Shop customer Ryan Checked in after a successful trip to the Delaware beach. While a big Striper eluded him he reported steady action on Shad on the incoming tide. He reported that the water was a little turbid but that he pretty much had the place to himself. Check out the photos and video. As alway, if you need advice on where, when and what to fish swing by the shop. We have you covered.
Last weekend Chris and Lee fished at the Indian River Inlet. They arrived in the afternoon and fished into the night. The tide set up just right as the light changes started and they were able to stick some fish. Chris is a very experienced caster and tier but most of his fishing is from the beach. We worked on adapting his game to the currents and seams of the Inlet.
We are strong proponents of circle hooks in the shop. They help when blues are int he water since they tend to hook the fish in the corner of the mouth, they do not get stuck in the rocks as often and since the points are turned under they do not dull when back casts hit the rocks or the beach.
Our trips are not just for catching. they are learning opportunities. Chris wanted to expand his game and we helped fill some gaps. If you are new and just looking to get a head start or are an experienced angler that wants to branch out into an aspect of fly fishing that you have not mastered yet give us a call and we can construct a trip to match your needs.
Check out the latest issue of "Eastern Fly Fishing" magazine. There is a great article written by Beau Beasley. Beau is a good fisherman, great author, and a good friend of the shop. Terry guided Beau last October in Lewes for preparation for the article. The article is extremely well written, with as much emphasis placed on the history of the town as on the fishing. This is definitely a must read for anybody looking to fish the Lewes / Cape Henelopen area. Great maps, Fly patterns, and plenty of knowledge to be had.
The shop now carries Eastern Fly Fishing for resale. This is a great magazine due to the fact that the northeast edition focuses on our area. Stop in and pick up the latest issue. While you are here you may want to look at Beau's latest book "Fly Fishing the Mid Atlantic". This is a "must have" book for any fresh or salt water angler looking for more knowledge of our area. With 6 pages of fly patterns, spot on maps, and great recommendations for gear this will be a welcome edition to any fly fishers library.
From Stripers to Shad this is the best $29.95 you will spend. Stop in and pick up a copy, you will be glad you did.
Well as I type this it is raining Cats and Dogs. (and maybe Birds, Cows Horses and every other thing out there). We haven't seen rain like this all summer. A quick check of the USGS site shows the Brandywine running at almost 1200 cfs! High and I am sure it is off color by now. Way to swift to wade in my opinion. The river can drop pretty fast though, and I know of at least one guy that loves to fish the falling water after the storm. He says "I've actually caught my biggest bass in Huge water". Keep an eye on the discharge, I wont wade unless it is below 450 and even then it can be an adventure, and if you decide to give it a go please be careful. I would recommend fishing with a partner.
It looks like the rain will be with us through most of the week. This could be just what the doctor ordered. A good blast of rain to freshen up the river should keep it fishing strong through September. As we move through September and into October the big ole bronze backs will have one thing on their mind, putting as much weight on as they can before the winter. One fish I got last week had a Crayfish it had coughed up in its mouth that was half the size of the fish. I will probably switch from top water and start swinging big streamers. Lefty once said "if you want a big bass give em the groceries" and that will be my plan for the rest of the season.
One boot Ed is at it again and text me some pictures of some nice ones he caught earlier in the week. Nice job dude! so when are we going to fish together in your neck of the woods?
One of our long time customers, Joe Gallagher was in this weekend. Joe was telling me about getting into some good Bluefish action on a recent vacation. He brought in a "before and after" sample of some flies he was using. Can you guess which is the after?
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