Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Fish of 2015

This past year was another solid year on the water for us. While we definitely fished fewer days than previous years, we made up for it by thoroughly enjoying every moment spent on the water in the company of great friends and family. We caught some unforgettable fish and banked some amazing memories in the process.

Highlights included:
-A trip to Wyoming full of many large trout, and some alpine brookies.
-First muskies
-Cape Town trout
-Another successful guiding season for Adam in Alaska and a meat eating 28" resident rainbow
-Katie catching a Great Lakes steelhead on the swing
-Carp, big carp, and bigger carp

We've put together our customary photo dump of memorable fish in somewhat chronological order.

Here's to a year of family, friends, great moments and cooperative fish.

Cheers!

















A PB for Adam


Stunning.


The Elandspad River, near Cape Town, South Africa







Homewater browns.


Some colorful Western MD action.









Ryan B with a pig...


One of many Lehigh River browns...




Countless Shad on the Swing



Spring is for Carp.




The Diablo put in some work...


Adam's single day grand slam...


Monster Tidal Carp



and monster Great Lakes carp





Tyler Nonn out carping.




Delaware blues


Tidewater Charters and Tyler crushing it...


Said goodbye to Sophie...


and welcomed "little" Murphy...


who is not so "little" anymore...

















Alaska stuff...




Eric swung up a walleye from the Allegheny...





Eric out in the Potomac catching smallmouth with Gracie standing by


Dog days of summer out on rock "beach"


Teaching Sunil how to fly fish...


Adam throwing down in some tight spots...


Riley's first carp


Jason demonstrating the power of a spinner...


Wyoming. 
So many rainbows.






Mousing.














Adam swimming with dolphins...











Matt's Fish of the Year - sightfished on a size 22 midge from an elevated bank, netted by Mark.



32 lbs. of GOLD



First whitefish














Dry fly sippers...






The beautiful brown that could not have come from a more spectacular stretch of water on our last day there.


Went for a swim after a big fish and lost it near the net.



Some Wind River Range alpine trout.







Birthday Cutthroat




Jackson Lake cutthroat on top with Uncle Vic






Justin with a beautiful brown from the Upper D...



Guiding Ben on some Delaware carp flats...






Early Fall trout trips...




Katie's first steelhead, swung up on a spey rod


Mark's Happy Place.



5 comments:

RM Lytle said...

Now that is what I've been waiting for!!! Awesome. I love those grassers, been looking for one of those along time!

Steve said...

Awesome fish porn! Murphy is a great looking dog. My daughter is wrapping up a one month stay in South Africa this week. She has been in Cape Town for the last week. The penguins look familiar. Will have to ask her if she saw anything about the river in your pics. She mentioned a "trout fishing town" earlier in her trip that was near Blyde Canyon.

Mark said...

RM, thanks for the request, it made us put this post together!

Thanks Steve, Murphy is approaching 75 lbs. now at 9 months of age. Long and lean.

Matt can answer your questions about Cape Town.

David said...

Sweet post, your blog fell off my stalking list for a while. These winter blues are driving me crazy. Your post rekindled some great memories of the last year for me.

Howard Levett said...

There are some beautiful waters around Cape Town I've been told. Would love to see some.