5-Year Plan: 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 happen.

Casting For Recovery

Once again, CFR matched 14 cancer survivors with guides for a half day of bass fishing in a private, well stocked and underfished pond.  There’s nothing like watching the face of a cancer survivor hook her first bass and hearing the screams, yells and hoots that follow.

My partner and I caught the first bass, and our next one may have been the largest fish of the day. It ran from my elbow to my fingertips, easily  2-3 lbs. Both bass were taken on black woolly buggers, tied by one of the other volunteers.

If you are looking to get involved, volunteer or donate, please have a look at the CFR site. You will get more out of it than you give.



Good Friday 2017 and the Joy of a Smaller River

Naugatuck River, Rainbow Trout, streamers, woolly bugger

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]


Shepaug River, summer fly fishing, wild brown trout, FinFollower, river fishing, brown trout, wild trout, fishing with flies,Connecticut fly fishing, fly fishing sites, fly fishing stuff, river fly fishing

Sometimes turning right or left makes all the difference. In this case it was a left. I pulled off the main road on to a cul de sac side street. A gas station, multifamily homes and a two-story commercial building lined the sides of the … [Continue reading]

On The Fly Show #7: Open House at Angler’s Den

This was our second on-location shoot at Angler’s Den in Pawling, NY. Each year it just gets better. It was another great day and a well-attended event, with much milder weather. This year we spent some time watching great fly tiers at work, … [Continue reading]

Annual Open House Jan 16 at Angler’s Den in Pawling NY

Just wanted to share some info on next Saturday's Open House at Angler's Den in Pawling NY.  It is a great shop with an equally great team.   We shot On The Fly at last year's open house, and Frank DeGrazio, one of the guides, has also been a guest … [Continue reading]

Product Review: Fishpond Buckhorn Sling

Fishpond, Fishpond Buckhorn Sling, fall fly fishing, fall fishing, FinFollower, river fishing, Connecticut fly fishing, fly fishing stuff, fly fishing product, river fly fishing, fly fishing tools, fly fishing gear, fly fishing product review, Finfollower product review of Fishpond Buckhorn Slingpack December 2015

Had a chance to review the Fishpond Buckhorn Sling for the past few weeks. I've used other Fishpond products before, and find them to be well constructed  with plenty of useful features.  Here are a few of the specifics from the product spec for the … [Continue reading]

Did I Catch One Fish or Two? A Sad and Tangled Tail

Housatonic River, winter fly fishing, winter fishing, wild brown trout, FinFollower, river fishing, brown trout, wild trout, fishing with flies,Connecticut fly fishing, fly fishing sites, fly fishing stuff, river fly fishing, streamers

Took advantage of one of the last mild days in December and hit the Housatonic River for an afternoon. Had the water to myself. The solitude was welcome. I soaked in the beautiful day, which felt more like October than … [Continue reading]