I love fishing!

Besides my faith, my loving family, and writing, fishing has been a great passion in my life.  I’m not sure where this love came from – no one I’ve known in my family fishes, although I am told my mother’s father had several brothers who left Flemington, New Jersey for Montana many years ago, quite possibly to fly fish the great Montana rivers.  If that was the case, I can’t blame them for never returning.  Maybe, it was with them that this fire began.

I learned fishing on my own as a youngster.  As a child I spent a lot of time at a nearby creek catching minnows, crayfish, salamanders, and frogs.  I progressed from there, first with bait and bobber, then spinfishing with lures, and finally, about 10 years ago, I was introduced to fly fishing, courtesy of my brother-in-law.  Since then I fish almost exclusively with the fly.

I have many people to thank for fostering my love for fishing and for allowing me to pursue this great sport.  My parents always supported me – driving me all over creation when I was young – to ponds, rivers and lakes – just so I could fish.  They bought me gear too; rods, reels, nets, and tackle boxes.  My dad always took me along on business outings to fish on charter boats out of Brielle, Belmar, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

There were others outside the family who helped me become the fisherman I am today; a deliveryman who would drop off dry cleaning and take time to talk fishing with me, and Earl Pruden, known to many as The Old Fisherman of Dover, NJ, who wrote letters, sent me fishing articles, and took me fishing for carp, long before it became popular.

Finally, I cannot go on without thanking my immediate family – my wife of over 25 years who has always allowed me the time, and my kids, who have always asked “how’d you do Dad?” whenever I’ve returned from an outing.  Though none of my children are smitten with fishing like I am, my son Chris has been a great companion on many trips out of Barnegat Light, NJ, for fluke, blues, and striped bass.


20 Responses to “About”

  1. Love your site. I just stumbled upon it. Nice to read about fising in my neck of the woods.

  2. John Dwyer Says:

    I have 2 emails as you can see from above send me note either one, i get the one pasted here faster

  3. jim musselman Says:

    Here are the words of Charles Lose, published in “The Vanishing Trout” in 1931, concerning how the Brook Trout got its markings from the hand of Manitto, the Great Spirit of the Shikellemus:

    “Dr. Lose’s work has been to construct an imperishable picture of the wonderful days when the trout abounded in the Pennsylvania streams, days which will come no more, except for those fortunate enough to belong to fishing clubs where a more or less debased form of the sport of Walton and Cotton is carried on within high wire-netting fences. The sport as Dr. Lose saw it was as wild as the primeval forests and streams were in those now vanished days. The trout, too, were mostly of the primitive native variety, black with silver sides, the fish that were once held in the hand of the Great Spirit. Old Jesse Logan, of the Cornplanter Reservation, in Warren County, Pa., last of the race of Shikellemus, used to say that once long, long ago, when the Manitto visited the land of the Iroquois to lead His lost children back to the Happy Hunting Ground in the Far East, he grew weak with hunger and cold on his long quest. Towards night he stopped beside a pool in the Seneca country which was overshadowed by colossal white pines and hemlocks. Noticing that it was full of handsome trout, as black as ebony, he reached in his hand and easily caught the largest of the superb game fish. Looking at it he was struck by its beauty and agile grace, and decided to control his hunger and let it live, so he dropped it back into the deep pool, or “plash,” as the early Scotch-Irish settlers of Central Pennsylvania used to call it. The trout went its way, but instantly its sides took on a silvery hue, where the fingers of the Great Spirit had held it, and all of its kind became marked with the same silvery sheen, as a token of their having been handled by the kindly Manitto.” [From “The Vanishing Trout,” by Charles Lose, 1931, pp. 6 – 7]

  4. Hi John,

    I am the childrens librarian at the Dover Free Public Lbrary in NJ. I am doing research about a display of fish donated by the old fisherman of Dover (Earl E. Pruden). We are looking for resourses to fix the display wich is still very popular. If you rememberanything about Earl or his projects I would apprciate any info I can find.
    Thanks for your time
    Natalie H. Riggs
    Dover Library
    32 E. Clinton St
    Dover, NJ 07801

    • stflyfisher Says:

      Natalie – thanks very much for your comment. I’ve replied to you by email, but would be more than happy to help you with your research. Earl Pruden was a great fisherman, role model, and a wonderful man. Thanks, Bob

  5. Good site but needs to be kept up to date. Nothing on what flies are working this week or where? How about someone put a page for people wanting to sell flies, it would be better then ordering online or going to Gander Mountain and pay for flies made in China!. There are a couple of stores but I think $2.00 is high for mass made flies.


