The Great Pumpkin Ales, 2015

Back in 2011, I wrote this review on a handful of pumpkin ales.  I quickly learned that pumpkin ale is a divisive topic in the word of craft brewing. It is viewed by some as more of a marketing opportunity than true example of brewing craftsmanship. Instead of making this an annual event, I held […]

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Korkers: Great Customer Service!

This is just a quick post to thank Ari and the team at Korkers for quickly resolving an issue I had with my Korkers Redsides. I really like the Redsides, but there was a separation issue with the insole on one of the boots. With just a phone call and a couple of emails, they […]

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Product Review: Redington Hydrogen Fly Rod

Had a chance to test out the new Redington Hydrogen fly rod.  Although marketed as a trout rod, I used it in few different situations and it performed exceptionally. Offered in sizes 2 wt to 6 wt, I chose a 9′ 6 wt because I wanted to see if the rod could handle smallmouth and […]

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A Morning Smallie Run to the Housatonic

September has started off unusually warm, offering us an extra week of summer-like conditions. While not entirely undesirable, the hot and rainless days have given us lower river flows and water temperatures that may not be safe for trout fishing. With 6 wt in hand, I headed to the Housatonic for a morning smallie session. […]

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Chasing Housatonic Smallmouth

This weekend I had a chance to get out on the Housatonic River and chase smallmouth with members of Mianus TU. They’re a great bunch of folks and their events are always fun and well attended. Overall the fishing was good.  I stuck to streamers, and brought fish to hand using an olive woolly bugger, […]

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Summertime Smallmouth on the Housatonic River

Sometimes a change in plans turns out to be better than expected – Sometimes. Today I headed out to the Housatonic River for what I thought was going to be a chance to chase trout with dry flies. I arrived to find the river clear and low, with better wading conditions than I usually experience. […]

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Catskills Fly Fishing Center & Museum Summerfest 2015

This was the third year that I attended CFFM’s Summerfest. It’s always a great day and a good time to get out and meet new and old friends. This year I wandered the grounds with Walt and Leighanne of Rivertop Rambles, and met up with my  friends from Ridge and Valley TU, based in northwest […]

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Morning Kayak Trip and a Bass on a Homemade Popper

With daytime temps headed well into the 90’s and humidity to match, I left early for a kayak fishing trip on a local pond. I usually fish this water regularly, but this year I’ve decided to spend more time prospecting new lakes and ponds in the area. It was overdue for a visit. There was […]

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Red, White and Blueberries for the 4th

Simple recipe for blueberry salsa #finfollower

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A Good Start to the Holiday Weekend

Loaded up the car and headed to the local bass pond for an early morning kayak fishing trip. Wanted to start the holiday weekend off right. Most of the nearby trout water is running a bit high, so this was a good alternative. Fishing was slow for the first hour, but when I tied on […]

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The Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park

Weekend trip to the Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park. Fly fished from the kayak for bass and bream.

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