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The first review of Single-Handed Fly Casting is in: “This is a must read for all instructors.” – Walter Simbirski That’s the whole review, all eight words of it. I don’t mind a one-liner that just gets to the point! The review was posted to a group email list directed at–wait for it–fly casting instructors. … Continue reading SHFC Update – First Review!

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

Inside the cabin by TigerTrout4wt (Kevin) I went out with Tom Ciannilli on Friday evening to my favorite place on the the Little J. Great night and a classic May Sulphur hatch at about 8:00 pm to close the evening. Saturday Dave, Maurice, Tom, Mick and I went over to Penns. A big change in the weather with a cold front dropping the temps into the 50's and some light rain in the morning.Dave showing off with catching a nice bow on his first cast in the Class A section of Penns.The long and...

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I have been told that June 9 will be SHFC Day. Books will take a few days to get to me, then I’ll start signing, numbering, and shipping. Start casting!

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

A quick update on the SHFC book project. After discovering a bit of a tpoy typo disaster concerning the first 100 pages (convoluted story as to why), I was able to stop the production process before plates were made. I fixed the issues (with *big* thanks to my pal, Aitor Coterón) and also got a … Continue reading SHFC – Stop the Presses! (and Re-Approved)

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Categories: books, casting, media

With the best hatch of the season fast approaching, I thought it might be helpful for some of the “Newbie’s” to post a few words on the Sulphur Hatch to get them off to a flying start this month… so if anyone has anything to add in the way of tips, tricks, details, etc. PLEASE feel free to chime in!The months of May and June here in southeastern PA bring forth the greatest event of the fly-fishing season… the SULPHUR HATCH. These yellowish mayflies are actually made up of three (3)...

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Friday, May 19th is the start of our annual gathering for the Paflyfish Spring Jamboree Weekend. This is our annual meet-up for members of the site to get together to fly fish, tie flies, camp and share a few stories. We have a lot of fun fishing over some of Pennsylvania's finest streams including the Little J, Penns Creek, Spring Creek, Fishing Creek and plenty more in the region. The pavilion at Seven Mountains Campground is rented by Paflyfish and is used as a meeting point during the...

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Looks like the book will be off the press in the middle of May. Then to me for sign/number, then out to those who have ordered. Thanks to all for your extended patience, and I truly hope you’ll enjoy the read. More to follow as the ship date approaches.

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

A mayfly hatch is the grand finale in the year long seasonal play that returns annually for trout and anglers. This show begins the previous season with mature female mayflies, called spinners, laying their eggs on the surface of the water(video). The eggs shortly hatch into small larvae and quickly change into nymphs.The nymph phase of the mayfly is the longest and will last just about one year. Different species of mayflies can be found in different parts of a stream. Some prefer the faster...

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Happy Easter everyone! Some are getting out on the water while others staying at home and hanging with the fam.  We like the fishing part.  Still not crazy busy here on the Bighorn but definitely picking up a bit.  Flows are almost 11,000 and there is a good chance they could increase as we have... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Approved! Press update coming shortly.

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

4/11/2017
Been waaaaay too long since I had the brushes out. My mind is whirling with ideas and painterly desires. Once the book gets shipped, I guess….

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: artistic

Looking like “the book” will be through press approval late tonight. Probably a couple of pages that will need to go through pre-press again, but that’s very quick. In the meantime, here’s the “what it’s all about” blurb from the back cover: Jason Borger’s Single-Handed Fly Casting is a forward-thinking exploration of casting and mending. … Continue reading SHFC – Pre-Press Update, April 11

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: books, casting, media

7 Must Have Sowbug Fly Patterns In tailwater rivers and spring creeks crustaceans such as sowbugs provide a consistent source of protein throughout the year. On famous tailwater rivers such as the Bighorn and Missouri Rivers in Montana you will find anglers taking fish on these patterns every day of the year. Not only are... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: bighorn river fly patterns

Well after almost 30 years of fly fishing I have assembled quite a sundry of storage boxes for my flies, nymphs and streamers. Not that any of these boxes are special. Just a real eclectic set of Plano, Orvis, Perrine and Tupperware containers. I have Adams stuck with Sulphurs, midges with my little BWO’s and Caddis flies with my nymphs. Imagine a house with about seventeen additions of all different shapes and sizes bolted on.How I got to this point is anybodies guess. Probably it has...

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We’re in Spring mode on the Bighorn.  Lots of recent precip is greening everything up and adding to our river volume as well.  Current flows are right around 9,000 and we don’t see any possibility for a drop in the near future.  The big runoff is still a ways out, so no telling what will happen... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports, uncategorized

So, in a rather interesting turn of events, I’ve had a request for built rods from my dormant SC20 project. As a result, I’ve decided to open up the last 10 rods for sale (out of 20 total). There are currently six rod numbers available as of this writing: 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, and … Continue reading The SC20 Lives (Again)

Source Feed: Fish, Flies & Water
Categories: casting, gear, special

So I’m digging into this (hint: final press proofs). Once I hit “approved,” it’s a short-ish trip through the press.

