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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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 hitting the streamer as soon as it touched the water, acting […]

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Ankle-Deep

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 well-traveled path. A half mile downstream is a TMA, regularly […]

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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, including Frank DeGrazio, Nicole Seymour and “Steelhead” Steve Yewchuck. We also learned about Art […]

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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 on our show. Links to […]

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Product Review: Fishpond Buckhorn Sling

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 Buckhorn Sling: Cyclepond Fishpond fabric YKK Aquaguard #8 external water resistant zippered […]

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

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 December. The train was one of the few interruptions. My olive and tinsel streamer connected […]

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A Fall Day on the Housatonic

This is the time of year when you’re reminded that the remaining comfortable fishing days are few, and you better get out and enjoy them while you can. During my drive to the river, I heard on the radio that the number of daylight hours in CT is now less than 12, and falling. The […]

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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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