Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rise Form Studios Bug Week 2010 Kype Companion Video

As I wrote, previously, the weather here has been peaking in the 60s and is reawakening the visions of trout taking the fly presented to them.  Mike McAuliffe has presented us with another vision to look forward to............that my BUG WEEK in the Catskills. 

This footage is the companion video to the latest KYPE Magazine issue, out now.  Great job, as always, friend.

Click it and drool. 

The month of May will be here before you know it. 

The build up continues.

Been a while, since I've posted anything.  It's been a wee bit hectic trying to come up with things that we'll be pushing on this site, as well as our Double Haul Facebook page and seeing how this will mesh up.  Better do it now before things totally thaw out, but at this rate Ma Nature is rubbing up on Ol' Man Winter and getting him a little warmed up.  As I write this out the temps should be near 60 today and the Little Black Stoneflies should be having a field day.

There's quite a bit going on as this page slowly grows.  Most of us at DHFF will be at the close of The Fly Fishing Show that will be held in Philadelphia for the 1st time, this year on March 5th & 6th.  It might be a really good show there, if Somerset, NJ was any gauge.  We'll see.  That puts us a month off from the fair weather fly fishermen invasion with all the opening days lined up in a row.  This is what we are trying to mesh with and it's going ok.  We have business cards at the ready, now (flies not included). 

Thanks to Cameron Mortenson @ The Fiberglass Manifesto for the 411 on getting the cards.  There has been quite a bit of support from many of you out there for this lil' nook we occupy amongst the big hitters.  From ideas to suggestions and advice, it's made this all the better.  The potential for more fun, as well, as documenting it all will be quite a joy.

There's been a lot of behind the scenes action here, plus, wedging in fly tying, and taking field trips out to our beloved Loyalsock Creek out in Sullivan County, PA to just get away from it all.  Though I'm a garden fresh New Jersey kid, my 'home water' is in PA.  I started my journey into trout fishing with an Ugly Stik there and knew what a Slate Drake was before I started using Isonychia patterns casting a fly rod. 

While things here are starting to thaw out, the 'Sock', as many call it, is still on ice. Things run a little behind up that way, which is fine by me.  Come late April, it is ON!!  I try to fish it as much as possible and usually make it a group trip with a bunch of friends, who have never been up in that region of PA.  "New water" is always good and it gives one, yet, another option.  It gets the mind going and maybe will spawn a sense of adventure, if you will.  As much as a "loner" or "solitary" sport/activity/dose of sanity fly fishing is, I've been one to look forward to these "group of friends" trips.  The more and more of my friends who come out to fish where I started, the more joy I get out of it. What's not to like??

Stay tuned for more.........


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thanks to McAwful & Rise Form Studios

The Double Haul Flyfishing Crew would like to extend very humble thanks out to Michael McAuliffe of Rise Form Studios for putting our blog link on his website.  We look forward to a few segments with him.  Until then, please check out his website for the latest in fishporn, tips, & super cool ties from some heavy hitters in fly tying. Watch a few of his vids and you, too, can "Go Get Some" on your own. 

Thanks again.

Here's the latest with Eric Stroup.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ramping up for spring.

It’s been near a week and a half since the Fly Fishing Show circus pulled out of New Jersey.  I managed to control myself and not drop cash left & right for things I “want”, but not necessarily need.  At least on paper, or this blog, it’s a brave face to put on.  I spent $16 on tying items and probably spent 3x more on barley pops.  So, I kept it in control and, mainly, just wound up talking to bunch of my online fishing friends and tyers.
In recent years, I’ve called the Fly Fishing Show, The Last Big Social, before the game of Fly Fishing starts, unless you’re a die hard, like most of us, and will seek out those spring creeks in the dead of winter for rising trout or just a river that doesn’t ice over to dredge bottom.  January was a bit rough in New Jersey and the Northeast, for that matter.  Snowstorms and subfreezing temps have thwarted many die hard anglers and as a result pushed us to the tying bench. 

The show attendance on Saturday was quite nuts.  It was definitely a combination of cabin fever and Lefty Kreh (plus other heavy hitters) that got everyone fired up.  For me, it was the “social” of it all that got me amped up for the early spring sessions on the stream.  Being able to share stories, trade numbers, and come up with smaller fishing jaunts during the season, is fuel for the fire. 
Should be a great early season once the melt happens…….but not all at once.  Please??