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Categories: books, casting, media

While most Pennsylvania fly fishermen target river smallmouths during the summer, bass can be successfully targeted all year and the "pre-spawn" is among the best times, especially if you're after large fish. When water temps hit the mid 40s - this would usually coincide with mid March here in the southcentral part of the state - river smallies become noticeably more active and move up out of their winter hibernacula. These winter locations are usually the deepest part of a river, often the...

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One of my favorite spreads in Single-Handed Fly Casting. I enjoy doing layout more than anything in the book-making process, and when pages come together so well, it’s a real bonus. There are only a few (very few) spreads that don’t have images. I’m pleased that the layout flowed that way, and that I had … Continue reading SHFC – A Favorite Spread

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Categories: books, casting, media

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3/16/2017
We are now at 8,000 cfs and look to be there for the near future (some sources say until July).  A handful of people are wondering what’s going on and the reasoning for this.  In a nutshell, if the B.O.R. doesn’t keep the steady flow now, we could see real potential flooding as we near... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

One of the great things about Paflyfish is the tremendous knowledge and sharing that is done especially in the forums. Tom "afishinado" Ciannilli, like many, regularly contributes to answering questions in the Beginners Forums. As the early trout season is about to get started he offered some great advice on A Dozen Top Flies. A very subjective topic, but for anglers just getting started, Tom's picks are are spot on. Tom's selection is broken into six sinking flies for subsurface fishing...

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Up it goes!  Flows are projected to bump to 6,000 cfs today to offset projected runoff.  Is this a lot of water in the Bighorn? Not really.  We like the extra water and the fish seem to like it as well.  The wading will be a bit more limited but plenty of opportunity still left out... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

It’s been a struggle to find a lightweight comfortable wading boot with enough durability to make it through the season here at Cedar Lodge. Our favorite boots have been the 2015/16 Patagonia Ultra light and the Simms Intruder boot. Both … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly fishing gear review

Many times the rising fish you see in the winter are taking midges. I’ve done well in the winter fishing midges on warmer afternoons. It’s great covering rising fish fish in the winter since I become tired of dredging the bottom, doing the chuck-and-chance-it to unseen fish. I could never stand watching fish rise in front of me without giving them a try.Tying MidgesMidges are not hard to tie. I use a small sized emerger hook which is a wide gape 2x short curved hook. For dries, just add a...

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The 29th annual Northwest Fly Tyer & Fly Fishing Expo will be held March 10th and 11th at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon. There are many activities for anyone interested in fly fishing or fly tying. There … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: classes and instruction, fly tying, oregon fly fishing clubs and events

Yesterday, via the Register-Guard: Oregon’s new state treasurer and new secretary of state teamed up Tuesday to vote for the potential sale of the Elliott State Forest, rejecting Gov. Kate Brown’s recently revealed plan to keep public the 82,500-acre forest … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news

Join the rascally Bluebacks for the annual film festival to raise funds for the chapter steelhead surveys in the Siletz River Basin, SOLV River cleanups, and the Linn-Benton Salmon Watch for children. These activities depend on your support. As in … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon fly fishing clubs and events

Dear Dale and Charles, I know it was a tough decision not to come to New Zealand this year. Life throws curveballs and we have to adjust. But… if it makes you feel any better this year has been a … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports, fly fishing travel

Finally a big change of weather for us on the Bighorn.  We don’t know how long this nice break from the brutal winter will continue, but we are making the most of it.  It’s a little busy some weekends, but it is getting to be that cabin fever time of year.  The fishing remains great and... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

An awesome op-ed in the NY Times by Trout Unlimited CEO, Chris Wood. Over the past 20 years, mining operations have buried or degraded nearly 2,000 miles of streams in Appalachia. It goes without saying that cutting the tops off … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news

By Doug Casey, Montana AnglerAs a fishing guide in Yellowstone National Park, I am often asked questions like, “Where can I fish close to West Yellowstone in August?” or “What rivers near Gardiner fish well in early June?”. I pick these examples because, frankly, you would be very disappointed with the answer to each one. While Yellowstone Park is justly famous for its trout fishing, it is a very seasonal affair. You can find good fishing in the park every day of the fishing season,...

