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Where do all of these hatchery fish come from?

posted Feb 19, 2012, 5:08 PM by Michael Lang   [ updated Feb 19, 2012, 5:24 PM ]

This past week I stumbled across another great video, this one demonstrating the Trout Spawning Process at Iowa's DNR, Manchester Hatchery.  Take a look.

As most fly fishermen know, your states Department of Natural Resources (DNR) webpage is a great source of information, and will typically include:
  • 2012 Trout Stocking Schedules
  • Opening day for fishing including early openers
  • Fishing contests for kids and adults
  • Special deals on travel and lodging
  • Stream reports, fishing conditions, and more

You may have to do a little "fishing" yourself to find the DNR page for your state.  For instance, here in PA, I went here.

When researching Colorado fly fishing I ended up here where I learned that:

"Hatchery staff at the Roaring Judy hatchery collected 11 million eggs from Kokanee salmon running out of Blue Mesa Reservoir this fall, a record harvest which ensures that it and 26 other reservoirs that rely on stocking will receive an ample supply of salmon fry next spring."

Take care,

Underwater Trout Video from

posted Feb 12, 2012, 3:30 PM by Michael Lang   [ updated Feb 12, 2012, 4:39 PM ]

Last week I stumbled across an intriguing video on a site called  

How many times have I wondered to myself, "Where are all the fish!?!?!".  Maybe, as JD shows us, they are right there, snubbing our offering. 

While I am not a troller, similar concepts apply to fly fishing with dry flies, or nymphs. 

More often than not, when the trout refuses to take our fly, it is just that there is something that appears "off" to the fish.  While there may be enough to get his interest, and while such an oddity generally won't be enough to frighten the fish away, few fish will actually strike the bait.  What's more, from my experience, most trout do not seem to have the inclination to pursue something that they are not going to get to eat, for very long.

In his video, JD suggests that it may make sense to "try a zig-zag pattern, or constantly speed up or slow down" while trolling.  This makes good sense for the trolling fisherman, although most of us know that the opposite holds true for dry fly and wet fly fisherman.  In our game its all about the natural drift, going with the flow of the stream, and a natural presentation.

Yes, I do not troll, but still, I love this video.  Nice work, JD.

Take care,

February 4, 2012 - Fly Tying Forum Postings

posted Feb 4, 2012, 5:42 PM by Michael Lang

While getting ready for opening day of trout season here in the Lehigh Valley of PA, I decided do a little fly tying, and also snoop around the web to see what other people have done regarding taking photos of trout flies from below.

I ended up rediscovering a wonderful forum discussion with some great pictures at:

This led me to Cap'n Fishy's website, with some fantastic fly tying.

Get tying boys and girls.  Opening day will be here sooner than you think.

Take care,

April 15, 2011 - The New Underwater camera Rig, and 365 Days of Flyfishing

posted Apr 16, 2011, 10:33 AM by Michael Lang   [ updated Apr 16, 2011, 10:37 AM ]

Two quick notes. 
A while back we got a very nice mention on the '365 Days of Flyfishing Blog - (' website.  Please go there and check it out.  It is a great read, and is very different than anything I have seen in the past.
Also of note, I just finished making my underwwater camera rig.  Up unitl now it have been broomsticks, PVC pipe, and duct tape (literally...).  Here is how it came out:
I can hardly wait for the water to clear up (we have been having no-stop rain, and significant flooding...) to get back out and try it out.  You can see the video that we have already shot here.
Take care,

January 15, 2011 - Scandi West Fly Fishing comes onboard!

