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It's that time of the season where terrestrial insect patterns begin to play a significant role in our fishing. Ant patterns are a big part of my fishing, and it's hard to go wrong with tying one on even when other insects are showing on the water. Swarms of flying ants are an unpredictable event, and when it happens you need to be ready for that by having a few imitations in your fly box. In my own experience trout show the single-mindedness of teenage boys when flying ants land on the water, and if you don't have a good fly you might as well quit casting and tuck your rod under your arm or head home and tie a few. Till next time ...


There's something to be said about taking just a little bit of your time to stop fishing and enjoy the world around you. I quit the act of counting fish years ago because it just doesn't matter anymore. What makes me smile more than anything else is the things I see and hear along the water or in the woods. Sometimes if you just take a break from the casting, tying knots and catching trout, you might find a different kind of satisfaction or find something really awesome. A very cool find from my latest day on the water, more pics on my social media. Till next time .....


Every great story starts with that line. A lifetime of exploring our mountains of northern Pennsylvania has given me more than my share of stories to share. Someday if I'm fortunate to live long enough I'll try to put them together in a book of some form, and if my kids chose to put me in a home one day Ill certainly have plenty of stories to keep the residents entertained. I just got home from what has been most of a month spent fishing and remote camping somewhere in Pa. and the Catskills. Last Saturday on a hike into a northern Clinton County blueline I ran into this one. By far one of the most beautifully colored rattlers I've even seen in the woods. Nature is a never ending source of amazement for me, and I'm grateful to have enjoyed seeing so many things in a lifetime. Till next time ...


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