Sunday, January 19, 2014


Despite the Siberia-like conditions, January to early March is our favorite time for large double red band big croc male steelhead. The are mainly S/R by day but progressively by evening the aggression and pent up anger will come out closer to dusk. 

The biological drift of midges/stone flies/migrating mayfly nymphs, coupled with scuds and sucker water dace/sculpins etc., will stir the anxious tendency in these alpha dominant fish.
These pre-spawn fish jockey for hierarchical dominance in pools below spawning gravel and will go through all three stages of selectivity on a daily bases. Large wiggle/barred rabbit strip hexs, stone flies, eggs, copper bunny buggers etc...are the ticket.
It was great seeing the members of two great Trout Unlimited chapters last week- Penns Woods TU in Pittsbugh on Monday night and Cumberland Valley TU in Boiling Springs PA., at the PA Fly Fishing Museum at the Allenberry Playhouse and Resort on the banks of the Yellow Breeches where Laurie and I got married- also did a fly tying demo at Rowland's Yellow Breeches Outfitters. Got to fish the Big Spring with my editor Jay Nichols and took this gorgeous wild rainbow on a tiny size #22 little red midge.

BOOK SIGNINGS AND SEMINAR SCHEDULE: Housatonic Angler Outfitters- Cornwall Bridge, CT,- Jan 22, Somerset Fly Fishing Show- Jan 24th,25th, Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters, Feb 1st,...... Feb 5th- Schultz Outfitters- Ann Arbor, Feb 6th- Orvis Cleveland, Feb 8th- Nomad Anglers- Lansing MI,....Feb 13th - Little Forks Outfitters- Midland, MI.....Feb 15th- Northern Angler- Traverse City, MI