THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH FROM 9-6
FEATURING GARY BORGER!!!
ONE OF THE WORLD'S FOREMOST FLY FISHING EDUCATORS
Come join us this coming Saturday to celebrate 10 fun filled
years of fishing, fly tying, conservation, and education! We will
have presentations, raffles, demos, BBQ, drinks, fly tying,
industry reps, and more all day from 9-6.
This will be our biggest event to date! This event is FREE to
everyone. Bring your friends and family for a fun filled day.
9AM-10AM - Meet and greet with Gary Borger! Bring your books
folks, Gary would be happy to sign them for you. Learn about his
recent fishing trips and where he is going next!
10:30-11:30AM - Gary will be giving his presentation called
'REALLY MATCHING THE HATCH'. Do you think you know how to 'match
the hatch'? Think again! Gary will give you the tools and tricks to
really gain an edge over the most selective of fish!
12-12:45PM - Dusty Wissmath will be giving a great presentation
on Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Learn about all
the hotspots you may not know about for your next visit out
12:45 - 2:30PM - Gary Borger will be tying flies and focusing on
everything "Spinning". Dubbing Loops with hair, furs, synthetics
and more. Come learn some tips you won't learn anywhere else! Gary
is a master behind the vise and you are guaranteed to pick up on
some incredible tips.
3PM-4PM - "PRESENTATIONS" by Gary Borger. Come watch an
incredible lesson on where fish are, why, and how to present flies
properly to take your fishing to the next level. This is one of the
best presentations we have ever seen from anyone!
6PM - Raffle Drawing and Close. You do not have to be present to
win any of our raffle items for the day. Anyone not present will be
contacted and their items shipped to them.
**Throughout the day**
Simms Rep, Justin Sterner will be on hand to help folks fit into
new waders properly and discuss all the new items we have
available. He can also answer questions about sunglasses and lens
color choice for all the waters you may hit this season.
Sage, Redington, Rio, and Fishpond Rep Bill Dawson will be on
hand for folks to test cast our Sage rod lineup and answer any
questions about new gear, lines, leaders, tippet, packs, vests and
Dusty Wissmath will be on hand for folks looking to test cast
SCOTT FLY RODS! That's right folks, Mossy Creek will be VA's newest
Scott Rod dealer. Dusty is an excellent instructor so get some
Tom Sadler will be available all day giving Tenkara Demos and
helping folks with questions concerning rigging, knots,
presentation, flies, ect.
Don't forget we will be serving our famous BBQ around 11:30.
First come first serve on the food until it is gone!
** APRIL 6TH MONSTER RAFFLE! COME PARTICIPATE IN OUR LARGEST
Anyone who makes a purchase of $50 or more will automatically be
entered into our raffle drawing on Saturday. Can't make the event?
Call in or place an order online for $50 or more and we will enter
you in to win!
Check out the list below!
-ORVIS HELIOS 2 10' 4 weight! $795.00 Retail Value
-SAGE MUSKY FLY ROD AND FLY LINE! This isn't the regular PMP rod
folks! This is a HOT off the press new age musky rod! PRICELESS
value as it isn't even on the market yet!
-SIMMS RIVERTEK BOA BOOT FELT- $179.95 -REDINGTON RISE FLY REEL-
Redington's most popular and best selling large arbor reel!
-SMITH OPTICS SUNGLASSES - The BEST fishing glasses from the
best company in the industry! $150-$200
-SIMMS HYALITE RAIN JACKET- Need a jacket to wear ALL of the
time? This jacket is excellent on the water or walking to the pub!
-RIO PERCEPTION FLY LINE- Another new hot off the press line
-FISHPOND TECH VEST- Vests and Packs from the industry's best
-MONTANA FLY COMPANY- We have boxes, flasks, forceps,
accessories, and more! Over a dozen great items from MFC!
1 ticket per person only on sales over $50.00. Winners will
receive a phone call for shipping details. Items will be shipped
FREE from Mossy Creek.
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH FROM
If you missed the event last weekend, then come visit the shop
on our BIGGEST day in 10 years. 100's of pounds of our famous BBQ
will be smoked with all the fixin's, sides and drinks. Gary Borger
will lead the day with presentations book signings, casting tips
and more. We will have regional fly tiers busy spinning their
favorite patterns all day. Our company representatives from Orvis,
Simms, Sage, Fishpond, Rio, Hatch, Cheeky, and more will be on hand
to answer any gear questions you may have. We will post a detailed
schedule of events and raffle items next week!
