Sunday, December 1, 2013
Fly tying season is upon us, or at least it's coming very soon. The time of year when the outside temps dip well below the comfort level and may not get above freezing all day. Sure, we still fish in the winter. Actually, our crew fishes a lot in the winter, but sometimes it is just too awful out there for even the most dedicated anglers. That's when it is time to hit the vise. Plus, those fly boxes have been picked pretty hard over the last year, and it's time to fill them.
I have done all my tying on a Regal Vise over the last six years. They are, as they claim, "the bulldog of vises." Simple, functional, and reliable. That's how I would describe these vises. The stainless steel jaws on my Regal are still like new, despite holding thousands of hooks over the last few years. Size 2/0 bass hook or #24 midge hook, it doesn't matter on a Regal. They grip them all! If you're in the market for a new vise, or just looking for your first vise to get started in fly tying, look no further. Put one on your Christmas list.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
|Jim Spade photo|
Water! We need some desperately here in central PA. Streams and rivers have been running super low and clear all fall this year. Really, if we look back over 2013, it's been an exceptionally low water year for the most part. We need a wet winter and things get back in shape. Speaking of winter, we are getting our first real taste of it this weekend. Cold and blustery around here this weekend.
The fishing is still chugging along. Trout are in full spawn mode right now on most area rivers and streams. This will last the next few weeks and fishing can be rather inconsistent during this period of the year. Please, watch where you wade and do your best to stay off the redds. Streamer fishing is still having its moments, and nymphing is always good. Not much in the way of dry fly fishing this time of year. Late winter will bring the next good dry fly fishing as midges and the first of the BWO's begin to emerge. Look for the trout to put on a short binge feeding session as they begin to move away from the redds in a few weeks. There is usually a brief window of good streamer fishing after the spawn and before the heart of winter.
Bass fishing is still out there for those willing to go low and slow. Like, really low and slow! Walleye fishing is happening on the Susky and if you are into Musky, I wouldn't wait around. Now is the time!
Spade, Lance, and I made a quick trip to New York to fish some of the smaller tribs for lake run brown trout. We had good fishing, and if your into the brown and steelhead scene now is the time to make that trip.
Also, we are taking bookings for the 2014 season! If you are interested in getting a guided day with UnderCurrent Outfitters give us a call at 717-994-5327 and we will get your trip booked. Hatch season is going to fill up fast this year, so if you have a date in mind, don't wait. There are some really cool things coming to UnderCurrent Outfitters for 2014, and we are excited to unveil some great news and some unique trip options! Stay tuned and Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for!
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
|LB closing the season right|
Today was a cool and windy day on the Juniata River. We floated roughly 8 river miles, with a stiff west wind pushing downriver the whole way. Fishing was okay. Definitely not as good as last week, and that's alright. Our smallmouth season is coming to an end here in central PA. No, the bass are not done eating, and yes, there are still good days to be had on the local rivers. It's just that our type of fishing is just about over. We like aggressive fish. Chases, topwater eats, and super aggressive smallmouth are what we love. It's been one hell of a summer and fall! We have caught loads of smallmouth and had tons of fun out on the river. I am not a numbers guy. I don't often keep track of how many in a season, or even how many in a day. This year, however, I did keep track of one thing, and that was the number of smallies 20" and bigger that were caught by me, a friend, family member, or client whom I was fishing with on the Juniata River. 26 was our number of fish 20" or bigger this year on the Juniata River. I don't really know how that compares to other fisheries. I don't know if I really even care, but I do know one thing for sure. The Juniata River holds a lot of trophy-sized smallmouth bass!
I mentioned that this season has been great. I also mentioned that we got a bunch of big smallmouth. I mentioned that we caught a lot of fish in all age classes and sizes. But, the best part is the lessons we learned. Having a good time and growing our knowledge of the sport is what it's all about. So as we reflect on another season of smallmouth fishing, here are 10 things we learned on the river this year!
