Just in case there weren’t enough already, I’ve decided to start my very own fly fishing blog! I have to admit up front, though, that I’ve only been fly fishing for a few years now, so what I write about may be more useful for those that are just starting out, rather than those that have been sticking it for a while. However, I also plan to cover events, learning opportunities, and resources related to my home waters in the Northeast (mainly, the rivers of the Croton watershed, the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and New England), so maybe those of you that are more experienced will find something useful here as well.
I hope you enjoy it!
PS I will be back-filling posts that I should have made in the past, trying to use the correct dates as best as I can.
On January 25, 2013, I attended the Somerset Fly Fishing Show at the Garden State Convention Center. There seemed to be over a hundred vendors on hand, half of which seemed to be outfitters or lodges. However, there was also a great selection of merchants selling everything from fly tying supplies to drift boats. I was able to pick up a few things, including a new pair of Dan Bailey waders, replacement soles for my Korker wading boots, and the below two books, one of which is a fly fishing mystery novel:
After the show, I took in a few short and feature films from the Fly Fishing Film Tour, which was set up in an adjoining hotel ball room. The clear crowd favorite was SIFF12: Northeast:
SIFF12: NORTHEAST from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.
At this month’s TU meeting, Eric Stroup of Spruce Creek Fly Co. presented a slide show on the Ruby River in southwest Montana, a river he has guided for many years. After seeing the slide show, I am really tempted to fly out there and try it out. The scenery and the fish look so beautiful. In his slides, Eric also pointed out some of the iconic geographic features that Lewis and Clark referenced in their journals when passing through the area. For example, after passing much of the Ruby (Lewis and Clark called it “Philanthropy River”) and the Jefferson River (the “Beaverhead River”), the expedition party was hopeful to locate the Shoshonis for horses, which were very much in need by the expedition. Sacagawea, once spotting Beaverhead Rock, recognized their location from her childhood and was certain that the Shoshonis would be nearby. Pretty cool stuff.
The Ruby is located about an hour from Bozeman, MT. Access to the river is limited, but is easiest from the National Forest, where you can also camp. Private areas of the river can be accessed by paying fees to the landowners or going through an outfitter with a pre-arrangement with the landowner. Eric recommends staying at the Upper Canyon Guest Ranch & Lodge.
Photo courtesy of Big Sky Fishing.Com