finding my spot

Our moving stuff from the US arrived about a week ago and the apartment is starting to look like a home.  Kids are happy to be sleeping in their own beds, Wife is happy to get her kitchen back in order, and I'm happy to see my fishing stuff back on the desk.  It's been steaming hot in Seoul the past few weeks, so hot that I hesitate to go out even to drink.  It's nice to sit at the room in the evenings, the London Olympics on TV and tying a few flies.

As I look at the boxes full of flies, I wonder why I spend so much time getting flies out of trees when I feel like I have a bunch of flies to last me years.  I guess flies to me are like having enough toilet paper. I wonder why I have so much of it, but then I think about that moment years ago when I ran out and that makes me feel okay to buy the super jumbo pack.  Plus with flies there is that local (Korean creature) element to it, although I've never been a hard core match the hatch kind of guy.  In any case, it's nice to be able to sit and wind some thread to a hook.



They call this place "God's Country" for reason.  It has been three days here and everywhere we go "wow" is the only word we can use to describe the beauty of it.   I will organize the details of the trip and post it once I return as it took me an half hour just to post the picture below. 

foot prints at Yellowstone

At this moment, I imagine Charles and Patty somewhere in Yellowstone leaving foot prints. I can't wait to hear from them on the trip and see the photos.  Safe travels.


Dad & Kids Day.

Soboro and I took the kids out fishing on Saturday. Soboro's daughter will soon be leaving to college so he wanted to take her fishing to our favorite creek in KangWonDo.  The water was running a little high from the recent rains and the fishing was tough, but we had a great time anyway.  My kids were more interested in building small rock dams & checking out creatures around the creek.  I am glad we have fishing to bring the family together.

New discovery

My map collection is getting somewhat comprehensive. Recently ordered trail map of Catskill region to help me discover lesser known creeks which is my preferred fishing ground. 
Although we had a few showers lately, the water level around here is still low.  Found a creek in the map which had a lot of tributary streams feeding in and decided give it a try.

Even with added water from its tributaries, water level seemed very low.  Luckily, the creek has steep grade so naturally deep pocket waters were at every turn.

 As always, prospected with an ausable bomber.  I worked every pool and run with no takes.  Same result with a caddis as well.  But things changed when I decide to give a beetle pattern a try.  Two trouts went after the fly at the same.  Never seen that before... 

Mainly browns inhabit this creek.  Small but feisty VERY feisty...

Can't wait to try this creek in different season.

I couldn't wait for this...

The Northeast region is going through typical summer fishing condition.  A few heatwaves went by recently which prevented me from fishing and finally I am blessed with low 80 degree temperature for the weekend.  Broke many state speed limit law on the way to the creek. 
 Low and jin clear water made my back paid for it today.
Surprised to find this big brookie in somewhat shallow pool. Must been hungry as it went after my fly with vengeance.
The rod in the background is a new addition to my bamboo collection.  It is a 2wt rod with very slow action which I will need alot of practice... Fighting this brown with the rod was a blast.


Korea Fly Fishing (summer)

Here are some beautiful images from the various fly shops in Seoul. Summer fishing is not easy in Korea (too little water followed by too much water) but each shop seems to be finding its own spot & target species. My schedule is making it hard for me to fish these days, but looking at these promising photos helps me from going insane. I'm looking forward to going out on the guided trips with some of these shops. Stay tuned.

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AdamsFly (http://www.adamsfly.com/)

FreeStone (http://www.freestone.co.kr/)

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Trutta (http://www.trutta.co.kr/)