BEGINNERS AND BEYOND


Ken's King Salmon
 

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2019 Mentor Program Report

In 2019 6 members listed in the table below were tutored at the Little Patuxent, Morgan Run, or the Gunpowder. First timers received a copy of the Maryland section of the now defunct Mid Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and a 4 page summary on entomology. This introductory material provided the newcomer with an idea of what flies to use at any given time and general information on identifying insect types. Knot tying was discussed showing two basic knots; the surgeons knot (and surgeons loop) for tying or connecting tippet to leader and leader to line and the improved clinch knot for tying flies to tippet. Different types of leader (the standard 7.5´ 3x nylon tapered leader as described by Jay Sheppard in A Simple Trout Leader System, the Orvis braided leader, the Furled Leader, and the Airflo PolyLeader) were discussed to show them alternative setups. For those with their leader connected to the fly line with a nail knot or to a nylon butt section with a loop, the Cortland braided loop was shown as an alternative for line to leader loop to loop connections. Tippet size was also briefly discussed using the general rule of hook size divided by 3. Thus, 4x tippet is used with size 12 flies while 6x tippet is used with size 18 flies. A brief time was spent on the stream turning over rocks to show some insect life in its early stages. For those with no casting experience, basic casting techniques were shown. On the stream, casting variations including the sidearm cast and the roll cast were demonstrated to avoid overhanging trees and brush behind you. Basic short line nymphing techniques with a strike indicator and/or dry fly fishing techniques were demonstrated. Line mending was demonstrated to insure drag free fly presentation. A combination rig was also demonstrated and/or discussed using a dry fly such as an elk hair caddis or royal wulff along with a bead head nymph. The bead head nymph is attached as a dropper fly on about an 18" to 24" piece of tippet tied to the bend of the dry fly hook using the improved clinch knot. With this setup, the dry fly acts as a strike indicator to detect when a fish takes the bead head nymph. Two dry flies, two nymphs, and a streamer with a dropper nymph combination were also mentioned along with the advantages and disadvantages of these combination rigs.

Member
Dates
Streams
Fish Landed
Fish On
Insects Observed
Bryan Sirotkin
3/8/19
Little Patuxent
 3
5
A black sedge
Chuck Ridgely
3/18/19
Morgan Run
 1  Several Strikes
Few midges
Peter Schuler
5/28/19
Gunpowder
 
 
 A few sulphurs and midges 
Josh Crotty
6/5/19
Morgan Run
 2  2
Some crane flies
Peter Schuler
6/26/19
Morgan Run
 6
Several Strikes 
A few beetles and midges
Rex Wingerter
7/1/19
Gunpowder
 
 
A few caddis & a couple sulphurs
Yusra Ahmad
7/5/19
Gunpowder
 
 
Few bugs
Josh Crotty
7/15/19
Gunpowder
 
 
Few caddis
Josh Crotty
8/14/19
Gunpowder
 1
Few bugs
Yusra Ahmad
11/2/19
Morgan Run
 
 
Few bugs

Mentor Program Photo Album

The following photos were taken over the past few years during some of the mentoring sessions.