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From the Denver Post: The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to kill a federal rule that gives Americans more of a voice in large-scale planning for projects using public land. The action launched by House Republicans, including sponsors … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: oregon conservation news

In this fly tying instructional video Tony Torrence demonstrates how to tie a Scandinavian Style Tube Fly using the Protube system by ProSportFisher. The Protube system allows the tier to control the every aspect of their creation with the addition … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly tying, fly tying materials and supplies

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 24) – Anglers will have additional opportunities to catch 14”-20” trophy trout this season after the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced today at its quarterly business meeting that it is adding six new waters to the popular Keystone Select Stocked Trout Program. “The Keystone Select Program has proven to be a big hit with our customers,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “It added an element of excitement to trout fishing and has...

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I’ve had a week to swing flies in several locations around the North Coast this past week. Wow, this has been a classic winter steelhead experience, as in, a textbook situation. It is no surprise that swinging flies for winter … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fishing reports

Some of my steelhead and salmon flies incorporate flash only in the wing—but there are many patterns I craft that incorporate additional flash by winding on what I refer to as “flash hackles.” Two products that I often reach for … Continue reading →

Source Feed: The Caddis Fly: Oregon Fly Fishing Blog
Categories: fly tying, fly tying materials and supplies, uncategorized

It’s finally been a real winter here in our neck of the woods.  Snowpack over 150% and lake levels full, make for a promising 2017 season.   We don’t want to scare anyone away, but just a heads up, there should be a fair amount of water in the river by May and especially June.  The... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Happy New Year from the Bighorn Angler crew!  Things are pretty quiet around here right now.  A few brave souls out there in the cold catching fish and shooting birds.  Both of which have been pretty good! The river has lost its green tinge from the fall and most all the floating grass is gone.... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

Frigid temps on the Bighorn are not keeping anglers away at all.  The fishing has been pretty solid, so might as well get out and fish, right?  Our browns are in full spawn mode, so be careful not to walk across the clean gravel spots and give these guys a break.  We know it’s easy... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

We weren’t quite sure what this last cold front would do to the fishing, but it has turned out for the best.  The Fall Baetis have really shown up and the fish have been gorging on them most days.  Overall, the fish seem to be eating everything better.  No matter sun or clouds, it’s all... View Article

Source Feed: Blog – Bighorn Angler
Categories: fishing reports

9/21/2016
My new Indiana blog can be found at:http://rifflesandslicks.blogspot.com/

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life

I have decided to shut down this blog.As you have gathered by now, my family and I have moved. We're back in the Midwest. It was time. After ten years of being 2,000 miles away from three daughters and four grandchildren, we are now practically neighbors. And my daughter Lidia and grandson Sebastian came with us, so now all the grandchildren are together. We're looking forward to being an ongoing part of their lives.I will miss the trout fishing that I have left behind, and I will miss the...

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: so long

You squeeze in one more trip to the lake--the last trip. You get that last fish--on a muddler. Seasons come and seasons go, and a long season with this lake--ten years--comes to an end. It has been good.So long, lake.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: muddler variations, rainbow trout, so long, trout lake

You think this will be your last trip to the lake for a long time. You're in the middle of packing everything in the house, loading a U-Haul truck, and getting ready for a move away from Washington back to the Midwest. It's too busy to fish anymore.So you document the last time you park the truck at the channel (the truck is sold; the new owners will pick it up in a day or two) and the last time you launch the float tube.But then something goes wrong. You can't document the last fish you catch...

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, stars and planets, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake

Change is hard--and hard work--but you get away to the lake once again. You range a little farther down the familiar shorelines, saying your goodbyes. A trusty muddler brings some fish.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, muddler variations, rainbow trout, summer on the water, trout lake

Busy times. Big changes afoot. But you can still make time for Trout Lake. The trout are still standoffish, but you fool one with a little caddis.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life
Categories: august, rainbow trout, summer on the water, trout lake

It's windy, then calm. The weather is cool, and the hatches are impressive. But the fish are strangely silent.Saturn, Mars, Antares (top to bottom)You watch the planets align and decide to keep your mouth closed about the fact that you couldn't coax a single fish to open theirs.

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Categories: antares, august, getting skunked, mars, saturn, stars and planets, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake

Read it HERE.

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Categories: eat sleep fish, europe, fly fishing ezines, united kingdom

Today is the Centennial of the creation of the National Park Service. The Adventure Blog shares some of the history and what the NPS is doing to celebrate 100 years of protecting our National Parks. Click the link for more.

Source Feed: Home Waters: A Fly Fishing Life

Back to the drop off for the evening.The wind is blowing from the south. You hope it will back off. It steadily increases to a roar.Your new muddler fits the bill. Lots of marabou.You rip it through the waves.Then the wind does back off.An otter checks you out.You work the muddler around the weed beds.Your efforts are rewarded.Then the wind picks up again, and begins to shift. The waves don't know which direction to roll.Then it settles into the north and steadily increases to a roar.The...

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Categories: august, marabou muddler, muddler variations, rainbow trout, summer on the water, sunset, trout lake, waves, wind

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