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Frostbite on the Toes

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It’s been pretty damn cold all over the Country this past week and here in the Pan-Handle it’s been colder than normal.  Most cats would take this time to sit behind a fly tying bench and pop out fly after fly thinking what would it be like to be on the water.  Normally, I would be part of that group but my crazy ass decided to go steelhead fishing on one of the coldest days this year.  Being a government employee and not in the work force of the bug chucking industry gave me the opportunity to be off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I have a dream just like M.L.K, but it was not to go bug chucking in single digits.  Although since I did I decided to drag on a new comer to the Bug Chucking world, yeah he is as crazy as I am.  His name Is Joe but I will call him Jose Warren for this blog.

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It’s a Slippery Slope

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It always starts so innocently.  Lets go fishing.  Sure.  I’m getting tired of night crawlers and Roostertails, those guys with the fly rods seem to be having fun.  The first few rods and reels serve you well for a while.  But, eventually, they no longer satisfy you.  The guys in the magazines are fishing with rods with names that start with S, W, T and O.  Your rod doesn’t have a name that starts with S, W, T or O.  You would catch more fish with a rod that starts with S, W, T, or O.

The pennies and dollars are scrimped and saved to purchase this top of the line rod that starts with S, W, T or O.  You research which brand, model, line weight and length is best for you.  A simple all around 9 foot 5 weight, a dry fly specialist 8’9″ 3 weight, or a meat chucking beast 9’6″ 6 weight?  You settle for the 5 weight and rationalize the expense over the amount you’d actually use a 5 weight.  Oh, but what reel?

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The Dark Heart of a River Report: Part 3

Here it is, the long awaited Part Three

Here are the links to PART I and PART II

This is the final installment, but it is also the longest so I have decided against throwing many pics into this one.  Sorry, it’s just words.

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“Harrison checked first and was clear.  I did shortly after.  Gartley doubles over in laughter proclaiming, “nobody actually shits themselves when they’re scared, come on!”

“Harrison yells out, “Did we come here to shit ourselves or did we come here to fish?”

“Fucking-eh.”

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The Dark Heart of a River Report: Part Two

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“I began to feel badly for Gartley.  I was already three fish in from the back of the boat and he hasn’t caught anything except a few river bottom rocks and a stick.  Contented with my early success, I pull back.  Harrison pulls in the anchor and we float down river, inching our way back to inner station.”

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The Dark Heart of a River Report: Part 1

The first two nights of our recent trip KG, Adam and I spent camping along the Savage.  This has become a little bit of a tradition at the start of our spring trip every year.  Those of us who can secure the extra days off, do so and dirt bag it before the rest of the BCI crew arrives and we live it up in luxury.

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Most of the time when we do this, it’s on a Monday or Tuesday and have the campground to ourselves, hopefully with a freshly cleaned, porta-john.  This year started the same way.  After we ran the N. Branch our first full day down there, we noticed an older gentleman just setting up camp a few sites down from us.  He’s by himself but clearly knows what he’s doing.  We carry-on cleaning up and making ready to throw meat on our freshly built fire.

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cUatRo boAt youGH flOat

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This past Saturday myself and 3 other guides from Wilderness Voyageurs had a 4 bloat float on the Middle Yough.  This was the first time for all the clients to run down the middle at least to my knowledge.  The water was a little cloudy even at a flow of 850 c.f.s.  The rain that fell a few days earlier in the Tri-State area “PA,MD,WV” really made the river cloudy.  The fishing was up and down for all boats throughout the float.  I can only speak for my boat and my two mates, Whittey and Carlo had a slow start but finished the best way to buddies could.

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B.C.I Western Maryland Trip

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Fish of the Trip

When you take adventurous trips in life you never experience the full side of them until they are over.  We get caught up with everything that is going on during and really don’t just sit back, kick it and take it in sometimes.  B.C.I rocked another group trip to Western Maryland a few weeks ago and for the most part we kicked it.  We were able to get onto new water and into great fish.  When we go on these week-long trips and fish so much water the stories and reports can be endless.  This post will be filled with mostly pictures to tell the story.  We hope you enjoy.

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A Yough Report!!!!!!!

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I can’t believe we are already through the month of May.  It seems like those winter months drag on and on but our spring months go by so fast.  I hope everyone has been able to get out on the water this year to wet a line.  I ran my second trip down the river “middle Yough”  with a couple returning clients, Dan and Frank.  These guys are a great duo to guide, our second year on the river and I hope for more years to come.

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A Yough Report!!!!!!!

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I can’t believe we are already through the month of May.  It seems like those winter months drag on and on but our spring months go by so fast.  I hope everyone has been able to get out on the water this year to wet a line.  I ran my second trip down the river “middle Yough”  with a couple returning clients, Dan and Frank.  These guys are a great duo to guide, our second year on the river and I hope for more years to come.

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Expedition Fairfax Stone: Part 1

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What’s around the next bend in the river?  What’s over the next hill?  These questions plague us anglers.  The prospects of new water with prolific hatches, large trout and little pressure are the primary reasons why we choose to leave our loved and learned favorite waters and beats.  This past saturday lured by the the remote spot on a map and anecdotes of good fishing I ventured to an area of Western Maryland.  Initially this began as a search for more brookie water, but after research, it has become an historical expedition of sorts, to fish up to the source of the Potomac river.  It’ll take several trips to get there.

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