Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sunday, December 26, 2010

lake run steelhead

It's a peaceful Christmas morning, hotel manger spoke with a soft tone "Merry Christmas"! I answered ,out of an instinct,unprepared, response "merry christmas!" A warm greeting just like the comfort bed and wonderful house atmosphere- a home style hotel that give me a 5 stars refuge during the cold venture. The morning light was such a wonderful for a early bird, a bit blue, purple and then turning to orange sun rays in the snow white horizon. A cold and fresh air that can't keep my excitement calm! I am here in the great Lake Ontario tributary! Everything is new to me, and I am learning as fast as I can, right before the cold can frozen up my memory. The river is flowing in a great shape, clear and full of different features, pools runs and riffles...some nymphing waters, some swinging waters, all decorated with ice and snow powder! " there is a lot of fishes in this system, good fish too", the fly shop owner mentioned it to me, while I try to support the local business, "It has been this good for few years." Superb! Great lake fishery are always being a very interesting chapter to me. (will write some of my thoughts later).
Walking along the snowy bank was really a special treat to me, the white scenery really make this stretch like a dream land! I am fishing in a dream! I absolutely love it! In the NY state fishing regulation,though, night fishing is prohibit, you only can fish 30 minutes into the dark, or 30 minutes right before the sunrise. That is too bad, probably a habit developed from the striper fishing, I always enjoy the night fishing. Enjoy the moon and the stars and the river flow under my feet quietly.... no, not this time, I have to leave the peaceful night alone. Well... it would make a true dream land, if I can fish it under the moonlight! Someday I am sure I will. : )
Out of my surprises, there were already some early fishermen on the water this very morning on the sunrise. But I have to agree, this is a really peaceful morning, compare how busy it could be from the stories I heard. "Combat fishing" is what it is all about during the peak of salmon season... It's a brand new stretch of water to me, probably is better to observe what others are doing before I wade in. Out of my surprises again, I saw a lot of fishermen fish the two handed rods! Boyz, do I ever knew the two-handed spey rod get this popularity in the New York side! I saw about 10 fishermen, 8 of them were holding two handed, one with spin rod, this really put a single handed user a totally rare species, even though the river is about 40 feet wide... well... most of them are running indicators on their two handed rods... I guess the mending ability of the long rod in nymph fishing is "unparallel" : ) ha. Don't get me wrong! I love fish nymphs too! But I prefer use single handed rod to do it. That's exactly the reason I brought two rods with me, a single handed GLX for nymphing and a Dredger for swinging flies. I do have to agree, though, I had a great time in swinging flies in this river. Not because it is more relaxing, but also I share a fair amount of fishing time in enjoying the beautiful snow scenes while my fly was doing it's work. : ) (to be continued)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas! Auburn!

I do believe Santa! and I know he live very close to Auburn.Ha! He just sent me this wonderful Christmas gift! Wow... SEC championship shirt Auburn! War Eagle!! I am so excited that Auburn will be engaging the National title game with Oregon! YEAH! Be prepared! Ducks! I am believing in Auburn and loving it! Thanks Santa! I miss you and Auburn!
Merry Christmas! My friends! Have a good one! : ) Gone fishing!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

some home work...

need to do some home work before heading out... skagit minnow (tube version)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

cabin fever!

strikes again...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

pre-holiday cooking - seafood curry

the wild caught squid from Boston really make this dish shine! more food are coming during the holiday! : )

Monday, December 20, 2010

pure and artsy

not only satisfying the stomach, but also celebrating the pure flavor...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

in love memory of Chili

if I ever wanted a fishing dog, that would be Chili-like, brave, smart, gentle and understanding. In the past few years, the trips could not be that much fun without this brilliant partner. At day, she float calmly with her own day dreaming, or sweeping away by the strong currents; edge walking along steep cliff without any complain. At night, she lay quietly beside campfire and ignore our exaggerated fishing stories. When we sleep unconsciously in the tents, she is in full alert of any bear activities or ...em... porcupine. It is tough, very tough to say goodbye to this young lady... but I am sure she was having a good time with Grizz. The two essential elements that make our memories so great and enriched with love! R.I.P my friend, you have been an amazing!

Friday, December 17, 2010

things to do during vacation (2)

find a river and swing a fly...

Thursday, December 16, 2010

things to do during vacation (1)

drink some red wine, create some bugs...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

spey casting and feel ...

Fly casting has been one of the most important fun elements in my fishing experience. For me, it is all about the “feel”. No only make a delivery casting, but also feel the whole authority and “cleanness”. What I mean feel is to fulfill all other elements that other than just “delivery”. More like driving a stick shift car in a mountain road. Listening the engine roar and gently feel the curves and make a perfect glide through the mountain. I guess you can call it an art form when you reach the state of “car-man as a whole”.
For modern spey casting, there are two popular casting types in the shooting head system - Scandinavian and Skagit styles. Each of them are both fun! both have designed to delivery (very) different flies in different situations. During the summer time, when fish small flies close to the surface, I like to use the Scandinavian casting style. Scandi casting style also is one of the easiest method/style to learn. Naturally, it won’t require too much experience in lifting the line (compare to long line). Make a reasonable lift, a reasonable anchor, then throw the line away…you will get a reasonable sharp loop! It’s that simple. Part of the reasons is hiding behind the Scandi line taper. The triangle taper of the Scandinavian shoot head has more of the line weight close to the rod tip, the hang junction. Thus it is very friendly and forgiving for beginners. If you have been thinking to try some spey casting… don’t hesitate, scandi head is very easy to learn.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

this is for Yuki

The Tadpole from Passion Pictures on Vimeo.

is this cool or what?! : )

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Sherbet Christmas Card 2010 from joseph Pelling on Vimeo.

one month

well...confess here that I did not get much work done last month, though, fishless looking of me in front of the mirror still : ) .. my little niece Yuki has growing in a lightening speed... she is a cuti!! one month old! Uncle Mark doesn't need to fish this winter... just look at her... it's full of joy!

Monday, December 06, 2010

feather is not only good for tying flies.. but also..

My recommendation for X-mas gift 2010. (800 fill down) light, compact and warm, this is a wonderful gift for outdoors people! Even, if you are not as explorative as you would think. it's great for dog working in the chilly morning. Stay warm and go explore! : )

Sunday, December 05, 2010

guides day off

Marty and Mia go fishing from marty sheppard on Vimeo.

life is good!

Auburn - SEC Champion! War Eagle!

not necessary aggressive, but we play smart!

Friday, December 03, 2010


"If there are waters, chances are fish might live along; and if fish show, then the fishermen are not far!" During the stay in Auburn. I sneak out with a old friend and explore his backyard pond... it was so great to use my first fly rod and fly reel again! They are almost as excited as I am, catch some good bass for me : ) The jig is from the evil Walmart, BTW.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

fall fishing near Boston

when the weather is hovering around the 34F freezing point, what is good for outdoors? fishing! of course : ) wear a lot of layers, enjoy the lakes near the big city! There are a lot of lakes in Boston, some of them were regularly stocked with trout and atlantic salmon. Few minutes work and I am in the middle of solitude reside in the metropolitan, thanks for everyone being staying home : )

Wednesday, December 01, 2010