posted Jan 15, 2011, 2:28 PM by Michael Lang

Earlier this month I was contacted by Lars Ake Olsson regarding our fly tying mirror.  I did a quick search on the web before calling him and found that this little experiment we call 'Trouts Eye View' had just opened another interesting door. 
Lars as it happens, is quite important in our sport. 
1989 - Created Idsjöströmmen, Scandinavia's first catch-and-release river
1992 - Received the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) Conservation Award.
Wrote two books on fly fishing:
  • Fly fishing in the Mountains (Flugfiske i Fjällen)
  • From My Fly Box (Ur Min Flugask)
  • numerous articles for Swedish and international fishing magazines.
Has appeared in the anthologies: The World's Best Trout Flies, The Grayling, and Dream Fishing.
A featured guest and fly tyer at international trade shows
Held numerous fly casting and fly fishing schools throughout Europe and the US.
Appeared several times as a featured guest on Swedish National TV
Profiled with his wife Jennifer on PBS's Western States Fly-Fishing Journal.
And he's interested in us!
Well, as has happened before, this meeting has been very beneficial to both of us.  We received some expert comment on our product, we each shared some great stories about the sport and what it has brought to us, and Lars has decided to carry our product and will be offering it for sale in his fly shop in Sweden!
I promised to keep my blog entries short, so let me end with a hearty thanks to Lars and Jennifer, and the suggestion that you visit Scandi West Fly Fishing for more info regarding their achievements.
Take care,

November 7, 2010 - Australia likes us (and we like them, too!)

posted Nov 7, 2010, 9:00 AM by Michael Lang

We just sold our first unit into Australia, (thanks Phil!) and in the process met yet another person who is passionate about this wonderful hobby we share (Again... that would be Phil).  Within two days of meeting through our website, Phil noted that we had already become Pen Pals of sorts.  I learned about his wife Kerryn (who is also an avid flyfisher and tyer!), their club (, kangaroos, and more.  And, as a result of this meeting, I have decided to change the site to accept credit cards directly, as well as accept PayPal payments.  This should make things easier for our customers. 

August 23, 2010 - Fly Tyer Magazine!

posted Aug 23, 2010, 6:09 PM by Michael Lang

Interest in the Trout's Eye View Fly Tying Mirror has been fairly consistent all summer, but that seems about to change.  David Klausmeyer has been kind enough to mention our product in the latest issue of Fly Tyer Magazine (  The magazine hasn't even hit the newsstands, but apparently some issues have reached subscriber's mailbox's because things just got all sorts of busy around here!  One of my favorite parts of all this excitement comes from the personal messages I receive from people who are as excited about this hobby as I am. 
Comments like: 
  • Great idea.  Will spread the word to others.
  • If you ever come to Michigan maybe we can wet a line together.
  • Just so you know, I've been looking for something like this for a while.  Thanks!
And that's not the only good news.  Here in the northeast part of the country, its been a hot summer, making for some challenging fishing.  The Little Lehigh is as low and as clear as I have ever seen it, so its the stealthy anglers using 8x tippet and a gentle presentation that are having the most success.  I hooked into a couple of beautiful browns this past weekend that were casually sipping tricos in the long pool downstream from the riffles.  I find it to be such a kick...  watching that fly that I tied gently descend to the water's surface, hoping that I timed it just right, and then...  There he is.  Is he going to snub me?  Nope, not this time he isn't!  Fish on!
Enjoy the fishing,

April 9, 2010 - Petri Dishes and 'Bass Eye View'

posted Apr 9, 2010, 5:40 PM by Michael Lang   [ updated Apr 9, 2010, 6:01 PM ]

Good news!  Folks have been asking us to carry specimen containers for replacement purposes, and now we do.  Trout's Eye View uses high quality NUNC brand petri dishes because of their excellent optical quality, and because of the great features they provide such as the "raised ridge bottom", which helps to keep your specimen container from becoming scratched when placed on a flat surface.  We have just received a  large enough shipment to begin offering replacement containers, and I will have them online this weekend.
I also traded some great emails with 'Gary from Braintree, MA' who wrote "First let me say this is a great idea... I looked at it closely an my first thought do they make a Bass Eye View?".  Well, Gary, while we do not call it "Bass Eye View" (we refer to it as Trout's eye View's Jumbo Fly Tying Mirror) we do have the plans for just such a unit.  The design is essentially the same as the standard size unit, but incorporates a 3.25" x 1.00" petri dish and a proportionally larger base.  We do not currently offer these for sale (it's just a prototype at this point), but if anyone else is interested, let us know and maybe that will change.
Trout season opened here in the Lehigh Valley last weekend.  Believe it or not, I have yet to "put in".  This little hobby called Trout's Eye View is keeping me kind of busy, but I will be on the Little Lehigh this weekend.   But I did see a young man land a 22" Palomino (aka golden trout) on Monday.  One of the prettiest fish that I have ever seen in these local waters.
Enjoy the fishing,

