Sunday, September 25, 2016

A Limestone Fly And A Keystone State Rod

In my last post I told you about the recent acquisition of the Cane and Silk fly rod. Well that was not the only new item that recently came my way. A reader of SSR's sent me a fly that was tied by a famous fly fisher from Pennsylvania by the name of Ed Shenk. Ed is a master of the Letort river, an author and a world known fly tyer with many patterns credited to him. The fly that Brad sent to me was a cress bug. A simple pattern that's very effective, especially on spring creeks.

One day last week I took the two new items to a stream and gave them a tryout, the first for both.


The cress bug.


In this deep pool the new rod and fly were to be tested. The water flows deep here especially near the left bank. If you look closely you can see brook trout holding there. I did not want to loose this fly so casting had do be done carefully and that's what the rod allowed me to do. The first cast spooked the fish scattering them. But a few moments later and a few casts and everything worked.


This pretty wild brook trout hit that bug and the rod worked perfectly in bring him in. A quick photo and the brookie was on his way. The fly was snipped from the tippet and put in the fly box. It will be saved. The fly rod went on to take a few more fish before the outing was done. A good start I would say.







20 comments:

  1. A classic cork handle and a forever timeless brookie..

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    1. penbayman
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      Mike they just seem to go well together.

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  2. cute fuzzy fly. :) love the reflection shot.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa I like that one also.

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  3. A fine way to beak in that rod!! I love the blue halos surrounding the red spots on that brookie!! Simply gorgeous picture!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete they sure are pretty.

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  4. Alan what a great day affield as fall starts to hit, and, very cool to have an actual Shenk Bug on the tippet! Gorgeous fish - fall is really starting to "hit" their colors!

    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will I was glad I did not snag that fly and wind up loosing it. Those colors are slowly working in.

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  5. Nice fly, nice rod, nice fish.....very nice all around. :) Thanks much doe sharing!

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph thanks I appreciate it.

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  6. Lovely both rod & fish
    regards
    George

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  7. Ed's flies were meant to used, I'm glad it caught a brook trout. How did you rod do on its maiden voyage? Is it what you thought it would be? I'm seriously considering one , it's the one trout rod size I don't have and I have a couple places it would come in handy. Thankyou Alan.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad the rod did what I expected it to do. I fished a tight quarter stream and I was able to stay out of the brush. I'll post a follow up on the flies I fished and how it handled it.

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  8. There's nothing like adding a little history to your fishing trips Alan.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I like you love the histories involving fly fishing.

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  9. Alan! I am amazed and delighted at the quality of the postings recently! The rod is a beauty, the haunts of the brookies that you have shown are a delight, and just the whole beautiful package that you present keeps folks like me coming back for more! Please keep up the good work!
    Well pleased in the den,
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug thank you. I hope all's well in Ohio.

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  10. Doesn't get any more perfect than that. The Brookie matches the rod quite well!

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    1. RI brook trout
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      Jon it really doesn't. They blend perfectly.

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