1. Any fly without built-in movement (marabou, rubberlegs, rabbit strip, articulation, etc.) is no good.
2. Bank tight fish are often feeders looking for a meal.
3. Pressured bass are just as spooky as pressured trout.
4. Strip sets are necessary for success.
5. Juniata River smallmouth bass dig Bob Marley.
6. You often gotta break out the spinning tackle in order to have a good day.
7. The actions and habits of big smallmouth have an uncanny resemblance to that of big brown trout!
8. Any time is a good time for a celebratory cigar.
9. 1 topwater eat beats 10 under the surface takes
10. The Juniata River is an amazing fishery set in a wonderfully scenic valley, and it is a blast to float and fish!
Come see for yourself. Spreading that bronzeback love!
|Amazing fishery in a beautiful valley|
|Our clients love smallies as much we do!|
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|Jim Spade Photo|
Fall is here, and the colors are at there finest. Things have been steadily getting more and more interesting from a fishing perspective. Last Friday, 10/11/2013 our long dry spell finally broke. Streams and rivers have become much more fisherman friendly now that we have some water. The trout fishing on streams like Penns, Little J, and Spring Creek are getting better by the day. Trout have really become interested in attacking streamers as they move closer to the prime spawning season. Browns are starting to dig on most area waters and the brookie's have been at it for a a few weeks. With that being said, please watch where you wade and avoid gravelly areas. Bass fishing is still a great bet, and the Juniata River smallies are putting on the feed bag for winter. Last week, Dwayno and I had an incredible evening on the Susky. Big bass were on the prowl! Weather wise, it continues to be mild and warm for the most part. We are kind of waiting and hoping for that first good shot of cold to really get things fired up. Leaves are at or near their peak for Fall color. Within the next few weeks they will become a major factor in stream conditions. When the leaves really start dropping the fishing usually goes to crap for a few days. Once they get flushed down the river or settle to the stream bottom, the fishing will continue.
Now is the time to pull, strip, jerk, and swing those streamers. Galloup's patterns like the Boogie Man, Sex Dungeon, and Peanut Envy are a good choice right now. Black and Olive always seem to be the best colors, but don't hesitate to throw something small and flashy if your not getting pulls. Tandem rigging smaller buggers can be good. The bugger with a trailing beadhead or egg is also a good choice. Nymphing is always the way to go for numbers. Pattern choices are to numerous to name, but I wouldn't be caught dead on the river without some eggs right now. Glo bugs, spawn, scrambled, meth, or whatever else you like.
Last but not least, let's have a quick discussion on ethics. We all know that brown trout spawn in the Fall. We also know that when they spawn they push into shallow riffs and make themselves easy targets. They eat anything that comes by the redd for the most part. I know the temptation to catch a big brown off the nest is more than we can take sometimes. I would also be a straight up liar if I was to say that I have never caught a big fish off of a redd in earlier years. But, try, try, try, to do your best and leave these fish to their business. Watch them, photo them, enjoy their spawning antics, but please do your best to leave them alone. It's not real sporting and it may hinder the next generation of fishies. Whew!!! Glad to get that off my chest. Have fun fishing this fall!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Spade has been at it again, and he filmed/edited a fine flick this time! He does much more than just sit in the front of our drifter and look for fish. No, this man also makes great videos detailing the life and times of the UnderCurrent crew.
The Intro- Jim Spade
The changing of the seasons, for some, is no more than a date on the calendar. A symbolic date that signifies a change is coming. For fly fishers, or rather anybody that spends a significant amount of time outdoors, that change is more apparent. Noticed not because we know its coming, but because we can feel or sense something is different, or about to change.
Our local region here in Central Pennsylvania doesn’t have the coldest or most brutal winters by far. But sometimes it can seem to linger on longer then we feel it should. Overstaying its welcome. That’s when a date on the calendar telling us its spring, feels more like a downright lie.
After what can seem like an eternity of going outside and seeing black and white, that first morning you realize you don’t need your extra fleece, and can close your eyes and take a deep breath without it burning your lungs with chill. It’s like the world is turning to color, and the seasons to come relate more to the quarry you’ll fish for, rather than the equinoxes and solstices.
You’ve just been reborn into a changing world. No more monotone, but rather a brilliant Technicolor of greens and blues, and hopefully browns, rainbows, and bass!
Link to video- Enjoy!