September is knocking.

September is almost here and the anticipation of Salmon and Steelhead Season arriving in about 4 weeks is causing fly and spey rods to twitch. In other words, get ready! Salmon fever inflicts all types of ailments: brain cramps, delusions, and peculiar visual maladies that result in difficulty differentiating between suckers, salmon and even the shadows of overhead clouds.

I am sure you’re all wondering what the fall salmon season will bring, especially given the low water conditions due particularly sparse rainfall this summer. Though I don't have a crystal ball, I do have the benefit of having experienced several previous seasons on the Salmon River with similar weather conditions. The way these past seasons have played out, combined with the current conditions on the lake, suggest we could be in for a particularly good king and coho season.

Historic Penns Creek, a tributary of the Susquehanna River. (Photo: B. Kline)

Trout Unlimited issued to its members today a call to action regarding changes to gas drilling regulations proposed by the SRBC (Susquehanna River Basin Commission). According to Trout Unlimited, these changes pose a significant threat to water quality and aquatic life in the Susquehanna River Basin, which includes some of the finest trout rivers and streams in Pennsylvania. Many of the proposed changes identify an ease of administrative burdens on the SRBC, rather than scientific or case-proven rationale, as their motivating factor.

Applying side pressure when fighting a fish keeps the advantage in the hands of the angler.

Last season some time, a friend of mine and I were headed back to our cars from one of our favorite holes on the Farmington River. We were walking riverside when we came upon a young man who was hooked into a very large brown trout. He was very quiet and intensely focused. He did not want to lose this fish. My friend and I each commented on how nice the fish was and, as we both started walking away, heard the kid groan and subsequently blame us for "jinxing" his ability to land a fish he had evidently been fighting for ten minutes. My friend and I felt bad for the kid. It was, without doubt, a very nice fish. I didn’t want to be the one to tell him that it was his technique, and not our compliments, that caused him to lose that fish.

The Simms Guide Boot - $199.95

Simms' Guide Boot has become one of my favorite pieces of gear. Following is what is far from a detailed product review, but offers up a quick look at what I've come to love about these boots.

The Simms Guide Boot is one of Simms' higher-end wading boots. That said, it retails for just under $200, which keeps it well in line with boot offerings from other manufacturers. Though there are definitely cheaper boots out there, even from Simms itself, paying a reasonable premium for footwear can be considered good sense in many ways. Lousy boots can ruin an otherwise stellar day of fishing, and fast.

Simms Guide Boot


The New York DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) is slated to refund over 1.5 million dollars in saltwater fishing license fees. New York's governor, Andrew P. Cuomo, directed the DEC to begin the refund of license fees to anglers who purchased a Recreational Marine Fishing License (RMFL) in 2011. In addition, the NY DEC will be refunding license fees to New Yorkers who purchased lifetime licenses in 2010.