Memorial Day Week(end) Part 2a: Tioga

Left Tionesta early for the 3 hour trip to Leonard Harrison State Park. First stop was in Wellsboro to pick up some groceries. The day was superb, but the waters were high. PA had been pounded with rain over the last few weeks which meant high streams, well-fed fish and pissed of anglers. But I…

Memorial Day Week(end) Part 1: Tionesta

Arrived in Tionesta on Friday, May 24 around 4 pm and opened up the C-5 camp with the Trail Dog. The trip there took longer than expected due to various accidents along the way. Glacier wasn’t happy (as you can see in his look.) It was a beautiful, sunny day for a drive though and…

2019 Tionesta to Tioga to Sinnemahoning Drift

Well, I’m taking a little break from wrapping up projects for the next week and figured I’d put up a post. Right this moment, as of 4:45 pm no one has signed up for LL Bean Fly Casting this Saturday. That means there is an opportunity for me to start my fly fishing trip earlier…

2019 Camp Fortunate Trip

Well another Drifter Camp Fortunate trip is in the books. It began with the trail dog and I closing the shop at noon and heading north to Tionesta. It rained the entire way to camp and the yard was nothing but mud. Wasn’t the nicest of days for sure, but at least I was in…

Morning Rituals

We all have things we do religiously first thing in the morning. Tops on my list is waking up (to usually two set alarms on my phone) and letting Glacier out. Then coffee is brewed as I get organized for the day. Usually this happens by 7 am. From there I hit the vise to…

Water in the Works

So I started fine tuning the bones for a commissioned watercolor painting I have in the works. It is scheduled to be delivered at the end of May so I’ve got to dedicate some time to it. I have a reference photo that was provided by the client, however I need to make some adjustments….

Got the Box

Last week I received my first subscription box from Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation. Featured in this box were two of my sticker designs and even a nice little card highlighting who I am. Very cool of them to include this and maybe it will drum up some business for me in the future. Below…

Squatcha Lookin’ At?

I started a new sticker design of a Sasquatch holding a big brown trout. I think it might look good as a sticker or even a t-shirt. I normally would ink first, scan or snap a pic, and then work on digitally to fine tune it. But I’m trying to just go with digital and…

PA Fly Fishing Pride

Now you too can sport some Pennsylvania pride by wearing some Drifter swag. I recently added a new design to my Threadless.com storefront. If you get a chance, take a look and support an artist by purchasing something you can be proud wearing around the campfire. Lots of options and price points available. Enjoy! ~Drifter07

Headin’ North

Last weekend I had the opportunity to check out some new water that I hadn’t experienced before up north. Ryan M. and met up and hiked in about a mile to some nice wilderness water feeding into a main river close to Pittsburgh. It was a great day to be back out in the woods…

Nick’s Fly Shop Now Open

Well, not quite. But I did pick up this sweet watchmaker’s cabinet from my friends over at Salvaged PGH. They recently sourced a bunch of these things and man, are they cool. Each tray has a bunch of little paper boxes that once held watch parts. Perfect place to store fly patterns as you tie…

Buggin’ Out

Looks like I may be hitting the stream this weekend with a fellow Drifter if all goes well. My Saturdays are pretty well spoken for through July with instructing. So I better get organized for the season. And that means sifting through my boxes and figuring out a better system. First up – my nymph…

New Tricks for an Old Dog

I am pretty set in my ways. I like black coffee. I like IC Light beer. Not necessary in that order, but I stick to what I know. As for fly tying, I prefer natural materials most of the time. I like standard hooks. I use a handful of thread colors. I like to keep…

A Heck of a Pattern

I’ve had the pleasure of having Mike Heck guide me and some buddies on central PA waters. I was reading through my copy of his Spring Creek Strategies book and came across one of his patterns – that Drifter Pete McCartney says slays ’em! (He tends to get pumped up.) So I thought I’d give…

Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation

Just got approvals on some sticker designs for the fine folks over at Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation. Four versions will accompany subscription boxes in the upcoming months. Be sure to check out their website to learn about this worthy cause. I’m hoping I can continue to add some swag to the subscription boxes. And…

