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This fly pattern is Kevin’s jig hook sulpher. To quote Kevin – “It was very good to me this spring.“
Some very good information about the survival rate of caught & released steelhead and salmon, for that matter. Watch the video for more tips.
Many thanks to Carl for the links.
It will interesting to hear what Kevin has to say about the subject. But, in the meantime, you can read this.
A newspaper clipping summarizing what our guest speaker had to say at our November 2013 meeting.
Charles H. writes to us about a good & yet a bad outing he recently had -
I ventured out to my usual lower river haunt on Saturday afternoon without any luck. So, I decided to go up river a bit to a very popular spot, because I knew I’d catch fish. I hooked and landed a few less-than-noteworthy browns after about 20 minutes. Then I hooked into something large. The pale yellow monster gave me a lovely leaping display but unfortunately spit the hook before I could land it. I caught a few more smaller fish over the next 15 minutes. Then I hooked what I thought was a snag. It was no snag. This bruiser (pictured) fought me hard for at least 3 minutes. When I finally landed him, I was shocked by #1 his size (all of 22″) and #2 how beat up he was, presumably from the spawn.
After landing that fish, a man and a woman drove up to the spot along the railroad tracks. They approached the river from the bank opposite me. The fellow bantered with me a bit asking me how the hatch was. There was nothing but midges coming off, but he kept yelling about BWOs. At first I thought he saw me, decided to chat, and then he was going to move on. Not so. I asked if they were planning on fishing there, and he replied that he was. I said that’s pretty f@#$%^& rude to fish the spot I’ve been working for the last 45 minutes. His response was “Yeah, well…” I did not move and continued to fish the lie I was fishing. He started telling me that he had personally stocked 200+ fish in that spot this year and it entitled him to fish there. I said it is such a shame to stock over wild fish, to which he responded “where do you think those wild fish came from.” I could tell any sort of reasoning was going to go no where quickly, so I packed it in. I had fished the spot pretty thoroughly and most likely put every other fish in the hole down in the process.
Before I left he asked me about smallies and rock bass. I said I had caught a few in the lower parts of the river. He then told me about a lawyer named Pisanchyn dumping buckets of smallies and rock bass into the river on his land in the Throop area. Isn’t unsanctioned stocking illegal?
This was one of my best and worst outings this fall.
I guess I’ll never understand fishing. Through the best times of the season, when hatches are prevalent, I rarely do as well as I’ve been doing recently. Maybe the trout are abandoning all caution while fattening up for winter.
Take Friday, Nov 15th, for example. I was fishing a particular stretch of water in Scranton that is commonly fished by others. There was a fairly strong up-river wind, which made high-sticking very difficult (too much bow in the line), so I resorted to fishing a pair of nymphs under a Thingamabobber indicator. With this method you’re able to keep the rod low & most of the line on the water while carefully watching the indicator. Almost immediately after switching to the indicator, I was into fish. I lost a couple with a long-line release, but eventually started landing trout. Most were small (<12″), but three were just over 12″. The total take for the day was 11 – very good for me for 3-hrs of fishing.
Monday, I was again on the river, but at a different Scranton location. The wind was worse than Friday, so I immediately used the suspension indicator. Again, on the first cast, I was hooked up with a small trout. A couple of other small ones & 16″ brown. Unfortunately, no picture of the 16″ as it escaped my grip after hook removal. Fortunately, there was one very nice trout that did not escape its picture being taken – a beautiful, spawn colored, male, 20″ brown trout. I wanted to take more pictures, but it too escaped my grip. But, at least I got one picture. Total take for day two was five in 3-hrs of fishing.
Of course, Kevin has been doing well. He writes -
I had a good day yesterday [Friday]. I got quite a few nice fish. Nothing huge, but everything was 15-17 inch range. I also lost quite a few nice fish.
Kevin would like to know -
What’s the best hand-warmer? I’ve tried solid fuel and chemical and they both suck. Despite the instructions with the solid fuel warmers claiming that you light the fuel sticks with a match, I can’t get them lit when I cover them with lighter fluid and hold one of those long grill lighters to them for five minutes. They just go out. It seems that the fuel sticks are actually flame retardant, and when you do get one lit long enough to put it in its case, the flame expires in 10 minutes when there is still 95% of the stick remaining. The chemical warmers just aren’t warm enough. They say, “don’t let warmer come in contact with bare skin”, but when my hands are freezing, I’ll grip the warmers (and the big ones – not the little ones) and I can still barely feel warmth and my hands never regain enough warmth to function. I have yet to try the lighter fluid warmers or the electric warmers and I’m interested in how they work out for people.
Perhaps the hunters out there would like to chime in with their thoughts. Use the comments section for your reply.
We’re going to start a new column on this blog – it’ll be called “Let’s Ask Kevin.” Why, you say? Is he an expert or something? Not at all, it’s because he spends, by his own admission, 300 or more days fishing the river – specifically nymph fishing. So, he should have plenty of answers or, at the very least, an opinion or two about the art of fly fishing. He’ll not answer entomology related questions nor questions about where to fish, at least not in this public forum. (I’m sure if you met him in person and asked, you’d get an answer.)
Send your question to our e-mail address (see Contact Us in the header) & I’ll send it to Kevin for his answer.
Has anyone seen the new resident along the river in Olyphant? I had actually seen it further down river, but because I never really got a good look at it, as it flew away, I thought it was a blue heron. However, in September I saw it again & this time it posed long enough for me to take a picture. It looks like a juvenile eagle. What do you think?