Thoughts from the Water

Things other than random songs that, “just pop in there,” while fishing.

Fishing Buffalo Niagara – Fall 2017 Update

Fishing Buffalo Niagara  2017-10-11 Fishing Buffalo Niagara Fishing this fall has been excellent. From salmon to smallmouth bass to steelhead to musky – choosing what to fish for is a tough call. We’ve been focused mainly on salmon and musky lately. Although our love for smalljaws is powerful, it’s nice for us to give them a break for a bit. Both for our sake and for the benefit of the fish. Steelhead are in the … Continue reading Fishing Buffalo Niagara – Fall 2017 Update

Fly Fishing in VA with Blane Chocklett: Re-Discover Your Region #8

Fly Fishing in VA with Blane Chocklett I’ve never been the kind of guy that has heros or mentors. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m the first born but for some reason I always believed I had to blaze my own path and make my own mistakes. I am by no means advocating this way of life. In fact, it’s kind of ridiculous. As I got older during my time in the USMC, … Continue reading Fly Fishing in VA with Blane Chocklett: Re-Discover Your Region #8

Smallmouth Bass on Midwest Waters: Re-Discover Your Region #7

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass on Midwest Waters: Re-Discover Your Region #7 If you’ve been watching our videos, you likely picked up on a theme – I like fishing for wild fish and go out of my way to pursue them. If the species is native to the drainage – that’s even better. From where we live here in Buffalo, NY to the western edges of the Midwest, one predator dominates the warm water rivers … Continue reading Smallmouth Bass on Midwest Waters: Re-Discover Your Region #7

Summer Fishing in Buffalo Niagara

Summer Fishing in Buffalo Niagara Region Summer fishing in Buffalo Niagara can be arduous if you don’t know where to go. We wrote about this a little bit last year but have picked up our game a since then (read more water time and conflicts with that work life balance). Here are some general guidelines to help focus your summer fishing plans around here: Angler’s Problem #1: Fish aren’t sedentary creatures – they move Sure, … Continue reading Summer Fishing in Buffalo Niagara

Bass, ‘Bows, and Browns: Re-Discover Your Region with a Keystone Cocktail

Keystone Cocktail So what’s in a Keystone Cocktail? Well, if you’re from Pennsylvania, you probably have various ingredients in mind. Our mix included a hefty dose of smallmouth bass, brown trout, and rainbow trout. It’s an awesome elixir served up best in late spring by guide and owner of Chasing Tails Fly Fishing – Ben Rogers. Our latest video in our Re-Discover your Region Series, “Bass, ‘Bows, and Browns – the Key Stone Cocktail,” takes … Continue reading Bass, ‘Bows, and Browns: Re-Discover Your Region with a Keystone Cocktail

Rocky Mountain Recon: Re-Discover Your Region

Rocky Mountain Recon What does that mean – “Rocky Mountain Recon?”  Recon – short for reconnaissance.  Learning a little something about a person, place, or thing.  That’s what this video is all about.  It’s a small, yet informative glimpse into this slice of the country.  A look at it’s fisheries.  A dose of it’s personalities. FISH AND SCENERY RIVALED ONLY BY THE PERSONALITIES AT PLAY For our 5th episode of Re-Discover Your Region, we travel to … Continue reading Rocky Mountain Recon: Re-Discover Your Region

IT’S AWESOME NOW AND IT’S ONLY GETTING BETTER: A Sustained Spring Pattern

Fishing Report: Sustained Spring Pattern Put simply – the spring pattern persists – and we’re stoked about that! The Niagara River and Lake Erie smallmouth bass fishing is incredible now and it’s only going to get better. This spring has been very mild and decently wet. Although it’s horrible to see the effects all this water has been having on some of the people that live along the Lake Ontario shoreline, the fish will benefit … Continue reading IT’S AWESOME NOW AND IT’S ONLY GETTING BETTER: A Sustained Spring Pattern

Spring Fishing Update 20170421-20170501

Spring Fishing Update 20170421-20170501 Spring Smalljaws Since our last spring fishing update, the seasonal pattern has come into full swing. This past winter was super mild and we thought that would lead to an accelerated spring. That’s exactly what happened. A few unseasonably warm days raised the water temperatures a good bit. Steelhead seemed to vanish in the tributaries and numbers brought to the net in the lower Niagara River came down significantly (it was … Continue reading Spring Fishing Update 20170421-20170501

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Spring in Western New York : Back at it in Force

 Spring In Western New York I would say that spring in the Buffalo Niagara Region is my favorite time of year but I think I said that already…about fall.  The reality is, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, every season is fishing season around here.  Every one of them has its own nuances, beauty, and metaphor about life – that’s why it’s hard for me to pick a favorite.  BUT – spring is easily in … Continue reading Spring in Western New York : Back at it in Force

Getting Started as Guide: The First Year

Avoiding the Quagmire in Your First Year as a Guide I am a fishing guide and charter captain.  That makes me a professional – I guess – whatever that means.  I’m new to the business so I am not an expert in the industry.  We just started our business last summer.  So the only label I can give myself at this point is that of a student. No matter how renowned they are, all the great … Continue reading Getting Started as Guide: The First Year

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