Posted on April 29 2022
Posted on March 30 2022
Posted on February 14 2022
Jim recently retired after 23 years of service in the US Army. He's the father of an awesome 5 year old son. Jim's is an avid fly fisher and fly tier. He loves all things related to two-handed rods and spey casting
Posted on January 05 2022
Jim Natiello joined TCO after retiring from the US Army after 23 years. He loves all things Spey casting, and his happy place would be stepping down through a run swinging flies for Steelhead, Coho, and Brown Trout in the Salmon River.
Posted on November 12 2021
Christmas morning stockings have always been my favorite part of gift giving. Not only do you need to find items small enough to fit in the stocking, but they need to be fun and creative. It's typically a gift pulled out of the stocking that provides the most excitement and joy for the rest of Christmas morning. I have great memories of treasures I've received in my stocking. With that in mind, I've created a list that anyone can use if they need help finding a fun gift for a stocking stuffer and all of them are less than $25...we have free shipping!
Posted on October 08 2021
For this post I’ll be sharing an in-depth breakdown of my thoughts regarding the Scott Centric 10 ft 4 wt. I chose this specific rod to add to my lineup because I was looking for something that is purely vesatile. Though I enjoy using rods that are strictly purpose built for Euro nymphing, I find that there are a lot of days that I simply want to cast a fly line instead of a long leader. As a result, I often carry two rods, one to maximize my nymphing efforts through most of the day, and one in case of a hatch and I need a rod to easily cast a fly line. We get in depth for this review, and it’s a long one, but hopefully it gets you thinking about not only this rod, but some different approaches to being versatile with less equipment.
Posted on October 01 2021
Posted on August 20 2021
With summer in full swing, I found some time to start working on what I hope will become a series of monthly fly patterns to share on Connected. Considering the time of year and the local waters surrounding where I live, the obvious choice for August is the famed white fly.
Posted on August 11 2021
New Product - FullingMill Hopper Box!
Posted by FullingMill: July 14, 2021
Hopper season is just around the corner. Have you been dreaming about throwing big bugs to the riverbank and watching trout crush them? We sure have. In honor of this very special time of year, we couldn’t be more thrilled to share our newest fly box. Introducing, The Hopper Box!
Posted on July 12 2021
Top 10 Euro Nymph Patterns - By: Fulling Mill
Modern nymphing techniques, especially those known as Euro nymphing, have exploded in popularity in recent years. While Euro nymphing has been well established on the competition scene for years, many other anglers are now realizing just how effective it is. If you’re looking to try it yourself—or looking to up your game—you’ve come to the right place. While rods and lines matter, you can’t catch anything without the right euro nymph patterns!
Posted on January 19 2021
As I sit on the couch with a fire roaring sipping a hot cup of coffee, I find myself reflecting on my morning outing on a local spring creek. I have made fishing in the first snowstorm of the year a tradition for as long as I can remember. Although, I have always been horrible at layering properly.
Posted on December 09 2020
The fly-fishing industry is one of creation and innovation. There are new products coming out monthly that are always tempting for the gear nut. Christmas is a perfect time to shop for those new and innovative items for the angler on your list. The 10 items below represent new and exciting items for the Fall 2020 season. Happy Holidays!
Posted on November 24 2020
When the summer ends and Fall begins the chilly air brings in new beer styles and different fly fishing techniques. Coffeys Sparkle Minnow and Troegs The Mad Elf is essential for a successful and fun day on the water.
Posted on September 30 2020
The double squirrel nymph has become a staple in my trout and steelhead boxes over the past few years. This little nymph is simple, and not groundbreaking by any means, but it works and it's fun to tie. I started tying this fly about 5 years ago because I was tired of my hare’s ear nymphs not being as buggy as I wanted them to be.
Posted on August 27 2020
Posted on July 30 2020
In the fly fishing world, we talk a lot about gear and accessories. This includes all of the little tools and products that are designed to make our life easier. Forceps, nippers, hemostats, zingers, floatant, shot, leader straighteners, threaders, knot tools… the list goes on. Let’s face it there is a lot of stuff out there that you can hang off of your vest or pack. For many of us, there seems to be too much stuff. We get a lot of new anglers that come into the shop that ask what do I really need. We also have a number of experienced anglers looking to pare down their packs and eliminate wasteful items that take up space and make you feel overencumbered on the water. Most people are going to be sure to have their hemostats and nippers, but there is one item that I consider essential that too many anglers forget or choose to pass on. The hook hone. Having an easily accessible way to sharpen hooks on the water is extremely important and here’s why.
Posted on July 23 2020
Summer is here and the water temperatures are in the 70s! At this point, many anglers will resort to traveling or perhaps just enjoying tying.
With the current Covid 19 situation, and travel being an elevated risk, I chose to learn how to catch carp on the fly rod this Summer!
