Friday, May 18, 2018

Hatch Report

UPDATED  4/28/2018                                


Water Level: Approx  432 cfs     Farmy & Still combined
Temp: 50
Clarity: CLEAR
In My Opinion;
If you over play a fish, whether the water is too cold or too warm you will the over stress the fish and the fish will die. If you hold the fish by the lip or gills, the fish will die. If you hold the fish out of water by hand, or net, while un-hooking fish remember that a barbless hook will speed things up, if left in the net, in the water, typically when the tension is off the hook the hook will come out on it's own. If you need the forceps to remove the hook, leave fish in the net, IN THE WATER, locate the hook first, then gently, lift fish and remove hook. DO NOT TWIST HOOK, and if swallowed deep, cut the tippet close to the mouth and let the fish go. The fly is not as important as the well-being of the fish.




Blue-Winged Olives are Hatching!

(Baetis Vagans) sz- 24 - 28 (Psedocleon) sz 20 - 22

(Ephemerella Drunella's) sz - 18 - 28

Best Time to Fish: Early morning and Mid/Late day

Best Flies to Use: BWO CDC Emerger, Jailbirds©, Mahogany Blair's Emerger, BWO Parachutes, Pheasant-Tail Nymphs, BWO CDC, Brown Para-Emerger, BWO Comparaduns, Olive and Rusty Spinner





( Ephemerella Subvaria)
Sz - 14 - 10
Best time to fish: 2:00 - Dusk
Best Flies to Use: Pheasant Tail Nymph, Copper John,
Mahogany Blair's Emerger, Hendrickson Emerger,
Red Quill, Hendrickson Thorax, Hendrickson Parachute,
Hendrickson Dun, Light Hendrickson, Hendrickson CDC,
Rusty Spinner, Rusty Spinner w/ yellow egg sac 


MAHOGANY DUN'S  are HATCHING!                                               
(Paraleptophlebia Adoptiva) AKA BLUE QUILLS
Sz - 18
Best Time to Fish: 4:00 - Dusk
Best Flies to Use: Pheasant Tail Nymph,
Copper John, Mahogany Blair's Emerger, 
Blue Quill Parachute Emerger, Mahogany Dun
Cripple, Mahogany Dun CDC, Mahogany Dun Parachute,
Rusty Spinner    

Quill Gordon's are HATCHING!
(Epeorus Pleuralis)
Sz - 14 - 16
Best Time to Fish: Noon - Dusk
Best Flies to Use: Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph, 
Copper John, Mahogany Blair's Emerger,
Quill Gordon Parachute Emerger, Quill Gordon Cripple,
Ginger Quill, Quill Gordon CDC, Quill Gordon Parachute,
Dark Olive Parachute, Light Hendrickson, Rusty Spinner


CADDIS are  Hatching!                                                                   

Black, Tan, Olive/Green, Brown, Zebra, Grey, October
Sz  24 - 12
Best Time to Fish: Anytime
Best Flies to Use: Elk/Deer Hair Caddis, Hi-Viz Caddis, CDC Caddis, Caddis Larva, Caddis Parachute Pupa, Klinkhammer, Caddis CDC Pupa, Foam Caddis, Brassie, Sparkle Pupa,
Henryville Special, October Caddis, AuSable Caddis, Rock-Worm Caddis, Glass-Bead Larva,
Alder Fly Pupa.









                                           MY CALENDER IS UPDATED
                                         AS OF  05/18/18


JUNE; 8, 13, 15, 17, 19,
              20, 21, 23, 24, 30
JULY; 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 18,
                 19, 22, 23, 24, 26, 29, 30, 31

Feel free to contact me anytime, regarding this or anything else that comes up.

Available for Hire
  Seminars, Casting Clinics, Lectures, Power Point Shows, TU Chapters, Fishing Clubs,
Book Signings, Shops
 Rates vary due to program & travel time
Please call or email for more information


Please go to my Calendar link to see
what's still available.
I am doing a lot of traveling and will only be
working thru the end of July.


Puerto Varas- Patagonia, Chile

Hi Folks
I'm very excited about planning a one week and/ or
two weeks fly fishing trip to a new location in Patagonia
*Many activities for the non-fishers
should the spouse or significant other want to join you.

The Tres Rios Lodge in Puerto Varas is beautiful.
The accommodations are fantastic.
Meal menus are diverse, & offer special diet plans.
We will fish many different waters.

*Different packages offered that allow for travel may need different time to be at lodge
Check out the links below!

This lodge is laid back, not as ridged (as others) regarding the clock.
We can start fishing as early as we want. We can fish longer and dine later.

Level of experience is not an issue.
I teach fly fishing & help those who need instruction.
Booking the first two weeks in February.
Some of you may only want to go for a week & that’s great!
You should send this your friends. They may want to go.