LL Bean Spring Fishing Event

Well this year’s session has come and gone – and I’m chalking it up as a success. We had many fly tiers crowded around the tables, feathers flying and knowledge being shared among the group. I think everyone ended up learning new techniques, patterns and tricks. I had the opportunity to show some folks some…

Hand crafted flies for fly fishing

I recently chatted with Josh from the Geppert Brothers Fly Fishing Foundation about a possible collaboration. He filled me in on the company’s fantastic mission to teach the young adults of Cambodia a marketable skill (fly tying) in order to help them fund programs to benefit their children’s education, environment, and economic situation. An excerpt…

Tying Another On

Another Fly Fishing Show in the books for the Original Drifter and I. And this was probably the best trip we’ve had going there. We left Friday morning at 6 am and listened to Orvis podcasts along the way. We stopped at the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum – which should be on any fly fisherperson’s…

Cabin Fever

Make plans to attend the Penn’s Woods West 2019 Cabin Fever Show on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Show starts at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh Cranberry900 Sheraton DriveMars, PA 16046 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 9:00 am –  Show opens10:00 am – 11:00 am  Josh Miller– How to catch more fish than…

Test Pattern: Adams Variant

I think a lot of people have a hard time tying in hackle tip wings. I know I do most of the time – so have decided to tie up some variants to try this season. I think you should too. My plan is to create a whole box dedicated to test patterns, and the…

Fish On (My Mind)

I’ve been really busy with client work, so the frequency of my posts has gone down – so I apologize. However, I have a lot of new content topics that I’m planning to share when I get some time. So keep stopping back to read my ramblings. In the meantime, and since trout have been…

Live Rough

Established in 2002, Live Rough Clothing was formed by three U.S. “Wilderness Management Enthusiasts”: Nick, Matt and Chad. Five years later in 2007, Chad was diagnosed with cancer. Even being seriously ill did not stop his spirit from their living rough motto, and he was able to mentally and spiritually beat his cancer numerous times…

Mark Your Calendars

I know most of you are chomping on the bit to throw some flies as you wait for opening day. Or, you’ve already been out in the cold like me – and are even more pumped to get even more time on the water. Well, mark your calendars for this FREE L.L. Bean fishing event…

Throwback Thursday

These snaps are from a Montana Drifter adventure back in 2013. Todd, Frank and I drifted into Alder and stayed at our western home – Upper Canyon Outfitters in the Ruby Valley. I’ve spent almost 10 years making the trip there to chase trout during the summer. I could not recommend it enough to those looking…

Mark Your Calendars!

The 2019 Fly Fishing Show makes its annual stop in Lancaster, March 9 and 10 at the Lancaster County Convention Center. You can pick up your tickets here. In past years, the Original Drifter and I have made the trip and have checked out all the stuff we could fit in, during two packed days….

Tying Tip: Thread Control

If you’re like me, your thread and wire spools are a mess. The tag ends are loose and you are too lazy to wrap them tightly, find that little groove in the spool and insert the thread for next time. Maybe not. Well I stumbled upon a site that has one solution to this challenge….

Fire & Ice

Well, another Drifter winter excursion is in the books – and the best way to describe it is with those three words. The streams were pretty jammed with ice and snow, but the camp fires were raging inside and out. I headed out for the Laurel Highlands on Friday morning after dropping off the dog…

Mix & Match

Last night I had this neat idea, well at least I thought it was, to create some sort of fly tying game to mix things up a bit. After all, as tiers we (okay, some) seem to fall into this mindset that fly patterns must follow the exact recipes we see posted. We must use…

Throw Back Thursday

I reached deep into the archives, well 2009, for a few photographs of a past Drifter trip. Here is one of our central PA trips. Oh, and we then thought it would be cool to all have mustaches I believe. Drifters are a little off. You’ll learn that eventually. Enjoy the nostalgia. ~Drifter07

Tying One On

Last evening was a really good turnout for our Wednesday fly tying night at LL Bean, here in Pittsburgh. As an instructor for the Outdoor Discovery Schools, I get the opportunity to share my knowledge of tying and fly fishing with others through the program. Many times the folks are much older than I, and…