Nothin’ But Gnat – An Evening On The Housatonic

My first trip of the year to the Housatonic River is a mix of anticipation and trepidation.   The hour long ride through northwest Connecticut is relaxing, and the back roads remind me what a beautiful state this is. The scenery becomes lush and canopied, and the car’s outside temperature gauge drops by a few degrees. For the last few miles, the road parallels the river, adding to the beauty and the temptation. On days when I am unable to fish, I sometimes take my motorcycle along the same route.

Stepping out of the car onto the dirt parking area, the air is crisp and filled with the scent of local flowers. You can feel the mist of the river. Aside from the river sounds it is peacefully quiet – a much appreciated benefit after a long week.

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And while I usually wait until late spring, when the water flow and air temps are reasonable, it doesn’t always translate into a fish catching expedition. Tonight I was in luck. The thermometer read high 60’s, light winds successfully carried a sulphur hatch, and I was greeted by hungry brown trout, compliments of the state’s stocking program.

Stepping into waist-deep water, sporadic rises surrounded me. I tied on the small yellow and white dry fly and proceeded to catch about a dozen 12″ – 14″ brown trout over the 2-hour session, all eager for my pattern.

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This was truly a one-fly night. All fish were caught on this sulphur gnat pattern, the same one I teach in my beginner fly tying class. I want to than Jim Misiura for this pattern, and encourage you to follow his channel on YouTube.

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Best of all, I had the water to myself for the entire time. An increasing rarity as the weather becomes more favorable.

I look at the picture below much like a kid walking through the gates leaving Disney World. Sad to see it end, but happy for the day and the memories made.

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Hope you have the chance to get out and make some memories. Enjoy!


A Night for Bass

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Spring has taken its sweet time coming to the northeast. Between cold, rain and most recently tornadoes, there has been little time to fish. After a full day of playing catch up on yard work and chores, I had roughly 2 hours to fish. Traveling to … [Continue reading]


Canoe and kayaks in snow, winter 2017,

It's 11 degrees outside as I write this last post of 2017. The pellet stove runs nonstop. Tippet wears a sweater and completes her outside breaks in record time. I'm usually covered in some combination of wool, down and fleece before I step outside. … [Continue reading]

Visit to American Museum of Fly Fishing, September 2017

American Museum of Fly Fishing sign with Tippet

Tippet and I decided to head north to Manchester VT and explore the American Museum of Fly Fishing. AMFF has been on my hit list for some time, and with beautiful fall weather finally arriving in New England, it seemed like the right time to make a … [Continue reading]

Fishing Dog

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Nothing like sharing your love for fly fishing with your pet. They don't try to get in your spot, second guess your fly selection, and rarely comment on the size of the fish you caught. In short, they are great fishing buddies. About a month … [Continue reading]

5-Year Plan: Casting For Recovery

Casting For Recovery

This was my 5th year volunteering for the Connecticut Casting For Recovery event in Litchfield, CT. I always look forward to the day and greatly enjoy it.  Many thanks to the CFR team and the numerous volunteers that made this year's event … [Continue reading]

Good Friday 2017 and the Joy of a Smaller River

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It was supposed to be raining. So imagine my surprise when Good Friday turned out to be a blue sky day, with temps in the 60's. Spring had finally arrived in Connecticut. Errands kept me busy for most of the morning, but my plan was to spend the … [Continue reading]

Product Review: Costa Reefton Sunglasses

Costa Reefton Sunglasses

I had a chance to try out one of the new Reefton sunglasses with 580P lenses from Costa.  Named after a small town in New Zealand's West Coast region, they are made specifically for fishing. To find out more about them on the Costa site click … [Continue reading]

A Few of My Favorite Dry Flies

While it seems like dry fly fishing may be a ways off for most of us, the opportunity to load the box for 2017 is here. Here are 3 patterns that have worked for me this year: Sulphur Gnat - Jim Misiura is easily one of the best tyers on YouTube … [Continue reading]

A Few Streamer Patterns

This time of year the surface action slows and most of us turn to nymphs and streamers. Here are three streamer patterns that I've tied and fished successfully over the past year. All will work in both cold and warm water. The Guinness Trout - … [Continue reading]

Fish Per Minute

Or at least it seemed that way. With temps still in the 80's, I decided to give the trout a break and focus on Housatonic smallies with streamers. I was not disappointed. The bite was on from the minute I arrived. Often they were … [Continue reading]