Please do not procrastinate, we ran out of spaces quickly last year, so text, call, or email      413-583-5141 


"Let me help with booking lodge, & flight"

Have a valid passport  *  No shots necessary  * 
No need for money exchange

*LATAM Air has direct flights SANTIAGO
 Go thru customs & on to PUERTO Varas (final stop)

American and Delta both offer flights to Santiago

   Pricing is based on roundtrip tickets
 From US to Puerto Montt approx 1129.00 ( Prices change every day )
  If you have “flier miles” It would cost less to Santiago
Flight cost from Santiago to Puerto Montt approx 156.00

From US: On East Coast;  Best to fly out of JFK or Miami to Santiago.
 At entry, clear customs, (duty free shops allow you to purchase your favorite beverages)
then re-check luggage, & fly to Puerto Montt. Flight’s approximately 1 hr 40 min
When you arrive in Puerto Montt, the lodge manager,
or driver, will be waiting for you at terminal. You will NOT be waiting for them.
The drive to lodge in Puerto Varas is approx.1 hr. 20 min.

Have your camera ready!
You’ll be surrounded by the Andes Mountains

At arrival to Tres Rios Lodge

Pisco Sours (OH, YES!!!) & appetizers will be waiting.

"We do not charge for arrival& departure days if time does not permit fishing.
Therefore our 6/7 package is comparable to what some call 8/7."
Deposits & Payments

Half down at time of booking Final balance due 30 days before trip
Payments to be made with personal, cashiers, Bank checks, or Wire Transfers - Sorry, no credit cards

TIPS; Suggesting no less than 10% of original Price
“Tipping’s a personal choice & reflected by service one received”.
Please pay in US dollars, for tips & souvenirs purchased at lodge. 

Cancellation Policy
 Refunds are as follows. 

cancellations more than 90 days in advance - 100% refund ·  cancellations 60-90 days in advance - 75% refund of program costs·  cancellations 30-59 days in advance - 50% refund of program costs·  cancellations 30 days in advance - 0% refund of program costs·  In practice if I can fill the dates I will refund all advance payment. 

*We always recommend Travel/Medical Insurance however read the fine print. 

IN CASE OF LAY-OVERS (Coming & Going)

List of equipment, supplies, & flies for trip to Chile

40 lbs per bag/2 bags/pp & one carry-on
*Confirm this; flight info on baggage may have changed
2 - 3 Rods;    9 ft- 4, 5, 6 wt  *  7/8 wt rods for salmon
w/ Floating line and sink tip or full sinking for lake fishing or high water conditions.
Breathable waders & felt bottom boots (no problem with felt)
Vest (with all your tools)
Leader : 9ft 2x, 3x, & 4x Tippet : 3x,4x,5x
floatant, split shot or tin shot, indicators
Hat with brim, Polarized glasses (amber is best)
6 Dozen flies or more( Barbless Hooks when using them, PLEASE)
All fish released unharmed
Walking Stick, Net (guides carry nets but its good to have one) packable Raincoat
Bug spray (100% Deet) Pump is best
(NO bug should not be an issues this time of year, but better to have).
Sun screen - 45 to 100 SPF - BUFF (protects face & neck)
(Ozone layer is thinner in Chile, be safe) SPF is important
Sun gloves & Fleece gloves, 2 - 4 long sleeve shirts, (SFP recommended)
2 - 4 pairs of pants(light material) (SPF recommended)
Underwear for up to 2 weeks
1 to 2 Layers of warm clothes (just in case) (Fleece is best)
Very Important--Earth tones for clothing so you don't spook fish
Personal toiletries
Camera and extra batteries/charger
You must have an adapter that converts 220 to 110 for hairdryer, chargers,& computer.
There is no phone signal BUT there may be WIFI 

List of flies to bring

Dries, Nymphs, Streamers

DRAGONFLIES, size 4,6,8... - A Must! 
Chernobyl Ant, size 4,6,8... A MUST!
Dave's Hoppers and Parachute, sizes 6 - 12
Mouse patterns, A Must!
Madam X sizes 8 - 10
Stimulators, brown, black, rust, yellow, olive size 14 - 10 A MUST!
with and without rubber legs
Caddis, tan, amber and brown size - 6 - 8 A MUST!
Any kind of Streamer, & Buggers, A MUST!
Tungsten bead head
black, olive, tan, white, gold, silver, pink, crystal buggers 6 - 10
Monster Beetles, size 4 – 8   *   Bozo Chernobyls, sizes 4 - 8
Parachute Adams, sizes 6  *  March Brown size 6  *  Royal Wulff, sizes 6
Jailbirds, size 14 -12
San Juan Worms, pink, brown, red  - Size 12 – 14   



Here is the information on our lifestyle change and how it will effect my fly fishing business.  First of all   I AM NOT RETIRING!!!!! 

