Mark’s Big Landlocked Salmon

Mark’s Big Landlocked Salmon

Recently my friend Mark Lewchick hauled his Lund Alaskan up to northern New England in the search of landlocked salmon. Will not mention the name of the lake, but I can report Mark’s trip was a huge success. How does 40 fish in 2 days sound!

Here’s Mark with a big landlocked salmon. Probably around 4 pounds or so. Not sure if this is the largest one of the trip, but no doubt its a beauty. Tip of the hat Mark! Nice going. Mark is one of the best anglers I know, as well as a fantastic fly tyer, and great artist!

Here’s a look at one of Mark’s trolling flies for landlocked salmon. Lotsa translucence, subtle color, and a streamlined shape. The top one is obviously tied tandem. The bottom one is single hook.

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Henry’s Fork Rainbow

Henry’s Fork Rainbow

Dave Beall is still busy out West.  Couple of days ago he caught a Henry’s Fork rainbow on the Ranch Section, in Harriman State Park. It measured out at 21 inches, a decent “bow”.

Dave tells me the fly was a size 16# Mahogany dry. Yeah he tied it himself. Proud of that. Looks like Dave is on a roll.

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False Albacore Showing up!

False Albacore Showing up!

False albacore are showing up in my area. That’s great news. My buddy Phil was into them big time yesterday. And he said they were fair size as well. Glad he had his 10-weight to wrestle with those dudes. The bait was bay anchovies as is typical for this time of year.

 

What fly was he using? His Farnsworth silver slider, a fly he developed many, many years ago. Small, light-weight and easy to cast, they’re effective for striped bass, bluefish, bonito and false albacore, producing exciting surface strikes. You got to love that.

 

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Dave & Pete are Back in Montana

Dave & Pete are Back in Montana

Got a text message from my friend Dave Beall. He and his buddy Pete are back out in Montana trout fishing the Upper Big Hole River. Below you’ll see a 22″ beauty that Dave caught on a White Zonker. Nice going Dave. They also caught a some small browns and grayling on dries.

22″ Brown Trout

The Big Hole River has been in the news of late, and not for good reasons. Trout numbers are way down over previous years. Way, way down. The juror is still out on the root cause of the problem, but climate change might be one of many factors, along with fungal disease and PFAS  contamination, often called forever chemicals. The Upper Big Hole River is fairing a bit better, with the Middle Section of the river hit the hardest. Lets hope the biologist find some answers soon to protect this legendary river.

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False Albacore in Rhode Island

False Albacore in Rhode Island

Wednesday I got a text from my buddy Phil Farnsworth saying he was hooking false albacore in Rhode Island. Accompanying him on this angling mission was Captain Pete Farrell and Peter Jenkins of Saltwater Edge fame.

Pete Farrell photo credit Phil Farnsworth

Together they sailed out of Newport in Jenkin’s Jones Brothers, eventually finding fish to the west. The “albies’ were feeding on bay anchovies. And as so often happens small flies were the right medicine. Granted, these hardtails may not be the biggest you have ever seen, but you can be sure they were a freaking blast on a fly rod. Always are!

Peter Jenkins photo credit Phil Farnsworth

Phil Farnworth

 

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