March 26th, 2010 - Units in stock, and pictures on the board

posted Mar 26, 2010, 7:14 PM by Michael Lang

Fabricating the fly tying mirror is something I love to do, but the other demands of setting up this little business made me realize I had to find someone who could be trusted to fabricate high quality bases, freeing me up to work on other tasks.  I found such people (refer to March 6th, 2010 - Meeting new people...) and this week they delivered the first batch of 100 bases.  With a new supply of specimen containers due to arrive early next week, I am ready to start offering the product in quantity once again.  I just realized that within three weeks time I went from not knowing Kenny and Judy (my base supplier), to making real friends.  Regardless of where this little experiment leads me, Kenny and Judy are are now part of my life.  They're good people.
Hopefully you have had a chance to peruse the Photo Library, and specifically the Adams Dry Fly pictures.  What a kick I got as I prepared those pictures, and found that as the fly wetted to the water it slowy began to ride lower in the film, ending up looking like an emerger.  You know when your fly begins to sink, and you flick it dry, or possibly use a dessicant to dry it off and get it to float again...  Do you realize how your fly looked to the fish just before you did that?  I created this darn thing and I still get tickled whenever I discover something new.  I hope that you are enjoying yours as much as I enjoy mine.
Our debut in Fly Tyer Magazine will unfortunately be delayed until the Fall issue.  While this is a disappointment, David Klausmeyer owes us nothing!  He has been great to us with his words of support, (his latest quote, "It's a brilliant idea that will benefit all serious fly tiers.").  David's current plan is to prepare a much larger article that will include a broader look at entomology and should drive even more understanding of the subject matter and into the benefits of the fly tying mirror.  I think that David has the right idea.  Afterall, it was my exposure to entomolgy through Wendel (Ozzie) Ozefovich's 'Underwater World of Trout', Ralph Cutter's "Fish Food" and "Bugs of the Underworld", and Don Baylor's talks at the Little Lehigh Fly Shop that led me to even think about a trout's eye view of the world.
Hey, these blog entries were supposed to be short... 
Take care,

March 20th, 2010 - Product improvements and a bit of fishing...

posted Mar 20, 2010, 6:50 PM by Michael Lang   [ updated Mar 20, 2010, 7:23 PM ]

While the feedback regarding our Fly Tying Mirror has been incredible (better than I had dared hope for - see here), there was one suggestion that came from several people.  In the original design, the specimen container is not captured.  It merely rests on the shelf.
This was because the prototype made use of a much larger specimen container, which overhung the shelf.  When I finally located the right specimen container for the job (a high quality Petri dish chosen for its superior optical qualities and for the molded-in standoff that prevents the bottom of the Petri dish from getting scuffed), I simply failed to upgrade the design to capture the dish.  Well, this feedback was so important that we immediately stopped selling the product until we could prototype and prove out the new design.  It is done, and it works GREAT!  All new units will ship with it a captured container.  We are looking out for our existing customers by working with each of them to see if they would like to exchange their product for the new models, because that's how we roll.  It's a 50-50 split so far...   Some customers must have realized that these first units will be worth a fortune in the future.  You know how vintage fly fishing gear can be! 
And as for the fishing?  Opening day is two weeks away, but here in the Lehigh Valley, I am fortunate enough to have two 'Fly Fishing Only - Special Regulations' streams within 10 miles of my home.  These sections are open all year round (catch and release only), and feature wild trout.  Today's action?  A 13" rainbow, and a Sucker Fish both taken on sucker spawn.  (don't scoff at the sucker...  He was wild...  Haha)  Blue Wing Olive's (BWO's) were hatching all day, but the fish were not rising.  That's probably because the water on the Little Lehigh is still rather cold, but with the warm weather we are having that will soon change.  Other fishermen were having some luck using Olive Wooley Buggers. 
It was a great day to be outside.  Still, it's the dry fly fishing that I yearn for.
Take care,

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