Monday, August 27, 2018

Our two handed casting clinic - Spey 2.0 - for the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing was a a big success and a ton of fun.

We had an excellent summer day in Narragansett with a terrific group of people. In our previous class with focused on tossing skagit heads with circle spey and double spey casts. This session focused on scandi lines and singles and snake rolls.

 Thanks again Craig Buckbee and Jim Barr for all your help. In the future we hope to do a 3.0 class that would focus on casting and fishing mid-belly lines.








Kangia updates

A few more photos from Kangia River Camp. 
This is such an amazing place to fly fish. I will be taking a group back next July, please don't hesitate to reach out in you are interested in learning more.

 One of Matt's beautiful Arctic char.


On an average day we hike between five to eight miles on game trails along the river.  We walk, we fish, we rest, and we fish some more.



Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Back from another terrific journey to the Kangia River in southwest Greenland. Arctic char were late coming in this year, but moved into the Kangia during our week. Thanks again to the Solid Adventures guides and staff for taking such great care of us. 

Our group of 10 landed some very nice fish in the 8-12 pound range.  We fished single and small two handed rods on a variety of small streamers.

 I will post more photos as them come in but want to thank everyone who made the trek and I really look forward to traveling with you guys again. 

I will be hosting another group to Kangia River Camp in the summer of 2019. We will be there July 25th to August 3rd. 

Thanks Matt for the photos.


 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018


My 2019 dates are set for Argentina. I will be taking a group back to Estancia Las Buitreras from Feb 9th-16th. This is an amazing trip for sea run browns.


And I am taking a smaller group of four back to Los Plateados from April 6-12th for Atlantic steelhead.


I still have a few openings. If you have questions about either trip,  please don't hesitate to get in touch.

April Two handed clinic

 Just wanted to get these up from our April two handed clinic in Rhode Island. Great group of guys and I know we will see some of you back August 25 for our next session.  It was a pleasure to spend the day teaching with Craig Buckbee and Jim Barr.




Sunday, May 6, 2018

Capt Jim Barr from the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing posted this updates on our April 21st two handed clinic.




And what a day we had! On Saturday April 21st we held a day-long two-handed fly casting clinic on the Narrow River, in Narragansett, RI.

We had eleven casters registered for the class, gents from the Boston area, Central Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. The weather was perfect, and the casters and instructors were excited. Most of the students brought their own Spey and Switch rods, and in addition the instructors brought a wide array of two-handed rods and fly line combinations for everyone to cast and experiment with.

The day started in the parking lot at the Narrow River with everyone practicing their two-handed stroke using 1/2" diameter- 5 foot long pvc pipe dummy rods. We then packed our rods, reels, lunches and folding chairs and waded out to the river flats. The instruction team was headed up by John Bilotta and Craig Buckbee, both highly qualified two-handed casting instructors who have a ton of experience teaching and fishing with these beautiful casting rods. The emphasis was on learning (and improving) the students techniques for the Double Spey and Snake Roll casts as well as entertaining lots of questions from everyone on gear and casting techniques.

I was primarily the logistics guy for the event as I have limited Spey casting experience, most of my two-handed casting has been with a Switch rod, a great rod for reaching long distances, but nothing that compares with these 13 -14 foot spey rods. However, despite the phrase to the contrary, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, I learned a lot that day.

Many of our students asked when we were going to hold our next two-handed casting clinic. Our thinking currently is we will be holding another day-long event in early September.
At that clinic we will be teaching a variety of new casts beyond the basic ones we featured on April 21st.


If you are interested in learning more about our Spey clinics, fire-off an email to me and I'll be happy to bring you up to speed and keep you in the loop.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Our trip to Estancia las Buitreras in late March with a big success. We filled the lodge and what a great group. Lots of people who were pretty new to two handed fishing, landed some good sea trout. We fished a variety of two handed 7-8 weight rods, with Rage or Scandi heads and intermediate poly leaders. Flies were a variety of girdle bugs and nymphs. Largest sea run brown  of the week was 21 pounds. The Solid Adventures crew at the lodge was outstanding.

Estancia Las Buitreras 2018.

 Back from two great trips to Estancia Las Buitreras and Los Plateatos in Santa Cruz province in Argentina. I really enjoyed my time with both groups and look forward to traveling with them again.




We were fishing for sea run brown.






















Below are few pictures of Los Plateados. We were fishing for Atlantic steelhead.


 Conditions were tough this year because a glacial dam rupture up river shortly before we arrived on. Water levels on the Santa Cruz were high and the silty. That said, I really enjoyed the company and will be back on the Santa Cruz next April.




 It is a fabulous river to fish a with a two handed rod, a skagit head, sink tip and big intruder flies.




Thursday, December 28, 2017


Thanks everyone for a great 2017 year.

 I am lining up my 2018 hosted trip calendar. 

So far:

March 22-31 -Estancia Las Buitreras - Rio Gallegos, Argentina
March 31 - April 7  - Santa Cruz Argentina
July 26- Aug 3 - Kangia River Camp, Greenland
Sept 22 - Sept 29 - Naknek River Camp, Alaska

I have a few spots open. If you are interested in joining us, please let me know.

John

Saturday, November 4, 2017

India Sept. 2017. Took a while to get us all together for this picture. What a terrific group.


And my thanks to the Himalayan Outback team that makes it all work on the water and behind the scenes.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Alaska next September?  I am taking a group back to the Naknek River Camp from Sept 22-29th for the big rainbows. This is an absolutely perfect time of year to hit the river with your favorite two-handed set up.  Let me know if you might be interested in joining us.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017


I had a terrific trip to India in September with Himalayan Outback. September is a wonderful time of year to travel and fly fish in the northern rivers along India and Nepal.


On this trip, I hosted a group of 11. They were a terrific group of anglers from the UK and AUS and I look forward to traveling with them again. We had a good time floating, exploring and fly fishing the Saryu river.

 The Himalayan Outback team is terrific. If you are considering a fishing or trekking trip to India, I highly recommend them.  Get in touch with Misty Dhillon at www.himalayanoutback.com  I look forward to taking another group back in 2018.