Monthly Archives: December 2006

Bauer MacKenzie Superlight Series Review

After over 5 years in use in the guide service, we’ve never sent a Bauer reel in for service. We currently have a M.5SL, M1SL, and M2SL in the guide service and they really shine on trips. They are simple, beautiful tools that work without a hitch-that’s important when you’ve got a client hooked into a strong, wild fish that’s headed towards a log with a #22 spinner on 7x tippet.

Theaux Le Gardeur

CFA1506F / 12 Row Micro-Slit Foam Fly Box Review

The 1506F is a shop favorite. This box has brought more smiles and organization to folks in the past few years than just about any other small item I can think of. Imagine being able to put the contents of five or six boxes chock-full-of-flies into one place.The box comes with four leaves, so typically we’ll sort nymphs on one side, dries on the second, streamers on the third and terrestrials on the fourth. I have two of these boxes because I have one set up just for Sulphurs in various life stages-think..Dries, Nymphs, Emergers/Cripples and Spinners.

Theaux Le Gardeur

Swimming Gunpowder Brown Trout

underwater troutI saw a SHA plow truck today on Coldbottom Rd. The plow was conspicuously absent as is the Winter weather we’re used to seeing about now. Rest assured the water is cold, (at 42F) clear, and low. Approaching fish without spooking them has been very tough. Long leaders help but staying out of the water, even the shallows and fishing as much as you can stand it from the banks is probably your best bet.This stream report and picture is care of Jeff Lewatowski of

Hey Theaux,
Here are a few pics from a great Sunday outing on the Gunpowder at Masemore and Falls Rd. Landed about 10 browns, the largest about 12 inches all on small nymphs. This was my third trip out for the week, and by far the warmest. We enjoyed good success on Tuesday and Friday while chipping ice out of the guides. Both days we managed some good fish on small dropper nymph rigs, pheasant tails and hares ears are always a good bet in 16 and 18. Trick was using just enough weight to keep a drift in the low flows without constantly hanging up. Deeper slots near riffles were productive. Our best fish was about a 15 inch brown in great fall colors. Saw some bigger fish we couldn’t get on the hook. Fished both weekdays above Falls Rd. without seeing another angler. …… Jeff

Flyfishing the Gunpowder? Try Pheasant tails and wear gloves

With the water temps in the low 40’s, 42 F today at Masemore, and plenty of low water, (28 Cfs) throughout the catch and release section, glove up and cover more water with small nymphs in slots and runs along log jams and undercuts. Pheasant tails, prince nymphs and small scuds should work fine. Anything doiwnstream of Little Falls will have more flow but not necessarily more fish. Stay warm out there and stop in to warm up.If you happen to be fishing on a Wednesday in December, the shop will be open from 10Am till 6 PM every Wednesday and we look forward to seeing you.

More Tying Class Kudos

Hey, thanks guys for holding the Caddis Tying class. The Snowshoe
Caddis was a new one for me, and it’s all but unsinkable, (I don’t think
I’ll be buying any more elk hair). Jason did a great job showing us the
easy way to tie variations of standard patterns. And he also clued us
in on how best to fish them. That’s something you don’t find in your
typical pattern book. So, when’s the Mayfly class?

Thanks again,

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