Location X....

When I got home today from school, I had all intentions of fishing for Smallmouth on Ten Mile since I have been tying a ton of minnow imitations. I messaged my buddy Matt about fishing the river this evening and he was game for it. So about 7pm, we were on the bikes heading down the river trail. The weather was perfect with overcast skies and a warm 70 degree temperature. As soon as we got on the water, we noticed fish rising in a riffle that we normally have seen this type of action. The flow was 1500cfs and the water color was slightly off color. We noticed Caddis, Sulfurs, and some Coffin Flies making their way around the river. After about 45 minutes of searching on actually what insect they were keying in on, I caught the large brown above on a Light Cahill. We estimated that the fish was between 21-23 inches and at least 4 pounds. Two years ago, we had success on the Cahills in this same stretch of water. All of the other fish that we had landed that evening was on a Coffin Fly. The photo below is a brown that Matt had landed on a Coffin Fly that his brother Bill had tied. It also produced another brown and a bow which were in the 16"+ range. As we were walking out of the river around 9:45pm, there was a Crane Fly hatch that was unbelievable.

Thoughts about tonight:
  • Only big fish rising.
  • Coffin Fly, but no Green Drake Duns (Hatch is over)
  • Any time I go with Matt, we produce big fish.
  • New Obsession = Crane Flies
  • And I love my new bike.

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