Adventures

AdventuresFly Fisher Fitness Adventures, welcome! This is where we will share adventures–out flyfishing, putting the fitness we build throughout the year into practice. We fly fish long and hard, dark to dark usually without incident highlighting the freedom and wealth of Fly Fisher Fitness.

Getting in the best shape of you life is a must. We will provide tips, suggestions, pitfalls and best practices to support your flyfishing addiction on this page. As I have mentioned, I am here to help you discover the wealth that fitness offers. I can’t make you fit. But I can guarantee you know all that is needed to keep yourself fit. With no back pain, increased stamina and improved balance, you’ll be flyfishing harder for longer and with vigor until………… There is no upper limit, no one knows what you are capable of.  

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Adventures April/May 2024

Fly fisher Fitness adventures, putting fitness into practice—April and early May (2024) trout outings. We had pleasant weather, fun flyfishing buddies and, of course, the water. Where would we be without the water?

The Kettle Creek adventure is freestone heaven. A semi-wilderness area where you can still see bears with cubs crossing the road, elk and bald eagles, too. Thanks to state forests and parks! These agencies need our support—even if it’s just a shout out! The agencies that manage state forests and parks are under-funded, and the workers receive low pay. But you don’t do this kind of work for the money.

Most of us take our physical ability for granted. But if you’re paying attention, you’ll see the practical application of fitness every day, especially on a flyfishing adventure. Overall, this trip was without incident, but one person fell in—surprised and unable to recover, gravity pulled him, sliding down a waxy slope. Others complained of back pain, shoulder pain, fatigue and being out-of- breath. And as you know (if you are paying attention), fitness doesn’t improve without our efforts. Flyfishing is where weak points show up! Don’t limit your adventures. Improve your fitness!

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Little Kettle Creek Trout

Freedom

The best gear and the best flies inspire confidence. But the rock solid apex of confidence is fly fisher fitness. Its wealth beyond mere equipment. It gives you freedom. You can hike anywhere, in all conditions, climb over anything and practice getting better at flyfishing with complete focus on the water and the fish.

If you are strong, fit and flexible, you can forget about life for a while and freely embed yourself in Nature. If you require consistent smartphone service, avoid this semi-wilderness paradise!

Kettle Creek Lodge, in the village of Oleona, offers top-notch fly-fisher accommodations.

We arrived too late in the day for a major outing, but a short hike into the gorge to Little Kettle Creek and boom, jolting strikes and fish in the net!

The next day we fished the Flyfishing Only—Catch and Release portion of Kettle Creek, and it too was clear and plentiful with trout. Fish took prince nymph, pheasant-tail, blue-wing olive wet fly and black ant wet fly. There are no houses. No cars buzzing by. You can marinade in the solitude of flyfishing in a semi-wilderness.

We also fished Pine Creek at Slate Run—a Class-A native brook and wild brown trout water. Big water. Three days wasn’t enough, we’ll have to go back.

Yellow Breeches

Later in the month we fished Yellow Breeches. A heavily stocked, easily accessible stream near the town of Boiling Springs, PA. Recently, they restored the cold-water feed that ‘boils’ up in the lake near the TCO Fly Shop. A new bridge that encloses the lake along redirects the cold, gin-clear feed (called the Run), creating a permanent habitat improvement for the Breeches.

One day of our trip it was sunny and 85°. Not too hot because I hiked the path from Allenberry upstream and fished the Run.

Beware as you hike. There are snakes along the trail, mostly harmless northern water snakes (I saw and positively identified two). There is the slight possibility of seeing a venomous copperhead. They like water and hang around trails waiting for an unsuspecting frog or turtle to cross. But there are less of them and they are more afraid of you than you should be of them. The best defense is awareness, you seeing it first. Use your wading staff to rustle the grass ahead of where you walk and wearing waders is protective. On a previous trip, a friend was startled by a northern water snake, jumped and contorted himself (in full gear) and injured his back. That’s the thing about flyfishing. A crisis finds you as you are, not as you wish you were. Nature’s hazards will find you. Are you prepared?

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Breeches fatty

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A double at the Breeches

Even in the most easily accessed areas, we need to be fit, flexible and aware. Nature is hazardous. But if you are in condition, you are prepared at a foundational level and you can rely on your physicality to keep you injury free and out of trouble. If not, be aware that we are all getting older (and weaker). The time to keep that ‘getting in shape’ promise to yourself is now.

See the Run at Boiling Springs.

On this trip, I saw two guys fall in the water. The rocks are slippery, the current pulls you off balance and stepping up and out of wading on to a bank is challenging. You’ll need everything you’ve got. I used my staff and all my strength, coordination and stamina to climb out of a deep, slippery hole that pulled me downstream as I fought to get on the bank. If I hadn’t been in condition, I would have went down.

Fishing the Run, I hid, wore dark green/gray and kept a low profile. And in that gin-clear, cold water, bingo. Some of the stealthiest fish took my (non-expert) presentation of prince and hare’s ear nymphs. Being in condition allowed me to hike to the area, climb around and fish with cagey finesse.

Repair and renewal happens when my head hits the pillow.

See you on the water!