Tony got laid off from Mass Mutual February, 2016 
As a result, he has retired earlier then he wanted to and with that, it
changes our financial situation. 
We talked about down-sizing, yada yada yada.
Our dear friends, Roy and Diane Swartz, have a trailer at the same park. Tony and Roy fish quite a bit together. We all get together, holidays, hanging with them and the Patlin’s, Rifchin’s, and Grenier’s and it’s always a blast!
One night, while Tony is hanging out the Swartz’s trailer, Roy announced that he and Diane bought a place in Florida.  They had been looking for a while.
They found a great place, overlooking the water, in an over 55 Co-op community, resident owned, double-wide that allows cats!, on the Gulf and they’ll snowbird between there and the Cape.  TERRIFIC!
Tony comes home and tells me the story.  I’m thinking, how cool is that, I’m so happy for them…and it sounds so great and…….wait for it…….
……..Tony wants to do the same thing…..Do what?
“move to Florida”................................................UGH!!!
Of all the places I would want to live, Florida would be the LAST!
He explains, we can live in the same general area as the Swartz’s.
On the Florida Gulf...Palmetto, Bradenton, Ellenton...around that area.
Look at Resident-owned, over 55 Co-op communities that have double wide mobile homes, storage for boat/camper-trailer, and allows pets
(we have Moses the wonder kitty).
We’ll live at the Cape, at our trailer (We've had it for 7 years) on Peters Pond, in Sandwich, from Mid- April thru Mid October and the balance of the time in Florida.
The taxes are almost nothing and it's so cheap to live there.

After telling me that this is what he would like to do….I get the address where our friends bought in, and went to the computer to check it out. What I saw, made my tummy ball up and my heart dropped.  Covering the majority of the computer screen, I saw a “sea of white”…and a sign above that says “SHUFFLEBOARD.” 
One thing’s for certain, IF I’m ever invited to be in one of those group shots, it will look like a sea of white with one RED DOT!
That red dot will be me, cause this girl ain’t never goin’ white!!!!!!!
I’ll even smear red lipstick all over my face, just for the occasion.

I want my husband to be happy. That’s very important to me but
I had to think of some way to make this a happy situation for me, also.

I need to stand in rivers. Casting to trout with my 3 and 4wt rods. Fishing my Jailbird, or matching the Hendrickson hatch…I like mountains, The smell of pine, the smell of someone’s fireplace going.  I am NOT big on the ocean.

I like fishing with my husband on his boat. Going for strippers and blues, on the holidays, once in a while, but NOT ALL THE TIME!
After a few days of thinking about an exit plan…….EURIKA! I GOT IT! 

I went to Tony with..The compromise. I’ll get a “Class C” Camper (17-20 ft) so I can tow my Honda Element. I’ll travel across the country and fish the rivers I always wanted to fish.
I’ll promote myself to fishing clubs, TU Chapter, and such. I will offer power point programs, as I’ve been doing. This way I might be able to subsidize the costs of being on the road.  
I’ll be able to go west and see family, and friends I haven't see seen in years. I'm happy and Tony's happy.  HE AGREED!!!!
I took a deep breath and decided…okay, I’ll be calm and I’ll look around and see what’s out there.  Surprisingly, we found several that had our wish list.

After a few trips to Florida, Tony and I found a double-wide in a nice community, in Palmetto.
Since we closed, Tony took the majority of our things down to Florida. The rest will go to the Cape, when we sell the house. The house will go on the market, after July. That's why I'm going to have a short season.

We found a 22ft Coachman Camper for me to do my thing. I will also be able to camp on the Farmy, or where ever else I am working without the back and forth to the Cape, which would be 1.5 hr drive, one way.

So, we are on schedule, my season starts May first, and booking very fast.



Here is the main reason why;
I'm not ready to give up guiding my long time clients...
I love them too much to say good-bye.
I’ll know if I be able to continue the guide service, the following year. For now it's what I want to do.
The MFG. Product stickers will be all over the camper and I will continue to support them, anyway I can. 
Sadly, I will no longer be doing the shows.
No need to now, and I'll save the cost of the booths, gas, overnights, food, plus I'll be down in Florida, or cross country at that time of year.

I want to say THANK YOU, to those of you. The people who run the shows, and to the clients I’ve taught, and guided for.
I think of many of you as family and you mean the world to me.. You have been so caring, gracious, and generous to me.
It's because of all of you, your support, and referrals, that I was able to grow my business, for the last 25+ years.

To all of the tiers at the International and Somerset shows, you mean the world to me. I’ll make the International, in the next few years, and pull my camper up to Nancy Hopping’s in the parking lot at the Doubletree!!!
God bless you and your families and I know your show season will be a fantastic one.


Marla, AKA Mylar

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