We decided to write this blog as a way of sharing some of our stories from past experiences fishing, tying flies, guiding, and traveling. Most of which are completely 100% true except for the names of people, some stories are slightly embellished and some are mostly made up. It's really for you to figure it out and for us to have some fun writing down some of the truly good memories we have had while immersed in fly fishing.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Sulphurs are still going strong on the Little J...

I find it hard to believe that I would frequent the Little J over Spring Creek in the early hatches of the 2013 fly fishing season.  Every angling experience that I partake in on the Little J presents multiple opportunities to get into great fish.  The last two evenings have had abundant spinner falls and the dry fly activity has been great.  

On Monday, I could not fish all evening as I had to call it quits around 6:00PM, but the nymph fishing was very productive.  I started the afternoon fishing an inch worm due to the increased winds the last few days and caught a bunch of fish.  After that I switched to a sulphur nymph once I saw a few duns and picked up a few additional solid brown trout.  

One other notable observation that I made was due to the low water conditions and that these trout have be subject to a lot of dry flies, you may want to use a smaller diameter tippet.  A no brainer, I know but sometimes I find myself being a creature of habit and I forget to take specific variables into account.  With that being said I typically use 4X tippet but recently have had trout rise up completely vertical to refuse to eat dry flies.  After making the switch to a 24 - 30 inch 5X tippet segment, fish began to attack my fly once again.  Try it out, as I'm sure most would be able to make these distinction but it is often worth trying if you find yourself experiencing similar refusals in shallow or slower moving water.   

Below is a group of photos of some of the fish that ended up in one of Kevin Best's beautiful Nomad hand net.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

March Browns on Pine Creek

My father and I had one of the most memorable afternoons on the stream this past weekend fishing Pine Creek.  We stopped into the Slate Run Fly Shop and Wolfe's General Store to get one of the best homemade sandwiches money can buy to eat for dinner after fishing.  If you ever fish Pine Creek, stop into their shop and make sure to get a sandwich and check out their fly shop downstairs.  

After we got our dinner, we headed straight to Pine Creek and had a lot of fun fishing some bigger water.  Both of us got into nice fish and once the March Browns started popping I switched to a dry pattern and started picking up fish after fish.  It was an amazing afternoon on the stream and what was even more fun was that I had the chance to share this experience with my father.  Even afterwards a fisherman came up to us and said you guys put on a clinic and this unnamed fisherman enjoyed my response, saying "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile."

Below is just a snippet of some of the beautiful brown trout that Pine Creek has to offer.  There are certainly a lot larger trout lurking and there was one trout that I hooked into earlier in the day that I never got to see but it snapped me off within seconds of hooking into it.  Reason enough to go back and see if we can get into that trout again!

Enjoy a few of the photographs from our trip to Pine Creek!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Calm Before the Storm (Little J)

Jeff Scipione and I made another run at the Little Juniata before the heavy rainfall started last night.  We got there around 4:30PM and the Sulphur's were starting to come out in full force along with a fair amount of tan caddis.  

After the rainfall we received last evening and this morning the streams have elevated water levels but we needed the rain to support the trout/aquatic insects at later points this summer.  

It was a crazy few hours of fishing and we hooked into some beautiful brown and a healthy rainbow trout!  Below are a few of the better trout we took on a variety of dry fly sulphur patterns.  

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Photos from the Little J

Recently I've made a bunch of trips to the Little J and there have been some very memorable trips angling for "river trout."  Jeff Scipione, Doc Scipione and I had an extraordinary evening on the stream using a myriad of crane fly, sulphur, caddis and BWO dry fly patterns.  The stream has literally been flooded with insects. 

I've been seizing every opportunity to make the trip to the Little Juniata because every time I go there, there is either a good fish is caught, landed or lost and put into my mental log for the next trip!  

Spring Creek has sulphurs, so does the Little J and Penns has reported some good march brown activity.  All of the local streams are heating up and anywhere you go, I'm sure it will result in great fishing!

Kevin Best at Nomad nets would enjoy the amount of use that his incredible hand net is getting.  There have been several occasions where we had multiple fish in the net at one time from numerous "doubles."

Here are a few photos of recent adventures on the Little J, enjoy! There were plenty of other trout caught and not photographed because things were crazy and we were into a ton of fish.