The 2012 fly fishing season has been pretty interesting so far. One of the highlights for me was an opportunity to spend a few days with Eric Stroup on Pennsylvania's famous Spruce Creek. Eric is a master of what I call the "Pennsylvania Nymphing Style." It's significantly different from the way we fish nymphs in the Rocky Mountains and Eric volunteered to teach me the basics. Since then I've been able to apply many of his ideas to nymphing situations on our western tailwaters and freestone rivers.
My season in Colorado began with some great Blue-winged Olive hatches and the start of a promising guide season. That all changed when the Waldo Canyon wildfire forced the evacuation of the small town where I live. By the time I got back to the South Platte River the Trico and PMD hatches were in full swing. Right now, the fall BWO hatch is just around the corner and our high country fly fishing has been great.
Looking ahead to 2013, I'll be speaking and tying flies at the Fly Fishing Show in various locations throughout the country. Check out the Events & Shows tab for the dates. I'll also be teaching a revised version of my popular Nymphing Class with new ideas on the key elements that all nymphing methods have in common. Classes are limited in size so sign up early. Call 1-866-481-2393 for more information or to sign up.
My guide days in 2012 were very limited due to the wildfires and some other uncertainties. I appreciate all your inquiries for guided trips in 2012. I plan to announce some changes for next year's guide season in early 2013.
In other news, my most recent book, TROUT LESSONS: Free-Wheeling Tactics and Alternatives for the Difficult Days (ISBN 978-81170581) has done well in 2012 along with my two books, FISHING SMALL FLIES (ISBN 978-0811701242) and TYING SMALL FLIES (ISBN 978-0811700825). Thanks your for continuing to support.
I'm looking forward to 2013 and hope to see you at the Fly Fishing Show or at your local fly fishing shop or club.