Thursday, May 19, 2016

A Birthday in Pittsburg is the Only Way to Go!

     I just turned 32 years old and I was in Pittsburg when it happened.  I was in my favorite place in the world with two of my favorite people (fiancĂ© and father), catching my favorite fish (Salmon), on one of my favorite stretches of river.  If there was ever a better birthday gift I can not think of it!  Here are a couple of pictures, but be sure to check out the new Facebook page for videos and updates as well!  I still have some spots available for June, July and August in Pittsburg, but they are filling in fast!  Let me know if you want to get out in the Great North Woods!

20.5" and old! Also it was 70 degrees and sunny

18" and on the skinny side

The next day it was 37 and starting to snow!  The fish were biting well though!  I was able to land double digits with four fish over 20". 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Last "Local" Trip of the Spring

     Well I have wrapped up my spring southern NH trips and you know what that means!  Its is all Pittsburg from here on out!  The local areas did not fizzle out on us though, in fact it was some of the best action I have seen in a long time!  I had a great day with Carl who hooked into double digit numbers of fish that were just large and feisty!  I have not seen vicious strikes on nymphs the way we did in a long time!  One minute the line was dead drifting and the next it was 20 feet across the river!  Either that, or it was flying through the air attached to a big fish!  We hit many different areas and spots that are usually good in early April, but have continued to hang on into early May due to the cooler temps we have been seeing lately.  If I had to guess it will not last very much longer though as water flows have been dropping quickly and when the flow goes, so do the fish! 

Carl with his nice 17" Colored up bow!

19" and leapt more like a salmon!
Our go to flies for the trip:

Black Feedinator
Red Feedinator
Pink San Juan Worm
Egg Patterns

Pretty simple stuff.

My Pittsburg dates are getting booked extremely fast this year, so if you have been hoping to get out in June, July or August, let me know soon!  We are very close to the beginning of guiding in Pittsburg and I for one can not wait to get out there!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Pittsburg Update!

Hello Everyone!
     I spent the second half of my April vacation scouting how things were going in Pittsburg.  Lets just say that it was a blast!  I caught my first salmon from the 1st Lake Inlet on April 26th and it was a nice big fat 18 incher.  The air temp was 38 degrees and it had been snowing in the morning.  Water temps were hovering right around the 40 degree mark on the first day.  I spent most of my time each day hitting the inlets of the lakes including the Lake Francis Inlet, but also hit below Murphy as well.  I would have to say that the fishing each day was different.  There was no real steady stream of salmon coming in, but I was picking up 3-4 per day along with a hand full of rainbows as well.  The great news is that every fish I hooked and landed was as healthy as can be!  They were fat, shiny, crisp and fighting hard!  I hit a nice BWO hatch at the Francis Inlet and landed 14 fish in a few hours on one occasion as well.  That is about as good as it gets with water temps in the low 40's. 
      The lake flows are all super low, but with rain in the forecast we should be seeing an increase soon.  This should only increase the amount of salmon and lake run fish for us over the next couple of weeks.  I kept taking water temps and it topped out at 46 degrees in the 1st Lake Inlet on a sunny warm afternoon.  My largest salmon of the trip was caught on my last morning and was 20", leapt 3 times and capped off my trip perfectly! 
     I am extremely excited to get back up and start taking clients out as we move into late spring and early summer.  I am booking faster than I ever have at this point in a season, but still have dates open for Pittsburg in June, July and August if you get ahold of me soon! 

Pittsburg GO TO flies for me this trip:

Putt's Favorite
Patrick's BWO Emerger
Red/Olive Feedinators
Pink San Juan Worm
Egg Patterns
Gray Ghost

Feel free to email me with any questions anytime!

My First Pittsburg Salmon of the year!

Francis Inlet Salmon

We even took the canoe for a spin to shake off the rust!