Here’s a new video on this past summer’s trip to Yellowstone Park with good friends, Bill and Chuck from Pittsburgh, and my son, Diego. Those trips enrich my everyday life for the rest of the year as I think back on those special times in a spectacular location.
My son, Diego, and I have been investigating the many canals and lakes in the Miami area and our guide has been
Arnold, an old steelhead client and friend who retired after working 34 years for the Miami Herald. He is presently a fishing columnist for the Waterfront Times in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Here’s a new video from last week’s trip to visit my folks in Miami, Florida.
In the summer of 2014, my thirteen year old son and I met two old friends from Pittburgh and we flew out to Montana to fish the West and East Fork of the Bitterroot River as well the rivers in and around the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone Park. The following link on Gaia GPS shows you everywhere we we went on the road and in the stream with a few photos to mark special places we encountered.
The following video documents our adventures on the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. It was our first trip to this river but by the third day we were experiencing moments that would become life-long memories.
Last spring I traveled to Spain to oversee the installation of a solo exhibition at the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo – Extremaduran and Latin American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC) in Badajoz, Spain.
After the installation, I decided to go on an adventure and fly fish in Portugal. I was dropped off by the museum driver in Castelo Branco in Portugal and a few hours later my fly fishing guide picked me up and we drove to his neck of the woods where we fished streams that were used the previous year in the World Fly Fishing Championships.
I ate every meal with the guide and his wife at restaurants in the area and I stayed at a modest home that was been used by the fly fisherman year before. The entire time I fished I did not see another angler. The trip finished with a drive back to Lisbon along roads lined with cork trees. My last night was spent in the old section of the city in front of a plateful of sardines, potatoes and fresh greens.
Here is a detailed map of every step I took while on the trip as well as a few images to document the adventure. The map was created on my iPhone using the GAIA GPS app. It d0cuments everything you could possibly want from a trip. I am going to try to use more of its feature in Montana next week.
Apart from the recent videos that I have been posting to my blog, A lot has been happening over the past few months so that have been promoted by the good folks at Orvis and by a couple museums. I thought I would provide an overview of those activities on this entry.
Two new solo museum exhibitions have been presented on waterways in Monroe, Louisiana and Buffalo, New York:
Videos have been selected into Orvis’s weekly survey of the world’s best entries of that week:
I was also named as the Trout Bum of the Week but it was no surprise to my wife who has know about my addiction for decades:
Here’s some tips on steelhead fishing in gin-clear water conditions:
The Diego and the other members of the S.A.R.E.P. Youth Fly Fishing Program also got some press:
And finally, we also got some press for our Children in the Stream Conference which was set up to build interdisciplinary curriculum around fly fishing:
After visiting my folks in Miami, I flew to Boston to spend July 4th week with my family who were staying in Gloucester where my wife grew up. The trip has provided a great opportunity to fish with my son and Kalil, a good friend, a gentleman and a fellow Orvis endorsed guide.
On a recent trip to visit my folks in Miami, Arnold was generous enough to take me out on the canal behind the “the Falls” mall to fish for peacock bass in June 2014. Arnold and I met several years ago when I was guiding him on several of our steelhead stream and I have been fortunate to have him as my friend.
This video was selected a few days later by Orvis as one of their top international videos of the week in their Friday Film Festival.
On a weekend trip to Pennsylvania with my son to visit a long-time friend, we experienced great hatches and eager fish. Afterwards, we revisited high school memories into the early morning hours.
Now that steelhead season is over and my classes at the university are finished, I am finally catching up on addressing several items on my very long “to do” list including putting this short video together.
The footage was take on one of our local streams that I regularly guide. It was late in the season and since I had the day open on my schedule I called a buddy of mine and we began our hunt. As is the case during this time of year, there were some small pods of steelhead scattered along the length of the stream but it took a good bit of walking to find them. It was a beautiful day, no one else was on the stream and I always look forward to a little “run and gun”. That’s what I call when the water is clear and you have to cover a lot of water before you find a steelie to cast to. We covered several miles that day but it was a ball!
The steelies were hitting either large (#3/0) white streamers or tiny (#10) sparse angel hair streamers.
Enjoy the video!
On May 12, 2014, we had the pleasure of having James Markham, the Senior Aquatic Biologist of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – Lake Erie Fisheries Unit, come to our Monday night fly tying class to present a very interesting Powerpoint lecture on Canadaway Creek. Canadaway Creek runs through our town of Fredonia and is where we take the kids from our program and community members fishing for steelhead. The creek is also the stream where we been restoring the brook trout population and where we have our annual stream clean-up and tree planting event.
Jim’s lecture provided a thorough overview of the history and present condition of the fishery as well as the plans for improving the survival rate and the number of steelhead that migrate up into our local streams. The data also presented a clear picture of the stream’s importance to the community and Lake Erie. It was a fascinating presentation.
I have included Jim’s Powerpoint presentation for your review but, if you missed the lecture, some of the graphs might not be accessible. There is enough in the file, however, to reevaluate your perception of the stream.