Ebb And Flow

Ebb And Flow

Whenever I close my eyes, I transport myself back to the scene of the crime.

 White sand. Gin-clear water. Big, angry animals patrolling the surf zone.

You know, that place where everything started unravelling with a fly rod in hand. The place where you knew you’d be ruined from here on out and no drug would ever equal the high.

Covered in slime and sand, heart pumping, knees shaking, hands broken from a combo of too much fly line and salt….a shit-eating grin from ear to ear and a powerful creature swimming back to where it belongs.

Yeah, that one.

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Flirting With Autumn

Flirting With Autumn

For nearly 20 years, my father and I have traveled to North Central PA for a fishing trip.  This year, our plans were postponed.  It’s a special place to us, and missing out on that late May trip was weighing a bit on me.  The air is so crisp, the mountains are distinct, and in many places, the trout are native.  The region as a whole, remains a very wild place, despite the encroachment of industry.

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When The River Wakes Up

When The River Wakes Up

In a “normal” water year, things would be cranking along on the main stem of the Delaware, also known as “the big river”.  It’s definitely not as predictable, as its West Branch, a fantastic tailwater, but it’s usually dependable for some bugs and fish faces.  Not as much this year.

 The flows haven’t been below 3000 cubic feet per second since July 2018.  Wade opportunities have been difficult and limited.  In a typical year, we go through the usual progression of bugs starting in mid-April.   

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Striped Bass 101 (Part 3 of 4)

Striped Bass 101  (Part 3 of 4)

(Part 3 of a 4-part series) The stock is overfished, and overfishing is occurring…  Here’s how the Commission is moving forward A week later and we’re still decompressing from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Striped Bass Board Meeting, as well as the American Saltwater Guides Association’s (ASGA’s) testimony before the US House Natural… 

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Striped Bass 101 (Part 2 of 4)

Striped Bass 101  (Part 2 of 4)

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the history of striped bass management, what went wrong, how we ended up with an overfished stock, and the missed opportunities that could have prevented that from happening. In Part 2, we’ll look at the direction we believe managers should take moving forward, and what it… 

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Striped Bass 101 (Part 1 of 4)

Striped Bass 101  (Part 1 of 4)

If we are to successfully advocate for strong corrective action, an avoidance of further half-measures and/or other short-sighted decisions, and a repeat of past mistakes, it’s important to understand the background and management history that led up to where we are now. In other words, how we got here, more specifically why we got here, and how to avoid more mistakes moving forward.First though, let’s get some of the prevalent misconceptions out of the way. 

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Abaco

Abaco

It’s a rare treat in life to share great enthusiasm with your kid for many years, especially when you’ve inherited that interest, fishing in our case, from your own parent. So, re-creating a memorable fishing escapade from way back in your youth with your own spawn is an extraordinary kind of parenting and fishing fun.

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Retracing Steps

Retracing Steps

A couple years ago, my friend and I took a pretty cool extended fly fishing road trip.  I bought a 1974 Ford Highboy, a 4 wheel camper top of similar vintage, and we spent the better part of July, trout routing our way home to the East Coast at 60 mph.  That journey started in the Shasta Region of Northern California, where we picked up the rig.  After royally upending the timeline of our host for this first leg, we spent the evening sipping whiskey in failing light, as wild rainbows happily fed on the surface.  We missed fishing this river, and I’ve always wanted to get back.

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Fletcher's Cove Cleanup Confirmed

Fletcher's Cove Cleanup Confirmed

THE CLEANUP DATE IS CONFIRMED and will take place on 1/26/2019.

It’s recommended that you dress for very cold weather. Due to the shutdown and season, facilities on site are very limited. Bottled water, snacks and a warming station will be provided.

Work Plan for Fletchers Cove Clean Up Day on Saturday January 26th

If you have selected a team assignment and arrival time you are good to go. If you have not selected a team/arrival time or you are a new volunteer sign up here.

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Adjusting Expectations

Adjusting Expectations

Looking back on the year, one constant has been high water. The wading boots haven’t been wet in migratory water since late Sept. Every time it looks like the better waters are coming around, BOOM, the Good Mother has alternative plans. In one sense, its quite awesome to have plenty of water for the fish to do their thing. I remember plenty of years where the tribs were dry, and we were doing the collective rain dance. This constant of blown out rivers, is plain getting old. As an alternative, I’ve been doing a lot more upland hunting. Which has been a delicious and enjoyable distraction.

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District Angling featured on Arlington's Car Free Diet

District Angling featured on Arlington's Car Free Diet

When asked how Richard Farino, owner of District Angling, got into fly fishing, he answers, “a local tackle shop” in his native Bronx. What started as fishing in Central Park morphed into studying marine biology and the interest in fly-fishing stuck. Fast forward to December 2017, and Richard opened his own shop out of necessity — not his, but for the area. Farino recognized there were very few fly fishing shops in the area and with his 15+ years of experience in the field, he knew enough about the business to bring a presence back to Arlington.

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The passing of a legend

The passing of a legend

We write with great sadness about the passing of icon Bernard "Lefty" Kreh.

Lefty, as he's known by everyone on the planet (except for the US Department of the Navy, with whom he served during World War II as a forward observer at the Battle of the Bulge at age 17), was a passionate angler, teacher, and consummate gentleman.

He was a fixture at fishing shows, was a prominent feature on television, and has done more to further the sport of fly fishing than anyone else in recent history.

Learn more about the life of the "unpretentious man with a perpetual smile and quick joke." 

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