A Fall Morning on the Farmington, October 2014

For a number of reasons, Fall is a great time to get out on the Farmington River. The changing leaves make a colorful backdrop. You notice everyday things in a different light. You have large stretches of the river to yourself. There is always new water to explore. And most important, you find a lot […]

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Occasional Creek

It rained steadily for most of Saturday, soaking autumn’s fallen leaves into a coarse wet mat that covered soft and muddy ground.  By Sunday most of the USGS gauges in the area had spiked and were on the way down to seasonal levels.  The sun had returned, yet it was looking like an afternoon trip to a big […]

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Called on Account of Rain

I found a break in my schedule and decided to take a couple of days off to fish some local waters.  I wanted to spend one day on the Esopus, a river I’d heard much about but never explored, and the Farmington, where I first learned to flyfish. Unfortunately the weekend forecast of light rain and overcast […]

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Learning the Neversink

Had a chance to visit the Neversink River with members of both the Hacklebarney and Ridge and Valley TU chapters. I’d heard good things about the Neversink, but never fished it. My guess is that its relative proximity to the Beaverkill and Delaware places it down on the list of popular fishing options.  So when the […]

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A Weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware

Had a chance to join some of the members of Ridge and Valley TU  from northwestern NJ for a long weekend on the West Branch of the Delaware River. I had not seen some of them in quite some time, so it was good to catch up and spend some time on the water. I apologize […]

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Camping & Fishing

I was finally able to get away for a weekend of camping & fishing on the Farmington River. I used to live close enough to the Farmy to fish it almost daily during the season, but now it requires a day trip or overnight to really enjoy the experience and have a reasonable amount of time on […]

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A Grand Slam On The Still River

As part of the weekend’s camping and fishing program, I decided to explore some new water. Originally the plan was to fish the Farmington, but the prior night’s storm caused the wind and water to be a little too high to be enjoyable, so I thought the Still would be a good small stream option. I was not disappointed. If you’re […]

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Product Review: Bending the Butter Stick

Had a chance to review one of Redington’s latest offerings, the Butter Stick fiberglass fly rod.  I enjoy making and fishing fiberglass rods, so when I saw the press release a couple of months ago I immediately put my name in the hat to test it. To see the company web site and get more info […]

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A Grand Slam . . . Sort Of

Had a chance to swing by the Farmington for a couple of hours on the way back from a business trip. Temps barely reached 80, and the wind was light and dry. The end of summer tube hatch was in full swing. Although I chose a lesser known fork in the river,  I was frequently […]

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A Quick Trip to the Farmington, July 2013

Temperatures have been in the 90’s for the past two weeks, and the high humidity has been giving us “air you can wear.” Needless to say, fishing trips have been few and far between. So when I stepped outside this morning and it didn’t feel like a sauna, I decided on the spur of the […]

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First Trout of 2013

It’s hard to believe, but due to my personal schedule and the increased distance to really good fishable water, these are the first trout I’ve landed in 2013. Both were caught on the Farmington River using the same dry fly, which not surprisingly resembles a Hendrickson. The first was caught in a fast moving riffle […]

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