Join us Sunday, March 24, Mossy Creek Fly Fishing is
bringing a rare event to Virginia!
On Sunday, March 24th from 9AM until 5PM, big fish hunters Kelly
Galloup and Brad Bohen will be on hand tying flies and giving
presentations about throwing big flies to big meat eating fish! We
may need to throw up the chicken wire, barded wire, and throw
sawdust on the floor for this event folks. You can be sure to have
an enjoyable and entertaining time at the shop. This event is FREE
to all. We will be serving beverages, hot dogs, and burgers(while
they last). A detailed schedule of the days events will be posted
online soon and in our next newsletter.
Kelly Galloup - Kelly started his fly fishing
career at the age of 13, tying flies for the local tackle shop. He
started guiding at the age of 16 and is still guiding to this day;
well lots of years later. He owned the Troutsman fly shop in
Northern Michigan for 20 years. He sold the Troutsman and moved to
Montana where he and his wife Penny bought the Slide Inn lodge on
the banks of the Madison River. Kelly is known for hit ability to
target and catch giant trout in western waters. His tactics have
revolutionized the fly fishing world. His presentations will open
your mind allowing you to take your fishing to the next level.
Brad Bohen -
Brad Bohen grew up a fishy kid in a fishy town. Hudson, WI on
the St. Croix was a Huck Finn-like paradise in the 1970's and
1980's providing all kinds of warm and cold water fishing options
to a kid with a bike and a wandering, fish-filled mind. Fly fishing
dovetailed well into the whatever-and-whenever fishing attitude
that has driven Brad's angling passion to a full-time career;
angling, outfitting and communicating the fishing lifestyle. When
not guiding or fishing, Brad is on the road collecting new members
to his "tribe" of followers. He has established his reputation as
an authority on catching musky on flies as well as other large
predatory freshwater fish. Make sure you come see Brad one last
time before he heads north for the upcoming season!
Kelly will be giving his nymphing by numbers presentation in the
morning and his streamer presentation in the afternoon. Brad Bohen
will be holding a predator fishing Q & A session in the
afternoon. Both will be tying flies and mingling with the crowd for
the rest of the day! Come be a part of history as these 2 guys
change the way folks look at their favorite waters!
There have been a lot of great stream restoration jobs
going on around the Valley the past couple of years. Many of
theses projects are due to the efforts of Trout
A few years ago the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited
hired a full time Home Waters initiative coordinator for the
northwestern part of the state, Seth Coffman. His main job has been
to organize TU chapters, prioritize projects, apply for funding,
and see these projects through. In my opinion he has done an
That is the reason I contacted Seth about Mossy Creek.
I live on Mossy, and have seen first hand the problems with
siltation, erosion, and loss of habitat on the creek. Seth agreed
that Mossy was long over due for some repairs.
The location of my house today was under water for over
200 years. The Mossy Creek dam still stands just a few
hundred yards downstream. One reason that the banks are in
such bad shape here is because there was so much silt that backed
up behind the dam. When the lake was drained more than 80
years ago, the creek cut down through the silt. Agricultural use
and floods have also contributed to bank problems all along the
Seth applied for money to remove the dam, and restore
about a third of a mile of Mossy. We were delighted to hear about a
year ago that we received the money that we needed. The
project is set to start this spring.
The stretch being restored is at the lower parking area on Mossy
near route 42. This stretch of water has been open to the
public for over 30 years and will affect 3 properties.
I encourage anyone who has never seen a job like this done to
check it out when it gets started over the next few weeks.
The creek will be narrowed, deepened, banks sloped back,
habitat added and vegetation planted. This job will benefit
the trout, the creek, and you.
As soon as we know the date that they are too break ground
I will post it on the blog and website.
If you happen to see Seth on the creek, make sure you tell
him what a great job he is doing.
This year's summit is hosted by Tenkara USA and Mossy Creek Fly
Fishing in Harrisonburg, VA, on May 11 and 12, 2013.
