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Light Blogging Alert

Sorry for the light blogging, but the fishing season has ended for me, winter is here. Add this to my company merging with another company and all that is associated with that losing one vehicle and working on the other I really haven't had time to even put some links up.  Be sure that when the winter has pasted and we are back to fishing and life has eased up on me I will be posting at least once a week.

Fly Casting Advice

Yesterday I was asked casting advice from a fisherman down at my local lake.  He was fishing with a spinning rod and said, "He had a fly rod but couldn't get the hang of it".  This was my advice "Take a casting class with an instructor".  I was a self taught fly caster, I watched the videos, studied the books, and used the Internet to teach myself how to cast.  I ended up with an acceptable cast that I felt I was working too hard for physically.  Every trip ended up with a sore shoulder and a tired arm.

I was able to attend a free fly casting clinic at a local fly shop.  It took an instructor all of about a minute to correct my casting mistakes, and for me to be able to cast more efficiently, accurately, and with no pain.  If I had to ability to do it all over again taking casting instruction would have been the first thing I would do when getting into fly fishing.  Now if you have a spouse that wants to join you fly fishing and wants you to teach them how to ca…

Fair weather fishing is over...

Fair weather fishing is over.  With the weather we have had here I think it might have been over in June.  This is the time of year where the pain and suffering really pays off.  As I once told my good friend when he asked about a two foot long Brown Trout I had caught on Christmas Eve, if you ain't hurting you ain't fishing.  Yesterday was one of those days.  We had received  a foot of snow on Saturday with the temps getting into the high 30's yesterday, and with all the snow shoveled I decided to go fishing.

Hopes were for a couple of shots at some monster Brown Trout that start seriously foraging on bait fish this time of year.  The weeds in the lake die back and the bait fish are left schooling with no cover so it's game on for the meat eaters.  My hopes were not dashed, but replaced with another, that I might say is my favorite trout, that really isn't a trout... The Brook Trout.  Truth is the Brook Trout is not actually a trout it is a Char.  Scientific name: 

Bears & Brown Trout

When we were children we were taught look both ways before crossing the road.  Soon it became second nature.  This all expanded when we learned how to drive as now we had two side mirrors and a rear view mirror.  Oh how I wish I had mirrors mounted on my head.

I recently went on a short fishing trip at one of my favorite spots this time of year, this is a lake that I only have to walk about four minutes to get to, yes I know I'm spoiled, I actually have a closer one too.  Now this sounds great to everyone right?  Here is the catch, watch out for the bears!!!

Fall is my favorite time for fishing for Brown Trout.  Here those beautiful fall days that you dream of, are usually just a dream if you want to catch fish.  Perfect weather for fishing is cloudy skies, wind, a little more wind and cold enough that your hands will sting once you get them wet.  Well conditions were perfect the other day.  I walked to the lake and immediatley I saw swirls and fish chasing prey down with their back…

Just the Tippet

I think everyone can relate to this.  I had a busy day Saturday with my list of around the home projects, cleaning up the deck, fixing a pressure washer all the sort of stuff that cuts into quality fishing time, but has to be done.  I had planned to go out to my local fly shop,  AA Outfitters in Blakeslee, Pennsylvania and pick up some RIO Powerflex tippet, but the day was flying by.  I finally got there it was 4:18pm, they are open to 4pm on Saturdays, well my fault for not getting here earlier.  I was just about to pull out of the parking spot and leave and the door to the shop opened and the employee came out stopped me, and let me in to get what I needed.  When was the last time a store reopened so you could buy something?  I quickly found the tippet and placed it on the counter the shop employee asked me "You get what you needed?" I replied "Just the tippet" paid the man and thanked him for going out of his way to help me.