Posted on July 16 2020
As we enter the heat of terrestrial season, I thought I’d share a recipe and some tips for tying the foam beetle. It’s a simple and effective terrestrial pattern that is extremely versatile. In smaller sizes, it can imitate small beetles and large ants, and in larger sizes it can imitate beetles and any other insect that may fall in the creek. It's a fantastic summertime pattern so check it out and get on the vise!
Posted on July 08 2020
Posted By: Neil Sunday
As the summer heat descends upon us, I’ll look to ants, hoppers, and beetles to bring trout to the surface. My home water (The Cumberland Valley) is steeped in traditions of terrestrial development for fly fishing along the Letort Spring Run and Yellow Breeches Creek.
Posted on May 20 2020
When Al Caucci and Bob Nastasi first created the Comparadun style of fly tying, they forever changed dry fly fishing across the globe. These deer hair flies sat lower in the film than their Catskill style predecessors and showed the trout something new. And the trout liked new… a lot. While the original Comparadun still dominates a large portion of each of my dry fly boxes, there are a number of incredibly effective variations on this style of tying. Craig Mathews, of West Yellowstone, MT and Blue Ribbon Flies fame, made a major contribution to tying with the addition of a zelon trailing shuck, and the Sparkle Dun was born.
Posted on April 29 2020
Emerger patterns come in many styles, but one of my favorite and most consistent producers has always been the CDC Burke Emerger. This simple dry fly pattern has accounted for some of the largest dry fly caught wild trout I have ever seen. I was first introduced to this style of flies by my former boss, Paul Weamer. Weamer is, in my opinion, one of the foremost authorities on technical dry fly fishing for selective trout and is arguably the best fishing entomologist in the country. The Burke emerger is a platform that I manipulate to cover a wide variety of insects. Tie it in a size 14 with a pinkish body, and you have a fantastic male Hendrickson emerger. Tie it in a size 18 with a yellow body, and you now have your Little Sulphur emerger covered. The versatility is truly amazing.
Posted on April 03 2020
Posted by: Lenny Gliwa
Series Overview Intro
In this new video series, I hope to teach you about the major hatches of the Eastern United States and how to select flies to best represent those bugs. The thinking with these videos is that I wanted to not only show tiers how to imitate these insects, but also to teach every angler about my thinking in approaching each hatch and how bug behavior can impact fish behavior. After working for TCO for over a decade now, I have seen what troubles most anglers in selecting flies for a given hatch and my hope is that these videos will provide some insight into my process and hopefully provide some new information to help you be more successful on the water. With that, check out the first set of videos in this group of videos, The Blue Winged Olive Series. Please let me know what you think of the videos and what else you would like to see us doing.
Posted on March 19 2020
Here are a few patterns that I will fish with confidence anywhere that trout live. From the east coast to the rockies, these flies have brought me success in all seasons and under a variety of conditions. You should try and develop your own lineup of flies that you consider your go to patterns if you don't have some already. I would fish these patterns along with a few others regardless of what fishing reports and guide books might suggest. That's not to say you shouldn't factor in some local knowledge and have other options, but having patterns you know will work anywhere goes a long way in your overall success.
Posted on March 11 2020
Posted by Chris Frangiosa
…with sinking lines and weighted flies in hand, we plied the dark waters. The flies were chosen because they looked like small defenseless grayling and after only a few retrieves with the large streamers we were onto fish. In the next few hours we caught and released many hard earned Lake Trout. The trout’s steel-gray and black spots were bright from being in the river all summer and the fish fought strong and hard. More importantly we had read all the signs, realized our abilities and put ourselves in the right place to catch Lake Trout on a fly. After climbing the steep incline, I looked back upon the now calm waters and felt a sense of triumph, an impression that we had connected with nature on a higher level that night.
Posted on March 11 2020
Choosing a fly pattern is widely considered one of the most important decisions we make on the river. At the same time, it is largely over complicated, especially when nymph fishing. During most scenarios, we as anglers can be just as effective with a few patterns of different sizes and weights. There is no need to attempt to imitate every possible insect and nymph that we could encounter. In fact, I find that if a wide variety of nymphs are drifting through the column, fly pattern will be one of the least important parts of the puzzle. Even when a very specific hatch is going on, matching the pre hatch nymphs does not need to be very exact. For instance, when fish are feeding on pre-emerging sulphurs, I don’t think a true “sulphur nymph” will fish too much different than a generic pheasant tail pattern of the appropriate size. At the end of the day, you could tie on a terribly tied monstrocity and with a good drift, you’ll find a fish that will eat it eventually. I don’t mean to imply that fly pattern doesn’t matter at all, but I think most of us, myself included, will over analyze fly selection more than we need to.
