Monday, April 12, 2021

OPENING DAY 2021

 

OPENING DAY 2021

Home Waters


The Pennsylvania trout opener finally arrived and it brought mild weather along with it.  We were graced with clear water throughout the weekend, and aside from early Saturday morning it was nice fishing while being able to feel my fingers.


The Cup says it all


Bacon and eggs keeps you warm in waders


A clear, sunny 41 degrees was the morning greeting.  Started out with a classic Steak-and-Eggs rig, a Coyote Ugly and Apricot McFly Foam egg. The first cast brought a hookup on the egg.



She took the egg, and was the only fish to take an egg the rest of the weekend.


The Coyote Ugly


Apricot Egg


As the day warmed up, so did the fishing.  With a number of fat bow's coming to the net.





The fly for most of the weekend was the Squirrels Nest Drake, until I lost the last of the four I had. 


Squirrels Nest Drake



The largest fish of opening day was a 26" hen.  A great battle that was the last fish of the day as well.  Sadly, try as I may I could not revive her.  So she was both an addition to my dinner and several meals in the freezer.  



 

Add a little splash of color with a bright male for the full Easter weekend affect.


A few fish came to a #14 C2C Nymph


While others came to a BWO Nymph



All-in-all a great opening weekend.

See you on the water!
 

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Isolated Behind Glass

 

Isolated Behind Glass

"The year of the CGR"


This past season has been an interesting one for sure.  With isolation beginning early last year just about this time, I was able to get up to trout waters only once before NJ shut everything down.  And then once more in November to wrap things up.  Three or four trout for the season was all I had a chance to bring to hand.  

That being said, it became the year of the CGR.  Particularly the 7/8wt rod which has been with me for its 7th season now, and firmly holds the number one slot in my warm-water quiver.

The original setup with a Martin and a well-worn Orvis Warmwater line.              (The Martin is still pulling duty on the CGR 5/6)


After 6 seasons the CGR was upgraded  to pair with an Orvis Clearwater reel and a new Hydros WF7F Bass line.   Try as I may each year I research bass rigs to replace it, yet in the end its what I find in my hand.  It has become a good friend from the float tube as well as while stalking local ponds, becoming an extension of my hand. 





First fish of last year with the CGR.  The spring brought quite a few Hammer-Handles to the tube. Little did I know at the time I would fish the same rod throughout the rest of the year.




The spawn was good to us this year.  Thankfully so, since it was all we had offered close to home.  But the Bulls cooperated with us and willingly chewed up quite a few bugs.



Summer Bugs were what kept me busy at the bench




Bass kept looking up late into the summer as well.  As if they knew we all needed them.

But the year as a whole belonged the the CGR 7/8.  I can't find fault in the rod after all these years.  Aside from not being a wind-busting rig, or not up to throwing huge  bunny flies or near saltwater sized streamers for bucket-mouths it truly does lack in very little. Not a loose wrap or cracked piece of cork to be found after 7yrs of hard service.

I did nearly buy a shiny new replacement last week for $69.  But I  felt disloyal to a good friend and couldn't do it.  I would surely miss the floatant-stained cork of a good friend.


The Cabelas CGR 7/8


  

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

 

My best to all over the holidays


All,  

The site has been slow due to life's events.  It will in no way go away, and hope to be back on the water soon with all of you.


My best,

Ralph

Monday, June 29, 2020

Summer Bulls

Summer Bulls


We all come to a point throughout our piscatorial pursuits where we begin to define favorites.  Be it, favorite waters or fly rods, the list can become large.  That being said, I have become drawn to 2 specific fish. Both are from different ends of the fly fishing spectrum, but are equals in my book.  The first is a "buttered-up" brown trout.  Any size will do.  The 2nd is a spawning mature male bluegill. The latter of which are fascinating to me.  





Found in quiet places like the one pictured above, you will often visit them and never even see but a few fly fishermen sharing the water.  Likewise, you will seldom see them caught by anybody but fly fishermen.




There are few fish that attain the coloring of a male bluegill in spawning attire.  From bright blue to teal, bright reds and purples and endless variations of copper and olives.  They are individual pieces of art.



Once they reach an inch across the shoulders and near 10" in length, they become a different fish. 




Even the way they rise to a fly is individual in nature.  Some will rise with the tell-tale panfish "Glick", which leaves nothing but a small bubble on the surface of the water. 

Others will roll on your fly resembling a 3lb largemouth bass, while some will slam your fly like a 15lb bluefish hitting a surface popper in the surf.  




All however,  have one thing in common.....once you lift your rod, they all fight like they are 2 pounds heavier, leaving you to second-guess what is on the end of your line until they begin their tell-tale 90 degree arching runs. 




Each season I marvel at them.  Each season I can't wait for the 3 week period to arrive.  The big bulls are not always easy to locate even during the spawn, and even harder to find after. They are to me, one of the prettiest fish found anywhere and fight beyond their size.  I am often left wondering why they are practically shunned by fly fishermen. Sadly associated with the edge dwelling dinks which are the target of beginning fishermen.  Many fly fishermen dismiss them and never even see what a mature bluegill looks like when brought to hand.




Give it a try....but be carefull.  

When a Summer Bull like this completely engulfs a #2 Gurgling Wog?  You may find yourself eyeing up those hazy, humid summer evenings a tad bit differently in the future.  

Your grass may never get cut.  

Friday, June 26, 2020

1st Day Of Summer 2020

1st day of Summer in the tube


Saturday morning in the Cumberland. wind was gone, water was glass and not a soul to be seen.





Bass were plentiful, but not huge.  Get your bug even close however, and the takes were aggressive.




The Gills were looking "up", with very few small fish hooked at all.  Flies of the day were the X-Gurgler with barred-yellow legs and standard light version of the Foam-Butt Caddis.






The bulls are nicely colored-up, with the larger fish all coming on the FBC.

A nice way to ring in the summer, as the heat climbs on the local trout waters.