I had the opportunity to attend the White Clay Fly Fishers November meeting last Tuesday night. My purpose was to announce the "Irish Flies" winter fly tying classes at the Christiana Cabelas store. While at the meeting I got a chance to re connect with many people I have not seen since my parting with the local fly shop back in June. Current club President, Dick Prettyman, and the board allowed me to make an announcement during the "club business" part of the meeting. Other discussions centered around possible regulation changes on the Tully and how that may affect the White Clay. Until you attend one of these meetings it is hard to appreciate all of the work that these clubs do. I can say that I will be re joining the club as a member in 2015 and encourage everyone that fishes the White Clay to do the same. After the business part of the meeting Ken Prager, from Vintage Rod, gave an insightful presentation about Tenkara fishing and the in's and out's about the gear used to perform this simple, but elegant style of fishing. Who would have thought that in a sport dominated by gadgets Trout fishing could be so simple. To Dick and all of the board members I would like to extend a big Thank You. If, in the future, Irish Flies can be of service to you please don't hesitate to ask. For more information about this great club click their logo below to reach the club's website. For more information about the Irish Flies winter fly tying classes at the Christiana Cabelas store click here. To visit "Vintage Rod" click here.
With the weather patterns predictably unstable for the last two weeks the fishing has been tough to say the least. Work, Irish Flies, and the up coming Delaware Shotgun Deer season have kept me pretty busy and my river time limited. I have to admit, there is something else that has my attention. My buddy "One Boot" Ed and I are leaving for Steelhead Alley in 2 weeks to fish with Greg Senyo and his crew for a few days on the lake Erie tribs. If you are curious why we picked Steelhead Alley just check out their Facebook Page here and spend a minute looking at some of the photos from last week. It wont take long to see why my mind has been wandering lately. As with any trip the preparation is half the fun. This trip actually started when Ed, Rick and myself went to see a seminar Greg put on at TCO Reading. After seeing the seminar and listening to Greg talk we decided, on the way home, to book for this fall. A few emails followed by a few phone calls and we were all booked up for the Monday and Tuesday leading up to Thanksgiving. Preparation started immediately and to this point has been mostly mental. Where are my MOW tips, how are the laces in my boots, do I have leaders tied up, do I have enough flies etc, etc, etc. Well, today Ed and I headed to the river to tune up our Spey casting. I realized the other day that I haven't really used any of my 2 handers since Shad season back in April. Typically I will put in quite a bit of time chasing Smallmouth in the Summer with a 2 hander. The purchase of my Outcast pontoon meant all of my Smallie fishing was done "float" style this summer so a 2 hander tune up was definitely in the mix.
We met at around noon, geared up and headed to the river. It didn't take long and I was getting back into the "swing" of things. Ed wanted a little help so we worked a little on his Double and "C" Spey cast. A few pointers and Ed was throwing loops like a champ.
After a quick lesson and a quick, impromptu swim by me we fished for a bit and headed home. When I got home I started the physical preparation of getting my gear ready. One more week at the vise and another week of thought and planning and I will be ready.
I will continue to post as the trip draws closer. Hopefully I will have some great stories to post with some awesome pictures when I get back. To see more about Steelhead Alley Outfitters check out their website here. I think you will be glad you did.
If you would like more information about Irish Flies Spey Casting lessons click here.
If you remember my recent blog post "The Friends That I Have" I talked about a day of Brookie fishing with my buddy Rick. Rick dropped a CD off the other day with some videos he shot while we were fishing. I thought I would share the best ones with you. This is something I really want to expand on in the future. Enjoy.
Not my fly
A little slow on the trigger
One coming to hand
The best for last