Tag Archives: winter fly-fishing

Over the Brow of Winter’s Hill

Tim and I got out on New Year’s Day, resuming our tradition of hitting the brow of winter right between the eyes. Eighteen Mile Creek was new to both of us. We’d known about it, and were thankful that our … Continue reading

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Old Woodenhead

[Old Woodenhead is a likeness of the author, given to him several years ago as a Christmas present from his wife. It was carved by the Coudersport (PA) folk artist, David Castano. O.W. has appeared previously on this blog at … Continue reading

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Spring Creek, the Turning

Saturday looked like the best of the weekend for a final shot at fishing Spring Creek this season. I’d had good luck here on two previous outings this winter, so I approached the water calmly, ready to accept whatever my … Continue reading

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Midge Madness (Spring Creek)

Along with NPR’s early morning broadcast of an ancient hymn, I heard the first sweet phrases of a migrant robin near the yard. I stepped to the porch in my bare feet for a clearer sound of both music sources, … Continue reading

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Spring Creek Turn-Around

The weather seemed a pleasant interlude between the waves of blizzard and polar temperatures. Stepping into Spring Creek (near the Caledonia fish hatchery in upstate New York) I didn’t think I’d need the gloves I’d left in the car, but after … Continue reading

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The Postcard

The other day I got a postcard from the Slate Run Sportsmen (SRS) headquarters in Pennsylvania. The photo on its front was taken when I fished the whole length of Slate Run in 2011/2012. A year later I was asked … Continue reading

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Knuckleheads for Steelhead

Fly-fishing on New Year’s Day is something of a minor tradition here in upstate New York. A friend, Tim Didas, and I were about to give it another go despite the wind and snow and 16 degrees of Fahrenheit temperature. … Continue reading

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The Angler, Cast in Wood

“Walt Franklin on the Stream” is a wood carving that Leighanne gave me as a Christmas present several years ago. This example of “Pennsylvania folk art” was produced by David Castano, a full-time wood carver from Coudersport, PA. Castano’s approach … Continue reading

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He’s Out There Fishin’!

Two hunters passed me on their ATV while following the forest trail, preparing for the opener of deer season. Their words echoed in my head. I was standing at the river in the darkened noon hour. A first snow flurry … Continue reading

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