  6. You have a marvelous site and write from the heart, and openly. Can’t tell you how rare that is these days, on the internet. Thanks for doing what you do. If you don’t mind, I”d love to share your blog with my friends and list it on my own fly fishing blog. Thanks,

    owl jones

  7. Hi Bob

    Nice blog you have here. I stumbled on it few days back…I have been reading it for a some time now…:)

    I think I’m going to put a link to your blog in my blogroll.
    If you like my blog feel free to blogroll mine too..


  8. Hi Bob,

    It was a pleasant surprise to stumble upon your blog as I grew up fishing the Chenango and Tioughnioga Rivers some 35 years ago. I’d be very interested in comparing notes about how the Chenango, Tioughnioga, and Susquehanna Rivers are doing today from a environmental health perspective.

    As a teenager I used to fish a brown and orange Montana nymph with wonderful results. Have you tried this pattern?

    • stflyfisher Says:

      Thanks for your comment on my blog. I will respond to your email address in more detail, but it would be very interesting to do a post comparing the past, present, and even project forward – the future – of these wonderful rivers. I think the nymph pattern you are mentioning is referred to as the Bitch Creek nymph. I have some, but have never used it. I’ll have to try it this year…

      Tight Lines…

  9. Great job on your blog. I enjoyed reading several of you posts. I noticed that you include a wide variety of fly fishing blogs in your blog roll. We keep a frequently updated blog on Montana fly fishing at http://www.montanaangler.com/montana-fly-fishing-blog and would love to be included in your blog roll. Thanks!

  10. stflyfisher Says:

    Thanks for the nice comment. I will add you to the blogroll. Sure loved Montana – fly fished the Bighorn and didn’t want to leave!

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  12. I recently found your website and enjoy it. I’m a longtime flyfisher living in Steuben County. Our interests seem to cover a lot of common PA and NY ground. Please check my new blog. Best wishes!

  13. john falk Says:

    In the March, 2010 issue you write of a 1934 Adams fly patent by William Avery Bush of Detroit. Could you please e-mail me the patent number. I am interested in ordering a copy and reading it.

    John Falk

  14. andrew fincham Says:

    Occasionally, very rarely, on my trollings of the web I hit a blogger who makes me use google earth, an almanac, dig through old fly boxes, and remember the days I was first falling in love….the Susky, the Conestoga, Connequennesing, Deleware……Twenty years in the Coast Guard has taken this Pennsy kid to becoming an Alaska resident, living on the ________ in VA, and posting this from Oregon where I was fishing a summer run of steel today….If you are ever up for a drive down to VA ignore the big rivers like the Potomac and New, email me and I will tell you a wade on a river with all of the structure you know from the Susky, all of the grace you know on the Delaware, and bass that react appropriately to a swung cone head and come out of the water twice as small as you guessed and still consistently over 17-20 inches. I would only say this because I have garnered much intel from your blogging. I enjoy a river that flows from native brookies down through bronze infested riffles and holes that harbor bone setting hits from a mixed bag of stripes, large and small, and what I have never seen elsewhere…..channel cats on the surface. I fly almost exclusively, but have recently taken to drifting helgamites on a slip bobber slung from a 12 foot noodle rod with a 100 calcutta and 6 pound test. We catch, quite often, on lures of confidence. I feel a movement afoot of more people nymphing big bass. Give it a solid day! A large stone nymph (6) on a thingamabob rig will get the laziest, most over sexed rockstar of a bronze to take a sip, the smallest indication of a paused bobber and then a slap as the slack vanishes and the reel takes over…..great read!

  15. Hi Bob,
    I came across your site while trying to find good fly fishing spots in southern ny or northern pa for a surprise birthday trip for my husband. I just ordered him a pair of Simms g3 waders and boots and want to take him somewhere to try them out. We are new to the area (Sayre, pa) and I don’t know much about fly fishing, he’s also new to the sport too. If you have any suggestions or know of good guides/outfitters that would be awesome! Nothing like asking a local!

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  17. I just came across your website while doing a geneology search for information on my grandfathers family. Earl Pruden was my fathers grandfather on his dads side. I don’t know a lot about him. I told my dad I found your blog and we are planning on checking out that exhibit in the library. I also found in my search that he patented a fishing lure. I would love to know more!

    • stflyfisher Says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for your comment. I have replied to your email with more specifics. Earl was indeed a great fisherman and better yet, a great man.

      My best…

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