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  • The Situation: “Cold Feet and the Perils of Winter Fly Fishing”

    Posted on November 18 2019



    Posted by: Neil Sunday

    The Situation: “Cold Feet and the Perils of Winter Fly Fishing”

    The Problem: 

    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.

  • Outdoor Research UL Compression Sack Review

    Posted on November 09 2019

    Posted by: Matt Brindle

    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.

  • The Hardest Working Rods in My Quiver: Loomis IMX-Pro

    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.


  • Great Lakes Steelhead Flies with Alex Kolivras

    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. 

  • Euro Nymphing Rods Explained

    Posted on October 20 2019

    Posted By: Frank Landis

    One of the first things people ask here at the shop when thinking about getting into Euro Nymphing is “Can’t I just use my 9 ft 5 Weight?”. The short answer to that question is yes. You could pretty much use any trout rod to Euro nymph. In a pinch, I’ve fished Euro leaders with my fast action 9 ft 5 weight and was able to make it work and catch a bunch of fish. Despite this, myself and most others would agree that getting the right tool for the job is going to make a huge difference. 
  • The Situation: Finding Success in Low and Clear Water

    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. 

  • What Is Euro Nymphing?

    Posted on September 27 2019


    Posted By: Frank Landis

    If you’ve stopped by a fly shop recently, watched some fly fishing videos online, or simply spend a lot of time on the water, you’ve probably heard somebody talk about Euro Nymphing, tight line nymphing, high stick nymphing, Czech nymphing, Polish Nymphing, Spanish Nymphing, French nymphing...you get the picture. But what does all of that mean? You can probably scour the internet and hear many different versions of what all of the aforementioned techniques entail, but let’s break this down simply. 

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