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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hooking It Up With A Couple Of Other Guides.....

Dan Locked On In A Familiar Heavily Fished Spot.....
This past year has been one of my better years for meeting new really cool people who are about as touched with the sickness of fly-fishing as myself.  I met a slew of great people at the International Fly tying Symposium back in November, and about a week later I was lucky enough to float the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts with Dan and Tom Harrison of Harrison Anglers.  From the outset, we hit it off and became friends, fishing and laughing all day long.

Guiding my fair share, even  for a guy who does this as a secondary job, I can totally appreciate it when I get a day to fish myself these days.  Lately, this is something that just hasn't happened since  I fished with these guys back on December 1.  Ya that's right, Rich Strolis hasn't fished since DECEMBER 1, 2010!!!  Holy s@%t batman!  Longest fishing less streak EVER!   Well, I need not explain, being a dad, tying flies for others, doing presentations and most of all, spending time with my wife Megan who also works full time, I would think most would understand, but let me lose track, back to Dan and Tom.   These two guys guide full time, and they stack up the guide trips pretty good which is a testament to the kind of guides and people they both are.  So, when the opportunity presented itself for them to have a day off, I offered up a day on my home water, as I was certain they would appreciate it.
Tom With A Higher Water Cookie Cutter For The Day....
Tom With Another Cookie Cutter Stinky Chaser..
Yours Truly, Cashing In Too...
The water was up, which we both learned in short order is how we like it, so I said lets ride.  The boys brought the goats and the raft and we hit the water pretty hard.  I'd love to say we fished dries all day, (well not really) but it was all down and dirty.  The stinky pinkie (as Tom would call it) and shimmer stones in brown and golden color were the ticket today, and put a good number of fish in the net.  All the likely slower seams produced or stuck fish.  Right out the gates Dan got snapped off in a nice seam and I figured the day would be pretty good.  As we made our way into some of the better water, Tom boated a medium sized Rainbow and I lost a really nice Brown that looked to be right around or slightly larger than the magic 20 inch mark.  As the day rolled on, we all got a nice fish or two, with the majority of the fish in the 17-19 inch range.  Not a bad day for an overcast chilly day in March.  We all joked a bit, and said how we wished the river was flowing at this height more often.  Sorry if I offended some of you dry fly only fisherman out there, but I gotta tell you, high water can sometimes be the best thing that ever happened to you, don't be scared.   No worries, things will be back to more wade able flows, hopefully not for too long though....

Dan With A Brown Shimmer Stone Gluttonous Butter Ball...
Like all examples of Brotherly Love, some friendly competition rang true throughout the day, but Tom was seemingly pulling ahead till Dan stuck a nice fatty brown that was right around 19 inches give or take.  All in all it was a pretty good day, oh and did I mention the flow was right around 1,300 cfs?   Not bad, but believe it or not the general consensus was even a little more water in the drink wouldn't have been a bad thing.  Look to see some more of these guys in the not so distant future as we plan on doing this again, whether down here, the Deerfield or elsewhere.  For more on trips on the Deerfield, check out their website at http://www.harrisonanglers.com/Harrison_Anglers/Home.html


By the way, GAME ON!

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