Posted on February 12 2020
In the days leading up to our expedition I tried to picture what the Yukon held in store. Nothing that I had imagined was even close to the beauty that is the Yukon Territory. This area of the world holds so many wonders that on any given day you cannot possibly absorb everything around you. The landscapes are breathtaking, the air is clean and within all of this runs river and lake systems teeming with fish. This is the fly-fisherman’s paradise of the freshwater north, and should be considered what the Seychelle Islands are to saltwater, a Mecca to which all fisherman dream of facing.
Posted on January 21 2020
If you don’t know me and just read this BLOG you may start to believe that I am a winter person. Someone who seeks out the coldest conditions and finds ways to get there and fish. That would be completely wrong. In fact, my main focus for the past 20 years has been the tropics. That is where I belong, where I feel most at home and the place I dream about.
Posted on January 14 2020
In Euro nymphing, having an appropriate leader is going to be a huge factor in your success. If you’ve done any research online, you’ve probably found a multitude of different leader formulas. If you’re new to the technique or if you’re new to leader tying in general, it can be confusing and intimidating to sift through the information and find something that is going to work for you. There really is no “right” or “wrong” leader formula, but there are a few constants that I think are really important to being successful while Euro nymphing. I’ll discuss a few different leader materials, a few basic formulas, and options for pre-tied leaders as well. Personal preference will dictate what you end up gravitating towards, but this will be enough to get you started and provide a solid base to work from.
Posted on January 07 2020
As the weather begins to dip around freezing and the October caddis hatch is a thing of the past, the only thing on my mind: Midge Season! Most of my fishing buddies have a good laugh when I tell them that, but, for me, winter dry fly fishing provides an incredibly fun challenge.
Posted on December 30 2019
This past weekend some of the TCO crew headed to upstate New York to participate in a Simms dealer camp and to do some winter Steelhead fishing. These kinds of trips accomplish a few things. Firstly, we always come back with a further knowledge of the products we sell and also get to test plenty of gear. Secondly, and most importantly, we have a chance to share special moments together as a family both on and off the water. The second one is most important, we are all gathered at TCO for a reason. We all love fly fishing and the beautiful locations and moments that come from it. In fact, we all took a mo
Posted on December 17 2019
Posted By: Frank Landis
Posted on December 09 2019
Top 10 Fishing and Outdoor Christmas Gifts for the 2019 Holiday Season
The fly fishing industry is one of creation and innovation. There are new products coming out monthly that are always tempting for the gear nut. Christmas is a perfect time to shop for those new and innovative items for the angler on your list. The 10 items below represent new and exciting items for the Fall 2019 season. Happy Holidays!
Posted on November 18 2019
Posted by: Neil Sunday
The Situation: “Cold Feet and the Perils of Winter Fly Fishing”
The Cold weather months are upon us, and many folks just seem to stay inside and let cabin fever grow! But for the anglers that are willing to adjust to the cold water temps, many feeding fish are out there and ready to eat.
Posted on November 09 2019
I’ve been backpacking for about 35 years. For the first five, my Montgomery Ward sleeping bag was rolled and bungee corded to my pack frame. I stuffed my next bag (a Coleman) into a $5 stuffsack procured from Kmart. For the past 20, my bag has either been stuffed in the bottom of my pack, or stuffed within a trash compactor bag in the sleeping bag compartment of my trusty Gregory Forester.
Posted on November 04 2019
Posted by: Brendan Ruch
As a fly shop employee there is an innate obsession with gear that sometimes gets out of control. Fly fishing is a gear sport after all. Typically when a new premium rod series is released, the shop staff will talk about what models they need to add to their rod quiver. You don’t often hear this kind of buzz around mid-priced rods. The G.Loomis IMX-Pro was announced at IFTD in 2017 and shocked the TCO Haverford staff when we got our hands on them. When we got a chance to fish these rods, it was evident that every rod in this series was designed to meet the needs of a specific style of fishing. Of course, every length and weight of a rod series is meant to serve a specific purpose, but the IMX-Pro series stands out because of how well these rods perform in their given areas.
Posted on October 27 2019
Posted by: Frank Landis with Alex Kolivras
As temperatures start to become brisk and the fall weather sets in here in Pennsylvania, you can be sure to see an influx of anglers come to the shop preparing to make their annual pilgrimage to the tributaries of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for Salmon and Steelhead. As part of this process, the fly tying room becomes a popular place for many of our customers. This is no surprise, as many of the most effective steelhead and salmon flies are simple and cost effective to tie yourself.
Posted on October 20 2019
Posted By: Frank Landis
Posted on October 12 2019
Posted by: Neil Sunday
The Problem: At the end of September, I took a road trip to Penn’s Creek located in Central Pennsylvania. When we approached the creek, we were greeted with gin-clear water and lots of exposed rocks. It wasn’t the ideal situation, but we were determined to fish.