Lancaster PA Fly Fishing Show and Keys Tying

Last weekend, I traveled to the Lancaster PA Fly Fishing Show.  This show is one of the biggest in the country, and features lodges, fishing celebrities, tackle manufacturers, and others from around the world (but with a special focus on Eastern fly fishing).  I had a chance to watch Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphries teach fly casting, talk with the owners/designers for 3-Tand reels, Cortland Lines, and Diamondback Fly Rods, and sit in on a talk by Colby Trow of Mossy Creek Fly Fishing on fishing opportunities in the Shenandoah valley.  By the time I left, I was amped to get on the water.

Of course, the beautiful conditions we had in February (February!!!?!?!) didn’t last, and with cold and snow on the way, it’s now back to fly tying weather in early March.

About a month ago, I started planning my yearly trip to Florida with some friends, and with that, did some tying.  Chum flies, pilchard imitations, big weighted baitfish patterns, and little zippy superhair clousers – enough to fill a box and hopefully catch mahi, barracuda, jacks, snapper, albies, and if I’m lucky, maybe a tarpon at night.  I did book a day with flats Captain Duane Baker while I’m down there, and hope to find tarpon and bonefish in the upper keys.  For that trip, I’ll use the captain’s flies.  I learned that captains know what works best for finicky flats fish far better than I do.

Clockwise:  Yellow Pilchards, Green Pilchards, Crab Flies, Heavy Superhair Clouser, Large Baitfish, Superhair Clousers in multiple colors.
Rabbit Strip Chum flies on red Gamakatsu octopus hooks, and a large baitfish pattern.

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