DAY 1 - May 11, 2013 - $25 for event and lunch
Location: Holiday Inn Harrisonburg - 1400 East Market
Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801
9AM - 5PM: Main event - presentations, casting and tying demos,
6PM - 10PM: Tenkara Social, evening with band and party at
DAY 2 - May 12, 2013 - $75 for lunch and
guided afternoon clinics.
Location: Riven Rock Park, 6 Last Left Lane, Hinton,
VA 22831 (Park
Accommodation: We have a block of rooms
available at the Holiday Inn in Harrisonburg. We encourage you to
stay there so you can enjoy the tenkara party that
Room rates have been negotiated for $89. To book a room
please call 540-433-2521 and tell operator you'd like to book rooms
under "Tenkara Summit 2013" room block. Or visit this
site enter dates, and group code TSB.
Please note the last day for reservations under the room
block is Friday, April 26th, 2013. For camping
locations, please see the Mossy Creek Fly Fishing website more
We will be posting updates, so check back.
We look forward to seeing you at the summit!
It seems as though the last few winters have been shorter
and milder, but that hasn't changed the fact that anglers are off
the water for extended periods of time. It is easy to lose
touch with your gear through the holidays and the cold season.
Maybe you weren't willing to give up on your fall season, and
thought you had a few more trips left. Maybe you have to pack
the vest and waders into the attic to make room for the skis and
winter clothes. Regardless of the condition in which you left
your gear in the fall, now is the time to get it into working
order. It is mid February, and although it is hard to
believe, we are only a few weeks away from the first major hatches
of the year.
I have been guiding now for over ten years, and know the
importance of organization and preparedness, for successful
fishing. Here are a few things on my checklist that may help
you be ready to hit the water even earlier this year.
Let's start with waders, because it is still cold out
there, and we don't want to start the season with hypothermia.
A great way to check for leaks in your waders, besides
getting wet, is to go into a completely dark room and work a
flashlight all through your waders. If light makes it through
so will water. Then it will be time to break out the aqua
Next let's check our rods. Rods are fairly
maintenance free. Once a year I will apply ferrel wax to all
of the male ferrules. This will allow you to put the rod
together and take them apart easier, and reduce
Reels are fairly maintenance free as well. Remove
your spool and clean out any sand or dirt, and then lubricate your
reel if needed. Most reels benefit from lubricating at least
once a year depending on usage.
Fly line is probably the most neglected piece of
equipment. There are many great products from Rio as well as
Loon that will help you clean, and slicken your line. A clean
slick line can completely change your cast. It is also
important to recognize when your line is dead. Some anglers just
don't know when to say goodbye, but these lines do have a shelf
Now it's time to dive into the vest. Leaders and
tippets sometimes have expiration dates, but if they don't do some
inspecting. If they are frayed, turned yellow, are cracked,
or can be broken by hand much easier than they should, then dump
them. Guide pet peeve number one is losing the biggest fish
of your life over shoddy tippet.
Guide pet peeve number two is losing the biggest fish of
your life over dull hooks. Inspect your flies. Ditch
rusty, unravelling, or chewed up flies. Grab your hook hone
and go to work on those dull hooks. There are still a number
of great tying days left so make a list of what your box is missing
and get to work.
Some of the must haves in my vest are floatant, desiccant, split
shot, and strike indicators. Checking these now, and not
after you have driven two hours, and hiked in an hour is a pretty
simple idea. However we all get excited enough to fly to the
stream on that first 75 degree day without thinking.
One last thing, don't forget to pay the man. Fishing
licenses in Virginia are good for one year from the date of
purchase. That means everyone has a different date to
remember. There are trout stamps, national forest stamps, and other
add ons that you may need, like your Mossy Creek permit.
Head to the stream organized, safe, dry, and legal in
2013, and I hope to see you out there.
THE LEGENDARY GARY BORGER WILL BE HEADLINING OUR ANNIVESARY OPEN
HOUSEON ON APRIL 6TH 2013!
Gary Borger is one of the world's foremost fly fishing
educators. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison and is Professor Emeritus at the University of
Wisconsin Campus in Wausau. He has been a fly fisher since
1955, and since 1972 has taught classes and lectured
internationally on all aspects of fly fishing for trout and salmon.
Gary is one of the great ambassadors of fly fishing and though his
accomplishments are too long to list, you can read hisb
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY APRIL 6TH!
