Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2016 Fly Fishing School Dates

Here are some school dates for the 2016 season:
April 24    completed
May 14     completed
June 11     completed
June 19     completed
June 25     completed
July 9        completed
July 16      completed
Augst 20   full
Sept 11      full
Sept 17      1 space available
Oct 2         4 spaces available

The schools are designed to cover skill levels ranging from the pure novice to the "I've tried it, I liked it, but I do not know what I'm doing!"  Under the watchful eye of our instructors, you will lay a solid foundation for your life long adventure in fly fishing.
Upon completion of this comprehensive full day school, you will be skilled and confident enough to pack up your fly fishing gear and head out to enjoy a trip on the water of your choosing.

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Michigan Strip Trip

          I recently got back from spending a couple days up in Grayling, Michigan.  Grayling sits right on the Au Sable River, which is my favorite place in the whole world.  It's streamer time up there... rising water temps, stained flow and elevated water levels bring some of the biggest, baddest, browns in the midwest out to feed.  Combine this with some overcast days and you have the recipe for some awesome streamer fishing.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016



                                                           Outfitters for the Field and Stream

Hyde Park Square
2708 Erie Avenue Cincinnati, OH  45208
Tel: 513-871-FISH

Hybrid & Spring Fishing Party
 APRIL 7 from 6-8pm

This party has become a bit of a tradition at D&H. We do it to celebrate the end of winter and new season of fishing. Come drink a few beers with us and learn more about local fishing opportunities. It really is just a party for fishermen and women. This migratory fish is a species like no other around the tri-state. We have some great fishing just 10 min from the shop! These fish are half Striper and half White bass so they fight like a saltwater fish and are fun to target on rods 7wt and up! Come celebrate the start of the season with D&H!

-         Refreshments and snacks
-         10% off all fly tying material, tools, and flies
-         Talk about gear, tippet, flies, etc…
-         Techniques and tips
-         Check out new hybrid flies
-         Talk about guide trips and tell fish stories
-     Scientific Angler fly line trade in!


Fly Fishing in Belize September 2016

Bucket List Alert!!
Join us in Belize.
Extremely Limited Space Left

Join D&H for an amazing saltwater adventure to Belize.  We will be staying at the renowned El Pescador Lodge.  Our long time fly fishing school instructor and his wife, Brian & Julie Barnard, were there this past September, and will be your hosts for this trip.

The Fishing

The Caribbean waters in and around El Pescador are home to incredible schools of bonefish, resident and migratory tarpon, and giant permit. In addition, there are good numbers of barracuda, snapper, jack, and snook. If you ever wanted to land a Grand Slam-Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish- this is the place to do it.
A typical day includes 8 hours of guided fishing from a flats boat.  You and your fishing partner will take turns at the front of the boat casting over schools of bonefish, tarpon and permit. After a great day on the water, your guide will bring you back to the resort with plenty of time to enjoy the afternoon.  You can relax poolside, play a game of pool, enjoy a drink at the bar, or plan other adventures like fishing in front of the lodge, kayaking, scuba diving, getting a massage, or snorkeling. There is no shortage of great things to do!

Food and Lodging

The trip includes staying in the main lodge at El Pescador.  Your room will be a few giant steps from the pool, the beach, the bar and tailing bonefish!  You just can’t beat it.
All meals are done family style with dinners including items like steak, shrimp, lobster tails, fresh fish, etc.  All meals, drinks (including alcohol) and appetizers are included in the price of the trip.

Given the proximity to the equator, the temperature in Belize remains relatively constant all year.  During September, you can expect temperatures in the upper 80’s.  It is very pleasant.

Fishing Packages: 
Both packages assume double occupancy and two fisherman per boat.  The price includes guided fishing, air transportation from Belize City to the island, all food, alcohol and lodging.  It also includes use of kayaks, bikes, paddle boards, daily casting lessons and wireless access.

·         September 3-10:   2 rooms left.  
$4,955 for two anglers! That’s less than $2,500 per angler.
7 nights/6 day adventure with 4 days of guided fishing and two off-days to explore and relax on your own.

·         September 5-10:   5 rooms left.
$4,255 for two anglers! That’s less than $2,150 per angler.
5 night/4 day adventure. All 4 days are fully guided days.

Given the limited availability, deposits need to be in right away!  These rooms will book quickly.  Please make checks payable to D&H Travel.  No credit cards.  Please send payment to:  D&H Travel, 2708 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45208.  A deposit of 50% is required to hold your spot and is due upon reservation.  The remaining 50% is due 90 days before the trip.

If you have questions, want to see more pictures or hear about Brian and Julie’s recent trip, please contact Brian Barnard at 513-375-5115.

If these dates do not work for you or you want to assemble a trip for just your group, talk to Brian and he will organize the trip for you.  No extra charge!

Monday, March 14, 2016

James fishing in Massachusetts

One of the D&H Crew goes to school in Massachusetts, right on the Vermont and New York border.  It is nice that James has a trout stream within walking distance of campus: The Hoosic River   I wonder what my grades would have looked like had I had a trout stream within a short stroll?
Delamere & Hopkins
Hyde Park Square
2708 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45208

Mon-Thurs  10-8
Fri-Sat  10-6
Sun  11-5

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Great Gear for the Money

     Technology is a wonderful thing.  It has made our phones, computers, and cars better albeit more expensive. Fly fishing is no exception.  Technology has made the best fly gear much better. The sealed drag reels, fast action rods, and braided core lines are ideas our predecessors could only dream of. We've come a long way from fiberglass "Wonder rods" and "Fin-Nor Wedding Cake" reels! Of course this all comes at a price.
    The good news is all of this technology, R&D, and design has helped create some wonderful, price conscious gear. Here are a few of our favorites, just in time for our local fishing season to begin:


    St. Croix has always been our pick for mid-price rods.  They do a great job producing U.S. manufactured rods for a variety of uses.  We teach our schools using the St. Croix Imperial ($250 for a 9' #6).  This is a medium action rod with plenty of finesse in the lower weights for trout fishing and enough backbone in 6 weights and up for any kind of warm-water fishing.  As you can tell from the picture below, this rod comes about anyway you want it.

 Click "see more" for a few more great items.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Hybrid Party Specials

     Since, we have everyone excited about the fishing season and have shown off some new lines, here is a great incentive to buy a new line.  We will be running the above program during our Hybrid Party.  This is a great chance to save some money and prepare for the spring and summer.  We will also offer 10% off tying tools, material, and flies.
     Please join us April 7, from 6-8 P.M. for one of our favorite nights of the year.  Please don't forget to RSVP to, 871-3474, or via Facebook: Hybrid Party on Facebook 


Delamere & Hopkins
Hyde Park Square
2708 Erie Avenue
Cincinnati, OH  45208

Mon-Thurs  10-8
Fri-Sat  10-6
Sun  11-5

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

new fly lines for chucking big flies

If you have an all-encompassing need to throw big flies for big fish, then look no further. This fly line is made for you.
  • Loads quickly and delivers the biggest flies to the furthest targets
  • Excellent turnover due to short, powerful head and short front taper
  • Ideal line for boat or wade fishing
  • For temperate climates
  • Braided multifilament core