Big shop sale this Thur thru Sun., more float trip pics...

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Simms freestone vibram soled wading boot, on sale for $89.95 from $129.95. Get em while there hot

Redington fishing shirts and wet wading pants 30% off.

Stop by the shop Thursday July 29th thru Sunday August 1st for savings up to 50% off on hats, t-shirts, fly tying materials, fly lines, books, dvd's and more.

High sticking nymphs thru a productive run.

Hooked up to a rainbow that was sipping midges in slow foam...

A nice bow using the current...

Another rainbow that took a black stone off the bottom...

Bassin' was fast and furious in the am.

Respectable brown that took a fast moving streamer...

Sunset smallie...

The sun sets on a great day...

Topping the mountain....

Fished the Chagrin last night with a friend and didn't do so hot. Water was still a little murky from recent rains but overall the smallmouth fishing has been better than average with some very nice fish willing to take flies.

Tight lines, Dan and Pete.

Youghiogheny river float trip photo journal....

Posted by Dan | Posted in , , | Posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Not many options for putting in and taking out on this river that runs through very steep Appalachian terrain.

Lets get these boats rigged and on the water.

Choose a fly but choose carefully, trout and smallmouth have a definite preference on this river and fly selection is critical.

We chose well, at least well enough, streamers were the ticket for chunky river smallies.
Others opted to pound the banks with a dry dropper combo and work for the rivers large rainbows.

Not one of the big boys but a 15 inch rainbow isn't a bad start.

If you aren't sure about picking smallmouth patterns any from Bob Clouser are hard to beat, this smallie pounded a Clouser floating minnow fished on an intermediate line.

Bringing another smallie to the boat.

and another, smallie fishing was good.

Trout ninja and rainbow that slurped a size 6 stonefly.

Color palate of a tailwater bow.

Pulling streamers thru a nice deep hole that yielded both rainbows and smallies.

This river doesn't give up its finned prizes very easily and each fish is earned. Sure there are days when the fish are stupid and if you fish it on one of these days be thankful. But in the end each trip down the Yough supplies some great memories.

Thanks to my brother Ernie at Laurel Highlands Guide service for another great float on the Yough. Dan and Pete

Hot weather and some pretty hot fishing as well....

Posted by Dan | Posted in | Posted on Friday, July 09, 2010


Locally the carpin' has been solid, this pic was sent via e-mail that told of many opportunities at tailers in the shallows with quite a few hookups.

Another pic we received via e-mail that shows a dandy of a smallmouth caught recently on the Chagrin.

Another chunky rainbow courtesy of of my little bro in PA.

Looks like Justin is at it again as well....

sight casting to shallow water stripes is fun and frustrating at the same time, sometimes they just won't eat, but sometimes they do.

Another float trip river smallie from this past week on a clouser crippled minnow.

It looks like we have a trend here, plenty of anglers out on the waters with the long rods finding plenty of angling opportunities both locally and around the country. Locally the smallmouth and carp have been keeping anglers busy on the rivers. The better smallmouth fishing has been in the morning and evenings while the sight fishing for carp is best mid-day when the sun is overhead and there is not much glare on the water making spotting fish easier. If you have not tried fishing the rivers in the summer for either of these species give it a try. You will find that there is plenty of opportunity there in the summer months and you will also make yourself a better steelheader by default because you will learn the rivers structure and holding water in the low clear flows of summer much better than you can during the off colored waters of Fall and Spring. If you need some advice on flies or where to fish stop in the shop and we will get you started. Until next time be safe and don't forget the sunscreen, Dan and Pete.

Fish Porn, New Ohio State Record Steelhead, Happy and safe Independence Day....

Posted by Dan | Posted in , , , | Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010


Pa river smallmouth.

New State Record Steelhead caught last week by angler Jason Brooks on the big lake. Measurments on this beast were 38 long 22 girth and weighing in around 21#'s 3 oz. Congratulations on a hell of a catch Jason.
Atlantic Salmon fishing proved productive from some guys from the shop on the St. Mary's this week.

Close up of a wild PA Brown just before release.

From the looks of the variety of pics we have been receiving here at the shop plenty of fly anglers are out there having a great summer, keep up the good work. Locally the bass fishing has been pretty good both in the ponds and on the rivers. Carp fishing was coming into it's own as well until the cool night arrived but is still solid mid-day once the waters warm back up.

On another note hope everyone has a great independence day, the holiday with best name i think as it implies we can do whatever we want really which is usually how i treat it, at least to a certain extent.

Until next time Dan and Pete