Bad Weather and High Water = Home Improvements

This is the Stream Gauge reports for my fishing area.  Between the wet August, Hurricane Irene, and the remnants of Hurricane Lee, which devastated parts of Northeast Pennsylvania fishing here has been near to impossible.
I made the announcement rather foolishly I might add to the universe that if it was raining out I would catch up on all my projects around the house like painting, replacing electical outlets and switchs and a plumbing project.  This was a big mistake, it has rained everyday, but one, since I made that proclamation. 
As I sit here now typing this and looking out the window it's raining.  If this keeps up I am going to run out of things to do here in the winter when, bouncing flies off of the foot of ice on the lakes doesn't catch fish.

ALLEN Fly Co. Fly Line Review

On the 16th I put up a short blog post that Allen Fly fishingwas having a sale and I had ordered one of their fly lines. With the sale price and shipping I was able to get a 6wt WF line to my door for the grand total of $12.75.  The regular price for the fly lines is $22 so they are even a deal at that price.  Shipping being only $1.75 is unheard of these days and they actually paid more to ship it to me then they charge.

The packaging is utilitarian plain black box with the company name, no flashy pictures, descriptions or nothing of the type.  Face it either we will stack the box with other fly line boxes or end up throwing it out.  I would rather have the cost of a product actually be in the product not the packaging and I feel Allen Fly Fishing is following this idea.

The edge of the box is marked for the 
line weight and type and this is the first time I have ever seen a "D" before the line type.  This is the designation for the dual or two tone line.

Why two tone line?  I…

Losing Flies & Losing Fish (maybe even losing my mind)

I will freely admit, I absolutely hate losing flies.  Trees have been climbed, grass has been combed on my hands and knees, unscheduled swims have been employed for the sake of retrieving a fly.  Losing fish to me really isn't a big deal, I want to get a photo of them but if a long distance release happens I don't get too upset.  Now if I lose a fish and a fly due to the tippet breaking it bothers me to lose the fly, but with the barb crushed down I don't worry much about the survival of the fish as I have hooked and broke off a fish only to catch it a day later and the fly had fallen out and obviously the fish was doing fine (fish in question had a unique mark from a bite so I could tell it was the same one).  Then there is the situation in which I found myself yesterday.

So I decided to do a little panfishing on a local lake, so I loaded up the kayak grabbed a 4wt and a box of flies and off I was on the lake.  I tied on my now favorite fly for late season bluegill, the mi…

How do fish know what is in my fly box?

Yesterday I go down to my local lake for some casual fishing for panfish before I go off to work.  Being it was a bit windy, and there is a possibility of hooking  some large trout I grabbed the 6wt and my box of small panfish/trout flies.  So I walk the bank and notice there are no fish in the usual places.  A few casts here a few casts there and not even a Bluegill is moving.  Then I look down 7 feet in front of me and see why... Two Largemouth Bass are cruising back and forth at my feet and by rough estimates between 7 and 8 pounds.  Bass fever was in full effect, I fumbled through my box and found the biggest fly, tied it on and laid out a cast right in front of the Bass closest to me.  The fly sank perfect right in front of the bass it moved to the fly... tipped its' head down inspecting the fly (right now my heart is beating out of my chest, the space time continuum has slowed and the earth has shifted on its axis) and swims right past it towards me and up to just below the …

There's a first time for everything...

First Blog post on my first Blog.  So when thinking of making a Blog, first what to name it?  Fringe Element Fly Fishing?  Yeah I know, long and confusing.  So the Fringe Element thing has been stuck in my head for years. In a conversation with a manager at my previous employer he described me as being on the fringe of our organization.  This was followed by the sentence, "You think too much and actually get things done".  This stuck with me and it really described my fly fishing in the area that I live.  The question "You are fishing for WHAT? With that FLY?" was for the longest time the only things I heard from the other people fly fishing around me.  I guess I wasn't conforming to the acceptable norm around here.  

Ground rules are that you fish for trout, rising trout, with dry flies, in traditional patterns, and if after fishing unsuccessfully with all dry flies then move to a nymph. Streamers are frowned upon and anyone who uses one should feel dirty.  All…