Please join us this Sunday, Jan. 20th, from 12 noon until 2pm
for great presentation by Jim Klug of Yellow Dog Flyfishing
Adventures; "The Top Ten Fly Fishing Destinations in the
Jim's presentation will NOT conflict with the NFL playoff games
starting at 3pm and 6:30pm! His program will last about 45 minutes
and there will be plenty of time for questions afterwards. This
time frame should allow for folks to go to church and make the
program and also not miss the playoff games….no excuses!
Jim's talk will be an overview of the most fantastic fly fishing
destinations on the planet, including both fresh and saltwater
locations. If you've ever needed a reason to refine or create your
lifetime "angling bucket list," then this is a program that you
will definitely want to check out! Great photography from all
around the world of fly fishing, and in-depth fishing information
and specifics on fisheries that include Alaska, the Bahamas,
Belize, the Seychelles, Kamchatka, Argentina, Chile, the Yucatan,
Venezuela and more.
Founder and Director of Operations for Bozeman, Montana-based
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures (www.yellowdogflyfishing.com),
Jim began working in the fly fishing industry at the age of 14.
Over the years, he has worked as a guide, sales rep, travel
coordinator, and as past National Sales Manager for Scientific
Anglers. He has guided extensively in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico
and Oregon, and has fished throughout the world in over 25
different countries. In 2000, Jim founded Yellow Dog, a fly fishing
booking company that has grown to become one of the largest
entities in the fishing travel business. As Yellow Dog's Director
of Operations, Jim spends a lot of time scouting and researching
destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America. Aside
from his ongoing work with Yellow Dog, Jim is also the
co-founder and executive producer for Confluence
Films, a film production company that released the fly
fishing movies DRIFT (2008), RISE (2009)
and CONNECT (2011). Confluence is currently at work on
their new film, WAYPOINTS
2012 had been an incredible year for our shop and we want to
thank everyone for the incredible amount of support that has kept
us growing for the past 10 years!
We are currently packing our 2013 schedule with great events,
programs, expanded guide services, and new trade shows! Be sure to
mark your calendars, watch our website, blog, and social media
outlets for updates.
We will kick the year off with a great program on Sunday,
January 20th with a visit and presentation from
Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Travel owner JIM KLUG. Plan on a
wonderful presentation on some of the worlds most remote and
hardcore fishing destinations starting at 11AM at the shop. Drinks
and snacks will be served.
Come check us out at the FLY FISHING SHOWS January 25th,
26th, and 27th at Somerset NJ, February 9th and 10th in
Winston Salem NC, and March 1st and 2nd in Lancaster
CLICK HERE FOR THE FLY FISHING SHOW SITE!
We will also be attending the
National Capital Show in Bethesda MD on Sunday March 10th and
VA Fly Fishing Festival in Waynesboro, VA on April 20-21st.
THE MOSSY CREEK 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OPEN HOUSE will
be SATURDAY AND SUNDAY APRIL 6TH AND 7TH!
We are proud to announce that our shop will be hosting the
2013 TENKARA SUMMIT here in Harrisonburg, VA on
MAY 11th and 12th! Details will provided once
registration opens in January on the
TENKARA USA WEBSITE!
Colby is now on the AFFTA advisory board and Tom Sadler is still
a chairman on the AFFTA board. As a member of AFFTA, Mossy Creek
will once again visit the IFTD show in 2013 in Las
Vegas in July to check out the latest and greatest fly
fishing products to remain at the forefront of the industry
providing the best products and services available!
As our guide services and classes continue to become more
popular, we are expanding upon our guides and instructors for the
2013 season. We have had a few guides in training for the last 2
years that will help increase our number of daily bookings. It
is looking promising that we will even be bringing a few
independent guides into our team for the upcoming season as well.
We pride ourselves with having the friendliest, most knowledgeable,
and best guides in the industry.
We are constantly enhancing our available private waters and are
looking forward to continuing to working with local landowners to
open up new exciting fisheries! Peak season weekends are now
starting to book for the 2013 season so check your calendars soon
to get your trip on the books!
See you on the water in 2013!
Matt Estreich from TV3 Winchester brought a camera crew for his
beginner class with Brian.
You can watch it on YouTube here.
Matt did a great job, picked up casting very quickly and enjoyed
success on Suzy Q.
If you are interested in learning to fly fish this video gives
you a great overview of the classes here at Mossy Creek Fly