CFFCM Summerfest 2018 – Plan B

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum’s Summerfest is always a great way to spend a day or two in late summer. The property has a field filled people casting, fly fishing vendors and those who just want to enjoy a day outside in the Catskills. There are a number of programs and events. CFFCM also […]

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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. […]

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A Night for Bass

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 a decent trout stream would take about half of […]

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Renewal

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. In short, winter is here. The amount of daylight is much too […]

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Visit to American Museum of Fly Fishing, September 2017

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 trip up Route 7. Driving up Route 7 […]

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Fishing Dog

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 ago, I adopted Tippet, a rescue dog. She is a […]

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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. Once again, CFR matched 14 cancer survivors with guides for a half day […]

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Good Friday 2017 and the Joy of a Smaller River

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 day chasing my first trout of 2017. […]

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Product Review: 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 here. The first thing that I noticed is how well […]

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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 and regularly posts a wide […]

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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 – I’m a big fan of Ralph Long of Ralph’s Fly […]

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