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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Great insight Ard. Like Gunner says, looks like I need to get it in gear to get up there and book a trip with you. Maybe I can convince the wife and son that it would be a great college graduation gift for him. That would put us summer of 2016.
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    Posted 11-18-2014 at 03:02 PM by markg52 markg52 is offline
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 2

    I'm glad if these things make sense. You guys know how this fishing thing works, there are millions of people doing it and tens of thousands who are expert. All I can tell people in order to be helpful is what I've found works for me.

    When we consider 'what works for someone' it also involves being entertained and engrossed in the activity of fishing I think. When you begin to really think about how to present a streamer and how to be in the right place when you try, it gets into your head. It becomes more than just catching or not, it's more about knowing you did everything as best as you could.

    In the end that's all we have some days streamer fishing, doing the best you could. Some days you get the big reward and others send you home scratching your head and wondering what you did wrong. I enjoy it either way because I can get deep into what I'm trying to do regardless of what happens.

    I'll write more about this over the winter.

    Ard
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    Posted 11-03-2014 at 05:49 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 1

    I should probably go back and read this myself guys I'm sure that I can offer more on this topic and it'll be a long winter here. Streamers have been my main way of fishing for so long I can't really pick out a year when it started. I fished with dry flies some when it was obvious that it would be fun but always have wanted to swing the streamers.

    I can cast dries and did well with them but seldom could I toss out a little Blue Quill and hope for a 2 foot long brown. I only had that happen one time and it turned out the fish had been planted up the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon by the Slate Run Orvis Shop so their guides could take clients up there. Ray Davies and I blundered into a stretch about 3.5 miles above road access that was full of big beautiful brown trout and thought we had discovered heaven.

    That was back before the Rail to Trails system was established along Big Pine Creel in PA. I kept my mouth shut about it and took my pay Steve Haefner up and he caught plenty too, it was great. After a couple years I was having a confidential talk with one of the fellows who did guiding for the shop and I mentioned the event at Pine Island to him. It was he who told of how they gained access through the forest service to use the trail with a pickup truck and bought fish from a private fish farm to stock that stretch for their customers.

    I used to run the whole lower canyon with my mountain bike when the old rail tracks were still there. It was a very rough ride but there was never anyone up there once you were a mile or more into the trip. I found using the bike better than floating with the drift boat because I could go wherever I wanted with the bike.

    Other that one huge fish that took a Gray Fox on a size 14 hook I have never cracked the 2 foot mark on dries but got quite a few on streamers over the years. I think streamer fishing is kinda like fishing spinning lures. It's an interactive thing if you do a lot of line control and get to know what you're doing. And beside, look at all the cool flies you get to use
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    Posted 11-03-2014 at 05:41 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    Posted 11-02-2014 at 04:05 PM by cochise cochise is offline
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 2

    Ard: Excellent tips on how to learn to manipulate a streamer.
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    Posted 11-02-2014 at 01:22 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 1

    Ard: That was a great writeup on fishing streamers, thanks!
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    Posted 11-02-2014 at 01:15 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    Still Working on The Cabin;

    Ard: Your cabin is really taking shape, hard to believe what you have been able to do so far from the road system, congrats!
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    Posted 11-01-2014 at 05:45 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Thanks for your feedback fellas,

    I'll have a lot more to say as I take time to lay out the strategy for next season. I have three trips booked already and they are all multiple day remote fishing so I'll be camping a lot

    Gunner,

    It's been a while since I've heard from you. How are you? I will probably do this for five years yet until I'm 65, I can't quit before I know what I'm doing, that wouldn't fit the profile
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    Posted 10-30-2014 at 12:47 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Great read, as always. With your announcement that you are only going to guide for a few more years, I really need to get my butt in gear and make it up there before the two of us are too old! Need to practice my spey casting too.

    PS. Your cabin really looks great. A lot of hard work put into it that really shows your skills.
    Joe
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    Posted 10-29-2014 at 09:09 PM by gunner gunner is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Very interesting read as usual ArdThere are a few things I could have written too after my first year's guiding....I also keep pics of my clients...a great smile on their face is a good reward
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    Posted 10-25-2014 at 02:54 PM by jpbfly jpbfly is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Well, I guess that's why they call it "fishing"....not "catching".

    I'm still standing in line for that book.
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    Posted 10-21-2014 at 10:11 PM by fyshstykr fyshstykr is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Ard: Great read as always, thanks for sharing!
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    Posted 10-21-2014 at 07:21 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    There's a lot more to say buddy but that's a start. I'll write up some trips and post some fish pictures soon. I'm done for the season now and just hoping to get out a few more times myself.
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    Posted 10-15-2014 at 04:51 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Great insights Ard, thanks! milt
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    Posted 10-15-2014 at 10:22 AM by milt spawn milt spawn is offline
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    I'm still around but...........

    Ard: Over the past 30 years of fly fishing I have hired a lot of guides, but have never seen anyone work as hard as you do. Normally, a day with a guide down here starts with meeting at the fly shop at 8 am and then we hit the river and return to the fly shop somewhere around 5 pm. Those guys have it easy compared to what you are doing!
    Note to self: Next winter, remind Ard to tie four times the number of flies that he thinks he will need the following summer.
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    Posted 08-10-2014 at 10:31 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    I'm still around but...........

    Super interesting to read! Good on ya.
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    Posted 06-27-2014 at 10:55 PM by jslo jslo is offline
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    I'm still around but...........

    I hope those clients put up those comments on your site and reviews on the web, high praise for sure! milt
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    Posted 06-26-2014 at 06:49 PM by milt spawn milt spawn is offline
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    I'm still around but...........

    I'd can't say that I'm surprised Ard. That's great to hear those kinds of things and I'm sure very rewarding when you do hear them. Especially given your concern about those two clients. Keep up the great work and your head up even when you have those not so good days. Remember, you're making memories that will last a lifetime!
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    Posted 06-23-2014 at 08:57 AM by jaybo41 jaybo41 is offline
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    I'm still around but...........

    I just received an e-mail from some fellows who were with me 2 days last week. Here's a quote pulled from the text; "We will be back again to bag a big king for sure. Thanks for all your hard work. You are the hardest working guide we've ever gone fishing with by far and we really enjoyed it" The fellow who wrote that caught 7 salmon but the largest one was only about 10 pounds........

    That's just what I wanted to hear
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    Posted 06-23-2014 at 12:50 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    I'm still around but...........

    Hi Milt,

    Yes that was unfortunate timing for sure. Sometimes when I am alone I start to believe I couldn't catch a fish if you threw it to me and when other anglers fate just puts my fly directly in the face of the fish. Conditions where I'm fishing are tough, the water is stained with tannin and after about 3' of depth you have no chance to sight a fish. Conversely the fly must get close enough to the fish in order to be seen.........

    I'm out again Tuesday and another angler will have his chance at them then.

    Ard
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    Posted 06-22-2014 at 05:42 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now












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