Thank you all for reading this in the past year. I sit here in Columbus, Ohio with a pint of Guinness on my in laws desk. We just had a sleet storm roll through. I spent the past day out on the Chagrin River swinging flies for steehead, my first Ohio fly fishing trip. I hope to go back out tomorrow. By the time you finish reading this text, all the images should be loaded.
I'm going to tell the year of 2011 in fly fishing through the pictures I have taken. Some may be new to you if this is your first foray over here, if not, hope you enjoy them again. It was a great year. I spent over 300 days guiding, became a dad, taught hundreds how to fly fish, caught several new species on the fly rod, and we'll start fresh in a few days.
Remember that over 90% of my clients this year had never picked up a fly rod before meeting me at the water. They caught some huge fish, some medium sized fish, and some ridiculously small fish.
January was cold. We spent that time on Four Mile Run in Arlington Virginia. The carp, shad, bass, crappie, and bluegill hang out there in the winter due to the warm water discharge from the sewage plant. I consider Arlington County's number 2 as my number 1 business.
Check out the guy on the floor watching Bob Clouser
I got back to Holmes after the Pa trip to find the dam I made was blown out. We still fished the creek and found some trout.
By mid March the frogs are out and spawning. This is an indication that we need to start focusing on shad
April 7 was the best shad fishing day I have ever seen. I got in on the action as my client ended his day. We got a bite on every cast for at least an hour. Holt caught more shad on double rigged shad darts on his spinning rod. It was insane. Rain came the next day and ruined it
As the river rose to 15' we had to fish the creeks
A break from rowing and a trip to Holmes for some bluegill. Trout don't survive this late into the season due to less Oxygen held in warm water
The river had dropped enough that this client was standing on dry land which was where we were casting flies a month ago
It was in the 90s and we talked micro brews as we didn't have any beer to cool us down
The little one said to the big one 'there aren't any fish here' and then the older one hooked this beautiful smallie
The son not only hooked his dad, but he hooked this spinning rod which still had a worm on its hook!
Megan with a fun sized largemouth
These clients were awesome. They wanted to learn to fly fish before they moved to Oahu with 'waterfront property on a bay with two ocean kayaks out back' Rough life. My military clients always have great stories about places they get stationed. I have an open invitation to fish that back yard if ever I get back out there
Roaches Run. The water was cooling off by mid August. This guy caught a yellow perch on his second cast
Greg not only put a hook through his middle finger, but he caught this nice bass. It was the night before hurricaine Irene
I finished with clients early and my wife dropped off the baby lady with my parents. We went out on the lake and drank some booze and caught some fish
Me and Scott first tried to catch some wild chickens living at Roaches Run. When that failed, we tried for some snakeheads
Everyone got into some nice fish this day on the lake
I took out the guys from GoFishn for snakeheads. We saw one snakehead in the shallows crashing bait. We got a nice catfish behind it
These are out of order, they are middle Potomac pics from summer.