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As we move into the winter months we're starting to get pretty busy now. Fly fishing show dates have been all lined up and looks like I'll be attending eight great shows for 2020. Come over to the website show page and check out the shows and there locations. Between Wet Fly Waterguides and Sky Blue Outfitters guide trip days have been filling up quickly for the 2020 season. It seems every year anglers are calling earlier for there preferred dates for guide trips. Check out our guide trips at (www.wetflywaterguides.com) and (www.skyblueoutfitters.com). At this time we still have a few open dates for the early part of the season, May and June. So if your interested in booking a guided trip with us give us a call or shoot us an email and we'll get you on the calendar for a great trip.
At this time of the year like all other fly anglers its time for tying flies and getting your gear prepared for the up coming season. Luckily for me I got an early jump on tying trout flies and leaders and now I'll be spending more time at the vice tying largemouth and pike flies for this summer off the boat. Last year was a great year for fly fishing on the lakes with those big flies and we're looking forward to getting back out there again this summer. It looks like 2021 will be the year that we'll be introducing a few new guide trips during the summer months throwing big flies to bass and pike. Stay tuned for more details on these guide trips.
On January 24,25,26 myself and four of the other guides from Sky Blue Outfitters attended the Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ. Definitely the biggest show of all of the shows we attend. This year we had two tying tables and one outfitter table at the show and all three tables were busy for the three days we were there. Its always a good time speaking to all the anglers on the other side of the table and talking flies and fishing. Also had great time catching up with some of the tiers and vendors and meeting a few new ones.
One of the highlights of the show for me was spending some time in the evenings with with Ed Jaworowski who was staying at the same hotel that we were staying at. Ed hung out with us for dinner and a few drinks after the show. For some that might not know Ed, he is one of the best casting instructors in the world and was Lefty Kreh's best friend. Ed shared some awesome stories of him and Lefty fishing all over the world.
The best moment was Sunday morning before the show opened, Ed came over to my tying table and invited me over to the casting pond for a private casting lesson and man what a lesson it was. What he was doing with that fly line and rod was something I'll never forget and I couldn't thank him enough for that lesson. He also brought me over an autographed copy of his casting dvd The Complete Cast and told me to practice. Again it was a great time at the biggest fly fishing show on the east coast.
This is the month were I am busting a$$ getting everything ready to go for the up and coming season. I just heard that Punxsutawney Phil said that an early spring is on its way, I am sure all us anglers are ready for that. There are no shows on my calendar for this month so it'll be back at the fly tying vice banging out more big streamers for the lake and tying a few flies for my bucket list trip to Labrador in July. Yes, Labrador I will be helping hosting this trip with fellow guide from Sky Blue Outfitters Rick Nyles. More to follow on this trip.
There was one event that I did attend on Saturday February 1st. It was at the Neshannock TU Chapters Cabin Fever event. This chapter is located up in Mercer, PA. I was invited to do my presentation on basic equipment and tactics to wet fly fishing. Before my presentation chapter president Jeff Kreis gave a presentation on last years chapter activities. I am always amazed at how much work TU chapters throughout our state do for conservation and clean cold water and this chapter is no different. Some of the stream improvement there doing in there area is amazing.
This event was very well attended by members and the public and I met and talk to quite a few of them after my presentation. A big thanks from me goes out to Treasure Carol Jochman for preparing a great lunch for the event, she even sent me home with a doggy bag of her delicious chicken salad.